ASPC/AMHR/ASPR Awards 2014 Youth Scholarships

The American Shetland Pony Club (ASPC) and The American Miniature Horse Registry (AMHR) is helping dreams of a college education come true for two (ASPC) members. The (ASPC) recently awarded two $1,500 scholarships to help the members further excel in their future careers and American Shetland Pony Club competition.

ASPC Youth Chairman Michelle LeGrotte Barcus said it’s an honor to recognize the hard work of these youth members. “The ASPC is proud to award these scholarships to such outstanding individuals.”

The 2014 ASPC Youth Scholarship winner is Alyssa Palas from Story City, Iowa. Alyssa has been involved with Shetland Ponies since 2001. She actively shows at 4-H fairs, area shows, the Annual ASPC Congress and AMHR National Show.

Palas said, “Many of my friends don’t understand why I trade fancy vacations for hauling a trailer to shows, for me the answer is easy. I love my horses and the experiences I have had with them and my family.” Palas will be studying early childhood development and education at Des Moines Area Community College. Her goal is to utilize her ponies to help teach the youth.

Claire Neinast from Gastonia, North Carolina, was awarded the 2014 AMHR Youth Scholarship. Neinast began her involvement with Miniature Horses over nine years ago. She attended a summer camp where a Miniature Horse named “Roxie Hart” wandered into her heart. Claire actively shows Miniature Horses at area shows as well as the annual AMHR National Show. “I have remained active in AMHR for one reason; I love the horses,” stated Neinast.

She is very active in high school clubs, organizations and community service. “I truly believe that Claire has the potential to do anything she sets her mind to. Not only does she have the brains but she has the perseverance and drive to be very successful,” stated Ferin Mershon of Infinity Stables

The ASPC wishes to congratulate Alyssa and Claire on their hard work and dedication, and wish them the best of luck in their journey.

For additional information, please visit or 309.263.4044.

The American Shetland Pony Club, the American Show Pony Registry and The American Miniature Horse Registry are non-profit organizations established to preserve and refine the bloodlines of these small equines and promote the enjoyment of small equines. Recognized as the oldest and most versatile registry in the United States, the American Shetland Pony Club offer a variety of programs for Shetland Pony and Miniature Horse enthusiasts of all ages. Visit their website at or send mail to 81-B East Queenwood Road, Morton, IL 61550.






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