Emma Teff and Caroline Johnston among five recipients of scholarships from USEF
September 28, 2021
By Staff Writers
LEXINGTON, Ky.--Emma Teff of Renfrew, Pa., and Caroline Johnston of Upper Saddle River, N.J., are two of the five recipients of the USEF Higher Education Equestrian Scholarships for graduating high school seniors
Emma Teff Created to support students who are committed to continuing their involvement in equestrian sport while in college through an equestrian-related degree, volunteerism, or internship; riding on an intercollege equestrian team; or other equestrian-related activity, the scholarship awards a $1,000 grant to each recipient to be used towards education expenses at their college or university.
Teff will be attending the Purdue University this fall to pursue a degree in Engineering.
Teff is a committed dressage rider and has spent weeks away from home for athlete development programs caring for her horse, maintaining her own physical fitness, and preparing to pursue a rigorous undergraduate academic program.
“The determination, perseverance, and positive attitude I learned growing up with horses will serve me well as I take on college and my future career," said Teff. "My ultimate professional goal is to be an engineer and an entrepreneur with at least a master’s degree. I have chosen this path because I see it as the best way to utilize my strengths and interests to help other people. At its core, engineering is the practice of doing good for the world by putting problem-solving skills and an innovative mindset into practice.”
Johnston will be attending University of New Hampshire, pursuing her degree in Equine Studies.
Johnston has been riding for 12 years and credits her experiences working with horses as a key component for her love of learning and growth in key skills like patience, empathy, and self-awareness.
“I plan to major in equine studies, as well as ride on the IHSA team at the University of New Hampshire," said Johnston. "After college, I want to work as a hunt seat show trainer. My ultimate goal will be to open my own barn. I am eager to guide equestrians through their journeys in horse showing, proudly watching them excel as my students. Introducing first-time riders is also an exciting prospect. Eventually, I would like to also offer equine therapy in my barn. My goal is to spread the wellness that horses can offer. Bringing awareness to horses’ therapeutic abilities is incredibly important to me, as many people are unaware of how life-changing riding horses can be,” said Johnston. “I believe everyone deserves a chance to work with horses. With this scholarship, I can become a successful show trainer and barn owner, cultivating a new generation and community of riders.”
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