Standing Ovation by Ovation Riding: Kentucky Horse Council

Every Friday, Horse Nation teams up with Ovation Riding to spotlight those doing good work in the horse world. Today we recognize the Kentucky Horse Council for its dedication to supporting students who are headed into the equine industry.

Lexington, KY (December 19, 2019) -The Kentucky Horse Council has announced the recipients of two $1,500 scholarships to Kentucky students already attending college, or accepted into a college who have demonstrated academic success, equine industry involvement and community service for the Spring 2020 Semester.

The Equine Scholarships are available to students currently enrolled in a university or college in Kentucky in an equine-related major or a horse-related program, or a student accepted into an equine related major or program to start in the Spring 2020 semester. The Spring 2020 Scholarships have been awarded to Carley Pyles and Clara Quade.

Carley Pyles, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, is a senior at Asbury University with a double major in equine studies and social work. Carley is a lifelong equestrian and has been an active trail rider and is involved with miniature horses, the Asbury Quarter Horse Training Club and the Asbury Service Mounts Club. Her academic excellence, many awards and club involvement combined with her impact on the Kentucky equine community has made her a worthy recipient of the scholarship.

Clara Quade, from Denmark Township, Minnesota, is a senior at Asbury University majoring in equine studies. Clara is the head student trainer of the Asbury University Service Mounts and is planning a career in the equine industry. Her dedication to the horse industry, academic excellence and strong work and volunteer experience also make her a very worthy scholarship recipient.

“The Kentucky Horse Council is honored to present these scholarships to two young women who are already making such an impact on the equine community in Kentucky,” says Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director Katy Ross. “These students are an example to their peers and we are pleased to help invest in the future of the Kentucky equine industry by supporting these students!”

Since resurrecting the scholarship program in 2017, the Kentucky Horse Council has awarded scholarships to students attending the University of Kentucky, Asbury University, Midway University, Morehead State University, Murray State University and Eastern Kentucky University.

Scholarships are open to all student members of the Kentucky Horse Council. Student memberships are free and interested students may sign up at

About the Kentucky Horse Council
The Kentucky Horse Council is a non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. The Kentucky Horse Council provides educational programs and information, outreach and communication to Kentucky horse owners and enthusiasts, equine professional networking opportunities through KENA, trail riding advocacy, health and welfare programs, and personal liability insurance and other membership benefits.  The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs.  

Many thanks thanks to Ovation Riding for their support of both Horse Nation and individuals and organizations that are doing good work in the horse world. If you know someone who deserves a Standing Ovation, we would love to recognize them in a future post.Email the name of the person or organization along with a message about the good work they do to [email protected]. Photos/videos are always welcome, and include a link to their website if applicable.