Youth Bursary Program

 Western, General Performance & Breed Sport Riders

Each year, the NBEA will assist junior members achieve their equestrian goals,

 awarding up to six bursaries of $500 each.


 What can the money be used for?

 The bursaries can be used to help pay for the following:

  • Riding lessons/Rider Level testing
  • Training fees
  • Competition fees
  • Continuing education
  • Other activities that will assist you to achieve your equestrian objectives

 Who can apply?

 If you can answer yes to the following questions you are eligible to apply!

  • Are you a current NBEA Junior Member between the ages of 14 and 18?
  • Are you currently attending school in New Brunswick?
  • Have you completed or are ready to be tested for at least one Rider Level?
  • Do you train with an Equestrian Canada current certified coach?

(Please note - participants in the 2019 LTED program are not eligible.)


 How to apply?

 Only applications that include the following items will be considered complete and eligible:

  • Completed Youth Bursary Application Form
  • Essay #1 – Describe your horse interests and experiences (200 words or less)
  • Essay #2 – Indicate how you would spend $500 (200 words or less)
  • Photo – colour photo of you riding/driving OR your head shot
  • Two Letters of Recommendation from your coach, who has a license and NBEA/EC membership that is up to date, and one from an independent supporter who is an NBEA member.


  Application Date:  April 2020


Note: Eligible riders may apply in consecutive years.  If the number of equally-qualified applicants is greater than the number of  bursary awards, first consideration will be given to first-time applicants.

Note: Riders participating in the 2020 LTED program are not eligible for Youth Bursaries. 




NBEA Youth Bursary 2019

 Congratulations to the six recipients of the 2019 NBEA Youth Bursaries. Again this year, the number of applications we received was overwhelming. We wish each of these riders the best of luck in pursuing their goals. Thank you to the vast number of other applicants. We hope you will apply again in 2020. 

Mckenna Burrell

Seventeen-year-old Mckenna hails from Bedell, N.B. where she is very active at Green Meadow Stables under coach Laura Burtt. She trains with her coach three times per week, earning some lessons in exchange for barn chores. She enjoys helping out and spending time at the barn just for fun, caring for other horses besides her own that need extra care and attention. Her goal is to compete her horse, Vivian, a 13yo OTTB mare, in hunter/jumper competitions and clinics this summer, and complete her Rider Levels over the next couple of years.


Rachel Clinch

Rachel Clinch, 16, of St. George, N.B., has been riding for seven years. She is very active in her stable community at Saltwind Farms as well as with the SNB cattle penning club. She is passionate about learning through lessons, auditing and participating in clinics, and riding barn horses. She has trained her own gelding, Koda, herself and aims to compete at more fun shows, barrel racing, and cattle penning. She plans to earn her western Rider Level 3 and may go on to Level 4 as well.


Mackenzie Farren

Mackenzie is a 17-year-old rider from Quispamsis. She rides and works at Butternut Stables, training with owner Elizabeth Clark and dressage coach Erin MacQuarrie. She competed in dressage last year on her Haflinger pony Prince Harry, and plans to move up from pony to horse with a lease this summer. She will be attending her first horse trials as well and start jumping in higher divisions, aiming for a pro career in eventing at venues such as Foshay International. 


Katelyn Mockler

Seventeen-year-old Katelyn Mocker of Grand Falls, rides and trainer with her coach Cynthia Toner at Dream Meadows Farm, where she helps with beginner pony lessons. She works to support her riding with a part-time job and babysitting. She has earned her Rider Level 3 in both English and western, and would like to become a certified coach in both disciplines, with plans to attend evaluations in July and October. Her long-term goal is to pursue a career in veterinary science, teaching at a nearby stable while she studies. 


Ella Pike

Ella is 18 years old and lives in Temperance Vale, N.B. Currently, she is involved with the Big Axe Rangers 4-H group and takes lessons from coach Michael Stokes. Ella rides both English and western, and has raised and trained her 8-year-old horse from a yearling. She has a broad base of experience, including everything from trails to gaming, showmanship to penning, pleasure to jumping. She plans to complete her horse’s training and compete this summer, while keeping her long-term goal of becoming an instructor in mind.


Isabelle Shepard

Isabelle, age 14, of Burtt’s Corner, N.B., has been riding for about five years at Écuries de la Cadence with coach Nicole Beaulieu. She has also participated in several summer and March Break camps at Carriage Hill Stables and Broadleaf Farm. Last summer, she competed with her horse Harley (“M.T. Pockets”) over fences. Isabelle plans to complete her Rider Level 4 this year and begin work towards level 5. Eventually she would like to become an English riding coach.