The Foundation for the Advancement and Support of the Tennessee Walking Show Horse (FAST) will award $7,500 in youth scholarships in the first year of the foundation’s scholarship program.  The FAST Scholarship Committee consisted of Brenda Carlon, JoAnne Dempsey and Kathy Zeis.  The scholarship recipients were unanimously approved by the FAST board of directors.

The $7,500 in scholarship monies were comprised of a $5,200 donation from Walking Horse Report, $2,000 from the Wink Groover Memorial designated for trainers’ children and $300 from the general fund of FAST.

Recipients of the scholarships in 2010 are the following:
Blake Beam                               Arab, AL
Kaitlyn Beatty                           Byrdstown, TN
Paige Bennett                            Alvaton, KY
Leslie Birk                              Gordonville, MO
Summer Brooks                            Rogersville, TN
Kaitlyn Esters                           Trussville, AL
Samantha Green                           Shelbyville, TN
Blaise Broccard                          Cedar Hill, MO
Bobby Richards III                       Franklin, TN
Kolby Wyant                              Milton, WV

The scholarships will be awarded to each of the recipients at the 2010 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.  “We are very excited in our first year to be able to award these wonderful young people with scholarships to further their education.  FAST is committed to the industry’s youth and assuring a future for our wonderful show horse,” said chairperson Brenda Carlon.