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Smoky Mtn. Walking Horse Association Announces 2012 Scholarship Recipients



HARRIMAN, Tenn. – The SMWHA will honor four young equestrians at the Smoky Mountain Classic Horse Show in Harriman on Saturday, May 19, 2012, with a $500 scholarship award each. The scholarship recipients are Kaitlyn Beaty, Alexandria Hopkins, Janie Stokes and Aaryn Tarver.

Kaitlyn Beaty, daughter of Scott and Sherrie Beaty, from Byrdstown, Tenn., has grown up in the Walking Horse business, helping at her dad’s training facility. She is a graduate of Pickett County High School and is attending Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin. She still finds time to enjoy showing horses.

Alexandria Hopkins, daughter of Benjamin and Jodie Hopkins, from Sneedsville, Tenn., is a graduating senior at Hancock High School. She plans to attend Walters State Community College to study to become a flight nurse. Her love of walking horses has taught her the vaues of hard work, sportsmanship and responsibility.

Janie Stokes, granddaughter of David and Pat Ford, is currently an online student at East Tennessee State University with a double major in General Management and Marketing Management. Stokes’ love of horses has led to her show ring experiences and her work with SMWHA as the club secretary.

Aaryn Tarver, daughter of Mike and Mona Tarver, from Kingston, Tenn., is a graduating senior and honor student at Midway High School. She plans to attend Roane State Community College to study Wildlife Management. Tarver has been riding and showing horses since the age of five and has been an active membr of 4-H and TWHYA.

The SMWHA and the walking horse community at large wish these four young ladies a world of success as they continue their educations and pursue their chosen professions.

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