Eventing is a demanding sport both mentally and physically. The three different phases require intelligence, training and competing skills, and bravery. At any competition level, an eventer can experience problems such as loss of confidence, fear of injury, inability to focus or to perform efficiently under pressure. Often, an individual is unaware of self-talk or habits that are counterproductive. Discussion with a qualified sports counselor can help that eventer develop the insight and desire to identify and implement more productive attitudes and behaviors. This process can illuminate and enhance the eventer both as a person and as a rider. The Worth the Trust Sports Psychology Scholarships have been created to provide event riders with this opportunity.
For 17 years, the Worth the Trust Scholarships have provided financial assistance to young adult amateurs and adult amateurs for the purpose of pursuing continued education in eventing thanks to the generosity of Joan Iversen Goswell. Now, to continue to offer a helping hand, she has created the Worth the Trust Sports Psychology Scholarships to help amateurs master the ever-challenging mental side of the sport.
The Worth the Trust Sports Psychology Scholarships will be available for the first time this year for Adult Amateurs and Young Adult Amateurs. The Scholarships include a $500 fund to be awarded annually to Adult Amateur aged 26 and up and a $700 fun to be awarded annually to a Young Adult Amateur aged 16-25. Applicants must be a current member in good standing with the USEA.
The first Worth the Trust Sports Psychology Scholarship will be awarded at the 2017 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention, December 5-10, 2017 in Long Beach, Calif. The deadline for this inaugural award is October 2, 2017. To apply, applicants should submit an essay explaining why the scholarship is important to him or her, how they intend to use the funds, and their riding and competing experiences.
About the Worth the Trust Scholarship
Now in its 17th year, the Worth the Trust Scholarship continues to provide financial assistance for young adult amateurs and adult amateurs for the purpose of pursuing continued education in eventing. This scholarship is provided by Joan Iversen Goswell in honor of her horse, Worth the Trust, a 15.3 hand Thoroughbred gelding (Wind and Wuthering x Stop Over Station), who competed successfully for many years, including winning the Kentucky Three-Day Event in 1997 with Karen O'Connor.
Worth the Trust and Karen O'Connor at the 1997 Kentucky Three-Day Event. USEA Archives Photo.