"I take the sun, and I throw it.~ Marie Curie

Caitlin Moffett's interest in horses began as a young child. After an early diagnosis with Stage IV Neuroblastoma, a malignant and terminal cancer, followed by two years of chemotherapy and bed rest, Caitlin was encouraged to participate in sporting activities to rebuild lost gross muscle motor skills and muscle mass. After trying several sports without success, her mother, Megan Murphy-Moffett, suggested riding. Caitlin was given a picture book of breeds and was asked which one she liked best. She chose the American Saddlebred and it was an instant fit.

Throughout her riding career, Caitlin has been an archetypal example of excellence in the ring and an ambassador for the Saddlebred breed. She was a member of the youth riding groups at Yount Stables, Bridleway Stables, and Matthew Roberts Stables. As an active member of ASAA’s Junior Committee, she volunteers for all ASAA sponsored events. Her community service credits include the Society of Female Scholars and National Honors Society, which she enlisted to volunteer for the Carousel Charity Horse Show. For ASAA, she works as a liaison with The Girl Scouts of America in planning a daylong event at Carousel where the scouts experience a show and earn merit badges. She also helped ASAA in becoming a member of Amazon’s AmazonSmile charity program, was instrumental in introducing the beloved Pony Pitch to ASAA shows and manages the coordination of its ticket sales, and has orchestrated fundraising booths for breast cancer research and other Carousel charities of choice. She is a regular presence in the center ring as a ribbon presenter and at the High Point Awards Banquet to sign in guests and present awards. As a rider, she has been awarded numerous tri-color ribbons. The highpoint of her amateur career was being named the Shatner Western Pleasure World Championship in September of 2014 and she is the only junior rider to win the National Western Pleasure title. She continues to show locally and rides with her the University of Arizona Equestrian Team, which recently qualified for Nationals in Tennessee. She is the only Saddlebred rider on the University of Arizona team. 

The American Saddlebred Association of Arizona (ASAA) is pleased to announce that the 2017 Scholarship has quadrupled! Our award monies now total $2,000. This was achieved through matching grants and individual donations.

The ASAA educational scholarship was created to inspire excellence within the Saddlebred youth population as well as to foster continued interest in the breed and participation in our shows and events. Consideration is also given to academic success.

Applications are open to juniors, seniors and college freshmen. Awarded funds are to be used for educational purposes only and may include tuition, books, and/or room and board.  Awarded funds will be paid directly to the educational institution as indicated by the recipient. 

This Scholarship may be granted to the same individual more than once, however, a new submission must be made each year. The total scholarship monies may be divided as determined by the Scholarship Selection Committee but may not exceed $2000 unless additional donations are received that are specifically directed toward the 2017 scholarship award fund.

Please review the scholarship application materials for further details.



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As a Biomedical Engineer, Caitlin’s research and skills will lead to the creation of new medical devices, both complex, such as an MRI or an artificial heart, and simple, such as a blood pressure cuff. Caitlin has had a horse suffer through a flesh-eating bacterial and has seen entire barns quarantined due to equine disease. It is her hope that her medical skills, microbe research, and innovating diagnosis can be modified and applied to treating our equine companions. Type your paragraph here.


ASAA member Emily Burg of Scottsdale, Arizona was one of three chosen from a competitive pool of applicants to be awarded a $5000 American Saddlebred Horse Association Youth Scholarship. 

Each year the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) recognizes its junior members, age 21 and under, on the basis of academic success, financial need, involvement with the American Saddlebred and ASHA Youth programs, and extracurricular activities including community service. The purpose of the scholarships is to encourage, support and recognize participation in all aspects of the American Saddlebred industry, as well as to strengthen the American Saddlebred industry and breed through education.  

Emily rode with Bridleway Stables, which is now named High Spirit Farm, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Emily plans to attend the University of Kentucky to study Equine Science.

Other recipients include Shelby Erickson from Elizabethtown, KY and Rachel Sanford from Mooresville, NC.  A formal presentation will be made on Friday night of The 2016 World Championships in Louisville, KY. 

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Caitlin is now a Biomedical Engineering student at the University of Arizona with a passion for medicine, mechanical principles, and coding.  She has done two summer internships. Her first was serving for seven weeks as a researcher for the University of Arizona’s Keeping Engaged Youth in Science (KEYS), where she designed and developed a microscope better able to identify blood clots. Last summer, she served for eight weeks as an intern for the Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR) and worked on her own project in Stanford’s Institute of Immunology about regulatory T cells. T cells are immune cells which function is critical for regulating immune responses. She was mentored by Stanford's Antonio Pierini, MD and her research became the backbone of his work presented at the American Society of Hematology Annual Conference in Orlando, FL, which Caitlin attended. It was also presented at the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation Tandem Meeting held in Honolulu, HI. The study has been submitted to a prestigious journal for publication and she is credited as an author on the manuscript.

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Caitlin is an academically motivated student and is drawn to the sciences. She cites the above quote by Marie Curie, one of the first prominent female scientists in the early twentieth century, as her personal mantra. To her, pressures from society are ever-present – as ever-present as the sun. The quote illustrates Ms. Curie's resolve to defy gender stereotypes and take control of her own destiny to pursue what she loved. 

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