Previous Scholarship Recipients


Jaclyn Anderson
Jaclyn Anderson is a senior at Woodbury High School and taking classes at Century College. She has worked at Canterbury Park for the past two years as a groom and hotwalker and received Groom of the Week award. Jamie Ness, owner and trainer at Ness Racing Stable said in his recommendation, “Our stable had about 50 horses this year and Jackie could tell you everything about each horse; from its racing career, to its personality and even the horse’s quirks”. She was able to communicate well with her co-workers because she speaks Spanish. Jackie is also the Air Force JROTC Commander at her school, in charge of about 100 cadets. She plans to major in Equine Business at the University of Louisville and her career goal is to train racehorses.

Zachary Badura
Zachary Badura is a senior at United South Central High School in Wells, Minnesota, where he has been ranked #1 in his class for the past three years. His great grandfather was a horse trader in the early 1920’s to mid 1940’s. He also bought and sold mules to the Army during World War II. His grandfather is still riding in his 70’s and his father is a jockey at Canterbury Park. Zach has been an exercise rider at Canterbury for two years and is a valet in the jockey’s room. His goal is to become a veterinarian specializing in equine orthopedic surgery. He is still deciding which school will give him the best start.

Kirsten Caskey
When Kirsten Caskey was called to tell her she had been awarded a scholarship, she called us back from Amsterdam where she was interviewing for an externship in equine reproduction. She is a third year veterinary student at the University of Minnesota. She has extensive training and showing experience – one year she was undefeated in showmanship under 17 judges! Although she did her undergraduate work at Iowa State University and was accepted into their vet school, Kirsten chose to return to Minnesota for vet school and plans to specialize in reproduction and alternative medicine. She plans to complete externships at Anoka Equine and Cleary Lake locally, in California with one of the top equine alternative medicine veterinarians in the country, another in Colorado based around the incorporation of eastern medicine into western practices, and the one in the Netherlands. She has already completed some of her acupuncture and eastern medicine training last summer in China and South Korea. She plans to get her license in veterinary acupuncture.

Jessica Schuster
One of the places that Jessica Schuster heard about the scholarship was on radio station BOB 106.1 FM. We have no idea how they found out about it, but we are glad they helped spread the word. Jessica is a senior veterinary student at the University of Minnesota. After years of involvement with 4-H she passed Training Level VI at the State 4-H show in 2000. She is the first person from Hennepin County to achieve that award. As a 4-H leader now, she will be taking the horse bowl team she coached to the national competition in Denver. She is also only the second scholarship applicant in twenty plus years to get a scholarship all four years of vet school. After graduation, Jessica plans on a one year internship at a private equine practice, working at a clinic for several years and then establishing her own practice.

Kelsey Baker
Kelsey Baker is a senior at South Dakota State University. She is pursuing a double major in Agricultural Journalism and Agricultural Business. She has been very involved in 4-H, Little Britches Rodeo and Minnesota High School Rodeo. As a pre-teen she competed in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway roping and team roping. In high school rodeo she added cattle cutting. At competitions she was always willing to help out however she could do - fundraising, getting donations, being Event Director, working at the High School Rodeo booth at the Expo and serving on committees. She also works with her mom and older sister who started a new company that manufactures and sells equine first aid kits. Her goal is to write for an equine or rodeo magazine and continue with the family business. She is thinking about grad school for Journalism. Kelsey can’t be with us tonight because as well as competing in breakaway calf roping and team roping for the SDSU Rodeo team.

Fonda Lewis
Fonda Lewis is a sophomore vet student at the University of Minnesota. She became interested in the sport of cutting as a freshman in high school. When she was a senior, she placed within the National Cutting Horse Association senior youth top ten. She has been involved in cutting associations at both the state and national level. Fonda was the founder and president of North Central Youth Cutters. She continues to be active in the Minnesota Cutting Horse Association and National Cutting Horse Association. Fonda was chosen to work last summer at Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery in Weatherford, Texas. She still competes and helps with the Minnesota Cutting Horse Association youth organization. Fonda plans to practice in northern Minnesota where there is a need for large animal veterinarians. One of her recommendation letters was from Kate Wagner, DVM, who won a scholarship from the Minnesota Horse Council in previous years.

Terra Schroeder
Terra Schroeder is a sophomore at William Woods University in Fulton, MO. She is double majoring in Equestrian Science and Business Administration. She grew up active in 4-H and FFA and was in charge of the Minnesota State 4-H Association horse library for two years. Last summer she worked at Alliance Stud in Kentucky. It is a Saddlebred breeding, training and showing farm that has about 230 horses and stands 14 stallions. Terra is a member of William Woods’ Intercollegiate Judging Team and has been a driving force in continued success of the team. Upon graduation she plans to work for other established trainers before starting her own facility.

Marguerite Kunesh-Majerus
Marguerite Kunesh-Majerus started her equine education at age 16 at St. Benedict’s College. She continued taking lessons and attended clinics and worked on a dude ranch. When she was eighteen she moved to Lake City and began breeding and raising Appaloosa, taught lessons, trained, boarded and supplied camp horses. Now in Goodhue for many years, she continues to give lessons, train and offers stable management and ownership consulting. Marguerite is the Program Director of the non-profit 3 Feathers Horsemanship and Peace Gardens, which includes a handicapped riding program, as well as the Goodhue County 4-H Horse Project Leader. Marguerite is very aware that the process of learning about everything equine is a life-long process and she is attending Rochester Community and Technical College.

Brianna McKenzie
Brianna McKenzie is a junior with senior status at the University of Minnesota – Crookston, double majoring in Equine Industry Management and Business Management. She is a graduate of 4-H. Brianna competed in hunt seat and western for University of Minnesota –Crookston on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Team. She was president of UMC’s Horseman’s Association and is currently on the standards and ethics committee for IHSA Zone 9 Region. She also teaches 4-H ethic and riding clinics in two counties and volunteered for handicapped riding programs. She is interested in nutrition and disease prevention. She plans to graduate from UMC’s four year program in three years and go to graduate school in nutrition and equine therapy. Brianna would like to train horses for handicapped riders and eventually open a specialized youth horse camp and training facility in a rural area.

Courtney Sonnek
Courtney Sonnek is a senior at the University of Minnesota – Crookston majoring in Equine Industries Management. She has been a wrangler at Diamond T, Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch, and Wind River Ranch in Colorado. She has been a volunteer at a horse rescue and two handicapped riding programs. Courtney is a member of the Crookston Horseman’s Association and submitted a grant that funded a life-size horse sculpture now standing outside the UMC equine facility to advertise the program. She is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and competes regularly in both western and hunt seat. She did an internship at Fitz Farm Warmblood Sport horses last summer where she increased her knowledge of how to operate a horse business including helping to plan and facilitate a four day clinic with a nationally known trainer. Courtney already had a degree in Family Social Science and plans to combine that with her Equine Industries Management degree to work in the therapeutic riding industry. She plans to become a certified riding instructor through NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association).


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