Congratulations to our SCHC Scholarship Winners
Abigail Leigh Bedson
Abigail wants to become a Psychiatrist specializing in Adolescent mental health. She has a sincere desire to help other young people handle anxiety and excel in life. She has found through personal experience that working with horses is an excellent way to overcome anxiety, become more centered and gain self-confidence. She plans to use this experience coupled with further education to make a difference in people’s lives.
Abigail graduated with honors from Palmetto Scholars Academy in May 2019 (GPA 3.78). She is currently working toward a nursing degree at Trident Technical College with plans to transfer to Charleston Southern University to obtain a bachelors and then MUSC to specialize in Psychiatry.
Abigail has been an officer in 4H clubs, participated in the 4H Horse program at the local, state and regional levels. Participate in various community outreach programs with local club. Rode IEA for 6 years. Compete in the local, regional, national & world level horse shows. Member United States Equestrian Federation (participated in the USEF lettering program), US Hunter Jumper Association, NSBA, SC Dressage & Combined Training Association, Progressive Show Jumping, Palmetto Paint Horse Club, APHA & PtHA.
She is active in youth ministry at church, member of the choir and soloist with the youth band, various mission trips and camps. Currently work as a Nanny as well as and work for Custom Tile & Interiors.
Accomplishments: 2017 & 2018 Pinto World Championship High Point Pony/2016 Reserve High
Point Pony, 2018 Pinto World Championships17X World Champion/7x Reserve World Champion/High Point Gymkhana Rider/2017 5x World Champion/6x Reserve World Champion/Reserve High Point Gymkhana Rider/High Point Western Rider/2016 6x World Champion, 5x Reserve World Champion, High Point Youth English and Reserve World Champion Pony. State 4 H show champion in Pony Western Pleasure, Ranch Riding, high placings in jumping, equitation, horsemanship, dressage and versatility, qualified for Regionals in 2014 & 2015. PSJ Medal finalist 2015/2016. Coastal Islands Horse Show Circuit High Point Champion 2014 & 2015. Grand Champion Pony Hunters, Equitation, Low Hunters, Hunter Hack, CIHS Medal winner, Discipline Rail (English & Western), Hunter Under Saddle, Western Pleasure 2014 & 2015. Reserve Champion Tall Pines Horse Show Circuit High Point Champion 2013.
Rianna L. Jefferson
Rianna wants utilize her experiences and hard work to earn scholarships to continue and fund her education at Clemson University to purse a degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences: Pre-veterinary and Science Concentration, Bachelor of Science. Her long-term goal is to attend a veterinary school with a focus on large animal services and specializing in equine veterinary services.
Rianna attends Spring Hill High School, Chapin, SC. She has worked at Silver Dollar Stables, Irmo, SC since 2017.
Rianna is active in Lexington County 4-H -
South Carolina 4-H State Horse Show,
Interscholastic Equestrian Association,
4-H Southern Regional Horse Championship
Lexington County FFA-
South Carolina 4-H/FFA Meat Goat Project,
FFA Equine Camp
2014 Student of the Year Award
FFA Certificate of Recognition for Livestock Showmanship
Career Safe OHSA 10-Hour Certificate
2017 Cassidy Houston, Irmo, SC $500
2014 ASHLEY McCARTER, $1500
Ashley McCarter is the 2014 winner of the SC Horsemen's Council $1500 Youth Scholarship.This scholarship is presented annually at the SC State Fair 4-H Youth Horse Show as part of the SC State Fair Equine Scholarship program sponsored by The SC Horsemen’s Council and the SC Farm Bureau.
Ashley is a freshman at Clemson University, her professional career goal is to become a 4-H extension agent. She also plans to have a small horse farm where she can raise and train horses she will use to compete in hunter jumper and breed shows. The facility will contain an arena where she will host equine events geared toward youth activities. These events will include riding lessons, horse shows, and speed events. She also plans to allow local equine youth groups, like FFA and 4-H, to utilize my facility so that they may have a place to hold equine and other livestock events.
2013 Casey Renee Miller, $1500
Casey Renee Miller of Troy, SC is the 2013 winner of the SC Horsemen’s Council $1500 Youth Scholarship.
Casey is a freshman at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood and plans to pursue a degree in equine business at Clemson.
She is a 2013 graduate of Ninety Six High School.
She has been an active member of the Ninety Six 4-H Horse Club for eight years and competed in local horse and goat shows. She has numerous awards and honors including Championships in events at both 4-H Eastern Nationals and Southern Regionals. She is an accomplished Western rider and is an instructor and barn manager at Ninety Six Riding Center. She credits 4-H and her high school for providing opportunities for leadership such as being selected as a 4-H Ambassador and serving as a Palmetto Girls State Delegate from her high school. She has used her knowledge to provide help to others in her community.
2012 Sarah Joy Babcock, Lexington, SC
Sarah is a senior at Montclaire Academy in Lexington and plans to attend the College of Charleston in the fall of 2013, majoring in elementary education with an equine minor.
Ms. Babcock has been an active member of 4-‐H clubs in Lexington and Saluda Counties since 2008, and shown at the SC State Fair for the last four years. She has shown in western, dressage and hunt seat. She has been a member of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association showing with the Hammond School Western High School Team and was Zone 4 Champion in JV Beginner Division and National Finalist.
Along with her equine activities, Sarah has been active in her other areas of interest. She is a junior volunteer at the Lexington County Public Library; a Junior Master Gardener and Teacher Assistant at the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden; and has been a cast member in area theaters including Town Theater, Village Square and Worship Theater.
Sarah is a member of Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church where she is an active member of the Rock Solid Youth Group. During her involvement with the youth group, she has been a member of the student leadership team, youth praise band, and participated in mission trips to Texas, Kentucky, Alabama and Panama.
Ms. Babcock is a part time employee of Chick-‐fil-‐A in West Columbia, SC.
SCHC congratulates Sarah Joy Babcock on her accomplishments and is proud to have her represent SCHC with this award.