Britney Joe Prewitt, daughter of Joe and Eva Prewitt, was a senior at Nelson County High School in Bardstown, Kentucky, a member of the varsity cheerleading squad, FFA, and the Kentucky Quarter Horse Youth Association. But in 2007, Britney passed away leaving a void in the hearts of many. She was an active member and competitor in KyQHYA known for her laughter and wonderful smile. “People would just stop to see what Britney was going to do next. She was full of sunshine,” says Kelly Salmon, youth advisor for the Kentucky Quarter Horse Association.

Prewitt truly loved her American Quarter Horse, Goodtime Candy. And it was her love and compassion for her horse and fellow competitors that brought the organization together to create an endowed scholarship through the American Quarter Horse Foundation which would pay tribute to Britney’s courageous and energetic personality.

The Britney Joe Unbridled Spirit Scholarship was established to recognize Kentucky students who demonstrate a love for their horses by promoting and fostering the Kentucky Quarter Horse Youth Association and its programs in a meaningful way. “Kentucky is a place where spirits are free to soar and big dreams can be fulfilled. We relish competition and cherish our champions for their willingness to push beyond conventional boundaries to reach new heights of success,” says the KyQHA board of directors.

Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded annually. Candidates must apply as a college sophomore in anticipation of continuing their junior and senior years as an undergraduate enrolled at an accredited college or university of their choice. Students must be a Kentucky resident with at least two years membership in the KyQHYA, one year of which must be their last eligible year of youth.