The Apache Junction Mounted Rangers are looking for youths who are interested in horsemanship to participate in an essay contest.
The winning four youngsters will be provided with weekly horse-riding lessons for three months. All lessons will be funded by the Apache Junction Mounted Rangers.
All equipment will be furnished, including horses during the lessons.
To be eligible, a child must be a student living within the Apache Junction Unified School District boundaries and attend any of the grades four through 12, according to a press release.
Youths who have applied before and were unsuccessful are welcome to reapply.
The entry deadline is Aug. 15.
Interested students need to write an essay stating why they should be chosen for this opportunity to learn about horses and how to ride. Entries should include a cover letter with the entrant’s name, address, phone number, name of the school he or she attends and grade level.
In addition, entrants will need a letter of consent by a parent or guardian indicating they agree to provide transportation to and from the lessons.
Essays should be mailed to: AJ Mounted Rangers; P.O. Box 699; Apache Junction, AZ 85117.
For more information, call AJMR spokeswoman Joan Felkner at 480-288-6152.
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