Rangers accepting essays through Dec. 26 to win horse-riding lessons

The Apache Junction Mounted Rangers have a history of giving back to the community. Above, members on Nov. 20 presented a $1,000 check to Apache Junction Head Start. From left, are rangers Allison Strathern, John Seaman, Joan Felkner and Gerald Burgener, Tara Leigh with the Head Start program and ranger Pete Toroll. (Courtesy of Apache Junction Mounted Rangers)

The Apache Junction Mounted Rangers have a history of giving back to the community. Above, members on Nov. 20 presented a $1,000 check to Apache Junction Head Start. From left, are rangers Allison Strathern, John Seaman, Joan Felkner and Gerald Burgener, Tara Leigh with the Head Start program and ranger Pete Toroll. (Courtesy of Apache Junction Mounted Rangers)

 

The Apache Junction Mounted Rangers are looking for four youths who are interested in horsemanship.

The organization is holding its twice-yearly essay contest for students in grades four-12 in the Apache Junction Unified School District, according to a press release.

The winners will receive weekly horse-riding and horse-care lessons, which are paid for by the rangers, for three months. All equipment, including horses, will be furnished.

To enter, a student must write an essay stating why he or she should be chosen for the opportunity to learn about how to care for a horse as well as how to ride one.

Entries must include a cover letter with the student’s name, address, phone number, the name of the school the entrant attends and his or her grade level.

Entries must also include a letter of consent from the entrant’s parent or guardian indicating they agree to provide transportation to and from the lessons.

Essays must be received by Dec. 26. They must be mailed to: Apache Junction Mounted Rangers, P.O. Box 699, Apache Junction AZ 85117.

Youths who have applied before and were unsuccessful may reapply for consideration.

For more information, call Joan Felkner at 480-288-6152.

For more information on the organization, visit the Apache Junction Mounted Rangers website.

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