Mary Moulton, the reincarnated spirit of the literary version of Mary Poppins, was born in Bedford, Mass. on February 17, 1901 to Harry E. and Ida M. Moulton. Upon the untimely death of their parents Mary and her brothers were sent to live with varies family members. Mary developed a deep passion for horses while living with family members who owned a cab company (horse drawn carriages) in Boston. As an adult she worked in various clerical positions including at the Shawmat Bank of Boston (now Bank of America), the Chemical War Dept. at the Edgewood Arsenal, and as a licensed cab driver. She had a love for the story of Peter Pan and her adventurous spirit strove to explore the world. Throughout her life she would find every opportunity to engage in her passion for horses and ride whenever possible. As my father’s Aunt, Mary regularly made arrangements to take my dad riding which passed her love of horsemanship into the next generation. My father passed that interest on to me along with stories of my Great Aunt’s adventures as a horsewoman. It is her passion that is reflected and in this scholarship.
In 2020 it was the contribution of Catherine Olde to continue to honor of her great aunt, Mary Moulton, with the adoption of the Mary Elizabeth Moulton Memorial Fund. Catherine had passed that love and passion of horses and horsemanship on to her grand daughter Katie. It started with lessons which grew to ownership of her own horse Pepper. When she outgrew Pepper, the mare moved on to another youth to grow her horsemanship skills and Vinnie (Ferretti) was purchased for Katie. After much success and growth for this pair, 2020 brought unforeseen choices and Vinnie was donated back to our Youth Program for other young horsemen and women to grow their passions by having a competitive Morgan to show. Something they may not otherwise have opportunity to or afford.
This year the scholarship started for season 2022. It was for the youth already established within the HorseFeathers Equine Facility show team. This is where horses aquired through the Morgan Safenet Program under repurpose are quality horses for competition with their own set of barriers to maintain will not be adopted out but can still give back to the community in return.
MARY ELIZABETH MOULTON MEMORIAL FUND Results 2022
“Carry The Torch” Scholarship Application
Why A Scholarships: To aid a youth who may not be able to bear the full burden of horse ownership but has demonstrated a dedication to learning all aspects of horsemanship and a desire to be an active member of the Horse Feathers Equestrian show team.
Dollar Amounts: The amount of the scholarship will vary based on contributions. This year there will be a tiered award system: $500/$250 and honorable mentions (amounts TBD based on participants). These awards may be applied toward further education, competition fees, clinician fees and or needs for attire to compete.
They were asked:
1. Describe how your involvement with horses in the HorseFeathers Programs have helped/changed you so far. How would you pay that experience forward to someone else and share their passion for horses and horsemanship to grow the industry strong.
(Total possible score,7 points.)
2. Discuss how you would promote equestrianism as a sport. Include what you have gained from it that might be different from other sports such as soccer, football, etc. Include why it’s just as important as any other sport. (Total possible score, 6 points.)
4. What challenges do you face in continuing to have horses in your life? How might this Scholarship help to overcome these challenges? (Total possible score, 5 points.)
The judge took allowed points for each question and started at the middle e.g. #1 3.5, #2 3, #3 2.5, as in everyone starts out as average.
Read the responses as they relate ‘directly’ to the questions asked. If the entire question was not responded to then there was a .5 deduction for each lack of response. Not the quality of the response.
Then re-read the responses, adding .5 for each clear response, without criticizing the merit or value of the response.
I did not add or detract based on quality of reference check.
Honorable Mention (8pts) Mckenzie Mattox
Season 2022 showing Maxwell Smart
Honorable Mention (9.5pts) Olivia Glovaz
Season 2022 showing OFS Noble Rage
Reserve Champion (10pts) Gwen Weaver
Season 2022 showing TBD
Champion (11pts) Samantha Ferguson
Season 2022 Showing Ferretti
New this season is the opportunity to broaden to other youth who may be in a similar situation. Our first recipient this year will be Rosie Tylenda of Blackrose Morgans in Colchester VT. Rosie was a Jr Exhibitor stepping up to A rated shows in need of a competitive horse for the saddleseat or hunt division. Randall had been on the bench and in need of a partner to show the world all he has to offer and more! We think this will be a perfect match! And we could not be happier to see where this goes!
As part of the award, should Rosie qualify for Nationals in this coming show season, Randall will come back to HorseFeathers in early September and HF will sponsor his ride, stall and some expenses (TBD) so that this team can attend Morgan Grand Nationals as a pair!
Randall(Illegal Motion) is not available for adoption but he is ready to lend a hand for a youth in need. He's ready to give back! We are looking forward to updates in the coming months. Follow their journey!
Please consider a donation to help our scholarship award grow. Donations will help support youth in need and grant them access to funding to help with expenses along the way. Your support also helps maintain, keep and add future horses to this amazing program! Youth of today...equestrians of tomorrow!