The Jon Conyers Memorial Scholarship was established to honor an extraordinary teacher, judge and coach and is available annually to an undergraduate competing member of the IHSA. The hallmark of Jon’s involvement with the IHSA was his willingness to share his knowledge and experience with anyone interested in learning. His selfless commitment helped shape the IHSA as we know it today. Jon competed as an undergraduate IHSA rider; instructed and coached for numerous college programs; frequently judged IHSA horse shows and gave clinics. In addition he served as a member of the IHSA Board of Directors for many years in a variety of capacities as a Regional President; Zone Chairperson; National Director of Alumni; Director at Large and National Horse Show Manager.
Jon believed in the “basics” and worked tirelessly with his riders to help them develop a working partnership with their horse. A rider that demonstrates Jon’s ideals would first have a passion and respect for the horse. Additionally, this rider would demonstrate a desire to improve him or herself in order to improve his or her relationship and communication with the horse. Jon enjoyed teaching all levels of riders, but especially appreciated the opportunity to work with riders who were just beginning their journey with horses and help them have the right start toward developing themselves as good equine partners.
The award winner will receive a scholarship from the Intercollegiate Equestrian Foundation.
2023 - Kathryn Howard - James Madison University
2022 - Mychajla Motuz - Arcadia University
2019 - Daisy Coronel - California State University, Monterey Bay
2018 – Carol Law – Mount Holyoke College
2017 - Leslie Giorgetti - Hollins University
2016 - Danielle Tominus - William Patterson University
2015 - Riley Merdinian - Truman State University - Kirksville Missouri
2014 - Mary Thomson - St. Andrew's University
2013 - Katlynn Cross - Wesleyan College
2011 - Madeleine Day - University of the South
2010 - Tom Schoen - Miami University of Ohio