OCTA (formerly OKE), now in its sixteenth year, is a grassroots organization of enthusiastic riders from across the state of Oklahoma. Affiliated with the United States Eventing Association, its goal is to promote the sport of eventing.
Oklahoma Combined Training Association (OCTA) will award combined training educational scholarships to a junior member (18 years and under) and an adult member to be used before December 31 of the year following the application. Typically the awards have been for $250, but the exact amount and number of awards will depend upon the availability of funds per the discretion of the OCTA board.
Member in good standing for a full calendar year,
Spent eight hours volunteering for OCTA (including working on the board or committee, volunteering for an OCTA CT/HT or workday, learning day, etc.) or volunteering for an eventing landowner (who holds a business sponsorship with OCTA, or at a USEA horse trial) in the year they apply. Volunteer hours of a family member may be counted toward the volunteer hours for the applicant.
Members of the board are eligible to apply but exempt from the selection process.
All scholarship applications received by the due date will be reviewed by the scholarship committee (consisting of 2-3 members as approved by the OCTA board).
The scholarship committee will confirm that applicants meet the eligibility requirements and rank the applications within the junior and senior categories.
Priority will be given to members who have not received a scholarship in the past 5 years.
At the December business meeting, the scholarship committee will recommend to the board which applicants to fund. Awards are made based upon a vote of the OCTA Board.
Awards will be announced at the annual OTCA membership meeting.
If you are the recipient of a scholarship:
The funds must be spent on lessons or clinics for dressage, show jumping or cross country jumping. Other educational activities are acceptable per approval of the OCTA board. The money cannot be used for entry fees for shows, board, feed, gas, horse training or stabling.
You must renew your OCTA membership for the year in which you are awarded the scholarship monies.
The recipient must submit to the OCTA Treasurer receipts for the clinic or lessons or other documents showing how the money was spent.
The recipient must give a presentation at the annual OCTA membership meeting or submit an article to the newsletter describing how the scholarship money improved his/her riding skills.
NOTE: If the above requirements are not met, the funds must be refunded to the club.