University of Vermont AAHS

  PAT COMERFORD: Equine Educator of the Year

[reproduced from Summer 2002 Caution:Horses]

Pat Comerford is the recipient of the 2002 Paul Travis Memorial Award, Equine educator of the Year. She teaches at Pennsylvania State University and her work with youth programs both in Pennsylvania and Colorado, her prior teaching post, gained her national acclaim.

It is now time to ask for nominations for the Paul Travis Memorial Award for 2003. The criteria for this award are fairly broad. Although the three previous recipients have taught equine subjects at university level, that is not a requirement. The recipient can be anyone who has demonstrated a dedication to horsemanship education. It can be a camp director whose attention to the program has been consistently creative with a dedication to safety above all else. It can be an author who has published a work or works that have assisted horsemen better understand and relate to their animals. It can be a guest ranch manager and riding director or Head Wrangler whose dedication to safety has led him or her to explore new and exciting ways to give guests a safe experience while at the same time helping them understand the horse and why it must be treated with respect and kindness.

Although AAHS membership is not a bar to receiving an award, AAHS board members and officers are not eligible.

Nominations should include the name and address of the person nominated as well as that of the person making the nomination, along with the reasons for the nomination.

Nominations should be mailed to:
Paul Travis Memorial
Drawer 39
Fentress, TX 78622


The Pennsylvania State University
College of Agricultural Sciences
Cooperative Extension
Dairy and Animal Science
324 Henning Building
University Park, PA 16802-3503

February 6, 2002

Ms. Jan Dawson
American Association for Horsemanship Safety
Drawer 39
Fentress, TX 78622

Dear Jan:

Thank you and the American Association for Horsemanship Safety for recognizing me with the Paul Travis Memorial Award of Equine Educator of the Year.  I was truly surprised to receive this award and sincerely appreciate this honor.

Thank you for your kind (and funny) comments during the presentation of the award at the AYHC symposium.  I will remember the evening with fond memories.

I thank you also in behalf of all the youth horse leaders and professionals who have worked with me in developing safety programming.  I am fortunate to have the cooperation and support of many talented and dedicated people through my association with the Pennsylvania 4-H Horse Program, the American Youth Horse council, equine extension specialists and several equine breed and industry organizations.  This award is also a tribute to their efforts and expertise.

Thank you again for this recognition and for your ongoing dedication to horsemanship safety.



Pat Comerford
Extension Horse Specialist

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