Winners Named in TCA Youth Essay Contest

Mary Eddy, 16, and Kayla Urbasik, 14, were co-winners in the TCA's essay contest.

Mary Eddy, 16, of Wilton, N.Y., and Kayla Urbasik, 14, of Ontario, Canada, have been named co-winners of the Thoroughbred Charities of America’s Second Annual Youth Essay Contest.

The contest was open to recipients of services, volunteers, supporters or anyone 18 years of age or younger, that has been impacted by an organization that received a grant from TCA in 2014. To participate, contestants submitted an essay containing a minimum of 300 words and a maximum of 600 words, describing how a TCA grantee charity has affected his or her life.

“We would like to thank all of the contestants who shared their experiences with us,” said Erin Crady executive director of TCA. “The support of volunteers like Mary and adopters like Kayla is invaluable to our grantee organizations.”

Essays were judged by select TCA board members and staff of Blood-Horse Publications on numerous criteria including the presence of a compelling and passionate argument, grammar, vocabulary and style, neatness and adherence to contest rules.

Go to Mary Eddy's winning essay.

Read Kayla Urbasik's winning essay.