Equine Education grant awarded to Wisconsin woman

Wisconsin State Farmer

TREMPEALEAU - Valerie Pierzina was recently awarded the Harry Sebring Memorial Grant through the American Morgan Horse Educational Charitable Trust. 

Valerie Pierzina  a Master Equine Massage Therapist from Trempealeau.

Harry Sebring was a renowned Morgan horse trainer and the grant was created by his family in his memory, since he always wanted to see young adults excel personally and professionally.

The Harry Sebring Memorial Grant is offered to all American Morgan Horse Association  members under the age of 40 who would like to further his or her equine education, skills, or proficiency and/or provide equine-related experiences and education that will further the grant recipient's business endeavors.  

Valerie, who is a Master Equine Massage Therapist from Trempealeau, will utilize the grant to further her equine therapy education as she apprentices with Greg Gage of Therasage Equine Massage Certification school to become his program’s first employed equine massage instructor.  

Greg has been a certified human massage therapist for nearly 25 years and has been teaching equine massage therapy techniques through the course he developed more than 18 years ago.

Valerie first became certified in equine massage therapy in 2015 and added her master’s certification in 2016. The apprenticeship and training is expected to take approximately two years to complete.

In respect to the award, Carrie Mortensen, Executive Director of the American Morgan Horse Association stated, “It was well-deserved. The trustees were very impressed with Valerie’s resume and goals.”  

Valerie added, “I feel a great sense of gratitude and responsibility to represent the Sebring family well. I am humbled to be a part of the amazing legacy Harry Sebring left in the Morgan community.” She continued, “While the funding will be integral in financing my educational pursuit, the honor of being awarded the grant in Harry’s name is invaluable.”