NSBA Foundation Scholarship

NSBA Youth Scholarship Program


Mackenzie Boone Wins 2017 NSBA Foundation Scholarship

Eighteen-year-old Mackenzie Boone has been named this year’s NSBA Foundation scholarship recipient. A resident of Markleville, Indiana, Mackenzie is an accomplished horseman, entrepreneur and freshman at Purdue Polytechnic, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership.

Entrepreneur Plans

Mackenzie has an entrepreneurial spirit and big plans for her future. When she participated in Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) of Madison County, she joined a select group of students in a 22-week program. During her time at YEA! she was involved in developing a business idea, writing a full business plan and pitching investors to secure funding, similar to the television program Shark Tank. Upon presenting her business, Sew Beyond, to investors, she received more funding than any of her fellow students for her business.

After earning her degree, Mackenzie plans to expand her parents’ business, Cowpokes Work and Western, to a larger location and add an expo center and restaurant that can host everything from concerts to rodeos and horse shows. She also plans to invent a product before she graduates from Purdue that she can create a small business around, as well as continue her current small business, Sew Beyond, where which she creates and sells infinity scarves.

Equestrian Pursuits

Horses have always been part of Mackenzie’s life, and she plans to keep it that way well into the future as well. “I plan to continually ride and show horses in my spare time,” she said. “Eventually, when I have children, I want them to be involved with horses and have the experience of a lifetime that I have been blessed with in my years of riding and showing.”

Mackenzie has been involved with the Indiana Quarter Horse Youth Association as president, vice president, treasurer and director of the past few years, as well as active with FFA at Pendleton Heights High School prior to attending Purdue Polytechnic. She showed ML Dynamic Venture to a top ten finish at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, and showed both ML Dynamic Venture and A Hotrod Sensation to earn $1,600 in scholarship awards at the Finish Line NSBA Youth Scholarship Show. She was also named the IQHA 15-18 All Around Youth in 2015.

Trainer Tye Carson has watched Mackenzie grow into a poised and confident young woman. “Mackenzie believes that you must give 100 percent in all you do. She could not have accomplished all that she has without the work ethic she has,” he said.

“Having a young person like this in our barn is a huge benefit. The young kids coming up are always learning that you can do well in school and with your horse and have a blast doing it.  She is a dedicated, kind, helpful, smart, responsible person, and I am blessed that she is a part of our riding program. I am proud of who she is and what she stands for.”

Congratulations and best wishes to Mackenzie on earning this year’s NSBA scholarship award!