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MHC Announces New Scholarship for Veterinary Students, The Sambuca Memorial Scholarship.

DOUGLAS, MA - 8/4/16 - April Renzella donates a new scholarship to the Massachusetts Horsemen's Council.

The Sambuca Memorial Scholarship, donated by April Renzella, is a new $500 scholarship for students working towards a veterinary degree. This scholarship is in memory of the her beloved horse, Sambuca.

"We went through a long period of two steps forward, one step back with Sambuca's health. We were so fortunate to have Dr. Jose Garcia-Lopez and Dr. Kate Chope at Tufts Large Animal Hospital carefully watching and examining his every move," said Renzella. "My mom, Ann, and I are so appreciative of the team of vets who helped Sambuca and we want to assist in the education of another future animal care provider."

April and Sambuca had a decorated career here in Massachusetts. They won the 2013 Bit O'Straw Child/Adult Special Hunter Classic at the Head of the Bay horse show, received top honors in the Large Junior Hunters at the 2010 Fieldstone Spring Festival, and qualified for the Days of Champions medal finals with a win in the medal class almost every year they competed. In 2009, April generously let Nicole Nichelmann ride him in the Adult Medal where the two placed 11th in the Over 30 Championship. April and Sambuca attended both the 2010 and 2014 MHC Medal Finals.

The MHC is honored to be the chosen organization to give out this scholarship. The Renzella family has been a long-time friend of the Massachusetts Horsemen's Council and we are proud to honor their horse with a scholarship that focuses on supporting the next generation of veterinary experts who take care of our equine friends.

The deadline for sending in your application is 9/11/16. The award will be recognized at the 2016 MHC Days of Champions. If you have any questions please email Felicia at

For more information on MHC scholarships please visit our website:

In Memory of Sambuca

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