Oregon Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association

Promoting the owning, breeding and racing of Oregon Thoroughbreds


OTOBA Awards $2,000 in Scholarships to Students

Pursuing Careers in the Equine Field


 As part of the mission of the Oregon Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (OTOBA) to strengthen the Oregon Thoroughbred industry with innovative ideas, the OTOBA Board of Directors established an annual student scholarship program. 

"Investing in the Future" was developed to encourage more students to enter the equine industry, whether as veterinarians, breeders or broadcasters. This year, the OTOBA Scholarship Committee offered a $1,000 scholarship and two $500 scholarships to deserving students. 

"This is the third year of our scholarship program and we are happy to continue to help young people with an interest in a career with horses achieve their goals," said Lynnelle Fox Smith, Executive Director of the OTOBA.  

The 2016 scholarship winners are: 


Laurel Caldwell of Eagle Point, Oregon is working on an Honors Bachelor of Science Degree at Oregon State University. She will pursue pre-veterinary medicine, specializing in horses, through a major in Biology. Laurel is a member of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association and will begin her term as Vice President of the Oregon State University Stock Horse Club next year. Growing up on a cattle and Thoroughbred horse ranch has given her experience in horse care and knowledge of the global Thoroughbred racing industry. She also participated in externships at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Kentucky.


Laura Sahlfeld of Hillsboro, Oregon will begin her fourth year as a veterinary student at Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine this fall with a goal to practice equine medicine in Oregon. Through her Master of Science Degree from Oregon State University’s Department of Animal Science, she developed an interest in large animal reproductive physiology (Theriogenology) and the clinical practice of veterinary obstetrics, gynecology and andrology. Laura has received several awards and certificates in her fields of study and has worked with Dr. Metcalf at the Honahlee PC Equine Reproduction Facility in Sherwood, Oregon and Dr. Jack Root at Oakhurst in Newberg, Oregon. 


Renee Bauman of Corvallis, Oregon will begin her second year as a veterinary student at Oregon State University this fall. Through high school and college, she volunteered and worked during the summer with different veterinarian clinics assisting the veterinarians to gain experience.  In 2015, she was selected by the International Veterinary Student Association to travel to Nicaragua to provide exams, surgeries and other procedures for animals there. Her goal upon graduation is to work with large animals, including equines.

Congratulations to our winners!