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John Andreini Scholarships

Six $1,000 scholarships were presented at Ruidoso Downs on Monday.

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Four of the six winners of a John Andreini Scholarship from the All American Ruidoso Downs Foundation (AARDF) were at Ruidoso Downs for a formal presentation on Monday.

The scholarships are worth $1,000, and all of the recipients have a family connection to horse racing. The four recipients who were present were Karina Aldavaz of Dexter, New Mexico; Tylo Kim Farrar of College Station, Texas; Cheyann Lynn Jaramillo of Santa Teresa, New Mexico; and Wyatt Dillon Stinebaugh of College Station, Texas. Unable to attend were Darin Andrew Chavers of Thornton, Colorado, and Colten Gavin O’Dell of Buena Park, California.

The AARDF board of directors selected the six recipients from 26 applicants.

“This scholarship means a lot,” Jaramillo, 18, said. “Now I don’t have to worry about everything financially, and I still have the opportunity to work around the track.”

Jaramillo is working in the Ruidoso Downs’ jockey’s room kitchen this summer.

“If I didn’t have the scholarship, I would be trying to find another job," she said.

A student in the New Mexico State University system, Jaramillo recently completed her freshman year. Her family has a strong connection to New Mexico racing. Her father, Paul Jaramillo, gallops horses, and her mother, Tina Dennison, is a groom. Jaramillo's uncle Simon Buechler is a trainer, her aunt Danna Buechler works with Simon, and her grandfather Dan Dennison is a trainer.

Scholarship winners must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in their most recent year of study and will attend a university, college, vocation school, or certificate program within six months of the application deadline of April 15, 2019. The scholarship honors the memory of John Andreini, one of the four original partners in All American Ruidoso Downs LLC (AARD) and a member of the AARDF. He died in 2018.

Andreini started Andreini and Company in 1951,  and he built the business into one of the largest privately held insurance brokerage firms in the United States. He began involvement in quarter horse racing in 1968, and he was active as and owner, breeder and with many organizations connected to horse racing.

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