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Dave Owen, Chairman of the David C. Owen Leadership Institute at Ottawa University was the keynote speaker at the annual scholarship banquet of the Kansas Horse Council. The council awards scholarships to outstanding young high school and college men and women who are active in horse related activities.
Owen, a former Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association calf roper spoke at the historic Sedalia Church in Manhattan, KS and referred to the original Marlboro man, J.A Long who joked "If it weren't for a good horse, a woman would be the sweetest thing in the world." “A great horse is a great athlete and cowboys talk about them just like they talk about Babe Ruth or Tom Brady”. Owen continued.
They are special animals with a photographic memory. They remember people, words, emotions, events and other horses in their social circle. When you look in their eyes you can tell they are incredibly special creatures who deserve our respect.”
“I always enjoy meeting young people who are high achievers and tonight is no exception. Ottawa University set up a leadership institute several years ago and I was honored to have it named The David C. Owen Leadership Institute. At the inaugural event I was asked what the mission was going to be, and it immediately came to me that “Nothing we do is more important for future generations than equipping young leaders with servant leadership principles and a strong moral compass”. That has been our guidepost ever since”, he said.
The Kansas Horse Council scholarship recipients will use the funds they received to further their college education.
Founded in 1865, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment and service to God and humanity as a Christ-inspired community of grace and open inquiry. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution, serving more than 4,500 students through its residential campuses in Ottawa, Kan., and Surprise, Ariz., and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan.; Surprise, Ariz.; Brookfield, Wis.; and online. Visit Ottawa.edu for more information.