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Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Meet the candidates for the 2013 AQHYA national officer and regional director election.

May 16, 2012

2012 AQHYA YES

A new team of AQHYA national officers and regional directors will be elected during the 2012 Youth Excellence Seminar on June 21-23 in Amarillo, Texas.

Let your voice be heard and let your state’s voting delegates know who you’d like to see lead AQHYA into 2013.

Here is how it works:

Step One: All candidates must be delegates chosen by the state they reside in.
Step Two: All candidates must submit a declaration and application to run to AQHYA.
Step Three: All candidates must be participants at the Youth Excellence Seminar.
Step Four: All candidates must be elected by their peers (voting delegates) during the YES event.
Step Five: All officer candidates must be elected as directors in their region during the YES event to continue to the officer elections.

Before you cast your vote, check out this year’s candidates.

Region 1
Cheyenne Adams, Washington
Director Candidate
I feel that Washington and all of Region One needs to be involved more in the AQHYA. We are so far away and we need to be involved.

Region 2
Ashley Hamling, Nebraska
Director Candidate
Officer Candidate
AQHYA has helped me realize we all can become leaders and make a difference. It’s been an amazing year as a director and I’d love to be elected again.

Ashley Anderson, Nebraska
Director Candidate
I decided to run for a regional director because I want to have a greater impact on AQHYA and I want to be more involved. As a director, you are given more opportunities to influence members on a broader scale, and I want to be able to do that. I want to find new ways to increase the number of members apart of this organization and publicize AQHYA’s name so that everyone can know about the amazing benefits this organization and for horses, and as a director I think I could definitely benefit AQHYA.

Codi Uecker, Montana
Director Candidate
I thought it would be a fun way to become involved, meet new people and promote AQHYA.

Sadie Church, Montana
Director Candidate
In 2011, when I attended YES for the first time, I was persuaded into running as a director. I have had such a blast, and I’ve learned so much from the experience, that I decided I will run again this year to finish off my last years of youth.

Tee Newton Aune, Montana
Director Candidate
I want to promote AQHYA, get more youth involved with this wonderful Association and promote the American Quarter Horse.

Region 3
Alyssa Lombardi, Illinois
Director Candidate
I want to be a director for many obvious reasons, such as getting to meet new people, having new experiences and enjoying the fun of being around people who share your passion. Also, I will be a senior next year, and I hope to help pass on what AQHYA has done for me to the kids I will leave behind by encouraging them to become more active in AQHYA just as our current director, Dylan, has done with me.

Austin Bond, Iowa
Director Candidate
To help promote AQHA to people who aren’t members or don’t know about it.

Region 4
Lauren Diaz, Ohio
Director Candidate
Officer Candidate
After attending the YES conference for the first time three years ago, I was able to experience the Quarter Horse industry from a whole new perspective. I have decided to run for an AQHYA office because I have been exposed to countless opportunities of ways I can help my state and region, and the organization as a whole, become more successful.

Bailey Mierzejewski, Ohio
Director Candidate
Officer Candidate
I have enjoyed being a Region Four director and would lot to become more involved as an officer.

Region 5
Mark Mowbray, Delaware
Director Candidate
Officer Candidate
I want to be a part of the enhancement and growth of AQHYA. I also want to improve the communication not only in my region, but the whole nation as well.

Lizzy Koons, Pennsylvania
Director Candidate
As a director, I would work to increase AQHYA membership by working with 4-H and FFA to encourage them to be a part of our organization. Also, I would like to increase participation in AQHYA through activities that are both fun and educational.

Abigail Buckwalter, Maryland
Director Candidate
I am looking to enhance my final years as an AQHYA member and become more involved in what AQHYA has to offer. I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful association: AQHYA.

Kimberly Brown, Virginia
Director Candidate
I want to make a difference on a national level. I’ve watched all of my friends grow up through AQHYA, and I think I could be a good leader through dedication, communication and focus. Stick with Kimbo – Rock On!

Paige Stopperich, Pennsylvania
Director Candidate
I want to be more involved with my region, AQHYA and help promote the Quarter Horse Industry in every way I can.

Morgan Rogers, Virginia
Director Candidate
I decided to run for Region Five director because I want to help change the Association in a positive way by gaining more members, promoting and supporting state/regional youth associations, fundraising in fun ways and performing more community service.

Madison Eichstadt, Pennsylvania
Director Candidate
As a regional director I can expand my contribution toward furthering the Quarter Horse experience among youth. By being a larger part of AQHYA, I could share my ideas while learning from others. The knowledge I gain from my affiliate organization I can contribute to AQHYA and vice versa.

Samantha Felts, Virginia
Director Candidate
I have seen what my brother has done with AQHYA and I would like to do the same; I want to make a difference and be remembered.

Region 6

Region 7
Sierra Arroyo, Nevada
Director Candidate
Officer Candidate
I first decided to run for an AQHYA director position because I’ve always wanted to be more actively involved in this amazing organization. After spending the previous year on the board, I know I want to continue what I started.

Sierra Kane, Utah
Director Candidate
I decided to run for regional director because I want to continue to submerge myself in the youth club. I am excited to be a part of it and help it progress.

Region 8
Austin Halvorson, Oklahoma
Director Candidate
Officer Candidate
I believe that I can use this position to benefit my community, state, country and Association by involving people and bringing new and efficient ideas to the Association.

Rebecca Alden, New Mexico
Director Candidate
I am running for an AQHYA director position because of the work that I have started in my state of New Mexico as an outreach liaison to FFA and 4-H. I feel that this should be carried forward to others in all regions and countries through Quarter Horses to expand the breadth and depth of AQHA to more people.
I feel like this would be an excellent opportunity to represent the organization that has given me so much throughout the years, and I would like to give back and reach out to others so that they may know more about Quarter Horses.

Region 9
Sarah Ann Pendergraft, Arkansas
Director Candidate
Officer Candidate
To be an AQHYA officer or director is a great way to have a voice in our Association and to help it reach its full potential, and I want to apply my leadership skills during my last year of youth.

Flynn Phillips, Mississippi
Director Candidate
After attending the YES conference last year, I learned a lot about what it takes to be a leader. I would love to be able to represent my region and AQHYA as a director.

Mary Claire Cornett, Mississippi
Director Candidate
I have enjoyed showing at AQHA shows and meeting and getting to know the other youth across the nation. I’ve enjoyed the programs AQHA promotes, especially YES, as well as all events at the Ford Youth World. I would like to see Region Nine grow and see more kids become involved and benefit as I have.

Courtney Jane Hunter, Arkansas
Director Candidate
I decided to run for a Region Nine director position because I want to take part in helping Region Nine and AQHYA plan fun events and increase membership. Also, I want to meet new people and becoming a director will give me that opportunity.

Kalee A. McCann, Mississippi
Director Candidate
I have thoroughly enjoyed being an officer for my state’s youth organization and I wish to expand my leadership skills by becoming an AQHYA regional director.

Sterling Saul, Arkansas
Director Candidate
I had a great time at YES last year and I would like to get more involved.

Region 10
Jordan Boyd, Florida
Director Candidate
Officer Candidate
Being an AQHYA officer and director is a wonderful experience, a ton of fun and also a great way to meet new friends you’ll never forget. AQHYA is a passion and a love of mine that I have had for many years.

Elizabeth Ellis, Georgia
Director Candidate
I wanted to get more involved in the AQHYA atmosphere and work to get more youth involved and help with the fundraising for AQHYA.

Taylor Bevis, Georgia
Director Candidate
I decided to run for an AQHYA regional director position because I have really enjoyed doing it this past year and have met some amazing people through it.

Bailey Martin, Florida
Director Candidate
Well, it’s my last year I’m eligible to run and I would like to contribute my time and leadership skills to the Association I love.