AQHA International Department Directory

Get to know the members of the AQHA International Department.

AQHA Director of International Activities Sierra Kane 

Sierra Kane joined AQHA as Manager of International Activities in August 2017 and was promoted into the position of AQHA Director of International Activities in October 2019. In her current role, Sierra serves as the primary liaison to AQHA’s international affiliates and helps guide the direction of the department with AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines.   

Prior to receiving her position as the Director of International Activities at AQHA, Sierra completed her master’s degree at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, where she lived, worked, and studied for approximately two years. Sierra also obtained her bachelor’s degree from Westminster College in Utah, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with an honor’s distinction. Today, Sierra is pursuing additional formal education at West Texas A&M University, where she will earn her master’s degree in business administration.

While Sierra has spent thousands of hours abroad, one of her favorite places in the world is home in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she enjoys hiking the Wasatch Mountains and riding American Quarter Horses. Sierra began riding horses at the young age of eight and has competed as an AQHA member for over fifteen years. One of Sierra’s highlights as an AQHA competitor was riding her forever horse, Sudden Tee Time (“Arnold”) in trail at the Ford Youth World.

Not only has Sierra been active in showing horses within AQHA, she has also held several leadership positions. Sierra has served as the AQHYA Region 7 Director, youth president of the Utah Quarter Horse Association and participated in the Youth Excellence Seminar as a youth ambassador in Amarillo, Texas. Little did Sierra know that she would one day return to Amarillo to launch her professional career.

In her role today, Sierra works hard to advocate for AQHA’s international members by building and maintaining strong partnerships with affiliates and engaging with the international committee to address international member challenges. Additionally, Sierra partners with fellow staff to tailor educational programs, recognition and awards, and member services and business processes to fit the needs of international members. She is passionate about continuing to support and recognize the global AQHA community.

AQHA Manager of Multilingual Resources and Communication Ashley Baller

As the Manager of Multilingual Resources and Communication, Ashley works to improve communication and enhance resources, while also gaining insight into what can be further implemented to benefit and cater to the needs of our international affiliates and members in order to better connect, strengthen and enrich the international American Quarter Horse community.

Ashley grew up in Parker, Colorado, where she spent her time showing all-around and ranch events, as well as being active within the rodeo royalty community. In May 2018 she graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor's of science in equine science and minors in business administration and Spanish. During her time at CSU, she was a member of the American Quarter Horse Judging Team, Equine Science Steward's and the Collegiate Horseman’s Association.

In an effort to refine her Spanish, Ashley studied abroad in San Sebastián, Spain, where she solidified her love and appreciation for culture and travel. Through years of involvement with the National Western Stock Show, she realized that promoting the western and agricultural industries was at the root of her passion and greatest goal for her future career. Ashley is excited to exercise her Spanish, while implementing all that she’s learned through her time at CSU to serve as a member of the International Department.

Ashley is grateful to have the opportunity to impact the Quarter Horse industry on a global scale, while providing for the needs of our international members. Through her current role at AQHA, Ashley assists with the management of programs and initiatives that are committed to improving the international member experience. This includes the international educational marketplace program, international Member Experience events and activities related to the translation of forms and resources into AQHA's five core languages - French, Italian, German, Spanish and Portuguese. Improved communication and implementation of easier-to-access, multilingual resources is at the forefront of her goals. Stay up to date and involved with AQHA International’s upcoming news and activities through our Facebook page, blog and newsletter!

AQHA International Administrative Assistant Hannah Campbell

The international department is excited to have Hannah Campbell as the AQHA International Administrative Assistant. In this role, Hannah is essential in providing improved services to international members by assisting with the organization and implementation of international activities, programs and initiatives. Hannah’s lifelong passion for the American Quarter Horse and skilled background as an AQHA

Member Experience Professional makes her a valuable asset to the team. 

Agriculture is a way of life for Hannah and her family. She grew up in St. Johns, Michigan, on a family owned Simmental and Angus cow-calf and hog operation where they hosted clinics and the annual Five Star Cattle Sale. As a youth, Hannah showed cattle and hogs in 4-H at the local and state level. She was also a member of Future Farmers of America and enjoyed barrel racing and competing on her high school equestrian team with her American Quarter Horse, Bucks Toystory Woody (“Rio”).

Hannah’s passion for the horse carried her well beyond her competition days and into her college career. In May 2018 she graduated from Black Hawk College East in Galva, Illinois, with an Associate Degree in Science. During her time at Black Hawk College East, she was a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and enjoyed her equine-related classes such as horsemanship, equine performance and colt starting. 

Then in May 2020, Hannah graduated from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, with a Bachelor of Science in Equine Industry and Business and a Minor in Animal Science. While at West Texas A&M University, Hannah was an active member of the Agriculture Business Club and Ranch Horse Team. To expand her global education, Hannah studied agriculture abroad in Australia and New Zealand. Today, Hannah stays active in the community by barrel racing with her horse, Rio. 

Hannah joined AQHA in January 2019 as an AQHA Member Experience Professional, and since then has assisted hundreds of AQHA members through her expertise in membership, web navigation and registration. In her new role, she is excited to combine her love for the horse and previous AQHA experience to serve AQHA international members and affiliates. Hannah is eager to connect with AQHA enthusiasts around the world and make the AQHA international member experience more enjoyable through the added support that she brings to the international team. 
 

Questions or want to learn more about AQHA International programs and events? Contact us at international@aqha.org