A Note From Your AQHA President

Around the World with AQHA President Sandy Arledge

AQHA President Sandy Arledge shares insight on the latest AQHA Executive Committee meeting held in Amarillo.

AQHA’s president Sandy Arledge shares insight on the workings of the Association and executive committee. (Journal photo)

As I mentioned in my first blog, one of my top priorities for this year is to improve communication and transparency. The goal of this blog is to keep you informed with the happenings and travels of your AQHA president and give you insight into the workings of your Association and Executive Committee.

Upon leaving the AQHA West Level 1 Championships in Las Vegas, I flew to Amarillo to meet with my fellow Executive Committee members, who I often refer to as “my boys” – Ralph Seekins, Stan Weaver, Jim Heird and Butch Wise. This is a dedicated group of men who are willing to leave their “day” jobs and volunteer their time and vast expertise to your Association.

During my visit in Amarillo, I was privileged to address the AQHA staff during an employee assembly. I shared my goals for my term as president. If you weren’t able to attend this year’s convention, you can read my goals at www.aqha.com/convention. During the employee assembly, AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines introduced new employees and honored those receiving recognition for being with AQHA for five, 10 and 15 years. AQHA has a tremendous staff of dedicated and loyal employees, many of whom have been on board for 20 years or more. If you have a chance, thank them for their good work!

                                                 (Photo: Sharing my goals with the AQHA staff)

Many of you may not know that the Executive Committee holds quarterly meetings in Amarillo to conduct the business of the Association. The April meeting is a biggie; all committee reports and recommendations from the AQHA Convention are carefully reviewed and considered for adoption, revision or denial. It’s also the meeting where appointments are made for committees, councils and commissions. Suffice it to say, it’s an intense meeting.

Another half day is spent each quarter reviewing the investments that AQHA holds on behalf of all the Association’s funds. Our investment team comes to Amarillo to hold a review session with the AQHA Investment Oversight Council, the Executive Committee and key staff. In addition, our treasurer and chief operating officer, Trent Taylor gives a financial report on the American Quarter Horse Foundation and the Association.

After this AQHA Executive Committee meeting, I’m even more excited for what the year has in store for us as a member-driven organization! I encourage each of you to read Craig’s post which covers some of the highlights from the meeting and the 2016 standing committee reports, available online.

If you haven’t noticed yet, there is a new staff directory on AQHA.com. The staff directory provides you with a list of key staff, along with their pictures so that you can put a face with a name/voice. The directory also lists the employees reporting to our senior staff and their job titles. Hopefully, this employee “map” will help you get to the right person when conducting business with AQHA. View the AQHA Staff Directory

In between my travels representing AQHA at numerous events this summer, I plan to spend time with my two corgis, Zip and Zoom, at my home in Encinitas, California. We’ll be hiking in the hills, walking on the beach and working in the garden. 


(Photo: Hiking with my girls - Zoom and Zip)     (Photo: Celebrating my birthday on the beach with my girls!)

As many of you know, I’m an avid professional baseball fan, and I’ll be cheering on my team, the San Diego Padres, from my seats in Petco Park! I made sure to be home for the opening day of Major League Baseball in April; it is always a spectacular event. This year, however, I’m afraid I’m going to miss more games than I get to attend.


(Photo: Opening Day 2016)                                (Photo: A view from my seats at Petco Park!)

If you’re interested, I have more pictures of my travels, my garden and the ball games on my Facebook page. I’m looking forward to writing my next blog on my travels and experiences as your AQHA president.

Stay tuned to www.aqha.com for more blog posts!


Until next time!