The AQHA Intern Experience

Inside My Internship

Elizabeth Ellis shares an inside view of her background before joining AQHA’s team as the 2017 fall marketing and publicity internship.

Jax is the reason I fell in love with the American Quarter Horse and AQHA.

My name is Elizabeth Ellis, and I am the Fall 2017 marketing and publicity intern. I am from McDonough, Georgia, (just south of Atlanta), and I moved to Amarillo a week ago to begin my internship with AQHA.

I own one American Quarter Horse, Zips Cracker Jack, also known as “Jax.” He is the reason I fell in love with the American Quarter Horse and AQHA. My parents bought me Jax in 2009, and I began showing at AQHA-approved shows shortly thereafter. During my first few years showing, I was encouraged by the Georgia Quarter Horse Association youth adviser to become more involved in GQHYA and the American Quarter Horse Youth Association.

In 2012, I became the first vice-president of GQHYA and was encouraged to attend the Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar and run for a director position for Region 10. I was elected as a director and re-elected the following year at YES. Also, after my term as GQHYA first vice-president, I was elected GQHYA president for two years. I attended YES for the three years, and they were some of my favorite experiences during my youth career. Showing at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show was also a highlight of my time during youth, due to all the great experiences that were offered at the show and the opportunities provided by being a youth director.

I went to school at Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia, and I graduated this past May. I studied animal science with a minor in chemistry. At Berry, I showed at Intercollegiate Horse Show Association shows and also continued to compete at AQHA-approved shows. Showing in college was very rewarding and opened a new realm of opportunities and friendships. I am so excited to be a part of the AQHA internship program and thankful for my ability to continue to chase my dreams.

My internship started during the 2017 AQHA Select World ChampionshipShow, presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan). There is no better way to start an AQHA internship than amidst a world show! The atmosphere is inspiring; watching people’s dreams come true is an incredible experience. To see someone finally achieve their goal of winning a coveted AQHA gold globe is unlike anything else. All day and night, people are riding their American Quarter Horses in hopes of making it to the finals of their class and achieving that memorable moment in the arena. And all anyone wants is to be the last person standing in the middle of the arena.

Stay tuned for more of my blog posts this fall!

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