AQHYA Officer and Director Candidates
Isabella of Snoqualmie, Washington, is currently serving as Region 1 AQHYA director. She is a high school sophomore seeking her third term as Region 1 director. She is currently the Washington State Quarter Horse Youth Association vice president and she has held several other positions in the past. This year, her platform is centered on horse nutrition and hydration. Horse nutrition is something every horse owner should have a basic knowledge of and it is Isabella’s goal to help educate more people.
Delaney of Omaha, Nebraska, is currently serving her second term as Region 2 AQHYA director. The recent high school graduate is running for another director term, as well as a position on the national officer team. She has served on various committees and has previously served as vice president for her affiliate. This year, Delaney would like to build off of her previous platform of educating members. She would like to focus on appreciation for the current AQHA members who have helped build AQHYA into what it is today.
Justin of Rocheport, Missouri, is currently serving as Region 3 director, and is looking to serve a third term, as well as run for a position on the AQHYA officer team. He has served as president of his affiliate, and in other affiliate positions. He would like to continue to focus on developing a deeper engagement of members in the Association. He would like to see social media used as a tool to inform all members of everything AQHYA has to offer. Justin hopes to focus on growing attendance at YES. He also believes that in order to engage members, the officers and directors need to be more engaged themselves.
Kendalyn of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has served as vice president of fundraising as well as other positions within her affiliate. She is running to serve as a Region 3 director for AQHYA. Her goal is to help increase participation within the current membership. She would like to see more events outside of the arena at horse shows that enable the members to get to know each other better. She hopes these relationships will help strengthen the organization.
Curtis of Indianola, Iowa, is currently the IQHYA treasurer and has been an IQHYA southeast director in the past. He is running for Region 3 director with a specific goal in mind. He would like to allow equestrian youth camps to apply for AQHA Young Horse Development Program foals, as he believes that the youth who attend these camps or work in the camp barns are a great target for new membership and the Young Horse Development Program is a great place for them to get involved with AQHYA. He believes that resources should be used in places where there are more nonmembers than members to grow AQHYA’s membership.
Emma of New Virginia, Iowa, is currently the IQHYA secretary and has served in various affiliate positions. She is seeking a Region 3 director position. Her vision for AQHYA is to create a more welcoming environment for new members by further equipping seasoned members with leadership skills. Emma would also like to create a welcoming committee at local or regional levels specifically tasked with helping new members.
Alexa of Springfield, Ohio, is currently serving as the South Ohio Quarter Horse Youth Association vice president, and is seeking her first term as a Region 4 director. She has previously served in various positons and on committees within her affiliate. Alexa believes all of the opportunities offered by AQHYA are great, but can be a little overwhelming for new members. She believes to solve this issue, an online forum could be created to connect all AQHYA members. This would help connect members from all over and hopefully encourage more people to join.
Courtney of Huber Heights, Ohio, is currently the reporter in her affiliate and is holding an affiliate director position. She has served on several committees and is running for AQHYA Region 4 director. She would like AQHYA to focus on promoting the organization to youth who are involved in other organizations with similar purposes in mind. She would like to set up booths at local fairs and other organization’s conventions and conferences. She believes that with members promoting AQHYA in the other organizations, AQHYA will grow its membership.
Natalie of Huber Heights, Ohio, is currently the Ohio Quarter Horse Youth Association reporter, although she has held many other positions in the past. The high school junior is running for Region 4 director and would like to focus on increasing community service involvement for all members. She believes this will help bring out determination and enthusiasm while involving members. She hopes to promote teamwork and public service through this goal.
Kendall of Rushville, Indiana, is a current Region 4 director. The high school junior is running for her second term as Region 4 director. She is currently serving as the Indiana Quarter Horse Youth Association president and has previously held other positions. Her main goal is to retain more members and she believes this can be done by encouraging others to connect to the people around them. She also believes social media is a great tool that can help spread information and increase membership and participation.
Margaret of Hebron, Indiana, is currently serving her second term as Region 4 director and is running to obtain the same position again. She is currently the vice president for her affiliate. Her goal this year is to equip new and existing members with the ability to think outside the box while working together as a team. She would like to discuss with new members the kinds of programs they want AQHYA to offer, and strives to be a strong leader with an open mind to others’ ideas.
Morgan of Kirkville, New York, is currently a Region 5 director and is seeking her second term. She has held several positions in her affiliate and is currently the NYSQHYA president. She believes that to improve AQHYA now and for years to come, we must reach out to all youth members to guide and inspire them to work together for a greater cause. She believes this starts on the local and state levels with better communication and connectedness. She believes YES is a great place to begin communicating and building better relationships, but she believes social media and emails can be tools to communicate more.
Trinity of Slatington, Pennsylvania, is serving her second term as an AQHYA Region 5 director. The high school junior is running for her third term in this position. She would like to focus on encouraging nonmembers to join and have better communication throughout the country and internationally. She would like to promote scholarships and all the opportunities AQHYA offers to nonriders. Trinity would also like to include international members more to increase the international affiliate involvement in AQHYA.
Rylee of Camden-Wyoming, Delaware, is the current secretary for the Delaware Quarter Horse Youth Association. The high school sophomore is running for Region 5 director. Her goal is to increase youth membership in AQHYA, but specifically in the Delaware youth association. She believes that AQHYA will be able to increase its membership as a whole if it starts at the state level. She would like to start more local programs for horse lovers that are not involved in showing so that more youth are included.
Richard John of Harrington, Delaware, is currently an AQHYA Region 5 director and his affiliate’s president. He is seeking re-election as Region 5 director and is also running for AQHYA officer. His goal is to improve the relationships within AQHYA membership starting with more communication. He feels that social media is the quickest and most direct form of communication and everything we communicate should be transparent and positive. He would also like to make sure that every change that must be made within the organization is matched with positivity from all members.
Cheyenne of Salt Lake City, Utah, is currently serving as the vice president of UQHYA and the ranch horse representative of UQHYA. She is running to be a Region 7 director. She would like to encourage youth to be more involved in AQHYA. She wants to increase membership and increase member involvement at events. She would like to promote leadership and encourage more members to attend YES. She also would like to help teach members about the importance of sportsmanship at shows. She wants to encourage everyone in her region to have more events.
Alexis of Tucson, Arizona, is currently a Region 7 director and is seeking re-election for a second year. She is currently the vice president of her affiliate. Her goal is for all members to be able to interact with each other regardless of where they are from. She believes this could be accomplished by using live streams or blogs that anyone is welcome to be a part of. She would like to focus on her region and create events at shows that all youth within that region are welcome to attend. She wants every member to have the same inspiring experiences she has had in AQHYA.
Millie of Pilot Point, Texas, is currently a TQHYA director, but has also served as a director for the Ohio Quarter Horse Youth Association. Millie is running for Region 8 director with a goal to grow AQHYA while still appreciating the current members. She realizes just how much time it takes to show horses, so she would like to ensure that every member also enjoys the other events, such as YES and the Congress Youth Bash. Millie wants to reach out to members of other organizations and help them find a way into AQHYA.
Claire of McAllen, Texas, is a current Region 8 director. The high school junior is running for her second term as Region 8 director and AQHYA officer. She is currently serving as the Texas Quarter Horse Association president and has previously held other positions. Her main goal is to continue to promote “nonhorse” contests, such as the National Racing Experience and Young Horse Development Program. She believes that these programs will help overcome the challenge of gaining more members.
Sierra of Hydro, Oklahoma, is an AQHYA executive member on the AQHYA Executive Committee. She is seeking to run for AQHYA Officer and President. Her goal is to inform all youth of the networking, showing and educational benefits of AQHYA. She would also like to continue working to increase membership by working with other organizations such as 4-H and IEA to inform nonmembers of the benefits AQHYA has to offer.
Lauren of Eaton, Colorado, is currently the vice president for her affiliate, and she has also served in director positions and committees within her affiliate. She is running for Region 8 director and would like to remove stigmas toward others in the equine industry and promote personal growth. She would like to create socializing events, similar to the Youth Excellence Seminar, where youth are required to mingle with others to learn about a different discipline or person. She would also like to create a space on the AQHA website where youth members can learn about other disciplines through videos.
Macy of Loranger, Louisiana, is running for re-election as a Region 9 director. The high school junior is also currently serving as the Louisiana Quarter Horse Youth Association president, but she has held other offices in the past. She would like to continue her platform of reaching out to other associations as a means of increasing AQHYA membership. To do this, she would like for AQHA affiliates to co-host futurities with other organizations, continue to set up booths at non-AQHA shows, and have clinics for entry-level youth. She wants to help pave the way for the future of AQHYA.
Sidney of Jonesboro, Arkansas, is currently an executive member of her affiliate’s officer team. She has held other positions in the past and is now running for Region 9 director for AQHYA. The high school junior would like to bring more awareness to the scholarships available through the American Quarter Horse Foundation. She believes that by more youth being aware of the scholarships they will be more active in their states and nationwide. She believes that the love of the American Quarter Horse met with monetary assistance will help everyone stay more involved in AQHYA.
Spencer of Olive Branch, Mississippi, is the current first vice president of the Arkansas Quarter Horse Youth Association. He has held other positions for his affiliate in the past, and is now seeking to be a Region 9 director. Spencer would like to Rise to the Challenge following the three E’s: Engagement, Encouragement and Education. He wants to help youth who are not in or active in AQHYA to learn about the benefits it has to offer, and expand the Association even more.
Jessi of Winnsboro, Louisiana, is currently an AQHYA Region 9 director and a director in her affiliate. She is running for her second term as AQHYA Region 9 director. She would like to gain more members by encouraging current members to be more active. She would also like to see AQHYA give back to the communities that have helped shape the organization. She would also like to have more activities that promote leadership for all members.
Steve of Benton, Louisiana, is the current vice president of his affiliate and is running for Region 9 director. The high school sophomore would like to see his own affiliate members reach out into their communities, promote more social opportunities during horse shows and participate in more fundraising events on behalf of AQHYA. Overall, Steve would like to help grow AQHYA and help it become a stronger organization.
Blakely of Covington, Georgia, is the current first vice president of her affiliate. The high school sophomore is running to be a Region 10 director. Her main goal is to create a comfortable environment for new youth members so that more youth will want to be AQHYA members. Creating a welcoming environment is the key to making new youth want to participate. She believes it just takes small gestures to make an impact in each new member’s experience.
Sydney of Harrisburg, North Carolina, is a current AQHYA Region 10 director and president of her affiliate. She has held several other positions in her affiliate and is seeking to obtain her second term as Region 10 director and an AQHYA officer. She would like to encourage diversity and membership growth. With a more diverse membership, there are more diverse ideas and ways of thinking that could benefit AQHYA. She also would like to advocate that there is more to the American Quarter Horse than just showing.
Become an AQHYA Officer or Director
Each year elections are held for the AQHYA officers and directors at the Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar. If you would like to throw your hat into the race for a national officer or regional director position, download the Guide to Campaigning below.
Guide to Campaigning for AQHYA Officer or Director
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