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Rise to the Challenge: Attend YES and Run for an AQHYA Leadership Position

The priority registration deadline and officer and director application deadline is June 1.

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The American Quarter Horse Association is proud to host the 2019 Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar July 9-11 in Amarillo. During the event, AQHYA members will attend educational seminars, participate in community service activities and elect new AQHYA officers and directors. The priority registration deadline and officer and director application deadline is June 1.

Just like AQHA, AQHYA maintains its own governing body of young members who are committed to giving back and making AQHYA the best it can be for youth members around the world. Elections for the 2019-2020 AQHYA Executive Committee and regional directors will take place throughout YES.

Candidates for a director position must meet the following requirements:

  • Candidate must be a current AQHYA member in good standing.
  • Candidate must be a delegate from his or her affiliate.
  • Candidate must be 14 years old, but cannot turn 19 before January 1 of the year he or she is elected.
  • Candidate, except those representing international affiliates, must attend the Youth Excellence Seminar.

Candidates for an officer position must meet the following requirements:

  • Candidate must be a current AQHYA member in good standing.
  • Candidate must be, or have been, an officer in his or her affiliate.
  • Candidate must have completed a one-year term as an AQHYA regional director.
  • To be eligible as a candidate for national office, youth must be elected as a regional director in the current election.
  • If a regional director is elected to an office, he or she gives up their regional directorship and is replaced by the next highest scoring director candidate in his or her respective region.
  • Candidate must be a delegate from his or her affiliate.
  • Candidate must be 16 years old, but cannot turn 19 before January 1 of the year he or she is elected.
  • Candidate must attend the Youth Excellence Seminar.

The deadline to apply is June 1. Applicants must submit their candidate workbook and speeches by June 15.

Interested members who would like to run for an office can check out the AQHYA guide to campaigning to learn more about what it takes to run for an AQHYA leadership position.  

Meet the 2018-2019 AQHYA Officers and Directors.

This event will be the highlight of your year. What better way to spend time than with fellow AQHYA members making a difference in your Association?

Registration for YES is $110 for current AQHYA and AQHA members if registered by June 1. Nonmembers can participate in this leadership opportunity by paying the nonmember registration fee of $125 by June 1. Registrations received after the priority deadline will be charged a $25 late fee and will be subject to availability. Registration fees do include meals.

Get a sneak peak at what YES is like and check out the tentative YES schedule.

For more information or to register for YES, visit www.aqha.com/yes.

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