AQHA Names Team to Oversee Youth Development Programs

AQHA has appointed Katie Reynolds and Jacy Bradford as the new members of the youth development and AQHYA team.

American Quarter Horse Association

The American Quarter Horse Association is pleased to announce the additions of Katie Reynolds and Jacy Bradford to the youth development and AQHYA team.

The American Quarter Horse Association is pleased to announce the additions of Katie Reynolds and Jacy Bradford to the youth development and AQHYA team. Katie Reynolds will take on the role of director of youth development and AQHYA; Jacy Bradford will serve as the new manager of youth development and AQHYA.

In her new role, Reynolds will be responsible for planning, directing and communicating programs designed to increase membership and awareness of AQHYA and youth horse-related activities. She will lead the department in developing new strategies to increase membership and make horse activities more abundant and accessible to all youth. Reynolds was chosen for her ability to build relationships and her dedication to youth development. 

Reynolds boasts an extensive resume with experience in the equestrian field, particularly in the area of youth programs. She has successfully managed large numbers of youth involved with the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, as well as the Arabian Horse Association. She has developed programs to further youth involvement in the equine industry. Reynolds’ competitive drive, paired with her willingness to innovate, made her an ideal candidate to fill the position of director of youth development and AQHYA. Reynolds graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s of science in equine science. She will start her new role at AQHA on July 5.

Bradford started as the new manager of youth development and AQHYA on June 23. She will be in charge of developing and implementing marketing strategies that focus on increasing membership and developing outreach programs to involve other youth organizations that use American Quarter Horses. She will manage AQHYA scholarships, maintain relationships with youth affiliates and work in conjunction with other AQHA departments to provide opportunities for youth to involve themselves in the equine industry.

Bradford’s resume represents her experience in leadership, team work and youth development. She served as a student assistant to the dean’s office for Texas Tech University. In this position, she assisted with recruiting efforts by developing marketing strategies and communicated with prospective students to assist them with their questions. Bradford was also a graduate teaching assistant for Oklahoma State University. At OSU, she mentored agriculture communications students in addition to developing communications strategies for the college. She also was an active member of 4-H and served at the collegiate level as vice president of her chapter.

Bradford has a bachelor’s of science in agriculture communications from Texas Tech University and a master’s in agriculture communications from Oklahoma State University.

Reynolds and Bradford set themselves apart with their dedication and drive to serve youth members. These two applicants offered a skill set that was ideal for AQHA’s youth department and fit perfectly with what AQHYA was searching for in its leadership positions. This team is looking to innovate and advance AQHYA in addition to maintaining successful programs that youth members are involved with currently. 

 For information on AQHYA visit www.aqha.com/youth.

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