AQHYA Takes D.C.

AQHYA Region 5 Director Maura Hynes highlights her trip to Washington to advocate for the industry she loves.

The American Quarter Horse Youth Association

Ten AQHYA Officers and Directors traveled to Washington D.C. to attend the American Horse Council Annual Meeting.

As our nation, and our association’s youth, we sometimes feel as if our voice is not heard, or that we don’t have an opportunity to express our opinion. Even though many of us are very educated in issues that face our industry, we sit in the back, not expressing our knowledge to anyone. This past week I have gotten the chance to do the exact opposite. As an AQHYA Region 5 director, I was given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to the District of Columbia with AQHYA and express my thoughts and knowledge to a multitude of senators and congressmen. This experience gave me a chance to express my voice.

Being a member on our AQHYA Public Policy Committee, this trip was very interesting to me because I got a look into what the committee has been discussing, and I was able to express my interest in public policy and the wellbeing of horses. This was my second year attending this trip, but still going into it, I was concerned that my voice wouldn’t be heard and that my opinion would be overlooked since I am a youth. After explaining why I was there, and saying what I wanted to say, I was very happy to find out that not only was my voice heard, but it was also extremely valued. I am always told that we are the future, but I never realized that not only are we the future, we more importantly we are the present. As young people, we need to not only make our voice heard, but make it resonate.  We are the future of our industry, so it is our responsibility to take the reins and lead our Association to success.

Thank you to AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam for making this trip a reality!  This was a trip to learn and be heard.