Youth Activities Committee Making a Few Changes

Youth officers and directors sat in on the Youth Activities Committee meeting to share their opinions on AQHYA issues.

American Quarter Horse Youth Association

Top (left to right): Ann Elizabeth Tebow, Meg Tebow. Bottom (left to right): Maura Hynes, Madelynne Herlocker, Jim Stors.

At the 2016 AQHA Convention, several AQHYA members had the opportunity to attend the Youth Activities Committee meeting and voice their opinions on pressing issues. As one of the standing committees for the association, the Youth Activities Committee oversees all aspects of AQHYA and is comprised of industry professionals, parents, youth advisors and past youth members.

At the committee meeting, committee members discussed responsibilities of national officers and directors along with the Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar. The committee also listened to member opinions and talked about the Built Ford Tough Youth World Championship Show and ways to make the show more enjoyable and beneficial. They also discussed a variety of new programming opportunities for youth members.

Throughout the meeting I was continually reminded while different generations have different ideas about some things, having youth members present for the discussions gives the committee different points of view to consider.

The YES changes discussed were about the election process, specifically adding an element of accountability for returning officers and directors. I feel this is an important topic because officers and directors who don’t fulfill their responsibilities should not have the same opportunities as officers and directors who go above and beyond their duties. Those who go above and beyond are the ones who really make a difference in our Association, and we really appreciate them.

The committee also looked over the schedule for YES, and I am so looking forward to it. The tentative schedule revealed at convention showed two dynamic keynote speakers as well as numerous activities meant to get our membership excited about the equine industry on national and local levels. You should definitely try to attend this event because it will be an experience you will never forget.

Ann Elizabeth Tebow, AQHYA President, Maura Hynes, Region 5 director, Meg Tebow, Region 8 director, Jim Stors, Region 11 director, and I also gave a presentation about the level of commitment and scope of activities organized by the officers and directors. We shared information about our trip to the Interscholastic Equestrian Association finals, lobbying on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and updates on all the different committees.

We thank the Youth Activities Committee for letting us join in and share our ideas. We really enjoyed learning about the process and how things work on the national level. AQHA Convention was really fun, and I encourage youth to attend next year. I can promise you will learn a lot and have lots of fun.