Become an AQHYA Director

AQHYA Region 5 Director Kylie Good shares her experience as an AQHYA director and explains why she believes youth should run for a director position.

American Quarter Horse Youth Association

As a director, I was able to acquire necessary career skills and create memories that I will cherish forever while sharing my passion for AQHYA.

A year ago, I decided to run for an American Quarter Horse Youth Association director position. At the time, I was not sure what the position would entail, but I knew I wanted to take the opportunity while it was being offered to me. From the very beginning when I was filling out my application to now, nearing the end of my term as a director, I can look back on all the opportunities I was given that helped me develop into the person I am today. As a director, I was able to acquire necessary career skills and create memories that I will cherish forever while sharing my passion for AQHYA.

Becoming a director has taught me valuable life skills. During the application process, I had to construct a professional resume displaying my highest achievements, convey my platform or goal that I’d have as a director, and numerous other components. To become a director, I needed to have a strong application that stood out. So I was sure to take my time and make sure everything I submitted was correct and free of mistakes. This taught me to take pride in my work, a valuable skill to have to reach success in the real world.

At the Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar, I had to be interviewed by a panel of judges. This was my very first interview, so I did not know what to expect from the panel or myself. I was not sure how I would perform under the pressure. I would be lying if I said I was not nervous prior to the interview, but I made sure I knew my platform inside and out so that my passion for AQHYA could shine through. I learned that being passionate and well informed is the key to success in an interview. This experience has helped me perform well in following interviews since I had the prior experience.

When I was elected as a director, I had to plan a leadership conference for my region with my fellow directors. This was a daunting task in the beginning of the planning process. Throughout the experience of planning and putting on this event, I learned so much. Organization, public speaking, working with others, problem solving, responsibility, professionalism and so many other skills were needed to put on a successful conference. Although the leadership conference was a challenge to put together, it was rewarding when it was put into action and those in attendance thoroughly enjoyed it. These experiences have helped me become a more mature and educated individual and have made me a qualified competitor in the chase for careers. Through my experience as a director, I have been able to attain these valuable skills and many more that have prepared me to be successful in all my future endeavors. 

Becoming a part of the AQHYA officer and director team was an incredible experience. I was able to be surrounded by a group of youth who share the same passion that I have for AQHYA. These people are from all over the nation, and even the world. It is crazy to think that people from all around the globe can come together and run an association of its size. I am proud to be a part of this team that represents AQHYA. Being a director has also given me the opportunity to meet many new people and create countless friendships from all over the world. I can say that I have friends from Washington all the way to Europe. How many people in high school can say they have friends from around the world? Not many! The opportunity to meet people who also share a passion for American Quarter Horses opens up so many connections and friendships.

Making these friendships has fueled the memories I have made that I will never forget. I will never forget all the YES’s I've attended, being announced at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show as a director, presenting awards at the Ford Youth World, going to Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, spending the evenings at YES with the leadership team and many more. These memories are some of the most important things to take from a leadership position in AQHYA. These are the moments that I will frequently look back on in life and smile. 

To those of you interested in becoming an AQHYA director, this is my advice to you: Do it! Take this opportunity given to you without hesitation. This is an incredible opportunity that you might never have again. Thousands of youth around the nation are not a part of this association, and therefore are unable to have this opportunity that is available to you right now. Becoming a director will only assist you in developing into the person you aspire to be. It will prepare you to be successful in whatever you choose to do in the future. Step out of your comfort zone and put yourself out there. Take advantage of all the opportunities you are given, and you will have absolutely no regrets. I challenge you to run for a 2017-18 AQHYA director position and take advantage of the opportunity in front of you, and await the remarkable journey that follows. 

“The doors will be opened to those who are bold enough to knock.” -Tony Gaskins