Meet Your 2018-19 AQHYA Officer and Director Candidates!

 

AQHYA Candidates  
Region 1  
Isabella Laguna: Isabella of Snoqualmie, Washington, is a current Region 1 director. The high school sophomore is running for a second term as director. She has served as secretary and treasurer for the Washington Quarter Horse Youth Association. Isabella yearns to keep both youth and adults in AQHA and her affiliate informed on the current events surrounding the equine industry.  
Jacqueline Potwora: Jacqueline of Eugene, Oregon, is a junior running for Region 1 director. As an active board member in the Oregon Quarter Horse Youth Association, Jacqueline is passionate about planting the seeds of awareness in youth organizations. She aims to amplify youth involvement and outreach through each affiliate to strengthen AQHYA membership nationally.  
 Region 2  
Delaney Dickens: Delaney of Omaha, Nebraska, is a senior and currently a Region 2 director. This year, she is running for Region 2 director and AQHYA officer. Delaney has been involved with several facets of the Nebraska Quarter Horse Association and has participated in AQHYA events on both a state and national level. As a national officer, Delaney wants to focus on reaching out to current youth members to bring a fresh perspective on how to improve youth involvement on a global scale.  
 Region 3  
 

Justin Eddy: Justin of Rocheport, Missouri, is a sophomore running for a second term as Region 3 director. Justin aspires to promote AQHYA through fundraisers, giving fellow youth members the opportunity to participate in the Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar. He believes that active current members are the key to promoting youth events in the equine industry and plans to continue reaching toward this goal by strengthening affiliates and amplifying their message.

 
Kendalyn Herlocker: Kendalyn of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a sophomore running for Region 3 director. Showing at the state and national level has led Kendalyn to a desire to encourage other young riders to explore age-group levels of competitions. Her goal is to strengthen AQHYA membership by reaching out to affiliates and promoting the involvement of young riders everywhere.  
Curtis Johnson: Curtis of Indianola, Iowa, is a freshman running for Region 3 director. Curtis is a participant in the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program. His goal is to encourage youth members to participate in programs that do not require horse ownership. Curtis believes in the importance of well-rounded youth involvement and plans to promote youth involvement through programs outside the arena.

 

Lauren Lounsbury: Lauren of Cumming, Iowa, is a senior running for Region 3 director. As the current Iowa Quarter Horse Youth Association reporter, Lauren believes community involvement and understanding is vital to the strength of AQHA. Her goal as director is to educate school systems and community members about the importance of youth involvement in organizations like AQHYA.   
Abby McCormick: Abby of Indianola, Iowa, is a junior running for Region 3 director. Abby participates in several extracurricular activities, including serving as vice president of the Iowa Quarter Horse Youth Association. She is passionate about involving youth members in AQHYA programs out of the saddle and believes that building awareness of these experiences will help activate AQHYA.  
 Region 4  
James Heitzner: James of Saint Clements, Ontario, is a freshman at Dalhousie University for Medical Sciences. He is running for Region 4 director. As president of the Ontario Quarter Horse Youth Association and American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup competitor, James understands the importance of strengthening AQHYA and AQHA ties through international programs. He wishes to deepen those connections as a regional director.   
Kendall Manlief: Kendall of Rushville, Indiana, is a junior running for Region 4 director. She has been involved with 4-H and AQHYA for many years and is the current vice president of the Indiana Quarter Horse Youth Association. Kendall cherishes the friendships she has made in these organizations. Her goal is to strengthen AQHYA by building relationships through team-building activities between each affiliate and across the nation.  
Maggie Sever: Maggie of Hebron, Indiana, is a sophomore running for re-election as Region 4 director. She is currently the Indiana Quarter Horse Youth Association secretary and president of her 4-H Club. Maggie enjoys mentoring the small-fry and youth members of her organizations. She believes that regular meetings and communication between members is the key to amplifying AQHYA for future generations.  
Caleb Sturgeon: Caleb of Beloit, Ohio, is the current AQHYA second vice president. The high school senior is running for Region 4 director and AQHYA officer position. As chairman of the international committee, Caleb aspires to bring connectedness to youth members around the world. He feels that it is important to reach every member, regardless of location. Caleb’s goal is to continue promoting international communication.  
Olivia Tordoff: Olivia of Powell, Ohio, is a current AQHYA executive committee member running for Region 4 director and AQHYA officer. The high school senior is also the current president of the Ohio Quarter Horse Youth Association and president of the Southern Ohio Quarter Horse Youth Association. Olivia is dedicated to representing the voice of youth membership. Her goal is to encourage a supportive and positive atmosphere in all facets of AQHYA.  
 Region 5  
Kylie Good: Kylie of East Berlin, Pennsylvania, is the current AQHYA first vice president. She is a freshman at York College running for Region 5 director and AQHYA officer. Active involvement in her community has brought Kylie an awareness of the importance of members being heard. She strives to make AQHYA an association that members choose to be active in by shaping it to their liking. She is committed to being the voice of the organization and hopes to continue to do so in her last year in AQHYA.  
Morgan Hipkens: Morgan of Kirkville, New York, is a sophomore running for Region 5 director. She competes in Interscholastic Equestrian Association events and has served as the New York State Quarter Horse Youth Association secretary. Morgan understands the importance of leadership skills and values the opportunities provided by AQHYA to strengthen them. It is Morgan’s goal to amplify participation through the various programs AQHA has to offer youth members.   
Trinity Packard: Trinity of Slatington, Pennsylvania, is a sophomore running for re-election as a Region 5 director. As a reporter for the Virginia Quarter Horse Youth Association, Trinity values reaching out to others to increase communication and awareness of AQHYA programs. Her goal is to inspire other youth members to amplify their dreams and understand that nothing is impossible if they set their mind to it.  
Richard John Shepard III: Richard of Harrington, Delaware, is a senior running for Region 5 director. Richard is an active member of his equine community and has served as director, president and vice president of the Delaware Quarter Horse Youth Association. His goal is to work with fellow directors to increase communication within affiliates and reach out to every member of AQHYA.  
 Region 7  
Morgan Farrell: Morgan of Mesa, Arizona, is a senior running for re-election as a Region 7 director. She is the current Arizona Quarter Horse Youth Association president and has held previous titles of vice president and rodeo queen. Morgan is an active member of her affiliate and AQHYA and encourages other youth members to do the same. As a director, it is Morgan’s desire to educate members about program involvement and show them the resources available within AQHA.  
Alexis Tretschok: Alexis of Tucson, Arizona, is a junior running for Region 7 director. As secretary of Arizona Quarter Horse Youth Association and treasurer of Puma County 4-H Club, Alexis is an involved member of the equine community. She believes that relationships in the industry should be built both in and out of the show arena. Alexis has made it her goal to reach out more frequently to youth members to strengthen the communication in AQHYA.  
 Region 8  
Charles Lee: Charles of McAllen, Texas, is a freshman at Texas A&M University. He is running for Region 8 director and AQHYA officer. Active in both AQHYA and the Texas Quarter Horse Youth Association, Charles understands the value of communication in an organization. He strives to strengthen membership by promoting youth programs and scholarships while maintaining open communication between AQHYA and its affiliates.   
Claire Lee: Claire of McAllen, Texas, is a junior running for Region 8 director. Claire is the current vice president of the Texas Quarter Horse Youth Association and participates in many community activities. She has made it her goal to focus on encouraging youth to participate in non-horse activities, such as public speaking and the AQHYA National Youth Racing Experience. Claire strives to reach each member of the youth body and show that AQHYA has something for everyone.  
Sierra Walter: Sierra of Hydro, Oklahoma, is a senior running for Region 8 director and AQHYA officer. As a director, Sierra has worked to promote AQHYA at various horse shows. She wants to amplify youth membership through team-building activities at large shows and bring connectedness to the organization. Sierra plans to continue her outreach and education, hoping to expand her reach as a national officer.  
 Region 9  
Macy Blackwell: Macy of Loranger, Louisiana, is a sophomore running for Region 9 director. Having served as president and secretary of the Louisiana Quarter Horse Youth Association, Macy strives to promote youth involvement in the equine industry through various shows and events. Her goal as a regional director is to reach out to other organizations to increase youth involvement in AQHYA programs.   
Bailey Carwile: Bailey of Kilmichael, Mississippi, is a senior running for re-election as a Region 9 director. He is very active in his community’s equine industry. As current president of the Mississippi Quarter Horse Youth Association and AQHYA Region 9 director, Bailey has made it his goal to strengthen youth involvement in AQHA by activating current youth members while building closer relationships between affiliates.   
Hallie Diane Herron: Hallie of Winnsboro, Louisiana, is a sophomore running for Region 9 director. She has served as president of the Louisiana Quarter Horse Youth Association and participates in various community horsemanship activities, including Junior Master Horseman. Hallie believes that education and communication are key components in youth involvement and strives to reach out to each member of AQHYA.  
Jessi Monnin: Jessi of Winnsboro, Louisiana, is a junior running for Region 9 director. As an active member of the equine community, she has held several board member positions in both the Louisiana Quarter Horse Youth Association and her 4-H Club. Jessi recognizes the importance of connectedness and aims to bridge the gap between riding disciplines at horse shows. She also plans to broaden AQHYA awareness through community service activities with youth members.   
 

Steve Wheat: Steve of Benton, Louisiana, is a freshman running for Region 9 director. He is currently vice president of the Louisiana Quarter Horse Youth Association and national director of the National Snaffle Bit Youth Association. Steve is passionate about community service and believes it is a great way to bring awareness to AQHYA and its programs.

 
 Region 10  
 Sydney Nicholls: Sydney of Harrisburg, North Carolina, is a junior running for Region 10 director. She is the current North Carolina Quarter Horse Youth Association secretary and understands the importance of organizational communication. Sydney is passionate about mentoring other youth members. She has made it her goal to bring AQHYA together through inclusion of every discipline and incorporate fresh ideas to the Association.  
   

Each year elections are held for the AQHYA officers and directors at the Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar. Candidates will go through a interview, give a speech and asked a questions throughout the week of YES and the new leadership team will be announced at the Awards Banquet. If you would like to throw your hat into the race to run for a national officer or regional director position in the coming years, download the Guide to Campaigning below.

Guide to Campaigning for AQHYA Officer or Director

Download the Guide to Campaigning for campaign tips and application materials.