The AQHYA recently elected its Executive Committee and other representatives for the 2020-2021 term. • Photo by Molly Montag.

AQHYA Picks National & Regional Officers for 2020-2021

American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) national officers and regional directors for the 2020-21 term were elected July 1 during the Virtual Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar. 

The AQHYA said its Executive Committee and regional directors play a major role in the youth association by planning events, participating in community service projects and spreading the word about American Quarter Horses, youth activities and the association. They also represent AQHYA throughout the year at functions and events worldwide.

Representing AQHYA

Throughout the year, the AQHYA Executive Committee and regional directors network with horse enthusiasts to ensure a successful future for the industry. The AQHYA Executive Committee and regional directors set goals to grow youth involvement in every aspect of the equine world, uphold the integrity of the breed and work toward ensuring the future of the industry. 

Each of AQHYA’s 11 regions can elect three directors at the Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar. From those directors, delegates elect five national officers.

This year, delegates elected the 2020-21 AQHYA officer and director leadership team through a digital election process. 

Executive Committee                                              

President: Justin Eddy of Rocheport, Missouri
First Vice President: Claire Lee of McAllen, Texas
Second Vice President: Steve Wheat of Ocala, Florida
Executive Member: Emma Schaefer of New Virginia, Iowa
Executive Member: Alexa Black of Springfield, Ohio


Region 1
Isabella Laguna of Snoqualmie, Washington

Region 2
Kimberly Johnson of Mud Butte, South Dakota

Region 3
Curtis Johnson of Indianola, Iowa
Hannah Inchiostro of Foristell, Missouri
Kendalyn Herlocker of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Region 4
Courtney Hilty of Huber Heights, Ohio
Sydney Sargent of Paris, Kentucky

Region 5
Adriana Totten of Chester, New Jersey
Morgan Hipkens of Kirkville, New York
Rylee Ridgely of Camden-Wyoming, Delaware

Region 7
Alexandra Santos of Tucson, Arizona
Madison Wachtel of Wells, Nevada

Region 8
Jake Jolstad of Lakewood, Colorado
Lauren Pursley of College Station, Texas
Millie Landon of Pilot Point, Texas

Region 9
Sidney Dunham of Jonesboro, Arkansas
Spencer Hardin of Olive Branch, Mississippi

Region 10
Blakeley Abbott of Covington, Georgia
Sydney Nicholls of Harrisburg, North Carolina