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.
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.
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
Isabella Laguna of Snoqualmie, Washington
Kimberly Johnson of Mud Butte, South Dakota
Curtis Johnson of Indianola, Iowa
Hannah Inchiostro of Foristell, Missouri
Kendalyn Herlocker of Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Courtney Hilty of Huber Heights, Ohio
Sydney Sargent of Paris, Kentucky
Adriana Totten of Chester, New Jersey
Morgan Hipkens of Kirkville, New York
Rylee Ridgely of Camden-Wyoming, Delaware
Alexandra Santos of Tucson, Arizona
Madison Wachtel of Wells, Nevada
Jake Jolstad of Lakewood, Colorado
Lauren Pursley of College Station, Texas
Millie Landon of Pilot Point, Texas
Sidney Dunham of Jonesboro, Arkansas
Spencer Hardin of Olive Branch, Mississippi
Blakeley Abbott of Covington, Georgia
Sydney Nicholls of Harrisburg, North Carolina