This year’s Bank of America American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) Youth Excellence Seminar (YES) saw 161 AQHA youth and 43 advisers who journeyed from across the map to gather June 21-23 in Amarillo, TX.
The YES conference is the annual destination where AQHYA members gather and engage in two and a half days of conferences, leadership exercises and politicking. Only delegates at the event can vote in the elections, and the candidates must also be attendees.
The following AQHYA members will lead the association in 2012-2013:
• President Mark Mowbray of Rhodesdale, MD.
• Vice President Jordan Boyd of Sarasota, FL.
• Secretary Bailey Mierzejewski of Mount Sterling, OH.
• Treasurer Austin Halvorson of Guthrie, OK.
• Sentinel Lauren Diaz of Heath, OH.
For Mark Mowbray, the newly-elected AQHYA president, impacting fellow American Quarter Horse enthusiasts is something he has had his eye on for a while.
“I have been in this organization since I was born, and there has never been a dull moment,” Mowbray said. “I’m really looking forward to working with this new group (of officers) because they seem like a great group of individuals. They have a lot of drive; I can’t wait.”
The 2012 YES seminar theme was “Find Your Inner Rock Star,” and that was something the attendees took to heart. AQHA Executive Vice President Don Treadway Jr. made an appearance at YES and spoke to the youth about what it means to be rock stars. To Treadway, rock stars are creative individuals, risk takers, rebels, standouts and leaders who inspire others, influence change and have fun.
Treadway reminded the youth, “Always be first-rate versions of yourselves.”
Activities for the weekend included an ice cream social; a great session with motivational speaker Aric Bostick of San Antonio; youth-led breakout sessions; a dance; and a rousing round of the second annual “Ag Olympics” on Saturday afternoon. F
– American Quarter Horse