2002 AQHYA World Championship Show Concludes as New Executive Committee Directors Are Elected

Fort Worth, Texas - The 2002 American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship Show and Convention concluded Saturday, August 10 at the Will Rogers Memorial Complex in Fort Worth.

Elections were held on Friday and Saturday, August 2 and 3. Candidates were chosen for their office during the general membership meeting on Saturday, August 3.

Those serving in leadership roles for the 2002-2003 year are:

AQHYA Executive Committee

President Cori Schmidt of Middlebourne, West Virginia

Corresponding Vice President: Krista Yardley of Morgan, Utah

Second Vice President: Eli Edelkind of Bradenton, Florida

Secretary: Amanda Cloudt of Sutherlin, Oregon

Treasurer: Savanna Friend of Ozawkie, Kansas

Sentinel: Erin Sappington of Columbia, Missouri


AQHYA Directors

Region 1: Kayti Kersten of Wilsonville, Oregon

Region 2: Alyssa Freeman of Sycamore, Illinois

Region 3: Lisa Hannewyk of Niles, Michigan

Region 4: Janelle Herman of Paradise Valley, Arizona

Region 5: Dani Kippur of Pueblo, Colorado

Region 6: Andrew McBeath of Union, Mississippi

"We are excited about new officer elections," said Christa Morris, Senior Manager of Youth Activities and AQHYA. "Many of the AQHYA Directors and Executive Committee Members are veteran officers, enabling them to step into leadership roles and focusing on the directives set for AQHYA."

The 2002-2003 elections were the last elections held at the AQHYA World Championship Show. Annual election of officers will be held during the AQHYA Leadership Conference-a more appropriate place to host a convention. The annual AQHYA Leadership Conference brings youth from around the nation together for a weekend of team-building workshops, hands-on activities and leadership training.

"The Youth Leadership Conference is designed to educate AQHYA Members in issues that will face them as they head into 'the real world,'" said Morris. "The Leadership Conference also serves as a meeting place for the AQHYA Executive Committee, Directors and their constituents-to discuss topics relating to AQHYA, its success and the needs of today's AQHYA Members."

The 2003 AQHYA Leadership Conference & Convention is scheduled for June 26-29 at the AQHA Headquarters in Amarillo, Texas.

For more information on being an AQHYA Member or to attend the AQHYA Leadership Conference and Convention contact AQHA at (806) 376-4811 ext. 342 or visit AQHYA online at www.aqha.com/aqhya.

For details on the 2002 AQHYA World Championship Show, log on to www.aqha.com and click on the AQHYA World Championship Show link.