Abigail Hardy
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Abigail Hardy

  Name : Abigail Hardy Age:  13 - 7th Grade   Where do you live and with whom:   In Plain City Ohio, with my parents, Todd & Wendy Hardy, my little brother, Blake and my grandma.   Other current activities: I like riding horses and I ride as many days a week as I can. I like to hang out with friends. We ride scooters around our neighborhood. I haul with Jessica Johnson from Sweet Shop Performance Horses     What would be impossible for you to give up? My 3 horses - Pass The Details, My Secret Pass and Im Call N Dibs   Tell us something that no one knows about you. That one day I would like to own my own business   Where can we find you when not at a horse show? The barn riding anything from my own horses to ponies   Where do you see yourself
Head Youth Advisor - Valerie Fites Sturgeon
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Head Youth Advisor - Valerie Fites Sturgeon

  Name: Valerie Fites Sturgeon  17510 Courtney Road, Beloit, Ohio 44609 (330)651-6107 Cell vsturgeon@zoominternet.net Where were you born and raised: I was born in Alliance, Ohio and raised in Beloit, Ohio.  I grew up on one of our family farms. Where do you live now and with who: I live in Beloit with my husband, Eric and son, Caleb.  We built a house 12 years ago on a portion of the same farm I grew up on.  My barn and arena are next door at my Mom’s house. Schools attended and activities: I attended West Branch Local Schools for elementary and high school. Most Friday afternoons,
OQHYA Annual Meeting and Award Banquet is a Success
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OQHYA Annual Meeting and Award Banquet is a Success

  The Ohio Quarter Horse Youth Association (OQHYA) conducted their annual meeting, February 6, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel before the Ohio Quarter Horse Association (OQHA) Annual Awards Banquet.  Thirty-six youth members attended the annual meeting including eight new members. The youth enjoyed pizza and cookies while they brainstormed ideas for fundraising, how to increase youth membership, and community services/outreach programs. Officers and Directors were also voted and appointed. After the meeting, they enjoyed playing “Minute To Win It” games. The OQHYA made an exceptional impression at the Annual Awards Banquet. While simultaneously mingling with the crowd, various youth members sold
Bethany Reiterman
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Bethany Reiterman

Name: Bethany Reiterman Age: 17   Where do you live and with who: I live in Washington Court House, Ohio with my parents, Mike and Nicol Reiterman. Other current activities: I am very involved in my school’s FFA chapter, Fayette County 4-H, and many other state wide agriculture related leadership boards. I have also played varsity tennis for four years and I am my school’s senior class president.    What would be impossible for you to give up? One thing I would struggle giving up is my morning coffee. I cannot survive or think clearly throughout the day without my coffee. It is a bad habit to have at 17 but I am hooked on my coffee.   Tell us something that no one knows about you. I am pretty much scared of anything and everything
Assistant Youth Advisor - Tammy Gagliardo
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Assistant Youth Advisor - Tammy Gagliardo

Name: Tammy Lin Gagliardo (585)356-1630 Cell Tlgags@gmail.com   Where were you born and raised: I was born and raised in Allegany, New York, a small town south-east of Buffalo, New York.  Where do you live now and with who: I live in Hamilton, Ohio on a 40 acre farm with my husband Marc, dog Zoey, cats Dottie and Darla and four horses Stormie, Shady, Kit and Pete.  Marc and I are “weekend” farmers in that we both have full-time careers.  Somehow, we manage to harvest the majority of our acreage as alfalfa hay. Schools Attended and Activities: I graduated from Saint Bonaventure University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. 
Full Slate of Small Fry Classes at this weekend's EOQHA Show
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Full Slate of Small Fry Classes at this weekend's EOQHA Show

ATTENTION OHIO SMALL FRY EXHIBITORS! There will be a full slate of small fry classes this weekend in Wilmington at the Eastern Ohio Quarter Horse Show. A few of the classes were inadvertently taken off when the AQHA walk trot classes were added. Visit EOQHA's website for show details.
Natalie Hilty
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Natalie Hilty

Name:  Natalie Hilty Age:  14   Where do you live and with whom:   I live in Huber Heights on a farm with both my parents, my younger sister, and a bunch of animals.   Other current activities: I play tennis & ride with a rodeo drill team.   What would be impossible for you to give up? My family and my animals.   Tell us something that no one knows about you. Well I'm pretty much an open book, but I absolutely love style and fashion.   Where can we find you when not at a horse show? Playing tennis, working on the farm, or shooting pictures with my Nikon camera.   Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I'm hopeful that I'll be winning some things at the Congress.   How did you get involved in horses? My mom found an online site for Sullenburger
Hippology Advisor - Ruth Somnitz
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Hippology Advisor - Ruth Somnitz

Name: My full name is Clara  Ruth  Somnitz,  I share my first name with my mother. (440)466-9210 Home ruthsomnitz@gmail.com Where were you born and raised: I grew up in Northwest Colorado on my parents’ ranch of 1600 acres. We lived 21 miles from town and 5 miles from the nearest neighbor. We had many acres of wheat and alfalfa hay as well as sheep, beef and dairy cattle, chickens and sometimes pigs. As a youth I was active in 4-H for 10 years showing lambs at the County Fair. I worked for the local vet the last 2 years of High School. Where do you live and with who: I now live in Geneva, Ohio with my husband of
OQHYA's own Ellexxah Maxwell crowned 2016 IEA Champion Western Rider
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OQHYA's own Ellexxah Maxwell crowned 2016 IEA Champion Western Rider

Photo by: McKenzie Yates for IEA.  April 23, 2016, Lexington, Kentucky   Ellexxah Maxwell wins the Varsity Open Horsemanship class and is named the 2016 Champion Western Rider at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Nationals in Lexington, KY.
Marina Marotto
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Marina Marotto

Name:  Marina Marotto Age:  13 - 7th Grade   Where do you live and with whom:   Dublin, Ohio and with my parents, Howie and Deborah and my little brother, Mario.   Other current activities: I play Lacrosse for my school.   What would be impossible for you to give up? Probably my horse Diesel (Just Call Willy), Chinese food and Xbox One   Tell us something that no one knows about you. I am a major Walking Dead fan.   Where can we find you when not at a horse show? At home watching T.V, at the park with my friends or at the barn.   Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Hopefully still showing on the AQHA circuits and adding Horsemanship.   How did you get involved in horses? When I was really little I rode a family friends horse and fell