Meet the 2016 AQHYA Director Candidates

The American Quarter Horse Association, June 14, 2016

Youth from across the country will gather July 12-14 for the 2016 Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar in Amarillo. YES welcomes youth ages 10 to 18 to experience a three-day, fun-packed event that offers valuable leadership skills, inspiring speakers and tons of fun. This year's theme is "My Roots Run Deep."

The 2016-17 AQHYA officers and directors will be elected during YES. The director candidates represent AQHYA and the future of the equine industry. Read bios on each of the candidates.

Region 1

Anwyn Deeks of Washington

Region 2
McKenzie Merritt of Nebraska

Region 3
Madelynne Herlocker of Iowa
Clara Johnson of Iowa
Brock Murphy of Missouri

Region 4

Caleb Sturgeon of Ohio
Olivia Tordoff of Ohio

Region 5
Kyle Marie Good of Pennsylvania
Austin Ralls of Virginia
Samantha Van Kirk of Pennsylvania
Sloane Vogt of Pennsylvania

Region 7
Shandiin Farrell of Arizona
Stephen Paul Parker II of Arizona

Region 8
Calyn Halvorson of Oklahoma
Alan Hinds of Kansas
Charles Lee of Texas
Claire Lee of Texas
Justis Marshall of Colorado
Sawyer Seago of Oklahoma
Meg Tebow of Oklahoma

Region 9
Ty Cornelius of Arkansas
Emily Wasson of Mississippi

Region 10
Katelyn Womack of Georgia

Region 11
Jim Stors of Luxembourg

Hosted by the AQHYA officers and directors, YES offers a wide variety of activities and speakers focused on the youth of our industry. If you’ve never attended YES, it’s an amazing opportunity to meet new people and have fun learning about leadership. The event is open to current AQHYA members and non-members.

For more information on the 2016 YES, visit

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow@AQHAnews on Twitter and visit