Youth

Jessica Batton
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Jessica Batton

  Name:  Jessica Batton Age: 15 Grade: Sophomore   Where do you live and with who? My dad, John, and Mom, Kristen, in Sydney, OH   How did you get involved in horses? Since as long as I can remember my parents have had and shown reining horses. Growing up, I rode them as well and have absolutely loved it.   What discipline(s)/class(es) do you show in and why did you choose that discipline or class(es)? I primarily show in the reining classes. I enjoy reining because it is thrilling, competitive, and challenging.   What would be impossible for you to give up? (something that's not horse related) Popcorn   Tell us something that no one knows about you. Very few people in my life know that I used to do ballet and love to pop bubble
Olivia Derlis
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Olivia Derlis

Name:  Olivia Derlis Age: 19 Grade: Sophomore in college    Where do you live and with who? Olivia lives in Thornville, OH with her mom, dad, and grandma.    How did you get involved with horses? In Elementary school there was a flyer at school for horse lessons and she brought it home to her mom and wanted to do it because it looked fun.    What disciplines/classes do you show and why? Olivia shows in the Hunter events; the equitation over fences, working hunter, hunter hack, and sometimes equitation on the flat. She enjoys the hunter events because it is more challenging and fun.    What would be something that is impossible to give up (Not horse related)? She said her families boat would be something she couldn't give
Olivia Tordoff running for AQHYA Officer/Director position
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Olivia Tordoff running for AQHYA Officer/Director position

Olivia Tordoff running for a 2017-2018 AQHYA Officer/Director position interviewed by Courtney Hilty Where do you live and with whom?  I live in Powell, Ohio with my parents, Shari and Greg, as well as my younger sister Alexia.    How do you want to be seen by your peers? I want to be seen by my peers as someone with impeccable integrity, an exceptional work ethic, open-minded and a true friend.    What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses (personal & horse related)? Why? My biggest strengths are that I am very focused and willing to work very hard to reach my goals. I believe that if something is worth doing it is worth doing to the best of your ability and you should give 110%. I am also very loyal. My biggest weaknesses
Caleb Sturgeon candidate for AQHYA Officer/Director position
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Caleb Sturgeon candidate for AQHYA Officer/Director position

2017-2018 AQHYA Officer/Director Candidate Caleb Sturgeon interviewed by Alexia Tordoff   Where do you live and with whom? Beloit, Ohio with my mother, Valerie, and my father Eric.   How do you want to be seen by your peers? As a hardworking, responsible, and modest individual.             What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses (personal & horse related)? Why? My biggest strength is that I can compose myself when situations get out of hand. My biggest weakness would be that I really love to procrastinate.   How do you contribute to your community? I am active in my 4-H group which participates in various community service projects such as Salvation Army bell ringing, road clean up, and soup kitchens.
Brooke Bradley running for AQYHA Director position
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Brooke Bradley running for AQYHA Director position

Brooke Bradley running for a 2017-2018 AQHYA Director position interviewed by Alex Black Where do you live and with whom?  I live in Plain City, Ohio with my parents Dan & Melissa and my two younger sisters, Blaire and Brenna.   How do you want to be seen by your peers? I want to be seen by my peers as kind, encouraging, fair and a good listener.   What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses (personal & horse related)? Why? My biggest strength with horses is my hard work, I have had to work VERY hard to get where I’m at today. My talented horses have helped, but it took a while to “click”. My personal strength is being trusting. I look for the very best in people and try to accept everyone as they are, faults and all.
Ellexxah Maxwell running for AQHYA Officer/Director position
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Ellexxah Maxwell running for AQHYA Officer/Director position

Ellexxah Maxwell running for a 2017-2018 AQHYA Officer/Director position interviewed by Tori Kendle 1. Where do you live and with whom? I live in West Mansfield, Ohio with my parents, Brent and Melissa, and my grandma, Rebecca. 2. How do you want to be seen by your peers? I want to be seen as someone who is hardworking and not swayed by other people’s opinions. I speak my own mind, stand up for what I believe in, and I do the right thing no matter what other people think of me. 3. What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses (personal and horse related)? Why? My biggest strength is having so much experience in the horse industry because I’ve been in it for so long. My biggest weakness is the same- I never do anything outside
OQHYA Happenings
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OQHYA Happenings

OQHA Youth are excited to announce their 2nd Annual Congress Youth Bash on Saturday, October 22nd, 7-10 pm in the Rhodes Building. Music, Dancing, Food, Games, Free T-Shirts. All youth are invited! The youth will be selling 50/50 tickets prior to the start of the PBR Bull Riding and the Freestyle Reining. All OQHA youth are encouraged to participate. Check Facebook for meeting times.     A reminder that the OQHYA in conjunction with SOQHYA, NOQHYA, OMIQHYA and EOQHYA will be wrapping up their collection of aluminum tabs for Ronald McDonald House and horse supplies for RE-RIDE Quarter Horse Adaption Program at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. Please bring any items collected to the Information Booth in
Maggie Carter
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Maggie Carter

Name: Maggie Carter Age: 17   Where do you live and with who? I live in Berkey Ohio with my parents Tom and Julie Carter   How did you get involved with horses? I grew up with horses but I didn't have much interest in showing until I heard about 4-H from a friend of mine.   What disciplines/classes do you show in and why did you choose that discipline or class(es)? I show in the All-Around events. I like the challenge of perfecting the relationship with my horse.   What would be impossible for you to give up? (something that’s non horse related) Friends and Family   Tell us something nobody knows about you I was born with Dandy Walker Syndrome.   Where can we find you when you aren’t at a horse show? You can find me in various locations
OQHYA’s Roots Prove Strong at the AQHYA World Show
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OQHYA’s Roots Prove Strong at the AQHYA World Show

Performance Halter Mares World Champion - Paulina Martz & Onlythebestchocolate 5th- Ellexxah Maxwell & Zips Bossy Chip 16th- Gavin Patterson & She Will Be Hot Performance Halter Geldings 12th- Paulina Martz & Flashy Invite 19th Ellexxah Maxwell & Willy Good Investment Hunter Hack World Champion - Natalie Vargo & Dancin in the Dirt 5th- Olivia Derlis & ATM Yearling Mares World Champion - Bradyn Burke & Shez Cool N Elusive 7th Margaret & Sweep Me Away Western Horsemanship 9th- Ellexxah Maxwell & Zips Bossy Chip Working Hunter 12th- Natalie Vargo & Hello Darlin Yearling Geldings 5th- Seth Craft & Fearless Keeper Stake Race 4th- Reagen Priest & Blazin
Halie Harner
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Halie Harner

Name: Halie Harner   Age: 17   Where do you live and with who? I live in Wilmington, Ohio. I live with my dad, mom, and sister.   How did you get involved in horses? My grandparents have always been in the breeding business of horses, so I have grown up with horses my whole life. I fell in love with horses and got my first show horse when I was 9. I first showed in 4-h then I got more involved by coming to the AQHA horse shows.   What discipline(s)/class(es) do you show in and why did you choose that discipline or class(es)? The only event I show in is western pleasure. I chose this event because I love the way these types of horse move in the show ring. I also enjoy the fancy clothes that we get to wear.   What would be impossible for you