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Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar

The 2013 national officers were decided at this annual hallmark event of the AQHYA.

By Allison Armstrong and Brenna Doherty
The American Quarter Horse Journal
June 27, 2012

2012-2013 AQHYA Officers and Directors

Newly-elected AQHYA President Mark Mowbray, Vice President Jordan Boyd, Secretary Bailey Mierzejewski, Treasurer Austin Halvorson and Sentinel Lauren Diaz pose with the 2012-2013 AQHYA national directors. (Journal photo)

This year’s Bank of America AQHYA Youth Excellence Seminar saw 261 AQHA youth members and 43 advisers who journeyed from across the map to gather June 21-23 in Amarillo, Texas.

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 2014:


President Austin Halvorson of Gutherie, OK
Vice President Kalee McCann ofwalnut Grove, Mississippi

Secretary Lizzy Koons of Fairfield, Maryland
Treasurer Mary Claire Cornett of Purvis, Mississippi
Sentinel Austin Bond of Norwalk, Iowa

For Austin halvorson, the newly-elected AQHYA president, impacting fellow American Quarter Horse enthusiasts is something he’s had his eye on for awhile.

The 2013 YES seminar theme was “Be Somebodies Super Hero,” and that was something the attendees took to heart. AQHA Executive Vice President Don Treadway made an appearance at YES and spoke to the youth about who his everyday heroes are.

Activities for the weekend included an taco bar reception with fun skits; a great session with motivational speaker John Beade, who just climbed Mt. Everest; youth-led breakout sessions; a dance and a

fun activities in the park.

To view a slide show of photos from the YES seminar, brought to you by The American Quarter Horse Journal, visit www.aqha.com/showing, the official site for Journal news.