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AYHC LEADERSHIP AWARD PROGRAM

The American Youth Horse Council is dedicated to recognizing those individuals and programs that enhance the lives of youth through their involvement with horses. Each year we recognize a Youth Leader of the Year (an adult leader of a youth equine program).  The award is announced at the annual AYHC Symposium each year. The deadline for nominations is October 15 each year.  (The deadline for 2022 is October 17 due to the 15th falling on a weekend)

 

The person making the nomination MUST be an AYHC member. Membership may be submitted at the time of nomination.


AYHC Leader of the Year

This annual award recognizes the adult leader who best exemplifies outstanding leadership to young people within the horse industry. This award is presented each year during the annual AYHC Symposium. The AYHC Leader of the Year nominations is due October 15 each year.

Nomination process: 

All nominations must be submitted via judgify.me/Leader. You may use the following document as a template to prepare your nomination. 

Nomination template

AYHC Leader of the Year Award

AYHC Student Leader of the Year Award

Laura Shoutz
Laura Shoutz

2019 Student Leader of the Year

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Aaron Goldade
Aaron Goldade

2018 Student Leader of the Year

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Reagan Stephens
Reagan Stephens

2017 Student Leader of the Year

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Madeline McEachin
Madeline McEachin

2016 Student Leader of the Year

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Paige Gabrielson
Paige Gabrielson

2015 Student Leader of the Year

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Abby Sankovitz
Abby Sankovitz

2014 Student Leader of the Year

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Conner Farley
Conner Farley

2013 Student Leader of the Year

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Jade Kutzke
Jade Kutzke

2012 Student Leader of the Year

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Weber Stibolt
Weber Stibolt

2011 Student Leader of the Year

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Ashley Ball
Ashley Ball

2010 Student Leader of the Year

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Christine Whittier
Christine Whittier

2009 Student Leader of the Year

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Kelly Peterson
Kelly Peterson

2008 Student Leader of the Year

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Laura Ackerlund
Laura Ackerlund

2007 Student Leader of the Year

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Jodi Lenhart
Jodi Lenhart

2006 Student Leader of the Year

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AYHC Distinguished Service Award

Brenna Johnson
Brenna Johnson
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Carla McLachlan
Carla McLachlan
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Dr. Jenifer Nadeau
Dr. Jenifer Nadeau
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Meg Sax
Meg Sax
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Debbie Manring
Debbie Manring
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Debra Hagstrom
Debra Hagstrom
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Dr. Karen Waite
Dr. Karen Waite
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Nancy Kissel
Nancy Kissel
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Julie Fershtman
Julie Fershtman
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Norm Luba
Norm Luba
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Ashley Griffin
Ashley Griffin
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Kent Sturman
Kent Sturman
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Pat Comerford
Pat Comerford
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Christy Landwehr
Christy Landwehr
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AYHC Distinguished Service Award Recipients

  • Julie Kimball

  • Ray Antoniewicz

  • Ed Roberts

  • Christy Landwehr

  • Bill Culbertson

  • Dr. Melvin Brady

  • B.F Yates

  • Pat Comerford

  • Kent Sturman

  • Ashley Griffin

  • Robert Mowery

  • Norm Luba

  • Jeanne Griffin

  • Julie Fershtman

  • Nancy Kissel

  • Dr. Karen Waite

  • Deb Hagstrom

  • Debbie Manring

  • Meg Sax

  • Dr. Jenifer Nadeau

  • Carla McLachlan

  • Brenna Johnson

Youth Equine Industry Connections Award Recipients

formerly AYHC Partnership Award

2016    United States Pony Club, Inc for National Youth Congress

2018    Miami International Riding Club

2019    Virginia 4-H Horse Ambassador Program

AYHC Partnership Award Recipients

  • Certified Horsemanship Association

  • Rodeheaver Boys Ranch, Florida

  • Reins of Life, Indiana

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