Member Spotlight

Get to know our AYHC Members

The member spotlight is an opportunity to recognize the many knowledgeable, caring individuals and organizations who play a vital role in the future of the equine industry. We appreciate the efforts of AYHC members who "connect kids through horses" on a daily basis.

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Favorite horse’s name and breed:

Southern Tang – Quarter Pony

Equine involvement: (clubs, organizations):

US Equestrian Federation, GERL (Georgia Equine Rescue League), US Hunter Jumper Association, American Quarter Horse Youth Association

 

What is your greatest accomplishment involving horses?

I feel my greatest accomplishment so far is the progress I have made with my first horse, Southern Tang, after having him a little over a year. I have learned so much about properly taking care of a horse. I have built so much strength and confidence with Tang.  I also have competed in several Hunter Jumper shows this past year with Three Bears Farm, where I take lessons. I am grateful for my trainers and all of my fellow equestrian friends !   

 

What do you think is one of the biggest issues in the horse industry today and what ideas do you have to help solve it?

In Georgia there seems to be a big problem with abuse and neglect of horses.  I think that a lot of this is not intentional. I think people just don’t understand what a commitment it is to properly take care of a horse.  GERL ( Georgia Equine Rescue League) is an organization that assists with starved, abused, and neglected horses. I am so grateful that people foster these horses, rehabilitate, and find better homes for them.  I wish there were more organizations like this that save horses but also educate people about caring for horses.

AYHC Student Leader Member

Brooke B.

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How did you become involved with youth horse activities?
When I was 8 yrs. my brother had a pony and was not thrilled to take of stalls, so I took over his horse project.

 

Why are you a member of the American Youth Horse Council?

Because I like the symposium and nice to connect with different people with similar interests.  Fun to see how every state conduct horse industry activities. 

 

What is your area of focus or specialty?

Horsemanship, safety and sportsmanship.  Being well rounded and all areas are important.  Safety is especially important.  Teaching youth to be a good role model. Currently coach and advise high school equestrian team.

 

What is your inspiration for working with the youth horse industry?
Always been involved with youth, I worked in a pre-school, now in high school and like this age group's attitudes, they get excited about things. I run a summer camp for about 10 weeks and use miniature horses currently at horse camp.

 

What is your vision of your involvement in the youth horse industry 10 years from now?

Hard question to answer, still volunteering and helping out. Working with special education youth currently, learning life skills working at the horse barn.

 

What is your favorite resource or teaching tool that you use?

Iowa State – Targeting Life Skills Model - 4-H Wheel with head, heart, health and hands.  Different categories in each part.  Use it in lot of areas.  Even use in high school. Always reflect back to this wheel. 

AYHC Member

Jo Gelinas

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How did you become involved with youth horse activities?
I've shown Morgan horses since I was three years old.  At age 9 I was asked to join and be a member of the Morgan Youth Horse Council. 

 

What is your area of focus or specialty?

I am a trainer specializing in Western disciplines and I really enjoy helping youth and amateurs through lessons and at shows.

 

What is your inspiration for working with the youth horse industry? 
I was given a lot of opportunities as a youth and want to give back to the equine industry by helping others.

 

 

What is your vision of your involvement in the youth horse industry 10 years from now?

I envision that I will be able to help more junior exhibitors and strive to be a better youth leader.

 

 

What is your favorite resource or teaching tool that you use?

One year during the AYHC Symposium, I learned about the Junior Master Horseman manuals produced by AQHA and have found them very useful.   I also enjoy just learning from others.

AYHC Member

Connor Farley

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Favorite horse’s name and breed:

I can’t choose between the three!

Jericho Twistin Jac - Appendix Quarter Horse

Porter and Ruby- American BLM Mustangs

 

Favorite equine discipline:

Working Ranch Horse

Equine involvement: (clubs, organizations)

Kansas Horse Council, AQHA, FFA, 4-H Horse Project, Black Jack Saddle Club, Mustang Heritage Foundation

 

What is your favorite thing about horses?

The way that they can inspire, heal, change and encourage people. By working with horses, I can become a better person with more confidence in myself and what I can do.

 

What is your greatest accomplishment involving horses?

One of the greatest involvements that have involved horses would be training my first BLM Mustang and taking reserve champion in the Kansas Mustang Beginnings Challenge. I overcame many fears and insecurities by putting my knowledge and faith to the test. Because of this, I can now confidently say that I can start and train wild horses.

 

What do you think is one of the biggest issues in the horse industry today and what ideas do you have to help solve it? One of the greatest issues today that I have seen is the management and populations of the American Mustangs. There is currently an over population that is causing extensive damage to rangelands in America. The holding facilities have been maxed out in efforts to reduce the wild horse numbers out on the rangelands. One solution that I support would be to expand the private ranches involvement. Large private ranches partner with BLM and (with funding) allow captured horses to roam on their lands. While this program costs BLM, a suggested solution that I propose to cover some of those costs would be a 50/50 partnership. This means that while BLM pays for each head of horse, the private ranch has to agree to adopt out a set amount of horses into private care. This would hypothetically decrease payment costs per head while placing more horses into private care on yearly average. One more solution to propose is to increase the amount of PZP (porcine zona pellucida) vaccines given to mustang mares roaming free. This vaccine is an experimental sterilization that will make a mare temporarily infertile.

AYHC Student Leader Member

Brook

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Favorite horse’s name and breed:

Ricochet SF (Amos): Purebred Arabian

BF Apollos Maverick (Maverick): Half-Arabian

Expressionsofgold (Lacey): Purebred Arabian

MD Glenlivet Bask (Glen): Purebred Arabian

 

Favorite equine discipline:

I would say my favorite right now is saddleseat but I have ridden western, hunt, and dressage/sport horse.

 

Equine involvement: (clubs, organizations)

I am a member of the Arabian Horse Association and the Wisconsin Arabian Horse Association. I was a Board member on the Arabian Horse Youth Association for 4 years and was the national secretary for 1 year. I am also currently serving as the Wisconsin Arabian Horse Association Youth Coordinator.

 

What is your favorite thing about horses?

I love the friendship/bond/connection you can have with horses. I have been fortunate enough to have special bonds with a couple of my horses where you knew we were in sync. I love when you can communicate with a horse without saying a word. I also love the people that you meet along the way. Not only do you have special connections with the horses, you have special lifelong friendships with the owners. I have met some of my best friends through horses and have had so many amazing opportunities.

 

What is your greatest accomplishment involving horses?

I really don’t have a favorite accomplishment. I am just thankful for every opportunity given to me. I am not one to truly focus on the ribbon but rather focus on the ride. Every ride you have with your horse whether it be a set back or a push forward is a learning experience. I have learned a lot about competing and being an overall horsewoman.

 

What do you think is one of the biggest issues in the horse industry today and what ideas do you have to help solve it?  I think there are positives in every breed and person showing. I think that the horse industry as a whole is amazing but it saddens me when I hear stories of people getting bullied or put down at shows. Everyone no matter how long they have been involved with horses shares the same passion you do. I think people need to work as a community to support others and keep a positive mindset for the horse industry. Many people don’t understand why we do what we do and it is up to the industry to show them in a positive way.
 

AYHC Student Leader Member

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How did you become involved with youth horse activities?
Through 4-H I was a member first and became a leader right after.  This coming year I will have been a 4-H leader for 50 years.

What is your area of focus or specialty?

Communications and Public Speaking, it is one of the biggest skills we can teach kids.  The 4-H horse program offers competitions for this which is great for the kids. I start them speaking at meeting.  We do club reports where we talk about the activities we have done in the past month.  We call out the activity like working at McDonalds for Ronald McDonalds House and the kids who were involved in it get up and talk about it and it can just be “it was fun”, but they have to say something.  It is amazing on where it goes from there for them.

 

What is your inspiration for working with the youth horse industry? 
It did so much for me when I was in 4-H that feel I have to give it back.  I love seeing the kids who could barely open their mouth and end up going to a national competition over time and it is then that I know I have accomplished something.

 

What is your vision of your involvement in the youth horse industry 10 years from now?

“Do you know how old I will be” and laughs.  I still see me having the same level of involvement.  I am a 4-H club leader, and involved in the 4-H Program at the county, state, New England and North-East Region level and plan on doing it until I can’t no more.  It brings me satisfaction and I love seeing these kids become wonderful adults.

 

What is your favorite resource or teaching tool that you use?

No question, Horse Smarts by far. I love the resource and the activities that are in it.  If they are too long I just adapt them.  We bought 20 copies for our area and we all use them all the time.

AYHC Adult Member

Mary Fay

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Favorite horses name and breed:

Southern Lawyer (Sawyer), OTTB

Favorite equine discipline:   

Cutting   (Each contestant is allowed two and a-half minutes to cut at least two cows from the herd. The horse must defend the herd and hold the cow).

Equine involvement in clubs or organizations: 

4-H member for 10 years

What is your favorite thing about horses?

Their ability to heal people by bringing their own fears to light. 

What is your greatest accomplishment involving horses? 

I think my greatest accomplishment with horses would have to be my relationship with my OTTB gelding, Sawyer.  He came to me a very fearful and distrusting horse and has since become the goofiest, most fantastic athlete as well as my best friend.

What do you think is one of the biggest issues in the horse industry today and what ideas do you have to help solve it? 

One of the biggest issues in the horse industry today is over breeding and mismanagement of race bred Thoroughbreds in Australia- particularly in relation to the high stakes race, the Melbourne Cup. Many people in the United States as well as in Australia are not aware of the level of slaughter that occurs to horses that fail to prove themselves on the track, or are too old to race any longer. If we educate the public on this unethical practice, resources will be allocated to slow the breeding of racehorses there as well as find homes for horses retired from racing. 

AYHC Student Leader Member

Audrey

Headquarters Location: 

1795 Alysheba Way Suite 7102

Lexington, KY  40509

 

Equine Organization Website address: 

www.CHA-ahse.org

www.CHAinstructors.com

 

What youth horse programming do you offer?

TEAM CHA for kids under 16 to join for $15 a year to learn about becoming a riding instructor and equine facility manager and Assistant Instructor for those over 16 to attain at our clinics.

 

How did your organization become involved with youth horse activities?

We are the largest and oldest certifying body of riding instructors in North America so have certified over 26,000 instructors that have taught many youth to ride.

 

What is your organization’s area of focus or specialty?

CHA Changes Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses

 

What is your vision of your involvement in the youth horse industry 10 years from now?

As certification of riding instructors and equine facility managers and trail guides becomes more known and what should be done and not just voluntary, CHA will be there to teach youth how to provide safe, effective and fun lessons to all. We are working closely with many universities and colleges to achieve this goal.

 

What is your favorite resource or teaching tool that your organization uses?

The CHA Composite Manual of Horsemanship

What means of communication do you find to be the most effective in communicating with your members?

Monthly Eblasts and FaceBook Fan Page and Member only group page.

AYHC Association Member

Certified Horsemanship Association

How did you become involved with youth horse activities?
It really started back in my 4-H, FFA and youth horse show days.  Then, later in my career I founded the (WIHA) Wisconsin Interscholastic Horsemanship Association. This exciting program allows kids to potentially letter and to be recognized in their schools from grades 6th-12th. WIHA has grown the program and has seen numbers between 300-400 kids involved and between 50-75 schools/areas. 

 

What is your area of focus or specialty?
My area of focus and specialty has always been on helping kids and all riders build a better relationship between themselves and their horses through my training program.

 

What is your inspiration for working with the youth horse industry? 
My inspiration is found by helping youth see that hard work and dedication can help you achieve your goals in whatever you do in life. Also the saying I always believe in "Today's Youth Is Tomorrow’s Future"

 

What is your vision of your involvement in the youth horse industry 10 years from now?
My Involvement will be to continue to give back to the youth horse industry thru clinics, lessons, training and judging.  I truly enjoy helping the youth reach their goals within themselves, and I will continue thru the years all across the country.

 

What is your favorite resource or teaching tool that you use?
This question makes me laugh because I think my favorite tool is my favorite rope.  I use this rope all the time when I am either ponying a young colt, teaching showmanship, or even using my rope to better a ranch horse for training.

AYHC Lifetime Member

Dan Grunewald