Young Named AHA Youth of the Year
Young, of Elk Grove, California, was named the Arabian Horse Association
(AHA) 2002 Youth of the Year for her contributions to AHA, personal
achievements and community involvement. As Youth of the Year, 17-year-old
Young will have the opportunity to represent the Arabian Horse Youth
Association (AHYA) as an ambassador of the Arabian breed, making
appearances at the 2003 AHYA Convention and Youth Nationals. Youth
of the Year award recipients are selected from AHA youth members
across the U.S. and Canada.
was very surprised to win the award because I knew how many talented
youth were nominated this year. It was wonderful to win and such
an honor, says Young.
active member of her local club, AHA of Northern California, Young
is serving her second term as the youth president. In this position
she works tirelessly on the clubs schooling shows hiring judges,
ordering ribbons and volunteering her time. One of her main objectives
as the clubs youth president is to get more youth participating
in horse show administration.
began her involvement with Arabians eight years ago when she fell
in love with an unbroken grey Arabian gelding named SLS Revelation+//
(RA Maraz x Amnesty). After purchasing the gelding with her birthday
money, Young and Rever started jumping together, earning
multiple titles at the regional and national level in the working
hunter and jumper divisions. At the 2002 Canadian Nationals, the
pair earned championships in Arabian Jumpers ATR, and Hunt Seat
Equitation over Obstacles and top tens in Hunt Seat Equitation Not
to Jump and Arabian Working Hunter. Youngs success in 2002
enabled her to achieve the Rider of Honor designation in the AHA
Amateur Achievement Award program.
love jumping - both the speed and height are such a rush. In jumper
classes, they are able to maneuver much faster than the big warmbloods.
I enjoy working with Arabians. They are so athletic and intelligent.
They have great hearts and wonderful minds, says Young.
addition to the 20-25 hours Young spends each week with her horse,
she keeps busy with FFA programs and activities. Young competes
on an FFA Farm/ Business management team in contests that test participants
knowledge of farm management principles such as budgets, taxes and
farm accounting. Young takes part in many FFA community service
activities such as collecting for food drives, organizing special
holiday activities for special needs pre-school children and fund
raising. In September of 2002, Young helped organize a field day
to give Sacramento area third graders the opportunity to learn and
interact with farm animals.
love of horses and interest in equine business has influenced her
high school coursework and career planning. At Elk Grove High School,
Young maintains a 3.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale with science and agriculture
concentrations. In the midst of her junior year, she is looking
at universities with strong equine veterinary programs.
Young plans to continue her involvement with Arabian and Half-Arabian
horses in the future. She looks forward to exhibiting at 2003 Youth
and Canadian Nationals with her Arabian SLS Revelation+//. Later
this spring she anticipates the arrival of a French Anglo-Arabian
her family purchased. Eventually, Young would like to show on the
Grand Prix jumper circuit or at the Olympics with an Arabian or
is a 40,000 member equine association that registers and maintains
a database of more then one million Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian
horses. It administers more than $4 million in annual prize money,
produces national events, maintains official event records, recognizes
more than 400 Arabian horse shows and distance rides and provides
activities and programs that promote breeding and ownership. For
information about Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses,
call 303-696-4500, e-mail info@ArabianHorses.org
or visit www.ArabianHorses.org.