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IAHYA President Hillary Hoffman Named USA Junior Equestrian of the Year

Hillary Hoffman, the president of the International Arabian Horse Youth Association (IAHYA®), has been named as the 2002 USA Junior Equestrian of the Year. Hoffman, 18, of Hastings, Minnesota, will be presented with the Ruth O'Keefe Meredith Memorial Trophy during the USA Equestrian annual meeting, January 15-19, 2003, in Lexington, Kentucky.

The Ruth O'Keefe Meredith Memorial Trophy was established in 1985 to honor a junior individual who exemplifies "exception talent, sportsmanship and dedication to the sport" and has made "outstanding contributions to equestrian competition." Hoffman was honored for her devotion to the International Arabian Horse Association (IAHA) and its youth and her excellence as a competitor.

As president of IAHYA and its immediate past vice president, Hoffman has impressed her peers and the IAHA board with her leadership abilities. As a delegate on the IAHYA and IAHA Equitation and Working Western Committees, she has worked to improve the showing of these disciplines. Hoffman has also helped to create a smoother running convention as chair of the IAHYA Convention and Credentials Committee.

At the 2002 Youth Nationals, Hoffman excelled in the western disciplines. She was champion in Arabian Western Pleasure JTR 14-17, Reining Seat Equitation JTR 14-17 and Freestyle Reining JTR 14-17. She took reserve championships in Arabian Reining JTR 14-17 and Arabian Ladies Side Saddle Western JTR 17 & Under.

Past recipients of this award who were youth members of IAHA were Shannon Beethe in 1993 and Suzanne Loadholt in 1994.

IAHA® is a 28,000 member breed association that registers Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses, administers more than $4 million in prize money annually, produces national events, maintains official event records , recognizes more than 400 Arabian horse shows and distance rides and provides a ctivities and programs that promote Arabian horse breeding and ownership. For in formation about Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses, call 303-696-4500, e-mail or visit


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