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2023 Youth Board Members


President - Samatha Lyons

Hi, my name is Samantha Lyons. I am from Lisbon, ND. I live on a farm just outside town where I raise corn, soybeans, rye, wheat, barley and have a diversified livestock operation of cow-calf, feedlot, goats and horses. I have two siblings; I am the middle between my older sister and younger brother. I have been involved with horses since a young age, enjoying trail riding, camping out and showing in local 4H shows. In the past few years, I have continued my showing career by attending AQHA shows and getting involved in the NDQHYA. Aside from riding horse I enjoy being a part of St. Aloysius church, FFA, FCCLA, Heart and Soul 4 H club, livestock judging, playing piano, and high school volleyball. When I have down time, I enjoy being outside, traveling, camping and hanging out with my friends and family.

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Vice President
Adeline Brutger



Hailey Neumann

Hailey Neumann is from Sabin, MN and is a sophomore at Oak Grove Lutheran School in Fargo, ND. She participates in basketball, volleyball, track and band. In her spare time she shows in AQHA shows over the summer with her partner Gideon, who is the grandson of her very first horse Maggie Mae. Hailey and Gideon will be showing in the 14 to 18 classes in 2023. 


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Aspyn Thelen

My name is Aspyn Thelen, I am 14 and I live in Garrison, ND. I am the Garrison FFA chapter’s treasurer and I currently have a job at Fort Stevenson State Park. I love being outside and spending time with my family and friends. I am excited to be on the board for the NDQHYA and what opportunities it has to bring.

Youth Advisor

Abby Stensgard

The NDQHYA are looking for Y.E.S (Youth Excellence Seminar) delegates. Please contact Abby Stensgard for information.




To receive a Year End Award you must attend

 two (2) meetings and participate in 

two (2) fund-raisers. You must also have shown to 9 judges in each class for a year end class award.


Youth World letters are due April 30th

NDQHYA World Show Letter of Intent

AQHYA World Championship Show

Change of Affiliation Form

Due June 1st, 2023

AQHYA Officer and Director Application

Deadline May 15th

The AQHYA Guide to Campaigning (including new age eligibility requirements for Officer and Director candidates as stated in the AQHYA Bylaws in the current online version of the 2023 AQHA Rulebook) is available here.


Please note, the application deadline for candidates campaigning for AQHYA Board is May 15. All election materials and the application form are included in the Guide to Campaigning.

Letters for Congress/NYATT are due July 1st

Congress NYATT ND Letter of Intent

2023 Ford Youth World Show Qualifying information

2023 Fundraisers:

Annual Blanket Auction

Will be held at the 2023 Annual Banquet

Picture Auction

Back-number sale

$20 to reserve a number (no copies needed) 

$25 for 3 printed copies of your number 

$35 for 5 printed copies of your number

$40 for 7 printed copies of your number

Contact: Jesse Armstrong


Wadena Run

Square Auction & Ice Cream Float Special

Legendary Labor Day Show

Bake Sale & Basket Auction

Egg & Spoon

Community Service Project

NDSU - Bison Strides Program (Group headed by Maggie Waslaski)

Horse Rescue Program

(Group headed by Adeline Brutger)


The American Quarter Horse Foundation and American Quarter Horse Association are pleased to partner together to advance the development of young adults and their continuous involvement in the equine industry. The AQHLead program is designed for young adults, ages 19-34, to help support their development as young leaders in the equine industry. 

AQHLead travel grants may be awarded annually to participants to offset the cost of travel and participation. Grant recipients kick off their participation in the program each year at the AQHA Convention.    For more info click here


Contact: Jesse Armstrong

for more information.


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