Have you checked out the Arabian Horse Youth Association (AHYA) section of the AHA website yet? If you haven’t, you should!! Go to arabianhorses.org and click on the “Youth” tab at the top of the page.
The youth page includes blogs, a youth event calendar, social media feeds, activities, resources, and information regarding the AHYA board. The resources page is full of great information such as, state extensions and horse councils, dates and deadlines, a lesson series, horse judging videos, and other educational resources. DigiShare is another fun page with a media gallery, social media feeds, and blogs written by fellow AHYA members.
AHA is currently running a survey for all AHYA members. The purpose of the survey is to better serve youth members. Please take a minute to fill it out! Here is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AHYAMembers
I would like to congratulate MAHA member, Janisse Ruis, who is the new Region 6 Youth Director! Janisse and I will be working to discover new and inventive ways of including our youth membership in fundraising efforts and planning of youth events at the Region 6 Championship show. If you have any comments or suggestions you would like to share, she can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Our youth spotlight this month is on Jordan Perry! Jordan lives in the state of Montana, and is a member of MAHA and Region 6. We asked her to tell us a little bit about herself and her horses, and this is what she said:
Hi, my name is Jordan Perry and I am 14 years old. I have been riding horses since I was 5 and been showing since I was 7. I first started showing my mom's old show horse, Manny. Earlier this year, I got my half-arabian mare, Rosie. In my time away from horses I like to do volleyball and photography. I hope to become a professional photographer one day, as well as a horse trainer!
Our youth spotlight this month is on Janisse Ruis! Janisse is currently living in Billings, MT, and is a member of MAHA and Region 6. We asked to tell us a little bit about herself and her horses, and this is what she said:
"I've been riding for 9 years, and got my first horse, SL Beau Jackson, 8 years ago. He hadn't been handled in five years and it took me a year before he would even let me catch him in the pasture. Not to mention, he was very underweight and had a bad past. Now he comes up to me every time I whistle at him from the pasture gate! We got his Arabian papers around three years ago and were surprised that our free rescue pony had such amazing bloodlines!
He taught me how to ride. We started off with Western and did a few rodeos, but we both decided we would like English better. I taught myself how to jump on him and he can go up to 2 feet, but we mainly do dressage and Arabian shows now. He's 27 now and still kicking butt;)
I got WC Maestro this past February all the way from Virginia! I really wanted a half-Arabian jumper (his other half is Oldenburg) so I could jump but still do Arab shows. When we got him, he was also really malnourished because he spent the whole winter without a blanket or grain in 3 feet of snow. Then a month after he came to Montana, he got pneumonia. I've only really been riding him since April or May, and he's only been under saddle for a year and a half, so he's pretty green for an 8 year old.
He loves to jump and when he lived in Virginia, he did 3 day eventing. He's free jumped over 4 feet. Since he was with a trainer then, but he's with me now, we've mainly stuck to showing at 2'3" for now. Once we've had more training, I'd like to do cross country and eventing. He's made so much progress in the short time we've been together! At a jumping show in June I fell off twice in one day, and just yesterday we jumped a 2'9" oxer!
Both my boys have such unique personalities and they mean the world to me. They try their hardest and I love them with all my heart. I can't wait to see what our future together holds. My goal is to take them both to Arabian Sport Horse Nationals, so I can do dressage with Bo, and jump with Maestro!
Thanks for sharing, Janisse! We wish you best of luck, and are confident that you will be showing at SHN in the very near future!
2016 Hey guys! Welcome to the new MAHA website! I'm so excited to finally have a youth page! This page will mostly be for the purpose of getting to know your fellow MAHA youth members, and I also plan to post updates on what is going on at the national level with AHYA and AHA.
We will have a new Youth "Spotlight" each month or so, which will allow us to get to know a MAHA youth member a little better.
I hope you guys use the "comments" section to communicate with me and each other, and also to post cool pics of you and your horse! You can also follow mt_arabian_horses on Instagram and share your pics there.
I have some pictures of MAHA youth from the 2016 Region 6 show that are posted below. If I don't have pictures of you, send them to me! You can message them to the MAHA FB page, post them to Instagram, or e-mail them to me at email@example.com.