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Game Changers

The mission of the Game Changer program is to enable AjPHA national directors to participate on an APHA advisory committee and learn more about their roles in APHA. Committee leaders and members are asked to include participating Youth in all committee business, including conference calls, face-to-face meetings, polls and other items. This program was developed by the 2019 Youth Leadership Conference attendees and approved by the APHA Board of Directors.

Interested Youth need to complete an online application for the APHA committee(s) that interest them. Applications are then reviewed by a panel including the APHA Director of Youth activities, APHA President and the applicable committee chair/vice-chair. This program’s liaison is the APHA Director of Youth Activities.

Congratulations to the following 2021-2022 Game Changers Placements:

Committee: Amateur Advisory Committee

Avery has been an active AjPHA member for multiple years and she has attended the Youth Leadership Conference for 3 consecutive years. She has also been the President for the Johnson County 4-H and is involved with Kansas Paint Horse Youth Club. During her time as a Game Changer, Avery would like to learn more about the “behind the scenes” work and see growth in the youth division.

Committee: Amateur Advisory Committee

Isak is a current AjPHA member and a first-time AjPHA National Director from California. Outside of horses, Isak is involved in the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps. While being a Game Changer, he would like to help grow APHA and make as many contributions as possible to the ranch horse classes at APHA-approved shows.

Committee: Breed Integrity Advisory Committee

Paige is a current youth member that shows her Paint Horse(s) at APHA-approved shows while also participating in 4-H. She is an AjPHA National Director and Vice President of the Minnesota North Star Paint Horse Youth Club. Outside of showing horses, Paige is involved in Track & Field, Curling, Rocket Team and Girl Scouts. As a Game Changer and newer APHA member, Paige would like to help bring clarity to newer members about APHA programs and rules.

Committee: Breed Integrity Advisory Committee

Katie has been showing with APHA since she was 7 years old and attended her first APHA Youth World Show when she was just 8 years old. While she has been showing with APHA, Katie has also been an AjPHA National Director for multiple years. At school, Katie is on the Student Council, plays volleyball and is a part of the newspaper club. While being a Game Changers, she would like to see a difference made in the youth division.

Committee: International Advisory Committee

Ruby has been an involved AjPHA member for multiple years. She has been an AjPHA National Director, AjPHA Treasurer, AjPHA Zone 2 Representative, and currently is the AjPHA President-Elect. Outside of showing her Paint Horse, Ruby is a part of the National Honors Society and Spanish Honors Society. As a Game Changer, Ruby wants to represent the voices of all youth and offer ideas to help attract more youth members.

Committee: Long Range Planning Advisory Committee

Madison is an AjPHA Member, AjPHA National Director and the Minnesota North Star Paint Horse Club Reporter. Outside of APHA, Madison is a 4-H member, FFA member and plays volleyball. Being a youth without a trainer, Madison would like to use her perceptive to grow youth memberships while being a Game Changer.

Committee: Long Range Planning Advisory Committee

Taylor is an active AjPHA member that has been attending APHA shows since she was 3 years old. She is a current 2021-2022 AjPHA National Director, Texas Paint Horse Club Member and Gulf Coast Paint Horse Club Member. While being a Game Changer, Taylor would like to see more youth have a stronger voice and encourage others to join the program.

Committee: Regional Club Advisory Committee

Cody has been an active Paint Horse member for the multiple years. He is also a current AjPHA National Director, AjPHA Zone Representative, and Idaho AjPHA President. Outside of APHA, Cody is involved with his local 4-H Club and FFA while also being a youth volunteer with Special Olympics. As a Game Changer, Cody would like to see more youth involved and learn new things while on his committee.

Committee: Regional Clubs Advisory Committee

Teagan has been involved with AjPHA his whole life, showing in the halter events. Outside of AjPHA, Teagan is active in his church youth group and a current youth team leader. He also participates in 4-H where he shows Simmental Cattle as well as riding Bareback horses and bulls.

Committee: Show & Contest Advisory Committee

Emily has been involved with Paint Horses since she was 10 years old. With APHA, she is a current AjPHA National Director, AjPHA Treasurer, and Zone Representative. She has also competed in Horse Quiz Bowl as well as participated in 4-H and Pony Club. Outside of horses, Emily runs cross country and plays basketball while being a member of the National Honors Society. As a Game Changer, she would like to see the youth program grow and encourage other youth to get involved with Paint Horses.

Committee: Show & Contest Advisory Committee

Reese is an active AjPHA Member and a 2021-2022 AjPHA National Director. Outside of APHA, Reese is an FFA officer, Band Section Leader, Kansas Association of Youth Member and a National Honors Society Member. While being a Game Changer, Reese would like to bring the perspective of youth who started out as a 4-H member and learn how to impact the future of APHA to help improve the association.

Committee: Show & Contest Advisory Committee

Treylyn has been involved with APHA her entire life as her family has always shown Paint Horses. Treylyn has been an AjPHA National Director, on the AjPHA Executive Committee, and a past AjPHA Member of the Year. Outside of Paint Horses, Treylyn has been the President of the Caney Creek 4-H and a Stock Horse of Texas Youth Board Member. As a Game Changer, Treylyn would like to recruit more Youth members to participate in the Ranch Horse events by spreading the word and publicizing what APHA has to offer.

Committee: Youth Advisory Committee

Gabrielle has been a part of APHA since she was three years old as her family has been actively involved and showing in the organization for over 20 years. Outside of APHA, Gabrielle is the Aledo FFA Vice President, National Honors Society Committee Education member and 4-H member. During her time as a Game Changer, she would like to make a difference in APHA, increase youth memberships and get more youth involved in leadership roles.

Committee: Youth Advisory Committee

Blair is a 2021-2022 AjPHA National Director from Louisiana. She is also a junior leader for her 4-H Club. While being a Game Changer, Blair would like to bring a Youth perspective and participate in meetings by stating her opinion and position on various topics.

QUESTIONS? Please contact APHA’s Performance Department at youth@apha.com.


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