The National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) is very excited to present the 2013 NRHyA officer team. NRHyA’s 2013 officers include President Emma Holbrook of Oklahoma, Vice-President Jaclynn Brooks from Utah, Secretary Shaelyn Vering of Nebraska, Treasurer Claire Dittrich from Nebraska, and Historian Amy Stoney from Colorado. This officer team, full of young leaders, is excited to start their year!
Emma Holbrook is 16 years old and a sophomore at Perry High School in Perry, Okla. She is involved in various clubs including Student Council, National Honor Society and Science Club while serving as the sophomore class secretary. Emma has served as a Special Olympics coach for the Perry Upper Elementary Special Olympics team for five years. She has been riding horses her entire life and showing since she was 5 years old. Emma has served as the Oklahoma Reining Horse Youth Association vice-president for four years and was appointed to the NRHyA vice-president position in 2012. She enjoys hanging out with friends, movies, photography, art and, of course, riding horses. Emma is extremely honored to have the opportunity to serve as the 2013 NRHyA president and looks forward to working with the new officer team.
Jaclynn Brooks is a 16 year old from Syracuse, Utah. She is currently a junior at Syracuse High School. She loves camping, fishing, and anything outdoors, but mostly she loves to ride her horses. Jaclynn has been around horses all of her life, but didn’t start showing until she was 9 years old. She served as the Mountain Region delegate for 2010 and 2011. Jaclynn served as the 2012 NRHyA secretary. She had a lot of fun getting to know the 2012 officer team and can’t wait for what 2013 will bring.
Shaelyn Vering is 15 years old and a freshman at Central Catholic High School in a small town in Nebraska. Shaelyn was elected class president this year and selected to be part of the first underclassmen Mission Possible Youth Ministry team. She is involved in speech, track, cheerleading and dance team. She loves to write and is looking forward to her job as NRHyA secretary. Shaelyn loves traveling and looking to try new things, which this new opportunity as an NRHyA officer will offer plenty of excitement! She enjoys going to Delaware where her grandparents own a beach house, which is perfect for relaxing in the summer. Shaelyn has had a great time showing in NRHA and hopes for much more success with her coming years as a youth.
Claire Dittrich, 15 years old, attends Elkhorn Valley High as a freshman and is involved in numerous extracurricular activities including basketball and volleyball. Last year, she served as a delegate for the North Central Reining Horse Association. Since 8 years old, she has been riding horses and Reining has become her favorite sport. Claire and her horse Spinster Whiz were State 4-H champions this year and also competed in Oklahoma City during the NRHA Futurity. Along with riding her horses, Claire stays busy whether she’s with her friends or at school. She enjoys learning new things and traveling with her family.
Amy Stoney is 16 years old and is from a small town in southeastern Colorado named McClave. Amy is homeschooled, currently in the 11th grade and a straight “A” student. Amy served as a delegate for the Mountain Region in 2012. She was the official photographer for her local affiliate, the Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association. She earned the title of Varsity Reining Youth of the Year in 2011 and 2012 along with Junior Varsity Youth of the Year in 2009 and 2010. Amy is currently serving as the 2013 Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Youth Association president. Her other activities include being a part of her family’s reining horse business Stoney’s Performance Horses. Amy is a photographer and especially loves taking equine pictures.
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