2021 National Officers Candidates

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Olivia Klug - Running for President

My name is Olivia Klug and I am currently the 2020 National Reining Horse youth Association Vice President. I am eighteen years old and live outside of Columbus, Nebraska on my family's farm. There we raise cattle, grow corn, soybeans, and have horses along with many other animals. I attend high school as a senior at Scotus Central Catholic in Columbus. At school, I participate in multiple different activities and clubs. Some of these include musical, honor roll, campus ministry, National Honor Society, and HOSA, which is a program that gives high school students a better look into the medical field. I am also active in multiple church, community, and 4-H groups.

Although I love participating in all of these activities, my passion is horses. I have been showing horses for ten years and reining for seven. I first became involved with NRHyA leadership roles in 2017 when I ran for delegate. I received the position and loved it. I ran for delegate again in 2018 and received the position. After two years of being a delegate, I decided to run for a 2019 NRHyA officer position. In 2019 I was elected to be the National Reining Horse youth Association's Treasurer. After an outstanding year of being an officer, I ran to be the 2020 NRHyA Vice President. I was elected again and was ecstatic.

I have been blessed with many leadership opportunities in the past four years and could not be more thankful to NRHyA for allowing me to grow as a leader. My time in NRHyA has brought me some of my closest friends, fondest memories, and numerous life lessons learned. Throughout the past two years as an officer, I have been able to watch NRHyA expand, and see youth members become continuously more involved in the leadership roles. I would love to help NRHyA continue this path as the 2021 NRHyA President.

Haley Turner - Running for Vice President

Hello, I am Haley Turner, I am 17 years old, and I live just outside of Columbus Ohio. I live on a small ranch with my mom, dad, sister, and brother, along with a collection of animals. Outside of horses, I am currently a senior at Grove City highschool. I have participated in marching band, cross country, community service club, 4-h, and youth group. I have enjoyed being active in many clubs and sports over the years but my favorite of all would be the NRHyA. Showing horses has been a huge part of my life since I was little. The opportunities that have been given to me and the people I have met have made this association so special to me. I will take any opportunity to give back to this incredible association. This year I served as NRHyA historian. My year as historian was so much fun. I have enjoyed creating a bond with the wonderful girls I got to work alongside. Covid-19 has definitely changed the original experience, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I got to face challenges with the 2020 officers and learn to work together and overall become a better leader. This year I am running for vice president. I would love to be a member others can look up to and feel comfortable working with and asking questions. It would be an honor to serve as NRHyA vice president.

Ava Welman - Running for Secretary

I'm Ava Welman and fifteen years old and I live in River Falls, Wisconsin on our family's training facility. I'm currently a freshman at River Falls High School. I've been an active member of the NRHA since the age of four, but have been involved with reining horses my whole life. Besides my love of reining horses I also participate in basketball and tennis. I am also the class representative for the River Falls FFA chapter. This past year I was blessed with the amazing opportunity to be the 2020 NRHyA secretary. I will be also running for the secretary position for next year's team. I can't wait to continue to be a part of this amazing organization and help grow the future of the reining horse industry, build lifelong skills and make memories an friendships I'll carry with me forever.

Shelby Lynch - Running for Secretary

Hi I'm Shelby Lynch, I am 16 years old and live in McLean Illinois on a small ranch with my mom, dad, and younger brother. I'm currently a junior at Olympia high school and play softball. I have been showing reining horses since I was nine years old. I currently show my horse, Butler aka Jac N Jewels Spark. Outside of the reining I also show in the pleasure. This year I served as an east central delegate and would now like to run for NRHyA secretary. I would like to continue to grow as a member and leader in the NRHyA and feel that my experience as an officer will help me do so.

Raeanna Thayn - Running for Treasurer

My name is Raeanna Thayn, I am 16 years old and a junior, I attend Abeka Online High School. I grew up on our family farm and ranch outside of Oxford, Nebraska where we raised cattle, horses, alfalfa, corn, wheat, beans and milo until we moved to a small ranch near Tioga, Texas about 4 years ago where we raise reining and reined cowhorses. I have been very lucky to see the different sides of the agriculture and equine industries outside of showing and training.

My family has always owned horses, everything from ranch to halter horses. I started showing reiners when I was 6 years old and fell in love with the sport and never looked back! I've been very blessed to have met some of my best friends through this sport! I have also been able to meet some of my biggest role models. All this has helped develop my love for reining horses and the desire to continue to be involved in NRHA. Outside of the reining world I love to compete in ranch riding and reined cowhorse but reining will always be my favorite!

In 2019 I had the opportunity to run for an NRHyA delegate and serve as a delegate for 2020 and I am so glad I did. Even though this year has been crazy I've gotten to meet a lot of new people and learn more about the behind the scenes side of NRHA! I would love to continue learning and help grow the sport of reining.

I would be honored to be your 2021 NRHyA treasurer! I can't wait to meet new people and to see what great ideas NRHyA comes up with in the next few years!!

Adrianna Runzo - Running for Treasurer

Hi, my name is Adrianna Runzo. I live in Canton Ohio with my mom, stepdad, and twin brother, Dominic. I'm 15 years old and am a current sophomore at Lake Highschool. I started riding horses with my older sister before I could walk and have been an NRHyA member for the past three years. Right now I own and show my gelding, A Bueno Chic. We currently show in the youth 14-18 and have had success in the 13 and under winning reserve world champion in 2019. I currently serve as a 2020 NRHyA delegate from the East Central Region. Outside of showing NRHA, I run track and cross country, am an Ohio Model United Nations president, and show in the IEA and YEDA. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to work alongside my peers in many activities such as putting together raffle baskets and selling tickets for fundraisers at shows. I feel that I would make a good candidate for Treasurer because I am a confident leader and have enjoyed coming up with fundraising ideas and then putting those ideas into action at my local and regional shows. I hope to become a better leader and help endorse the wonderful association that is the NRHyA.

Madison Wigen - Running for Treasurer

My name is Madison Wigen, I am 16 years old and live in the small town of Joseph, Oregon. I am currently a sophomore at Enterprise High School where I am a part of volleyball, basketball, golf, FFA, and I am a member of National Honor Society.

Horses have always been a huge part of my life and I can't think of a time in my life where reining hasn't been something that I have a huge passion for. My first class on a horse was the lead line when I was eleven months old. Since then I have shown in multiple NRHA classes. The sport of reining has had a huge impact on my life and through it I have learned responsibility, leadership, and how to be humble. At the local and national level I have been given opportunities that have helped me grow my leadership skills. I started out being a regional officer then when I was thirteen, I served as a regional delegate and for the past year I have had the amazing experience of being the NRHYA treasurer.

Being the 2020 NRHyA Treasurer was a huge blessing for me and I wouldn't trade the time that I have had on the officer team for anything. I enjoy representing our association and being a role model to the other youth. This past year has been very different than any other not only for the officer team but for everyone. I was very happy to be able to still communicate with my team even though we couldn't be in person with each other like normal. I feel that on the officer team we have been able to include more youth and get more youth involved in this association even during this off year. I would be so happy to serve as the 2021 NRHyA Treasurer and I can't wait to see what the upcoming year brings for this amazing association.

Tillie Malinowsky - Running for Treasurer

My name is Tillie Malinowsky. I'm seventeen years old and live on my family's farm outside of WaKeeney, Kansas. At our farm, we have a cow/calf operation and grow corn, milo, wheat, and alfalfa. I attend Trego Community High School where I am a senior. Within the school, I'm involved with FFA, FCCLA, basketball, tennis, and trap shooting. I'm also involved within many groups in my community including 4-H. When I'm not in the gym, I am helping my parents on the farm or I am riding horses. I have been around horses all of my life, but I started reining just five years ago. I would like to represent NRHyA as the 2021 treasurer. I would take this opportunity to really get to get a better look at NRHA, build relationships, and become a better leader. Throughout the last five years, I have made many memories and have learned so much. I hope to continue making memories in the NRHyA and help other youth grow in this organization as I have.

Allyson Nicklous - Running for Historian

My name is Allyson Nicklous and I am currently a senior this year at Blanchet Catholic and Saint Paul High School. I live in a tiny town called Saint Paul OR with my mom, dad, and twin sister with our wild herd of animals. I served this past year as a Delegate for the Northwest and am running to be your 2021 NRHyA Historian. Although I've been showing horses all my life, just three years ago I started showing reining horses, I currently show my horse McLovin. My hobbies include going on adventures with my dog Charlie, water skiing, and spending time with my family. I'm involved in FFA, DECA, NHS, speech and debate club, and am a spirituality team member at my school. I also show market hogs, goats, and an alpaca at Marion County Fair. Volunteering with the social media at my local church has given me lots of practicing with collecting photos, stories, and working with social media to bring people all over together which I feel is a big and amazing part of our industry. I've been so blessed to be a part of the reining family and hope to continue my journey with NRHyA and all the amazing people as your 2021 Historian.

Aubree Leyva - Running for Historian

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said "Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion".

My name is Aubree Leyva, I am 14 years old and I am from Scottsdale, AZ. We moved from Southern California 5 years ago and that is when my life drastically changed. I went from weekends on the ocean to horses, pigs, and goats in my backyard.

Honestly, ever since I was two years old I had wanted to ride horses but Irvine, Ca didn't offer much opportunity for that dream. Luckily, my dad made good on his promise for horseback riding lessons after our big move. That is when Ashley Wilson-Hammer entered my life. I knew immediately I wanted to learn everything about not just riding, but reining, from her. I watched videos of her showing and searched every picture I could possibly find on her IEA team, "The Arizona Sliders". She allowed me the opportunity to ride my first love, "Frost", a beautiful quarter horse. She was such patient girl and thanks to her, I was able to start showing in a few short stirrup classes. I was also getting a lot of ride time with the AZ Sliders. It wasn't until I got my first horse, "Champ", that my passion for showing truly blossomed. He was such a fun yet challenging experience. I was able to show him for 2 years in the Youth & Green Classes. So far we are on track for earning Youth Rookie of the Year for AZRHA, 2020. Recently, I purchased a 7 year old gelding named "Jack" and I am so excited to see what we can accomplish in the future.

This past year I served as an NRHyA Delegate, AZRHA Youth Vice President, and the AZQHyA 14-18 Representative. I am finding that my dedication to the sport of reining grows with every opportunity for me to be involved. I would love to contribute in helping the youth involvement grow within this amazing industry. I see no better way to do that than by becoming an NRHyA Officer. I am truly grateful for being able to discover my "Grand Passion" at such a young age and would love to share that.

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