My name is Elizabeth “Liz” Blaser and I currently live with my family on a sixth generation family farm near Duncan, Nebraska where we raise corn, soybeans and cattle.

As a current senior at Columbus High School in Columbus, Nebraska, I participate in marching band, indoor winter percussion, National Honor Society, CHS 101 (a mentoring program for incoming freshmen), Circle of Friends, Key Club, the school musical, studio dance, intramural basketball and 4-H. Of all my extracurricular activities, riding and showing horses is my ultimate passion and one in which I have been extremely grateful to participate since I got my very first horse in 2008 when I was just seven years old.

Through my local club, Central Plains Reining Horse Association and its regional affiliate, North Central, I have served as an elected youth delegate in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and in 2017 I served as NRHyA Treasurer. This past year, I had the privilege to serve as your 2018 NRHyA Vice President. Some of the highlights for me of serving in this position included meeting and networking with NRHyA/NRHA members and horse enthusiasts throughout the industry, while setting goals to grow youth involvement and upholding the integrity of the association. Another very special highlight was the Hay Day at the NRHA Derby this past June. It was an amazing experience and we even had six kiddos from the Toby Keith Foundation’s OK Kids Korral come join us!

I am honored to serve as your 2019 NRHyA President. I hope to continue the tradition of a dedicated and hardworking youth leadership team, while sharing my personal enthusiasm for reining. As I believe young riders are key to shaping the future of our organization and the sport of reining, I will work to further engage prospective members and revitalize current youth interest in reining across the country.

Hello! My name is Grace Wilson. I am 18 years old and was born and raised in the small town of Smithfield, VA. I am currently a freshman at Delaware State University and riding on the equestrian team. Most of my life I have had and owned horses. I started out barrel racing in NBHA and SVSA events. After a few years, I found a new love: horse shows, showing in AQHA small fry and then I found my passion of showing Reining horses.

I got my first Reiner in 2012 when I was still in the thirteen and under class and getting to know the sport. Soon after I turned 14, I got my next reining horse (which I still have) and we’ve accomplished more than I could have dreamed of. We have accomplished goals of going to AQHA World and winning an NRHA Derby.

In 2017, we discovered that my mare had an amazing extended trot and my trainer introduced me to Ranch Riding. Wow! What an experience! We won the Level One East Coast Championship in 2017 as well as the All-American Quarter Horse Congress youth. In 2018 we went back to Congress for a reserve championship as well as showing in Reining classes.

I am humbled to be serving as your 2019 NRHyA Vice President because I believe I have the experience to make a difference. I am excited to work with this team and build our leadership skills in everything we do; from decision making to setting goals.

Hello! My name is Aubrey Reynolds, and I am from Bridger Valley, Wyoming. I am 18 years old and currently a senior at Lyman High School. I enjoy many things in life, such as; drawing, FFA horse judging, public speaking, and making new friends.

I started reining about ten years ago when I first started riding horses. I have been an NRHA member for the past seven years. This is my second year as a delegate for the NRHyA and my second year running for an officer position. I had the opportunity to travel with the 2018 officer team to the annual American Horse Council meeting in Washington DC. That experience was invaluable to me! In addition to becoming more aware of the issues facing the horse industry, I was able to visit some national historical sites.

As the secretary for the NRHyA, not only will I keep the notes from the meetings, but I will be a tireless advocate for the NRHA. I will help other youth reach beyond their comfort zones and spread the word about the NRHyA and all the benefits it has to offer. I am excited to get more youth involved in the VRC program, where kids can get points for doing things they love. This year I am looking forward to meeting more youth that share the same passion for reining horses.

The past two years as a delegate have gave me a solid understanding of our organization and have helped me develop the leadership skills necessary to succeed as a NRHyA officer and in life. I will work hard for our association and support the team and youth members! I look forward to having the opportunity to pass along lessons that I have learned to younger members, so that they may also be able to take advantage of the amazing gifts provided to us through our relationship with these wonderful horses. I am honored to serve as your 2019 NRHyA Secretary.

Hello! My name is Olivia Klug and I live just outside of Columbus, Nebraska on my family’s farm where we raise cattle and harvest corn and soybeans. I attend high school as a sophomore at Scotus Central Catholic in Columbus. There I participate in volleyball, speech, musical, and careers club. I am also active in multiple church, community, and 4-H groups. Although I love doing all of these things, my biggest passion is horses. I have been showing horses for nine years and have been reining for the past five years. Throughout these years I have met many new people who have become some of my biggest role models, supporters, and most of all, my closest friends. I have also been given many opportunities to learn lifelong skills and make unforgettable memories. Through these various opportunities I have had the privilege of being an NRHyA delegate for two years. However, none of this would have happened if it were not for NRHyA. NRHyA has made my reining experience incredible and I want every other youth to have this same experience. I am so excited to serve as your 2019 NRHyA Treasurer.

Hello! My name is Morgan Ritz and I live on a family farm and feedlot that has been my home my whole life. I am a part of a small community of 100 people called Comstock, Nebraska. I attend school 30 minutes away at Ord Public Schools, as a junior. Along with hours of driving to and from school, my activities include; cross country, track, student council, 4-H, and being my FFA Chapter’s Secretary. I love a good book along with a cup of coffee, but most of all I love the sport of reining and all that comes with it. I have been blessed to be able to rein for eight years alongside my closest friends. Through reining I have met my mentors, best friends, and future goals. I hope to show youth the benefits of reining. Most importantly I want to teach youth how to be involved in the sport they love and show them how reining can help their future goals and continue being apart of their lives. I am so excited to serve this year as your 2019 NRHyA Historian! There are sure to be fun times ahead!

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