2023 NRHyA Officers

PRESIDENT
Adrianna Runzo
North Canton, Ohio

Hello! My name is Adrianna Runzo, I am 18 years old, and I live in North Canton, Ohio. I currently attend Lake High School as a senior and plan to attend Fresno State in the fall. In school, I'm a part of the track and field team, National Honors Society, and am a student in a career technical program in which I’ve found my passion for the medical field. Outside of school, I enjoy doing community service for local shelters, equine therapy programs, and more. Aside from the NRHA, I compete in the AQHA and YEDA as well.

Even though I love to be involved in all of these programs and associations, my true love and passion has always resided within the reining industry. I have been around horses all of my life and have been an NRHyA member for the past 6 years. More importantly though, I found my passion for leadership within this association at the local level when I was first elected as an East Central Regional Delegate in 2020. From there, I served as the 2021 NRHyA Treasurer and would not trade these experiences for the world. The skills, lessons, and confidence that I gained from this prepared me to be your 2022 NRHyA Vice President. Through these roles, I’ve had the opportunity to serve with some of the most dedicated and passionate young leaders that I know while representing the members of the NRHyA across the nation.

Working with talented youth and adult leaders across associations has made me realize that I want to do more within this industry and can do that through the role of President. As President, my goals are to grow NRHyA by its roots through fostering new young leadership and membership. I have loved growing up in the reining community and building friendships that I know will last a lifetime. The National Reining Horse Association is where I found my second family and helping to provide the same experiences to other members that I’ve been blessed by is my top priority. I am so ecstatic to be serving as your NRHyA President.

VICE PRESIDENT
Madison Wigen
Joseph, Oregon

My name is Madison Wigen, I am 18 years old and I live in the small town of Joseph, Oregon. This year I am running for the position of your NRHYA Vice President. I am currently a senior at Enterprise High School where I am active in sports, clubs, and multiple organizations. Some of these include the volleyball, basketball, and track teams, FFA, and I am a member of the 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. I have also gained many relationships through the reining community which will last me a lifetime. At the local and national level I have been given opportunities that have helped me grow my leadership skills. I started out being a local officer then when I was thirteen, I served as a regional delegate and finally in 2020 I started my journey on the officer team as the treasurer. I reran in 2022 and held the position of Secretary for that year.

Being a part of this amazing team and association has been a huge blessing for me and I wouldn’t trade the time that I have spent contributing to the NRHYA for anything. I enjoy representing our association and being a role model to the other youth. I truly feel that I have a lot to offer to this organization and I would love to be able to use my leadership experiences and be able to continue to share my ideas and goals for the NRHYA. I hope to be able to continue my growth as a leader and to give back to the NRHYA for all that it has provided me with throughout the years as your NRHYA Vice President.

TREASURER/SECRETARY
Emma Klug
Columbus, Nebraska

Hi, my name is Emma Klug. I am sixteen years old and live on a family Farm/Feedlot outside of Columbus, Nebraska. I go to Scotus Central Catholic High School, where I run in track and I am on our campus ministry team. My riding experience started when I was a little girl, and I started reining when I was 10 years old. I’m involved in 4-H, where I was the secretary for my 4-H club in 2021 and the Vice President in 2022. I do reining, english, western pleasure, and ranch riding in 4-H. I also show cattle in market beef and showmanship. Over the summer I had the amazing opportunity to go to the NRHA derby to compete in the speech contest. While I was there I got to see the 2022 officers in action and it made me want this role more then ever. I also loved getting to meet and know all the youth there. I want to run for the Secretary/ Treasurer position because I believe I have the qualifications and skills for this role. I want to help NRHyA grow in every way possible. I was the North Central region delegate in 2020 and the affiliate liaison in 2022. Through all my different leadership roles I have learned how to communicate well with others, how to fundraise, and how to record events and take notes from things like youth meetings. I love meeting new people, having fun, and I’m a good listener. I have always loved horses, and it didn’t take long for them to become my passion. The first youth meeting I ever went to at my first horse show was when I knew that I would someday want to be an officer, so that I could share my love for NRHyA with others, and hopefully help others love it as much as I do.

INTERNATIONAL
Kendall Wigen
Joseph, Oregon

Hi my name is Kendall Wigen and I’m this year's 2022 NRHyA Treasurer. I am 16 years old and I live in Joseph Oregon with my parents Travis and Melissa, and my sister Madison. Currently I am a sophomore at Enterprise High School where I am a member of the National Honors Society and FFA. I also participate in volleyball, basketball, and track.

When I'm not participating in school activities my true passion is reining. I am currently showing my horse Imnotrufortroubled (Sterling) in non-pro, rookie, and youth 14-18 classes. My involvement in the NRHyA started when I was 5 years old and showed in my first short stirrups class. Since then I have taken on many leadership positions in this great association. I first started holding an officer position at a local level. These local positions included Treasurer, Vice President, and later on President. After being in these positions I then decided to run for a regional position. Later on I held a delegate position for the Northwestern region in the year 2020. Once I had been a delegate for a year I continued my role as a Northwestern delegate by rerunning in the year 2021 so that I could improve my leadership skills for when I later ran for NRHyA officer. I am now currently your 2022 Treasurer. As Treasurer I have come up with multiple fundraising ideas to help raise money to support the youth. Since I was elected Treasurer I have also helped the youth association grow and I have grown as leader. After I have held all of these positions I realized how much I loved being a part of the NRHA youth. Throughout my career as a youth rider NRHyA has become a huge part of my life. It has brought me so many different opportunities, taught me valuable life lessons, and I have made so many good friends that have made an impact on my life and will last a lifetime.

HISTORIAN
Aubree Leyva
Scottsdale, Arizona

I’m Aubree Leyva, I’m sixteen years old and I’m from Scottsdale, AZ. I have served in the youth leadership programs for four and a half years and I have loved every minute of it. I have served as the AZRHYA Vice President, AZRHYA President, NRHYA Delegate, NRHYA Affiliate Liaison, and the 2021 NRHYA Historian. I have been Reining for 7 years and wow, have I made some great memories. Not only making great memories with the youth leadership but with my barn Muehlstetter Performance Horses, my show horses, and with some amazing friends that I have made in this association. I am so lucky to have been so involved throughout the years and am looking forward to creating more memories while being even more involved.
EVENT COORDINATOR
Chase McInteer
Waverly, Nebraska

Hi, my name is Chase McInteer, I’m 16 years old and, I live on a farm outside of Waverly Nebraska with my horses. I am a sophomore at Waverly high school where I participate in a number of sports and clubs. I play tennis and soccer, as well as participating in many clubs including FBLA, FCCLA, quiz bowl, and my favorite, FFA.

Even though I enjoy all of these thing, my passion is horses. I have been around horses my entire life, and have rode reiners for the past 9 years. Looking back, it is crazy to think I have rode horses for over half of my life. Since the start of my show career, I have always been involved with NRHyA. At first, it was just going to meetings. I loved going to youth meetings, meeting new people, learning about the NRHyA, and of course free food. In 2020 though, I decided that I wanted to get more involved. I ran to be a delegate for the south central region. I am happy to say that I got the position and served as a delegate for the south central region in 2021. As a delegate I learned that I really enjoyed learning more about NRHyA and helping other kids out. This year, I am serving as the youth liason for KRHA. This fall we held our first ever youth meeting with great results and I plan to continue to expand the youth programs in Kansas. Which leads to now, and why I deserve your vote for event coordinator in 2023.

Although I am running to be your event coordinator, it isn’t really about me, it’s about all of you. I know that having fun stuff planned at youth meetings is a highlight of every show. As your event coordinator I would love to be the one planning that fun stuff for us. I believe I am qualified to be your event coordinator because I am well organized, dependable, and already have experience. Having help run ag day for our FFA chapter for 3 years. For next years meetings at the Derby I would like to potentially add: water balloons/ water guns, NRHA trivia, and a pie in the face with some of your trainers. Then for the Futurity, I would like to potentially add: cookie decorating, youth karaoke, and a youth freestyle. If you have some of your own ideas for what you might want to do at shows come talk to me! I am always interested in your ideas and I know I won’t be able to come up with everything on my own.

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