NJQH Youth Association

June Youth Update


Congratulations to the New Jersey riders that were invited to the 2022 AQHYA World Show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma as state and national* qualifiers!


  • Abby Schiattarella

  • Adriana Totten*

  • Adrianna Goolsby

  • Alex Morgan

  • Alissa Monetti

  • Alyssa Papiez*

  • Ashley Erickson*

  • Clover Feuss*

  • Dakota Andrie*

  • Devon Meshach

  • Elizabeth Schalick

  • Ella Kuchta

  • Emily Kuchta

  • Emily Orgera

  • Karlson Bauer

  • Katie Leonarski

  • Mia Casso*

  • Natalie Totten*


Although we were disappointed to receive the cancellation notice for the Chicks QH Show, there is plenty to do in June in Region 5.


  • 3-5 TSQHA Summer Celebration; PA

  • 4-5 East Coast Stock & VRH Show; VA

  • 10-12 WPQHA Spring Fling Level 1 Show; PA

  • 15-19 Appalachian Mountain Championship; VA

  • 15-19 Keystone QH Level 1 Show; PA

  • *22; Region 5 Championship; New Jersey

  • *23-26; NJQHYA Youth Show; New Jersey

    • Reminder: Youth need to sign up for work detail!!

    • June 24 Youth Meeting plus hand in your Dreaming Big tickets


Who is looking forward the Region 5 and Youth Show?? We have so many fun activities planned. I can't wait to see everyone!!


A few other reminders for our NJQHYA members!

  • June 1 YES Conference Early Registration and Director Application Due


  • July 12-14 YES Conference; Amarillo

  • July 28-Aug 7 AQHYA World Show; Oklahoma City

  • *August 5-6 SCHS QH Show; New Jersey

  • *August 25-28 NJQHA PJC Memorial Show; New Jersey

    • August 27 Youth Nomination Meeting

  • September 15 2023 Directory Ads in pdf form due

  • September 27- October 23 All-American QH Congress; Columbus

    • October 16 AAQHC NYATT Day

  • December TBD Youth Election Meeting


Best wishes to our four New Jersey youth delegates headed to the YES Conference in July! Of course, Adriana Totten our NJQHYA President and AQHYA Second Vice President is going. Plus, Natalie Totten, Lauren Goolsby and myself. If you haven't heard, I am going to run for a Regional Director position for Region 5. Wish me luck!


- Adrianna Goolsby, NJQHYA Reporter

AQHYA Region 5 & 6 Leadership Conference

was a SUCCESS!!


This past February, New Jersey was proud to host the AQHYA Region 5&6 Youth Leadership Conference in Cream Ridge, New Jersey.  Our very own, Adriana Totten, who is the current AQHYA Second Vice President aside from the NJQHYA President, organized and moderated the entire event. For those staying at the conference hotel, the event kicked off with a pizza party on Friday, February 18th. Adults and youth alike enjoyed a slice of people while hanging out with their friends or even making a few new ones.


The official conference portion began the next morning. The day started with introductions and two fun icebreakers before the first outing. The participants were then transported to Hogan Equine Clinic where Dr. Patricia Hogan, DVM provided a tour of this full-service equine hospital.  To help the group better understand the services and resources, she walked the group through the experience of a recent fractured equine case.  Aside from the great experience, the group also received Hogan Clinic mementos to help remember the trip.


Back at the hotel, the group enjoyed Chick-fil-A for lunch. Adriana opened the afternoon session with a presentation about the AQHYA including the various leadership programs and potential scholarships offered. Everyone then was split into groups of three for a team building activity where fashion outfits were made out of wrapping paper and other party items. Everyone walked away beautiful and as winners!


There were also two guest speakers - Kylie Good, the current reigning PQHA Queen and Dr. Rebecca Speelman, EdD, author of Follow the Horse's Lead: Finding Balance In Today's World. Miss Good challenged the group with a building game. The first challenge was to make the longest building; the second challenge was for the building to be most stable.  Dr. Speelman then spoke to the group about keeping balance in their lives and importance of it.


The final segment was a service project where the group planted succulents in colored pots. These plants were then headed to the Cancer Center at RWJ University Hospital to help brighten someone’s day. After a 45-minute break, the group headed to dinner at an amazing Mexican restaurant, TacoRito. The final group activity was at Cloak & Dagger Escape Rooms. The group including adults was broken into three groups to escape the Crime Scene, Game of Stones, and Wizards Wand. No matter what room anyone chose, everyone really enjoyed themselves. The day ended with ice cream and relaxing before bed. The trip was fun, and everyone enjoyed the experience!


I can’t wait to see what next year is like!

- Adrianna Goolsby, NJQHA Reporter


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