About Region 5

The Arabian Horse Association's Region 5 encompasses Alaska, Washington, Northern Idaho, and Western Montana.

Region 5 has earned the respect of Arabian horse competitors across the country. Whether for show, endurance or dressage, horses from the Pacific Northwest are among the best in the nation.

The quality and caliber of our Region 5 horses are evident by the results of highly competitive shows such as the U.S. Nationals, Canadian Nationals, and Scottsdale.


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Region 5 Youth - Minutes from the last Youth Meeting

Sunday January 17, 2016
Bellevue Regional Library

Danika Overstreet called the meeting to order at 3:02 PM after a motion to start the meeting was made and seconded. The secretary read the previous meetings’ minutes and they were approved. Danika began by talking about the Arabian Horse Youth Association Committee Meeting (Convention), which she had attended.. Danika also talked about the AHYA blog, and suggested that everyone, not just the directors, think about contributing with a post. She then moved on to the topic of Scottsdale, and volunteer opportunities at the AHYA booth there and announced the theme for 2016 Youth Nationals: Go for the Gold

The next topic was the NW Equestfest, which was held at the Bellevue Marriott. One person commented that there were a lot of people, and that the conference rooms were full, but there was a good turnout. Danika then asked about the Awards Banquet. The AHA President, Cynthia Richardson and the Judges and Stewards Commissioner, Stan Morey both spoke. The proceeds from the silent auction went to benefit Little Bit, The Arabian Horsemen's Distress Fund, and Region V Youth. Kari and Danika talked about the different High Point Awards that were presented: Open, and AHA. Kari announced that the High Point Standings were not going to be posted on the Region V website this year.

New Business
The first topic of New Business was fundraising for the Youth Program. Some of the ideas that were suggested were: a GoFundMe page, tack sales at shows, flowers/bears/etc for exhibitors, and a tack cleaning booth.
Danika talked about the Cascade Youth Benefit Show, at the Tacoma Unit in Spanaway from May 5-8, 2016. There will be lots of youth classes and youth volunteers are required. Bob from the PRAHA club also talked about a mentoring program for the youth at the shows, and explained some details about the Cascade Benefit Show. Kari suggested to us that we write a letter and try to go out and get businesses to sponsor us.
McKenzie talked about the importance of volunteering. It’s a fun way to get involved if you don’t have a horse and it can be extra credit for high point.

What do we want to see from the Youth?   
Danika and Kari lead a discussion about adding more fun classes as an outreach for the Youth. Kari talked about how to get permission from the show management and will talk to the management for NW Heritage.

Future Meetings/Bonding
The next meeting will be at NW Heritage, at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. The meeting will be Saturday April 2, 2016 between the morning and afternoon class sessions.
Kari talked about involving the youth at the shows, by having Youth Exhibitor Parties or an Ice Cream Social. She also talked about doing popsicles at the Region V Championship again.
 Danika led a discussion about different ideas for bonding activities. Some of the ideas that were suggested were going to a movie and bowling. We voted to postpone talking about Bonding until the next meeting.

Judging Team Tryouts.
Kari led the discussion on this topic. The judging team tryouts will be held at Carlton Farms in Lake Stevens. The tryouts will be held by Platinum Performance. The requirements for becoming part of the judging team are: to do well at the tryouts, attend at least 2 Youth Meetings, Volunteer at the Cascade Youth Show and one other show, and be a current AHA member.

Meeting adjourned at 4:05.          

Region 5 Youth - Officer Bios

Haley Fryrear - Co-Director

haley fryrearI am Haley Fryrear, I am a 16-yr. old Jr at Lincoln Hill High School. I currently own 3 horses and compete at 4-H, open and A circuit.  In addition to being this year’s Region 5 Co Director I am also the Vice President for my 4-H club. I want to pursue career in farrier/ hoof care. I began showing when I was 18 months old, riding in my first leadline class. I enjoy riding and competing in many events – saddleseat, hunter, western, jumping, dressage, reining, cows and driving. My mom and grandma have been great supporters for my horse and showing.



Elizabeth ElkenElizabeth Elken - Co-Directory

Elizabeth Elken is this year’s Region 5 Youth Secretary. She currently lives in Seattle, WA. She owns and shows a Purebred Arabian named Louie (MWF Adwokat).

This will be her second season showing with AHA. Last season, she won a Top 5 in Hunter Pleasure at the Region V Championship show and Reserve Champion in the 2015 Arabian Horse Youth Association Creative Contest.

She enjoys spending time with her horse, reading, and eating lots of Middle Eastern food.


Tennessee SandersTennessee Sanders - Vice Director

I am a freshman at Yelm high school. I am 15 years old. I started my riding career when I was four years old and instantly fell in love with Arabian horses. I’ve been riding with N Joy Arabians for about eleven years now and have been showing my pure bread, bay gelding for four years. I am also the Yelm FFA reporter and will be a part of the first freshman FFA officer team. My major disciplines are jumping and dressage and I plan to adventure out into different things such as trail and showmanship. I’ve done really well with my horse over the years and have gone to youth and sport horse nationals. I’ve won the versatile Arabian award two years in a row at Donida farms. I am a 13 time regional champion, 4 time reserve regional champion, 2 time youth national top 10, and 5 time sport horse top ten. My horse has earned both his legion of honor and his supreme legion of honor. I am so thankful to be a part of such a lovely group of equestrians and I can’t wait to be an active member of the Region 5 youth board.


Audrey PriceAudrey Price - Secretary

Audrey is 17 and  has been riding since she was six and has been able to work with a lot of amazing horses and people here in Region 5. While she do not own a horse of her own, she has had the opportunity to show a number of great horses over the years. She loves trying new things and will ride any horse that she can, in any discipline. 



Sophia Janssen MaddenSophia Janssen-Madden - Treasurer

Sophia is 16 and has been riding horses around seven years, and started showing Arabians when she was twelve. She owns two horses; one purebred bay mare, and one half arabian bay gelding. Because of the way horses have impacted her life, she is heading towards a career in veterinary sciences. Aside from riding my horses, a large part of her life is music(specifically singing). She feels very fortunate to be able to pursue her two callings in life thanks to her supportive family.