Region 5 Youth win the 2021 AHA Youth of the Year and First Runner Up!

Arabian Horse Association (AHA) youth members are exceptional! The Youth of the Year Award honors one outstanding youth member who exemplifies character and dedication to excellence in this or her academic and community achievements, as well as contributions to the Arabian horse industry and AHA.In 2021, one candidate distinguished herself with a passion for the Arabian horse breed in bringing industry individuals together to help others.

Sophia HuffmanAHA is proud to announce Miss Sophia Huffman, from Lewiston, Idaho,  as the honored winner of the 2021 Youth of the Year Award. Sophia receives the Youth of the Year perpetual trophy as well as a $5,000 scholarship from the Arabian Horse Foundation. Sophia is a member of the Emerald Empire Arabian Horse club and Region 5.

Compassion, humility, and motivation are the foundation of this young woman’s approach to life. She is currently enrolled in a Dual Credit program at Lewis-Clark State College, allowing her to gain college and high school credits at the same time. She is a Certified Nursing Assistant and works in a local nursing home. Though this position has been one of the most challenging for Sophia, she says that serving her community in this way has taught her to be patient, thorough, and compassionate in everything she does.

Moreover, our Youth of the Year has and is an important part of the Arabian Horse Youth Association. She competed in the Youth Judging Contest earning her first National

Title as the High Individual Overall. She believes that involvement at any level is important as it improves not only our own lives, but the lives or others through the work that we do when we are involved in something worthwhile.

 

Grace Smith
 
Ms. Grace Smith from Region 5 is the first runner-up for Youth of the Year. She receives a $1000 scholarship sponsored by The Arabian Horse Association. 
 
Grace has been a big part of AHYA in and out of the show ring. She has served as the Region 5 Co-Director, leading her fellow youth in multiple fundraisers and prides herself in making sure all the youth of her region are encouraged and feel included. She now serves as the AHYA Vice-President and cannot wait to do everything she can to make a positive impact. Beyond this Grace is very active in her school clubs, being an officer in the Future Business Leaders of America club at her school. She has helped lead numerous community service projects and volunteers weekly in a kindergarten classroom to help a student with special needs. Along with all of Grace’s service activities and horse activities Grace also plays on a club Softball team and has shown her leadership as a team captain numerous years.

About Region 5

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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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