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 - Officer Bios

  • Grace Smith - Co-Director

    Grace Smith - Co-Director

    Hi! I’m Grace Smith and I am one of Region 5’s co-directors for the years 2020-21. I am 15 years old and I have been an active member of this region for 5 years. I’m also a proud owner of three half-Arabians and one Purebred Arabian. I ride with Silver Aspen Ranch and show in Reining, Reining Equitation, Ranch Riding, Horsemanship, Showmanship, Huntseat Pleasure, and Huntseat Equitation. Besides riding horses, I enjoy running Cross County, playing fastpitch, and reading. I am so happy to be a part of the AHYA board, and I hope I can make a difference in this region!

  • Marin McKee - Co-Director

    Hi, my name is Marin McKee, one of the Region 5 Co-Directors for the year 2020-2021. I am 15 years old and have been in the region for about ten years. I own two purebreds and ride with Munson Performance Horses showing in western and hunter disciplines. Outside of show season I partake in my high school equestrian team and club volleyball. As a Co-Director I hope to bring in more people and make a difference in the region.

  • Ashleigh Heineman - Vice Director

    Ashleigh Heineman - Vice Director

    Hi! My name is Ashleigh Heineman and I am the Region 5 Youth Vice Director. I am 15 years old and have been a member of Region 5 since 2018. Right now, my family owns a total of 7 Arabians and Half Arabians and I ride and train with Feather Equestrian. Outside of horses, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and to play with our other pets. I am so excited to be on Region 5’s Youth Board and I hope to make a difference to our region!

  • Miley DeFalco - Treasurer

    Miley DeFalco - Treasurer

    Hi, my name is Miley DeFalco and I’m the Region 5 Youth Treasurer for 2020-2021. I’m 13 years old and have been a member of region 5 since 2017. I own one half Arabian mare that I’ve had for two years. I ride with platinum performance horses in Snohomish county.
    Outside of riding horses I like to, play with my dogs and hang out with friends. I hope I can make a difference in region 5 this year and I am looking forward to being the Region 5 Treasurer this year.

  • Hannah Hilva - Secretary

    Hannah Hilva - Secretary

    Bio coming soon!

  • Sophia Huffman - Grass Roots Committee

    Sophia Huffman - Grass Roots Committee

    Hi! My name is Sophia Huffman, and I am excited to serve on the Region 5 Youth Board as chair of the Grassroots Committee for 2020-2021. I am 16 years old, and while this is my first year as an active member of Region 5, I have been involved with horses since I was 6. I own a Half-Arabian gelding, and together we compete in all-around events at both local and AHA shows. Other than horses, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, practicing photography, and exploring the outdoors. I am honored to serve on the Region 5 Youth Board and hope to involve those interested in our breed!

  • Chandler Brown - Chair Fundraising Committee

    Chandler Brown - Chair Fundraising Committee

    My name is Chandler Brown and I am 10 years old. I love Alabama Football and music. Queen is my favorite band along with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. I have been showing Arabians and Half-Arabians since I was 4. I have a 17-year-old Arabian mare named Brigetta PE (Gigi) that I show Halter, Liberty, Performance Halter and WT Huntseat Pleasure & Equitation. We have been Region 16 Champions, Buckeye Champions, Region 14 Champions and have won multiple class a show Championships and Reserve Championships. My biggest dream is to work with Michael Byatt and show halter horses all over the world. While I was showing at Region 14 in 2019, I was blessed with the chance to be coached by Mr. Byatt and even got to lead his Champion colt out in the victory pass. It was AMAZING!

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