Arabian Horse Association youth members are exceptional, and the Youth of the Year Award honors one outstanding youth member who exemplifies character and dedication to excellence in his or her academic and community achievements, as well as contributions to the Arabian horse industry and AHA.
In 2018, one candidate distinguished herself with a passion for the Arabian horse breed in bringing industry individuals together to help others. AHA has announced Ashley Lounsberry, from Pawnee, Illinois, as the honored winner of the 2018 Youth of the Year Award. Ashley receives the Youth of the Year perpetual trophy as well as a $1,000 scholarship from the Arabian Horse Youth Association.
Compassion, humility, and motivation are the foundation of this young woman’s approach to life. Through her high school career, she has taken on numerous volunteer and service positions. She has a desire for serving and has been a very active member of her school’s key club and National Honors Society. In 2017, she received the Region XI Youth Ambassador Award for her success in the show pen and her time spent doing a community service project with her horse. For the community service project, Ashley visited a local nursing home with her horse and interacted with the residents who enjoyed the visit. It was rewarding for Ashley to see how a simple project with an Arabian horse impacted so many lives in a positive manner.
Ashley is an important part of the Arabian Horse Youth Association. She has served as the Region 11 Youth Vice Director and was elected as the AHYA Secretary in 2018. During these years, she has created new activities and fundraising opportunities. Her efforts within the Arabian horse community have led her to strive to be a positive influence for AHYA and a role model for those who aspire to become further involved in the Arabian horse community. She believes that the Arabian horse youth community can and will grow because youth are the stepping stones to a bright future. Her passion, pursuit of excellence, personality, and support of the Arabian horse are just some of the attributes that make Ashley shine in a talented group of youth at AHA.
-- via AHA