April 30, 2010 -- The Appaloosa Youth Association (AYA) and the Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) have selected the Appalachian Appaloosa Association (AAA) Youth Club as the 2009 Regional Youth Club of the Year.
Members of the club compiled a scrapbook displaying last year's activities and the importance of charity events, unity and most importantly, the fun they had with their horses.
When discussing their promotion of Appaloosas, AAA President Kelly Engle-Thompson spoke about the group's outlook of promoting the breed to everyone they encounter. "One person at a time, one child at a time equals a positive breed impact," she said.
The AAA Youth Club lives and breathes this philosophy. To make a positive impact, the 22 to 24 members, ranging in ages from 5 to 18, attended many local breed-specific farms to learn about other breeds while they spread the word about Appaloosas.
Last year, the AAA Youth Club was involved with numerous events to promote Appaloosas. Nicknaming themselves "Lots of Spots," they attended many open shows to introduce Appaloosas to others. Joining up with local events they brought their Appaloosas out into public for everyone to have a chance to experience their breed of choice. While hosting clinics, tack sales, and youth demonstrations at Equine Affaire to promote the breed, the AAA Youth Club still found time to attend several local community service functions. The club also participated in last year's World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show held in Jackson, Miss.
The group has won recognition in Appaloosa Journal, the ApHC Email newsletter and the AYA website and will receive an etched glass award at the 2010 Appaloosa Banquet in Jackson, Miss. They also won $100 to be used for club activities or awards.
The 2009 Regional Youth Club of the Year scrapbook will be on display throughout the year at the Appaloosa Museum in Moscow, Idaho, and during the 2010 World Championship Youth Show in Jackson, Miss.