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N.J. Teen Elected As Appaloosa Youth Association Director

Alexis Grogan with her horse, Silver N Chocolate Credits: Larry Williams Photography

MOSCOW, Idaho — Alexis Grogan, of Hackettstown, N.J., was elected to the Appaloosa Youth Association (AYA) as 2018 Directors.

To qualify, each candidate must be between the ages of 14-17 and reside in the territory that he/she wishes to represent. The newly appointed AYA Directors will serve a two-year term, while the returning AYA Directors will serve the second year of their current term.

According to her candidate statement, Grogan is 16 years old and a junior at Hackettstown High School. She has been riding horses since she was 8 years old and showing since 2012. “I believe that I am qualified to hold a position as an officer on the A YA board. I am a very dependent individual and am able to get any task done that I am given. Organization is key for me to be successful and I could bring that along with new ideas to the board. I enjoy bring apart of groups and being able to accommodate things for people our own age. I am also helpful and can assist other on the board if they need help.

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“While serving my term as AYA Director, I would like to accomplish many things that influence both the youth and older individuals in the Appaloosa community along with myself. I would like to expand my relationships with all people that are involved with the Appaloosa breed. Being a Director, I would also like to help the youth with learning more about the Appaloosa breed and allow them to grow up showing and having these kinds of experiences and opportunities that I am able to have,” she said.

Grogan is also an active 4-H member and was second runner up in the Warren County 4-H Equestrian Of the Year Contest last year. She also recently attended the Eastern National 4-H Roundup representing New Jersey in the horse judging contest.

AYA Directors participate in conference calls, host local fundraisers and events promoting the AYA, and gather at the World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show to discuss matters concerning the AYA. During these occasions, directors are to bring forth suggestions and ideas from the AYA members residing in their territory and zone in order to continuously to improve the AYA.

Newly elected officials will be sworn in during the spring conference call.

Elizabeth Horn of Bath, Pa. is starting the second year of her term.

The AYA is the youth affiliate of the Appaloosa Horse Club. Officially approved in 1981, the AYA was the first youth program developed to complement an equine breed association.     

To learn more about the Appaloosa Youth Association, visit or call the ApHC Youth Coordinator at 208-882-5578 ext. 245.

The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) was established in 1938, with a mission of preserving, promoting and enhancing the Appaloosa breed. The ApHC has since registered more than 700,000 Appaloosas, which are known for their distinctive color, intelligence and even temperament. True to their reputation as an extremely versatile breed, Appaloosas can be found in nearly every discipline including racing, endurance riding and serving as reliable family horses. The international breed registry is headquartered in Moscow, Idaho, the heart of the Palouse region, the Appaloosa breed’s namesake and point of origin.

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