VINELAND, N.J. — Mannetta McAvaddy of Vineland, N.J. will be a busy member of the American Junior Paint Horse Association for the next year or two.

McAvaddy is the Zone 7 Representative for 2018-19 as well as president-elect .

She has been riding paint horses for 13 years and involved in the Garden State Paint Horse Youth Club for four years.

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“I decided to run for youth board because I looked up to past president Anna Lia Sullivan for many years and she inspired me to run and make a positive impact on this association,” she said.

This year McAvaddy will work closely with current president, Sabine Lazo and help promote her presidential project “Color the Community.” The project rewards AjPHA Youth for participating in community service, both at horse shows and in their communities. Lazo plans for Youth to be able to log their service hours and raise scholarship money for the American Paint Horse Foundation.

The project will be featured in the September/October issue of the Paint Horse Journal.

McAvaddy will assist Lazo when running business meetings, leadership opportunities, and help her with running activities at the Youth Leadership Conference.” I am also looking forward to working with Christine Gillett to develop my own presidential project,” McAvaddy said.

McAvaddy has her own horse, 9-year-old mare named Ina Rodda Trouble but known around the barn as “Chili.” They have been partnered for two years and show in the novice youth and youth all around events. “Our favorite class to compete in is showmanship because Chili and I have had a great connection right from the start. In this class, to be able to execute the patterns well and with confidence you must  know your horse inside and out and I feel like we have created an extremely strong bond with each other over these past two years allowing us to be at the top of our game.”

The AjPHA Executive Committee is responsible for overseeing all of the affairs of the association, reporting the status of the association to members, and helping govern and direct the course of AjPHA.

Outside of AjPHA, McAvaddy plays varsity soccer in the fall and is on the varsity winter and spring track and field teams. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Natural Helpers, U Got Brains, and Stand Up and Rebel at Buena Regional High School.

Outside of school she rides on the Saddle Brook Western IEA Team. She is also part of the Gloucester County Equine Science Team and represented New Jersey at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in competitions based on knowledge of horses.

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