The Youth are a vital part of our organization, and we welcome their input and participation in RMRHA shows, clinics and events.
Please visit the RMRHyA website for up-to-date information on youth news and activities.
. Youth News .
Youth Scholarship: RMRHA will award two (2) $1,000 scholarships to RMRHyA members who apply by the June 1, 2013 deadline and who meet the criteria. An application is available on line. Youth members must be in their last year of high school, be planning post high school education for the 2013-2014 school year, be active in RMRHyA as outlined below, and meet the eligibility requirements as outlined in the application. Please contact Chad Hartmann is you have any questions about the application process.
2013 Activities: RMRHyA is planning many activities for the year. We hare hosting the Wild Dogs Challenge at the Columbine Classic on Saturday, May 18. For more information on this new fun event with "Man's Best Friend", please follow this link to the RMRHyA Events page.
We will again be hosting a Silent Auction at Summer Slide to raise funds for RMRHyA. We will also be holding the Art Of Reining competition again this year at Summer Slide.
Youth Elections: Congratulations to the new 2013 officers: Amy Stoney, President; Rylee Justus, Vice President; Mackenzie Hammers, Secretary; Wyatt Marschall, Treasurer.
The Youth Advisor for 2013 is Chad Hartmann. His contact information is listed below with the RMRHyA Officers.
. Youth Year-End Awards/Scholarship Programs.
The RMRHA Board approved these Year End Awards Program requirements at their October 2008 Board meeting upon the recommendation of the Youth Committee.
For a youth to be eligible for any Youth Year-End Award given by RMRHA or the RMRHA Youth Scholarships, he/she must meet the following requirements:
. 2013 Youth Officers .
- Attend three youth meetings which will be held throughout the year at the RMRHA qualifying shows as identified in the RMRHA Year-End Awards Program. Please make sure you sign the attendance sheet which will be circulated at each youth meeting and returned to the Youth Advisor.
- Participate in one fundraiser and complete the Participation Form which can be downloaded here.
- Earn one participation credit by volunteering a minimum of four hours at any RMRHA sanctioned event and completing the Participation Form.
- All requirements will be tracked by the current Youth Advisor
Amy Stoney, President
My name is Amy Stoney. I am 16 years old and I am from a small town in Southeastern Colorado named McClave. I am currently serving as the 2013 RMRHyA President. I am homeschooled and currently in the 11th grade, and a straight A student.
I have been a member of the RMRHyA since I was eight years old. I was the 2012 Mountain region delegate, and I am currently serving as the 2013 NRHyA Historian. I have earned the title of Varsity Reining Youth of the Year in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
My other activities included being a part of my family’s reining horse business Stoneys Performance Horses. I usually train and sell one or two 2 year olds each year to add to my college fund. I also am a photographer and especially love taking equine photography.
Rylee Justus, Vice President
Hello! My name is Rylee Justus. I am honored to serve as your Vice President. I have served on the youth board for the last three years; two years as Secretary and one year as Vice President. I very much enjoy the association and the people that are involved with it.
I am 14 years old and in the 9th grade. Reining has been a part of my life since I was 10 years old, and I am so glad it has! I have worked very hard and I have seen a lot of success. I am a 3-time APHA World Champion. I am also the 2012 Mountain Affiliate and Columbine Classic Non-Pro Derby Champion, and the 2011 Mountain Affiliate Youth Champion. In 2011, I was the State Fair Youth Freestyle Champion.
I have worked very hard for the last three years to promote the youth association. During the time I have served on the board, there has been an increase in funds raised each year, as well as an increase in youth members. I have some new fund-raising ideas I would like to include in 2013 show season. I look forward to continue to grow the youth association. Thank you so much for your support!
Mackenzie Hammers, Secretary
Hi there, my name is Mackenzie Hammers I am sixteen years old and a Junior at Peyton High School. I started reining in fall of 2011 and I've been hooked ever since. I competed in All Around for five years prior. During the past year I've had lots of fun with reining and met lots of awesome people, many through RMRHYA.
Although I got into reining in 2011, I've had a few setbacks, so I feel as though I am really just getting serious. I got my horse GF Very Smart Gold "Sly", at the end of last summer. Our first show together was fantastic, and we have been moving forward ever since. He is my partner and by best friend! I am so excited about what is in store this year! 2013 is going to be great!!!
My plan is to keep horses in my life forever. I understand the positive affect they have on a person, and I have been lucky enough to experience this. I hope to go to college for Equestrian Studies in Therapeutic Riding Instruction. I look forward to being an officer and representing RMRHYA this year, as well. It is going to be lots of fun and we are going to be doing great things for the club! Thank you for this opportunity.
Wyatt Marshall, Treasurer
Hi! My name is Wyatt Marshall and I’m the treasurer for the RMRHYA. I am a sophomore at Burlington High School in Burlington, Colorado where I’m a member of the football team, reporter of the FFA chapter, and active in the Youth Council. I live on a ranch with my family where we raise registered Angus and Simmental cattle.I have a passion for the reining industry.
I’m a member of our 4-H and FFA horse and livestock judging teams. I have been showing horses since I was 8. While I have shown all-around events to Ranch Horse Versatility, my favorite event is reining. I am excited to be showing a new horse in 2013, Tin Top Kat. We competed at the NRHA Futurity this winter and placed 15th in the 14 to 18 year old division. Tin Top Kat and I also compete in working cow horse classes. I look very forward to growing our youth organization!
| Chad Hartmann, Youth Director
Chad Hartmann has been the Youth Director for the RMRHA for the last 6
years. He has been on the RMRHA Board of Directors for the past 8 years
and has been very instrumental in building the youth program to where it
is today-heading up the Youth Scholarship Program, Participation
Requirements Program, fundraisers and Sportsmanship Award Program.
thrives on seeing the kids setting goals and working together as a team
to achieve those goals. He wants the experience that the kids have with RMRHA to be one that creates a foundation for their lives.
. 2013 Contact Information.
Amy Stoney, President - 719-829-1849 or Amy@stoneys.org
Rylee Justus, Vice President- 303-961-4818 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mackenzie Hammers, Secretary - 719-243-7680 or email@example.com
Wyatt Marshall, Treasurer - 719-342-1483 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions or would like to get involved with the RMRHA Youth, please contact Chad Hartmann at 303-456-5358 or via email. You may also feel free to contact any of the above individuals for more information about the Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Youth Association.