Young Adult Alliance

The American Morgan Horse Association Young Adult Alliance (YAA) is an organization of 18-40 year old amateurs and professionals working together to strengthen the Morgan breed. Established in 2013, this group was founded to create a platform for young adult members to build relationships, develop professionally, become civically and philanthropically active, and to contribute to the economic success of the Morgan community.

2016 Leadership Council:

Steven Handy & Kelsey Ramsey, Co-Chairs
Amanda Hill, Secretary | Ryne Swope, Treasurer

Representatives-at-Large: Cate Lynch Bevins, Adriana Day, Erica Kemp, Chelsea Lehrbass, Emily Lents, Caleb Noble, Jessica Marino, Merin Maggi, Kendra Peeples, Katie Schafer & Lila Tatar

Advisors: Shanna Gish, Kate Kirsch

What are we working on?

The YAA is currently working on several projects:

  • In 2015, the YAA held a series of Bull Riding Calcutta events at five shows across the country leading up to the finals at the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show®. Plans are underway for a new series of events for 2016!
  • The YAA is focused on providing educational resources for the Morgan community, including a series of educational videos and is currently creating a Lesson Program in a Box
  • The YAA Professional Development Project: Judging School Scholarship provides up to $1500 in reimbursement to an amateur or professional working to obtain their Morgan Judging Card
  • The YAA is developing additional educational and promotional materials to help promote and benefit the Morgan breed

Working together, the members of the Young Adult Alliance aim to establish an organization within the American Morgan Horse Association that will involve young members and help shape and support the future of the breed that they are so passionate about.

Check here regularly for additional resources and information, and if you have suggestions or topics that you would like covered please email the YAA Leadership Council at

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