Around the World With Sandy Arledge
AQHA’s newest president, Sandy Arledge, shares insight on the workings of the Association and executive committee.
It was such an honor to be elected as your 2016 AQHA president at this year’s AQHA convention in Las Vegas. As an executive committee, we are determined to be more transparent and involved with our membership. One of my top priorities for this year is to improve communication. We must be able to effectively communicate with our breeders, exhibitors, racing enthusiasts, recreational riders and members at large.
With that being said, I am excited to start blogging during my term as president. The goal of this blog is to keep you informed about the happenings and travels of your AQHA president and give you the insight into the workings of your Association and executive committee.
First Meeting as the 2016-17 AQHA Executive Committee
Our first AQHA Executive Committee meeting of the year was held at the end of the convention and served to introduce new member Butch Wise of El Reno, Oklahoma, to the group. Decisions that were made by committees at the convention were not discussed at this first meeting, as time is needed to digest all the happenings and discussions that were held over the course of the committee meetings. There is a lot that happens at each convention in a short amount of time, and decisions that affect our membership must be made after due deliberation. Therefore, we wait to make the decisions during the April Executive Committee meeting in Amarillo.
Photo Shoot With Ford Motor Co.
Each year, Ford Motor Co. holds a photo shoot with the new president of AQHA to use in the company’s advertising program. This year, the shoot was held at the end of March near my home in Southern California. I was joined by AQHA staff members Lauren Walsh, Tim Archer, Sarah Davisson and Leman Wall, as well as members of the Ford advertising team and the talented photographer Dan Dry. We worked from before sun-up to after dark; who knew being a model was so much work? It was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the beautiful new F-150 Platinum pickup in the beautiful setting of Southern California. I can’t wait to hear your feedback about the ads and the fancy F-150. Ford has been a proud partner for 12 years. I’ve driven a Ford Explorer since they first came out in 1991 and couldn’t be happier with the ride!
Keep reading for more of Sandy's recent adventures, including attending the "Bold and Beautiful" exhibit at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum and her trips to the AQHA Level 1 Championships.
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