Austin Halvorson will tell you he hasn't accomplished much.
He's only on the football, academic, debate and speech teams at his high school.
He's placed in the top 15 of national horse competitions only eight times.
He's only been elected to national positions in the American Quarter Horse Youth Association for the past three years.
Not much at all.
Halvorson, 17, was recently elected by his peers as president of the AQHYA. He will serve for the next year with national officers from Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Iowa.
The national officers lead a group of regional directors, which includes Ann Elizabeth Tebow, of Piedmont.
The AQHYA is the youth affiliate of the American Quarter Horse Association, which is “the world's largest equine breeding and membership organization,” according to its website.
Based in Amarillo, Texas, the AQHA sponsors events and competitions throughout the country that involve everything from halter to ranch events, both of which Halvorson competes in.
Sporting a pressed Wrangler T-shirt and polished AQHYA belt buckle, Halvorson looks the part. But when speaking about his parents' horse breeding, training and boarding operation, it's easy to see he's not just in it for show.
He has grown up on his parents' ranch near Guthrie within shouting distance of the roughly 100 horses on the property.
Halvorson knows the ins and outs of the business and helps with daily operations when he isn't participating in extracurricular activities. His official title is “lawn care technician.”
But for the past three years, those times without extra-curriculars have been few and far between. Halvorson was elected AQHYA director of Region Eight two years ago and served as treasurer last year.
“It's not hard to balance because I prioritize,” he said. “School comes first, so I get everything done there before I do anything else.”
Halvorson's parents said it wasn't surprising that he took an interest in the business and in competing.
But when it came to engaging with adults in the business and in public speaking, Halvorson showed a natural skill.
“He has always been able to come up with ideas that can help the association,” said Wayne Halvorson, Austin's father. “He's always been able to get up in front of a crowd of his peers or adults and be comfortable with speaking. Those are the things that have surprised us.”
Austin Halvorson said he plans to utilize his communications talents beyond high school and the AQHYA. As president, he will serve until he is a freshman in college, which he hopes will be at either Texas A&M or the University of Arkansas.
After his tenure as president ends, he plans to take a break from the organization to focus on school. He hopes to study law and possibly go into politics.
In the meantime, he plans to focus on his senior football season and keeping the grass at Halvorson ranch nice and neat.