Guthrie teen elected president of American Quarter Horse Youth Association

Austin Halvorson, of Guthrie, Oklahoma, who's been in national positions for the American Quarter Horse Youth Association, was elected this year as the organization's president.
BY JONATHAN SUTTON jsutton@opubco.com Modified: September 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm •  Published: September 15, 2013
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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.