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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 Modified: September 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm •  Published: September 15, 2013

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.”

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