WPQHA is proud to announce our 2020 Youth Team Advisors!
OUR AMAZING YOUTH ADVISORS
Allison Applegett, Makayla Fuchs-Utlak and Cheryl Fuchs
We are all looking forward to an amazing year!
Allison Applegett is the longtime riding director at Sid Griffith Equestrian Center where she serves as head coach of The Ohio State University Hunt Seat Equestrian Team. An accredited 4-H official, she also sits on the Ohio 4-H judge’s committee.
Allison is a Quarter Horse Congress Champion trainer and exhibitor, with numerous top 10 finishes to her credit as well. A summa cum laude graduate of Otterbein University’s prestigious Equine Science program, she was named All-Around Best Student by the faculty members. In addition to her training and coaching responsibilities, Allison also serves as an adjunct professor at OSU, and coaches a large 4-H club and IEA team which is competitive on a national level.
Allison has also been an elected regional official for both IEA and IHSA, and was named Coaches sportsmanship Award for 2018 at IEA Her experience managing youth programming is nearly unparalleled in the region, and she will be an asset to the WPQHYA team. Please join us in welcoming her to the program!
Cheryl Fuchs lives with Wade, her husband of 16 years in Wampum and both have a history in quarter horses.
In her youth days Cheryl was the AQHA All Around Youth Champion 2 years in a row. Cheryl represented the Missouri Quarter Horse Youth Association as a member of the Congress Youth Team for three years. Her accomplishments helped the team win the Team Tournament all three years.
Her daughter Tara Green (Buckley) was 13 & under All Around Youth at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress, riding Doc’s Specialty. She also won many events with several horses throughout her Congress youth career Under Cheryl’s guidance.
In 2016 Cheryl’s was honored by the AQHA induction of her beloved youth horse, Van Decka in to the AQHA Hall of Fame for his accomplishment as the highest youth point earner in history at the time.
Cheryl has an understanding and the experience to be a valuable asset in preparing the youth for and competing in the team tournament. Please join us in welcoming her to the program!
MaKayla Fuchs-Utlak has been involved in AQHA since before she could walk. She has been a member of the WPQHYA since the age of 2. When she started Lead line.
She was on several of WPQHYA NYATT teams where she held positions such as mascot and competing in Showmanship, Western Pleasure, and Horsemanship. MaKayla has always been very involved in WPQHYA as a member. She always dove head first into all fundraisers and events the club held! MaKayla has held several officer positions including Social Media Coordinator, Activities Coordinator, Vice President, as well as being President from 2014-2019.
MaKayla is very experienced with how the club runs as well as preparing the team for the team tournament! Please Join us in welcoming her as a Youth Team Advisor.
2019 WPQHYA Most Valuable Youth
2019 WPQHA Lead Liner Champion
2019 WPQHA Future Horseman Award All
Around Small-Fry Winner
Left to Right: Makayla Fuchs-Utlak, Morgan Thomas, Alyssa Galownia, Alana Fuchs-Utlak, Ava Hamilton (Team Mascot) Mackenzie Maine, Taylor Sheesley, Keegan Wallace, Allison Applegett WPQHYA Youth Advisor
Taylor Sheesley – Makayla Fuchs-Utlak – Alana Fuchs-Utlak
2019 WPQHYA Congress Youth Team Members at WPQHA Banquet
Left to Right: Keegan Wallace – Morgan Thomas – Mackenzie Maine – Taylor Sheesley – Makayla Fuchs-Utlak- Alana Fuchs-Utlak
Missing from Photo: Aylssa Galownia – Ava Hamilton Team Mascot
Our WPQHYA Advisors : Kyle and Laurie Jones of Farmdale, OH. Kyle, no stranger to the WPQHA Youth Association was a 10 year Youth member. He served 5 of those years as WPQHYA President. Laurie was a large part of the Youth Association during that time, being an advisor from 2004-2009. Kyle and Laurie assembled a terrific group of youth to represent the Western Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Association in 2018.
President: Makayla Fuchs-Utlak
Vice President: Colton Shelton
Secretary: Alana Fuchs Utlak
Treasurer: Ally Hill
From left to right:
MaKayla Fuchs-Utlak, Keegan Wallace, Kelsey Greer, Alana Fuchs-Utlak, Alyssa Galownia, Melissa Burton, Gabby Basco, Caleb Heasley, Morgan Thomas, Brynn Hilliard, Ally Hill, Emma Evitts, Colton Shelton
2018 WPQHA Outstanding Youth Award
2018 “Future Horseman Champion Award”
Our Future Champions
The Lead Liners Next generation of future horsemen: Our 2018 Lead Liners -Anna Shymanski – Johnnie Shymanski – Colt Otero – Finn Otreo
Outstanding Youth: Makayla Utlak
All around Small Fry: Gabriella Basco
Shae Keeley, Riley Preston, Kelly Cleveland, Keegan Wallace, Ashley McClintock, Michaelyn Preston, and Michaela Schrim
Ashley McClintock, Brynn Hillard, Christina Spaeder, Keegan Wallace, Maddy Hillard, Morgan Hillard, Shae Keeley, Summer Armbruster