About our R9 Youth


Promote the interests of the Arabian Horse Youth

Some of our very own Region 9 Youth members were instrumental in adding 18  to the 14-18 yr age group to Youth Nationals.  This is just one example of how our youth have consistently made a mark on the national stage.

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Develop Good Leaders

Region 9 Youth learn Robert's Rules of Order through participating in organized meetings.  The Director represents R9 as an AHYA Board Member. Furthermore, R9 youth attend AHYA Convention as delegates at Youth Nationals.  Throughout history, Region 9 is notorious for bringing the most delegates than any other region. Also, Region 9 Youth learn how to present ideas and communicate them to the adult board and delegate base.

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Youth Activities & Charitable endeavors

Not only do the R9 youth fundraise for youth activities on the local, regional, and national levels; but also organize and donate funds to AHDF, scholarship foundations, Ryan Milendez foundation, and so much more!

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Director's Message


Payne Harper is a 14 year old from Prattsville, AR.  He is a second generation horseman and has enjoyed showing Arabians and Half Arabians since he was 9 years old.  Payne has been fortunate enough to earn 3 National Championships, 2 Reserve National Championships, and approximately 27 top tens at the Youth National Championships in western Pleasure, hunter pleasure, country pleasure, and halter.  In his free time, Payne enjoys playing baseball, basketball, golf, hunting, and fishing.  Payne is incredibly excited to be the Region 9 Youth Director and looks forward to working with all the kids throughout the region to reach many goals. 

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If you're interested in getting involved with R9 Youth or becoming an officer

Get in touch with one of our officers or the Region 9 Youth Coordinators Debbie Himmel or Annalise Himmel Allemand.

Debbie - plantationarab@bellsouth.net

Annalise- annalisehimmel@gmail.com