My name is Heather Vaughn and I'm 27 years old. I live in Wellsville NY. I first got introduced to reining while attending Morrisville State College. I interned there for a summer and decided thats what I wanted to do. I then went to work for John and Sharon Fletcher of Waterford Ontario. I won the Novice horse open at the Congress in 2012. I was also able to make the open finals at the Congress futurity, have several top ten in the world titles, several year end championships, as well as coach a non pro rider to the prime time non pro world champion title. I now just ride and show my family owned horse and do some coaching. I would like to join the director board and help in anyway possible.
My name is Jennifer-Marie Mancino. I have been a member of YRHA since 2011 and NRHA since 1993. I am currently a Green Rider that would like to become more involved with our club. I have experience with regards to the administrative duties associated with the intricacies of running an organization as well as carrying out the required duties to make events flow smoothly. I have a veterinary medical background and have been around horses all of my life. I am a detail-oriented person with a positive attitude that may bring a unique perspective to the directorship when taking into consideration all of my past experiences. Thank you for your time and I look forward to the opportunity to work more closely with the board and numerous member of YRHA!
NRHA professional, Kelly Hedges trains reining horses and coaches riders of all levels. Early in his career, he completed an apprenticeship under NRHA Hall of Famer, Terry Thompson and spent time training with Bill Horn. His credentials include being an NRHA judge, ApHC judge, NSBA Category 1 judge, NRHA Regional Director, and sits on the ApHC Judges' Advisory Committee. In 2006, Kelly won the ApHC Trainer of the Year award. He has coached and won multiple ApHC World Championships. As the acting Vice President of the YRHA, Kelly has seen growth and success of the club, and is proud to have played a small role in that. He recognizes the importance of the continued involvement of the club's grass roots members, coupled by the new energy and vigor of the newest of members. Kelly would like to see the NRHA grow from the bottom up through the Green Reiner Program. Kelly and his wife, Kim operate Hedges Reining Horses in Gowanda, NY. They are proud of their son Steven, an NRHA Non-Pro and a senior at the University of Buffalo. Kelly has an unparalleled passion for horses and the reining horse industry. He would be honored to continue to serve as YRHA's Vice President.
The Yankee Reining Horse Association seems to have always been a part of Kirby’s life. She began showing as a young youth and has continued through her Non Pro career. She has been an active youth member, youth director, Director and serves as a participant on many committees including banquet, sponsorship and Yankee Prospect Stakes.
With a degree in Agriculture Business, Kirby provides many avenues and outlooks for our club. She is educated in sponsorship, customer service and event organization. Kirby currently works for the Erie County Agricultural Society where she facilitates the WNY Farm Show, The Empire State Beef Classic, The Spring Dairy Preview and The WNY Hog and Lamb Preview Classic. These shows have exposed Kirby to exhibitors and livestock from all parts of the country. She not only is behind the scenes for the preparation of each show but serves as an official announcer as well. She has attended, exhibited and worked many shows across the country including The Denver Livestock Show, The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, The Tulsa State Fair, The All American Quarter Horse Congress and many more. Her families successful equine & livestock business’ keep her busy and push her to want professional and competitive place to show and display her horses and livestock. This is a driving force behind Kirby wanting to serve the YRHA.
Travis Pufpaff has been a dedicated YRHA member and competitor since his youth days. He has been motivated to help guide and continue to grow the YRHA into a club that is able to meet the needs of all members and levels. He has always supported the entry level classes and opportunities as well as the more experienced levels. Most recently Travis has been dedicated to developing and organizing aged events. In 2014, the YRHA futurity and derby had become a significant financial burden for the YRHA. There were even discussions about eliminating the futurity due to low participation. There was a significant need to save the futurity so that the YRHA would continue to grow! In response to this need, Travis developed a program that would alleviate the financial burden and increase participation in our aged events. Travis founded the YPS and has been at the heart of the program carefully guiding the rapid expansion and participation. Through various fundraisers and the annual stallion auction the YPS has brought in well over $25,000 in only two years and is set to bring in a conservative estimate of $25,000 through the 2017 stallion auction alone. The YPS is designed to be self funded and guarantees futurity and derby participation in future events! Travis hopes to continue to offer his problem solving and dedication to YRHA as a board member. He would love to continue in this capacity for another two years!
Sarah joined YRHA in 2007 and showed for the next 5 years. During that time, she served as an appointed director for one year. She then took a break from reining to help her daughter Brooke show for a couple years in open and 4-H shows, but now both are back as members of YRHA. This past year she had the opportunity to serve on the YRHA board of directors as an appointed director and has really enjoyed becoming more involved even though she is not currently showing. She was also part of the youth and nomination committees this year. If Sarah is elected, she looks forward to serving the membership, continuing to improve already great events and expanding the youth club.
My goal as a YRHA Director would be promoting the growth of YRHA and the sport of reining in our region.
15 years as an NRHA Member and Professional.
Served two terms as YRHA President
Served as a Director for both YRHA and CNYRHA
Currently sit on the YRHA Horse Show and Sponsorship committees.
Showing horses at the following Events: YRHA, CNYRHA, EPRHA, CORHA, Buckeye Reining Series,
Affiliate Finals Oklahoma City, AQHA Congress has given me good insight and ideas that would contribute to YRHA growth.
Thank you for your consideration,