Member Spotlight


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Kelsey Stangebye’s involvement with horses began with her family’s horse farm. Her family has owned and operated a 50-horse boarding farm for over fifty years. Her background has deep roots with ILQHA as she was a constant force in the show arena as a youth and served as the ILQHYA vice president and secretary.

Following her youth career, Kelsey received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina, majoring in Political Science. She graduated cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law. This career path has given her the opportunity to combine her law degree with various equine related topics from equine real estate and business management and writing on topics related to animal husbandry and equine welfare.

During her second year of law school, she worked as the AQHA International Intern, where she was responsible for organizing AQHA international education clinics in Europe and China with students from three different universities. The internship also allowed opportunities to travel with the university students and manage the clinic process throughout nine countries.

Kelsey is currently serving as the Secretary of ILQHA and also volunteers with Partners For Progress as a support leader for EWD riders. Through the directorship, Kelsey plans to assist in growing the membership and diversity in the AQHA community through the creation of platforms for education on equine stewardship and entrance level showing programs. needs on a bi-annual basis. An example of this proposal would be to add to the Professional Horseman Program that new horseman professionals would be required to provide their knowledge and expertise to new members and youth in both clinics and seminars and while doing so, highlight the benefits of AQHA programs and competition. Offering a clinic and seminar format to new members could remove the initial economic barrier to the introduction to the world of horses and would underscore the lifetime investment and benefit of being involved with AQHA. Furthermore, I believe this kind of program could support incoming professional horsemen and women by connecting them professionally to entrance level new members to AQHA and more specifically, to ILQHA. Thank you for supporting my nomination as the AQHA National Director. Sincerely,

Illinois Quarter Horse Association | PO Box 27 | Wonder Lake, IL 60097

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