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Hockaday Senior is re-elected as president of the NYCHA

Austria Arnold, a senior at The Hockaday School in Dallas, was recently re-elected president of the National Youth Cutting Horse Association (NYCHA). The Fort Worth-based organization has more than 850 youth members across the nation.

The 17-year-old Terrell, Texas, native has been a member of the cutting horse organization since she was 9-years-old. Prior to being elected to the top officer position in 2014 and re-elected in 2015, Arnold served as the 1st vice president of the NYCHA for a year. She has also served as an Area Director for the NYCHA since 2011. In both 2012 and 2013 Arnold was honored to be named the NYCHA Outstanding Area Director for the organization.

“This is such a huge honor. The NYCHA is an incredible organization that works to promote leadership inside and outside of the competition arena,” says Austria. “We have an incredible group of youth working together to improve and grow our industry and organization. We truly are the next generation of leaders for our sport.”

Arnold has successfully worked to rally additional adult and corporate support during her time as NYCHA president, in an effort to increase scholarships, prizes and recognition of the organization’s youth competitors.

Both Kolby Moore of Williston, Florida, was re-elected 1st vice-president, and Marley Wood of Lingleville, Texas, was re-elected as 2nd vice-president of the youth organization. Elbert, Colorado-native Nicole Pietrafeso was also re-elected as secretary, while Madison Murray of Lindale, Texas, was elected Reporter for the 2015-2016 term.

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