Meet the 2022 YES Keynote Speaker: Courtenay DeHoff
The American Quarter Horse Youth Association is excited to have Courtenay DeHoff as the 2022 AQHYA Youth Excellence Seminar keynote speaker. The 2022 Youth Excellence Seminar is slated for July 12 – 14 in Amarillo. Courtenay, the cowgirl turned TV host, grew up in Tonganoxie, Kansas, showing Angus cattle and competing in rodeo events.
Here are 10 things you need to know about Courtenay:
- Courtenay hosted AQHA’s “Gold Globe Report” from the 2020 Adequan® Select and Farnam AQHA world championship shows, and the 2021 Ford Youth, Adequan® Select and Farnam AQHA world championship shows.
- A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Courtenay has worked on air in front of sold-out crowds and live telecasts for national news networks, from New York Fashion Week to the back of a horse working on the ranch.
- Courtenay was the keynote speaker at the 2021 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. Watch her speech.
- Advocating for the nontraditional cowgirl style and upholding the western way of life, Courtenay, in 2020, launched her global brand movement, Fancy Lady Cowgirl, showcasing that you can support the western way of life by being both a little fancy and a little ranchy.
- Courtenay is the proud “mama” of her very own bucking bull, Top Dollar, who was the 2020 American Bucking Bull Juvenile World Champion (#veryfamous) and the 2021 top-10 futurity bull.
- The spitting image of her mom, Cindy, Courtenay lovingly refers to her as her “momanager.”
- Last year, Courtenay interviewed Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt from the back of a horse at the 2021 Ford Youth World. Watch the video.
- One of Courtenay’s biggest influencers is her Pappy, her grandfather from her mom’s side of the family. A former bull rider, Pappy fully supports Courtenay’s desire to own bucking bulls.
- She loves people and telling their stories. From J.D. and Trey Yates to Terry Bradshaw, Courtenay doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to their antics or larger-than-life personalities.
- Courtenay is the proud aunt to her niece, whom she is training up in the Fancy Lady Cowgirl way.
Youth interested in attending the 2022 Youth Excellence Seminar can register here. Registration is $125 for current AQHYA and AQHA members if registered by June 1 and $140 for all other youth and adults if registered by June 1. Registrations received after June 1 will be charged a $25 late fee and are subject to availability. All registration fees include meals.
For more information on the 2022 Youth Excellence Seminar, visit www.aqha.com/yes.
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