Oregon Region Youth Board

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Tayte Nelson, Oregon Trail Pony Club 


Tayte has been riding ever since she was a toddler, but started taking lessons at 8 years old. She is committed to eventing and training with her trainer Lyn Simard. Zen is Tayte‘s 18 year old partner in crime, she has worked her up to her C1 flat. Tayte is extremely active in the horse management community of Pony Club, participating in certifications and teaching opportunities. She is currently C2HM and has plans to take her national certification over the summer. In her spare time Tayte does film studies and enjoys writing songs.


Tayte is very excited to work with all the members of the youth to create better communication amongst each other. She also has the honor of working alongside her club member and good friend Lauren Tittel!

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Lauren Tittel, Oregon Trail Pony Club


Lauren Tittel began riding horses at a camp in Washington when she was seven years old. Since then, she has become interested in Dressage. She joined Pony Club when she was nine and has worked to get her C2 HM certification and C1 Dressage. She especially enjoys the supportive community of Pony Club and connecting to other members through common interests. Lauren loves working with her 24 year old Dutch Warmblood named Roderik who is very young at heart. Outside of Pony Club and riding Roderik, Lauren is passionate about playing the piano, composing music, running on her school's Cross Country and Track team, and growing as a student, peer, and person. 


Lauren is excited about being part of the YB as their Co-President with Tayte Nelson! She hopes that the Youth Board is able to connect with the region's members and bring each of their individual interests and goals for Pony Club to the table, and make the YB more sustainable for future leaders.


Madeline Hohl, Highland Riders Pony Club


Madeline started riding horses at a western barn when she was 6 years old. She has since become interested in the Eventing discipline. Madeline joined Pony Club in 2018 when she was 8 years old and has worked to C1HM and D3 Eventing since then. When not riding or working at the barn, Madeline enjoys photography, making art, and listening to music. 


Madeline is excited to join the Youth Board as Treasurer! Pony Club has taught her how to work as a part of a team and be a leader. Madeline is hoping to become more involved in Pony Club and the Oregon Region through the Youth Board.

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Payton Gault, Highland Riders Pony Club

Secretary and Social Media Manager

Payton was introduced to riding at a birthday party when she was 6. She instantly fell in love and has been hooked ever since. Payton joined Pony Club in 2016 and is a member of Highland Riders Pony Club. Payton is currently a C1 in HM and eventing. She enjoys going to rallies and using the time to bond as a team. Outside of Pony Club, Payton works with llamas as a member of 4-H and volunteers at the cat shelter working with the kittens. She also enjoys spending time at the barn, with friends, or reading a good book. 


Payton is excited to join the Oregon Region youth board this year as the secretary and social media manager. She hopes to help people get involved in Pony Club and get excited for upcoming events. 

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Youth Board Bottle Drop Fundraiser

Donate your bottles and cans to support OR Region Youth Board projects.

For bags and info, contact Kara Warner, treasurer.oregonregionboard@gmail.com 

What is the Oregon Region Youth Board?

The Regional Youth Board is a representative group of Pony Club members that develop ideas and inform the Regional Board and Council of what Pony Club members would like to do in Pony Club any given year as well as organize events for the Region, including our annual End of Year Banquet and Model Horse Rally. The Youth Board also gives members a chance to interact with members from other clubs and forge new friendships.

What do they do?

In the past, the Youth Board has been in charge of organizing and running Model Horse Rally, regional member socials, fun activities at Rallies, a used tack sale, the Annual End of Year Banquet and Awards, supported the regional Pony Club camp, and more. The Oregon Region Youth Board can do many more amazing things!

Who can join?

Each club is allowed up to two Club Representatives (Club Reps), with each Representative serving a one year term. It is up to the individual club to select who they will send to represent their club with the basic criteria of representatives being between 12 and 25 years old AND at least a D3HM. Club Reps serve a one year term, but can be renewed for an additional term with ORYB and DC/CA approval. 

How do you become a Youth Board Representative?

In order to be a Club Rep, you must be selected by your local club members to serve a one year term. In that term, you should attend both meetings of the Regional Youth Board which may happen in conjunction with the Regional meetings. At these meetings, the Club Reps are expected to participate in discussions and create ideas for the Regional Youth Board, as well as participate to help implement these ideas. As a Club Representative, you are responsible for bringing ideas and questions from your club to the Youth Board as well as reporting back to their clubs any relevant information.