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Oregon Regional Youth Leadership Council Members

President - Jodelle Marx, Columbia Winds Pony Club, C2/HB
Since joining Pony Club in 2005, she has competed in Eventing, Show Jumping, Dressage, Tetrathlon, and Quiz Rallies. She competed at Championships in 2013 for Quiz and has qualified two times since. In addition to Pony Club, Jodelle has been involved with the Oregon Dressage Society, Oregon High School Equestrian Team, and 4-H, but Pony Club is her favorite.

As the Youth Leadership Council President and Oregon Region Youth Delegate, Jodelle hopes to increase awareness of Pony Club through service projects that will benefit the equestrian and non-equestrian communities. She also wants to provide Youth Leadership Council members with opportunities to gain perspective and become active leaders in their communities. When Jodelle isn’t riding or studying, she enjoys poetry, dance, and photography. She is grateful to Pony Club for facilitating her equestrian passion while developing her leadership skills and strongly encourages Pony Club membership. Jodelle is unsure what she wants to do after college, but plans on finding opportunities to utilize the therapeutic qualities of horses in ways that will help youth develop social, emotional, and life skills.

Vice President - Alexa Marandas, Columbia Winds Pony Club, C2
My name is Alexa Marandas, and I am the YLC Vice President as well as a member of Columbia Winds Pony Club. I am a C2 traditional, and I am getting ready to take my HB! I have been a member of Pony Club for 5 years, and it has been one of the most valuable experiences of my life. It has shaped me into the person I am today. I’ve learned to be responsible, manage time, care for a horse properly, and take pride in what I do.

In Pony Club and riding, I love dressage, eventing, and learning about stable management. Outside of horses, I am a student as Lincoln High School, I run track, ski, and love to read.

YLC has been a positive experience in my Pony Club years. I joined in the spring of 2015. I love how YLC lets the region’s youth improve the region and provide learning opportunities for other members. I think everyone should experience something like YLC, you will meet new people and make a difference.

Secretary - Grace Whitmore, Mt Hood Pony Club, C1/C2 HM
Grace Whitmore is a junior in high school and has been riding horses for almost all of her life. She lives in Hood River, Oregon, and loves to spend time outside. Grace joined Pony Club in fourth grade and is very grateful for the opportunity to learn to be a successful horse-person through its rally’s, certifications, and club meetings. 

This summer, Grace and her horse, Mac’s Million, will be competing in ODS dressage shows with the hopes of going to championships. She also participates in high school equestrian team and was a trainer for the Teens and Oregon Mustangs Youth and Yearling Program.

Mikayla Stout, Treasurer, Rose City Pony Club, D2/C2 HM
Mikayla Stout is a 14 year old member of Rose City Pony Club. She rides a QH mare named Abby. She has been in Pony Club for 4 years, and has been riding for 7 years. She started out riding Western, and rode Western for three years before switching to English. She loves cross country jumping, riding on the beach, and trail rides. She loves Pony Club because of the educational aspect that it has. She won first place with her team in Quiz at Festival in Kentucky, and loves to learn about horses. She loves going to rallies and camp with her friends, and when not rinding can be found taking pictures, hanging out with her friends, traveling with her family, and cooking. She is a part of the YLC to connect with her peers and improve the Oregon Region for everyone.