About Region 5

The Arabian Horse Association's Region 5 encompasses Alaska, Washington, Northern Idaho, and Western Montana.

Region 5 has earned the respect of Arabian horse competitors across the country. Whether for show, endurance or dressage, horses from the Pacific Northwest are among the best in the nation.

The quality and caliber of our Region 5 horses are evident by the results of highly competitive shows such as the U.S. Nationals, Canadian Nationals, and Scottsdale.


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Region 5 Youth - Officer Bios


Haley Fryrear - Co-Director

I am Haley Fryrear, I am a 16-yr. old Jr at Lincoln Hill High School. I currently own 3 horses and compete at 4-H, open and A circuit.  In addition to being this year’s Region 5 Co Director I am also the Vice President for my 4-H club. I want to pursue career in farrier/ hoof care. I began showing when I was 18 months old, riding in my first leadline class. I enjoy riding and competing in many events – saddleseat, hunter, western, jumping, dressage, reining, cows and driving. My mom and grandma have been great supporters for my horse and showing.

haley fryrear


Elizabeth Elken - Co-Directory

Elizabeth Elken is this year’s Region 5 Youth Secretary. She currently lives in Seattle, WA. She owns and shows a Purebred Arabian named Louie (MWF Adwokat).

This will be her second season showing with AHA. Last season, she won a Top 5 in Hunter Pleasure at the Region V Championship show and Reserve Champion in the 2015 Arabian Horse Youth Association Creative Contest.

She enjoys spending time with her horse, reading, and eating lots of Middle Eastern food.

Elizabeth Elken


Presley Cole - Vice Director

My name is Presley Cole. I am 14 years old and I have been riding since I was 11. For the last 2 years, I have shown a half-Arabian mare named Mavericks Lil Diva at Region 5 and all the local shows and I really love it! This past year I became more involved in volunteering at the shows and helping with the youth program. The Arabian Horse community is full of very supportive and kind people. No association quite compares to AHA! I hope to help the youth organization continue to grow, as we have such a bright future ahead. I also hope to promote the Arabian breed and get the youth more involved at the shows! Thanks to all those who helped me get here!

Presley Cole


Rhianna Anderson – Secretary

My Name is Rhianna Anderson. I am seventeen years old and I have been riding Arabians for about six years. The barn that I ride at is called Opus Arabians, I have been there since I first started riding.

I ride a lot of horses, but the one that I have been riding the most for the past three years is an eighteen year old chestnut Arabian gelding called JR. I was the Secretary of the Region V Youth for two years and have recently been elected as the Vice Director.

As this is my last year as a youth, I want to make even more of a difference this year. I want to increase interest in the Arabian breed, as well as increase participation at Arabian shows.

Rhianna Anderson


Maddy Packebush - Treasurer

My name is Maddy Packebush, I am 15 years old and I grew up around horses but didn't start riding and showing until January of 2015. I fell in love with the Arabian breed and the Arabian horse community immediately. I now own a purebred gelding and we compete in western pleasure, showmanship and horsemanship. I am trying to be a better horseman and go beyond riding and showing to see what else I can do in the horse community.
maddy packebush

Valerie Lang - Sunshine Girl

My Name is Valerie Lang, and I am excited to be this year’s sunshine coordinator. I am 11 yrs old and show my horses Afires Jewel and Just Raising Sachie in main ring classes - western pl., horsemanship, showmanship, hunter pl, hunt seat eq, and country pl and saddle seat eq. - guess you could say I like to do it all. I am really excited to be a part of the Region 5 youth and Region 5. The people in our region are so kind and supportive. I hope to also participate in the judging competition soon. Outside of horses, I enjoy acting and playing the piano. I would like to thank my parents for all they do to support my dreams.

valerie lang


Hannah Rothfuss - Sunshine Girl

My name is Hannah Rothfuss. I am 11 years old. I have been riding since I was four years old, and showing since I was eight. I have loved horses since I can remember. I started showing 4-H and now on the A circuit in Region 5. My beautiful horse Eternally Mariah+ and I been excited to win the walk- trot high point the past 2 years. This last year I became the owner (thank you mom and dad) of another beautiful Arab mare named Afires Temptress, also known as Lucy. I'm excited to start the next part of my journey with Lucy. With Lucy I wish to strive for excellence in hunt seat. Lucy is an wonderful horse to ride and she makes me want to strive to be a better rider. My future goal is to take Lucy to Nationals. In my extended future I want to own a professional training facility where I can train horses and their riders. I would love to be able to help them make their dreams come true. I love Region 5 and the trainers, they are a great example for me. I particularly enjoy watching Ron Copple and the beautiful horses that he trains. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my trainer, Kimberly Will and Region 5 youth coordinator, Kari Amundson for all that they have done for me to get this far. Hannah E. Rothfuss

hannah rothfuss

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