AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program

AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program

AQHYA members can earn scholarships by raising a weanling from an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder; the priority deadline to apply is August 15.

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Do you know a youth looking to earn scholarships and bolster his or her résumé? If so, you need to tell them about the AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program.

American Quarter Horse Youth Association members have the opportunity to participate in hands-on horse training as they complete a record book and submit assignments that will teach the fundamentals of horsemanship. Then they can showcase their learned skills and knowledge and earn scholarships and prizes through the AQHA Young Horse Development Program.

“The Young Horse Development Program was developed to help youth gain hands-on experience in working with and training horses,” said Craig Huffhines, AQHA executive vice president. “The program gives youth the opportunity to work with an AQHA Professional Horseman and to showcase their hard work and dedication to their project by completing a record book and participating in a show. This will, in turn, give participants a skill set that will set them apart when applying for scholarships, college and jobs.”

For the project, accepted AQHYA members receive a donated weanling from an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder. Youth who are not selected to receive a donated foal, but are still accepted into the program, will be able to purchase a weanling from a Ranching Heritage Breeder and participate in the program. Throughout the program, AQHYA members work with and train their foals, complete assignments and exhibit the foals at an AQHA-approved show. Ultimately, the project participants have the chance to be recognized and rewarded with scholarships.

Generous Ranching Heritage Breeders are already selecting weanlings to donate to this year’s program. To receive one of these donated foals, free of charge, AQHYA members should submit application and waiver forms by August 15. Applications will be accepted until October 1, however applicants have a better chance of admission into the program and being matched with a foal in their area by applying by the priority deadline of August 15.

The weanlings donated by Ranching Heritage Breeders will be announced and matched between September and November.

The 2020-2021 Young Horse Development youth are vying for $5,000 in scholarships and prizes. 
• 1st place: $2,000 scholarship and a belt buckle 
• 2nd place: $1,500 scholarship and a pair of Justin boots 
• 3rd place: $1,000 scholarship and a $100 Wrangler gift certificate 
• 4th place: $500 scholarship and a $100 Wrangler gift certificate

To learn more about the Young Horse Development Program, visit .

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