The American Quarter Horse Foundation launches a new young-adult leadership development program, AQHLead.

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The American Quarter Horse Foundation is committed to the development of young adults and their continuous involvement in the equine industry, and launching the second year of AQHLead. This program is designed for young adults, ages 19-34, to help support their development as young leaders in the equine industry. 

AQHLead grants of $5,000 will be awarded to 10 applicants for the Class of 2021 in order to offset the cost of participation. Grant recipients will participate in the program for the term from the 2020 AQHA Convention to the 2021 AQHA Convention. 

During the program year, participants will be partnered with a mentor from the American Quarter Horse industry. These mentors will include AQHA committee chairpersons. AQHLead participants will shadow their mentors’ leadership activities in service to AQHA and the equine industry, and will maintain monthly contact with their mentors in order to gain more insight into their role in guiding impactful industry decisions. 

Selected young adults will attend three major industry events, of which two will include the 2020 and 2021 AQHA Convention. Additionally, participants will engage in monthly conference calls with fellow AQHLead participants and program leadership. AQHLead is supported by a grant from the Dogwood Foundation. 


Apply today!

Applications close December 31, 2019.


For questions regarding the program, please call the American Quarter Horse Foundation at (806) 378-5029 or email at