Scholarships for Youth

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The History of AQHYA

The History of AQHYA

The legacy of the American Quarter Horse and the Association continues to prosper through the hearts and futures of our youth members.

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Perhaps there is no other area in the American Quarter Horse Association addressed with greater passion and attention than the development of its youth program and the American Quarter Horse Youth Association. Formerly known as the American Junior Quarter Horse Association, AQHYA held its first meeting in August 1970 in Amarillo, Texas.

AQHYA began with 3,000 members and even at the beginning of its history had an international following with representatives from Australia and Canada attending the first meeting. In 1972, the first AQHA Youth Finals were held as a precursor to the AQHYA World Championship Show that was originally held in Amarillo, TX. Today, AQHYA boasts a membership of more than 30,000 young people, including members from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia and South America.

AQHYA is the largest, single-breed youth association in the world and provides a variety of programs to youth 18-and-under, which encourage participation with the American Quarter Horse breed. The Association continues to be the leader in youth developmental programs, as evidenced by other breed associations which have taken these same concepts and made them available to young people in other organizations.

Each year in August, AQHYA competitors and their families converge on Oklahoma City, for the annual Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. The pinnacle event for AQHYA competitors, this invitational event draws more than 1,800 youth from across the United States and around the globe, making it the largest horse show in the world devoted exclusively to youth.

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