In a day and age when most kids are plugged in and online, 14-year-old Renee Pope has an interest that doesn’t require batteries.
Horse-crazy since she was a toddler, Renee knew she’d one day have a horse of her own. Then a horse named "Kit" wandered into Renee’s life.
“She caught my attention ... I walked through several groups of horses, and she followed me, almost as if to say, ‘Pick me!’ ”
Since then, they’ve truly bonded.
“I can be having the worst day and see her, and it becomes a good day. She’s just my joy,” Renee says. “My horse has helped me learn that I can be patient, I can be calm, and that I can slowly work through things.”
“I own an American Quarter Horse, and I'm proud to be an AQHYA member.”
– Renee Pope
Youth in Action: What it takes to be a Regional Director
AQHYA National Racing Experience
Snapshots at the World: High-Point Winners
Snapshots at the World: Freestyle Exhibition
AQHYA Officers Elected
Getting Kids Horseback Made Simple
Youth in Action
Hardship Change of Affiliation
Heroes for Horses
Youth Affiliate Form
Youth Leadership Summit
College and cash. The first can be a lot less stressful if you’ve got some of the second. Each year, the American Quarter Horse Foundation hands out thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving AQHYA members. Apply for your share, and make college a little easier!
Put your horse-training skills to the test! AQHYA members can train a weanling from a Ranching Heritage Breeder for a year with the goal of competing in a halter or lunge-line competition. Participants of the Young Horse Development Program will receive mentoring from an AQHA Professional Horseman. You'll also journal your experiences for a chance to win scholarships. Selected youths will receive their weanling for free.
Experience a weekend at the race track that you'll never forget! Get a behind-the-scenes look at the racing industry with trainers, jockeys and the star of the show – the American Quarter Horse. AQHYA members selected for regional racing experiences have the opportunity to win scholarships and a trip to the Bank of America Challenge Championships!
This world-class curriculum meets the McRel standards and is great for 4-H clubs, schools and in leadership exercises.
Take Me Riding is an all-breeds "edutainment experience" for children ages 5 to 9. Play games and customize your riding stable while earning badges for your horse experiences. Mom and Dad will appreciate lesson plans, event calendars and resources for finding kid-friendly horse trainers and riding stables.
The Youth Excellence Seminar is one action-packed event you don’t want to miss! Each summer, AQHYA members from across the world gather for leadership activities, seminars from industry professionals and lots of fun. YES isn’t just an opportunity to learn – it’s a chance to meet AQHYA members from around the globe!
Take the reins of AQHYA as an officer or director! You’ll join a long list of leaders, who continue to guide AQHYA into a bigger and better tomorrow. As an AQHYA officer or director, you’ll work directly with other officers and directors, youth members and AQHA staff to keep the future of AQHYA bright!
From horse judging and speech contests to horse knowledge bowls and more, AQHYA lets you show off your skills as an individual or a team. Contests take place each summer during the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Show in Oklahoma City. Start practicing now for your chance to win a title in one of our many contests! Plus, what’s better to include on those college applications than a title earned at the Youth World?
OnlineStable.com is a great new record-keeping system that stores all of your important records, like livestock achievements, leadership roles, community service, animal feeding notes and the time you spend caring for your animals. It’s not just for horses! Simply log on and create profiles for all of your animals. You’ll get to create a virtual scrapbook of your activities. OnlineStable.com can even help you earn scholarships!
Want to know what’s going on with American Quarter Horses around the country and the world? America’s Horse, the official magazine of AQHA, is delivered 10 times a year. Every issue is packed with stories about the American Quarter Horse, educational articles and information on all the benefits of your membership! You can enjoy the digital edition of America's Horse wherever you go by downloading the free app. *
Print edition is delivered to U.S. residents only.
The AQHA Horseback Riding Program is the perfect way to get rewarded for the time you spend riding your horses. It's easy to track your hours in the saddle and submit them for great prizes, like Professional's Choice feed bags, SmartPak products, clothing, patches and even a Montana Silversmiths belt buckle. Let AQHA reward you for doing what you love - riding your horse!
For two weeks every summer, Oklahoma City is the center of every youth competitor’s world. At the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show, exhibitors 18 and under show off their skills with their American Quarter Horse partners in halter, English and western events. After a long year of training, the Youth World is the coveted opportunity to capture a gold trophy, a belt buckle and the title of AQHYA World Champion!
Every two years, the American Quarter Horse carries youth from around the world to an international showdown! The Youth World Cup offers more than great competition. You'll enjoy educational opportunities from leading riders and trainers, plus you'll love all the social events that bond you with new friends from different countries. It’s global fun, competition and learning packed into one event!
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