Young Horse Development Program

Learn more about this program that pairs AQHYA members with colts raised by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders.

This program showcases the stock being bred and raised by AQHA Ranching Heritage members.

Additionally, it provides an opportunity for youth to become engaged in the horse industry at a fundamental level that will be fun and educational.

Wagonhound Land and Livestock Company

To give older AQHYA members who want to participate in a hands-on horse training opportunity that will teach the fundamentals of horsemanship. The youth will have the chance to showcase their skills and knowledge acquired at designated events where they can earn scholarships and prizes.

Participating Ranching Heritage members will offer young horses for members to judge, select, purchase, raise and train. The rancher’s goal will be to mentor these young horsemen to teach responsibility and goal-setting, important components of equine ownership.

AQHYA members have the chance to receive a free weanling from several generous AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders. To be eligible to receive a free foal, youth applicants must submit their applications to receive a foal by late Summer 2015.

The second way youth can participate in the Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program is to purchase a Ranching Heritage Challenge-nominated foal from a Ranching Heritage Breeder before early Fall 2015. 

For more information on the Young Horse Development Program, download this Fact Sheet

2013-14 Scholarship Winners

  1. Meagan D’Andrea of Fowler, Ohio, with Jelly Dunnit, a 2013 palomino filly by Ghost Of Hollywood and out of Jae Bar Jealously by Bingos Dually, bred by Roy V. and C. Robertson (Big Valley Ranch) of Monterey, Virginia – $2,000 and Montana Silversmith belt buckle
  2. Emily Scoles of Elbert, Colorado, with Runningonfrenchfaith, a 2013 sorrel filly by French Flit and out of Sugar Chileta by Sonny Sugar, bred by Jim and Joni Hunt (Open Box Rafter Ranch) of Faith, South Dakota – $1,500 and a pair of Justin boots
  3. Calli Kaufman of Olympia, Washington, with LCC Golden Playgirl, a 2013 palomino filly by Jaz GC Indio and out of LCC Baby Dun Right by Rawdle Fact Man, bred by Donald Akehurst (Longhorn Cattle Co.) of Ellensburg, Washington – $1,000 and a $100 Wrangler gift certificate
  4. Colin Webb of Waterloo, Illinois, with Flit Dr Flit, a 2013 bay roan colt by Flit Drift and out of Flit Frost by Sun Frost, bred by Jim and Joni Hunt (Open Box Rafter Ranch) – $500 and a $100 Wrangler gift certificate

2014-15 Program Participants
The following AQHYA members are participating in the program 2014-15:

  • Savannah Jo Fischer of Great Falls, Montana  
  • Hayden Habein of Drewsey, Oregon 
  • Shelby Reynolds of Cheyenne, Wyoming 
  • Kylie Krueger of Boyceville, Wisconsin 
  • Cheyenne Walter of Hydro, Oklahoma  
  • Sierra Walter of Hydro, Oklahoma
  • Allison Baker of Barnsdall, Oklahoma 
  • Breanna Lynn Kindred of Sand Coulee, Montana
  • Shaynah Seames of Bethel, Maine 
  • Trevor Wade Klein of Marfa, Texas  
  • Ciera Barton of Cheney, Washington 
  • Morgan Barton of Cheney, Washington 
  • Sadie Geddes of Downey, Idaho 
  • Shandiin Farrell of Mesa, Arizona  
  • Nathania McKenzie of Gravette, Arkansas 
  • Huck Roch of Marfa, Texas 
  • Kaitlyn Glass of Energy, Texas 
  • Caydee Johnson of Manhattan, Montana 
  • Addison Fjelstad of Scarville, Iowa 
  • Brandy Sofia Rojas of Grantville, Pennsylvania 
  • Morgan Cummings of Moscow, Idaho 
  • Malabie Newman of Lincoln, California 
  • Hannahmarie Mae Klute of La Porte, Indiana 
  • Christina Weatherford of Oklahoma City  
  • Mariah Suzanne Voda of Tehachapi, California 
  • Blake Minotto of Phoenix 

AQHYA members who are participating in the program, please use this Ranching Heritage Show Achievement Form and Professional Horsemen Checklist

Prospective Participants
Download the Ranching Heritage Youth Enrollment Form and Waiver Form.