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National Youth Racing Experience

AQHYA members have the opportunity to experience American Quarter Horse racing through the Bank of America Challenge Championships and the AQHYA National Racing Experience.

AQHYA Regional Racing Experience

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Spend a weekend with "America's Fastest Athletes" at an AQHYA Regional Racing Experience.

The AQHYA Regional Experience consists of one to two day events to introduce you to the sport of racing. You'll get a behind-the-scenes look into the industry and meet the people who help the show go on everyday. AQHA state and provincial affiliates host these experiences so you won't have to venture too far from home. Call your AQHA Racing Affiliate to find out when their next event is.

Get involved and you can learn all about the:

  • Test Barn
  • Jock's Room
  • Tote/Mutuels/Money Room
  • Track Vet
  • Chartwriters
  • Clerk of Scales
  • Announcer
  • Trainers
  • Exercise Riders
  • Racing Equipment
  • “It was really cool being able to work so closely with the trainers and the horses, who are really incredible athletes, during the Youth Racing Experience. The whole experience has been really great, and everybody has been so willing to teach you and help you out. They really want to see you succeed.”
    – Annise Montplaisir, South Dakota, AQHYA Member

  • Rules of Racing
  • Starting Gate
  • Photo-Finish
  • Video Production
  • Paddock Judge
  • Identifier
  • Stewards
  • Track Photographer
  • Owners
  • Outriders
  • Training Techniques

AQHYA National Racing Experience


Youth must be 16 years old as of January 1. Racing affiliates may send one youth from their regional experience by sending in their application by September 1. Youth may also apply to be an at-large participant. To apply, AQHA must receive your application by September 1 as well. No exceptions will be made.

Financial Aid Opportunity:

$6,000 worth of scholarships will be awarded according to the youth’s over all scores. These scores from the pre-experience notebook and the second half of the notebook completed at the experience will determine recipients.

There are two ways to be nominated:

  • While attending your Regional Racing Experience, you may be nominated by your host affiliate.  Those youth that are nominated will then be asked to fill out an application and write an essay.  The topics are "What are your experiences in the World of Racing." and "What it means to you to be a part of the Bank of America Challenge Championships and the AQHYA National Racing Experience." All applications will be picked based on merit, experience and referrals.
  • If you are not in an area of the United States that offers the Regional Racing Experience, you may use the online application and write an essay.  The topics are "What it means to you to be a part of the Bank of America Challenge Championships and the AQHYA National Racing Experience."

Once the essays and applications have been received, they will be reviewed by the AQHYA and 10 nominees will be picked for an all-expense paid trip to the Bank Of America Challenge Championships.

All nominees must be a member of the AQHYA.

AQHYA National Youth Racing Experience Application