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Young Horse Development Program

Meet the 2012-13 AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program winners and this year’s recipients of American Quarter Horses.

American Quarter Horse Association
November 11, 2013

AQHYA

The Young Horse Development Program was created to give AQHYA members an opportunity that will teach them the fundamentals of horsemanship.

The AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program is proud to announce its 2012-13 scholarship winners: 

  1. Holly Skylar Kiess of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Ms Dakotas Sugar Gem, a sorrel filly by Sugar Cattin Leo and out of Sapphire Flit by Heza Frisky Clip, bred by Jim and Joni Hunt’s Open Box Rafter Ranch of Faith, South Dakota – $2,000 scholarship and a Montana Silversmiths belt buckle
  2. Alan Hinds of Minburn, Iowa, and AH Drifting Faith, a bay filly by French Flit and out of Drift Frost by Diego Drift, bred by Jim and Joni Hunt’s Open Box Rafter Ranch – $1,500 scholarship and a pair of Justin boots
  3. Hannah Mauter of Willoughby, Ohio, and RWS Colormeintrigued, a sorrel filly by A San Peppy Legend and out of Vintage Alisa by Vintage Impressive, bred by Raymond Sutton Ranch of Gettysburg, South Dakota – $1,000 scholarship and a $100 Wrangler gift certificate
  4. Renee Pope of Amarillo and TRR A Stylish Kit, a red roan filly by Cats Hillbilly and out of TRR Ms Sanita Red by Peptos Stylish Oak, bred by Tongue River Ranch of Paducah, Texas – $500 scholarship and a $100 Wrangler gift certificate

The Young Horse Development Program was created to give American Quarter Horse Youth Association members who want to participate in hands-on horse training, an opportunity that will teach them the fundamentals of horsemanship. The horses used in the program were bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders, which consist of working cattle ranches with a remuda of at least five AQHA-registered mares that produce ranch horses. The participating Ranching Heritage Breeders offered weanlings for the program participants to judge, select, purchase, raise and train. The ranchers also mentored these young horsemen, teaching them responsibility and goal-setting, which are important components of equine ownership.

AQHYA members applied to the program, and the selected participants spent the year competing for the scholarships and prizes. All participants were required to write monthly progress reports on their foal; compete in AQHA, 4-H, FFA or local shows with their yearlings; complete a project book documenting training, health care, nutrition and management practices; and schedule mentoring sessions with local AQHA Professional Horsemen to discuss tips on competing, health care, training and management of their yearling. The youth submitted their Ranching Heritage show achievement form, project book and Professional Horsemen check list, which were judged by the AQHA Ranching Council.

Recipients of 2013-14 Young Horse Development Program weanlings include:

  • Jordan Ayers of Peoa, Utah
  • John Barger of Pawnee, Oklahoma
  • Jasper Breitenbach of Dolores, Colorado      
  • Madelyne Cope of Nathrop, Colorado
  • Andee Marie Geedes of Downey, Idaho
  • Mikaylyn Henderson of Littleton, Colorado
  • Holden Hicks of Marysville, California
  • Hunter Hicks of Afton, Wyoming
  • Sabrina Hill of Connell, Washington
  • Zachary Hite of Osceola, Wisconsin
  • Calli Kaufman of Olympia, Washington
  • Amanda Metternich of West Bend, Wisconsin
  • Miranda Raithel of Falls City, Nebraska
  • Kendra Serrano of Joshua, Texas
  • Emily Scoles of Elbert, Colorado
  • Kaytlyn Scott of Great Falls, Montana
  • Collin Webb of Waterloo, Illinois

Ranching Heritage Breeders participating in the 2013-14 Young Horse Development Program:

  • Hutchings Cattle Co. of Fallon, Nevada
  • KT Ranch of Connell, Washington
  • Longhorn Cattle Co. of Ellensburg, Washington
  • Open Box Rafter Ranch of Faith, South Dakota
  • R.A. Brown Ranch of Throckmorton, Texas
  • Raymond Sutton Ranch of Gettysburg, South Dakota
  • Running U Livestock of Erda, Utah
  • Sunup Ranch of Brainerd, Minnesota
  • Wagonhound Land & Livestock Co. of Douglas, Wyoming
  • Weaver Quarter Horses of Big Sandy, Montana

To learn more about the Young Horse Development Program, visit www.aqha.com/aqhya.

For more information on the Ranching Heritage program, including Ranching Heritage Breeders, visit www.aqha.com/ranching

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