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Apply for the AQHYA National Racing Experience

American Quarter Horse Youth Association members have the opportunity to experience American Quarter Horse racing October 24-27 at the AQHYA National Racing Experience.
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American Quarter Horse Youth Association members have the opportunity to experience American Quarter Horse racing through the AQHYA National Racing Experience held during the Bank of America Racing Challenge Championships October 24-27 at The Downs at Albuquerque in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In the days leading up to the Challenge Championships, participants in the AQHYA National Racing Experience will get backside-of-the-track and front-office experiences to introduce them to the sport of racing. Youth will get a true behind-the-scenes look into the industry.

AQHYA is hosting a Racing Skillathon online contest, which is open to anyone who wants to challenge their knowledge of racing. Contestants will find a resource list available at www.aqha.com/youth for the materials to study in preparation for the online Racing Skillathon. The contest itself is open September 12-17, and everyone is allowed to take the test once. The contest is free to enter.

AQHYA members who want to apply to attend the National Racing Experience need to submit an application by September 10 and complete the Racing Skillathon by September 17. Participants will be selected for the all-expenses-paid trip to the Challenge Championships based on their combined score from the application and the Racing Skillathon. Five AQHYA members will be selected to attend the National Racing Experience.

During the trip to the Challenge Championships, National Racing Experience participants will also go through an interview round where they can share their knowledge and passion for racing and their abilities as an ambassador for the sport.

Applicants who are accepted for the National Racing Experience are automatically entered into a competition with fellow participants for the chance to win $6,000 in scholarship money – $3,000 is awarded to first place, $2,000 is awarded to second place and $1,000 is awarded to third place. The final results for the National Racing Experience and the scholarship awards will be determined from the cumulative score of the application, skillathon and on-site participation and activities.

To participate in the national event, youth must be at least 16 years old at the time of the event. Racing affiliates can recommend one youth from their AQHYA Regional Racing Experience to submit an application by September 10. Youth can also apply to be an at-large participant. To apply, AQHA must receive the application by September 10, as well.

Learn more about the AQHYA National Racing Experience by visiting www.aqha.com/youth.

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