Participants Selected for 2021 AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program

Participants Selected for 2021 AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program

The 2021 AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program allows AQHYA members to learn the fundamentals of horsemanship and compete for scholarships.

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Forty American Quarter Horse Youth Association members will record their progress training a yearling bred by an American Quarter Horse Association Ranching Heritage Breeder. At the end of the 2021 AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program, a select number of scholarships and prizes will be awarded.

Created in 2011, the Young Horse Development Program is celebrating its ten-year anniversary. The program was created to give AQHYA members an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of horsemanship. The horses used in the program are bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders, which are working cattle ranches with a remuda of at least five AQHA-registered mares that produce ranch horses. The participating Ranching Heritage Breeders donate weanlings for the program participants to evaluate, raise and train. Young Horse Development participants get to keep their horses.

“The Young Horse Development Program was created to help youth gain hands-on experience in raising and training horses,” said AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines. “The program gives youth a variety of ways to learn and then showcase their hard work and dedication to their project. This will, in turn, give participants a skill set that will set them apart when applying for scholarships, college and jobs.”

The 2021 Young Horse Development program participants are: 

Addison Wilson of Gilmer, Texas

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Freeman Family Ranch LTD of Texhoma, Oklahoma

Addyson Sherbeck of Norfolk, Nebraska

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: West Brothers Inc of Lusk, Wyoming       

A. J. Kendrick of Shallowater, Texas

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Spade Ranches of Lubbock, Texas

Allison Slaughter of Corydon, Indiana

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Haythorn Land & Cattle Co of Arthur, Nebraska

Alora Carey of Hurleyville, New York

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Clark Farms of Hustontown, Pennsylvania

Ana Idoeta of Burns, Oregon

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: 7X Ranch of Mountain City, Nevada

Anna Horsch of Kamloops, British Columbia

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: KT Ranch of Connell, Washington

Ava Larson of Ponder, Texas

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Harlan House of Goodland, Kansas

Ava Widman of Manhattan, Kansas

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Oleen Brothers of Dwight, Kansas

Avery Edwards of Wausau, Wisconsin

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Raymond Sutton Ranch of Gettysburg, South Dakota

Breann Williamson of Anaconda, Montana

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Open Box Rafer Ranch of Faith, South Dakota

Brylee Morgan of Friendsville, Tennessee

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Chesterfield Farm of Knoxville, Tennessee

Charlsie Reeder of Wellsville, Utah

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Mill Iron S Ranch of Kyle, South Dakota

Chloe Lowrimore of Woodruff, South Carolina

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Clark Farms of Hustontown, Pennsylvania

Cooper Noland of Amarillo, Texas

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Durrett Cattle of Wildorado, Texas

Emma Albertson of Elberton, Georgia

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Chesterfield Farm of Knoxville, Tennessee

Emma Brents of Aspermont, Texas

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Nixon Ranch of Nara Visa, New Mexico

Emma Sherwood of Clovis, New Mexico

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Nixon Ranch of Nara Visa, New Mexico

Hana Craycraft of Keller, Texas

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: The Daube Company of Ardmore, Oklahoma

Isobel Cook of Sandpoint, Idaho

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Mahlstedt Ranch Inc of Circle, Montana

Kailey Israel of Pawnee, Oklahoma

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Timmerman Quarter Horses of Kimball, Nebraska

Kayla Hurl of Shandon, California

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Campbell Ranch of Seligman, Arizona

Kaylee Klein of Edawall, Washington

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: KT Ranch of Connell, Washington

Lily Krumm of Ranchester, Wyoming

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Open Box Rafer Ranch of Faith, South Dakota

Lily Thomas of Longmont, Colorado

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: West Brothers Inc of Lusk, Wyoming

Luke Barber of Clarkton, North Carolina

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Clark Farms of Hustontown, Pennsylvania

Madison Beckham of Winchester, California

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: KT Cattle Inc of Amado, Arizona

Madison Edwards of Leitchfield, Kentucky

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: St. Clair Farms of Kahoka, Missouri

Mesa Svedberg of Hardin, Montana

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Davis Quarter Horses of Sonnette, Montana

Olivia Anderson of New Richmond, Wisconsin

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Wetz Stirrup Ranch of Vale, South Dakota

Paige Soper of Baldwin City, Kansas

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Box O Quarter Horses of Gordon, Nebraska

Rachel Wynans of Brenham, Texas

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Waters Ranch of Utopia, Texas

Randi Childress of Larchwood, Iowa

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Open Box Rafer Ranch of Faith, South Dakota

Rebecca Kennedy of Godley, Texas

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Hal Bogle Estate of Dexter, New Mexico

Rylie Weyhrich of Boone, Iowa

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Harlan House of Goodland, Kansas

Sarah Jones of Sapulpa, Oklahoma

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Harlan House of Goodland, Kansas

Serena Connelly of Placerville, California

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Lazy K Ranch of Chowchilla, California

Shelby Lynch of Newell, Iowa

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Open Box Rafer Ranch of Faith, South Dakota

Sylvia Speelman of East Berlin, Pennsylvania

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Clark Farms of Hustontown, Pennsylvania

Taylor Gibson of Milo, Iowa

            Ranching Heritage Breeder: Open Box Rafer Ranch of Faith, South Dakota                                     

The Young Horse Development Program participants raise their weanlings-turned-yearlings and document their monthly progress; participate in webinars; complete monthly management assignments; track goals; engage in mentoring sessions with local AQHA Professional Horsemen; and compile videos of themselves with their horses completing assignments including trailering, an in-hand trail pattern and more. Following project completion, a select number of scholarships and prizes are awarded. 

The priority deadline to apply for the 2022 AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development program is August 15, 2021, with a final deadline of October 1, 2021, to apply.

 To learn more about the program, visit www.aqha.com/young-horse-development.

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