The AQHA Office is closed Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day.


AQHYA has a partnership with other youth organizations.

National High School Rodeo Association

AQHA is a proud sponsor of National High School Rodeo Association student athletes. Each year, AQHA provides awards for state/provincial NHSRA/AQHA Boys and Girls Horse of the Year winners, in addition to recognizing the NHSFR/AQHA Boys and Girls Horse of the Year at the high school finals.

Nominate your horse for the AQHA/NHSRA Horse of the Year Award! Created by Texas educator and rodeo contestant Claude Mullins, the NHSRA held its first finals in Halletsville, Texas, Aug. 25-27, 1949. Mullins founded the NHSRA on two principles: to encourage youth to stay in school and to promote the highest type of conduct and sportsmanship. The NHSRA has honored Claude Mullins' vision by maintaining the integrity and standards he set forth. Stressing the importance of education and teaching life skills such as leadership, responsibility, dedication and commitment will continue to be the purpose and goal of this organization.

One of the fastest growing youth organizations in the nation, the NHSRA has an annual membership of over 12,500 students from 39 states, four Canadian provinces and Australia, and sanctions over 1,100 rodeos each year. The NHSRA is governed by a national board of directors (one from each state or province) while a staff at the National Headquarters in Denver, Colorado, handles the day-to-day operations.

AQHA is proud to partner with NHSRA in a variety of programs, such as the Horse of the Year award and more.

Learn more about the NHSRA.

American Youth Horse Council

The vision of the American Youth Horse Council is to be a visible and connecting force in a vibrant and growing youth horse industry. AYHC strives to support the youth horse industry with factual and quality educational materials and to engage the participation of all breeds and disciplines within the industry. The organization seeks to illustrate the value of the human-horse experience. By accomplishing these goals AYHC believes that the youth horse industry will expand both numerically and monetarily as educated and committed participants enjoy the benefits of equine activities.

AQHYA believes AYHC can help adult horse leaders educate youth about equine involvement and span the gap between national organizations that offer various types of horse participation from 3-day eventing to rodeo.

AQHYA sponsors the annual American Youth Horse Council National Youth Horse Leaders Symposium.

Get involved and find out more!


4-H began in 1902 in response to young people's need for a better agricultural education. Progressive educators began extending nature study, agricultural and technology education to families via programs that enabled youth and adults to learn together. Most states organized 4-H Clubs, with parents serving as volunteer leaders and Cooperative Extension Agents providing educational materials. In 1911, 4-H officially adopted the universally recognized four-leaf clover emblem, symbolizing the four H's - head, heart, health and hands.

Today, 4-H still engages young people, ages 5-19, in "learning by doing." Through the years, the overall goal of 4-H has remained the same: the development of youth as individuals and as responsible and productive citizens. While continuing to serve youth in rural areas, 4-H also works with diverse groups of youth in a variety of urban and suburban communities.

Fast facts about 4-H:

Who does 4-H Reach?

How about 1,604,972 members in 103,603 4-H Clubs around the world!

What do they do?

2,790,250 4-H members learned about plants and animals!
1,792,841 checked out healthy lifestyles!
597,685 got the scoop on citizenship and civic education!

Need more info about 4-H?


The 83rd National FFA Convention will be held October 20-23, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

AQHA is the proud sponsor of the Horse Evaluation Career Development Event.

The funniest thing to do at the FFA National Convention : Yell, "Hey, you in the blue jacket!" It's a surefire way to turn 45,000 heads.

Learn more about FFA.