AQHA Emerging Leader Award

The Emerging Leader Award will celebrate the accomplishments of the Association’s exceptional young adult members ages 21-35.

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Young adult AQHA members ages 21-35 are eligible for nomination for the new AQHA Emerging Leader Award. Honorees will be formally recognized each year during a plaque presentation at the AQHA Convention. AQHA has a wealth of young adults achieving an elite level of professional success, contributing to their communities and transforming the horse industry, and AQHA would like to acknowledge them for their accomplishments and impacts on the Quarter Horse industry. 

Candidates may nominate themselves or be nominated by another AQHA member. A completed nomination form and all supporting materials must be received in the AQHA office by January 15, of each year. Nominations and the award recipient will be reviewed and selected by a member committee. Award recipients will be notified and invited to attend the AQHA Convention for the award presentation. A member can be honored with the AQHA Emerging Leader Award only once and the nomination form will compile information on the nominee, including their achievements, involvement within the industry, Emerging Leader qualities, career accomplishments and letters of recommendation.  

Honorees may be recognized in a variety of categories, including but not limited to:
•    Leadership
•    Service
•    Science
•    Education
•    Impact
•    Innovation
•    Ambassador

Selection for the award may be based on direct involvement within the Association or may highlight the successes of an outstanding AQHA member who remains committed to and involved in AQHA.  If you or someone you know exhibits qualities in each category, applications are due via email to youth@aqha.org by midnight Central time on January 15, 2023.


To learn more, email the AQHA Youth Department at youth@aqha.org or call 806-378-4330.