AQHYA World Championship Show Contests

AQHYA members have the opportunity to compete in a variety of contests – in and outside the arena – each year at the AQHYA World Championship Show.

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Horse Judging Contest

Contest Date: Monday, August 1, 2022

Join AQHYA, 4-H and FFA judging teams from around the nation at the AQHYA World Championship Show Judging Contest. Interested coaches should contact their AQHYA affiliate youth advisor, state horse extension specialist or state FFA advisor for qualifying rules.

The judging contest consists of eight classes with four horses in each class. Two to four halter classes, composed of geldings and mares, and four to six performance classes selected from the following: western pleasure, reining, trail, western riding, western horsemanship, hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation, hunter hack, and ranch riding. A total of four sets of reasons will follow class judging and will be given on at least one halter and at least one performance class.

Horse Judging Contest Registration Form - Coming Soon! 

Horse Judging Contest Rules - Coming Soon!


Art/Photo Contest

Art/Photo Contest Submissions Due: Mailed to AQHA Headquarters - July 15 or Brought to YWS - July 29 by 5:00 p.m. 

AQHYA members have the chance to show off their artistic side in the art/photo contest.  The contest will consist of two categories - art and photography. Each contestant may enter up to three entries in the contest. Entries will be displayed in Section 300 in the Norick Arena during the Ford Youth World.

Art/Photo Contest Registration Form 

Art/Photo Contest Rules & Rubric 


Scrapbook Contest

Scrapbook Submissions Due Online or by USB: Friday, July 29, by 5:00 p.m. 

Affiliates may spotlight their youth activities by entering the scrapbook contest.  Scrapbooks must be submitted digitally. Video or traditional scrapbooks will be accepted, but traditional scrapbooks must be captured via video.

Scrapbook Contest Registration Form 

Scrapbook Contest Rules & Rubric


Prepared Speech Contest

Contest Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2022

The prepared speech contest gives contestants a chance to showcase their knowledge of the horse industry while delivering a prepared speech based on the AQHYA World Championship Show theme for the current year. 

Prepared Speech Contest Registration Form 

Prepared Speech Contest Rules & Rubric


Impromptu Speech Contest

Contest Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2022

The impromptu speech contest challenges contestants' knowledge of the horse industry while encouraging them to think on their feet. Contestants draw a topic and have five minutes to prepare a speech to deliver to the judges.

Impromptu Speech Contest Registration Form 

Impromptu Speech Contest Rules & Rubric


13 & Under Public Speaking Contest

Contest Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2022

The public speaking contest is designed to increase 13 & under youth members’ public speaking skills while having fun!  In this contest, participants can chose to present a method demonstration, illustrated talk, or traditional speech. 

13 & Under Public Speaking Contest Registration Form 

13 & Under Public Speaking Contest Rules & Rubric


Justin Boots and Wrangler Jeans Decorating Contest 

Contest Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Each affiliate may decorate and enter one pair of Wrangler jeans and one pair of Justin boots to reflect this year’s AQHYA theme, “Build for the Future,” while also uniquely representing their affiliate. 

Justin Boots and Wrangler Jeans Decorating Contest Registration Form 

Justin Boots and Wrangler Jeans Decorating Contest Rules & Rubric 


Stall Decorating Contest

Stall Decorating Judging: From Sunday, July 31, at 12:00 p.m. through Wednesday, August 3, at 12:00 p.m.

Affiliates will participate in the stall decorating contest, which will feature stall decorations reflecting this year’s AQHYA theme, "Build for the Future." Awards are given to first through third place in each division.

Stall Decorating Contest Rules & Rubric


Team Spirit Contest

All affiliates are automatically entered in the team spirit contest. Affiliates earn points from youth participation and attendance at the following contests and events: Parade of Teams, Ride the Pattern clinics, stall decorating contest, Wrangler jeans and Justin boots decorating contest, scrapbook contest, art and photo contest.


2021 Results

  • Impromptu Speech Contest Results: view here
  • 13 & Under Public Speaking Contest Results: view here
  • Justin Boots and Wrangler Jeans Decorating Contest Results: view here
  • Stall Decorating Contest Results: view here

2020 Results

2020 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show Contest Results 

2020 Digital Horse Judging Contest Results (Official Results)