Young Adult Programs

Learn more about the leadership and educational opportunities available to young adult members ages 19-35 years old.

AQHA offers a variety of unique programs designed specifically for young adult members to increase their leadership skills and knowledge of the equine industry.


The American Quarter Horse Foundation and AQHA are committed to the development of young adults and their continuous involvement in the equine industry.

The AQHLead program is designed for young adults, ages 21-35, to help support their development as young leaders in the equine industry. Apply by December 31, 2023.

AQHA Emerging Leader

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

Governance and Convention

Supporting future leaders in accomplishing their dreams.

Each spring, AQHA members gather for the annual AQHA convention to review member-submitted rule changes, appoint new AQHA directors, induct new American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame members and elect the AQHA Executive Committee.

Of The West

View the official job platform of AQHA.

At its core, Of The West was designed to fill a large void when it comes to the job-seeking and hiring process, specifically within the agriculture and western industries.

Support AQHA Youth and Young Adult Programs

Prepare the way for tomorrow's industry leaders.

When you support AQHA youth and young adult programs, you are building a future for the Horse and our industry. Your donation impacts leadership and educational programs like AQHLearn, AQHAchieve and AQHLead.

September 27, 2023 | News and Publications Quarter Racing Journal
The 2023 National Youth Racing Experience allows AQHYA members a first-hand glimpse into the American Quarter Horse racing industry.
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