Donate a Foal for the Young Horse Development Program

AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders who donate foals to the Young Horse Development Program teach youth lifelong skills and help develop the future of ranching.

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AQHYA members can apply to receive a ranch-raised weanling, then work to earn scholarships with their new horse through the AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program. (AQHA photo)

Give to the future of your association by donating a foal for the 2015-16 American Quarter Horse Association Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program for AQHYA members.

Download the form to donate a weanling by September 1. All donors must be AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders.

The generosity of AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders who donate to the program helps the future of the equine industry in many ways. The program gives breeders the opportunity to showcase the stock they are raising, as well as share the ranching lifestyle and horsemanship principles with young horsemen. For AQHYA members, the program prepares them for what is to come in their future – not only in the horse industry but in life as well – as they work to earn scholarships and lifelong skills.

For the program, accepted AQHYA members will receive a weanling donated by an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder. The AQHYA members who do not receive a donated foal may still purchase a weanling from a Ranching Heritage Breeder.

From the weanling to yearling years, the AQHYA members work with and train their young horses, then exhibit the yearlings at a show. Ultimately, the participants have the chance to win back their investment in their young horses through scholarships.

“Even in its short existence, the Young Horse Development Program has seen great success and helped many youth learn valuable horsemanship skills,” said Ward Stutz, AQHA director of breed integrity, animal welfare and education. “Many of our youth participants stay in touch and seek guidance from their horse’s breeder, and the mentorship ranchers provide is priceless.

“To invest in this program by donating a weanling is to invest in the future of this industry and lifestyle,” Stutz added. “Our participants have told us that through the program they have come to see the importance of ranch horses and the ranching lifestyle. AQHA greatly appreciates the Ranching Heritage Breeders who have and will donate foals for the Young Horse Development Program – the breeders who help develop the future of ranching.” 

Download the Young Horse Development Program foal donation form. The deadline to donate a weanling is September 1.

Please return your form to:

AQHA
Attn: Ward Stutz
P.O. Box 200
Amarillo, Tx 79168

Ranching Heritage Breeders can also email the form to wstutz@aqha.org or fax it to 806-349-6409. For any questions regarding the donating process, contact Ward Stutz, AQHA director of breed integrity, animal welfare and education, at 806-378-4707.

To learn more about the Young Horse Development Program, visit www.aqha.com/yhd.

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