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.

College-Aged Membership

Reduced membership fees for college-aged members.

AQHA and AQHYA have come together to slash adult membership fees for college-aged adults.

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.

July 16, 2024 | News and Publications Ranching
AQHYA members can earn scholarships by raising a weanling from an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder; the late deadline to apply is October 1.
July 12, 2024 | News and Publications Youth officer positions
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June 12, 2024 | News and Publications American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA)
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