Youth Excellence Seminar

The 2022 Youth Excellence Seminar is slated for July 12 - 14 in Amarillo.


What is YES?

The Youth Excellence Seminar welcomes AQHYA members and nonmembers, ages 10 to 18, to experience this three-day, fun-packed event that offers valuable leadership skills, inspiring speakers and AQHYA governance items.  AQHYA officer and director elections will also take place during YES. To learn more about AQHYA officer and director elections, view the Guide to Campaigning.  

YES Facts

  • Anyone ages 10 to 18 can attend – current AQHYA members and nonmembers.
  • Youth will experience leadership development sessions and workshops, take part in a service activity, network with horse enthusiasts from around the world, and take inspiration from engaging keynote speakers. 
  • Five AQHYA officers will be elected—president, first vice president, second vice president, member and member.
  • Regional directors will be elected—AQHYA has 11 regions; each region elects three AQHYA members as directors.

Hotel Accommodations

Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Amarillo 

806-803-5500 | 550 S Buchanan St, Amarillo, TX 79101 (located directly across the street from Amarillo Civic Center) 

Please reference "Youth Excellence" when booking over the phone for rates or book online here with code: CESYES

Traditional Suites: $129.00/night


Wrangler ASPIRE Award

The Wrangler ASPIRE Award is a $1,000 award provided by Wrangler for an AQHYA member who excels in leadership and service. The award assists in developing and improving scholarship, leadership and community interest, and participation of young horsemen.  The award will be presented at the Youth Excellence Seminar.  

Wrangler ASPIRE Award Application

Questions About YES?

Contact the youth department at 806-376-4811 or

Reach Out to Impact at YES