AQHYA World Championship Show Contests

Youth have the opportunity to compete in a variety of contests at the AQHYA World Championship Show.

 Congratulations to the 2016 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show contest winners!

Contest Results


Enter an AQHYA contest today and you could be a winner! Remember to renew your AQHYA membership to be eligible to compete.

The 2016 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show theme is "My Roots Run Deep!"

AQHYA World Championship Show Contest Information

  • All contests entry deadline have been extended from Wednesday, June 1 to Friday, June 10, 2016. Forms must be received in the AQHA office by June 10, not postmarked.
  • All contests will be held at the 2016 Build Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City.
  • Check registration forms and contest information sheets for registration fees, contest rules and criteria.

Art Contest

        Deadline extended to June 10!  AQHAYA members have the chance to show off their artistic side in the art contest this year.  All contestants must submit artwork and photographs to AQHA by the extended deadline, June 10.  Youth have the  option to enter three media categories: drawing and painting, photography and/or sculpture for this contest.  Entries will be played in Section 300 during the Ford Youth World.

Judging Contest

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. Four halter classes, composed of geldings and mares, and four performance classes selected from the following: western pleasure, reining, hunter under saddle, hunter hack, trail, western riding, western horsemanship and/or hunt seat equitation. Reasons will follow class judging and will be given on two halter and two performance classes.

Speech Contests

Prepared Speech – The prepared speech contest gives contestants a chance to showcase their knowledge of horses and the horse industry while delivering a five-minute speech based on the AQHYA World Championship Show theme for the current year.

Impromptu Speech – The impromptu speech contest is designed to challenge contestants' knowledge of horses and the horse industry while making them think on their feet. Contestants draw a topic five minutes prior to speaking and are expected to deliver a cohesive speech five minutes in length.

Scrapbook Contest

AQHYA affiliates are invited to spotlight their youths' activities over the previous year by entering a scrapbook in the contest. Scrapbooks may be submitted in a traditional book format or by video or PowerPoint. The winning scrapbooks will be presented at the annual Parade of Teams.

Pin Exchange/Fashion Show

The fashion show and pin exchange is held in conjunction with the college fair at the AQHYA World Championship Show. The pin exchange affords each state the chance to share, trade and collect unique pins with other exhibitors.

Along with snacks and fun, the youth will be hosting a fashion show featuring the decorated Wrangler jeans and Justin boots. Two youth from each participating state will be chosen to model the decorated items.

College Fair

The AQHYA College Fair provides colleges and universities from around the country the chance to recruit and inform top youth competitors about the excellent programs and opportunities.