AQHYA World Championship Show Contests

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

The 2017 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show theme is "Reach Out!"

AQHYA World Championship Show Contest Information

  • Forms must be received in the AQHA office by June 15, not postmarked.
  • All contests will be held at the 2017 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/Photo Contest

AQHYA members have the chance to show off their artistic side in the art photo contest.  The contest will consist of two categories - art and photography.  Each contestant may enter up to three entries in the contest. Entries will be displayed in Section 300 during the Ford Youth World.

Scrapbook Contest

Affiliates may spotlight their youth activities by entering the scrapbook contest. Scrapbooks may be submitted in a traditional scrapbook format or by video or PowerPoint. 

Stall Decorating Contest

Affiliates will participate in the stall decorating contest, which will feature stall decorations reflecting this year’s theme, “Reach Out.” Awards are given to first through fourth place in each division.

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.

Prepared Speech Contest

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

Impromptu Speech Contest

The impromptu speech contest challenges contestants' knowledge of the horse industry while encouraging them to think on their feet. Contestants draw a topic and have five minutes to prepare a speech to deliver to the judges.

Wrangler Jeans and Justin Boots Decorating Contest and Fashion Show

Each affiliate may decorate and enter one pair of Wrangler jeans and one pair of Justin boots to reflect this year’s theme, “Reach Out,” while also uniquely representing their affiliate. 

Fashion Show, Pin Exchange & Dance

The fashion show, pin exchange, and exhibitor dance will be held on Tuesday night in the Sales Pavilion. Two youth from each participating affiliate will be modeling the decorated Wrangler jeans and Justin boots in the fashion show. The pin exchange affords each state the chance to share trade and collect unique pins with other exhibitors. Following the pin exchange, show off your dance skills and meet new friends at the exhibitor dance!

Team Spirit Contest

All affiliates are automatically entered in the team spirit contest. Affiliates earn points from youth participation and attendance at the following contests and events: Parade of Teams, Ride the Pattern clinics, stall decorating contest, Wrangler jeans and Justin boots decorating contest and fashion show, scrapbook contest, art and photo contest.

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 at their institutions.