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 Youth Convention


2017 Convention

Oklahoma City, OK

July 21, 2017


The AHYA Convention will be held on Friday, July 21. During General Session, delegates will vote for the 2017-2018 Executive Officers, participate in committee reports, and have the opportunity to speak during open mic sessions.

Before Convention, an Arabian Horse Judging Clinic (open to ALL ages) will be held in cooperation with the Judges & Stewards Commission Office. Come learn how the pros place halter and performance classes, then have the chance to participate in a reasons critique workshop. If you've got your sights set on becoming a judge in the future, or just winning one of those spectacular saddles at the National Arabian Horse Judging Contest at U.S. Nationals, this event is right up your alley! More info to come; contact youth@arabianhorses.org with questions.




2017 Hippology Contest

Oklahoma State Fair Park


The Arabian Horse Youth Hippology Contest is a great opportunity for youth to test their knowledge of all things Arabian horse.  Hippology is the study of the horse and in this contest contestants will participate in two different phases.  The first phase is a written exam and the second stage is stations. Entries can be taken at the contest with a $5 entry fee.  Please contact youth@arabianhorses.org with any questions.


Study Resources:


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Enter the 2017 Horse Judging Contest!

Entry forms for are due September 22 of the given year.

Download a form and enter today for just $100 per team.


AHA would like to invite 4-H, FFA, AHA and Collegiate Judging Teams to JC-NEW-LOGO-Final-NoDateparticipate in the 48th annual Arabian Horse Judging Contest.


This prestigious contest is held every year in conjunction with the famous U.S. National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show, which allows contestants the opportunity to judge national-caliber halter and performance horses. Ours is the only national contest for the versatile Arabian breed, and one of the few contests to regularly feature classes such as English Pleasure, Native Costume, Show Hack, and Country English Pleasure.


Each year, winners divide over $10,000 in generously donated scholarships and prizes. The high individual overall of the entire contest receives a certificate to the Arabian Horse Judges School and the opportunity to judge a championship class in center ring at the U.S. National Show.


2017 Arabian Horse Judging Contest

October 26-28, 2017

Expo Square - Tulsa, Okla.

Tentative Schedule:

Volunteer Meeting – Thursday, Oct. 26 at 4:00 p.m. in Central Park Hall

Coaches Meeting – Thursday, Oct. 26 at 5:00 p.m. in Central Park Hall

Contest – Friday, Oct. 27 at 8:00 a.m. in Ford Truck Arena

Awards Breakfast – Saturday, Oct. 28 at 8:00 a.m., Hyatt Regency Tulsa

Center Ring Awards Presentation of All Teams – Saturday, Oct. 28, time TBD in Ford Truck Arena (contest or semi-formal attire suggested)


Judging Contest Hotel

Hyatt Regency Tulsa

100 E Second St

Tulsa, Okla. 74103



For more information, contact Youth & Family Programs Coordinator, at (303) 696-4505 or youth@arabianhorses.org.


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AHYA_RYTT_Graphic BorderWant to earn points and win prizes with your friends, or make new friends through showing and riding? The Regional Youth Team Tournament offers youth from each region the opportunity to form teams which work together to earn points. These points, earned from both recognized and non-recognized shows and rides, lead to great year-end awards for the high scoring team in each region. In addition to these awards, regional winners are posted on the AHA youth webpage, and in Arabian Horse Life magazine.


Contact your regional youth team tournament secretary today and get a team together. Teams are due FEBRUARY 1st of each year.


Download the Entry form and Official Winners Report form.


Note: The show secretary's signature is no longer required on RYTT tally sheets. Please refer to the 2015 Handbook for complete rules and information.


See past winners here.



Regional Youth Team Tournament Secretaries

Region 1

Debbie Price

7031 Opal St.

Alta Loma, CA 91701



Region 2

Region 3

Jill Mitchell
100 Summit Ranch Road
Alamo, CA 94507

Region 4

Lisa Munson



Region 5

Kari Amundson
PO Box 844
Lake Stevens, WA 98258

Region 6

Region 7

Region 8

Cindy Howey
316.200.6874 (M)
316.445.2150 (H)

Region 9

Debbie Himmel
515 Back Project Rd
Schriever, LA 70395

Region 10

Heidi Elmer - Beck

5632 N Eagle Road

Evansville, WI 53536



Region 11

April Nickelson
2083 Hwy NN
Ironton, MO 63650

Region 12

Denise Lineberry



Region 13

Rosemary Cate
23369 County Club Lane

Grosse Ile, MI 48138

Region 14

Debra J. Swigart
5310 Grantland Drive
Dayton, OH 45429

Region 15

Jo Butterworth-Devine
PO Box 128
Dinwiddie, VA 23841

Region 16

Brooke Foti



Region 17

Region 18

Katherine Monk
11 Earl Street
Streetsville, Ontario
Canada L5M 1N6


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AHA youth members are anything but average, and we know it! In fact, AHA offers the Youth of the Year award, which honors one outstanding youth member annually. The Youth of the Year is selected for his or her achievements and contributions to the Arabian horse industry, AHA, and his or her community. In addition to previous achievements, the successful Youth of the Year candidate will show dedication to the Arabian breed and a desire to remain involved in the industry, serving as an ambassador and role model within the Arabian horse community. The winner is featured on the cover of Arabian Horse Life magazine, honored on the youth website, recognized at Youth Nationals, and receives a $1,000 scholarship and personalized carved wood form photograph sponsored by Cottage Craftsman.


All applications are due September 1 of the given year. Please see the current AHA Handbook for complete rules.


If you would like to apply for Youth of the Year, application forms can be found here.


See who won last year.



Helping youth fulfill educational goals

Youth of the Year

AHYA members are eligible to apply for the annual Youth of the Year competition, which awards scholarships to both the winner and the first runner up. The application deadline is September 1 of the given year; find applications and more info here. Thank you to All Things Equine, our sponsor for the runner-up scholarship award.


National Arabian Horse Judging Contest

Contestants in the National Arabian Horse Judging Contest at U.S. Nationals in October have the opportunity to win $7,000 in total individual and team scholarship awards across the three divisions: 4-H/FFA, Junior AHA, and Senior AHA/Collegiate. Learn more about the judging contest and download an entry form, due Sept. 22, here.


Club and Affiliate Scholarships

Click here for a list of all the scholarships available from our local clubs and affiliate equine associations.


AHYA Board of Director Scholarships

AHYA is working to find a new way to encourage youth to participate on the AHYA Board of Directors. We are working to fund a scholarship program for those individuals that are serving on the board. The idea behind these scholarships, is to encourage the youth to participate and have an active role in AHYA, as well as develop them as future leaders. With the right funding, we would like to award a $1,000 scholarships to each Regional Director and $1,500 to each Executive Officer. We are hoping to start this scholarship fund with $22,000. We would like you to join us in providing opportunities to reward those outstanding youth members who are the future of our breed. Below are the requirements for a Youth Regional Director to earn a scholarship.



  • Attend at least 2 AHYA Board Meetings, March Board Meeting required to be one
  • Serve as a Regional Director for one full year, August 1st – July 31st
  • Sell at least two $250 Qualifier T-shirt Sponsorships

Pick at least 8 of the below criteria:

  1. Attend all 3 AHYA Board Meetings
  2. Attend and participate in the AHYA Convention in July
  3. Find at least three $250 Qualifier T-shirt Sponsor – one additional to the two required
  4. Hold and run at least two annual Regional Meetings, provide a report to AHA’s Youth and Family Programs Coordinator
  5. Create a written budget for your region with money set aside for travel expenses for your Regional Director to attend the AHYA Board Meetings
  6. Run one outreach program that reaches individuals outside of the show ring or a distance ride. Must provide a report of this activity to AHA’s Youth and Family Programs Coordinator
  7. Submit three Regional Reports annually, one for each of the AHYA Board Meetings, Reports must be submitted electronically to AHA’s Youth and Family Programs Coordinator before each board meeting
  8. Volunteer at least 5 hours for AHYA at any of AHA’s National or Regional Shows or AHA Convention.
  9. Sell at least 5 Raffle Tickets
  10. Be active on at least one AHYA Committee
  11. Attend a public speaking seminar/class/course. Must provide proof of attendance
  12. Turn in a class project that demonstrates a skill of a future leader
  13. Complete 5 community service hours (non-Arabian horse related) in your local community
  14. Turn in a one page report defining Robert’s Rules of Order.

AHYA Executive Officer requirements can be found here and do differ slightly.


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Benefits For Supporters


YNL Scholarships

The Arabian Horse Foundation, AHF, is thrilled to announce the continuation of the scholarship program at The Arabian Horse Association's Youth National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show. Scholarships will be awarded to the following: 


  • TBD


Arabian Horse Foundation

In a convenient one-stop shopping approach, the Arabian Horse Foundation allows students to fill out a single application that automatically makes them eligible for all memorial and regional scholarships. The Arabian Horse Foundation Scholarship Application deadline is April 1 of each year.

The Arabian Horse Foundation is a 501(c)3 IRS approved charity and is affiliated with the Arabian Horse Association. Members of AHA can make donations to the AHF when they renew their memberships or can go to the AHF's website: www.thearabianhorsefoundation.org. The AHF supports youth educationand research in genetic diseases in the Arabian horse. Please consider a donation.


AHYA Raffle

AHYA and AHA every year hold a raffle of one large purchase item at U.S. Natioanls in Tulsa, OK. The proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Arabian Horse Youth Association's numerous annual programs, including the AHYA Convention, Regional Youth Team Tournament, National Arabian Horse Judging Contest, and more. Please contact youth@arabianhorses.org or 303.696.4505 with any questions or to purchase your ticket.