Enjoy spending time with your horse, increase your knowledge and improve your skills. Here are some programs to help you allong the way.

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Youth In-Hand Challenge


Deadline Extended to Monday Sept 20th!


This challenge will be free to enter for current AHYA members between the show ages of 11 and 18. Age divisions will be 11-14 and 15-18. You will need to record a video performing all of the requested skills and then can add your own flare to show off what your horse can do. Videos can be no longer than 5 minutes. All videos must be submitted no later than 5 pm MST on September 20th.


The Judge will be evaluating how you perform each requested skill, your freestyle skills, the overall performance of your horse, and your overall horsemanship skills.



Champion: $500 Scholarship and Bridle Bag

Reserve Champion: Bridle Bag

Remaining Top 5: Carry All Bag

In Hand Challenge Judging Criteria (entries will have 5 minutes to show off their skills):

  • Backing a Figure 8 - (15 pts)
  • Picking up all 4 Feet - (15 pts)
  • Loading in a Trailer - (15 pts)
  • Catching in a Large Area - (15 pts)
  • Freestyle - (10 pts)
  • Overall Skills of Horse - (10 pts)
  • Overall Skills of Handler’s Horsemanship Skills - (20 pts)

Video Specifications:

  • Camera position: please have the whole horse in the frame at all times
  • Position camera in landscape/sideways mode.
  • Time allowed: No more than 5 minutes
  • Only one video per horse/rider combination is allowed.
  • Coaching during the video is not allowed.
  • The judge’s decision is final.
  • Videos must be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, Google Drive or any video hosting site that allows for a PUBLICLY viewable link to be created. This is how the video will be submitted in your entry form.


When you click here it will ask you to sign into your youth AHA account.

(Please have video uploaded before completing entry form)


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If you're currently riding and competing with Arabian horses outside of the AHA-recognized show circuit, the Arabian Horse Association Frequent Rider Program is designed just for you. Whether you ride dressage or endurance, compete in local or open shows, or just enjoy getting out, saddling up and hitting the trail, this program is just for you!


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Ready-to-Use Lesson Series About Arabian Horses

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Youth Leaders:

Do you want help preparing fun, effective lessons for your youth group? Arabian Horse Association presents Leg Up: A Ready-to-Use Lesson Series about Arabian horses.

Each Leg Up lesson plan is a compact but comprehensive presentation suitable for youth. You can use every plan “as is,” or easily modify it to suit your group’s age and knowledge.

Every Leg Up lesson is free of charge and includes a comprehensive lecture outline, Arabian horse trivia, games, and visual aids. Start today by downloading a Leg Up lesson below. Leg Up is free to youth leaders, so spread the word!

We hope your youth group enjoys exploring the world’s most beautiful athlete- the Arabian horse!!!


Choose your next Leg Up Lesson

Breed History
Evolution of Popular Breeds
Conformation and Breed Characteristics
Points of Evaluation