The American Quarter Horse JournalJuly 27, 2012
Young Horse Development Project applicants must be AQHYA members, and applications to receive a foal for this year’s selection are due September 14, 2012. (Photo by Kellie Carr)
The American Quarter Horse Association recognizes the importance of engaging youth within the equine industry, and the Association values the responsibility and education that a young horseman gains through raising a horse. Those realizations were the fuel behind creating the AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Project, a program conceived by the AQHA Ranching Council and the American Quarter Horse Youth Association.
The Young Horse Development Project offers AQHYA members the chance to earn scholarships, plus further their education of horse training, care and health. For the project, accepted AQHYA members purchase a nominated weanling from an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder. From the weanling to yearling years, the AQHYA members work with and train their foals, then exhibit the foals at an AQHA show. Ultimately, the project participants have the chance to win back their investment in their foals through scholarships.
Youth applicants must be AQHYA members, and applications to receive a foal for this year’s selection are due August 24th, 2012.
The weanlings enrolled in this program, which will be purchased by the project participants, are all bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders. To be eligible for Ranching Heritage Breeder status, ranches must be members of AQHA and their ranch remudas must consist of Quarter Horses, which must be used primarily to work ranch cattle. The ranch must own at least five Quarter Horse mares that are used to produce the remuda, and the ranch must have received at least an AQHA 10-year breeder award.
Interested youth applicants must complete enrollment and waiver forms and submit those to AQHA by no later than September 14. In the case where project applicants outnumber the enrolled foals, a lottery-style drawing will be used for the selection process. The advisory committee made up of AQHA Youth Activity members and AQHA Ranching Heritage Council members will notify applicants of their eligibility.
Once participants have been selected, the AQHYA members will be sent a list of participating ranchers. Members will have from September 1 to October 15 to visit, select and purchase a foal.
The AQHYA member is responsible for foal pickup from the rancher. At the time of pickup, the member must: (1) provide the rancher with a check for half the balance of the foal, less the deposit and (2) a separate check, made out to the AQHA Ranching Heritage Youth Horsemanship Project, for half the price of the foal. The rancher will forward the project check to AQHA for deposit. The established cost per foal is $700.
“The benefits of the Young Horse Development Project are endless,” said Jim Bret Campbell, AQHA senior director of marketing and publications. “This program showcases the colts being bred by our Ranching Heritage Breeders, and it offers AQHYA members the chance to network with and learn from those breeders.
“When the youth participants apply for academic scholarships, college and jobs, they will have a wide range of skills and abilities they’ve gained through this project they can hang their hats on,” Campbell added.
In 2011, 11 AQHYA members were selected to participate in the inaugural year of the Young Horse Development Project. Over the last year, those youth horsemen were required to:
The 2011 project participants are vying for $5,000 in scholarships and prizes.
The deadline to apply this year to participate in the Young Horse Development Project is September 14. The project application and waiver form are available for download.
To learn more about the Young Horse Development Project, visit www.aqha.com/aqhya.
About AQHA Ranching Heritage
Highlighting the efforts of American Quarter Horse ranching breeders and their heritage to AQHA is the reasoning behind the AQHA Ranching Council and its three initiatives.
The AQHA Ranching Council's three initiatives are:
To learn more about the AQHA Ranching Council and its initiatives, visit www.aqha.com/ranching.
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