The American Quarter Horse AssociationNovember 1, 2013
AQHA announces the 2012-13 AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program winners and this year’s recipients of American Quarter Horses.
The AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program is proud to announce its 2012-13 scholarship winners:
The Young Horse Development Program was created to give American Quarter Horse Youth Association members who want to participate in hands-on horse training, an opportunity that will teach them the fundamentals of horsemanship. The horses used in the program were bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders, which consist of working cattle ranches with a remuda of at least five AQHA-registered mares that produce ranch horses. The participating Ranching Heritage Breeders offered weanlings for the program participants to judge, select, purchase, raise and train. The ranchers also mentored these young horsemen, teaching them responsibility and goal-setting, which are important components of equine ownership.
AQHYA members applied to the program, and the selected participants spent the year competing for the scholarships and prizes. All participants were required to write monthly progress reports on their foal; compete in AQHA, 4-H, FFA or local shows with their yearlings; complete a project book documenting training, health care, nutrition and management practices; and schedule mentoring sessions with local AQHA Professional Horsemen to discuss tips on competing, health care, training and management of their yearling. The youth submitted their Ranching Heritage show achievement form, project book and Professional Horsemen check list, which were judged by the AQHA Ranching Council.
Recipients of 2013-14 Young Horse Development Program weanlings include:
Ranching Heritage Breeders participating in the 2013-14 Young Horse Development Program:
To learn more about the Young Horse Development Program, visit www.aqha.com/aqhya.
For more information on the Ranching Heritage program, including Ranching Heritage Breeders, visit www.aqha.com/ranching.
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