As an AQHYA member, you can show in youth classes.

No Trouble Mac and Sidney DunhamThe American Quarter Horse Youth Association is open to American Quarter Horse enthusiasts 18 years of age or younger as of January 1 of the current year.

AQHYA shows normally are scheduled in conjunction with AQHA-approved shows. And virtually all types of classes are offered to youth exhibitors.

How It Works

Within the youth  division are levels: Rookie, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3.

To learn more about these levels, determine your specific level and find out how the levels group riders with similar skill and experience levels for competition, visit www.aqha.com/leveling.


Youth must exhibit a horse in their ownership or in the ownership of someone directly related to them, such as:

  • Child
  • Stepchild
  • Parent
  • Stepparent
  • Sibling
  • Half-Sibling
  • Step Sibling
  • Sibling's Child
  • Sibling's Spouse
  • Half-Sibling's Spouse
  • Grandparents
  • Legal Ward
  • Legal Guardian

Separate legal entities, such as family corporations, trusts or partnerships are also authorized owners of the youth exhibitor's horse so long as all legal and equitable owners and beneficiaries of the legal entity are individuals specifically authorized by this rule.

The relationship of the youth to the owner of the participating horse must be evidenced by submitting legal documentation (i.e., copies of marriage and/or birth certificates) to the AQHA Show Department.  Every person competing in a youth class at any AQHA-approved show must hold a youth membership and be 18 years of age or younger on or before January 1 of the current year.