Youth in Action

Opportunities abound for horse-interested kids and the AQHYA blog, Youth in Action, chronicles those ventures.

Claire and Laura Streeter
Sisters Claire and Lauren Streeter of Cheyenne, Wyoming, met nearly every 2013 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show attendee thanks to the state-pin exchange.

Leadership skills, everlasting friendships, the chance to become a better horseman and scholarship opportunities are just a handful of the immeasurable benefits to being an involved AQHYA member

To celebrate the countless prospects AQHYA has to offer, the Youth in Action blog catalogs the tribulations of life as an AQHYA member. By youth and for youth, Youth in Action is published on a weekly basis. 

If you're an AQHYA member and you would like to become a Youth in Action blogger, contact Manager of AQHYA Robin Alden at ralden@aqha.org.


  • October 14, 2014 – Read the very first Youth in Action blog and find out a little bit more about the countless possibilities for young horsemen through AQHYA, from ranching to showing to racing and leadership. 
  • October 21, 2013 – A trip to the emergency room during the Ford Youth World taught AQHYA Secretary Lizzy Koons that while trophies collect dust and tarnish, friendships do not.
  • October 28, 2013 – AQHYA members trade the show ring for the racetrack for a day and get a taste of life on the backstretch.
  • November 11, 2013 – The chance to assist with special events at the Ford Youth World made Summer 2013 a chart-topper for this AQHYA director.
  • November 18, 2013 – The AQHYA National Youth Racing Experience was much more than a scholarship opportunity for winner Annise Montplaisir.
  • November 25, 2013 – AQHYA member Calli Kaufman, 13, gets the opportunity of a lifetime to select a foal from Longhorn Cattle Co. and participate in the AQHA Young Horse Development Program.
  • December 2, 2013 – Young horsemen take their American Quarter Horses for a spin in a sport that the breed excels in: polo.
  • December 9, 2013 – Mary Claire Cornett’s highlights from the 2013 AQHYA National Youth Racing Experience include the chance to meet AQHA Supreme Race Horse Ochoa.
  • December 16, 2013 – With the hopes of becoming a better horseman and earning a scholarship, AQHYA member Miranda Raithel, 13, is raising her first young horse. 
  • January 6, 2014 – Maria Burdette dishes on how the Junior Master Horseman program prepared her for horse ownership, plus barn and business management.
  • January 14, 2014 – Looking to make an impact on the state 4-H level, AQHYA Director Ashley Anderson shares how she planned a free Ride the Pattern clinic in Nebraska.
  • January 21, 2014 – AQHYA President Austin Halvorson, plus eight more officers and directors weigh in on why they are #AQHAProud.
  • January 27, 2014 – Need a reason to join AQHYA? Look no further than these eight programs that make your $15 membership pay off in spades.
  • February 3, 2014 – AQHYA Director Mary Huddleston shows fellow director Lindsay Brush the challenges involved with growing up on a dairy farm and cattle ranch.
  • February 11, 2014 – The AQHYA secretary and president travel to West Virginia for the National High School Rodeo Association mid-winter meeting.
  • February 18, 2014 – AQHYA member Jessica Spracklin and her American Quarter Horse are making strides in dressage.
  • March 3, 2014 – Walk-trot exhibitor Lily Richardson of Washington is learning life lessons through showing and riding horses.
  • March 10, 2014 – AQHYA President Austin Halvorson talks about participating in the 2014 AQHA Convention.
  • March 25, 2014 – This AQHYA member from Virginia explains why Heroes for Horses is an amazing way to give back to the horse we love.
  • October 21, 2014 - Youth in Action meets AQHYA Region 5 Director Maura Hynes