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AQHYA World Show Contests

Youth have the opportunity to compete in a variety of contests at the AQHYA World Championship Show.

Freestyle horsemanshipEnter an AQHYA contest today and you could be a winner! Remember, you must be an AQHYA member to be eligible to compete.

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2015 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show Contest Information

  • All contests have an entry deadline of Monday, June 1, 2015. Forms must be received in the AQHA office by June 1, not postmarked.
  • AQHYA contests will be held at the Ford Youth World in Oklahoma City.
  • Check registration forms and contest information sheets for registration fees, contest rules, and contest criteria.

Judging Contest

Join AQHYA, 4-H, and FFA judging teams from around the nation at the AQHYA World Championship Show Judging Contest. Interested coaches should contact their AQHYA Affiliate youth advisor, state horse extension specialist or state FFA advisor for qualifying rules.

The judging contest consists of eight classes with four horses in each class. Four classes are halter classes, composed of geldings and mares, and four performance classes selected from the following: western pleasure, reining, hunter under saddle, hunter hack, trail, western riding, and western horsemanship and/or hunt seat equitation. Reasons will follow class judging and will be given on two halter and two performance classes.

Horse Bowl Contest

The AQHYA World Championship Show Horse Bowl will challenge your knowledge of all thing horse. The Horse Bowl is one division consisting of AQHYA, 4-H and FFA teams of all ages. Interested teams should contact their AQHYA Affiliate youth advisor, state horse extension specialist or state FFA advisor for qualifying rules.

Speech Contests

Prepared Speech – The prepared speech contest gives contestants a chance to showcase their knowledge of horses and the horse industry while delivering a five minute speech based on the AQHYA World Championship Show theme for the current year.

Impromptu Speech – The impromptu speech contest is designed to challenge contestants' knowledge of horses and the horse industry while making them think on their feet. Contestants draw a topic five minutes prior to speaking and are expected to deliver a cohesive speech five minutes in length.

Demonstration Speech Contest – Don't just tell the audience about horses, show them! This contest is is designed for one or two speakers to deliver a six- to eight-minute speech over the equine topic of their choice.

Scrapbook Contest

AQHYA Affiliates are invited to spotlight their youths' activities over the previous year by entering a scrapbook in the contest. Scrapbooks may be submitted in a traditional book format or by video or PowerPoint. The winning scrapbooks will be presented at the annual Parade of Teams. 

Variety Show

The AQHYA World Championship Show Variety Show engages contestants beyond the show ring. Groups of up to six youth can bring their talent of choice to perform before the crowd gathered during the Freestyle Exhibitions.

Freestyle Exhibitions

In for a little creativity, fun and relaxation? Consider the freestyle exhibitions in horsemanship, showmanship, reining or equitation.A super-hero freestyle showmanship routine Three exhibitors from each discipline will be drawn to compete in a freestyle judged exhibition.

Pin Exchange/ Fashion Show

The Fashion Show and Pin Exchange is held in conjunction with the College Fair at the AQHYA World Championship Show. The Pin Exchange affords each state the chance to share, trade and collect unique pins with other exhibitors.

Along with snacks and fun, the youth will be hosting a fashion show featuring the decorated Wrangler jeans and Justin boots. Two youth from each participating state will be chosen to model the decorated items.

College Fair

The AQHYA College Fair provides colleges and universities from around the country the chance to recruit and inform top youth competitors about the excellent programs and opportunities.