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

AQHYA Contests 

Enter an AQHYA contest today and you could be a winner! Remember, you must be an AQHYA member to be eligible to compete. The theme for the Youth World Show this year is Operation: Success. All contests have an entry deadline of Monday, July 1st. Forms must be received in the AQHA office by July 1st, not postmarked.

Entries will be online at AQHYA.com
Please include your name, address and AQHYA ID Number. Must be an AQHYA member.



All contests have an entry deadline of July 1st.  They will be held at the Youth World Show in Oklahoma City. Forms must be received in the AQHA office by July 1st not postmarked.  All participants must be members of AQHYA


Scrapbook Contest – Youth Office

Scrapbooks can be a Video or a Power Point. Scrapbooks will be judged according to the Judging Rubric and results will be posted after winners are chosen. Have flash drives turned into the Youth Office by Sunday August 3 at noon. Scrapbooks will be judged by media and placed 1st thru 3rd. A plaque will be awarded to 1st place with ribbons thru 3rd. No more than two entries per affiliate and a minimum of two people per team. **There is a $50 entry fee per team. Scrapbooks will be featured at the Parade of Teams Dinner and Dance.

Judging Contest – Performance Arena

Each affiliate is allowed to send six teams (two 4-H, two FFA and two AQHYA teams). These teams consist of three or four members, no individuals or teams of less than three members may judge. Interested coaches should contact their affiliate youth advisor or state horse extension specialist or state FFA advisor for qualifying rules. Youth will be able to participate in both the Judging Contest and World Championship Show if schedule permits. No adjustments will be made to working order of the show or judging contest. No exceptions. No high-point individual overall or any member of a high-point overall team from past AQHYA Judging Contests are eligible to judge in the contest in subsequent years.


There will be eight classes consisting of four horses in each class. There will be four halter classes and four performance classes. The halter classes will consist of geldings and mares. The performance classes will be selected from western pleasure, reining, hunter under saddle, hunter hack, trail, western riding, and western horsemanship and/or hunt seat equitation. Two sets of reasons shall be given on halter and two sets of reasons on performance classes. The contestants shall be notified at the appropriate time whether or not reasons will be required on the class being judged. Reasons will not be given in the hunt seat equitation and western horsemanship classes. Reasons shall be given before the judge or judges and for this purpose, private stations shall be provided. Notes may not be used when giving reasons.

There is a $25 entry fee per team member. The Horse Judging Contest will be held on Monday, August 4, 2014. Check in begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Performance Arena and the contest will begin at 8 a.m.


Awards Breakfast

Judging Contest Awards will be presented for the Judging Contest participants and coaches, Tuesday, August 5 at 8 a.m. in Carriage Hall.



Speech Contest – Sales Pavilion

Public Speaking – Topic: “The Equine Industry” Contestants deliver a five minute speech based on the topic. Visual aids are not permitted. There is an entry fee of $25 per contestant. The Public Speaking Contest will be held Tuesday, August 5 and will begin no earlier than 11 am.


Impromptu Speaking – Topic: AQHA will provide topics for the contest and they will vary from serious to humorous in nature. Contestants will be given five minutes to prepare and the maximum time limit allowed is five minutes with no minimum time limit. There is an entry fee of $25 per contestant. The Impromptu Speech Contest will begin immediately following the Public Speaking Contest on Tuesday, August 5.


Demonstration Speech Contest – Sales Pavilion

Teams consist of one or two members only. Each state can send up to two teams; the affiliate is responsible for the qualifying system and submitting the entries to AQHYA. One person may not be a member of two teams. There is an entry fee of $25 per contestant. The Demonstration Speech Contest will be held Tuesday, August 5.

Horse Bowl Contest – Sales Pavilion

One division made up of AQHYA, 4-H and FFA members of all ages. Each team consists of four members; three-member teams are permitted with certain restrictions. There is a $50 entry fee per team member. Only two teams may represent each affiliate. The Horse Bowl Contest will be held Wednesday, August 6 and will begin at 9 a.m.


Parade of Teams Dinner and Dance

The Parade of Teams will take on a new look this year. There will be a Parade of Teams and awards reception at Centennial Hall on August 5. This party is open to all youth, youth advisors, and parents who have purchased an armband, from 6 to 7:00pm and all others are welcome beginning at 7:00pm. We will have a dance after the awards. So pack your dancing shoes and join the fun. Each state or country will supply a center piece that will be raffled off.  We will serve some food and have a dance after the Parade of Teams and the Awards ceremony. All arenas will be closed for this event. Advisors will come to the front office to make reservations for their team by Sunday evening August 3, 2014.



Variety Show

Join us for the Variety Show during the exhibitions on August 7 and it’s sure to be a great show so come out and support those talented AQHYA members!  Contestants may be individuals or groups with no more than six per group. Performances must be limited to no longer than five minutes. All music and instruments must be provided by participants, CDs or flash drives only, please. Only the first 20 entries will be taken. There is a $25 entry fee per act. There will be a mandatory meeting for all participants on Sunday, August 3 at 6pm. All performances will be during the exhibitions.


Freestyle Exhibitions

Join us for the Freestyle Exhibitions in Horsemanship, Showmanship, Reining or Equitation.

3 exhibitors from each discipline will be drawn to compete. They will participate in a freestyle judged exhibition; alternates will be taken if any exhibitor should drop out. Exhibitors will perform to music and in costume for a maximum of 2 minutes performing specified maneuvers in any sequence. This event will take place in the Norick Arena on Thursday, August 7 immediately following the Ranch Sorting.


Stewards will be asked to participate as judges.

Entries are due by July 1, 2013 no exceptions. There is a $5 fee to participate in the drawing and, if drawn a $70 entry fee will be required to be paid by July 15th or the next exhibitor will be asked to participate. Drawing will be held on July 5th and all participants will be notified by July 10.


Pin exchange/ Fashion Show

Join us for the second annual Pin exchange. This event will be held in the Sales pavilion during the College Fair. This year the event will take place on Monday, August 4 at 7pm. Each state will be bringing a unique pin which can be traded and collected by the youth and adults.


Along with this 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. There will be a ton of prizes and fun. Each participant will bring a basket to be silent auctioned. The basket will start at the stalls for bidding during the week and then the bids will close at the fashion show. All proceeds will go to the Cancer Week.


Sunday Service

Join us for a nondenominational service in the Sales Pavilion at 9:00am, on Sunday, August 3. Danielle and Casey Bookout will be doing the service.


Win Win Cancer Week

Stay tuned for more details!


Cancer awareness Day will be Wednesday, August 6. Be proud and wear a cancer color to support those patients and survivors that need our support.


Youth would like to have a Corn Whole tournament with an entry fee and a Calcutta to raise money for cancer.


Youth officers and directors will invite a youth who is dealing with cancer to the fashion show. The directors and officers would like the youth to be included in the special activities including being a model, taking a ride on a horse and accepting the check for the money raised.


College Fair

After a Super Success last year! We invite your college to take part in the 2014 AQHYA College Fair. This is your chance to recruit and inform these top competitors of the excellent programs and opportunities that you offer. This event will take place in Monday, August 4 and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Barn 3.


On Monday, August 4, join us and you will meet potential students and experienced competitors. There will be exhibitors from the horse show and the horse judging and other contest such as speech and horse bowl. AQHYA will also be hosting a Progressive dinner/ PIN exchange/ fashion Show on Monday evening so bring your school pins and shares them with youth from around the world.