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 AQHA Internet Editor Tara Matsler at tmatsler@aqha.org.


  • October 21, 2014 – This AQHYA Region 5 Director takes a moment to introduce herself.
  • June 9, 2014 – AQHYA member Annise Montplaisir went to the races when selected to compete in the AQHYA National Racing Experience.
  • May 12, 2014 – AQHYA member Mikaela Goodwin experienced first-hand the benefits of the Junior Master Horseman program.
  • April 28, 2014 – AQHYA Secretary Lizzy Koons transformed from an AQHYA conference attendee to the director responsible for bringing the youth horse community together.
  • March 25, 2014 – AQHYA member Austin Ralls of Virginia explains why Heroes for Horses is an amazing way to give back to the horse we love.
  • March 10, 2014 – AQHYA President Austin Halvorson talks about participating in the 2014 AQHA Convention.
  • March 3, 2014 – Walk-trot exhibitor Lily Richardson of Washington is learning life lessons through showing and riding horses.
  • February 18, 2014 – AQHYA member Jessica Spracklin and her American Quarter Horse are making strides in dressage.
  • February 10, 2014 – The AQHYA secretary and president travel to West Virginia for the National High School Rodeo Association mid-winter meeting.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • January 21, 2014 – AQHYA President Austin Halvorson, plus eight more officers and directors weigh in on why they are #AQHAProud.
  • 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 6, 2014 – Maria Burdette dishes on how the Junior Master Horseman program prepared her for horse ownership, plus barn and business management.

Access the archived Youth in Action blogs from 2013.