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Allow non-horse owners to get involved

I believe that non-horse owners should be able to get involved and participate in AQHA. Although I don't have a horse of my own, I go and watch almost any AQHA event in my area and the congress each year. As soon as I get a horse, I plan on joining AQHA and showing in the HUS, eq, and showmanship. I think youth who aren't as lucky to own and show this amazing breed, should have the opportunity to still get involved in ...more »

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Engage Youth

Could AQHA offer educational events for youth online. Some could be live webcasts or Google Hangouts and others could be short videos. Topics could range from leadership development, Showing, Caring for Your Quarter Horse, Riding in College, etc. It could also offer a mentorship program to help get other youth involved in AQHA. A survey of AQHA members would certainly be an easy first step in building a list of presenters ...more »

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Attract more Youth

I think it may be possible to attract more youth to show AQHA if the requirement to own or lease a horse were removed for Rookie and Novice youth. Parents may be reluctant to pay for the large expense of a horse in addition to lessons, show expenses for a child who may only want to participate for a short period. If these new to showing youth could ride a trainer's school horse and have some successs it may prolong ...more »

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Youth Incentive Fund

I was reading the FAQ's page for the incentive fund and the answer to the reason behind not having a youth division is absorb in my mind. The incentive fund should be allowed into youth because that can ultimately help pay off the parents debts that they gained over the show year. Or, it could even be given as a scholarship fund account once the exhibitor age's out. Just because we are kids, doesn't mean we can't handle ...more »

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Membership Increase for AQHYA

Why don't we try to see if we can get celebrities to endorse AQHYA in a special campaign to make youth everywhere more aware of AQHA and AQHYA and increase in popularity and membership? We can see what celebrities are popular among the youth and see if we can get them in particular to endorse.

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Youth Social Media Coordinator

I think that AQHA needs a youth social media coordinator. This person would try to encourage more youth the join AQHA and become more involved. They would help manage the AQHA youth Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter pages. As a participant in the 2013 AQHA Young Horse Development Program, I was able to reach out to other youth about the program by creating a Facebook page, "Megan D'Andrea and Willow 2013 AQHA ...more »

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Preserve the American Quarter Horse Breeding Objective

I strongly feel that the stallions to be eligible for breeding and foals to be registered should under go an evaluation to be accepted as breeding stock. The American Quarter Horse is in dyer need to under go change. A chance to perfect it's stock and preserve the quarter horse. An effort to stop poor breeding choices and discourage and educate the members is being made. This needs to continue. Horses need to be registered, ...more »

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AQHA Training Show

Most will agree that we need to find a way to expand the number of people and horses showing at AQHA shows in order to improve the equine market. Currently less than 2% of AQHA members are participating in the current show system because only the very best horses and riders can achieve success and feel competitive. The following suggestion would bridge the gap for riders and horses. There is a place for every horse ...more »

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Competitive Judging and Actual Judging

I coach youth competitive judging and have had successful teams at local and national contests. I find that there is inconsistency between what I teach my students in order to be successful in competitive judging and what we hear from real world judges. For instance, a seminar was provided the day before the Congress judging contest last year and the speaker even asked, "Do you want me to do this from the judging contest ...more »

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Youth Judging Teams

AQHA needs to approve and set rules for youth judging teams that are not part of FFA or the 4H. I say this because we know children who do not have either available to them. They are interested in starting in youth judging teams. They have the backing of a local horse club. AQHA has been called several times and asked about this without any results. I feel that it should be looked into and something made available ...more »

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Helmets for Youth

I already know that this one is going to be a powder-keg of negativity and disagreement on this issue, but it needs to be said and added here. Helmets. I really don't need to go into gory, scientific statistics, studies and reports on how they can save your life, your head etc. I don't need to site the number of deaths that occur in riding and horse-related accidents where people were not wearing helmets. I don't need ...more »

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Quarter Horse Altnernative Competition Program

I would LOVE to see a program that allows Quarter Horses to earn credits from open shows like that offered by APHA called the Paint Alternative Competition Program. Not everyone can afford to attend Quarter Horse shows and quite frankly, not every Quarter Horse can win at them. This type of program rewards those horses and riders/exhibitors to be recognized for their hard work, dedication and achievement on a different ...more »

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