The AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program was created to give American Quarter Horse Youth Association members, including Canadian members, who want to participate in hands-on horse training an opportunity that will teach them the fundamentals of horsemanship. The horses used in the program are bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders, which consist of working cattle ranches with a remuda of at least five AQHA-registered mares that produce ranch horses. The participating Ranching Heritage Breeders offer weanlings for the program participants to judge, select, purchase, raise and train. The ranchers also mentor young horsemen, teaching them responsibility and goal-setting, which are important components of equine ownership.This program showcases the stock being bred and raised by AQHA Ranching Heritage members, (such as photo at right of Wagonhound Ranch, Douglas, WY). Additionally, it provides an opportunity for youth to become engaged in the horse industry at a fundamental level that will be fun and educational.
To give older AQHYA members who want to participate in a hands-on horse training opportunity that will teach the fundamentals of horsemanship. The youth will have the chance to showcase their skills and knowledge acquired at designated events where they can earn scholarships and prizes.
AQHYA members have the chance to receive a free weanling from several generous AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders. To be eligible to receive a free foal, youth applicants must submit their applications to receive a foal by late Summer 2015.
The second way youth can participate in the Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program is to purchase a Ranching Heritage Challenge-nominated foal from a Ranching Heritage Breeder before early Fall 2015.
Read about program participant thirteen-year-old Miranda Raithel of Falls City, Nebraska, who received her colt, “Carl,” from AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder Open Box Rafter Ranch of Faith, South Dakota.
Learn more about this Young Horse Development Program