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Working Ranch - March 2016

THE AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE JOURNAL Young Horse Development Program participants at the Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar. MARCH 2016 | WORKING RANCH | 33 growth comes in the expanding emphasis on youth development. Lower membership fees give young horse owners the same status as adult members; they can transfer papers, purchase horses and breed. For those who aspire to own a horse but don’t yet have one, the heartwarming Young Horse Development Program matches a list of kids and ranches together. The youngster comes out and picks a horse out of the current batch of weanlings to work with for an entire year. After twelve months, they’re encouraged to keep the animal; it’s theirs for free. Parents are required to make sure the responsibility is fulfilled. Further support of this generous opportunity comes via tapes on training, plus professional guidance where available. For even younger children, 5 to 9 years old, AQHA offers “Take Me Riding”, created to earn badges and track calendar events. There’s even a Junior Master Horseman self-paced workbook where young riders master horse anatomy and more, with a certificate of recognition for completion. The AQHA Foundation also awards youth scholarships to select recipients, a goal worth striving toward. AQHA headquarters in Amarillo not only maintains records and archives, but also a library, a museum store, a demo arena, and a Hall of Fame that draws some 30,000 visitors per year. AQHA members receive the stunning American Quarter Horse Journal monthly, and a smaller publication, America’s Horse, full of informative news and notes. Now in its 75th year of operation, clearly the AQHA is here for you.


Working Ranch - March 2016
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