Reach Out and Amplify at YES

Posted: April 10th, 2018

Reach Out with youth members from around the world to amplify AQHYA at the 2018 Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar, slated for June 28-30 in College Station, Texas.

Youth interested in attending the 2018 Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar, scheduled for June 28-30 in College Station, Texas, can now download the registration form.

"I have attended the Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar for many years as a youth adviser and parent,” said Kathleen Ralls, AQHYA mother and past Virginia Quarter Horse Youth Association Adviser. “YES has been the highlight of our children’s AQHYA careers.”

YES welcomes American Quarter Horse Youth Association members and non-members, ages 10 to 18, to experience a three-day, fun-packed event that offers valuable leadership skills, inspiring speakers and tons of fun.

“I really like that YES attendees learn so much about leadership,” said Ralls. “This seminar also gives the adults an opportunity to share ideas, plan events and gain knowledge about programs and scholarships. As a parent, I have watched my own children, as well as others, gain confidence and make lifelong friends.”

This year, YES will be held concurrent with the 2018 Youth World Cup held in College Station.The American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup is an educational, leadership and competition-based event for AQHA youth members from around the world. This international event held every two years is hosted by different countries. The 2016 Youth World Cup was held in Tamworth, New South Wales, and in 2018, it returns to the United States.

Check out the tentative schedule of the 2018 Youth World Cup.

Hosted by the 2017-18 AQHYA officers and directors, YES offers a wide variety of activities and features speakers focused on the youth of our industry. If you’ve never attended YES, it’s an amazing opportunity to meet new people, have fun learning about leadership and learn more about AQHA, AQHYA and the American Quarter Horse industry.

Voting delegates representing the affiliates will elect the 2018-19 AQHYA officers and directors during YES. Members from AQHYA’s 11 regions will also elect up to three directors to represent their respective regions during the conference.

Registration is $110 for current AQHYA and AQHA members if registered by May 15, and $125 for all other youth if registered by May 15. Registrations received after May 15 will be charged a $25 late fee and are subject to availability. All registration fees include meals. 

Also, don’t forget to apply for the Wrangler ASPIRE Award, which is a $1,000 award provided by Wrangler for an AQHYA member who excels in leadership and service. The award assists in developing and improving scholarship, leadership, community interest and participation of young horsemen and -women. The award is presented at YES and the deadline to apply is May 1, 2018. Download the application at

For more information on the 2018 Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar, visit  

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