Youth Dates & Deadlines

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The Ohio Quarter Horse Youth Association is a division of OQHA just for members 18 years old and under. OQHYA members can participate in shows and compete for a spot on Ohio’s AQHYA World Championship Show Team and Congress National Youth Activity Team Tournament team, as well as earn points toward year-end awards. OQHYA offers Judging, Hippology, Horse Bowl, and Speech teams for Youth members that look to broaden their skills and knowledge. Youth members are even eligible to receive scholarships!

The OQHYA encourages its members to be active both in the show pen and outside of it through numerous fundraisers and volunteer efforts held each year. Ohio youth are encouraged to try out for the World Show Team and Congress NYATT team, as well as get involved by attending meetings and running for office.

For more information about the Ohio Quarter Horse Youth Association contact:

6325 Quarter Horse Drive
Columbus, OH 43229

OQHA Scholarships

The Ohio Quarter Horse Foundation provides opportunities for deserving OQHA or OQHYA members who wish to further their education in a college, university, or other institute of higher learning. For more information, click here


2021 OQHA Youth Timeline 




May 15 AQHYA World Championship Show Hardship Application Deadline
May 7-9 SOQHA Pre Madness - Wilmington, OH
May  11-16 The Madness – Wilmington, OH
May 15 Application, Resume, Essay, Candidates Platform, Letters of Recommendation and Photograph of Candidate for AQHYA Officer and Director Due
May 18

Youth Virtual Meeting at 7 PM 

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Meeting ID: 516 867 7216
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May  20-23 Buckeye Reining Series - Springfield, OH
May 23 Mountain Trail Challenge - Creek Side Horse Park
May  28-30 NOQHA Spring Extravaganza – Findlay, OH
May  31 NOQHA All Level 1 Show – Findlay, OH
May 30-31 Fulton County Saddle Club – Wauseon, OH 
May 31 In-State AQHYA World Show Qualifying Period Ends
June 1 AQHYA Officer and Director Candidate Speeches and Workbook Deadline
June   Announce World Show Team
June  11-13 OMI Summer Sunsation - Springfield, OH
June 15 AQHYA World Show Contest Forms Deadline (receipt not postmarked)
June 15 OQHA Annual Picnic at 5:30PM; OQHA Office; 6325 Quarter Horse Drive, Columbus, Ohio
June 17-20 OQHA Trail Ride & Mountain Trail Challenge - Waynesburg, OH
June  18-21 NOQHA – Findlay, OH
June 21 At Annual Picnic World Show Entry Processing; Starts at 4 PM
June 29 AQHYA World Show Entry Deadline to AQHA
June 12-14 2021 Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar
July   No Youth Meeting
July 1 Wrangler Youth Leader of the Year Nomination Deadline
July  10-12 Little Buckeye – Springfield, OH
July  17-19 BWHA Classic – Findlay, OH
July 30-8 AQHYA World Championship Show, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
July 31 In-State AQHYA Congress NYATT Qualifying Period Ends
August   The Power of YOUth:  Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show
August 2 OQHA Trail Ride 
August 7 Announce NYATT Team
August 15 Application for the 2020 Young Horse Development Project Deadline
August  22-23 SOQHA Fall Finale - Wilmington, OH
August 25 NYATT Team Entries Deadline
August  29-30 NOQHA – TBD
September   The Power of YOUth:  Community Service 
September 3-6 Buckeye Reining Series – Springfield, OH
September 5-6 EOQHA – Columbus, OH
September 21 Youth Meeting at 7 PM; OQHA Office; 6325 Quarter Horse Drive, Columbus, Ohio
September 21 Nominations for 2020 OQHYA Officers and Directors
October   The Power of YOUth:  Career Development
October 21 2021 OQHYA Officer and Director Candidates Biographies Deadline
October   No Youth Meeting
October   50/50 Raffle Selling at Congress Free Style Reining; Date and Time TBA
October   50/50 Raffle Selling at Congress PBR; Date and Time TBA
November   The Power of YOUth:  Scholarships
November   No Youth Meeting
December    The Power of YOUth:  Family
December  1 AQHYA Scholarships Deadline
December    No Youth Meeting
December  31 AQHLead Application Deadline