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.

2023 OQHYA Guidebook

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


2023 OQHA Youth Timeline 




January   No Youth Meeting
January  20 Youth World Cup Application Due
January 24 Voting for OQHYA Board Deadline
February 4 OQHA Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
February 15 Declaration for AQHYA World Show
February 15 Start of Qualification for AQHYA World Show and NYATT
February 15 OQHA Scholarship Application Due
February 24-26 SOQHA The Challenge - Springfield, OH
February 24-27 AQHA Convention - Fort Worth, TX
March 1 AQHYA Affiliate Information Form Deadline
March 13 OQHA Scholarship Interviews
March 20 OQHYA Meeting at 7pm - OQHA Office
March 24-26 OMIQHA Warm Up Show - Springfield, OH
March  26 Committee Applications Due
April 7-9 EOQHA Spring It On Show 1 - Springfield, OH
April 17 OQHYA Meeting at 7pm - OQHA Office
April 21-23 EOQHA Spring It On Show 2 - Springfield, OH
April 30 AQHYA National 2023 World Show Qualifying Period Ends
May   AQHYA Hardship Application Due
May 5-7 SOQHA Pre-Madness - Wilmington, OH
May 9-14 SOQHA The Madness - Wilmington, OH
May  15 Wrangler ASPIRE Award Application Due
May 15 Registration due for Youth Excellence Seminar
May 15 Application, Resume, Essay, Candidate's Platform, Letters of Recommendation, and Photograph of Candidate for AQHYA Officer and Director Due
May 15 OQHYA Meeting at 7pm - OQHA Office
May 25-28 Buckeye Reining Spectacular - Springfield, OH
May 26-28 NOQHA Spring Extravaganza - Findlay, OH
May 29 NOQHA Level 1 Extravaganza - Findlay, OH
May 31 In-State AQHYA World Show Qualifying Period Ends
June   The Power of YOUth: Leadership Development
June   AQHYA Officer and Director Candidate Speeches and Workbook Deadline
June   AQHYA World Show Contests Forms Deadline (Receipt not Postmarked)
June 3-4 Fulton County Saddle Club - Wauseon, OH
June 9-11 OMIQHA Summer Sunsation - Springfield, OH
June 14-18 NOQHA Summer Six Pack - Findlay, OH
June 19 OQHA Annual Picnic at 5:30pm
June 29 AQHYA World Show Entry Deadline to AQHA
June-July 29-1 2023 Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar
July   The Power of YOUth: AQHYA Programs
July   No Youth Meeting
July  1 Wrangler Youth Leader of the Year Nomination Deadline
July 6-9 The Little Buckeye - Columbiana, OH
July 14-18 BWHA Classic - Findlay, OH
July-August 28-8 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship
July 31 Last Day for Qualifying Points for 2023 AAQHC NYATT
August   NYATT Team Entries Deadline
August  21 OQHYA Meeting at 7pm - OQHA Office
August 26-27 NOQHA Fall Extravaganza - Columbiana, OH
September 8-10 EOQHA Fall Classic - Columbus, OH
September 18 OQHYA Meeting at 7pm - OQHA Office
September 18 Nominations for 2024 OQHYA Officers and Directors
October   No Youth Meeting
October   2024 OQHYA Officer and Director Candidates Biography Deadline
October   50/50 Raffle Selling at Congress PBR
October   50/50 Raffle Selling at Congress Freestyle Reining
November  20 OQHYA Meeting at 7pm - OQHA Office
December    No Youth Meeting
December   AQHLead Application Deadline