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


2024 OQHA Youth Timeline 




January   No Youth Meeting
January 24 Voting for OQHYA Board Deadline
February 3 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 23-25 SOQHA The Challenge - Springfield, OH
March   OQHA Scholarship Interviews
March 1 AQHYA Affiliate Information Form Deadline
March  15-18 AQHA Convention, Las Vegas, NV
March 22-24 OMIQHA Warm Up Show - Springfield, OH
March 25 OQHYA Meeting at 7pm - OQHA Office
March  25 Committee Applications Due
April 12-14 EOQHA Spring It On Show - Springfield, OH
April 15 OQHYA Meeting at 7pm - OQHA Office
April 30 AQHYA National 2024 World Show Qualifying Period Ends
May   AQHYA Hardship Application Due
May 1 AQHYA National 2025 World Show Qualifying Period Begins
May 2-5 SOQHA Pre-Madness - Wilmington, OH
May 7-12 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 18-19 OSBA Buckskin Memorial Classic - Eaton, OH
May 19 Mt Trail Challenge - Waynesburg, OH
May 20 OQHYA Meeting at 7pm - OQHA Office
May 24-26 NOQHA Spring Extravaganza - Findlay, OH
May 27 NOQHA Level 1 Show - Findlay, OH
May 31 In-State AQHYA World Show Qualifying Period Ends
May-June 29-2 Buckeye Reining Spectacular - Springfield, OH
June 1 AQHYA Officer and Director Candidate Speeches and Workbook Deadline
June 1-2 Fulton County Saddle Club - Wauseon, OH
June 7-9 OMIQHA Summer Sunsation - Columbiana, OH
June 12-16 NOQHA Summer Six Pack - Findlay, OH
June 12-16 Mt Trail Challenge and OQHA Annual Trail Ride - Waynesburg, OH
June 17 OQHA Annual Picnic
June 29 AQHYA World Show Entry Deadline to AQHA
July   The Power of YOUth: AQHYA Programs
July   No Youth Meeting
July  1 Wrangler Youth Leader of the Year Nomination Deadline
July 6-7 OSBA Red, White, and Buckskin Show - Springfield, OH
July  9-11 Youth Excellence Seminar (YES Conference) - Amarillo, TX
July 11-14 The Little Buckeye - Columbiana, OH
July 19-21 BWHA Classic - Findlay, OH
July 31 Last Day for Qualifying Points for 2024 AAQHC NYATT
July-August 31-11 AQHYA World Championship Show - Oklahoma City, OK
August   NYATT Team Entries Deadline
August 3-4 Mt Trail Challenge - Waynesburg, OH
August  19 OQHYA Meeting at 7pm - OQHA Office
August 23-26 NOQHA Fall Extravaganza - Columbiana, OH
August 25 Entry Deadline for the 2024 All American Quarter Horse Congress
September 13-15 EOQHA Fall Classic - Columbus, OH
September 16 OQHYA Meeting at 7pm - OQHA Office
September 16 Nominations for 2025 OQHYA Officers and Directors
Sept-Oct 29-27 All American Quarter Horse Congress - Columbus, OH
October   No Youth Meeting
October TBA 50/50 Raffle Selling at Congress PBR
October TBA  50/50 Raffle Selling at Congress Freestyle Reining
October 31 2025 OQHYA Officer and Director Candidates Biography Deadline
November  25 OQHYA Meeting at 7pm - OQHA Office
December    No Youth Meeting
December  31 AQHLead Application Deadline