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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 OQHA Scholarship Committee was established to provide 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

Important Youth Deadlines

2019 OQHA Youth Timeline 




April   Rise to the Challenge:  What Do You Love About YES?
April  4-7 Buckeye Reining Series – Springfield, OH
April  6-7 EOQHA – Columbus, OH
April  13-14 OMIQHA – Sunbury, OH
April  15 Youth Meeting at 7 PM; OQHA Office; 6325 Quarter Horse Drive, Columbus, Ohio
April  27-28 EOQHA – Springfield, OH
April  30 AQHYA National 2019 World Show Qualifying Period Ends
May   Rise to the Challenge:  Stepping Up as a Leader - Interview a Mentor!
May 1 $1,000 Wrangler ASPIRE Scholarship Application Deadline
May 1 AQHYA World Championship Show Hardship Application Deadline
May  10-19 The Madness – Wilmington, OH
May 15 Youth Excellence Seminar (YES) Registration Deadline
May 15 Application, Resume, Essay, Candidates Platform, Letters of Recommendation and Photograph of Candidate for AQHYA Officer and Director Due
May 20 Youth Meeting at 7 PM; OQHA Office; 6325 Quarter Horse Drive, Columbus, Ohio
May  23-26 Buckeye Reining Series – Springfield, OH
May  24-26 NOQHA – Findlay, OH
May  27 NOQHA All Level 1 Show – Findlay, OH
May 31 In-State AQHYA World Show Qualifying Period Ends
June   Rise to the Challenge:  AQHA Showing – Try a New Discipline!
June 1 AQHYA Officer and Director Candidate Speeches and Workbook Deadline
June  1-2 Fulton County Saddle Club – Wauseon, OH 
June 7 Announce World Show Team
June 13-15 OQHA Trail Ride & Mountain Trail Challenge - Waynesburg, OH
June 15 AQHYA World Show Contest Forms Deadline (receipt not postmarked)
June 17 OQHA Annual Picnic
June 17 At Annual Picnic World Show Entry Processing
June  20-23 NOQHA – Findlay, OH
June 29 AQHYA World Show Entry Deadline to AQHA
June  29-30 OMIQHA – Sunbury, OH
July   Rise to the Challenge:  Get Outdoors – Take a Friend Riding!
July   No Youth Meeting
July 1 Wrangler Youth Leader of the Year Nomination Deadline
July  9-11 Youth Excellence Seminar (YES) Amarillo, Texas
July 12-14 Little Buckeye – Sunbury, OH
July  19-21 BWHA Classic – Lewisburg, OH
July 31 In-State AQHYA Congress NYATT Qualifying Period Ends
August   Rise to the Challenge:  Show your AQHYA Pride!
August 1 NOQHA – Sunbury, OH
August 1-10 AQHYA World Championship Show, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
August 7 Announce NYATT Team
August 15 Application for the 2020 Young Horse Development Project Deadline
August  15-18 Buckeye Reining Series – Springfield, OH
August 19 Youth Meeting - CANCELLED 
August  24-25 SOQHA Summer Finale - Wilmington, OH
August 25 NYATT Team Entries Deadline
August  31 NOQHA – Sunbury, OH
September   Rise to the Challenge:  Expand your Horsemanship
September 6-8 EOQHA – Columbus, OH
September 16 Youth Meeting at 7 PM; OQHA Office; 6325 Quarter Horse Drive, Columbus, Ohio
September 16 Nominations for 2020 OQHYA Officers and Directors
October   Rise to the Challenge:  Bring a Friend to an Event or Meeting
October 21 2020 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   Rise to the Challenge:  School Spirit – What are your future plans or dream job?
November   No Youth Meeting
December   Rise to the Challenge:  Make a Difference and Give Back to Someone in Need
December  1 AQHYA Scholarships Deadline
December    No Youth Meeting
December  31 AQHLead Application Deadline