The American Quarter Horse Foundation and American Quarter Horse Youth Association are offering a free online educational resource for youth. The program, AQHLearn, is designed for youth ages 8 to 18.
The American Quarter Horse Foundation said AQHLearn aims to provide free resources for youth to learn more about horses from the comfort of their own home, anywhere in the world. The knowledge and resources from this program will allow youth to grow as horse enthusiasts and young equine leaders without horse ownership or previous experience being a barrier to participation.
“Like so many other youth who love horses, I didn’t grow up in a horse family. This was a passion that I had to work to have access to,” AQHA Director of Youth Development Katie Reynolds said in a statement. “A program like AQHLearn would have been ideal to help me grow in my horse knowledge in a very accessible way. Our hope is that this tool will help many more kids around the world pursue a life with horses and also help them become part of the AQHA community.”
The educational materials will feature topics that pertain to all aspects of horses, including horse health, history and basic knowledge. These topics will have materials for beginner, intermediate and advanced learning levels to allow all different ages to gain the most knowledge from these resources.
Youth have the opportunity to brush up on their skills by taking quizzes at the end of each section to prepare for AQHAchieve, a new online knowledge contest launching July 1, the registration deadline is July 15. This contest will test the horse knowledge of AQHYA members, including some of the information contained in the AQHLearn program. View the rules and guidelines for the contest before entering.
The AQHAchieve contest consists of two age divisions, Senior (ages 14 to 18) and Junior (ages 8 to 13). AQHAchieve will award $15,000 in scholarships and prizes to the winners of the contest. All participants must be AQHYA members. If you aren’t a member, join AQHA or renew your membership at www.aqha.com/join.
“Katie and I have had the opportunity to work together on educational contests in the past,” said Anna Morrison, chief Foundation officer. “To be able to launch a program like this globally, giving youth the chance to connect with horses and support their educational goals at the same time, is truly a dream come true.”
AQHF and AQHYA are committed to fostering youth and their education through free and accessible online educational resources. These industry-leading resources will help grow our youth’s knowledge as they grow into future leaders.
“The launch of these two programs is generously supported by Art and Catherine Nicholas, and we are very grateful for their longtime support of AQHA and AQHF,” said Craig Huffhines, AQHA executive vice president. “Art and Catherine are very committed to supporting equine educational opportunities, and we are excited to partner with them to offer these programs that create free access for youth to become engaged with horses.”