Morgan horses have long been defined by their ability to suit people with varying interests. Similarly, AMHA believes that Morgan youths should also be versatile.
Youth of the Year contests are designed to recognize top achievers. Youth of the Year contests consist of four parts: a written exam, an oral presentation, a judging contest and a horsemanship pattern. Each section of the contest is worth approximately 250 points. Many contests offer divisions for the leadline, walk-trot, and junior aged exhibitors. Expectations for these divisions are modified to be appropriate for the age of contestants. Please contact your local contest organizer for more information on the divisions being offered at your local contest.
Youth who score over 800 points in the senior age division are named Youth of the Year, which qualifies him or her to compete for AMHA Youth of the Year at the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show in Oklahoma City. The winner of this prestigious title receives a unique prize package customized by the winner valued at $3,500. The reserve winner receives a unique prize package customized by the reserve winner valued at $1,500. Local and regional contests are open to youth of all ages, but only those aged 14 years and older can qualify to compete in Oklahoma.
Why should you compete in a Youth of the Year Contest? Youth of the Year contests reward those who are well-versed in horsemanship skills. They provide a wonderful opportunity to improve one's horse knowledge as well as a means of setting realistic goals and learning the benefits of hard work and dedication. Most importantly, youth contests create a positive atmosphere in which young people and adults who share a love of the Morgan can interact. Friendships developed through youth contests are a rewarding and fulfilling benefit. How can you become involved?
Sign up to participate or volunteer in a youth contest! There is no better time to become involved than right now! Every region offers Youth of the Year contests, so keep your eyes open. Discover where the next contest is being held. You have nothing to lose and lots to gain!
The AMHA Youth Judging Workshop is a fun, educational, and unique experience offered to AMHA Youth members only. Youth participating in this event have the chance to judge four classes ringside and to discuss placings afterwards with a USEF licensed judge. New in 2011, this workshop is a blend of AMHA’s “You Be The Judge” program and a Morgan judging school. Participants compete as individuals instead of teams in two different age divisions, Junior (13 & under) and Senior (14-21). Ribbons are awarded 1st-6th in each age division and grand prizes will be awarded to the high-scoring participant in each division. An awards brunch will be held at the completion of the competition to recognize the winning individuals.
Love the Youth Contest? Want to compete against other juniors on a National level?
You’re invited to participate in the AMHA Junior Invitational in OKC! Open to all youth under the age of 13 with no qualifying necessary. The invitational includes two parts: a speech component with an interview for 250 points. This takes place in Oklahoma City during the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show® each year.
Participants are invited to participate in one or both components. Awards for first through sixth to be placed in each component. Champion and Reserve Champion based on the highest scores will also be awarded. Application fee of $30.
Contact Katie Hodges, 802-985-4944 ext. 401 or Katie@morganhorse.com for more information.
AMHA youth members may earn points in a variety of categories designed to include youth of all ages, backgrounds, interests and geographic locations. Categories include youth program participation, breed promotion and community service. Verification sheets will need to be completed for some of the categories as well.
The competition year for this award begins November 1 and ends October 31. All youth are encouraged to participate by completing the points submission forms and sending them to the AMHA Youth Department. Submissions may be made throughout the year but all points and verification sheets are due by November 15.
The award will be presented at the AMHA Annual Convention.
For more information on these programs please contact AMHA, (802) 985-4944, firstname.lastname@example.org.