Youth FAQs

Youth Contests

Q: Do I need to be a member to participate in Youth Contests?

A: No, youth under the age of 22 do not need to be an AMHA member to participate in Youth Contests at a local/regional level.  They do, however, have to become members should they qualify and choose to compete in the Youth of the Year Contest at the Morgan Grand National and World Championship Horse Show.

Q: Do I have to create my own patterns, speech topics, and written exams for the youth to use?

A: You absolutely can create your own, or you can contact the Customer Relations Coordinator at AMHA to samples that we have used in the past.  The Youth Contest Planbook is also a great “how to” guide for running the contests. The Planbook has examples of score sheets, patterns, and it breaks down each part of the test for you.

Q: How do I score the Youth Contests?

A: There are four components for each contest: the written exam, the horse judging division, the oral presentation and the horsemastership division.  Each of these four components is worth 250 points.  You can check out your trusty Planbook for instructions on what to do if there’s a tie, how to determine cuts in the judging portion, and there’s a page you can use to score the oral presentation and pattern.

Horsemastership Program

Q: What are the workbooks?

A: There are five levels to the Horsemastership program that are named after famous Morgan stallions. Each work book is a little more challenging and hands on than the last so youth continue learning about the breed and developing their horsemanship skills.  The levels are Bulrush, Woodbury, Sherman, Black Hawk and Justin Morgan (in their respective order).

Q: Can I use the first two worksbooks, Bulrush and Woodbury, with any other youth besides AMHA members?

A: Yes, please do! We want you to show off our workbooks at your 4-H meetings, your barn meetings, or work on them with your local Morgan youth club. They are a great activity at horse camps, too.  Not only will the workbooks teach youth the basics of horse care, but they’ll promote our wonderful breed. We want them to be used and enjoyed by as many people as possible which is why they’re free to download on our website!

Q: I finished the first two badges, and now I need an examiner to help me complete and review the third badge. How do I know who to talk to for help?

A: We have a list of examiners who can review your completed badges or who can help you get to the next level. Just contact AMHA and we’ll give you a list of names with their contact information.   If you want to be an examiner, you can apply and become one to help the future generations enjoy this program too.

Q: How come only the first two workbooks are online?

A: The third through fifth badges, Sherman, Black Hawk and Justin Morgan, are much more hands on and require youth to complete riding/driving portions of the test.  Therefore we don’t have workbooks for these levels.  These three badges need to be approved by an official examiner. If you want to know what is included in these three levels, Customer Relations Coordinator Katie Hodges can give you the Leader’s Manuals that explains each task.

Medal Classes

Q: Do you promote the medal classes or winners of medal classes at all?

A: Yes! If you submit a photo to Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #ShowMyMedalMonday on a Monday, we’ll repost your picture and send you prize.

Youth Council

Q: I want to join the Youth Council. How do I learn more about it?  Am I eligible?

A: AMHA welcomes all youth interested in governance and leadership roles to run for the positions that form the Executive Committee. If you are a youth and would like to run for one of the above positions, please fill out a Declaration of Intent and submit it to Katie Hodges in the AMHA office.  We are often looking for more youth to fill a position. If the position you want has already been filled, you can either wait and apply next year or talk to Katie about how else you can help get involved.   If you are a current AMHA member who is over 12 years old and under 22, you can run for a position!

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