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Welcome to the official home of the American Youth Horse Council. Since the 1970s the AYHC has been working to unite kids and horses by providing leadership and resources to serve and promote all aspects of the equine industry.

39th Annual AYHC Symposium
April 22-24, 2016
Lexington, Kentucky - Horse Capital of the World
in conjunction with the Interscholastic Equestrian Association's National Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park

Symposium Workshop Proposals 

AYHC invites you to present a workshop at the 39th Annual Symposium. Submit your workshop idea by November 15, 2015 (extended deadline)


AYHC Grant Application
AYHC provides small grants to support educational programming in the youth equine industry.

Applications due September 30, 2015

Also see our list of grant opportunities from other resources

AYHC Awards nominations
Nominations for Leader of the Year, Student Leader of the Year and Partnership award due November 15

Featured Educational Resource
The Arabian Horse Association offers a selection of resources to help teach kids about horse judging including DVDs, judging guides and even a YouTube channel.

Impact of Youth/Horse Connections 
AYHC is collecting research data on the value of youth and horse connections. Each month we'll post a new research article on the Resources/News page.   
Featured Article
Pendry, P., Roeter, S., Smith, A., Jacobson, S. and Erdman, P.  (2013). Trajectories of Positive and Negative Behavior During Participation in Equine Facilitated Learning Program for Horse-Novice Youth.  Journal of Extension (On-line), 51(1), Article 1RIB5.

Member Spotlight

Learn more about AYHC Life Member Dan Grunewald

Horse Industry Handbook now available
The handbook is frequently used as an official resource for 4-H or FFA contests and as a college textbook. 
Buy it in the AYHC online store

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