Kids + Horses = Magic
Your Subtitle text


Annual AYHC Symposium 

The American Horse Youth Council has hosted an annual Symposium for 38 years. An annual highlight for horsemen and women of all ages, this event brings together youth and youth leaders from all different facets of the equine industry for three days of presentations, education, discussion, exhibits, awards, and, of course, fun for all.

2016 SYMPOSIUM - April 22-24, 2016 - Lexington, KY

The 39th Annual AYHC Symposium will take place in Lexington, Kentucky - the horse capital of the world. Held in conjunction with the Intercollegiate Equestrian Association's national finals, the event will feature many nationally and internationally respected teachers and clinicians from across the United States.

Join the nation’s most diverse group of horse oriented youth leaders, representing breed associations, equine sports organizations, cooperative extensions, universities, 4-H, U.S. Pony Club, National High School Rodeo, FFA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and more. Learn and share about what is happening in the youth equine industry through workshops, discussions, live horse demonstrations and networking.

The non-breed / discipline specific curriculum throughout the symposium offers equine knowledge that transfers from the book to the barn, providing take-home tools to teach youth about safe and effective horsemanship. Above all, the Symposium will connect you with resources, referrals, and networking to help kids connect through horses.

We are expecting a capacity crowd for this event so take advantage of the early bird discount and register today.

Symposium Workshop Proposal
We invite groups or individuals to submit a proposal to present a workshop at the AYHC Symposium
Proposal deadline extended to November 15, 2015

    Four Points by Sheraton Lexington
    1938 Stanton Way, Lexington KY 40511
    (859) 259-1311
    Room rate $129 until April 1 at 5 pm Eastern
    Book a room
Early bird registration rates; deadline April 1, 2016
     Adult member $150
     Adult non member $200
     Youth or collegiate $125
     Banquet $35
     T-shirt $15

     Coming soon

Planning to arrive early or stay a few extra days?  Check out the Lexington Visitor's Center for information about local attractions, dining guide and event calendar 

     Cancel by April 1, 2016 - 75% refund
     Cancel after April 1, 2016 - substitution only


There are several levels of sponsorship available for the 2016 Annual AYHC Symposium. 

DETAILS—All Sponsorships:

  • Sponsorship benefits will begin when the completed sponsorship form is received in the AYHC office.
  • Customized sponsor packages are available.
  • Sponsor advertising will begin in the first newsletter after commitment is made if space is available.
  • Complete the sponsorship form to indicate your sponsorship or advertising commitment. To display logo in full color Symposium brochure, commit by September 1, 2015. Sponsorship payment is due December 1, 2015.

Platinum Sponsorship (Symposium specific) Cost: $2,000

  • Profile of your organization published in Symposium registration packets
  • Full-page ad in the Symposium program
  • Name attached to one major symposium event
  • (Sponsor supplied) banner displayed at the Symposium
  • Logo on all Symposium promotional materials
  • Your logo and link on the AYHC website
  • A complimentary booth in the Symposium vendor area
  • Two VIP passes to the Symposium

Gold Sponsorship (Symposium specific) Cost: $1,500

  • Profile of your organization published in Symposium registration packets
  • Half-page ad in the Symposium program
  • Logo on all Symposium promotional materials
  • Name attached to Symposium break or event
  • Your logo on the AYHC website
  • A complimentary booth in the Symposium vendor area
  • One VIP pass to the Symposium

Silver Sponsorship (Symposium specific) Cost: $1,000

  • Profile of your organization published in Symposium registration packets
  • Quarter-page ad in the Symposium program
  • Recognition on website and in newsletter
  • Listed in program as Silver sponsor
  • One VIP pass to the Symposium

Bronze Sponsorship (Symposium specific) Cost: $500

  • Listed in the program as a Bronze sponsor
  • Recognition on the AYHC website and in the quarterly newsletter
  • Listing on all Symposium promotional materials

Additional Opportunities -I would like to participate as a Sponsor at $__________

  • Listed in the Symposium program and in the newsletter as a Supporter

Donate products/services to the Symposium

  • Donors will be listed in the proceedings and newsletter as a Donor
  • Donations will be used for door prizes and as part of the silent auction


Network with our membership at the annual Symposium, commercial booth spaces start at $100 (registration for full event not included). Current exhibitors report that they make the most viable long-term sales contacts at our Symposium. For more information contact us at


  • 2015 Symposium -  Redmond, Oregon, March 27-29, 2015
  • 2014 Symposium -  Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 21-23, 2014
  • 2013 Symposium -  Hartford, Connecticut, April 12-14, 2013
  • 2012 Symposium -  Herndon, Virginia, March 23-25, 2012
  • 2011 Symposium – Lansing, Michigan, March 11-13, 2011
  • 2010 Symposium – Lexington, Kentucky, March 19-21, 2010
  • 2009 Symposium – Lincoln, Nebraska, March 27-29, 2009
  • 2008 Symposium – Raleigh, North Carolina, Feb. 29 – March 2, 2008
  • 2007 Symposium – Denver, Colorado, March 9-11, 2007


  • 2016 Symposium - Lexington, Kentucky - Kentucky Horse Park, April 22-24, 2016


Website Builder