Frequently Asked Questions
Who is this organization for?
Our members represent people who are interested in having youth have the opportunity to connect with horses; this may mean a professional riding instructor, a breed association, a university with equine education programs, a manufacturer of equine products, a volunteer horse club leader, or a youth that is involved in riding or caring for horses. The American Youth Horse Council (AYHC) is an umbrella organization providing leadership and resources for the youth horse industry.
What does this organization do?
We develop resources and provide networking opportunities to give people who work with kids and horses tools to learn and teach best management practices for the care and management of horses. We offer fun and creative ways to present this material to youth.
How does AYHC accomplish this?
The American Youth Horse Council is primarily a volunteer organization whose members work on projects through committees to develop books and manuals about proven safe and effective techniques to teach horse care. AYHC members receive a quarterly newsletter and bi-monthly email updates on ideas and activities for working with kids and horses. AYHC members are eligible to apply for grants that support training programs for youth horse leaders, and more recently expose kids to horses. AYHC members are eligible to nominate outstanding leaders for recognition in the organization as Youth Horse Leader of the Year and for junior members, Student Horse Leader of the Year. AYHC also has a Partnership Award for Equine Organizations or Businesses doing good things to help kids and horses, and a Distinguished Service Award for the volunteers in AYHC who have done great things to help kids and horses. AYHC members meet each year in different places around the country at a week-end event we call the Symposium to study and celebrate the benefits of kids connecting through horses.
Why become a member of AYHC?
Your participation as a member of AYHC gives you access to great ideas and people who are both hands on helping kids with horses and behind the scenes organizing grand efforts to ensure kids continue to have access to activities with horses. Programs like 4-H, FFA, National High School Rodeo Association, the United Stated Equestrian Federation, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Certified Horsemanship Association, American Quarter Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association, Arabian Horse Association, Tennessee Walking Horse Association, the National Reining Horse Association and many more breed and discipline groups come together at AYHC and share their knowledge and youth program ideas. Individuals or groups starting youth programs, and camps can gain valuable information for their programs to help keep the equine activities safe and fun for kids.
Give in to the temptation to join. A membership is based on the annual anniversary date that you subscribe, and benefits begin immediately. We have different categories of membership that range from individual memberships to group or organization memberships. They include student leader, to collegiate leader, to volunteer adult leader, local to Educational Institution, Association, Corporation, and Life Memberships. You can join online at www.AYHC.com, through the mail with a form you can download, or by calling the AYHC office at (817) 320-2005.