General Information


Consent to Use Video or Photographic Images and Share Information

Registration and attendance at or participation in AYHC symposium and other activities constitutes agreement by the registrant to AYHC's use and distribution of the registrant's image or voice in photographs, videotapes, websites, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities. If you have questions about our policy, please email our Executive Director.

By registering for an AYHC event, you agree that we may provide your registration information to our sponsors, partners, and affiliates who helped make this conference possible and that they may contact you with offers that may be of interest to you. If you do not want us to share information about you, please send your request to one of the following:

Email:  Opt Out

Mail:  AYHC, 1 Gainer Rd, McDonald, NM 88262

On-Site Check In  

Participant check in will be open 4-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17 and 7 am -5 pm on Friday, March 18 in the lobby of the Country Inn and Suites by Radisson.   At registration, you will get a program, detailed schedule, tour information and a nametag that we ask you wear to all events.  If you purchased a symposium t-shirt, you may also pick it up at check in.


Workshops will be held at the University of Florida Straughn Center - 2142 Shealy Drive, Gainesville FL 32611-0225

Arena Demonstrations will be held at the University of Florida Horse Teaching Unit, 1934 SW 63rd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32608

Driving and Parking Instructions

Country Inn and Suites is located on the west side of I-75 off exit 384. This is Archer Road.  Hom hotel and suites is located on the right side of SW 43rd St. Both hotels are next door to Cracker Barrel. Texas Roadhouse is across the street.


Events will be held at the Horse Teaching Unit (HTU) on Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon.


Hotel to University of Florida Horse Teaching Unit

Jump on I-75 southbound and take the first exit (382) Gainesville/Williston. At the light turn left onto SR 121 (head east). Go under the overpass and turn right onto SW 34th St (south). Drive 1.8 miles and the farm entrance is on your left. There is a University of Florida sign. Turn onto the paved drive (between two private homes) and proceed through the metal gates. Park in the large paved parking lot and walk to the covered arena.


Events will be held at the Straughn Center Saturday and Sunday mornings. You will NOT need a parking permit.


Hotel to Straughn Center

Depart the hotel and head east on Archer Road. In 2.5 miles keep right at the fork toward SR-226. In 0.1 mile turn right onto Shealy Drive. The University of Florida Veterinary Hospital will be on your left and the Straughn Center will be about 0.1 mile further on your right. Parking is available around the Straughn Center or just past it on the right in the Department of Animal Sciences parking lot.


Straughn Center to the Horse Teaching Unit (4.2 miles)

At the light on the corner of Shealy Drive and SR 226 turn right. In 0.7 mile turn right onto SW 13th St./US-441 (Steak and Shake on the corner). Proceed south 2.9 miles and turn right onto SW 63rd Ave/CR-23. In 0.4 mile turn right onto paved drive between two private residences to enter farm. Park in the paved lot and walk to the arena.


Horse Teaching Unit to Hotels

Turn right out of the driveway. At light turn left. Take I-75 North on-ramp. Take first exit (384) and turn left. Hotels are on west side of the interstate.


Tours: AYHC will provide transportation for the tours on Friday.  Personal vehicles and rental cars are not permitted on the tours except in special circumstances.  Tours will depart from the host hotel at 8 am and return at approximately 5 pm. 


Symposium workshops and arena demos: If you will not have a personal vehicle or rental car throughout the symposium, you can add shuttle service to all events for a $15 fee. In previous years, many groups have provided their own transportation resulting in half empty buses going to the arena.  Separating the transportation fee will result in reduced expenses for both AYHC and the participant who is already planning to have transportation (either a personal vehicle or rental car).

What to Wear

Thursday evening reception - we will be at an arena and participants will have the opportunity for hands on activities. Boots or closed toed shoes, jeans and nice shirt are appropriate. 


Friday tours - Closed toed shoes are required (i.e. no sandals or flips flops). Most tours will cover some distance at each location so comfortable shoes are suggested. Boots, jeans, comfortable shirt are appropriate. Remember that you are not only representing your home organization but also the American Youth Horse Council as we tour these private facilities.

Saturday Workshops to Arena Demonstrations - Business or cowboy casual - morning workshops and afternoon arena demonstrations will all include hands on workshops and activities, make sure you're clothing allows you to move freely, bend, kneel, etc. Closed toed shoes are recommended for afternoon arena activities.

Saturday Evening Awards and Keynote Speaker - Business professional recommended

Sunday Workshops - Business or cowboy casual - morning workshops may include hands on workshops and activities, make sure you're clothing allows you to move freely, bend, kneel, etc.

*No shorts or tank tops during scheduled activities please

Cancellation/Refund Policy

If you can’t attend the event, please contact us immediately by email at or call 817.320.2005

  • 100% refund until February 18, 2022;

  • 75% refund February 19 until March 4, 2022;

  • 50% refund March 5 until March 11, 2022;

  • No refunds will be given after March 11th, substitution only.