The 2024 Youth Excellence Seminar is scheduled for July 9-11 in Amarillo, Texas.
The Youth Excellence Seminar (YES) welcomes AQHYA members and nonmembers, ages 10 to 18, to experience this three-day, fun-packed event that offers valuable leadership skills, inspiring speakers and AQHYA governance items.
AQHYA officer and director elections will also take place during YES. To learn more about AQHYA officer and director elections, view the Guide to Campaigning and the Officer and Director Application Form.
Anyone ages 10 to 18 can attend – current AQHYA members and nonmembers.
Youth will experience leadership development sessions and workshops, take part in a service activity, network with horse enthusiasts from around the world, and take inspiration from engaging keynote speakers.
Five AQHYA officers will be elected—president, first vice president, second vice president, member and member.
Regional directors will be elected—AQHYA has 11 regions; each region elects three AQHYA members as directors.
Keynote Speaker: Kiah Twisselman-Burchett
Kiah Twisselman-Burchett, better known as Coach Kiah, is a California cattle rancher turned international motivational speaker on a mission to empower others to love themselves deeper, care for themselves better, and find joy in this messy, beautiful journey of life. Named one of Cowgirl Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30, Coach Kiah uses her vulnerability and infectious energy to show others how to overcome hardships and discover their inner vibrance to become the main characters in their own lives.
View more information on the Youth Excellence Seminar here.