Workshop Proposal Guidelines

The American Youth Horse Council is accepting proposals for workshops to be presented at the 45th Annual AYHC Symposium in Murfreesboro, TN. This event presents an opportunity for adult and student leaders in the youth horse industry to come together to learn, network, share ideas and grow as an industry.


Three audiences will be represented; proposals should specify your target audience.

  • Adult Leaders of Youth—mostly volunteers who work directly with youth in the field;


  • Youth Industry Professionals—those employed in the youth horse industry (such as extension specialists and equine association youth program directors)


  • Teen Leaders (age 14-18)—older teen leaders involved in youth organizations such as 4-H, FFA or equine associations. Often national youth officers or directors of equine associations.


Most participants are experienced horsemen and have several years of experience coaching, teaching or mentoring youth. Preference will be given to workshops or demonstrations at the intermediate or advanced level rather than introductory topics. Workshops should be interactive and include strategies or tools that participants can use when teaching others. Topic ideas include but are not limited to:

  • Animal welfare: nutrition, rescue, fostering, adoption, first aid

  • Equine science: anatomy, genetics, disease management and prevention, reproduction, selection, hoof care, nutrition, business management, feeds & feeding, pasture management and poisonous plants

  • Teaching tools and methods, including lesson plan development, learning styles, universal design

  • Career investigation –  equine related careers, college selection, scholarships, internships, job market

  • Training/coaching youth for communication contests and public speaking, hippology, judging, horse bowl

  • Novice, intermediate & advanced horsemanship exercises/demonstrations, including in-hand skills & ground manners, natural horsemanship

  • Breed and discipline demonstrations and instruction, including bringing different interests together

  • Environmental stewardship (i.e. “green” farm/ranch management, trail riding practices, open space opportunities)

  • Rider fitness (mental and physical), sports psychology, and life skills development

  • Safety, including personal, equine, farm and transport equipment and practices; equine laws and liability, risk management, bio-security

  •  “Horseless” horse activities

  • Leadership development – team building, goal setting, etiquette, communication skills, conflict resolution, ice-breakers, problem solving, increasing youth’s role in clinics, camps and activities

  • Diversity, equity and inclusion - strategies for reaching and supporting a more diverse audience.

  • Sportsmanship - sportsmanship and ethics for youth and adults; dealing with bullies

  • Equine industry marketing – social media, membership recruitment tools, website management, marketing plans, sponsorship or donor programs, fundraising, SEO best practices, educational apps and other new technologies

  • Program management – volunteer orientation and training, strategic planning, program evaluation

  • Special needs programs

  • Educating the non-horse parents or leaders

  • Motivational strategies for individuals, teams, parents, coaches or leaders

  • Horse show management

  • Coalition building - strategies for networking, bringing multiple groups together toward common goals

  • Ideas or programs to introduce kids to horses

  • List of prior year's workshop topics

Important details

  • AYHC will not pay for speaker's registration, travel, lodging, transportation, meals, etc. All presenters who are fulltime attendees of AYHC Symposium must register and pay the full registration fee by the registration deadline. Single day registration will be available for presenters just attending for the day of their workshop.

  • Proposals must be submitted electronically via this link no later than October 15

  • Use this template to create your proposal before submitting electronically. 

  • Proposals will not be accepted without a photo and biography for the program guide.  Preferred format for photographs is jpg, jpeg at 300 dpi. 


  • You may submit more than one proposal.



  • All proposals will be reviewed and the primary contact notified of their status by November 15.