Workshop Proposal Guidelines

The American Youth Horse Council is accepting proposals for workshops to be presented at the 46th Annual AYHC Symposium in Fort Worth, TX, March 9-11, 2023. 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.

Audience

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.
     

Topics

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 must be interactive and include strategies or tools that participants can use when teaching others. The 2023 AYHC Symposium will focus on the following topics: 

  • 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 including career opportunities

  • Equine nutrition and feeding management 

  • Equine reproduction and genetics

  • Judging standards including tools for coaching youth teams and scribe guidelines

  • 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.