Workshop Proposals

March 5-8, 2020 in Gainesville, Florida

The American Youth Horse Council is accepting proposals for workshops to be presented at the 42nd Annual AYHC Symposium in Gainesville, FL. 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 breed 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.

Session types – There are two types of sessions available, AYHC welcomes proposals for both formats

  • Workshop – May be presented in a variety of formats including lecture, discussion, forum, panel, or hands on activity. For Adult, Teen and Collegiate Leader tracks, preference will be given to hands on, interactive workshops and should focus on strategies for teaching or coaching youth audience or involving youth in program work. Workshops will be approximately 45 minutes in length with 5 minutes for questions. Expect an audience of approximately 50-75 people.

  • Demonstration – Arena demonstrations are offered on Saturday afternoon only. Demonstrations should showcase a discipline, breed or training technique. Sessions will be approximately 1 hour, expect an audience of approximately 200 people. Presenter must provide all horses and equipment. All horses must meet health requirements of facility.


Suggested Categories - Presentations can address, but are not limited to the following categories:

  • Youth Issue Forums

  • Traditional Youth Programming

  • Horse Management and Health Care

  • Interactive and Hands-on Youth Development Activities

  • Horse Industry Issues, including Career Development, Equine Welfare and Youth Outreach


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.


Requested topics include:

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Marketing - marketing plans, social media, website design and management, SEO best practices, educational apps and other new technologies,

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

  • Ideas or programs to introduce kids to horses


Registration – All presenters who are fulltime attendees of AYHC Symposium must register and pay the full registration fee by February 5, 2020. Day registration (including meals, breaks, workshops and activities for that day) will be available for presenters just attending for the day of their workshop; registration form and fee must be submitted by February 5, 2020.

Submission guidelines – Proposals must follow the workshop proposal form and be submitted electronically by email no later than October 15 to:

Danette McGuire,

AYHC Executive Director


Proposals will not be accepted without a photo and biography for the program guide.  Photographs must be 300 dpi in .jpg, .tif or .gif format. Presenters may submit more than one proposal. Questions may be directed to Danette McGuire at (817) 320-2005 or


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

We hope to see you in sunny Florida!



1 Gainer Rd

McDonald NM 88262


Kids + Horses = Magic

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