President-  Kaylee Hamm
Vice Presidents-  Morgan Farrell
Secretary- Bridget Callaghan
Treasurer- Kaci Rodriguez
Co-Reporters- Kate Buchanan & Caroline Buchanan
13 & Under Rep- Lexy Santos
14-18 Rep- Rylin Medcoff

Youth bylaws updated 2-2018

ASCENT Program


Why do we call it ASCENT?  Ascent means to a rise to an important position or a higher level.  The AzQHA is passionate about our youth and committed to doing all things possible to see our future generations rise up to the next level through education.

The Arizona Quarter Horse Association to offer an Interscholastic Championship Invitational at the 2017 Arizona Fall Championship show. The show to offer three classes of Horsemanship and one class Reining to 6th– 8th grade students.  Four classes horsemanship and two classes reining to 9th-12th grade students. Each class (ten classes) to award $1000 worth of scholarships. Each class to pay three places $500 to 1st, $300 to 2nd. $200 to 3rd.

Criteria to compete:

  • Youth must be an AzQHYA member the year of competition prior to their first no bling show competition. Memberships may be purchased at the shows or online at
  • IEA current year member (IEA memberships must be paid by Nov. 1, of the preceding year to be a future year member)
  • Youth must compete in at least one class at 2 of the 3 AzQHA No Bling shows

Funds earned by exhibitors are kept in a restricted account by the AzQHA until they graduate from high school; then, the funds are paid directly to the college, trade school or university that student attends.

This is a wonderful incentive for youth to participate and compete in horse shows each year. Over time, it can add up to a significant boost to their education fund.

Many thanks to Dr. Joni Hegel for sponsoring AzQHA’s Youth Scholarship programs.


When can I redeem my scholarship?  Once you declare which accredited college or trade school you will be attending.  A disbursement form will be available from the AzQHA.

When are the requests due? Once the recipient declares which college they will be attending they must contact AzQHA with the respective colleges financial department contact information. AzQHA will send the funds directly to the college the recipient requested, in the students name.

What is accredited school?

Educational accreditation is a type of quality assurance process under which services and operations of educational institutions or programs are evaluated by an external body to determine if applicable standards are met. If standards are met, accredited status is granted by the appropriate agency. AzQHA will leverage the Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs reported to the U.S. Department of Education as a validation source. (

The recipient will have up to two calendar years after their graduation from High School or GED to request their scholarship and begin attendance at the college, trade school or university.   After 2 years the scholarships expire and monies will be allocated for future eligible students.

Disbursements allowed up to $4000 per semester and or $8000 annually. (Disbursement amount per semester may not exceed the students account  billing)


AzQHA Board of Directors reserves the right to determine eligibility criteria and enhance the program as needed.


The Arizona Quarter Horse Youth Association has set up a $5000.00 scholarship for Arizona Youth members that are going to college. APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 NEED TO BE INTO AQHA BY December 1, 2018  go to

Click here to read more about what you need to do.