2020 AzQHYA Youth World Show Team


President is Lexi Santos
Vice President -Bryce Barkemeyer
Treasurer- Lane Kail
Secretary- Ella Downard
Reporter- Kaitlyn Fisher
13 & Under Rep- Kamryn Perkins
14-18 Rep- Carson Tulloss


AzQHYA Youth Advisorcontact AzQHA office 623-869-8037

youth bylaws updated dec-2018


ASCENT Program & AzQHYA Scholarship Interviews


 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 a Fall Interscholastic Team Championship Show at the 2020 Arizona Fall Championship show. The show will offer ten classes an award $1000 worth of scholarships in each class, paying three places $500 to 1st, $300 to 2nd. $200 to 3rd.


Criteria to Compete in Scholarship Show at Arizona Fall show 2020:              

  • 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 AzQHA.org
  • Competition guidelines allow teams to be formed providing they are currently part of an organized show team. Organizations such as the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), Youth Equestrian Development Association (YEDA) or a like organization will be accepted to compete at the Fall Interscholastic Team Championship Show.
  • IEA current year member (IEA memberships must be paid by November of the preceding year (or when team is formed). Each competitor’s membership card from a show team organization, IEA, YEDA or like organization will be used to verify rider division.
  • Youth must compete in at least one class at 2 AzQHA No Bling shows or do 1 show and do 5 hours of service work for AzQHA at one of its events.

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

Scholarships can be won by any age youth. AzQHA will hold the scholarship money until the youth is ready to go to college. This is a great way to jump start a college fund and have fun competing in horse shows. Since youth can start earning at grade school age this could add up to a substantial amount of money, over time adding up to a significant boost to the child’s education fund.

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


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 college’s 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 Post secondary Institutions and Programs reported to the U.S. Department of Education as a validation source. (www.ed.gov)

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.

AzQHYA Youth Scholarship Interviews         

ANY AzQHYA youth member can compete at the scholarship interviews that are held at the Arizona Fall Championship Show.  Depending on the sponsorship funds received, up to 8 or more scholarship may be given and this amount may vary from year to year.  Youth can only do one interview per year but can win multiple years.

  • Sign-ups will be at the Fall show and the youth will have to sign up for a time slot for their interview.
  • Youth will be asked pre-published interview questions and some non-published questions.
  • Sample questions:

Where do you see the future of the Quarter Horse industry and what changes would you make to improve it and create more youth participation?

What has impacted you the most during your youth career?

What career path are you taking in college?

What have you done to help support the growth of AzQHYA?

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 2022 NEED TO BE INTO AQHA BY December 1, go to AQHA Foundation for more information about how and what you need to do for this scholarship.