About the Appaloosa Youth Association
he Appaloosa Youth Association was established to emphasize good horsemanship through proper methods of training both horse and rider; to provide recognition for young people who own or show Appaloosas; to promote ideals of citizenship, sportsmanship, showmanship, and leadership, and to promote capabilities of youth in breeding, raising, and competing on Appaloosas.
A variety of activities are available and may include team tournaments, speech contests, art and essay contests, photography contests, youth clinics, scholarships, horse shows, meetings and banquets.
The AYA offers a national point system. Points earned may lead to various lifetime awards, annual high point awards and awards to recognize outstanding youth and their horses. There are programs designed for the beginning showman as well as those that challenge the most advanced exhibitor.
Any individual 18 years of age or younger as of January 1st of the current year that are interested in Appaloosa horses is eligible for AYA membership. This membership is included with a family fee or may be purchased separately. The AYA has an annual general membership meeting held in conjunction with the World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show.