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AYA offers fun and exciting Equine activities for Local Youth

MOSCOW, Idaho—Summer break is just around the corner and that means the 2009 World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show, June 22-July 4, will be coming to the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson! While the Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) is in town, the Appaloosa Youth Association (AYA) will host a plethora of fun activities for everyone to enjoy.

The Youth/Collegiate Horse Judging Contest is a great opportunity for any individual or team interested in brushing up on their equine judging skills. Members of 4-H, FFA, a regional or national AYA club or any other accredited breed association are eligible and encouraged to compete in the youth division. The two divisions, youth and collegiate, are open to teams and individuals. Entry fees are $25 for individuals and $75 for teams.

The Stick Horse Rodeo is open to all youths 13 and under. This fun event gives little buckaroos the opportunity to select their mounts and compete for cool prizes in rope and barrel races, dummy roping and more! This event is free, so be sure to sign up at the National Show Office in the Kirk Fordice Equestrian Center.

The Youth Coloring Page Contest will be hosted at the ApHC Information Booth at the 2009 Cowboy Way Trading Post in the Trade Mart. Kids can put their artistic talent and eye for color to good use in this coloring competition. Winning entries are published in the September issue of Appaloosa Journal.

Though youths don’t have to be members to have fun with the AYA, there are a lot of fun activities non-members are missing out on! Joining is easy—for $10, become a member of the first equine youth association in the nation. Youth members get an online subscription to Appaloosa Journal, a free Appaloosa E-mail address and more! Whether you have an Appaloosa or not, the AYA has something for you!

Educational Scholarships are available to AYA members in high school seeking an equine-related degree in an institution of higher learning. The Appaloosa Youth Foundation annually offers up to $9,000 in scholarships.

Annual Youth Contests allow AYA members to compete for various awards and prizes. Whether your talent lies in drawing and painting, photography or in writing—the AYA has a contest for everyone!

For more information about the AYA and its programs, or to join, please visit http://www.appaloosayouth.com.

The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) was established in 1938 with a mission of preserving, promoting and enhancing the Appaloosa breed. The ApHC has since registered more than 670,000 Appaloosas, which are known for their distinctive color, intelligence and even temperament. True to their reputation as an extremely versatile breed, Appaloosas can be found in nearly every discipline including racing, endurance riding and serving as reliable family horses. The international breed registry is headquartered in Moscow, Idaho, the heart of the Palouse region—the Appaloosa breed’s namesake and point of origin.


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