The mission of the ARHyA is to provide a character and leadership building program that will enable our youth to engage in activities to help promote the Ranch Horse Industry as well as building lifelong relationships with their fellow exhibitors.

The American Horse Association Youth Division was created to promote and encourage the Youth members of the ARHA on a charter and national level, and to promote the general interest of Youth and the ranch horse. ARHA Youth will learn meet new friends and make great memories.

The ARHA offers competition to Youth of all ages and experience levels. The ARHA World Championship Horse Show, Regional, and Charter Shows bring ARHA Youth members together from all over.

ARHyA ByLaws

While competing in ARHA approved shows, Youth members can earn points that enable them to win awards that include Register of Merit, Champion, Ranch Horse Champion, Superior Event Horse, Super Ranch Horse, Performance Versatility Award. Each year, Youth and their Ranch Horses compete against their peers for national awards like Honor Roll, Top 5, Regional High Point and overall High Point.

Our association offers American Ranch Horse Youth Members many avenues of involvement. From riding your horse in the show ring, equine clinics or out on the trail, ARHA members can receive awards for simply spending time with their favorite ranch horse. With an Annual World Show, Regional, and Charter shows plus a year end awards banquet, our members gather together several times a year to make memories and enjoy their ranch horses!

Novice Youth Program

The purpose of the Novice Youth Program is to encourage the youth with little or no experience in the show ring or is new to riding/handling horses.


Ranch Riding | Ranch Trail | Horsemanship | Showmanship | Ranch Reining | Ranch Roping | Boxing | Cow Catching | Ranchmanship | Ranch Cutting

The Novice Youth Program is open to any ARHA member who possess a current ARHA Youth card and meets all Novice Youth criteria. A Novice Youth is a person who has not earned a total of 200 or more points (excluding conformation, horsemanship, and showmanship), as defined by ARHA Novice Youth rules. A Youth Card with a Novice notation will be issued to each youth who supplies ARHA with a signed Eligibility Statement.


This designation is offered to encourage exhibitors who have shown and have been successful in riding events, to also enter ARHA cattle classes. The American Ranch Horse Association remains committed to developing horses and exhibitors that are confident in all aspects of an all-around program that includes cattle classes.

The ARHA recognizes that exhibitors new to the association may have strong competencies in dry work areas yet have never shown in the cattle events. This designation as a novice in “Cattle Only” will allow these exhibitors, and seasoned ARHA youth exhibitors who have not tried the cattle classes, to compete with others who are also new to these events.


  • Youth exhibitors who do not qualify for the novice program may request Novice Cattle Only eligibility. Novice Cattle eligibility is reserved for Youth exhibitors who have not previously shown in any cattle classes or events.
  • A Novice Cattle Only designation will require an application and a letter from the Charter (Board or President) supporting receipt of novice cattle eligibility for the exhibitor.
  • These exhibitors may show in the novice ranch cutting, ranch roping, novice boxing, and cow catching for a two year period, regardless of points earned.
  • Application/Renewal for the ARHA Novice Youth Cattle Only designation must be submitted each year of potential eligibility. Falsifying the Novice Cattle Only application will result in disciplinary action by the association.

ARHA reserves the right to verify information provided by an applicant and to refuse eligibility as a Novice Cattle Only exhibitor. This determination will be provided to the applicant in writing.

Youth Forms


The ARHA Youth Foundation has been awarding annual scholarships since 2009! There have been many generous donations from members and charters to transform a goal into reality. From its inception ARHA has had the vision of a program to support and promote its youth members. The achievement of forming a funded foundation that awards annual scholarships to both youth applicants who are graduating seniors, as well as to the previous year’s high point award winner is a major accomplishment.

The ARHA mission statement says that we promote well broke, reliable working horses, and members who share a love the equine athlete. We promote this scholarship program to help our youth who share these same values. ARHA is truly proud of our youth and believe they will help propel this organization into the future. From time to time, members and charters will have the opportunity to help our youth through auctions, raffles, and other fund raising projects. Please help support these programs. Any time you wish, a donation can be made to the Foundation by contacting the ARHA office. Please remember, your donation is tax deductible, and will promote the youth development of ARHA for a lifetime.

2016 Youth Officers

President: Elizabeth Weir

Vice President: Holly Darnall

Secretary: Natalie Harrison

Treasurer: Jade Unrau

Board Member: Kory Smith

American Ranch Horse Association
P.O. Box 186
Nancy, Kentucky 42544
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