Apply for the AQHYA National Racing Experience

American Quarter Horse Youth Association members still have the opportunity to experience American Quarter Horse racing October 12-14 at the AQHYA National Racing Experience.

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Attendees get a true behind-the-scenes look into the racing industry.

American Quarter Horse Youth Association members have the opportunity to experience American Quarter Horse racing through the AQHYA National Racing Experience held during the Bank of America Racing Challenge Championships October 12-14 at Prairie Meadows Race Course in Altoona, Iowa. 

In the days leading up to the Challenge Championships, attendees of the AQHYA National Racing Experience will get backside-of-the-track and front-office experiences to introduce them to the sport of racing. Attendees get a true behind-the-scenes look into the industry.

New this year, the Association will hold a Racing Skillathon online contest, which will be open to anyone who wants to challenge their knowledge of racing. Contestants will find a resource list available at www.aqha.com/youth for the materials to study in preparation for the online Racing Skillathon. The resource list will be available by August 1. The contest itself will be open for two days during the week of September 3, and each person will be allowed to take the test once. Results will be ranked and awards will be offered for different categories. The contest is free to enter.

AQHYA members who want to apply to attend the National Racing Experience will need to submit an application (due September 1) and complete the Racing Skillathon. Participants will be selected for the all-expenses-paid trip to the Challenge Championships based on their combined score from the application and the Racing Skillathon. Five AQHYA members will be selected to attend the National Racing Experience.

During the trip to the Challenge Championships, National Racing Experience participants will also go through a new interview round where they can share their knowledge and passion for racing and their abilities as an ambassador for the sport. 

Applicants who are accepted for the National Racing Experience are automatically entered into a competition with fellow participants for the chance to win $6,000 in award money – $3,000 is awarded to first place, $2,000 is awarded to second place and $1,000 is awarded to third place. The final results for the National Racing Experience and the scholarship awards will be determined from the cumulative score of the application, skillathon, and all activities.

To participate in the national event, youth must be at least 16 years old at the time of the event to apply. Racing affiliates can recommend one youth from their AQHYA Regional Racing Experience to send in an application by September 1. Youth can also apply to be an at-large participant. To apply, AQHA must receive the application by September 1, as well. No exceptions will be made.

Learn more about the AQHYA National Racing Experience by visiting www.aqha.com/youth
 
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