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May, 2013
Upcoming Deadlines
  • June 1: Creative Contest entries due ($10 per member)
  • June 1: AHYA Convention delegate eligibility deadline (you must be a current member on this day to serve at Convention)
  • June 5: Youth Nationals entry deadline (Enter online!)
  • June 15: Journalism Contest entries due (free!)
  • June 15: AHYA Officer Candidate applications due to AHA
  • June 25: AHYA Convention delegate registration deadline (contact your Regional Director)
Youth Nationals is Almost Here!
July 20-27 at Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M. 
Are you getting revved up for Youth? We sure are! We have so many fun activities planned, and we can't wait to share them all with you! If you want to help get the word out about this awesome show, check out our Youth Nationals press kit. You can download posters, flyers, and postcards here to give to your friends and post at your local tack and feed stores. We can't wait to see you, and we hope you bring a friend (or five)! 
We are still seeking sponsors for Youth Nationals! 
You can view our youth activities sponsorship needs here, and can download a show sponsorship form here. At this time, we most need T-Shirt Sponsors and Jacket/Belt Buckle Sponsors. Questions? Call (303) 696-4500.
Consignment Sale is BACK!
In case you hadn't heard, the AHYA Consignment Sale will return to Youth Nationals in July! You know what that means...it's time to gather all your old show clothes, boots, hats, and anything else you'd like to sell. Bring it with you to Youth, drop everything off at the beginning of the show (we'll take care of the actual selling part), and stop by at the end of the show to get your share of the profits! 60% of the sales will go back to you, and 40% will go to AHYA activities. Questions? Contact Shawna at (303) 696-4505.

RYTT Entries In!
We're thrilled to announce that we have 61 teams registered for the 2013 Regional Youth Team Tournament! This is the highest number of teams we've had in the last six years - thank you to everyone who helped get the word out and make it happen! Regions 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, and 17 are represented this year. Best of luck to everyone competing!
Saddle Up & Get Involved!

LAST CALL for Creative Contest Entries! DUE JUNE 1!

The entry period for the 2013 Creative Contest is almost upon us! All entries must be postmarked or received by Saturday, June 1Some entries may be eligible for electronic submission - contact youth@arabianhorses.org to confirm! 
For just $10, you can enter all five categories: Art, Audio/Video, Computer Generated, Creative Writing, and Photography. Winners will receive prizes, including new AHYA gear (think bags, sunglasses, lanyards, and more) and even $50 cash! Click the image below for information on how to enter. Call (303) 696-4505 with questions!


Love to Write? Enter the Journalism Contest by June 15!

If you love to write and have an interest in news, the AHYA Journalism contest is for you! We're looking for one bright young author to cover the events and behind-the-scenes action at Youth Nationals in Albuquerque, N.M. There's no cost to enter, just submit a writing sample of up to 200 words by email, fax, or mail. Visit the webpage for more info!


Be a Convention Delegate! Sign Up by June 25

AHYA Convention, July 19 - Albuquerque, N.M.

Are you curious as to how rules get changed? Do you have an idea for how to improve AHYA or the Arabian breed? Do you love meeting Arabian-crazy kids from all over the U.S. and Canada? Then being an AHYA Convention Delegate is right up your alley! At Convention, you'll have a chance to see the inner workings of AHYA, vote for the next Executive Panel, contribute your thoughts and ideas to the association, and meet youth from every region! Ready to get involved? Contact your Regional Director today! Visit the Who's Who page to find your Director.

Regional Updates

Region 2

Judging Team Ice Cream Social - June 22

The Region 2 Youth Judging Team will have an Ice Cream Social on Saturday, June 22 at the Region 2 Horse Show. All are welcome to attend for free McConnell's Ice Cream (donations accepted). Thank you to all of the generous people who helped the Region 2 YJT raise over $400 at the Pacific Slopes Arabian Show.


One-Day Open Horse Show - June 30

AHASFV is hosting a one-day Open Horse Show at the beautiful, world-renowned Ventura Farms in Thousand Oaks on Sunday, June 30. All are welcome to attend and all profits are donated to the youth!


Show Clothes Wanted!

There are a few non-profit horseback riding programs located in Region 2. All of your donations are tax-deductible. If you have clothes, please bring them to the Region 2 Horse Show or email Nedra. Western, Hunter, Saddle seat, etc. are all needed.


Region 6

Regional Championship, June 28-30 in Rapid City, S.D.
We are implementing the TAIL program for the first time at our regional show. We have had a lot of interest from local families as well as the local Big Brother Big Sister program. We are very excited to see how this program will turn out at our show! We are also organizing a silent auction that will benefit our regional youth fund and will have a couple fun, youth classes at the show.

Region 10
Region 10 Judging Contest a Smashing Success
The Region 10 Judging Contest, held May 4 at the Sahara Sands Show, had 10 4-H and AHA teams. Teams judged five classes, two halter and three performance, and gave two sets of reasons. Winning teams and individuals received "Vendor Bucks" certificates they could use with the show's commercial exhibitors. A total of $750 worth of Vendor Bucks were awarded to the delight of contestants and vendors alike!

Region 10 Youth Round-Up
On the second weekend in May, Mark Stinson of California judged the Region 10 Youth Round-Up at the Minnesota Equestrian Center in Winona, Minn. A free pizza party wrapped up the event on Saturday, where Allison (Youth Director) and Betsy (Youth Vice Director) gave updates on AHYA Board meetings and youth activities.

Youth Lounge at Region 10 Show! June 13-16
Region 10 will be offering a youth lounge, complete with movies and games, at the regional championship show. There will also be activities, including a scavenger hunt on Saturday afternoon. The RYTT awards for Region 10 teams will be presented in center ring along with scholarships provided by the region. We are proud of all the activity that is provided for the youth of Region 10.
News Wanted

Send in Your Regional or Club News by June 14!

Wondering how regional updates made it into the AHYA Insider? You can get your news here, too! Email Shawna, Youth & Family Programs Director, with regional or club news by June 14 to appear in the next issue! 

AHA is a major equine association serving 27,000 members across North America. It registers and maintains a database of more than one million Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses and administers approximately $3 million in annual prize money. AHA produces championship events, recognizes close to 400 Arabian horse shows and distance rides and provides activities and programs that promote breeding and ownership. For information about Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses, call 303-696-4500, e-mail info@ArabianHorses.org  or visit  ArabianHorses.org. 
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