If you are interested in Quarter Horses, ride, show or just plain “lov’em”, and are 18 years of age or younger, the MQHYA is for you! (You need not own a Quarter Horse to participate.) The 2016 annual membership fee is $10 per youth member.

Member Info & Forms:

MQHYA Member Application Form
Constitution & By-Laws


In May of 2014, Dr. Wayne Burwash launched the Shannon Burwash Memorial Award for Equine and Agricultural Studies at The Calgary Foundation, to honour the legacy of Shannon’s love for the horse and her contribution to the horse industry.  Find out more on the Scholarships page!

The MQHA has an MQHA Scholarship Program for one annual $500 scholarship award to be used for university, college or other post-secondary education, to come from revenues generated at Annual Year End Awards banquets.  Find out more on the Scholarships page!

AQHYA Website

MQHYA Activities Include:

  • Rider Skill Development Clinics.
  • MQHA Lead Line & Small Fry Division classes. 

  • Horseback Riding Program
  •  Horse Shows – futurities – lead line & walk-trot classes

  • Year End Awards such as: Individual Classes; All-Arounds; Most Improved; Most Sportsmanlike Youth; Parent Volunteer; All-Around 4-H Quarter Horse; All-Around High School Rodeo Quarter Horse; Small Fry Show Program Individual Classes.

  • Eligibility for various AQHYA programs including: AQHA website access; “America’s Horse bi-monthly magazine; Horse Bowl; Racing Challenge; Wrangler All-Star Program; Black Stallion Grade Four Literacy Program; Rising Star Program; Art, Essay and Photography contests; World Show Talent Show; Judging and Speech contests; and College or University scholarships

  • Eligibility to apply for MQHA scholarships. The MQHA has an MQHA Scholarship Program for one annual $500 scholarship award to be used for university, college or other post-secondary education. For more information, or to print off a scholarship application form, click the scholarship Quick link (above).

  • Free advertising space for youth members on the MQHA website

Youth World Cup

A major initiative of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA) is to co-ordinate a team to represent Canada at each biennial American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Youth World Cup. The Youth World Cup competition is an educational, leadership-based event for youth members from around the world, culminating in showcasing skills learned in an atmosphere of friendly competition.

Funding for travel expenses for Team Canada is cost-shared by AQHA/CQHA, provincial/regional Quarter Horse Associations, corporate and/or individual sponsors, and team members’ families.

Each participating country selects up to five competing riders, two alternate riders and three non-competing youth (leadership members). The host country provides the pool of horses of various ability levels, which are subsequently grouped into lots of five horses each. During the opening ceremonies, teams drew to determine their assigned group of five horses. Teams then designated three riders each to compete in Western Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Western Riding, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Showmanship, and Trail; and two riders each for Reining and Cutting classes.

The CQHA actively seeks out qualified youth who are Canadian citizens, and members-in-good-standing of the American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA). Many applications are received from youth from all across Canada, who possess excellent horsemanship skills in a variety of events, and who volunteer in their local communities and/or equine sport organizations. This makes the job of selecting finalists for the team both gratifying and challenging.

For more informaton about applying as a Team Coach or Team Manager, or as a Team Canada youth member please visit the CQHA website (AQHA Youth World Cup Section) for the Coach and Manager position descriptions and application forms, team member application forms, an overview of the team selection and eligibility criteria.

2016 YWC Team Canada

The CQHA is pleased to confirm that it will field another Team Canada for this event, to be held in Tamworth, NSW, Australia. From June 23 - July 3, 2016.