Arabian Horse Youth Nationals Offers Activities for Kids and Families of All Ages

(12-July-16) − AURORA, COLO. – The Youth National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show is coming back to Oklahoma City where it originally started 23 years ago. Held July 23-30, 2016 at the State Fair Park, the show offers educational and leadership opportunities, as well as social activities for kids of all ages.

Educational Opportunities
The Thursday before Youth Nationals begins, July 21, the Arabian Professional and Amateur Horsemen’s Association (APAHA) will hold their thirteenth annual clinic hosted by Joe Reser and Joel Kiesner. Clinics will be held from 2 - 5 p.m. in the Performance Arena. For more information about how to participate in the clinic, contact Kathie Hart at Open to the public.

Stan Morey’s Judging School will be held in the Sale Arena from 9 - 11 a.m. on Friday, July 22 hosted by Arabian Horse Association (AHA) Judges & Stewards Commissioner, Stan Morey. Come hear the Commissioner describe the view from center ring.

Need to add something about the College Fair? Stop by from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 28 at the Sale Arena Meeting Room to do so.
People of all ages can come test their Arabian horse knowledge at the annual Hippology Contest, sponsored by AHA Region 10. The contest will be held on Friday, July 29 from 9 – 3 p.m. in the Sale Arena Meeting Room. Quiz stations will challenge kids, teens and adults. The cost is only $5 at the door and no advance sign-up is required.

Awards for the Hippology Contest will be presented on Saturday, July 30 before the afternoon session in Jim Norick Arena at 12:30 p.m. Contact AHA Youth & Families Coordinator, for more information about the judging school and Hippology Contest.
During the week of Youth Nationals competitors will have an opportunity to give back to the Oklahoma City community by sharing their horse knowledge and experience during the Total Arabian Interactive and Learning (T.A.I.L.) tours. Tour times and dates are as follows:
 Saturday July 23: 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. – ‘National Meet a Horse Day’ Free giveaway of the Black Stallion book!  Sunday July 24: 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m.  Tuesday July 26: 10 a.m.  Wednesday July 27: 10 a.m.  Thursday July 28: 3 p.m.
 Friday July 29: 10 a.m., 2 p.m.  Saturday July 30: 10 a.m.
T.A.I.L. is designed to introduce new-comers to the Arabian horse in a comfortable and backstage setting. Oklahoma City families, youth groups, 4-H & FFA groups, Girl/Boy Scouts, and day campers are welcome to contact Brenna Whitlock at or 303-597-8251 to make a reservation for a T.A.I.L. tour.

Social Activities Open to the Public
Youth Nationals runs for eight days and incorporates many social activities for exhibitors and guests of all ages to enjoy.
On Sunday, July 24 at 5:30 p.m. join AHYA for their annual, themed golf car parade for the Parade of Regions. Guests are invited to take a seat down Chisholm Trail in State Fair Park and enjoy a parade of ‘Go for the Gold,’ themed golf cars. Candy and fun treats will be thrown to spectators and prizes given away for creativity!

Then, on Monday, July 25 starting at noon, bring little ones to participate in the Stick Horse Workshop and Contest. Kids of young ages can come to Barn 3 and create their very own stick horse. Then at approximately 6:30 p.m., they will ‘ride’ their horse through center ring in Jim Norick Arena for a prize! Donations for participation are welcome.
Plus, be sure to come out to the show for the Flying Pigs Fundraiser on Tuesday, July 26 immediately following the morning session. Toy farm animals can be purchased at the AHYA booth on the Jim Norick Arena Concourse. Kids of all ages will gather to fling their pigs and aim for a prize!

The Youth Nationals Shopping Expo will be open daily, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. in the Jim Norick Arena. Everything you ever wanted for yourself and your horse can be found during your shopping experience at Youth Nationals!

For show updates & social media contests, visit the AHA #BlueRoom across from the AHYA booth on the Jim Norick Arena Concourse or follow us on Instagram @ArabianHorseYouth, Twitter @AHAArabian, Snapchat @ahyneigh & Facebook and remember to use the hashtag #ahaYNL16 throughout Youth Nationals for show updates and information.