Tennessee Walking Horse Youth Association Programs

TWHYA Riding Student Program

Introducing an International program for our TWHBEA youth taking riding lessons. Twelve months of fun with a Tennessee Walking Horse for students and their instructors.

TWHYA Riding Student Program

12 Months of Educational Fun

Riding Instructors using TWHBEA registered horses may register their students for this new TWHYA program.

First month        Join TWHYA and like us on facebook.

Youth facebook page: TWHYA

Adult facebook page:

Tennessee Walking Horse Youth Association

January              Learn how to brush and tack up a horse.

February            Identify the parts of the horse.

March                Feel the difference between a flat walk and running walk.

April                 Identify the parts of a saddle and bridle.

May                  Pick up the right and left lead on command.

June                  Enter the TWHYA Creative Contests.

July                  Clean a saddle and bridle.

August              Take a lunge line lesson.

September          Wash a horse.

October              Take a mini trail ride around the barn area.

November          Ride a pattern.

December           Participate in a scavenger hunt.

**Rider safety is the first priority, instructor may substitute an activity for student safety.**

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TWHYA Riding Student Program Form


Achievement Letter Program

High school aged TWHYA members can earn a varsity style letter by participating in show and trail events with their Tennessee Walking Horse.

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TWHYA Achievement Letter Rules

This program is designed for the rider participating in show and trail events through their high school years. You must be at least 14 years old on January 1st of the current year to begin participating in the program.

A.    Earning your TWHYA letter.

1.    Must be a TWHYA member in good standing.
2.    Must have participated in a minimum of two TWHYA Programs.
3.    Earned three blue ribbons under a licensed TWH judge or participated in three TWHBEA registered trail rides.


Paulette Ewing 
(931) 359-0593

Upon completion of program send TWHYA Achievement Letter completion form to the address below to receive your TWHYA Varsity Letter.

TWHBEA Youth Coordinator
Paulette Ewing
P.O. Box 286
Lewisburg TN 37091

All Youth Day

Held annually on the first Saturday of the National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee, All Youth Day features a judging contest, clinics, and plenty of time to hang out with friends. All Youth Day is free so come have some fun!

Youth Horse Judging Contest Form
Youth Horse Judging Rules



TWHYA Horse Bowl

Horse bowl is an exciting and fun approach to equine knowledge as well as Tennessee Walking Horse trivia.  The primary objective of the Horse Bowl is to provide an opportunity for youth to demonstrate their knowledge of equine related subject matter.  Teams of three or four members will compete against each other, answering questions about horses in general as well as questions regarding the history of the Tennessee Walking Horse. Competition material will consist of 50% general horse knowledge and 50% Tennessee Walking Horse knowledge

Junior teams members are grade 4-8 and Senior teams members are grades 9-12 as of January 1.

The competition takes place on the Sunday during the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration on the Celebration grounds.

General Study Material
Tennessee Walking Horse Study Material
Horse Bowl Entry Form

Creative Contests

“Stirrup” Your Creativity! TWHYA youth members are invited to compete in nine different contests for ribbons, and certificates. Winners will be acknowledged in Voice™ magazine.

Creative Contest Entry Form


FFA Outstanding Achievement Award

FFA Achievement Award


4-H Program

Youth that participate in 4-H with a registered Tennessee Walking Horse can earn special awards in these programs.

4H Halter Form
4H Achievement Application


Horsemanship Program

The purpose of this multi-level program is to recognize youth that are active with the Tennessee Walking Horse in a variety of capacities.

Level 1 Ambassador App
Level 2 Achievement Award
Level 3 Merit App
Horsemanship Award


Scholarship Programs

Recognizing that youth are vital to a successful future for the Tennessee Walking Horse industry, TWHBEA awards both graduate and undergraduate scholarships.


Graduate Scholarship App
Undergraduate Scholarship App

Scout Patch Program

Any youth using a registered Tennessee Walking Horse to earn his/her horse related scout merit badge will receive a colorful embroidered patch from TWHBEA.

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Scout Patch Application


TWHYA International Photo Contest

This is a youth photography contest for all TWHYA members. A photo can be taken anywhere, show, clinic, camp or even your backyard. The winning photo will appear on TWHBEA website, TWHBEA facebook page, TWHYA facebook page and in the youth email blast. Contestants may enter one photo per month. Photo may be an individual or group theme shot. A special prize will be sent to the champion.

The photo may be taken by a TWHYA member or be of a photo of a TWHYA member. Please include your name, address, and names of people and horses in the photo. Please send photos via email to