American Youth Horse Council Annual Symposium Pivots to Virtual Format

The board of directors for the American Youth Horse Council (AYHC) has unanimously agreed to convert the 44th Annual AYHC Symposium to a virtual format. The event, originally scheduled for February 26-28, 2021 in Murfreesboro, TN will now be held entirely online with a revised schedule and dates to be determined soon.

AYHC Executive Director, Danette McGuire said, “Although we were looking forward to seeing our AYHC members and colleagues in Tennessee the leadership of AYHC recognizes that there are many risks surrounding COVID-19.  The board felt that making this decision now would allow the planning committee ample time to re-envision the 2021 event in a way that is engaging and impactful while also protecting the health and safety of our members and attendees.”

The virtual 44th Annual AYHC Symposium will offer much more than a webinar series; the virtual format will feature the key elements that make the AYHC Symposium a unique event that draws attendees who return year after year:

  • The virtual AYHC Symposium will bring together all facets of the equine industry with a common goal of uniting kids and horses.
  • The non-breed / non-discipline specific curriculum will offer equine knowledge that transfers from the book to the barn, providing educational tools that volunteers, teachers, trainers, and coaches can use to teach youth about safe and effective horsemanship.
  • Robust networking tools will encourage attendees to make new connections with shared interests through community discussion boards, virtual meet-ups and attendee matchmaking.
  • A sponsor showcase and virtual exhibit hall will feature company profiles and videos, exhibitor coupons and interactive tools to connect participants with the latest products and resources in the equine industry.

The virtual AYHC Symposium presents an opportunity for adult and student leaders in the youth horse industry to learn, network, share ideas and grow as an industry…from the comfort of your home or office! Additional details, including a revised pricing structure, will be available at as plans are finalized.

The 45th Annual Symposium is being planned for Murfreesboro, TN in February of 2022.

 About the American Youth Horse Council
The American Youth Horse Council is a network of academic, breed, industry and other representatives interested in facilitating the flow of horse-related educational resources for youth. We believe youth who engage with horses grow in leadership and life skills. By empowering adults who teach youth about horses, and connecting them with resources, we are fostering a thriving horse industry. For more information about the association, please visit or contact the American Youth Horse Council at

Danette McGuire, AYHC Executive Director
P: 817.320.2005


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