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Appaloosa Youth International Exchange Program

Exchange Program Application
Host Application
Guidelines and Responsibilities

Note: If your family is interested in acting as a host family (or for further information about the program), please contact the ApHC Youth Coordinator at (208) 882-5578 ext. 245 or email

Appaloosa Youth Association members ages 14-18 are invited to apply for the chance to spend a week in a foreign country as part of the Appaloosa Youth International Exchange program. Two youth from the U.S. will spend a week in a host country and compete in that country or region’s Championship Show; foreign youth members will spend a week with a U.S. ApHC host family and compete at the Appaloosa Youth World Championships.

Participants must be Appaloosa Youth Association members. The ApHC will locate responsible host families, will cover the costs of up to three classes per youth at the designated Championships, and pay for one stall if only the youth participant uses the horse. ApHC will also cover hotel costs during the Youth World and European Championships and provide a daily allowance for meals. Participants will be responsible for airfare and miscellaneous costs associated with traveling.

The deadline for applications is approaching quickly! Applications must be in the ApHC office by April 30 for the Appaloosa Youth World Show and May 15 for the Foreign Show. To apply, please complete the application. If you are interested in acting as a host family or for more information please contact ApHC Youth Coordinator at (208) 882-5578 or email

Want to participate at an approved breed show?
Effective January 1, 2010 the ApHC International Exchange Program was enhanced allowing youth and non-pro competitors the opportunity to show at ApHC approved shows!
The International Exchange Program allows each ApHC International Affiliate to nominate two youth members in good standing with both the international affiliate and the ApHC. The affiliate organization must provide written notification of the member’s participation to the ApHC.

The ApHC will waive ownership requirements, allowing exchange exhibitors to show an eligible Appaloosa in up to three (3) classes at one (1) ApHC-approved show per calendar year. The visiting youth or non-pro exhibitor is responsible to find an eligible Appaloosa, lodging, meals, related expenses and travel, as well as for published entry fees and other associated costs. The exhibitor may not participate in the International Exchange Program in consecutive years.