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May 1, 2023

038. Youth Futurity Project with APHA

038. Youth Futurity Project with APHA
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Join us on this episode of On the Rail Podcast as we chat with representatives from the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) about their Youth Futurity Project. This initiative is a fantastic chance for young horse enthusiasts to showcase their training and horsemanship skills with their yearling or 2-year-old futurity horse project at the 2023 APHA World Championship Show in Fort Worth, Texas, from June 24-27.  

Our guests detail the eligibility criteria for the project, the entry fees, and the classes available for participants to enter their horses. Listeners will also learn about the scoring system and how the logbook and interview process plays an essential role in showcasing participants' dedication to their project.

To participate in the Youth Futurity Project, you must be a current AjPHA member, pre-enter by May 15, and entries will be accepted until 5 p.m. the day before classes begin. Head to for more entry details.  

Don't miss out on this chance to compete with other young horse enthusiasts at the 2023 APHA World Championship Show. Tune in to this episode of On the Rail Podcast to learn all about this exciting project from the APHA experts themselves.

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Sabine Lazo

APHA TX State Director

Hi, and thanks for having me on the podcast! I'm a college student, a longtime equestrian, and perhaps most relevant for this episode, a state director for APHA. I've been a part of APHA and AjPHA leadership since my early youth years and have assisted with the Youth Futurity Project from the first time it was proposed through this, our second year of hosting the event! As a former youth exhibitor who is now a trainer, I think that programs like this are vital to the future of our organization and industry, and I'm thrilled to be a part of this one.

PS- sorry I submitted this late!

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Sandy Jirkovsky


Sandy and her husband, Jim, operate J/S Training in Whitesboro, TX specializing in all-around performance horses. She is carded with AQHA, APHA, NRHA, NRCHA, NSBA, And ApHC. Have judged NRHA Futurity, Quarter Horse Congress, APHA World Show, and major events through the United States, Europe and Australia. Sandy serves on the APHA board of directors and is also a professional horseman for AQHA and APHA.