BOYCEVILLE — Kylie Krueger of Boyceville applied to the American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) and was awarded a weanling quarter horse filly this past summer through the Young Horse Development Project program.
The filly was one of six weanlings donated by the Jim and Joni Hunt family of Open Box Rafter Ranch in Faith, South Dakota.
Kylie along with her parents Jerry and Noelle Krueger traveled to Rapid City , S.D. September 6th for the ranch’s annual production sale.
There, Kylie was given her quarter horse filly.
According to the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) website, the Young Horse Development Project showcases the stock bred and raised by AQHA Ranching Heritage members. It also provides an opportunity for youth to become engaged in the horse industry at a fundamental level that will be fun and educational. AQHYA members have the chance to receive a free weanling from generous AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders.
Kylie is also is eligible for scholarships and prizes that range from a $2,000 scholarship and a Montana Silversmith Belt Buckle to a $500 scholarship and a $100 Wrangler Gift Certificate.
In addition, youth participants must write monthly progress reports detailing daily routine care, nutrition plans, goals and training plans for their horse. A project book is also required.
Kylie, a freshman at Boyceville High School, has started a Wisconsin Interscholastic Horsemanship team at the school.
Kylie aspires to be a large animal veterinarian.