National horse event coming to the Palouse

The American Youth Horse Council Symposium is coming to the Palouse region next month. This national event will bring between 150 and 200 people to Pullman and Moscow for live demonstrations, tours, presentations, exhibits, and more.

A horse stands in a stall while two women do work around it in a barn.
Whitman County 4-H, part of WSU Extension, has a horse program. They’ll be represented at the AYHC Symposium next month.

WSU’s Whitman County Extension office is one of the co-hosts for the event, which will be held from March 8-10.

“We have some unique equine resources here that we’re looking forward to showing off to our visitors, including the Appaloosa horse registry in Moscow and the WSU veterinary school,” said Janet Schmidt, Whitman County Extension director. “We have tours lined up for those and several other attractions around the Palouse and up in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene as well.”

Anyone aged 14 and over with an interest in horses is welcome at the various events, including the key note talk by Jesse Budd.

“Jesse is a former Whitman County 4-H member and Miss Rodeo Washington who grew up in Colton,” Schmidt said. “And we’re so excited she’s coming home from Texas to talk about the impact 4-H and horses have had on her life.”

Other information sessions include a talk by WSU Human Development professor Patricia Pendry, who specializes in how human/animal interactions can reduce stress, emergency management protocols by WSU Vet med professors, and much more.

Registration details and the full list of workshops, talks, and tours is available at