By Tara MatslerThe American Quarter Horse JournalJanuary 27, 2014
“Coming in, I knew I had to give it my all; this was it. This was the moment that I’d been dreaming of forever," said Rebecca Anderson, the 2013 AQHA youth trail world champion from Gottenburg, Nebraska. (Journal photo)
What goes on in the mind of a champion? Well, judging by the responses from the champions crowned at the 2013 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show, everyone is different.
It seems that for some competitors, like reining and tie-down world champions James Michael Glenn Phillips and Spencer Bramble, slowing down and taking everything in stride is the key to success. For others, such as showmanship and pole bending world champions Rebecca Anderson and Payton Carnahan, cranking your performance up to the max is the ticket.
Good, all-around advice for any competitor at any level – that’s how to best sum up the insight gleaned from 10 of the 2013 Ford Youth World champions. So, with the 2014 show season barely underway, take a page out of these world champions’ play books.
With the 2014 AQHA show season just getting underway, plus new levels available for competitors of varying experience, it’s an exciting time for horse-show enthusiasts. To find an upcoming show near you, check out the AQHA online show schedule at www.aqha.com/showschedule.
The 2014 Ford Youth World is August 1-9 in Oklahoma City. Qualifying for the event wraps up April 30, 2014, meaning exhibitors still have time to earn a berth to the world’s most prestigious event for youth competitors. Visit www.aqha.com/youthworld for qualifying info and show updates; the site is also the home for the show’s official show coverage, brought to you by The American Quarter Horse Journal.
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