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The Rundown: Youth World Facts

There’s a lot to see and do at the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.

By Tara Christiansen
The American Quarter Horse Journal
August 4, 2011

Team Nebraska from the 2010 Ford Youth World

Team Nebraska runs into the Jim Norick Arena at the 2010 Ford Youth World. Journal photo.

Trade Show

If you’re going to be in Oklahoma City for the Ford Youth World, make sure you take advantage of these offerings, brought to you by AQHA’s corporate partners:

  • The Internet Café has moved this year – look for free Internet use at AQHA Corporate Partner SmartPak’s booth in the trade show.
  • Make your way to the AQHA booth on Saturday, August 6, for an ice cream social, sponsored by AQHA Corporate Partner Justin Boots.
  • Another ice cream social will be hosted on Thursday, August 11, sponsored by AQHA’s Smart Partners.
  • Exhibitors will receive a certificate for a free pair of jeans, courtesy of AQHA Corporate Partner Wrangler. Redeem the certificates in the trade show.

Want some free money for the trade show? Be on the lookout for AQHYA officers and directors – they will be handing out Trade Show Bucks throughout the show. Additional drawings for Trade Show Bucks will be made during the Parade of Teams on Monday, August 8.

Youth Activities

Based on a team’s fervor during the Parade of Teams, a team spirit award will be presented to the state with the most enthusiasm and creativity. In addition, a daily team challenge award will be awarded to team that excels at that day’s challenge.

Immediately following the Parade of Teams, make your way to the warm-up pen in the Super Barn, where the Variety Show will kick off. 

And remember, a barbecue will be held Thursday, August 11, at 7 p.m. for the awards presentation for the judging and speech contests. The barbecue is open to anyone who wants to attend and tickets can be purchased at the AQHA booth in the trade show.

Political Impact 

Do you have an opinion on the current issues affecting the equine industry?

The AQHYA Public Policy Committee recently made a trip to Washington, D.C., and its members will share their experience at a meeting on Monday, August 8, at 1 p.m. in the Sale Pavilion. In addition, committee members will discuss political issues that affect the horse industry.

The committee represents the entire AQHYA and will explain their position on several issues facing the equine industry. But more importantly, the committee wants to hear how AQHYA members feel about these issues. Free refreshments will be served, and the state with the most members in attendance will be rewarded.

The American Quarter Horse Journal is on the road at the Ford Youth World. Catch all of the Journal's coverage and the live webcast of the event at aqha.com/youthworld.