2011 Youth World
by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Bailey Thurston, 16, of El Reno, Oklahoma, was “pretty nervous” coming into the August 13 breakaway roping finals at the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.
“In the prelims, I was kind of long, had a calf that ran quite a bit and I was a little bit late,” he told the Journal. Bailey and Hesa Tari Twister, aka “Twist,” ended up 14th in the prelims with a 3.590.
Fourth in the finals go, Bailey just wanted “to make a good run.” And that he did, capturing and keeping the lead for the youth world championship with a 2.170.
This was his third Ford Youth World appearance, and his first world championship: “It feels really good,” he said.
“(I’ve been roping) ever since I can remember. Since I was a little kid, I’ve had a rope in my hand, roping the dummy as much as I can.”
He enjoys roping against competitors who are also friends.
“Most of them are pretty tough; I’m pretty good friends with most of them,” Bailey said. “We all get along pretty well. The competition is always tough. I always try to do my best.”
Bailey says Twist really belongs to his mother, Janet Thurston. A 1996 sorrel gelding by Taris Twister and out of Muchacha Rosa by Docs Muchacho, Bailey plans to rope on Twist in high school rodeo this year.
Will we see them at the 2012 Ford Youth World? “Yes, ma’am, for sure.”
The first call Bailey made after leaving the arena with his gold trophy was to his mom – he needed help carrying his awards. He thanked his parents, Greg and Janet Thurston, for all their support.
How are they going to celebrate?
“I don’t know; I haven’t decided. I don’t think it’s sunk in yet!”
Bailey Thurston and Hesa Tari Twister won the youth world championship in breakaway roping at the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.