2011 Youth World
by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Longtime AQHYA exhibitor Christopher Luba walked out with a world championship in what might have been the largest showmanship class in Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show history. He won with his talented all-around red roan gelding Good For The Ladys, a John Narmont-bred son of Zippos Mr Good Bar and out of Some Patent Lady by Zippo Pat Bars.
There were 192 entries in the August 8 prelims and a semifinals round to decide the 15 finalists competing August 9.
“The finals pattern I actually thought was going to be more difficult,” Christopher told the Journal after the win. “I thought the prelims pattern was more difficult, having no cones, so I was worried going into the finals that I would really have to show every last piece. It was definitely a little nerve-wracking going in there. It turned out OK.”
With no markers, a large layout and so many exhibitors, the prelims made for a long day: “(I took) a lot of deep breaths, trying to stay focused and watching a lot. There were a lot of great horses out there and plenty to watch that I was able to learn from.”
Christopher says he feels the most comfortable with “Red” in showmanship.
“He takes good care of me when I’m out there and about to mess up – he’ll save me through it. He’s pretty quiet; he’ll usually go out there and try to behave himself.”
The two were also the Intermediate champions in the class - one of AQHA's newest programs making its debut at the 2011 Ford Youth World.
From Louisville, Kentucky, Christopher attends Indiana University and is a past president of the Kentucky Quarter Horse Youth Association and a former national AQHYA director. A talented singer-songwriter, Christopher has often competed in the Ford Youth World talent show, and won a second place in the event August 8.
His entire family has been involved with AQHA competition and the Association: his parents, Norm and Lorraine, and brother Colin, who is a past president of AQHYA.
“(I want to thank) everybody – my family, my horse trainers (Tommy Sheets and Ryan Cottingim of New Albany, Indiana) – they’ve given me countless hours,” Christopher said. “I would not be here if it was just me, not a doubt about it.”
The biggest reason he enjoys AQHYA is “the people."
“If it was not for the hordes of great people out there – fun to be around, talk to and genuinely honest," he paused. "Without a doubt that’s the reason why (I enjoy showing here).”
This was Christopher’s last year of youth competition, and he can’t believe he’s going out with a world championship.
“I’m surprised; I’m ecstatic; I’m thrilled; I can’t even put it into words. I’ll never forget it. This is it. I’m wrapping up and get ready to go to school at the end of August.”
Christopher Luba of Louisville, Kentucky, and Good For The Ladys win the 2011 youth world championship in showmanship.