2013 Youth World
by Alicia HarrisThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Like father like son. Or at least that’s how it seemed on August 3 when Cash Castle won the 2-year-old fillies class at the 2013 Built Ford Tough Youth World Championship Show in Oklahoma City.
When 12-year-old Cash came out of the class with Sheza Queen Of Cool, aka “Sarah,” his parents, AQHA Professional Horseman Luke Castle and wife Abbi, from Wayne, Oklahoma, were there to congratulate him.
“It was pretty exciting,” Cash said about the win. “I worked hard for it all year and it finally paid off.”
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Cash said it isn’t strange at all to have his parents as his trainers.
“It’s pretty nice because I can talk to them about anything, and I don’t have to feel uncomfortable or anything,” Cash said. “Just being with the horses all the time … it’s pretty good.”
Luke said the Ford Youth World is the highlight of the year for him.
“To get our youth ready, and especially to have your kid showing and be a part of your business, it’s a real special thing,” Luke said. “This is my favorite show to come and bring the youth kids to. It’s just very special.”
Cash worked hard, helping get Sarah ready for the show, and Luke was there to help him every step of the way.
“She was a real easy mare to get ready,” Luke said. “She’s a real pretty mare … But (Cash) has worked hard to get her ready. He’s done a great job out there every day. Me and him went and found her and picked her out. We’re very, very pleased and blessed.”
Luke felt like joking around with his son after the class and confessed the one problem they had getting Sarah ready for Ford Youth World.
“We’ve only got one problem: He doesn’t pay his bills,” Luke said of Cash with a teasing grin.
Laughing, Cash added, "It was just mentally and physically (challenging, wondering) if she was going to act good in the pen or if she was going to get crazy with all the other horses. But she did turn out to be pretty good and we got her ready just in time.”
It was Sarah's day to show.
“That is the first time she has ever went in the pen and showed for that long, for that much time,” Luke said. “(Cash) did a really good job showing her. (Sarah) just had a lot of expression … She was ‘on’ today.”
Sheza Queen Of Cool and Cash Castle