2015 AQHYA World Show

July 31-August 8, 2015
Oklahoma City

2013 Youth World


A cutting-bred youth world champion.

Megan Bishop of Guthrie, Oklahoma, and RJJ Scootin Tanquery came out of the youth cutting prelims sitting third with a 215.5. She was thrilled to make the 2013 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show finals on a horse she’s only had for “four or five months.”

She was fourth in the go for the August 10 finals.

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“My first cow was really good, he really set up for me and helped my horse really work out and let him move his body and got him showing,” she said. “My second cow wasn’t as good. My third cow, I didn’t get my hand set down as fast as I could have, but it let him work as much as he could. It really helped our run, and I was happy.”

They scored a 219 to win the world championship.

She added: “I came in just hoping to mark a score, not caring where I marked. I came out world champion and I can’t be more excited with my horse. He’s done the best he can.”

Megan has been cutting all her life – it’s been a part of her growing up as the daughter of Steven and Kim Bishop, and the granddaughter of longtime cutter Floyd Percival.

“I love it,” she said. “You meet a lot of people, and you learn a lot of leadership through it ... I love traveling; it gets you out of the house and moving around.”

She got RJJ Scootin Tanquery from her “best friend” Gracie Paul of Coldwater, Kansas; Gracie came down to Oklahoma City to help her get the gelding ready.

“If you don’t ride him enough, you won’t get through a run,” she said. “If he isn’t tired, you’re in trouble. Other than that, he’ll take care of you.”

She met Gracie at a horse show in Kansas.

“We started talking and trotting, and I had to help her dad lope a horse because he had four in a class … and we started texting and it came to be … and now we are with each other every chance we can.”

Megan had a slew of people in the stands to cheer her on in the finals. In addition to Gracie, “all my family, my cousins, my mom, my aunt and uncle, my grandparents, my dad, about everybody you could think of, some friends from school came. It was really a fun experience.”

She especially wanted to thank: “My grandfather for buying this horse and keeping me in it and paying all my entries.”

And she’s pretty happy to win her first youth world championship. At just 16, Megan plans on returning to shoot for another title next year.

“It’s really exciting, I haven’t really taken it in yet, I’m really excited with my horse; I can’t wait to go to the next show.”

She’s got one piece of advice for young people aiming to compete at the Ford Youth World: “Even if you have a rough run, stay in it and keep going there’s always a next show.”

RJJ Scootin Tanquery and Megan Bishop

RJJ Scootin Tanquery and Megan Bishop