Ford Youth World Is Underway

Ford Youth World Is Underway

The 2020 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show kicked off July 29 at the OKC Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City.

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Exhibitors at the 2020 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show shined their boots and dusted off their hats for the first day of competition at the OKC Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. Classes began at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29, in the Jim Norick Arena with performance halter geldings.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to give competitors the chance to experience the Ford Youth World in as safe of an environment as possible, as they compete for top honors in Level 3, Adequan® Level 2 and Nutrena Level 1 classes,” said Justin Billings, AQHA chief show officer. “Although this show season has been different than others due to the coronavirus pandemic, we look forward to hosting an event where AQHYA members can do what they love, show their American Quarter Horses, while still meeting health protocols put in place by local authorities.”

Ford Youth World Protocols

AQHA has implemented new guidelines and procedures to protect the health and safety of exhibitors and attendees during the 2020 Ford Youth World. Review the Ford Youth World Health Protocols before arriving in Oklahoma City. As a reminder, the facility is not open to the general public during the show; however, exhibitors and their connections may still attend.

Special Events and Contests

Contests held at the 2020 Ford Youth World have been modified, due to new guidelines and health protocols. If you are not attending the Ford Youth World, there are still a variety of digital events and activities you can tune in to watch. The 2020 Parade of Teams video will premiere at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 2, to recognize the hard work and dedication of AQHYA members. Additionally, the Nutrena Ride the Pattern clinics, presented by AQHA Professional Horsemen, will be live streamed for exhibitors to watch on Facebook Live and throughout the show. To show your support for the AQHA Professional Horsemen, donations can be made online to support the Professional Horsemen Crisis Fund. Nutrena will graciously match the donations made during the Ford Youth World, dollar for dollar.

Ford Youth World Digital Program

View the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show Souvenir Program. It's packed with helpful resources and information you won't get anywhere else:

  • Show statistics and records.
  • Formulas for class splits.
  • Show services.
  • Programs and special show awards.
  • NEW: Ford Youth World Memory Pages.
  • And more!

Live Webcast, Videos and Photos

If you are competing at this year’s Ford Youth World, be sure to share the link to the free, live webcast, brought to you by Ford, with your friends and family who can’t join you in Oklahoma City this year. A link to the webcast is available at during the show. 

Make sure you check your email for the free video of your go, courtesy of AQHA and Equine Promotion, the official videographer of this year’s AQHA world championship shows. Equine Promotion will email exhibitors a link to their run so they can download the video and share it on social media. Stop by the Equine Promotion booth to confirm your email address. Check your junk email during the show if you don’t see it in your inbox.

When you share the video to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtags #AQHYAWorld and #GetThatGlobe to let your fellow AQHYA members, friends and family know how your AQHA world show is going.

In addition to the free video, there are still a variety of video options for purchase, too. Stop by Equine Promotion’s booth, call 903-361-0489 or go online to Photos can also be purchased from the official show photographer, Shane Rux Photography.

Show Coverage

AQHA is the official source for the Ford Youth World results, information and more. The American Quarter Horse Journal will be covering the show, including posting the “Journal Winning Run” video interviews with each and every world champion at

For more information on the Ford Youth World and the tentative schedule, visit

The Ford Youth World is being held in accordance with local, state and federal government mandates. AQHA will continue to monitor the situation and potential effects on this year’s show. In the event a change is made to the show, AQHA will share additional information on

About the Sponsor

Ford Motor Co. is the official sponsor of the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. AQHA members are eligible for a $500 rebate through Ford on select Ford models, some restrictions apply. To qualify, you must be an AQHA member for at least 60 days. Get your rebate here and remember when purchasing your next vehicle, buy Built Ford Tough. 

Adequan®, the official equine joint therapy of AQHA, is a proud sponsor of the Adequan® Level 2 classes. When you choose a joint therapy for your horses, choose Adequan®.

Nutrena is proud to present Nutrena Level 1 Championship classes at this year’s Ford Youth World. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of the Nutrena Level 1 Championships this spring, the AQHA Executive Committee made the decision to move level 1 classes to their respective world championship show.

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