Judges Named for 2020 Ford Youth World

Judges Named for 2020 Ford Youth World

A prestigious list of judges is set for the 2020 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.

a male youth exhibitor leads a buckskin mare past a line of judges in a performance halter class at the 2014 AQHYA World Show (Credit: Journal)

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The American Quarter Horse Association is excited to announce the judges for the 2020 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show slated for July 29 - August 8 at the OKC Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. 

“It is our goal to bring an outstanding roster of judges together to judge the Ford Youth World, because it is one of the most prestigious events in the equine industry,” said Patti Carter, AQHA senior director of judges. “We look forward to the great competition at this year’s show.”

The judges for the 2020 Ford Youth World are:

Andy Adams of Gerber, California

Todd Arvidson of Purcell, Oklahoma

Jaime Beamer of Lipan, Texas

C. R. Bradley of Collinsville, Texas

Rick Chayer of Sperry, Oklahoma

Ian Chisholm of Weatherford, Texas

Shelley Fitzgerald of Yukon, Oklahoma

Kelly Graham of Weatherford, Texas

Theodore Grose of Sumterville, Florida

Holly Hover of Cave Creek, Arizona

Jennifer Lisson of San Angelo, Texas 

Clay Macleod of Rancho Santa Fe, California

Jeff Mellot of Aubrey, Texas

Robert Meneely of Conyers, Georgia

Bonnie Miller of Lady Lake, Florida

John Pipkin of Amarillo, Texas

Neil Roger of Brock, Texas

Ross Roark of Andrews, Texas

Gary Roberts of Murrieta, California

Dean Ross of Castor, Alberta

Troy Riddle of Foster, Oklahoma

Sara Simons of Aubrey, Texas

Kelly Smith of Weatherford, Texas

Sandy Vaughn of Hernando, Florida

Laurel Walker-Denton of Skull Valley, Arizona

Carla Wennberg of Laurinburg, North Carolina

Daren Wright of Chillicothe, Ohio

Qualifying Waived for 2020 Ford Youth World
Due to the rapidly evolving pandemic worldwide, exhibitors faced several challenges to compete and qualify for the 2020 AQHA world championship shows. The safety of AQHA exhibitors, trainers, families, spectators and staff is the Association’s top priority. Therefore, the AQHA Executive Committee waived qualification for the 2020 Ford Youth World.

Nutrena Level 1 Classes Added to 2020 Ford Youth World

Due to the cancellation of the Nutrena AQHA Level 1 Championships this spring, AQHA received multiple requests from exhibitors to host the Nutrena Level 1 classes later in the year. After careful consideration and discussions with AQHA leadership and the host facilities, the Association is pleased to add the Nutrena Level 1 classes to the respective 2020 AQHA world championships shows, which will be held pending local, state and government mandates.

Entry information will be released at the beginning of June at www.aqha.com/youthworld.

AQHA staff will continue to monitor coronavirus (COVID-19) developments leading up to the 2020 Ford Youth World. The Association will be in direct contact with exhibitors if any changes are made to this show. If the event is cancelled, exhibitors will automatically receive a full refund for their entry and stalling fees. Visit www.aqha.com/youthworld for the most up-to-date information on the Ford Youth World.

About the Sponsor
Ford Motor Co. is the official sponsor of the Ford Youth World. 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.

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