Largest Ford Youth World in History

Largest Ford Youth World in History

The 2021 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show kicked off July 29 at the OKC Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City.

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The American Quarter Horse Association kicks off the largest Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show in the Association’s history! Classes began with performance halter geldings at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 29, in the Jim Norick Arena at the OKC Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. The Performance Arena started with Level 2 Showmanship at 10 a.m.

“We are excited to host the largest Ford Youth World in the Association’s history with more than 5,800 entries and 284 first-time exhibitors,” said Justin Billings, AQHA chief show officer. “We are grateful to welcome our AQHYA members with their American Quarter Horses, and wish them the best of luck as we make history together and they compete for top honors in Level 3, Adequan® Level 2 and Nutrena Level 1 classes.”

Special Events and Contests
American Quarter Horse Youth Association members are also participating in contests outside of the arena at the Ford Youth World. Through speech, art and photo, scrapbook, Justin boots and Wrangler jeans, stall decorating, judging and team spirit contests, members are increasing their equine knowledge, as well as developing skills that will last a lifetime.

The 2021 recipient of the Youth Activities Scholarship will be named during the show. This unique scholarship is awarded to a youth member in their last year of eligibility based on their application and competition at the Ford Youth World.

The ever-popular Parade of Teams is slated for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 3, to recognize the hard work and dedication of AQHYA members from around the world.

Additionally, the free Nutrena Ride the Pattern clinics, presented by AQHA Professional Horsemen, will be live-streamed for exhibitors to watch on Facebook throughout the show. To show your support for the AQHA Professional Horsemen, gifts can be made online to support the AQHA Professional Horsemen’s Endowment. Nutrena will graciously match the donations made during the Ford Youth World, dollar for dollar.

Ford Youth World Digital Program
If you haven’t already, be sure to sign-up for access to the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show digital program delivered straight to your inbox.

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 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 Farnam. Equine Promotion, the Ford Youth World official videographer, 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, #MakeYourMark and #GetThatGlobe to let your fellow AQHYA members, friends and family know how your AQHA world show is going.

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 at Also watch for the daily Gold Globe Report, brought to you by the Wrangler Network, recapping highlights from each day of competition.

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

About the Ford Youth World
The Ford Youth World, which is July 29 - August 8 at the OKC Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, is the premier event for American Quarter Horse exhibitors ages 18 and under in the equine industry. The event was established in 1972 and brings together youth from around the world for nearly two weeks of exciting competition, educational opportunities and a bountiful trade show.

For more information on the Ford Youth World, visit  

About the Ford Youth World Sponsors
AQHA members receive special offers through FordPass™ Rewards – download the FordPass App** or visit to join today. As a member, you’ll earn 10 points per $1 spent on service, and you can redeem those points toward service, great accessories or even a down payment on your next Ford.

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

Read more about Nutrena, the official feed of AQHA and title sponsor of the 2021 Nutrena Level 1 Championships, which is being held during the 2021 Ford Youth World.

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