Nine Reasons to Qualify for the Ford Youth World

Nine Reasons to Qualify for the Ford Youth World

Nationally qualify for the 2019 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show by April 30; you won’t forget this life-changing experience.

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From The American Quarter Horse Association

Whether they competed three years ago or 30, former AQHYA exhibitors will tell you that competing at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show was one of the most influential experiences in their lives.
Why’s that?

  1. You’ll build lifelong friendships with fellow youth. Everyone at the Ford Youth World is in the beginning stages of their successful show careers, and it’s exciting to think the friends you make from across the country – and around the world – are the same friends you’ll see for decades to come.
  2. This is the chance to win one for your horse. He’s your friend, your confidant and your teammate – so this one’s for him! Qualify for the Ford Youth World and he’ll have a nifty designation added to his permanent AQHA record.
  3. Meet your peers from around the world. As an international organization, AQHYA brings members together from all over the world. There are fun events throughout the Ford Youth World, so you’ll have a multitude of chances to make new friends. Last year, youth members attended from 41 states and four different countries. 
  4. Get the chance to become a 13-&-Under world champion in one or all of the seven core classes. Level 3 13-&-Under core classes were added to the Ford Youth World schedule last year. Exhibitors can qualify to compete in Level 3 13-&-Under western pleasure, hunter under saddle, horsemanship, hunt seat equitation, showmanship, ranch riding and trail. 
  5. Become a Level 2 youth champion in your event. The Youth Level 2 Championships, presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), will be held concurrently with the Ford Youth World. Adequan® Level 2 youth classes are another opportunity for AQHYA competitors to write their name in history as a champion.
  6. Sport some swag. The Ford Youth World qualifiers can order special items, like a qualifier jacket buckle and more. Shop online at
  7. Be part of an exclusive group. Once you qualify, you’ll join the elite group that shares the exclusive qualifier badge on social media with #AQHYAWorld, letting everyone know you’re headed to the 2019 Ford Youth World.
  8. It’s the trip of a lifetime. Not only will you remember the life-changing performances you put in with your horse, but the memories you make with your horse-showing friends and family are something you’ll cherish for years.
  9. Learn from top professionals. AQHA Professional Horsemen help out during the show, serving as clinicians for the free Nutrena Ride the Pattern clinics. Come meet some of your idols and learn from them. Professional Horsemen will also be available to answer questions and give advice at the Ask-A-Pro booth, located in the Super Barn.

So how can you qualify for the 2019 Ford Youth World? First,

  • Check the points required to nationally qualify in your class(es). The deadline to qualify is April 30, 2019.
  • Find shows to attend between now and then by using the online AQHA show calendar at
  • Call AQHA customer service at 806-376-4811 to verify the number of points you still need to qualify this year or see for yourself at Aside from earning points to nationally qualify, you might be able to qualify through your state, international or provincial affiliate. Contact information is listed at

The Ford Youth World is August 1-10 in Oklahoma City. If you're in search of more Ford Youth World information, your go-to place is

About the Sponsor
Ford Motor Co. is the title sponsor of the Ford Youth World. Ford has been a partner of AQHA since 2002. Remember the next time you buy, to buy Built Ford Tough.

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