Wrapping Up the 2018 Ford Youth World

Wrapping Up the 2018 Ford Youth World

More than 770 AQHYA members from across the globe competed at this year’s Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show for the chance to take home a coveted gold globe.

2018 AQHA youth trail world champion

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That’s a wrap on the 2018 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show! AQHYA exhibitors from the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark and Luxembourg competed for 42 world championship titles and 33 Adequan® Level 2 championships August 2-11 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. More than 1,000 horses and 771 exhibitors competed in western, English and halter events.

For the first time, AQHA awarded seven Level 3 world champion titles to winners of the 13-&-Under core classes. The top three 13-&-Under competitors were also recognized within the other classes at the show. 

If you were unable to join us in Oklahoma City, or missed the free live webcast, brought to you by Ford, be sure to check out results at www.aqha.com/youthworld. You can also watch The American Quarter Horse Journal’s “Journal Winning Run” interviews, starring the best youth riders in the world, and read a variety of stories from the show.

Action at State Fair Park continued outside of the arena, too. The AQHYA Horse Judging Contest, speech and art/photo contests were just some of the contests offered. Throughout the show, Ford Youth World teams also competed for points in a team spirit contest. 

The 2018 youth teams were recognized during the Parade of Teams, sponsored by Ford, in the Jim Norick Arena. The 2017 AQHYA year-end high-point winners were also recognized during the Parade of Teams. All youth teams and youth high-point winners were honored in front of their peers, friends and family for their great accomplishments. New this year, 14 teams competed in a fashion show where they modeled custom-designed Justin boots and Wrangler jeans during the Parade of Teams.

Also new this year at Ford Youth World, 16 collegiate equestrian riders squared off in the AQHA Collegiate Horsemanship Championships August 6-7 during the 2018 Ford Youth World in Oklahoma City. Eight student-athletes from the National Collegiate Equestrian Association and eight from the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association were selected by their respective organizations to showcase their skills in the championship.

Two youth each received $1,000 scholarships from the Dr. David McCarroll Memorial Fund. Dr. David McCarroll, an Oklahoma veterinarian, researcher and educator, died in 2012, but, a gift in his memory continues to give back to the equine industry he loved.

AQHA Professional Horsemen volunteered their time to give free Ride the Pattern clinics, presented by Nutrena. These clinics gave exhibitors and spectators the perfect opportunity to learn how AQHA Professional Horsemen approach a class or pattern. Thanks in part to Nutrena’s generosity to match the amount donated at the Ride the Pattern clinics, the Professional Horsemen Scholarship Fund raised more than $6,300.  

Attendees of the Ford Youth World took home fur-ever friends from The Paws Cause dog adoption event on August 5; met with colleges and universities at the college fair August 7; cut a rug at the dance after the Parade of Teams on August 6; and mingled with friends at the exhibitor party on August 10, where attendees took part in the Nutrena dog race and dog costume contest and competed in the B&W Trailer Hitch contest.

The AQHYA Community Service and Youth World Show committees, along with the AQHYA Board of Directors, partnered with a local women’s shelter, the YWCA Oklahoma City to host a toiletry drive during the show. Nearly 2,000 personal care items were donated. The toiletry drive also served as a contest among regions to see which region could donate the largest amount of items during the show. Region 8 donated the most and earned a certificate from the AQHYA Board of Directors.  

Additionally, AQHA offered a $2,500 added open 5D barrel race with a $500-added AQHA side pot open for anyone to haul in and participate. The barrel race had nearly 300 entries and was approved by AQHA, Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.

2019 Ford Youth World
View the points required to qualify for the 2019 Ford Youth World.

For more information on the Ford Youth World, visit www.aqha.com/youthworld.

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.

Adequan®the official equine joint therapy of AQHA, is a proud sponsor of the Adequan® Level 2 classes and the free webcast from Ford Youth World. When you choose a joint therapy for your horses, choose Adequan®.

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