Wrapping Up the 2019 Ford Youth World

Wrapping Up the 2019 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.

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That’s a wrap on the 2019 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show! This year’s Ford Youth World, held August 1-10 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, was the largest in the event's 47-year history with more than 3,660 entries.

AQHYA exhibitors from the United States, Canada, Australia, Costa Rica, Denmark and Poland competed for 42 world championship titles and 33 Adequan® Level 2 championships. More than 770 exhibitors and 1,040 horses competed in western, English and halter events at this year’s show. AQHA also welcomed 308 first-time exhibitors to the show.

If you were unable to join us in Oklahoma City, or missed the free live webcast, brought to you by Sundowner Trailers, be sure to check out results at www.aqha.com/youthworld. You can also watch The American Quarter Horse Journal’sJournal 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. View the contest results.

The 2019 youth teams were recognized during the Parade of Teams, sponsored by Ford, in the Jim Norick Arena. The 2018 youth 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.

Returning this year at Ford Youth World, 12 collegiate student-athletes from the National Collegiate Equestrian Association squared off in the AQHA Collegiate Horsemanship Championships August 5 and 6. View the results.

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 Crisis Fund raised more than $ 8,900.  

The AQHA Professional Horsemen also hosted an online auction in order to raise money for the Guy Stoops Professional Horsemen’s Scholarship Fund. Bidding ran for four days on a variety of different items, including lessons and training in different disciplines, donated by AQHA Professional Horsemen from across the country. The generosity of all who bid in the auction raised $4,805 for the Scholarship Fund.

Attendees of the Ford Youth World took home fur-ever friends from The Paws Cause dog adoption event on August 4, and mingled with friends at the Candy Bar exhibitor party on August 8.

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. Over 1,100 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 10 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 over 500 entries and was approved by AQHA, Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.

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. AQHA members are eligible for a $500 rebate through Ford on select Ford or Lincoln models, some restrictions apply. To qualify, you must be an AQHA member for at least 60 days. Get your rebate 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 at the Ford Youth World. When you choose a joint therapy for your horses, choose Adequan®.

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