2015 AQHYA World Show

July 31-August 8, 2015, Oklahoma City

Journal at the World

July 24, 2014

What You Need to Know Before #AQHYAWorld

We rounded up nine bits of Ford Youth World advice and tracked down competitors to see what they’ve been doing to prepare.

By Tara Matsler
The American Quarter Horse Journal

2014 AQHYA World Show facts

Use #AQHYAWorld to share your adventures en route to and while you’re at the 2014 Ford Youth World. (Credit: Tara Matsler)

The 2014 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show kicks off August 1 in Oklahoma City. The event wraps up August 9, and in the process 35 world champions will be crowned.

Whether you’re a Ford Youth World newbie or veteran, these tips will surely make your trip to OKC a bit slicker. 

  1. First stop: the check-in gate, where you will need three pieces of paper. When you arrive at State Fair Park, be ready to show your horse’s original registration certificate, current original health papers (dated within 30 days) and original negative Coggins paper dated within 12 months. Here’s a tip: All certificates and papers should indicate the horse’s registered name. Consider packing these papers in plastic sleeves in a binder stored in your truck for quick access.  
  2. Next stop: the stall office. During the day, the stall office is located at the check-in gate. But at night, you’ll need to check the stall office, which is by the show office and the Jim Norick Arena. The good folks working the stall office will help you locate your affiliate’s stalls; you’ll then want to get with your affiliate youth adviser as to which particular stall is yours. 
  3. Don’t put your registration certificate away just yet. Take your horse’s registration certificate to the show office to pick up your entry number, show schedule, exercise schedule and other info. 
  4. Save www.aqha.com/youthworld to “favorites” on your smartphone. You’ll easily be able to pull up the tentative schedule, draws, results, Journal coverage and even the live webcast.
  5. Dress in layers. Oklahoma City temperatures in August range from 74 to exceeding 100 degrees, with medium to heavy humidity and chances of rain, so bring plenty of light clothing to wear when you’re out and about during the day. And remember, appropriate attire will be required for all functions on grounds – refer to the AQHYA dress code. Keep it classy, OKC.
  6. Pencil in time for the Ride the Rail/Ride the Pattern clinics. These free clinics are excellent opportunities to see the 2014 Ford Youth World pattern in action, plus get an expert’s opinion on what the judges will be looking for.
  7. Engage with us. We want to hear about your Ford Youth World experience via your favorite social network. We’re on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest, so keep us posted, and use hashtag #AQHYAWorld.
  8. Keep in mind that memories and friendships made at the Ford Youth World will last a lifetime. Meet competitors from around the world at the fashion show and pin exchange, Paws Cause, variety show and Justin Boots Freestyle presented by Tener’s. Around the world? Yes, this year’s show will host competitors from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Israel, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Venezuela, plus the United States. 
  9. Enjoy the new Trade Show closer to the horse-show action. The trade show has moved. You’ll now find your heart’s desire for a shopping extravaganza in the concourse and Barn 3. Happy shopping! 

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And use #AQHYAWorld to share your adventures en route to and while you’re at the 2014 Ford Youth World. We’ll see you there!