AQHYA World Championship Show 2014
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August 1-9, 2014
Oklahoma City

Journal at the World

July 29, 2013

Ranch Pleasure

For the first time, exhibitors will compete in ranch pleasure at the 2013 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.

American Quarter Horse Youth Association 2013 World Championship Show

Exhibitors will compete in ranch pleasure at this year's Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.

New this year, American Quarter Horse Youth Association competitors will compete in ranch pleasure at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. This year’s Ford Youth World is August 2-10 in Oklahoma City.

During the Ford Youth World, 90 exhibitors will vie for world champion honors in ranch pleasure. Ranch pleasure prelims start at 9 a.m. on August 6 in the Performance Arena and finals are on August 8 in the Jim Norick Arena.

Ranch pleasure made its debut at the 2012 AQHA World Championship Show. The class was met with an enthusiastic response by exhibitors and spectators alike.

“For the first year, ranch pleasure was solely approved for the open division so that AQHA could gauge the response of exhibitors,” said Tom Persechino, AQHA executive director of competition and breed integrity. “The time came to analyze the class, and the show entries, plus requests from competitors, solidified that ranch pleasure needed to also be offered in the youth, amateur and Select amateur divisions.”

The horse’s performance in a ranch pleasure class should simulate a horse riding outside the confines of an arena and that of a working ranch horse. This class should show the horse’s ability to work at a forward, working speed while under the rider’s control.

“In ranch pleasure, judges look for a perfect, handy horse with manners, versatility and movement,” said AQHA Senior Director of Judges Alex Ross. “There’s a real emphasis on forward movement and ground-covering gaits, while rules of cadence still apply.” 

More than 2,300 entries from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and Venezuela are competing for 35 world championships at this year’s Ford Youth World, August 2-10 in Oklahoma City.

Top five states with the most entries are:

  1. Texas – 267
  2. Colorado – 161
  3. Oklahoma – 151
  4. Ohio – 143
  5. Florida – 97

The Ford Youth World is the pinnacle event for American Quarter Horse exhibitors, ages 18 and under, around the world, who must qualify for the event by earning a predetermined number of points to compete in each of the classes representing halter, English and western disciplines.

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. In order to qualify, you must be an AQHA member for at least 60 days. Get your rebate here and, remember, when purchasing your next vehicle, buy Built Ford Tough.

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