Ford Youth World Champions to Teach Clinic

Klay McDowall and Addison Fjelstad will demonstrate horsemanship and ranch riding patterns May 31 at the Iowa Show Circuit.

From the Iowa Show Circuit

Klay McDowall showed Certainly A Blaze to the horsemanship world championship at the 2014 Ford Youth World. (Credit: Journal)

Be inspired watching two of AQHA’s best next-generation horsemen as they demonstrate ranch riding and hjorsemanship patterns and skills. On Sunday, May 31 at the Iowa Show Circuit, Addison Fjelstad and Klay McDowall will go through their Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show patterns, breaking the patterns down. Next AQHA Professional Horseman and judge Kelly McDowall will step in the arena to talk about what the judges look for in these classes. Each demo will have a question-and-answer session, and the audience will also have copies of the pattern to follow and make notes.

The Iowa Show Circuit starts May 31 with the Level 1 (Novice) Show, followed by this demonstration and judging clinic. The ISC continues on through June 6 with six AQHA shows at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. 

About the Clinicians: Klay McDowall

At the young age of 16, Klay McDowall is already an old hand at riding and showing Quarter Horses, having won many awards and qualified for his first Ford Youth World at age 8. He already has an envious All American Quarter Horse Congress career from winning 11-&-under reserve all-around championship and 11-&-under trail championship to his most recent Congress awards in 2014 as the 15-18 Congress western riding champion, Congress National Youth Activity Team Tournament horsemanship champion and 15-18 Congress horsemanship champion. 

Klay had a stellar 2014 Ford Youth World, being named the horsemanship world champion and earning third place in western riding. 

Klay lives with his parents, Kelly and Marnie, and sister, Claire, in Franktown, Colorado, and he currently shows his horse Certainly A Blaze in horsemanship, trail and western riding. Klay is also on his high school varsity track team and runs the 300 hurdles, as well as several relays; he is also active in student council, National Honor Society and international baccalaureate programs. 

About the Clinicians: Addison Fjelstad

Addison Fjelstad, 17, started taking English/hunter-jumper riding lessons at age 7, and five years ago, started riding with AQHA Professional Horseman Monty Bruce in Northwood, Iowa. Addison's passion for the performance horse has her diving in head first with cow horse, cutting, reining and ranch riding classes, and this dedication has helped her already win multiple National Reined Cow Horse Association world championships, an AQHA youth boxing world championship and a youth ranch riding reserve world championship aboard her show horse, Mini Mes Mercedes.

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In the past two years, Addison has also been training a 2-year-old and a 3-year-old with Monty’s help. She just sold one of them and will hopefully be showing her other one in a futurity class this fall. Addison is currently competing in the AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program. She was awarded a filly from SunUp Ranch of Brainerd, Minnesota, last fall that she is responsible for raising, training and showing in a halter class this fall. Monthly documentation is submitted and a final project book will be submitted for judging in September 2015. There are awards for first through fifth place, and to showcase her progression with the program, Addison also writes a monthly article that is published in Performance Horse Digest magazine.

More Education at Iowa Show Circuit

Progressive Nutrition will also present an educational segment led by Russell Mueller between the ranch riding and hjorsemanship sessions. ISC thanks Progressive Nutrition, Nutrena and Rock Ridge Ranch for sponsoring an exhibitor pizza party to enjoy during the demo/clinics. Additional giveaways and drawings will be held in the Jacobson Arena during the sessions, too! 

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Addison Fjelstad rode Mini Mes Mercedes to the 2014 AQHA youth ranch riding (ranch horse pleasure) reserve world championship

Addison Fjelstad rode Mini Mes Mercedes to the 2014 AQHA youth ranch riding reserve world championship.