Wrapping Up the 2020 Ford Youth World

Wrapping Up the 2020 Ford Youth World

AQHA wraps up the 2020 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show, which was held in accordance with local, state and federal coronavirus mandates.

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That’s a wrap on the 2020 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show, which was hosted in accordance with local, state and federal coronavirus mandates. The Ford Youth World was held July 29 - August 8 at the OKC Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City.

AQHYA exhibitors from the United States and Canada competed for 42 world championship, 33 Adequan® Level 2 championships and 39 Nutrena Level 1 championships. The Nutrena Level 1 youth classes were held in conjunction with the Ford Youth World for the first time in the show’s history, due to the cancellation of the Nutrena Level 1 Championships earlier this spring.

Event Coverage
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 top Level 3 youth riders in the world.

View information on how-to order photos and videos from the show.

AQHYA Contests
View the Ford Youth World contest results for the contests that took place outside of the arena. Contests were modified to adhere to the Ford Youth World Health Protocols and social-distancing procedures.  

2020 Parade of Teams
The 2020 Parade of Teams was presented in a virtual video format this year. AQHYA youth teams competing at the Ford Youth World, AQHA Wrangler Aspire Award winner, 2019 year-end high-point winners and 2020-21 AQHYA Executive Committee and regional directors were recognized in the video that aired on Sunday, August 2. View the video here.

Recognition of 2019-2020 AQHYA Board of Directors

The 2019-2020 AQHYA officers and directors were presented with custom Awards Recognition Concepts belt buckles and scholarships during the show, since the youth were not able to be recognized in person at the virtual Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar.

Youth Activities Scholarship

The American Quarter Horse Foundation awarded the first Youth Activities Scholarship to Megan Newlon from Hugoton, Kansas, at the Ford Youth World. This scholarship is awarded by the American Quarter Horse Foundation to a youth member in their last year of youth eligibility. The youth member also had to compete at the 2020 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show in a Level 2 or Level 3 class or in a designated AQHYA competition.

Ride the Patterns and Online Auction
AQHA Professional Horsemen volunteered their time to give free Ride the Pattern clinics, presented by Nutrena. These clinics gave exhibitors the perfect opportunity to learn how AQHA Professional Horsemen would approach a class or pattern. Thanks in part to Nutrena’s generosity to match the amount donated at the Ride the Pattern clinics dollar-for-dollar, the Professional Horsemen Crisis Fund raised more than $8,796.  

The AQHA Professional Horsemen also hosted an online auction to raise money for the Guy Stoops AQHA 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 $8,570 for the Scholarship Fund.

For more information about 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®.

Nutrena is proud to present Nutrena Level 1 Championship classes at this year’s Ford Youth World. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of the Nutrena Level 1 Championships this spring, the AQHA Executive Committee made the decision to move Level 1 classes to their respective world championship show.

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