AQHA's First 13-&-Under World Champions

Twenty-one-year-old mare Assets Miss Reba and Isabella "SJ" Himes are the first 13-&-Under world champions in AQHA history.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Isabella Himes gets high-fives from the AQHA Show Team. (Journal photo)

Twenty-one-year-old mare Assets Miss Reba and Isabella "SJ" Himes are the first AQHA Level 3 13-&-Under world champions in horsemanship.

Level 3 13-&-Under core classes were added to the 2018 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. The classes were recommended by the AQHA Show Committee at the 2017 AQHA Convention and were subsequently approved by the AQHA Executive Committee.

“We have so many talented youth in our Association who deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments in the arena,” said Pete Kyle, AQHA chief show officer. “Our goal with adding the 13-&-Under classes to the Ford Youth World is to be able to highlight our exhibitors under the age of 13 in the world show arena.”

Exhibitors qualified to compete in Level 3 13-&-Under western pleasure, hunter under saddle, horsemanship, hunt seat equitation, showmanship, ranch riding and trail at the 2018 Ford Youth World. The world champion, reserve world champion, top-10 placings and five finalists are being awarded in each Level 3 13-&-Under class in a one-go-round format.

Watch the "Journal Winning Run" interviews with each of the seven 13-&-Under world champs:

Horsemanship

Trail

Western Pleasure

Ranch Riding

Showmanship

Hunter Under Saddle

Hunt Seat Equitation

AQHA will still recognize the top three 13-&-Under competitors in the rest of the Level 3 classes at the Ford Youth World.

To enter a Level 3 13-&-Under class, the exhibitor/horse must earn the predetermined number of points.

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.