Nine Reasons to Qualify for the Ford Youth World

Qualify for the 2018 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show by April 30; you won’t forget this life-changing experience.

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Youth march in the Parade of Teams at the 2017 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.

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Whether they competed three years ago or 30, former AQHYA exhibitors will tell you that competing at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show was one of the most influential experiences in their lives.

Why’s that?

  1. You’ll build lifelong friendships with fellow youth. Everyone at the Ford Youth World is in the beginning stages of their successful show careers, and it’s exciting to think the friends you make from across the country – and around the world – are the same friends you’ll see for decades to come.
  2. This is the chance to win one for your horse. He’s your friend, your confidant and your teammate – so this one’s for him! Qualify for the Ford Youth World and he’ll have a nifty designation added to his AQHA record.
  3. Meet your peers from around the world. As an international organization, AQHYA brings members together from all over the world. There are fun events throughout the Ford Youth World, so you’ll have a multitude of chances to make new friends.
  4. Be the first 13-&-Under world champion in the seven core classes. New this year, Level 3 13-&-Under core classes have been added to the Ford Youth World schedule. Exhibitors can qualify to compete in Level 3 13-&-Under western pleasure, hunter under saddle, horsemanship, hunt seat equitation, showmanship, ranch riding and trail. AQHA answers most-asked questions about the new 13-&-Under classes in this 13-&-Under Classes Q&A. How cool would it be to write your name in history as the first Level 3 13-&-Under world champion?
  5. Become a Level 2 youth champion in your event. The Level 2 Youth Championships, presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), will be held concurrently with the Ford Youth World. Adequan® Level 2 youth classes are another opportunity for AQHYA competitors to write their name in history as a champion.
  6. Sport some swag. The Ford Youth World qualifiers can order exclusive special items, like a qualifier jacket or buckle.
  7. Be part of an exclusive group. Once you qualify, you’ll join the elite group that shares the exclusive qualifier badge on social media with #AQHYAWorld, letting everyone know you’re headed to the 2018 Ford Youth World.
  8. It’s the trip of a lifetime. Not only will you remember the life-changing performances you put in with your horse, but the memories you make with your horse-showing friends and family are something you’ll cherish for years.
  9. Learn from top professionals. AQHA Professional Horsemen help out during the show, serving as clinicians for the Nutrena Ride the Pattern clinics. Come meet some of your idols and learn from them. Professional Horsemen will also be available to answer questions and give advice at the Professional Horsemen booth, located in the Super Barn.

So how exactly do you qualify for the 2018 Ford Youth World? First,

Aside from earning points to nationally qualify, you might be able to qualify through your state, international or provincial affiliate. Contact information is listed at

The Ford Youth World is August 2-11 in Oklahoma City. If you're in search of more Ford Youth World information, your go-to place is