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AQHYA World Championship


Wrapping Up the Ford Youth World That’s a wrap on the 2018 Built Ford


Contributed Courtesy The American QH Journal


Tough AQHYA World Championship Show! AQHYA exhibitors from the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, and Luxem- bourg competed for 42 world championship ti- tles and 33 Adequan® Level 2 championships August 2-11 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. More than 1,000 horses and 771 exhib- itors competed in western, English and halter events.


For the first time, AQHA awarded sev-


en Level 3 world champion titles to winners of the 13-&-Under core classes. The top three 13-&-Under competitors were also recognized within the other classes at the show. Action at State Fair Park continued out- side of the arena, too. The AQHYA Horse Judging Contest, speech, and art/photo con- tests were just some of the contests offered. Throughout the show, Ford Youth World teams also competed for points in a team spirit con- test.


The 2018 youth teams were recognized during the Parade of Teams. The 2017 AQHYA year-end high-point winners were also recog- nized during this time. New this year, 14 teams competed in a fashion show where they mod- eled custom-designed Justin boots and Wran- gler jeans during the Parade of Teams. Also new this year at Ford Youth World,


16 collegiate equestrian riders squared off in the AQHA Collegiate Horsemanship Cham- pionships August 6-7. Eight student-athletes from the National Collegiate Equestrian Asso- ciation and eight from the Intercollegiate Horse


Emma Brown & Some Hot Potential


Show Association were selected by their respective organizations to showcase their skills in the championship. Com- petition featured a mixture of NCEA and IHSA formats with the end goal be- ing one rider crowned the best collegiate horsemanship rider in the country. Win- ning the 2018 AQHA Collegiate Horse- manship Championship was Avery Ellis of Texas A&M University. In the final round, Ellis rode Hun- tin For Faith to the championship title. The bay mare is trained by Shannon Vroegh and owned by Matt and Mary Ann Carr of Harrison, AR. Taking the reserve honors was Kelsey Jung, repre- senting Auburn University. Two youth each received $1,000 scholarships from the Dr. David Mc- Carroll Memorial Fund. Dr. David Mc- Carroll, an Oklahoma veterinarian, re- searcher and educator, died in 2012, but, a gift in his memory continues to give back to the equine industry he loved. The scholarships were awarded to the world champions in working hunter and 14- 18 Trail. Mackenzie Njoo of Jones, OK rode to the scholarship in the working hunter while Emma Brown of Zanesville, OH won the oth- er scholarship. Another $8,000 is being added by the McCarroll Memorial to the 2-year-old western pleasure class at the 2018 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show. AQHA Professional Horsemen volun- teered their time to give free Ride the Pattern clinics, presented by Nutrena. These clinics gave exhibitors and spectators the perfect op- portunity to learn how AQHA Professional Horsemen approach a class or pattern. Thanks in part to Nutrena’s generosity to match the amount donated at the Ride the Pattern clinics, the Professional Horsemen Scholarship Fund raised more than $6,300. Attendees of the Ford Youth World took


Mackenzie Njoo & A One Nite Stand


and dog costume contest and competed in the B&W Trailer Hitch contest. The AQHYA Community Service and


Youth World Show committees, along with the AQHYA Board of Directors, partnered with a local women’s shelter, the YWCA Oklahoma City to host a toiletry drive during the show. Nearly 2,000 personal care items were donat- ed. The toiletry drive also served as a contest among regions to see which region could do- nate the largest amount of items during the show. Region 8 donated the most and earned a certificate from the AQHYA Board. Additionally, AQHA offered a $2,500


Avery Ellis & Huntin For Faith


home fur-ever friends from The Paws Cause dog adoption event on August 5; met with col- leges and universities at the college fair August 7; cut a rug at the dance after the Parade of Teams on August 6; and mingled with friends at the exhibitor party on August 10, where attendees took part in the Nutrena dog race


added open 5D barrel race with a $500-added AQHA side pot open for anyone to haul in and participate. The barrel race had nearly 300 en- tries and was approved by AQHA, OKQHA, and the Women’s PRA. Winners were 1D: Abbysolutely Blitzed, Andrea Sewell, 15.744; 2D: Drifting On A High, Kendra McLaughlin, 16.244; 3D: Approacheta Fame, Sarah Barnes, 16.744; 4D: TK, Kylah Richardson, 17.260; and 5D KVS Lil Bit Boleo, Alana Payne, 17.777. For results, www.trikbarrels.com. For more information, winning runs and results, visit www.aqha.com/youthworld. w


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