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Arabian Championship Horse Show Has Another Successful Year

The Arabian Horse Associa-

tion’s (AHA) 2018 Youth National Arabian and Half-Arabian Champi- onship Horse Show had another great year in Oklahoma City at the State Fair Park from July 21-29. Event at- tendees enjoyed a great horse show and all the excitement the city had to offer; giving an economic impact of

over $5 million to the area. During the eight day show over 700 horses and 2,600 exhibitors, trainers, family members and spectators from all over the United States and Canada came to the horse show. Exhibitors ranged in ages - from five to 18 - and showed their horses in a variety of different disciplines. Over 250 classes in three arenas were going during the show. Disci- plines ranged from Western, Hunter and Saddle Seat Pleasure to Dres- sage, Reining, Driving, Show Hack and Halter. Trail, Hunter Over Fenc- es, Sidesaddle and Sport Horse In-Hand – all competing for the goal of Youth National Champion, red roses and the bronze trophy. Memories were made as newcomers to Youth Nationals had their

first ride and those graduating out of the Youth show, had their last ones. Laughter, tears, victory laps and water balloon fights were all a natural part of the Youth Nationals landscape. One such exhibitor, Shelby Howey (left), had quite a show. It was her very first-ever Youth Na- tionals on a horse she trained herself. She also worked and paid her own way to attend the show. All of her hard work and dedication paid off because she came away with three National Champion- ship titles and memories to

last a lifetime. You can learn more about Shelbie’s story at https://youtu. be/q4rPkjyzZi8.

Another event attendee, Josh Shino, was a youth competitor him- self but now attends Youth Nationals as a horse trainer to young com- petitors. He reflects back to his youth competition days and how he now is helping other youth reach their riding goals in his interview at https:// Before Youth Nationals kicked off, the 15th Annual Arabian Profes- sional and Amateur Horse- men’s Association (APAHA) Youth Nationals Clinics were held on Thursday, July 19, with clinicians Jill Mitchell talking about Trail, and Rob Bick and Caralyn Schroter talking about Country En- glish Pleasure.

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Youth Nationals isn’t just about riding either. The Arabian Horse Youth Association (AHYA) hosted their Annual Convention and Board of Directors meeting for the kids who are interested in leadership and taking an active role in the association. Skills which will lay the groundwork for the future of the Arabian horse are learned, leaders are elected and ideas discussed. To learn more about AHYA or how to be involved, visit arabianhorses. org/Youth. A Color and Water War followed the AHYA Convention and gave

the kids the chance to cool down during the summery day. The kids also had a dance and ice cream social later that day which was sponsored by Markel Insurance. There even was an official king and queen nominated! Exhibitors feasted Saturday, July 21 during the Welcome Dinner hosted by Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau. Among competing in horse show classes, attendees also had the chance to compete in various kickball and dodgeball games throughout the show in the arenas. Competition was definitely fierce! There was also designated youth room dubbed the “Chill Box” where kids could come hang out, watch movies, play games, and participate in daily crafts. When not crafting, kids were out hunting for golden horseshoes hid- den daily throughout the State Fair Park. The lucky few who found the horseshoes received a prize that was sponsored by Awards Recognition Concepts (ARC). First time exhibitors at Youth Nationals lined up for a photo on

Sunday, July 22 to get their picture taken. We had quite a few first-timers and we were excited to welcome them! Thursday, July 26 the dogs took to the Jim Norick Arena to com-

pete in the Annual Dog Costume Class and Dog Races. Teams got cre- ative this year and it was definitely a tough decision for our judges. Show goers and the public tested their horse knowledge on Friday,

July 27 during the Arabian Horse Novice Hippology Contest, which saw a great turnout of test takers. To round out the show on Saturday, July 28 exhibitors aging out of

AHYA were recognized by a Graduating Senior Ceremony. Horse shows and fun activities are the main draw for exhibitors, however bringing in the public to learn more about the Arabian horse is also a goal of the show. Youth Nationals hosted the Total Arabian In- teraction Learning (T.A.I.L) tours throughout the show and brought in more than 110 people from the general public to meet Arabian horses. Tour attendees were taken on a tour of the grounds, walked through hands-on learning stations about feed, tack and horse ware and in the end watched a few classes with an expert tour guide and the chance to meet an Arabian horse up close and personal. The 2018 Arabian & Half-Arabian Youth Nationals Championship Horse Show can only be deemed a success for its third year in Oklahoma City. w

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