Wrapping Up the Historic 2021 Ford Youth World

Wrapping Up the Historic 2021 Ford Youth World

AQHYA members from across the globe competed at this year’s Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show for the chance to experience the thrill of taking home a coveted gold globe.

A boy in a black shirt holds a trophy and buckle on a sorrel horse

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That’s a wrap on the 2021 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show! This year’s Ford Youth World, held July 29 - August 8 at the OKC Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, was the largest in the event's 49-year history, with more than 5,800 entries.

AQHYA exhibitors from the United States, Canada, Paraguay and South Africa competed for 42 world championship, 33 Adequan® Level 2 championships and 39 Nutrena Level 1 championships.

Event Coverage
If you were unable to join us in Oklahoma City or missed the free live webcast, be sure to check out results at www.aqha.com/youthworld. Relive the highlights by watching all of the winning run coverage, courtesy of the Journal. You can also watch daily Gold Globe Reports on AQHA’s Instagram and Facebook pages and on the Wrangler Network.  

View information on how to order photos from the show. Exhibitors received free digital videos of their run, courtesy of Farnam. Equine Promotion, the Ford Youth World official videographer, emailed exhibitors a link to their run so they can download the video and share it on social media.

AQHYA Contests
Action at the OKC Fairgrounds continued outside of the arena, too. The AQHYA Horse Judging Contest, Justin boots and Wrangler jeans decorating, speech and art/photo contests were just some of the contests offered. Throughout the show, Ford Youth World teams also competed for points in a team spirit contest. View the contest results.

2021 Parade of Teams
The 2021 youth teams were recognized during the Parade of Teams in the Jim Norick Arena. Also recognized in the arena were: the Wrangler Youth Leader of the Year in Honor of Roger Elder, American Quarter Horse Foundation Scholarship recipients, Ford Youth World contest winners and the 2021-22 AQHYA Executive Committee.

2020 High-Point Recognitions
The 2020 youth year-end high-point winners were recognized during their corresponding classes during the Ford Youth World. Watch this video presentation of the winners.

Youth Activities Scholarship
The American Quarter Horse Foundation awarded two $1,000 youth activities scholarships to Caleigh Iwanski of Stockton, Kansas, and Jacqueline Potwora of Eugene, Oregon. This scholarship is awarded by the American Quarter Horse Foundation to youth members in their last year of youth eligibility. The youth members also had to compete at the 2021 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show in a Level 2 or Level 3 class or in a designated AQHYA competition.

Record Ride the Patterns and Online Auction
AQHA Professional Horsemen volunteered their time to give free Ride the Pattern clinics, presented by Nutrena. These popular 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  Endowment raised a record-breaking $14,553.

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 $7,535 for the Scholarship Fund.

Make Plans for Next Year’s Show

Qualifying is already under way for the 2022 Ford Youth World. Find a list of AQHA-approved shows here and don’t delay in earning your spot to compete at next year’s event!

About the Ford Youth World
The Ford Youth World, which was July 29 - August 8 at the OKC Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, is the industry’s premier event for American Quarter Horse exhibitors ages 18 and under. The event was established in 1972 and brings together youth from around the world for nearly two weeks of exciting competition, educational opportunities and a bountiful trade show.

For more information on the Ford Youth World, visit www.aqha.com/youthworld.  

About the Ford Youth World Sponsors
AQHA members receive special offers through FordPass™ Rewards – download the FordPass App** or visit FordPassRewards.com to join today. As a member, you’ll earn 10 points per $1 spent on service, and you can redeem those points toward service, great accessories or even a down payment on your next Ford.

Adequan®, the official equine joint therapy of AQHA, is the proud title sponsor of the Adequan® Level 2 youth classes. When you choose a joint therapy for your horses, choose Adequan®. 

Read more about Nutrena, the official feed of AQHA and title sponsor of the 2021 Nutrena Level 1 Championships, which is being held during the 2021 Ford Youth World.

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