American Quarter Horse Youth Association members were invited to participate in contests at the Ford AQHYA World Championship Show, July 28 – August 7 at the OKC Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. Through horse judging, speech, art and photo, scrapbook, boots and jeans, stall decorating and team spirit contests, members are increasing their equine knowledge, as well as developing skills that will last a lifetime.
Horse Judging Contest
The 2022 Ford AQHYA World Championship Horse Judging Contest hosted more than 100 youth and saw an increase of teams competing compared to last year, as a result of new options including individual entries and limited individual division. The contest was held August 1 at the OKC Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City.
Henderson County 4-H of Texas took home the title of AQHYA World Horse Judging Champions.
The top individual high-point title was awarded to Cheyenne Hawley from Marshall County 4-H of Indiana. Grace Fry from the Texas Elite team secured the limited-division individual title in the division’s inaugural debut.
AQHYA members had the chance to show off their artistic side in the art and photo contest. In the 13-&-Under division, Dakota Honea of Los Ranchos, New Mexico, received first place with her piece named “Eye On The Prize” and third place with her piece named “Determined.” Emerson Knabenshue of Whitesboro, Texas, received second place with his piece “Horse of Many Pieces.” Jack Clifton of Morganfield, Kentucky, received fourth place with his piece “A Sunset for Pop.” Isabelle Scheffel of Ricelake, Wisconsin, received fifth place with her piece “Horn Wrap.”
In the 14-18 division, Addison Hinton of Ashland, Missouri, received first place with her piece “Rawhide and Grit,” second place with “Endless History” and third place with “Through a Mother’s Eyes.” Lexie Wooton of Udall, Kansas, received fourth place with her piece “American Quarter Horse.” Treylyn Hancock of Wharton, Texas, received fifth place with her submission, “Turnout Time.”
Affiliates spotlighted their youth activities by entering the scrapbook contest.
The winner of Division 1 was Washington, followed by Oklahoma in second place and third place was awarded to Ohio.
The winner of Division 2 was Missouri followed by Kentucky in second place.
The contest was split into two divisions. First place in each division received a specially designed plaque and rosettes, while second and third place in each division received rosettes.
The prepared speech contest gave members the chance to showcase their knowledge of the horse industry while delivering a prepared speech based on the AQHYA World Championship Show theme for this year. Cameron Powers of Granbury, Texas took home the world champion title and Abigail Eddy of Rocheport, Missouri, received the reserve champion title.
The impromptu speech contest challenged contestants’ knowledge of the horse industry while encouraging them to think on their feet. Contestants drew a topic and had five minutes to prepare a speech to deliver to the judges. Lilian Roush of Arapaho, Oklahoma, received the world champion title. Hazel Myers of Moberly, Missouri, was the reserve champion and Abigail Eddy of Rocheport, Missouri, was third.
The public speaking contest is designed to increase 13-&-Under youth members’ public speaking skills while having fun. In this contest, participants chose to present a method demonstration, illustrated talk or traditional speech. Receiving first place was Hunter Skouby of Hartsburg, Missouri. The second place was Myah Chaput of Rodney, Michigan. Kixi Meador of Marietta, Oklahoma received third place. Elden Fredenburg of Straughn, Indiana, received fourth place. Sophia Roush of Arapaho, Oklahoma, was fifth and Annabelle Hulbert of Sterling, Colorado, was sixth.
Justin Boots and Wrangler Jeans Decorating Contest
Affiliates decorated and entered one pair of Wrangler jeans and one pair of Justin boots to reflect this year’s AQHYA theme, “Build for the Future,” while also uniquely representing their affiliate.
In the Justin Boots decorating contest, Indiana took home the first-place title, with Missouri in second second and Ohio placing third.
In the Wrangler Jeans decorating contest, Indiana secured first place, Ohio received second place and Texas came in third place.
Stall Decorating Contest
Affiliates participated in the stall decorating contest, which featured stall decorations reflecting this year’s AQHYA theme, “Build for the Future.” Awards were given to first through third place in each division. Top three in each division were awarded a specially designed plaque.
In Division 1, California took home first place, followed by Arkansas in second and Washington in third.
In Division 2, New Mexico received first place, followed by Missouri in second and Kentucky in third.
Team Spirit Awards
Teams had the opportunity to showcase their team spirit throughout the Ford Youth World by participating in the stall-decorating contest, scrapbook contest, art and photo contest, Wrangler Jeans and Justin Boots contest, participation in the Parade of Teams and Ride the Pattern attendance. The top three places in each division took home a specially designed plaque.
In Division 1, Texas took home first place, followed by Ohio in second and Oklahoma in third.
In Division 2, Missouri received first place, followed by Kentucky in second and Wisconsin in third.
About the Ford AQHYA World
The Ford AQHYA World Championship Show is the world’s largest, single-breed world championship horse show open exclusively to youth exhibitors age 18 and under. This is the pinnacle event for youth competitors around the world who must qualify for the event by earning a predetermined number of points to secure a spot in each of the classes, representing English, western and halter disciplines, or earn an invitation through their state or provincial affiliate. The show includes Level 3, Adequan® Level 2 and Nutrena Level 1 Champion of Champions classes.
To learn more about the Ford AQHYA World, visit www.aqha.com/youthworld.
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