AQHYA Crowns Six World Champions on Final Day of Competition
The Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Show continues in Oklahoma City
The Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show is the world’s largest single-breed youth world championship horse show. This is the pinnacle for youth around the world who must qualify for the event by earning a predetermined number of points to compete in each of the 33 classes representing halter, English and western disciplines. The 2,350 entries at this year’s event represent competitors from the United States, Canada, Venezuela, Germany, New Zealand and Australia. The show is being held August 5-13 at Oklahoma State Fair Park.
On Saturday, August 13, six AQHYA members were named world champions at the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City.
Tie-Down Roping World Champion – Isaac J. Fontenot of Ville Platte, Louisiana, showing Matataris Rapper, a 2002 sorrel mare, sired by Smart Little Rapper and out of Matataris Girl. Owned by Donovan Fontenot of Ville Platte, Louisiana, and bred by M-Heart Corp. of Vinton, Louisiana
Breakaway Roping World Champion – Bailey Morton Thurston of El Reno, Oklahoma, showing Hesa Tari Twister, a 1996 sorrel gelding, sired by Taros Twister and out of Muchacha Rosa. Owned by Bailey Morton Thurston of El Reno, Oklahoma, and bred by Dale E. and Peggy Maddox of Cordell, Oklahoma.
Heading World Champion – Colton Bound of Deerfield, Wisconsin, showing Bound To Whiz, a 2005 red dun gelding, sired by Who Whiz It and out of Not Dun Cookin. Owned by Jim L. Bound of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, and bred by Lisa M. Lubbert of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.
Heeling World Champion – John Ryon Foster of Weikert, Pennsylvania, showing Smart Fancy Cutter, a 2002 sorrel mare, sired by Smart Peppy Cutter and out of Miss Show N Town. Owned by John Ryon Foster of Weikert, Pennsylvania, and bred by D.G. or C.A. Lawley of Red Bluff, California.
Cutting World Champion – Kyle M. Farris of Midway, Texas, showing Bingos Mate, a 2003 sorrel mare, sired by Smart Mate and out of Bobbie Gay Bingo. Owned by Jimmy Farris of Midway, Texas, and bred by Jo Goertz from Hamilton, Texas.
Working Cow Horse World Champion – Chantz Stewart of Cave Creek, Arizona, showing Shining Cielo, a 2003 buckskin mare, sired by Shining Spark and out of Miss Cielo. Owned by Stewart Ranch Inc., of Cave Creek, Arizona, and bred by Carol Rose of Gainesville, Texas.
World Champions received a prize package that included a custom-designed gold trophy, Montana Silversmiths buckle, neck wreath, gold medallion, logoed Cripple Creek leather jacket, world championship patch, Professional’s Choice product and a WeatherBeeta embroidered blanket.
For more news from the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show, visit www.aqha.com.