It’s Time for the AQHYA Youth World Championship 2022!
The AQHYA Youth World Championship is right around the corner, taking place July 28 – August 7! Taking place at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, it’s time to watch the best of the best compete for the World Championship title in several different events. This event isn’t just for those here in the US, competitors 18 years and younger will be coming from all around the world to compete in this show. There are a couple of diverse ways to qualify for the event. One is to earn a predetermined number of points, and the other way is to participate in events in their region.
There are several events that will have crowned world champions that are 18 and under. For seven different events ranging from hunt seat to showmanship, there will be world champions crowned in age groups from 14-18 and 13-&-under. In addition to the regular schedule, there will be several other events going on for the kids to enjoy such as the new, Nutrena Level 1 Champion of Champions (new this year), the youth high point presentation, the team spirit contest, and lastly, the tradeshow.
This show had its inaugural launch in 1972 in Amarillo, Texas, which made it the first world show hosted by the American Quarter Horse Association. At one point, the AQHA World Show made several moves, the first moving from its first home in Amarillo to Tulsa, Oklahoma, then later moving to Fort Worth, Texas. Its final stop in 2008 landed them at the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City where it has occurred since then.
The history of the AQHA started in 1940 when quarter horse owners and breeders came together to preserve, advance, and honor the quarter horse as a breed. Although the association was formed in 1940, it had its first registered horse in 1941. That horse was the infamous “Wimpy”, setting the standard for the breed for years to come. After that initially registered horse, the association continued to build a foundation of horses that are still widely recognized in horses today.