The Ohio Quarter Horse Youth Association came, saw and conquered the 2012 Ford Built Tough American Quarter Horse Youth World Championship Show last week in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Buckeye State sent nearly 80 youth to Texas to compete for 34 world championship titles.
The team brought home five world championships, two reserve champion titles and a number of top ten and top twenty placings. The Ohio team won fourth place in the show’s scrapbook contest, and the judging team finished 13th in the junior horse judging contest.
OQHYA’s youth advisor, Kelli Salome, Health, Ohio, was also awarded the Advisor of the Year award for her volunteer work with the team.
Northeast Ohio sister Taylor and Mallory Myers, of Sharon Center, Ohio, each won world champion titles. Taylor won the Working Hunter event aboard Capture The Flag, while Mallory was in the irons of Darn That Kat to win the Jumping class. Mallory also showed Stroke For Stroke to 14th place competing against her sister in Working Hunter.
Charley Thiel, of Dublin, Ohio, successfully defended her 2011 title in Hunter Under Saddle by winning the 2012 championship with Tophat N Tails.
Lacy Watson, of Goshen, Ohio, won the Western Horsemanship class aboard HF Tahnee Zippo. The duo had a busy week, also placing seventh in Trail and 18th in Performance Halter Mares.
Rachel Kolb, of Lebanon, Ohio, was the fifth world champion from Ohio, leading Remarkable Can to the win in Performance Halter Geldings.
RJ Jacobs, of Dover, Ohio, led The Kids Story to the reserve champion title in 3 Year Old Geldings, while Brianna Tamulewicz, of Westerville, rode Dark Jasmine to the reserve title in Western Pleasure. Brianna also showed Certify This Chex to 15th place in Western Horsemanship.
Other Top Award Winners
- Miranda Peck, Ashland, Ohio, placed leading three different horses: A Nu Image, third, 3 Year Old Geldings, Interested, 9th in Yearling Geldings, and Kid Be Styling, 12th in Aged Geldings
- Sheldon McCoy, Fleming, Ohio, placed showing two horses: STKS Executive, seventh, Aged Geldings, and Maximum One, 10th, Yearling Geldings
- Kayla Mangrum, Tiffin, Ohio, showed New Dream In Town to 5th place in Western Pleasure and PR Deck Dot Com to earn 14th, Performance Halter Geldings
- Logan Lorenz, North Lewisburg, Ohio, and LFL Elige placed third in Three Year Old Mares
- Hannah Houser, Tipp City, Ohio, showed TF Emagine Me First to 4th, Yearling Geldings
- Caitlyn Colvin, Trenton, Ohio, and Mills King Racheal, 6th in the Stake Race with a time of 8.514
- Ty Paris, Delta, Ohio, Lethals Hot Weapon, 8th, Performance Halter Geldings
- Ellexxah Maxwell, West Mansfield, Ohio, and Zips Bossy Chip, 8th, Performance Halter Mares
- Levi Miller, Wheelersburg, Ohio, and Striking Fashion, 9th in the Stake Race with a time of 8.662 and 10th in Pole Bending with a time of 21.330
- Lauren Diaz, Heath, Ohio, and Promotional Asset, 9th in Showmanship and 16th, Performance Halter Geldings
- Maria George, Pickerington, Ohio, rode Whenitallgoessouth to 9th place in Working Hunter
- Katsy Leeman, Massillon, Ohio, showed Sure Am Hot to 10th place in Western Pleasure
- Stephen Orengo, Kitts Hill, Ohio and Coolest Touch, 11th, Aged Geldings
- Rachel McKinney, Liberty Township, Ohio, and One Last Laugh, 11th, Hunter Hack
- Paulina Martz, Blacklick, Ohio, and Eyell Be Outrageous, 13th, Performance Halter Mares
- Jordan Elmore, Hillsboro, Ohio, and Sheza Shy Chex, 13th in Western Trail
- Lauren Morrow, Mansfield, Ohio, and Shes Always Heavenly, 14th, Aged Mares
- Megan Sparks, Hamilton, Ohio, and Red Rings The Bell, 14th, Barrel Racing, with a time of 17.425
- Bailey Mierzejewski, Mount Sterling, Ohio, and Some Hot Potential, 16th in Western Trail
- Allison Tamulewicz, Westerville, Ohio, and Miss Famous Maker, 17th, Performance Halter Mares
New to the Youth World Show this year were special recognition for Intermediate and 13 & Under exhibitors. Through the Intermediate awards, AQHA awarded first through third place to exhibitors who have never placed in the top ten in the class they are competing.
Among the Ohio exhibitors recognized were:
- Kayla Magrum, Tiffin, Ohio, and New Dream In Town, 1st, Intermediate Western Pleasure
- Lacy Watson, Goshen, Ohio, and HF Tahnee Zippo, 1st, Intermediate Western Horsemanship
- Logan Lorenz, North Lewisburg, Ohio, and LFL Elige, 2nd, Intermediate Three Year Old Mares
- Levi Miller, Wheelersburg, Ohio, and Striking Fashion, 2nd, Intermediate Stake Race
- Ellexxah Maxwell and Zips Bossy Chip, 2nd, 13 & Under Showmanship and 3rd, 13 & Under Performance Halter Mares
- Rachel McKinney, Liberty Township, Ohio, and One Last Laugh, 2nd, 13 & Under Equitation Over Fences and 2nd, 13 & Under Hunter Hack
- Veronica Woodson, Mason, Ohio, and Gifted Circle, 2nd, 13 & Under Working Hunter and 3rd, 13 & Under Equitation Over Fences
- Pauline Martz, Blacklick, Ohio, and Eyell Be Outrageous, 3rd, 13 & Under Western Pleasure
The Ford Youth World is the pinnacle event for American Quarter Horse exhibitors, ages 18-&-under, around the world, who must qualify for the event by earning a predetermined number of points to compete in each of the classes representing halter, English and western disciplines. The 2,407 entries at this year’s event represent competitors from 49 of the United States, Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, Mexico, Sweden and Venezuela and are competing for 34 world championships
For more news from the Ford Youth World, visit www.aqha.com/youthworld.