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American Quarter Horse Youth World Show Wraps Up Busy Week in Oklahoma City

Fri, 07 Aug 2015 18:07:19 CDT

American Quarter Horse Youth World Show Wraps Up Busy Week in Oklahoma City The next generation of horsemen are in Oklahoma for the American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship Show. AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines said it's been a great week in having 706 youth exhibit from all over the world. This includes six countries outside of the U.S. representing Germany, Sweden, Norway, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.

"So it's been exhilarating, great bunch of parents here invested heavily in their kids to be here," Huffhines said. "What a wonderful program in developing kids and their relationship with their horse."

For the horsemen, qualifying and competing in the AQHYA World Championship Show is best part of the week. For the head of AQHA, Huffhines said watching each event is very special knowing the effort that took place for those exhibitors to get to this point, but his favorite part of the week was watching the opening ceremony with the Parade of Teams, where AQHYA members representing their states and countries gather in the Jim Norick Arena.

The youth association continues to grow. Huffhines said there is a lot of interest in working cow horse and ranch riding events and this trend extends into the adult open and amateur divisions as well. He is finding there is a real interest is getting back to roots of the AQHA breed.

The AQHYA World Show continues at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City through Saturday, August 8th with the finals for Tie-Down Roping, Breakaway Roping, Heading, Heeling, Reining, Team Penning and Ranch Sorting.

The AQHA will be back in Oklahoma City November 6 - 21, 2015 for the AQHA World Championship Show.

Radio Oklahoma Network's Leslie Smith caught up with AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines at State Fair Park. Click or tap on the LISTENBAR below for the full conversation.

Leslie Smith interview Craig Huffhines of AQHA
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