Hayley Riddle of Gainesville captured the world championship title in western pleasure at the 2017 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show on Thursday in Oklahoma City.
Riddle showed the American Quarter Horse No Doubt Im Somethin, owned by Erin Brack of Niceville, Florida. The 2011 bay roan gelding, sired by No doubt Im Lazy and out of Coosa Peach, was bred by Merle Van Gee of Williston, South Carolina.
In western pleasure, 69 entries competed for world champion honors. World champions received a prize package that included a custom-designed gold trophy; Montana Silversmiths buckle; specially designed logoed jacket, courtesy of Cripple Creek Outerwear; world champion patch; neck wreath; Professional’s Choice product; Five-Star Equine saddle pad; and ribbon.
The Ford Youth World is the pinnacle event for American Quarter Horse exhibitors ages 18 and younger 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. More than 3,340 entries from the United States, Canada, Costa Rica and Luxembourg are competing for 35 world championships and 33 Adequan Level 2 championship titles at this year’s event in Oklahoma City.