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August 10, 2013

Local youth wins world championship title

OKLAHOMA CITY — James Michael Glenn Phillips of Hartshorne captured the world championship title and Intermediate first-place in reining at the 2013 Built Ford Tough American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship Show on August 8 in Oklahoma City.

Phillips showed his American Quarter Horse Shining Shoes. The 1995 bay gelding, sired by Shining Spark and out of Miss War Doc, was bred by Carol Rose of Gainesville, Texas.

In the reining, 119 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, a WeatherBeeta embroidered blanket, world champion patch, neck wreath and gold medallion.

The Intermediate awards program is designed to recognize exhibitors who have never placed in the top 10 at an AQHA world show in the particular class in which they are competing. Intermediate classes run as classes within classes, not separate ones.

Intermediate exhibitor status is based only on an exhibitor’s lifetime, combined world show record, not on the number of points he/she has accumulated. An exhibitor does not have to make it to the finals of his/her class to be considered for an Intermediate award. Intermediate accomplishments will appear on the exhibitor’s and horse’s AQHA official record.

Intermediate first-place winners received an 8-inch clear globe in addition to a specially-designed patch.

The Ford Youth World is the pinnacle event for American Quarter Horse exhibitors ages 18 and 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. More than 2,300 entries from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and Venezuela are competing for 35 world championships at this year’s event, which took place August 2-10 in Oklahoma City.

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