The first week in August in Oklahoma City, OK is always a hot one, but so was the competition at the 2019 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship show. The Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Youth Association (PCQHYA) showed up in full-force this year, capturing placings in the finals, top-ten finishes, and world championships, bringing home several of the prestigious globes to the west coast.
Cori Cansdale concluded her AQHYA World Show this year with four top-ten finishes. She won the 14-18 Showmanship Level 3, was 7th in Western Riding Level 3, 8th in Western Horsemanship Level 3, and 9th in Western Riding Level 2. She and her sixteen-year-old gelding, Promotional Asset, celebrated their four-year anniversary of ownership at the show and Cansdale says “Chucky” is “a character, but loves his job.” The young lady had never placed in the top ten in Showmanship in her several world show appearances, so she says that taking home the blue this year was simply, “incredible”.
Isabella Erwin showed her gelding, Al E Hondro, to four finals finishes, bringing home the win in the Hunter Hack Level 3, 7th in Equitation Over Fences Level 3, 8th in Working Hunter Level 3, and 15th in Hunter Under Saddle Level 2. “I was so elated with all of our placings but taking home the gold in the (Hunter) Hack was really special to me since I have been chasing that title for my whole youth career,” Erwin says. This was the young lady’s fourth trip to the AQHYA World Show, but the first for Al E Hondro, and she says it is always a wonderful and memorable experience. “It’s definitely by far my favorite horse show because of the variety of people from all over the world and the level of dedication that is displayed by all of its exhibitors,” she shares.
Kyla Jackson showed her gelding, Cadillac In Black, to three top finishes, including a win the Western Horsemanship Level 2. The largest class at this year’s world show with 176 competitors, Jacksons says she, “…couldn’t believe it,” and was beyond happy with capturing the championship. She and “Caddy” were also 7th out of 166 in Showmanship Level 2, and 11th in Trail Level 3. This was Jackson’s first time to attend and she says she loved the atmosphere and experience. “…I got to interact with more youth than normal which made it a special show,” she says. Jackson has owned Caddy since 2017 and says he’s her perfect match. “He never lets me down,” she shares, “He’s my one in a million.”
Nadalee Vasquez showed her gelding, One Hundred Percent, to three strong placings as well. The duo was 9th in Hunt Seat Equitation Level 3, 11th in Western Horsemanship Level 2, and 15th in Hunt Seat Equitation Level 2. This was Vasquez’s first world show appearance and she says, despite he nerves, she was very pleased with their results. “…I was just happy we got our names called,” she shares. Vasquez and her gelding have only been together for a year, but she says they’ve made great strides in that time. “He is always the same to show and he never really changes which is super nice,” she says.
Bailey Ingram may be one of the younger PCQHYA members, but she held her own at this year’s world show. Riding her grandmother’s gelding, CW On Juice, 9-year-old Ingram captured a 7th place finish in the 13 & Under Ranch Riding Level 3. It was also a first-time appearance at the AQHYA World Show for Ingram who says it was a fun experience where she made a lot of new friends. Even at a young age, she shares that her nerves were minimal, and was very proud of how she and her horse ended up in the placings.
Julianne Kelley and her horse, Inchexy Lass Whiz, placed 12th in a tough Ranch Riding Level 3 class. As a second-year veteran to the show, Kelley says her nerves weren’t as strong as last year, but that didn’t stop her from having an eventful show. After marking a 219.5 in her first go, the young lady never thought it would be enough to make it back. So, she unsaddled, hosed her horse off, and went to grab a bite to eat. Not long into that meal, Kelley got a call from her dad saying that she needed to return to the barn quickly and get on her horse; she had made it back to the shootout. Upon returning to the barn, it was all hands-on-deck to towel “Ozzy” off and get Kelley to the arena. The pair scored a 226.5, advancing them to the finals for a 12th place finish overall. “I have never made the finals at the world show before, so I would have been happy with any placing,” she says.
Olivia Rangel and her mare, MM Western Elegance, placed 14th in the Level 2 Aged Mares, but also showed in Showmanship, Trail, and Horsemanship, missing the finals in each by a small margin. Another first-timer to the world show scene, Rangel says, “The atmosphere was so welcoming and fun to be around.” Rangel and “Molly” have been teamed up for about three years and she says the mare is “a princess” at home, but all business in the show pen. “I go to see her everyday and no matter what is going on, she puts a smile on my face,” she shares.
Other top finishers from the PCQHYA team include: Madison Renfro and Pipe it up, who brought home the win in Three-Year-Old Geldings Level 2 and 5th in Three-Year-Old Geldings Level 3; Alessandra Ehrle and Talk Southern To Me, who won the Hunter Under Saddle Level 2; Alexa Brown and Corporate Credit, who got the blue in Trail 13 & Under Level 3, 7th in Western Riding Level 2, and 8th in Western Horsemanship 13 & Under; Max Santos and Awviance, who were 6th in Two-Year-Old Mares Level 2 and 9th in Two-Year-Old mares Level 3; Meghan Renfro and Zip Along Home, who were 4th in Western Horsemanship 13 & Under; Casssandre Ehrle and Strut UR Stuff, who teamed up for an 11th place finish in Aged Mares Level 2; Bella Rosa and Call Me a Hottie, with a 4th place finish in Western Please Level 2, 10th in Western Horsemanship Level 2, and 11th in Hunt Seat Equitation Level 2; and Jordan Schween and Good Cuz Im Lazy, who placed 14th in Performance Halter Geldings Level 2.
Congratulations to all PCQHYA who competed at this year’s AQHYA World Show!