Horse Showing

2012 AQHYA World Show

July 11, 2012

World championships abound at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.

2011-2012 AQHYA Secretary Chantz Stewart rides her mare to a world championship in working cow horse. Journal photo.

Young equestrians from all over the world will be convening in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, August 3-11, for the 2012 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. They’ll come from different disciplines, ride different horses and exhibit in different classes, but their ultimate goal will be the same: to fulfill their dreams by winning a world championship.

At the 2011 Youth World, Chantz Stewart’s dreams came true on the last day of the show, August 13, when she became world champion with Shining Cielo and reserve world champion with Lone Star Chicolena in working cow horse. Up until then, she’d had a busy week.

The then-17-year-old from Cave Creek, Arizona, served as the 2011 AQHYA secretary and had officer duties throughout the week. In addition, she competed in six events, showing in reining, cutting, heading, heeling, breakaway roping and working cow horse.

“My buckskin mare (Shining Cielo) that I won it on, she ended up doing better than I expected, actually. She’s trying to be a nice mare,” Chantz said.

On a day when the cattle were nice and fresh, Chantz’s cow was frisky as well, pushing Chantz and “Cielo” to run hard and show off their cow-handling abilities.

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“That cow gave me a run for my money,” Chantz told the Journal. “(Cielo) can handle it. She’s a good mare; she’s fast enough.”

Chantz works regularly with AQHA Professional Horseman Al Dunning, who has her horses in training, but during the week of the show, she also got coaching from National Reined Cow Horse Association luminary Sam Rose. Together, Al and Sam helped her come up with a mantra that kept her going during the busy week.

“I’m only as good as I can be,” she recited. “There is no other competition except for myself. I can’t let other scores get into my head, just show my horses to the best of my ability.” And that’s what she did, earning a world championship and reserve world championship in the process.

If you missed out on last year’s Youth World, there’s plenty more to see at the 2012 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show, August 3-11 in Oklahoma City. Youth exhibitors will compete in a variety of classes, including barrel racing, equitation over fences, showmanship, western pleasure and more. Be sure to stay tuned for Journal coverage of this event. Print out a detailed schedule of this year’s show here.