AUGUST 20, 2014

Local youth wins World Championship Title

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jake cruzan heading world champ The American Quarter Horse Association, Oklahoma City –
Jake Cruzan of Cave Creek, Arizona, captured the world championship title in heading at the 2014 Built Ford Tough American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship Show on August 9 in Oklahoma City.

Cruzan showed his American Quarter Horse Peppys Texas White. The 2005 bay gelding, sired by Banjo Whiz and out of Peppys Like A Hawk, was bred by Gary and Marilyn Cottar of Springtown, Texas.

In the heading, 60 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; a WeatherBeeta embroidered blanket; world champion patch; neck wreath; and gold medallion.

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 2,500 entries from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Israel, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Venezuela are competing for 35 world championships at this year’s event, August 1-9 in Oklahoma City.

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Built Ford Tough is proud to be the title sponsor of the Ford Youth World. Other sponsors include Bank of America, B&W Trailer Hitches, John Deere, Justin Boots, Markel, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Nutrena, Professional’s Choice, Cripple Creek, SmartPak, WeatherBeeta, Wrangler and Zoetis.