Georgia Has Strong Showing At AQHYA World Championship
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Aug. 6, 2014

ATHENS, Ga.- Several Georgia equestrian riders have been successful at the 2014 American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship. The 2014 AQHYA World Show runs Wednesday, July 30 through Saturday, August 9 in Oklahoma City. The event plays host to over 2,500 entries representing 42 states and nine countries.  With the show half way through, Georgia riders have already picked up several top honors.

“I’m thrilled with our riders’ success so far,” said Western coach Mary Meneely, “They are representing the Bulldog Nation extremely well. I am excited to see what the second half of the championship brings for our team here in Oklahoma City.”

Incoming freshman Bailey Anderson of Millsap, Texas topped 191 competitors in Horsemanship and was crowned the Reserve World Champion. She picked up her second Reserve World Championship in Showmanship in a field of 190 competitors with a score of 301.

Additionally, freshman Payton Anderson finished eleventh in Horsemanship, fifth in the Intermediate Division, and Sammie Johnson picked up Top 15 honors in Showmanship.

Georgia has several riders set to compete during the second half of the show. Jane Sutcliff will contend for the World Championship in Trail Wednesday morning, followed by Vanessa Gillette, Payton Anderson and Bailey Anderson in the Hunter Under Saddle preliminaries. Charley Thiel will be draw five in the Reining preliminaries and Madison Beasley is finals bound in Western Pleasure scheduled for Thursday evening.

For schedule and results information along with live stream please visit www.aqha.com/Showing/Youth-World.

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