OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. —A Plain City girl has captured a world championship title in a horse show.
Natalie Vargo, of Plain City, won in hunter hack at the 2016 Built Ford Tough American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship Show, held Aug. 7 in Oklahoma City.
Vargo showed her American Quarter Horse, Dancin N The Dirt. The 2011 bay gelding, sired by Hot N Blazing-Caught You Dancin by Hot Impulse, was bred by Leslie Lange of Greeley, Colorado.
In hunter hack, 61 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; world champion patch; neck wreath; Professional’s Choice product 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 2,180 entries from the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom are competing for 35 world championships at this year’s event, Aug. 5-13 in Oklahoma City.
Built Ford Tough is the title sponsor of the Ford Youth World. Other American Quarter Horse Association partners and event sponsors include Bank of America, B&W Trailer Hitches, Farnam, John Deere, Justin Boots, Markel, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Nutrena, Professional’s Choice, Cripple Creek, SmartPak, Wrangler, Noble Outfitters, Metro Golf Cars, Oklahoma State Fair Park, Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Four Sixes Ranch.