Atkins crowned AQHYA reserve intermediate champion

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA--Sterling Atkins of Broken Bow captured the reserve intermediate championship in working cow horse at the 2011 Built Ford Tough American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship Show in Oklahoma City. Sterling showed the American Quarter Horse, Sonitas Last Dual, who is a 2003 sorrel gelding. The Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show is the world’s largest single-breed youth world championship horse show. This is the pinnacle for youth around the world who must qualify for the event by earning a predetermined number of points to compete in each of the 33 classes representing halter, English and western disciplines. The 2,350 entries at this year’s event represented competitors from the United States, Canada, Venezuela, Germany, New Zealand and Australia. The show was August 5-13 at Oklahoma State Fair Park. An Intermediate exhibitor is defined as an exhibitor who has never been in the top 10 at a world show in the particular class in which they are competing. Atkins believes he learned a lot in Oklahoma. “ It was a great event to attend,” Atkins said. “ Events like these can only make you better and I feel the competition level was great. It’s something that I was proud to attend.”