She said hopes to win first place so she can have the bragging rights of being the most recent world champion in her family. "I’m out there to win. Every year, it’s what I work for, and if I don’t do well then that motivates me even more for the next year,” she said. "It’s always fun, I just have more fun when I’m winning.” There are attractions for people who aren’t competing at the event. A trade show will take place each day at the Cox Pavilion. Vendors will be on hand to offer everything from clothing to trailers and pickups, said Luann Ulrich, assistant manager of communications for the American Quarter Horse Association. But the main attraction will be the competitive events where there’s a lot at stake. Not only will the winner of each event get a gold trophy, gold medallion, Montana Silversmith’s belt buckle, Cripple Creek jacket and other prizes, but they get a distinction that few can lay claim to. "The ability to win a youth world championship title is a big thing,” Ulrich said. "To be the best in your event out of all youth participants, that’s a big honor.”
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Events start each day at 8 a.m. at State Fair Arena and run until roughly 7 p.m. A trade show will take place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 8 at the Cox Pavilion. All events are free. Competitive events include cutting, team penning, barrel racing, pole bending, tie-down roping, heeling, heading, reining, showmanship, jumping and 23 others. For more information, go to www.aqha.com or call (806) 376-4811.