2011 Youth World
by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Aubrey Alderman couldn’t believe she was the last exhibitor in the Jim Norick Arena after all the placings were called for the youth 3-year-old geldings August 7. She had just shown her dad, Ray’s, horse, Anexecute, to a world championship at the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.
“I was nervous at first,” Aubrey said, “but then at the end I got really, really excited.”
Bred by longtime friend of Aubrey’s family, Rita Crundwell of Dixon, Illinois, Anexecute is by Rita’s multiple world champion stallion Execute and her multiple world champion mare Attest by Touchdown Kid. This was Anexecute’s first appearance at an AQHA world show.
“I had fun (showing him),” Aubrey said. “He’s nice, but sometimes he can get a little anxious.”
Friends and family showed their appreciation in the stands as Aubrey led the gelding to accept her awards. From Kansasville, Wisconsin, Aubrey comes from a long line of American Quarter Horse breeders and showmen – her mom and dad, Ray and Tracy Alderman, showed against each other as youth. Tracy’s dad is AQHA Professional Horseman Jim McKillips.
“My grandpa and my family always have shown horses. I used to, and then I got out, and now I’m back into it.”
Aubrey also shows in horsemanship, trail equitation and hunter under saddle. At the 2011 Region Three Championship, she won the novice youth and novice youth 13 and under all-around awards with Zippos Tiger Bar. She enjoys halter because “a lot of the horses are cool.”
She added, “It’s really cool” to walk back to the stalls with an AQHA world championship gold trophy.
At the end of the 2011 Ford Youth World halter finals competition, the new Intermediate champion in halter was announced. The award goes to the top exhibitor in each class that has never been in the top 10 at a world show in the particular class they are competing. Aubrey ended up the halter Intermediate champion.
Aubrey Alderman and Anexecute win the 2011 youth world championship in 3-year-old geldings. (Journal photo)