National High Point Pole Bendring Champion 2008 Awarded

AQHYA High Point Champion 08 Awarded


Oklahoma City, OK – American Quarter Horse exhibitor Dustin Kendrick of Fort Wayne will be receiving National High Point Award at the 2009 Ford American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, July 31 – August 8.

Kendrick will be among nearly 2,000 youths, ages 18 and under, from the United States, Canada and other countries who are participating in the show. He will receive his award for his American Quarter Horse Dats Mickey a 22 year-old sorrel gelding in Pole Bending.

The Ford AQHYA World Championship Show is an invitational event that showcases top American Quarter Horse youth exhibitors, so the competition promises to be intense and exciting. Youth will compete for 33 world championship titles, as well as prizes from American Quarter Horse Association sponsors. Exhibitors must have earned a predetermined number of points at American Quarter Horse Association-approved shows between May 1, 2008, and April 30, 2009, or be one of four entries in each event selected to represent each affiliate American Quarter Horse Youth association.

The 2009 Ford AQHYA World Championship Show is sponsored by Bayer, B&W Hitches, Featherlite, Ford, John Deere, Justin Boots, Markel Insurance, Montana Silversmiths, Nutrena, Professional’s Choice, SmartPak, WeatherBeeta and Wrangler. Additional sponsors include Cripple Creek Outerwear, Kiser Arena Specialists, The American Quarter Horse Journal and Metro Golf Cars.

Additional events taking place at the Ford Youth World include award presentations for year-end high-point winners and the AQHYA Speech, Horse Judging and Horse Bowl contests. To find out more information on Dustin and other High Point Award winners please visit:

The American Quarter Horse Journal will provide online coverage of the Ford Youth World Show, including special feature stories, interviews and photos of world champions. Visit for up-to-date results and to watch the show via the Fort Dodge Webcam.

Kendrick is the 20-year-old son of Lance and Jan and he is attending college at Ivy Tech where he is working toward a business degree. Dustin has attended Heartland Horseshoeing School and is currently shoeing horses with his father’s business, Lance Kendrick Horseshoeing. Showing horses, hunting, snowboarding and enjoying the lake are some of Dustin’s hobbies.

Dats Mickey is now retired after a rewarding career with American Quarter Horse and the Kendrick family. He earned a total of 255 points throughout his career. Mickey was 2008 Youth High Point Pole Bending Horse, 2008 Youth 9th Place High Point Barrel Racing, 2008 Qualified Pole Bending and Stake Racing Youth World Show, 2007 Qualified Barrel Racing Youth World Show –9th Place, 2006 Youth Performance Register of Merit, 2002 Amateur Superior Pole Bending, 2001 Amateur Qualified Pole Bending World Show, 1999 Amateur World Show Pole Bending -6th Place, 1999 Amateur Qualified Barrel Racing World Show, 1998 Amateur Qualified Pole Bending World Show, 1996 Amateur Performance Register of Merit, 1992 Open Performance Register of Merit.

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Curtis & Joyce Moore says ... on Thursday, Aug 13 at 12:42 PM

Awesome Dustin...just thinking about all the work it took for you to get to this point, and you made it all the way! AWESOME, you deserve every bit of this award. Both of us are very proud of you, as always!

Sherry Thompson says ... on Thursday, Aug 13 at 10:35 AM

Whow, what an accomplishment. Congratulations. Would love to see him ride sometime. You have every right to be very proud. Thanks for sending us the article.

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