Bryce Barkemeyer dominated the Boxing class at the Built Ford Tough American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) World Championship Show on Thursday in Oklahoma City.
Barkemeyer, aboard his own sorrel gelding FS Smart Boomer Chic (Smart Chic Olena x Boomers Lady Kiper x Boomernic), beat out 14 others who advanced to the finals with a 439, 2 full points ahead of Reserve World Champion Catelyn Walker. The judges rewarded Barkemeyer and “Toby” with a 216 in the rein work and a 223 on the cow at the Oklahoma State Fair Park.
They were 11thin the finals draw.
“Toby” had better stops in the rein work than in the first go, and they got the cow worked better in the finals, 13-year-old Barkemeyer said.
“I’m really excited; I knew I’d get something, but I really [didn’t] think I’d win,” said Barkemeyer, who lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. “I knew my name was going to get called somewhere, but I didn’t realize I’d won.”
Walker, of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, was astride Do It Classy (Cat Man Do x High Class Senorita x Mr Solano Smoke). The brown mare was bred by the W.T. Waggoner Estate, of Vernon, Texas.
In a preliminary round of 52 entries, Barkemeyer’s 438.5 was 4 points higher than the second-highest score of the round.
“The cow was a little wild, but we kept him where we were supposed to,” Barkemeyer said.
“Toby is not a horse you might call pretty, but he likes to work and he does good when he’s doing his job,” Barkemeyer said.
This is Barekmeyer’s first World title. He rides daily with his father, Brad, who is a professional horseman. While on summer vacation, he spends each day — nearly every day — at the barn with his parents. When school is in session, he heads out to the barn as soon as he gets home.
“I take lessons from my dad and work on getting better and better at it,” he said.
Young Barkemeyer also said he is grateful for the assistance he has received from Tracer Gilson, as well as Larry and Karen Lommen, who gave him Toby.
“I also want to thank my family for supporting me,” he said.