Local youth wins world championship at American miniature horse world show


The American Miniature Horse Association held their Worldwide Championship competition Aug. 24-26, at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth. The event hosted contestants from all over the United States, Canada, New Zealand and several other countries from around the world. Participants must qualify for the World Show at one of the many regional events held during the show year.

Emma Foltz, daughter of Brent and Monika Foltz of Frydek and granddaughter of Larry and Carol Foltz of Wallis, participated in the show. Emma competed in the 12 years old and under category. Emma performed with a miniature horse named Mardi.

In July, Emma competed in Oklahoma at a regional event and was the top point winner of the event, which qualified her for the World Show in Fort Worth.

Emma competed with contestants from all over the world in the two-day event. There are a total of 45 events you may participate in. Emma elected to compete in nine events. Points earned in each event are accumulated at the end of the competition.

Emma and Mardi participated in the following events: Youth roadster, second place World Reserve Champion; Youth Classis Pleasure Driving, second place, World Reserve Champion; Youth Showmanship, third place; Youth exhibiting a senior gelding; Youth Reinsmanship, eighth place; Youth Obstacle Driving; Youth Halter Obstacle, sixth place; Youth Jumper, first place World Champion; and Youth Versatility, third place.

At the end of the two-day contest Emma was awarded the World Grand Champion High Point Award for participants using a single horse.

Emma won Reserve World Championship in two events, one World Championship in an event and High Point Overall for her youth category.

This was Emma’s first year to compete in the AMHA and she will move to a higher category next year, competing with entrants 13 to 18 years of age. She is looking forward to the challenge.


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