Skee Burkes, a sophomore at Henrietta High School, was a finalist at the 2012 Built Ford Tough American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, Okla., Aug. 3-11.
In his first year to enter the AQHA competition, Burkes qualified for the World Show in team roping competitions, heading on Toy Travalin Soldier, “Fred,” and in the heeling on Lenas Wright Shawnee, “Amigo.” Burkes made the finals in the heading, finishing in the top 15 in the world.
Burkes is the son of Dee Ann and Chris Littlefield, working part time as a horse trainer at their ranch in the Hurnville Community.
The Built Ford Tough American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship Show is the pinnacle event for American Quarter Horse exhibitors, ages 18-and-under, around the world, who must qualify for the event by earning a predetermined number of points to compete in each of the classes representing halter, English and western disciplines. More than 2,400 entries from the United States, Canada, England, Sweden and Venezuela competed for 34 world championships at this year’s event. Texas had 202 competitors at the event.