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Horse Show at the Youth World Cup

AQHYA members represent their countries with pride and a few tears at the 2014 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup.

By Larri Jo Starkey
The American Quarter Horse Journal
July 10, 2014

Lana Kelderman rides Zip Outta Town to a gold medal in western pleasure for Australia at the 2014 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup.

Lana Kelderman rides Zip Outta Town to a gold medal in western pleasure for Australia at the 2014 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup. (Larri Jo Starkey photo) For more photos from the competition, scroll to the slideshow below.

Tears and cheers filled the arena July 10, often at the same time as AQHYA members competed in the 2014 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup.

As the riders clocked up wins at the Brazos County Expo in Bryan, Texas, they often shed tears, while their countrymen pounded their feet in the stands and chanted loudly.

The Youth World Cup is an international competition that every two years asks AQHYA members to represent their countries on horses they have never ridden before and often in events they have never competed in. The teams are made up of five riders who have been assigned a set of five horses for the event, which began July 3. The riding members of the team and up to five leadership team youth, who don’t ride at the show, have responsibility for the care of those horses. This year, 16 countries are competing.

Two cutting shows July 7 started the festivities. The July 10 horse show was the first of two shows to include showmanship, hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation, western pleasure, horsemanship, trail and western riding. Two reining shows are scheduled for July 11 with a second all-around horse show July 12 and an awards brunch July 13.