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Youth World Cup: Reining

Italy claimed victory in reining July 11 at the 2014 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup.

By Larri Jo Starkey
The American Quarter Horse Journal
July 12, 2014

2014 Youth World Cup Reining

Riding Turbo Shine, 16-year-old Dino Lulli was first on both judges’ cards. (Larri Jo Starkey photo) For more photos from the reining competition at the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup, scroll to the slideshow below.

Italy claimed victory in reining July 11 at the 2014 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup.

Riding Turbo Shine, 16-year-old Dino Lulli was first on both judges’ cards for the gold medal in the
international youth competition.

Turbo Shine is a 2002 buckskin gelding by Shining Spark and out of Tivitos Treasure by Docs Tivito. He was bred by Richard and Felicity Sassella of Marietta, Oklahoma, and is owned by Todd Neiberger of Argyle, Texas.

Every two years, Youth World Cup 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 donated 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.

The competition started July 7 with two cutting shows. On July 10 and 12, all-around horse shows will include showmanship, hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation, western pleasure, horsemanship, trial and western riding.

The reining competition July 11 had two judges, which counted as two shows. The first 16 riders took lessons during a reining clinic led by Fred Thomsson, Bud Lyon and AQHA’s new executive director of shows and judges, Pete Kyle.

Then they competed. After an afternoon rest break for the horses, the second 16 riders got the same clinic and then competed.

Top three under both judges:

Gold – Dino Lulli, Italy

Silver – Jan-Niklas Barre, Germany

Bronze – Kalee McCann, USA

For complete results and to follow along on the webcam, go to www.ywc2014.com.

Youth World Cup concludes with an awards brunch July 13.