The American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup is an educational, leadership and competition-based event for AQHA youth members from around the world.
The American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup is an international event that is held every two years and is hosted by a different country each time. The 2012 Youth World Cup was held in Kreuth, Germany, and the 2014 Youth World Cup was hosted by Bryan/College Station, Texas.
American Quarter Horse youth competitors from around the world will flock to Tamworth, New South Wales, on June 23 to July 3 for an international showdown in the form of the 2016 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup.
Throughout the competition, each country will ride for gold medals in cutting, reining, horsemanship, western pleasure, trail, western riding, hunt seat equitation, hunter under saddle and showmanship.
The Youth World Cup is more than just a competition – it offers a chance for international American Quarter Horse enthusiasts to learn from the industry’s leading riders and trainers.
While at the event, five youth plus one coach and manager from each country will take part in educational seminars, discipline clinics, leadership training and, finally, competition. Five additional youth from each country are invited by each international affiliate to attend the education and leadership portion of the week’s events and to cheer on their teammates.
To level the playing field, competing Youth World Cup team members do not show their own horses. The host country provides each team’s horses for clinics and competition. AQHA relies heavily on AQHA Professional Horsemen and owners to supply this event with the best American Quarter Horses around.
What is the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup?
This is an educational and leadership-based event for youth members from around the world. The culmination of this event is a showcasing of skills learned in an atmosphere of friendly competition. It gives youth a unique opportunity to learn in a hands-on setting with other international youth horse enthusiasts.
Who gets to participate?
All AQHYA members are eligible to participate provided they meet each country's qualification guidelines. Five competing team members and up to five (again, depending on each country's procedures) supporting team members will represent each official AQHA international affiliate. Each country is also allowed to send one coach and one team manager.
How do I get my horse there?
Competing team members do not show their own horses. The host country provides each team's horses for clinics and competition. AQHA relies heavily on its AQHA Professional Horsemen and member-owners to supply this event with the best American Quarter Horses around.
Who do I talk to for more information?
Kate Vierthaler, manager of AQHYA and AQHA youth development
American Quarter Horse Youth Association
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