August 6, 2012
By AQHYA Region 5 Director Lizzy KoonsThe American Quarter Horse Journal
The 2012 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup was in July in Kreuth, Germany. (Photo by Art & Light Press Released)
AQHYA Region 5 Director Lizzy Koons wants to be a journalist. So the staff of The American Quarter Horse Journal put the intrepid wannabe reporter to work rounding up members of Team USA, which competed at the 2012 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup in Kreuth, Germany.
Here are the results from the 2012 Youth World Cup.
Here is Team USA:
Coach: Nancy Cahill, AQHA Professional Horsewoman
Brittany Donald: Having been raised on a ranch in Corpus Christi, Texas, Brittany began exhibiting horses when she turned 8. At the age of 9, she won her first Palomino World Championship in showmanship. Over the next few years, Brittany expanded her events to include trail, horsemanship, hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation and equitation over fences. Brittany has won three AQHYA reserve world championships, four Congress championships and three Congress high-point awards.
Avery Ellis: Avery began her horse riding career when she was 6, learning how to ride in an English saddle on a longe line with no reins. Avery credits her balance and confidence to that exercise. At the age of 10, Avery rode her first Quarter Horse, “Smoky,” and hasn’t looked back since. Avery enjoys all of the all around events and is excited and honored to be a part of Team USA.
Logan Pluhar: Logan was introduced to horses at a very young age, watching her brothers Zane and Joe competing. Riding became her passion and Logan has shown over 12 different horses in 10 AQHA events, qualifying for Youth World the past three years. Her favorite events are reining and horsemanship. Logan is excited to be working as a team representing the United States. Logan is the current treasurer of AQHYA and president of the Texas Quarter Horse Youth Association.
Paige Stopperich: Paige was introduced to quarter horses when her parents purchased her first horse at the age of 8, and has had great success, earning multiple youth high-point awards and an AQHA champion award, in showmanship, trail, hunter under saddle, horsemanship and equitation. Her favorite event is trail; she enjoys the challenge of new patterns. Paige is thrilled to be chosen to represent the USA, and believes it will be an experience of a lifetime!
Emily Winegar: Emily moved from California to Texas when she was nine. Horses have always been a part of her life, and reining became her chosen event enjoying the speed and the finesse. In 2009, Emily’s hard work resulted in an AQHYA world championship. Working with her family business, Emily has shown lots of young horses and enjoys the challenge of training and showing. During the Youth World Cup, Emily is looking forward to being able to gain new knowledge about different quarter horse disciplines.
Jenny Bivins: Jenny’s genuine dedication to the quarter horse has resulted in many successes in the horse show arena, including a Congress championship in hunter under saddle. Outside of the show pen, Jenny has served on numerous quarter horse boards, and is very active in her community. Jenny believes in giving back, spending countless hours mentoring fellow students at school, volunteering at local food banks and using her contagious personality to bring cheer to all ages.
Britt Lynch: Britt has shown quarter horses for many years, and has had lots of success, winning over 25 all-around championships. In addition to working hard on her riding skills, Britt had dedicated herself to supporting her peers by serving on numerous boards in her state of Georgia, and nationally with AQHYA. Britt is the current vice president of AQHYA.
Mark Mowbray: As a 5-year-old, Mark began his career on horseback, quickly enjoying the quiet disposition of the quarter horse. Over time, horsemanship became Mark’s favorite event, fascinated by the partnership between him and his horse to work together as a team. Community service is also important to Mark. He has worked tirelessly with AQHYA to reach out to his fellow members as a Region 5 director. Working with local charities in his home state of Maryland, Mark’s leadership skills make him a valuable member of Team USA.
Sarah Pendergraft: Over the past 10 years, Sarah has progressed from her local 4-H shows to competing at the past five AQHYA World Championship Shows. Although Sarah enjoys showing in all western events, western riding is her favorite. Living in Arkansas has allowed Sarah to play an active role in her state Quarter Horse association, and she is the current president of ArQHYA. Nationally, Sarah is currently serving as sentinel of AQHYA.
Charley Thiel: Charley is known for her infectious smile and her dedication to working as hard as necessary to be successful. Always quick to introduce herself, Charley strives to make the most of life’s experience. She has had many successes as a result of her dedication including an AQHYA world championship in hunter under saddle and two Congress championships. Meeting international competitors at the Youth World Cup is an exciting opportunity for Charley.