Youth World Cup

International youth riders will battle it out in Oklahoma City for the chance to take the gold, and the glory, back to their country.

Get ready for the 2010 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup July 3-10 in Oklahoma City.

The event is held every two years and is hosted by a different country each time. The 2008 Youth World Cup was in London, Ontario.

While at the Youth World Cup, 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 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.

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The youths riding for Team USA in 2010 are Peyton Bivins, Amarillo, Texas; Alison Ceresani, Tuckerton, New Jersey; Katie Krshka, Yukon, Oklahoma; Reed Kyle, Whitesboro, Texas; and Nick Murphy, Jackson, Missouri.

The leadership members of Team USA will consist of Taylor Duncanson, Raymond, Maine; Lauren Halvorson (rider alternate), Guthrie, Oklahoma; Jocelyn Tanner, Webster, New Hampshire; Leah Thomas, South Royalton, Vermont; and Kaitlyn Wadman, Haverhill, Massachusetts.

You can read about the riders competing for other countries, just click on “Team Bios” in the top navigation bar.

Roll It!

Catch highlights from the 2008 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup in Ontario, Canada.

A Brief Recap

At the 2008 Youth World Cup, Team USA took home the gold with a final tally of 185 points, followed by Team Germany with 142 points and Team Italy with 129 points.

Sixteen nations were represented at the 2008 competition: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States.

2008 Individual High-Point Awards:

    • Showmanship: Marissa Dalton, United States
    • Hunter under saddle: Ilke Poelman, Belgium
    • Western pleasure: T. Joe Jeane, United States
    • Hunt seat equitation: Sara D’Imperio, Italy
    • Horsemanship: Cara Walker, United States
    • Western riding: Vanessa Bauer, Austria
    • Trail: Carolin Lenz, Germany
    • Cutting: T. Joe Jeane, United States
    • Reining: Felix Schnabel, Germany

The American Quarter Horse Journal is on the scene at the 2010 Youth World Cup to report all the great news. Stay tuned for updates from the competition at the Journal on the Road blog on

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Battle in the Saddle

Don’t forget about another great event, Battle in the Saddle, also at the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

Battle in the Saddle is the great American western-horse showdown -- with more than $300,000 up for grabs. Competitions include reining, cutting, working cow horse, roping and ranch remuda. Battle in the Saddle also features the U.S. reining team selection trials for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and much more. You can purchase Battle in the Saddle tickets online.

Plan on being in Oklahoma City for all of the excitement? Reserve your hotel room now and save big with the 2010 Battle in the Saddle sponsor hotels.