Competition Begins

A full day of showing puts horses and riders to the test at the 2016 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Competition began in earnest June 30 at the 2016 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup with all-around events from showmanship to ranch riding.

Teams from 13 countries are competing on sets of five Australian-bred American Quarter Horses. Teams drew for the sets of horses and have had a week of clinics and free-ride time to help them become accustomed to the horses.

Teams can have as many as five riders and five leadership members – though only the riding members can ride the horses. In two full shows of competition, each horse must be ridden in at least one class, and each rider must ride in at least one class. The event began June 23 and competition will conclude July 2.