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2021 CQHA Youth Award Recipiants

Congratulations to the following CQHA youth members who have been recognized through the CQHA Annual Awards Program.

Canadian AQHA Youth of the Year - Kaidyn Goodwin

Kaidyn is one of those “horse obsessed” kids… She spends a lot of time in the barn, and always makes sure that her horses are well cared for. This youth participates in school and community sports as well as working in a part time job. She still finds time to be very active with her horses and chores. She is very careful when doing her riding to practice for the next event. She does a lot of riding on her favourite horse and competes with him in the following disciplines: Halter, Hunter under Saddle, Trail, Western Pleasure and Horsemanship. This favourite horse was started while Kaidyn was a small-fry and she has grown up with him over the years. In 2020 because of Covid 19, Kaidyn’s plans changed as she was unable to attend her first congress show in the States. She always finds ways to stay positive keeping her goals in mind. She competed in 2 shows, took part in a large virtual competition and won it. Rainstorms, wind, cold weather, or injuries cannot deter this young girl’s spirit and dedication to her horses and goals. She is already planning and making preparations for the 2021 season. On the horizon is a new horse, but she has dedicated to compete on both equine treasures. She will train this new horse (under the guidance of her trainer) and we are sure with her enthusiasm and commitment we will see her compete many times in the future. We truly think that this young rider will develop horsewoman skills and traits that will stand out in a crowd.

CQHA Rising Star - Cody Sabila

Cody was born into an equine family. He is the third generation of his family to involved with Quarter Horses. Cody, himself, has shown horses in barrel and poles at OBRA level shows and Western discipline classes and club shows and fairs. He has partaken in pony club events, and taken lessons in dressage and jumping. He has received numerous honours for sportsmanship, hard work, eager dedication, and learning while always supporting others. Cody has worked at many different equine and agricultural jobs including horses, cattle, sheep, and poultry. He is always willing and eager to volunteer when help is needed. In addition, he has been counted on to help out with his family’s quarter horse racing operation. Recently, Cody has obtained a young AQHA horse to start. With the help from his mentor, Chet Martin, Cody hopes to train this horse to achieve his life goals in the working cow horse class. It is very rewarding to see the love of animals that this young generation are exhibiting in all equine activities. Cody is a fine example of how AQHA is developing younger equine members to display their talents within the equine and agriculture industry.

CQHA Rising Star Runner Up - Peyton Ringuette

Peyton started in equine activities at a very early age. Her mother has been her keen supporter, guiding partner, and coach. These horse activities that she had participated in blossomed into something that both mother and daughter could look forward to and share doing together. Peyton truly looks forward to working with horses and doing her chores everyday. She is a fierce competitor, challenging herself every time in the show-ring. She strives to teach her horse to do the require skills needed to fulfill the different disciplines. Many awards and honours have been accomplished by the youth (too many to list. She seems to be always pushing herself and this reflects in her ability to ride her horses, and have them accomplish the needed skills. Peyton has just recently entered into the breeding discipline of AQHA. She has had her favorite horse bred for 2021. The excitement of having a new foal around is “over the moon” as stated by her family. She has worked at three different stables doing many tasks that will help to develop her into a horsewoman. Working hard, being a good student and having the drive to achieve goals seems to fit this young star. I am sure we will see her competing regularly while developing her horsewoman attribute skills.