(Carberry, MB - February 9, 2004) --- Canada was one of 16 countries who participated at the 2002 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup held in Amarillo, Texas. The 2004 AQHA Youth World Cup is scheduled to be held from June 26 to July 4, 2004 at Dubbo, Australia. Funding for travel expenses for Team Canada is cost-shared by AQHA/CQHA, provincial/regional Quarter Horse Associations, corporate and/or individual sponsors, and team members' families.
Each participating country may select up to five competing riders, two alternate riders and three non-competing youth (leadership members). The host country provides a pool of horses of various ability levels, which are subsequently grouped into lots of five horses each. During the opening ceremonies, teams draw to determine their assigned group of five horses. Teams then designate three riders each to compete in Western Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Western Riding, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Showmanship, and Trail; and two riders each for Reining and Cutting classes.
The CQHA actively sought out qualified youth from all across Canada, who are Canadian citizens, members-in-good-standing of the American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA). Many applications were received from youth from all across Canada, who possess excellent horsemanship skills in a variety of events, and who volunteer in their local communities and/or equine sport organizations. This made the job of selecting finalists for the team both gratifying and challenging.
The CQHA Board of Directors, Team Coach, and Team Manager are pleased and proud to announce that the 2004 Youth World Cup Team for Canada has been selected as follows:
The five competing riders are:
Emily Sullivan. New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
Emily, 18, has been a member of AQHYA for six years. She is the Vice President of the Maritime Quarter Horse Association and volunteers at the YWCA teaching swimming to youth. Emily has earned an AQHA Youth Championship, was a finalist at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress, and was High Point Youth Out-of-State year end award winner in both Massachusetts and Maine.
Jessica Conti, Oyama, British Columbia
Jessica, 18, has been a member of AQHYA for eight years. She is involved in dancing, and is in grade twelve – on the principal’s List of Distinction. Jessica has earned an AQHA Youth Championship, two AQHA Youth Superior titles, two Canadian National Super Horse titles, and qualified for two consecutive years for the AQHYA World Championship Show in the Western Riding event.
Jessie Godin, Murillo, Ontario
Jessie, 18, has been a member of AQHYA for eleven years. She is currently expanding her riding skills with her reining horse and dabbling at cutting. Jessie has numerous AQHA Youth Championships on a variety of horses, five AQHYA Superior titles, and an AQHYA Versatility Award. Jessie was a finalist at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress, and qualified for the AQHYA World Championship Show in four events.
Sarah Black, Orangeville, Ontario
Sarah, 16, has been a member of AQHYA for five years. She is the Youth Co-ordinator for the Area 3 Promotional Quarter Horse Club of Ontario; and has written articles for an equine newspaper in Ontario. Sarah has competed at the All American Quarter Horse Congress and at Toronto’s Summerama. She earned the title of High Point Youth Equitation Rider and Reserve High Point Youth Hunter Under Saddle, for the province of Ontario.
Matthew Brown, Enterprize, Ontario
Matthew, 19, has been a member of AQHYA for seven years. He is currently living and working at Brown Ranch in Kenora, Ontario, acquiring reining and cutting skills with the goal of becoming a professional trainer. Matthew has earned the titles of Limited Open Champion and Reserve Open Champion at the Central Canada Reining Horse Association’s Slide & Spin, held in Brandon, Manitoba; and High Point Youth of the Ontario Reining Horse Association.
The two alternate riders are:
Megan Patterson, Bornholm, Ontario
Megan, 19, has been Treasurer and Vice President of the Ontario Youth Quarter Horse Association. She was selected Star Wrangler for Ontario in 2002, and participated in the AQHA Youth Leadership Conference in Texas. She has been selected as Team Canada’s media reporter. Megan has earned several AQHA Youth Performance Register of Merit awards and participated on the Ontario Youth Team at the All American Quarter Horse Congress.
Kathy Martins. Thetford Mines, Quebec
Kathy, 19, lived for a time in Bournemouth, England and has traveled extensively to over 13 countries. She is fully bilingual and is pursuing her Bachelor of Chemistry degree. Kathy has earned the title of High Point All Around Youth for Quebec, championships in Western Pleasure and Trail, and a Reserve Championship in Showmanship. Kathy was the Maine High Point Out-of-State year end award winner in Youth and Open Trail, and Reserve Champion in Western Pleasure.
The two leadership members are:
Kirby Cates, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Kirby, 18, volunteers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Large Animal Clinic, and is Past President of River Valley 4-H Club. She received top ten honours in the Saskatchewan 2002 Prairieland Youth Leadership Program. Kirby earned the titles of Saskatchewan Quarter Horse Association 2003 High Point Junior Horse and High Point Junior Performance Horse, and 2003 AQHA Justin Youth Rookie of the Year for Saskatchewan.
Matthew Hudson, Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick
Matthew, 16, is active in his local National Reining Horse Association (NRHA). He participates in cutting and reining events, and plans to become a professional trainer. Matthew is the youngest member of Team Canada, and hopes to qualify as a team rider for the 2006 Youth World Cup. He is the winner of the Rookie NRHA and AQR Year End Award, and Reserve Champion, ages 14 – 18, year end award for the Quebec Reining Horse Association.
The Team Coach and Team Manager are:
Team Coach, Scott Neuman, Billings, Montana
Scott has taught at Montana's Rocky Mountain College, for the past twelve years, serving both as Associate Professor of Equestrian Studies, as well as Director of Equestrian Studies. He is originally a native of the province of Saskatchewan, and holds dual US and Canadian citizenship. An American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Professional Horseman, Scott has taught and/or trained exhibitors and horses to top ten finishes at the AQHA World Championship Show, the AQHA Youth World Championship Show and the All American Quarter Horse Congress.
Team Manager, Judy Whittingham, Brandon, Manitoba
Judy has been employed with the City of Brandon, Manitoba for the past 25 years. She currently holds the position of Secretary/Assistant to the Mayor of Brandon. She has served with many volunteer horse clubs, groups and other organizations, including seven years as Youth Advisor and member of the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Quarter Horse Association. She has demonstrated fund-raising and organizational skills having supervised two trips of youth, both as spectators and competitors, to attend AQHA Youth World Championship shows in Texas.