The USA was the host country for the American Quarter Horse Association's Youth World Cup to be held in Bryan College Station, Bryan, Texas from July 2-15, 2014. This event, first held in Australia in 1986 as the International Youth Quarter Horse World Cup, has become one of the most prestigious equine competitions recognized world wide. It is a major initiative of the CQHA to field a youth team for this competition which is held every two years.
Each participating country selected up to five competing riders, two alternate riders and three non-competing youth (leadership members). The host country will provide the pool of horses of various ability levels, which are subsequently grouped into lots of five horses each. During the opening ceremonies, teams drew to determine their assigned group of five horses. Teams then designated 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 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 possessed excellent horsemanship skills in a variety of events, and who volunteered 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 Canada Coach, and Team Canada Manager were pleased and proud to announce that Team Canada for 2014 was selected as follows:
The five competing riders are:
Shayley Beaton, High River, Alberta
Shayley, who is 17, joins Team Canada and brings with her a vast amount of horse show experience. Shayley competes nationally and throughout the US at top level shows and has earned many circuit awards at these shows. She has been an All American Quarter Horse Congress finalist in Showmanship, Western Horsemanship, Western Pleasure and Hunt Seat Equitation and has also been a member for the Alberta NYATT team. Shayley's other accomplishments include qualifying nationally for the AQHYA world show, qualifying for and having a top ten placing at the Novice Championship Show (West) and earning National Championship titles in Western Horsemanship, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Halter, Showmanship and Western Pleasure. Shayley's life is pretty much dedicated to horses. When not in the show pen or starting young horses, she enjoys the opportunity to ride a variety of other equine disciplines including Reining, Cutting, Heading and Healing, Jumping and Cross Country Eventing. When not riding a horse, Shayley enjoys playing rugby for her school or volunteering in her community. Most noteworthy is that Shayley's home community was destroyed by the June flood. High River had mandatory evacuations and Shayley spent her time giving back to the community by volunteering with Mission Impossible, a home-town flood relief organization. Shayley looks forward to bring her vast show experience and her passion for the sport to Texas with Team Canada in 2014.
Quinn Brandt. Steinbach, Manitoba
Quinn, who is 16, is from Steinbach Manitoba. She rode for Team Canada at the 2012 Youth World Cup in Kreuth, Germany. As an all-around rider, Quinn competed and placed in Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation and Trail. Her dedication to her team, her sportsmanship and of course, her riding experience and show record earned her a place on the 2014 team.Quinn has been riding since she was five years old. Since her first riding experience, Quinn fell in love with the horse world and began her show career. She has had the opportunity to train with numerous trainers and show numerous horses in the Quarter Horse circuit as well as at futurities. Her success in the show ring has been rewarded with many circuit and year-end high point awards both in Canada and the United States, two 2-year-old futurity championships and top ten Novice Champion Show (west) in 2012. Quinn has also earned multiple Canadian National Championships and Reserve Championships.In her little bit of spare time, Quinn is very involved in school sports. She plays volleyball, basketball, badminton and has participated in track and field. Quinn can also be found volunteering for the other school teams or helping at one of the school sponsored volunteer events. Quinn has also spent time volunteering with her local 4H and at events sponsored by her church, Quinn is excited to bring her enthusiasm, her experience and her dedication back to Team Canada 2014.
Jenna Salmon, Lacombe, Alberta
Jenna, who is 16, is excited to be representing Canada as a rider for the 2014 Youth World Cup. Jenna has had the fortune of riding horses most of her life. She has been involved with horses for as long as she can remember. She grew up riding her father's horses and got her own first horse when she was nine years old. It was then she began taking lessons and showing at the Central Alberta open show circuits. It wasn't long before she began showing the Quarter Horse circuits in Alberta and was soon traveling to the larger circuits throughout the US. In 2011, Jenna made the trip to the All American Quarter Horse Congress and ended being a finalist in Showmanship and was able to capture the elusive title of Congress Champion in Western Pleasure. Jenna has also accumulated many circuit championships throughout Canada and the United States. When not showing, Jenna keeps herself busy playing ringette, being an Alberta Youth Quarter Horse Association board member and with her photography hobby.Jenna's experience and success with showing at many of the top ten shows in the US and with showing many different horses has prepared Jenna to be a strong competitor for Team Canada 2014.
Madison Steed. Cochrane, Alberta
Madison, who is17, has been involved in the sport of reining for the past eight years and has built a most commendable show record. She has shown many different horses at a very high level of competition. Madison has shown successfully throughout Western Canada and has qualified and shown multiple times at the North American Affiliate Championships in Oklahoma, most recently being in 2012 where she earned the title of Youth 14-18 champion and top ten placings in the Non-Pro classes. After qualifying yet again, Sarah is heading back to Oklahoma in November to compete once again and try to reclaim her championship title. Madison also had the opportunity to show at the North American Junior and Young Riders Championships in Kentucky this past summer. There she participated as a member of Team Canada and proudly wore the gold medal two times at the competition, once for her individual event and one for her team event. When Madison is not in the Reining pen, she is busy volunteering at the barn she trains at or out playing volleyball. You may also catch her taking a Cutting or a Dressage lesson. Madison is looking forward to bringing her experience and her strong work ethic to Team Canada 2014.
Haley Stradling, Aldergrove, British Columbia
Haley, who is 16, is thrilled to be returning to Team Canada for 2014. Haley was a rider for Team Canada in 2012 in Kreuth, Germany. On the first night of the Youth World Cup 2012. Haley had a great ride on the cutting horse she was given and found herself center-ring, with coach Della Cryderman, as the Canadian anthem was played in honour of being placed first under both judges. What an opening night for Haley and for Team Canada! Haley has been riding both English and Western all of her life. She is a versatile rider competing in Cutting and in the Hunter/Jumper rings. Haley has won many awards both in the Hunter/Jumper events and the Cutting ring. After becoming two times AQHA Youth World Cup Champion in Kreuth, Haley went on to become the BC Ranch Cutting $2000 Limited Rider Reserve Champion and the British Columbia Cutting Horse Association Aggregate $2000 Limited Rider Champion. She continued with, and surpassed these accomplishments in 2013. In the jumping world, Haley impressed many with top placings in all of her completions including Th Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. She is presently preparing for the Maclay Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park in Kentucky and for the 2014 Royal Winter Fair. Haley's outgoing personality, her dedication, her hard work and her goal oriented attitude has helped in meeting her number one equine goal: to be invited to be a member of Team Canada 2014.
The two alternate riders are:
Hannah Buijs, Lisle, Ontario
Hannah, who is13, has been showing her Quarter Horse, Lopin To The Bar, for the last four years. Hannah has been very successful in the show pen earning points in Halter, Trail, Western Pleasure, Showmanship, Western Horsemanship and Hunter Under Saddle. Hannah is a very motivated and competitive rider. When not spending time with her horses, Hannah enjoys volunteering at her school in various capacities including lunch and bus helper, being a reader for a child with learning disabilities and at the school's learning centre for children with disabilities. Hannah also gives her time as an Ontario Quarter Horse Youth Director. Hannah is looking forward to bring her enthusiasm, her charisma and her skills to Texas as an alternate rider for Team Canada.
Haley Franc, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Haley, who is 16, is well on her way to accomplishing her life goal of becoming one of the industry's top horsemen and competitors in the Reining discipline. While Haley has focused her riding on the Reining, she also has trained in Cutting and Western Pleasure. Some of her many accomplishments include being the Western Canada Regional Circuit Champion, receiving the Saskatchewan Mentorship Honors in Reining, being the Saskatchewan High Performance Athlete Grant recipient, and winning numerous high point awards. Haley rode for Team Canada for the North American Junior Young Rider Championships in Lexington, Kentucky and was the individual gold medal winner and a member of the silver medal team. Haley competes nationally and internationally and has been recognized for her skills and hard work in youth, non-pro, limited non-pro, intermediate non-pro and open classes. Haley ended her 2012 season by receiving the honoured Equine Canada's Junior Equestrian of the Year Award. Although Haley spends most of her time with horses, she attends Rivier Academy Independent Catholic School, and has also found time to be a competitive dancer in ballet, tap and jazz. She also volunteers with Parkrange Veterinary Services, Reining Canada and in the past, at the Red River Riding and Roping Arena. Team Canada welcomes Haley as she brings her dedication, willingness and team spirit to Bryan/College Station in July.
The three leadership members are:
Laura Anne Berensci. Paris, Ontario
Laura Anne, who is 16, returns to Team Canada as a leader for 2014. In 2012, Laura traveled to Kreuth, Germany with the team as a leader and her dedication to the team, hard work and outstanding leadership skills earned her spot on the 2014 team. Laura has been riding since she was eight-years-old. She began showing with the Ancaster Saddle Club and then moved in to showing AHQA four years ago. Although focusing on her favorite English hunt seat classes with her present horse, Laura does not disappoint when stepping in to the Western performance classes. Laura easily keeps herself busy inside and outside of the show ring. When not showing, she is quick to lend a helping hand to fellow exhibitors and often finds herself with a manure fork in hand. When not at the show or in the barn, Laura is busy with her rugby team, working towards getting her private pilot's license, working at the Pita Pit or fulfilling her duties at the Admiral Nelles Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps. Laura is looking forward to bringing her experience and joining her teammates in Texas in 201
Paige McNally, Fort Francis, Ontario
Paige, who is 16, has been showing Quarter Horses since 2008 in the all-around events. Paige has earned many circuit and year end championship and reserve championships awards, AQHA all-around and runner up awards and has most recently earned herself the title of AQHA Youth Champion on her horse, Solo Commodity. Paige enjoys riding just about any horse she can swing her leg over, two-year-olds to 20-year-olds. Paige enjoys spending all of her time at the barn but also enjoys being a member of her high school band, helping coach for the Learn To Skate Program, working as a ring steward for open shows and volunteering at the local veterinary clinic. Paige is looking forward to putting her hard work to use in 2014 with Team Canada.
The Team Coach and Team Manager are:
Team Coach: Della Cryderman. Murillo, Ontario
Della has been breeding, training and showing Quarter Horses for over thirty years and presently owns and operates a equine training facility. Her focus for Cryderman Training Stables is to prepare horses and their exhibitors for national and international competition. While the majority of the horse/rider combinations that she coaches show American Quarter Horse circuits, she also coaches several dressage and jumping horses/riders. Cryderman has travelled and shared her knowledge with riders who have committed to furthering their skills, and given many clinics ranging from first time riders to numerous youth and amateurs who became AQHA Superior Award winners, AQHA Champions, AQHA Versatility Champions, All-American Congress and AQHA World Show finalists. Cryderman's daughter, Jessie Godin was a gold-medalist member of Team Canada while competing at the Youth World Cup hosted by Australia in 2004. Cryderman served as President of the Thunder Bay Quarter Horse Club for 15 years and as President of the North Superior Quarter Horse Council for 10 years. Della has previous expeience with Youth World Cups as she was the coach for Team Canada in 2008 and in 2012.
Team Manager: Karen Westerback, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Karen has been involved with Quarter Horses for approximately 20 years and competes as an amateur on AQHA show circuits in Canada and the U.S. She has achieved two AQHA Amateur Superior Awards and is an AQHA Amateur Champion. Westerback is employed as a Youth Services residential worker for youth who are at risk with the law, helping to develop therapeutic plans for release from custody. She has served her local Quarter Horse associations over the years as Secretary, Vice-President and Youth Advisor, and has been actively involved in major fund-raising events and organizing. In the past year, she has acquired a new role as a ring steward for several large AQHA show circuits including the Minnesota Corporate Challenge and the Bob Yanz Masters. Karen has previous experience with Youth World Cups as she was the Team Manager in 2008 and in 2012.