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Team Canada Coach-Manager 2016

CQHA Announces Appointments of the 2016 Team Canada Coach and Team Manager


The city of Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia will host the next biennial American Quarter Horse Association's Youth World Cup event to be held June 23 to July 3, 2016. 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. The CQHA Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that Christine Little of Brandon, Manitoba and Donna Sagin of Carberry, Manitoba have been appointed as 2016 Team Canada Coach and Team Canada Manager, respectively. The CQHA is indeed fortunate to have such well-qualified candidates volunteer their time, experience and resources to serve Team Canada in these capacities.


christine little

Christine Little has been involved in AQHA her entire life - being raised on a successful AQHA breeding farm, Little Valley Quarter Horses - all the way to building her own successful training and coaching business of Christine Little Show Horses. An AQHA Specialized All Novice Judge, Christine has a thorough knowledge of AQHA event rules and judging standards and attends yearly Judges Seminars to stay up-to-date.

She has worked alongside top trainers in the United States and Europe, including AQHA and NRHA World and Congress Champions. She has proven herself by earning national championships in Western Pleasure, Western Riding and Trail, as well as coaching students to national championships in Showmanship, Western Horsemanship, Halter, Trail, Hunter Under Saddle and Hunt Seat Equitation. She has coached clients to AQHA Regional Championships and many Affiliate year end awards.

Being a former Team Canada Youth World Cup youth member in Portogruaro, Italy in 2000, Christine has invaluable firsthand knowledge of this international event. Outside of horses, Christine has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, completing her thesis on Athlete Motivation. She currently works at the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba as a Community Addictions Counsellor. The unique set of skills she has developed to date, will be an incredible asset to the coaching position, as clear communication, positive motivation and managing emotions is all part of building a successful team. 


donna sagin

Donna Sagin is an experienced and successful event manager with a proven background in administration, financial management, business strategy, and marketing with various organizations.


An experienced executive member, she brings strong leadership skills and is recognized as a dedicated problem-solver. Her experience includes creating budgets, developing marketing and sponsorship plans, organizing special events and meeting deadlines She has spent the majority of her career, to date, with non-profit organizations in Western Canada organizing small events of 200, to large events of over 100,000 visitors.


An avid AQHA amateur exhibitor, Donna has shown for over 20 years in the all-around events. She currently volunteers as a director with the Manitoba Quarter Horse Association and is registered as an official AQHA Show Manager.


The unique set of skills Donna has developed to date, will be an incredible asset to the manager position, as organization, planning, problem solving, budgeting and meeting deadlines, are also essential for building a successful team.


Christine and Donna have worked together as part of the Manitoba Quarter Horse Association and bring an impressive combination of skills to CQHA and Team Canada. They are organized, motivated and enthusiastic about this opportunity to be part of the 2016 AQHA Youth World Cup and firmly believe they can help develop a competitive Canadian team, who will also be great ambassadors for Canada. 


The CQHA will soon be seeking up to nine qualified youth participants from all across Canada, for Team Canada. Applicants must be Canadian residents and current members-in-good-standing of the American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA), the Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA), and the provincial/regional Quarter Horse Affiliate where they reside. (Applicants must continue to be age-eligible to compete as youth in 2016).


Youth exhibitors who compete solely in the disciplines of Cutting and Reining are also eligible to apply as Team Canada members, providing they meet the AQHYA membership criteria, become members of CQHA (at no extra cost to current AQHYA members - see below) and are members-in-good-standing of their provincial or regional cutting or reining affiliates.


Funding for travel and other expenses for Team Canada to participate in Youth World Cup events is cost-shared by AQHA/CQHA, provincial/regional Quarter Horse Associations, discipline affiliates, corporate and/or individual sponsors, and team members' families.


All current AQHA or AQHYA members-in-good-standing are eligible and invited to become members of CQHA for no additional membership fee. However, you must register with CQHA by submitting an on-line membership application form. Click here for the link to: CQHA Membership Form for current AQHA/AQHYA Members.


Team Canada 2016 application forms will be posted very soon on this website.


Our Generous 2016 Team Canada Sponsors

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Platinum Sponsors: $10,000 & over:

  • AQHA Corporate Sponsor:  mbna jpg
  • Canadian Quarter Horse Association

Gold Sponsors: $5,000 & over:

  • North American Equine Ranching Information Council    Naeric Logo 2clr

Silver Sponsors $2,500 & over:

  • AQHA Sponsor - Anonymous
  • Ruszkowski Enterprises Ltd.
  • Manitoba Quarter Horse Association
  • Cooper Tire
  • Wilson Timber Mart

Bronze Sponsors $1,000 & over:

  • Prince Albert Sports Council
  • Rapid Nail Canada, Inc.
  • Cavallo Horse & Rider (in-kind sponsor)
  • Ontario Quarter Horse Youth Association
  • Ontario Quarter Horse Association
  • Eastern Tire Service
  • Lutes Mountain Tire
  • Alexandria Moulding Inc
  • John & Shelley Scriver
  • Greenhawk
  • Kimes Ranch
  • Manitoba Horse Council
  • Area 2 Promotional Club

Friends of Team Canada up to $1,000:

  • Carberry Sandhills Consulting/Marnie Somers
  • Area 3 Promotional Club
  • BMO Nesbitt Burns
  • Gibsons Building Supplies
  • Coldwell Banker ResCom Realty PA
  • Reining Canada
  • Saskatchewan Reining Horse Association
  • Quarter Horse Association of Alberta
  • British Columbia Quarter Horse Association
  • Erin Veterinary Clinic
  • The Lone Framer Contracting
  • Prince Albert Co-op
  • Jeld-Wen Windows & Doors
  • Leons Bancroft
  • Tom & Nancy Evans
  • Century 21 All Season Realty Ltd./Emma Kearns & Ray Krupa
  • Reining Canada
  • Freymond Lumber Ltd.
  • David Crosby/Catherine Esson
  • Farrell Agencies
  • Gibsons Lions Club Activities
  • Jody Coyote Design
  • Marilyn Copland
  • Melanie Johnstone-Dore
  • Pat Ross Training Centre
  • Patricia Taylor
  • PineRidge Equestrian Park (in-kind sponsor)
  • South Coast Ford Sales
  • Sunshine Coast Equestrian Club
  • The Williams Group
  • Three Bars Ranch
  • Ontario Amateur Quarter Horse Association
  • Edifice Services
  • Simcoe Veterinary Clinic
  • More Management
  • Cervus Equipment Peterbilt
  • JM Quarter Horses
  • Area 1 Promotion Club
  • Haley
  • Hutton Performance Horses
  • Skookum Dodge
  • KenMac Parts
  • Gerald Holmes
  • Dynamic Tire
  • Bill Stewart's Metal & Bottle Exchange
  • Highland Optical
  • MacGregor's Custom Machining Ltd.
  • Ballantye Fuels
  • Wear Well Garments
  • Rod & Kathy Mochizuki
  • Vancouver Island Quarter Horse Association
  • Carole Walton
  • Tsolum Vet
  • PGH Consulting
  • Patti Woods
  • Byron & Alana Green
  • BMO Nesbitt Burns
  • J & P Leveque Bros. Haulage Ltd.
  • McDougall Insurance
  • Ted Cole Stainless Process Equipment
  • R & L Bus Lines
  • Post Form Products Ltd.
  • Sylvia Wilson
  • Faraday Animal Hospital
  • Paul Price Ford Sale Inc.
  • Bancroft Home Hardware
  • Susan Swing
  • Morden Veterinary Clinic
  • Access Credit Union
  • BDO Financial Services
  • Hometown Service Ltd.
  • CK Mobile Equine
  • Longhouse Family
  • Saskatchewan Quarter Horse Association
  • Ruecker & Bourget Family
  • A. Leys Johnston
  • Brican Electric Ltd.
  • Bert the Bike Dog Inc.
  • Graham Desprez
  • Midnight Haven Equestrian
  • David & Kathleen Almas
  • Guay's Garage Ltd.
  • PACCAR of Canada
  • Nichol
  • James & Doreen Renner
  • New Glasgow Veterinary Clinic
  • Highland Ford Sales
  • Wayne's Saddlery
  • Equerry Veterinary Equine Surgery & Sports Medicine
  • Pat Davis
  • Marcia Carter
  • Haidee Landry
  • Leis Feed & Supply

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