General Event Information:
A major initiative of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA) is to co-ordinate and field a team to represent Canada at biennial American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Youth World Cup competition. The Youth World Cup competition is an educational, leadership-based event for youth from around the world, to participate and showcase skills learned in an atmosphere of friendly competition.
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 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. Points earned from placing in each class are tabulated to determine the overall team placings. Two sets of medals are awarded - one from each judge, each day.
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.
The AQHA has confirmed the prestigious American Quarter Horse Association 2016 Youth World Cup will take place in Tamworth, New South Wales from June 23 to July 3, 2016. Click here for the 2016 Youth World Cup website
This biennial event, held in even-numbered years only, sees teams of youth, gather to learn and compete in a variety of events. International hosts, judges, clinicians and handlers educate participants, not only in their horsemanship skills, but also by encouraging and demonstrating good sportsmanship, camaraderie and by promoting the benefits of teamwork.
Canada will field a competing team of up to nine youth participants.
The Team Canada Coach, Manager and youth members from across Canada will be selected by the CQHA Youth World Cup Committee. A news release and the 2016 application materials will be issued in the near future.