Every two years, American Quarter Horse youth riders have the chance to vie for international fame at the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup. At the 2016 Youth World Cup, to be held June 23-July 3 in Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia, 13 teams of riders from across the globe will compete for the chance to take gold medals back to their home countries.
Five youth members and a coach or manager make up the teams from each country. American Quarter Horse Youth Association members representing their home countries will take part in 11 days of educational seminars, specific discipline clinics, leadership training and competition. Five additional youth from each country also are invited by each international affiliate to attend the education and leadership portion of the week’s events.
The 2016 Team USA members are:
• Rider: Austria Arnold, of Terrell, Texas
• Rider: Calley Huston, of Argyle, Texas
• Rider: Ellexxah Maxwell, of West Mansfield, Ohio
• Rider: Brock Murphy, of Jackson, Missouri
• Rider: Haley Riddle, of Gainesville, Texas
• Leadership/Rider Alternate: Sydney Hoffa, of Massillon, Ohio
• Leadership/Rider Alternate: Ann Tebow, of Piedmont, Oklahoma
• Leadership: Teri Dawn Haws, of Tooele, Utah
• Leadership: Madelynne Herlocker, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa
• Leadership: Charles Lee, of McAllen, Texas
• Team Manager: Dawn Forest, of College Station, Texas
Throughout the competition, each country will ride for gold medals in cutting, reining, horsemanship, ranch riding, trail, hunt seat equitation, hunter under saddle and showmanship.
To level the playing field, competing Youth World Cup team members do not show their own horses. The host country provides each team’s horses for clinics and competition. The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) relies heavily on AQHA Professional Horsemen and owners to supply this event with the best American Quarter Horses around.
For more information on the 20th American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup, visit www.ywc2016.com.