The American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup is an educational-, leadership and competition-based event for AQHA youth members from around the world.
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The American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup is an international event that is held every two years and is hosted by a different country each time. The 2010 Youth World Cup was held in Oklahoma City and the 2012 competition was hosted in Kreuth, Germany.
American Quarter Horse youth competitors from around the world will flock to Bryan/College Station, Texas, on July 3-13 for an international showdown in the form of the 2014 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup.
Throughout the competition, each country will ride for gold medals in cutting, reining, horsemanship, western pleasure, trail, western riding, hunt seat equitation, hunter under saddle and showmanship.
The Youth World Cup is more than just a competition – it offers a chance for international American Quarter Horse enthusiasts to learn from the industry’s leading riders and trainers.
While at the event, five youth plus one coach and manager from each country will take part in educational seminars, discipline clinics, leadership training and, finally, competition. Five additional youth from each country are invited by each international affiliate to attend the education and leadership portion of the week’s events and to cheer on their teammates.
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. AQHA relies heavily on AQHA Professional Horsemen and owners to supply this event with the best American Quarter Horses around.
Hosted by the Bryan College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau, the 2014 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup will be held at the Brazos County Expo in Bryan, Texas, near Texas A&M University.
The proximity of the Youth World Cup location to the Texas A&M campus provides an ample amount of opportunities for the event. Youth World Cup team members and their coaches and supporters will have the chance to tour one of the world’s leading veterinary schools and equine science programs.
The Brazos County Expo boasts six versatile facilities, providing ample space for the 2014 event. The facility is home to the Texas A&M University Women’s Equestrian Team and also plays host to several AQHA shows a year.
In addition to tours of world-class equine facilities during the Youth World Cup, AQHA has several other proposed tours planned, such as tours of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the home of Texas’ favorite ice cream, Blue Bell Creameries in Brenham, Texas.
AQHA is also excited to announce that during their stay in College Station, Youth World Cup competitors will have the chance to stay at The Tradition, a campus apartments managed community.
What is the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup?
This is an educational and leadership-based event for youth members from around the world. The culmination of this event is a showcasing of skills learned in an atmosphere of friendly competition. It gives youth a unique opportunity to learn in a hands-on setting with other international youth horse enthusiasts.
Who gets to participate?
All AQHYA members are eligible to participate provided they meet each country's qualification guidelines. Five competing team members and up to five (again, depending on each country's procedures) supporting team members will represent each official AQHA international affiliate. Each country is also allowed to send one coach and one team manager.
How do I get my horse there?
Competing team members do not show their own horses. The host country provides each team's horses for clinics and competition. AQHA relies heavily on its AQHA Professional Horsemen and member-owners to supply this event with the best American Quarter Horses around.
Who do I talk to for more information?
Robin Alden, manager of AQHYA and AQHA youth development
American Quarter Horse Youth Association
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