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Youth World Cup: Cutting Clinic and Competition

Germany strikes first with two blue ribbons as the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup competition kicks off.

By Larri Jo Starkey
The American Quarter Horse Journal
July 7, 2014

Germany strikes first to claim two gold ribbons in cutting at the 2014 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup.

Jan-Niklas Barre rides to a first-place finish under two judges, earning two gold medals for Team Germany. (Larri Jo Starkey photo) For more photos from the international event, scroll to the slideshow below.

Jan-Niklas Barre of Germany was on a cutting horse for the second time in his life when his coach came to him and said he needed to take off his spurs.

The owner of his horse had said that Shestoostylish was a little too sensitive and didn’t need the spurs. Jan-Niklas was dubious, but the spurs came off, and he rode into the pen.

Two and a half minutes later, the 18-year-old rode out with a big whoop as he earned the highest score of the day July 7 at the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup and the win under both judges.

The Youth World Cup is an international competition that asks AQHYA members to represent their countries on horses they have never ridden before and often in events they have never competed in. Like many of the competitors in cutting, Jan-Niklas rode a cutting horse for the first time during the clinic that started the competition day, where exhibitors were introduced to concepts such as hot quit and deep seat. After a barbecue lunch at Champion Ranch in Centerville, Texas, the host for the cutting portion of the event, Jan-Niklas and the other riders saddled up for their their second ride and their first competition.

Each judge counted as a separate show, so Jan-Niklas’ first-place finish under the two judges counted as two separate wins for Germany.

Shestoostylish is a 2004 bay mare by Dual Rey and out of Playn Stylish by Docs Stylish Oak. Called “Fergie” at home, she has won $44,978.97 in National Cutting Horse Association competition. She was bred and is owned by Melissa Lyons of Iola, Texas, who loaned the mare for competition at Youth World Cup.

“I saw him ride, and he’s so aggressive and the mare is so aggressive that I told his coach to tell him to take off the spurs,” Melissa said.

This year, Youth World Cup coincides with Youth Excellence Seminar, where AQHYA members will elect officers and directors, including the first international youth director. After a week of clinics, two horse shows July 11-12 at the Brazos County Expo in Bryan, Texas. will help determine the top team. Jan-Niklas' two wins has put Germany in the lead for now.