The CQHA is pleased to confirm that it will field another Team Canada for this event, to be held in College Station, Bryan, Texas, from July 2 - 14, 2014..
A major initiative of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA) is to co-ordinate a team to represent Canada at each biennial American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Youth World Cup. The Youth World Cup competition is an educational, leadership-based event for youth members from around the world, culminating in showcasing skills learned in an atmosphere of friendly competition.
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.
Each participating country selects up to five competing riders, two alternate riders and three non-competing youth (leadership members). The host country provides the pool of horses of various ability levels, which are subsequently grouped into lots of five horses each. During the opening ceremonies, teams drew to determine their assigned group of five horses. Teams then designated 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.
The CQHA actively seeks out qualified youth who are Canadian citizens, and members-in-good-standing of the American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA). Many applications are received from youth from all across Canada, who possess excellent horsemanship skills in a variety of events, and who volunteer in their local communities and/or equine sport organizations. This makes the job of selecting finalists for the team both gratifying and challenging.
For more informaton about applying as a Team Coach or Team Manager (deadline April 15, 2013), or as a Team Canada youth member (deadline July 31, 2013) please visit the CQHA website (AQHA Youth World Cup Section) for the Coach and Manager position descriptions and application forms, team member application forms, an overview of the team selection and eligibility criteria.