Amarillo, Texas - Team USA's victory at the 2002 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup, held in Amarillo, Texas, wrapped up eight days of clinics, leadership activities and equine competition.
Last week more than 150 youth from 16 countries traveled to Amarillo, Texas, for the competition. The event centered on educating international youth members, developing horsemanship skills and forming lasting relationships with youth from around the world. At the week's end, the participants competed for the top spot in nine events.
Youth members from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States participated in the clinics taught by AQHA Professional Horsemen, leadership activities led by the American Quarter Horse Foundation and competed on donated horses from AQHA members.
"It is amazing to watch these young people put aside their cultural differences and come together in devotion to the American Quarter Horse," said Bill Brewer, AQHA Executive Vice President. "We understand that these youth are someday going to be the leaders of the equine industry, and the experiences and relationships that the Youth World Cup provides them will enhance their decisions for the future of the equine industry."
Teams received special recognition for the care of their team horses and spirit shown during the week. The CARE Award (Compassion, Awareness, and Respect for Equines) went to Team Switzerland for their devotion to the health and care of the donated horses.
The Spirit Award was given to The Netherlands due to their exuberant spirit throughout the week.
The award winners included:
High-Point Team Overall Team USA: Members - Tonna Brooks, Caroline Gunn, Dawn Piper, Joseph Pluhar, and Travis Wright, Coach Nancyr Cahill, Manager Wanda Waters
Reserve High-Point Team Overall - Team Italy: Members - Gennaro Lendi, Carlotta Prevedoni, Alice Pascarella, Moira Cavanna, Beatrice Brusa, Coach Lara Maiocchi, Manager Michael Colvin
High-Point Individual Awards:
Cutting: Elad Kalifa, Team Israel, Doris Monnich, Team Netherlands
Showmanship at Halter: Caroline Gunn, Team USA
Reserve: Dawn Piper, Team USA
Hunter Under Saddle: Dawn Piper, Team USA
Reserve: Beatrice Brusa, Team Italy
Hunt Seat Equitation: Dawn Piper, Team USA
Reserve: Moira Cavanna, Team Italy
Western Pleasure: Chad Whittingham, Team Canada
Reserve: Dawn Piper, Team USA
Western Horsemanship: Tonna Brooks, Team USA
Reserve: Rahel Locher, Team Switzerland
Western Riding: Jessy Goossens, Team Belgium
Reserve: Fenna Elzinga, Team Netherlands
Trail: Jessy Goossens, Team Belgium
Reserve: Jacob Ladd, Team New Zealand
Reining: Gennaro Lendi, Italy
Reserve: Joseph Pluhar
AQHA Members donated horses for the week of clinics and competition.
High-Point Horse Awards included:
High-Point Overall Horse - IM NORMAN owned by Jason Wanderer of Los Angeles, Calif.
Reserve High-Point Overall Horse - THE IRON CHIP owned by J.E. and Allyson McBride of Dallas, Texas
Cutting: VICTORY PLAY owned by Ralph Depew of Perryton, Texas
Showmanship at Halter: BOSTON MACNALLY owned by Alison Graham of British Columbia, Canada
Reserve: SOX N HOCKS owned by Phoebe Brent of Amarillo, Texas
Hunter Under Saddle: LUKE YOUR BEST owned by Nancy Sue Ryan of Nocona, Texas
Reserve: HOT JAZZ DOT COM owned by Leena Volmer-Grant of Aubrey, Texas
Hunt Seat Equitation: LUKE YOUR BEST owned by Nancy Sue Ryan of Nocona, Texas
Reserve: THE IRON CHIP owned by J.E. & Allyson McBride of Dallas, Texas
Western Pleasure: ARAKE ANDA RAMBLER owned by Stephanie
Stafford-Squires of Irving, Texas
Reserve: IM NORMAN owned by Jason Wanderer of Los Angeles, Calif.
Western Horsemanship: SOX N HOCKS owned by Phoebe Brent of Amarillo, Texas
Reserve: AZIP N WARD owned by Denise Jordan of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Western Riding: HEZ ROYAL BLACK JACK owned by Susan Douglas of Sarasota, Florida
Reserve: MR BEAU DELUXE owned by Debbie Higginbotham of Bastrop, La.
Trail: SONNYS BLACK GOLD owned by Joe Jeane of Valley View, Texas
Reserve: ONE TUFF WILLIE owned by Sandra York of Pueblo West, Colo.
Reining: PEPPY SOL ANSON owned by Tamera Kyle of Whitesboro, Texas
Reserve: RIPPIN REYNER owned by Sean Pulley of Aubrey, Texas