Amarillo, Texas - Sixteen teams are preparing for their trip to the United States for the 2002 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup Competition, scheduled for June 28 through July 7.
Nearly 200 youth from sixteen countries-Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, South America, USA and the United Kingdom-are scheduled to arrive in Amarillo June 28.
Held every two years, the 2002 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup will feature eight days of educational seminars, specific discipline clinics and leadership training exercises.
The event culminates in an atmosphere of friendly competition as teams vie for titles in showmanship at halter, western pleasure, western horsemanship, hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation, western riding, trail, reining, cutting and a versatility class.
Each country selects five competitors as well as up to five additional youth who attend either as alternates or for the educational aspects of the event. American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup 2002 will be the largest ever with 16 countries competing.
AQHA Member and Youth Activities Committee Member Warner K. "Skip" Parker of Carrollton, Texas, is credited with founding the Youth World Cup. The event started in 1986 in Australia and since then has been held in Fort Worth, Texas (1988); Canada (1990); Australia (1992); Germany (1994); Flagstaff, Arizona (1996); Amarillo, Texas (1998); and Italy (2000). AQHA has officially governed the event since 1998 and is one of the main reasons why the event returns to Amarillo every four years.
For more information, contact the AQHA Youth or International Department at (806) 376-4811 or visit AQHA's Web site at www.aqha.com.