Team Italy Wins the 2012 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup

The 2012 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup in Kreuth, Germany, ended with the second day of all-around competition, with international teams vying for medals in western pleasure, horsemanship, trail, western riding and showmanship. The day ended with double success both for Team Germany's Sophia Raschat and Team Austria's Reneé Brieger.

Eighteen-year-old Sophia Raschat from Munich, for whom this was the fourth Youth World Cup, won the second show in western pleasure, with CMJoys Lotta Radical (Radical Revolution-Luxurys First by Lotta Luxury; owned by Marleen Van de Put of Belgium) and also claimed the title in hunter under saddle.

In western pleasure, Team Luxembourg's Liz Stors and Cant Stop Talkin (Sweet Talkin Chip-Elite Motions by The Elite Feature; owned by Zoe Pauly of Luxemborg) placed second, and Team Germany's Daniela Wagner-Winter and One HP (A New Perspective-Sheri Hollywood by Boston Revolution; owned by Roberto Arditi of Italy) were third.

In hunter under saddle, Team Luxembourg's Sylvie Peters and Cant Stop Talkin placed second, with Team Israel's Tal Rainer and WB Diamond Dawn (CL Sierra Serenade-Silent Dweena by Silent Chaffer; owned by Christine Petersen of Germany) following in third place.

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Photo: Team Italy won the 2012 Youth World Cup. Photo by Art & Light