Aside from the spirited competition between international teams, the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup is renowned for its opportunities for education. The 2012 event, scheduled for July 21-28 in Kreuth, Germany, boasts clinics by horsemen that hail from across Europe and the United States.
This year’s Youth World Cup clinicians include:
Showmanship – AQHA Professional Horseman Sandra Elder of Maryville, Tennessee, and Pierre Ouellet of Italy
Horsemanship – Mirjam Giraudini of Italy and Sandra Elder
Western riding – AQHA Professional Horseman Nancy Cahill of Madisonville, Texas, and Matteo Sala of Italy
Trail – Matteo Sala, Pierre Ouellet and Nancy Cahill
Western pleasure – AQHA Professional Horsemen Hubertus and Christel Jagfeld and Alexandra Jagfeld of Germany
Hunter under saddle – Paola Donarini Masi of Italy and Sandra Elder
Hunt seat equitation – Mirjam Giraudini, Sandra Elder and Sylvia Jäckle of Germany
Reining – Jan Boogaerts of Belgium, AQHA Professional Horseman Rieky Young of the Netherlands and Brian Turnbull of Germany
Cutting – Royal Bavarian Cutters of Germany
In addition to the great chance for education from a wide variety of horsemen, the clinics also provide the opportunity for riders to familiarize themselves with their teams’ American Quarter Horses before competition begins.
“Clinics and the chance for education have always been one of my favorite aspects of what the Youth World Cup has to offer,” said AQHA Director of International Affairs David Avery. “Education evens the playing field for everyone.
The judges for the 2012 Youth World Cup are also in place:
Hans Kuhn of Germany
Jan Boogaerts of Belgium
Sylvia Katschker of Austria
Sylvia Jäckle of Germany
Rieky Young of the Netherlands
The Youth World Cup at the Gut Matheshof in Kreuth kicks off on July 21 with a welcome ceremony and opening barbecue. At the opening event, competitors will exchange gifts and coaches will draw for their teams’ horses.
In alphabetical order, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Israel, Italy, Luxemborg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and the United States will draw their team’s group of horses. The draw will actually be a double draw, where the coaches will initially draw a draw order, and then proceed to draw in that order for their team’s group of horses.
Throughout the competition, each country will ride for gold medals in cutting, reining, horsemanship, western pleasure, trail, western riding, hunt seat equitation, hunter under saddle and showmanship. Medallions will be awarded through 10th place, and every ride counts.
It certainly takes a lot of people and organizations to make the Youth World Cup work, and the event's patron sponsors – AQHA Corporate Partner Merial, the Fort Worth Stock Show, Tom Bivins and Neal Pendergraft – are a big part of that. Class sponsors – Texas Amateur/Big Country, the National Snaffle Bit Youth Association, Allocate Your Assets and the cities of Bryan/College Station – play a large part as well.
For Youth World Cup updates and a schedule of the competition, visit www.ywc2012.com.