Team USA Announced For 2000 Quarter Horse Youth World Cup

Team USA selections have been made for the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup competition to be held in Portugruaro, Italy, July 2-10.

Held every two years, the 2000 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup will be the largest ever with 13 countries competing. Team members from the United States qualified during the past two years for competition and had to meet additional leadership criteria established by an advisory committee.

Each country selects five competitors as well as five additional youth who attend either as alternates or for the educational aspects of the event.

Competing members of Team USA are team captain Shannon Dudley of Latimer, Iowa; Katie Forest of Richmond, Texas; Jessica Gunn of Greensburg, Indiana; Ryan Read of Laurel, Mississippi; and Samantha Roper of Hobart, Indiana. Additional members include Tonna Brooks of Canby, Oregon; Heather Servies of Middletown, Connecticut; Amanda Cloudt of Sutherlin, Oregon; Sarah Elder of Maryville, Tennessee; and Jessica Ann West of North Olmsted, Ohio. Team USA will compete against other teams from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland and a combined team from South America.

American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup teams will take part in 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.

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); and Amarillo, Texas (1998). 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.

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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