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Youth World Cup 2004 Results

team canada 2004Canada was one of 12 countries who participated at the 2004 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup held June 26 to July 4, 2004 at Dubbo, Australia. Funding for travel expenses for Team Canada is cost-shared by AQHA/CQHA, provincial/regional Quarter Horse Associations, corporate and/or individual sponsors, and team members’ families.   

Each participating country selected up to five competing riders, two alternate riders and three non-competing youth (leadership members). The host country provided a pool of horses of various ability levels, which were subsequently grouped into lots of five horses each. During the opening ceremonies, teams drew to determine their assigned group of five horses. Teams then designated three riders each to compete in Western Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Western Riding, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Showmanship, and Trail; and two riders each for Reining and Cutting classes. Points from each class were tabulated to determine the overall team placings. Two sets of medals were awarded – one from each judge, each day.

The five competing riders were:

Sarah Black, Orangeville, Ontario
–    Hunter Under Saddle – All Around Youth World Cup Champion Trophy:
      Gold on Day 1, Bronze on Day 2
–    Western Pleasure – 4th on Day 1, 5th on Day 2;
–    Western Horsemanship – 9th on Day 2;
–    Hunt Seat Equitation – Bronze on Day 2; 8th on Day 1
Matthew Brown, Enterprize, Ontario
–    Western Pleasure – Bronze on Day 2

Jessica Conti, Oyama, British Columbia
–    Western Horsemanship – Gold on Day 2;
–    Hunt Seat Equitation – Silver on Day 1; 8th on Day 2
–    Hunter Under Saddle – 4th on Day 1;
–    Showmanship – 7th on Day 1; 8th on Day 2;
–    Trail – 7th on Day 2;
–    Reining – 9th on Day 1;
–    Western Riding – 4th on Day 2; 7th on Day 1,

Jessie Godin, Murillo, Ontario
–    Showmanship – Reserve All Around Youth World Cup Champion Trophy:        Gold on Day 1, Bronze on Day 2;
–    Cutting – 4th on Day 1, 6th on Day 2

Emily Sullivan, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
-    Western Pleasure – Reserve All Around Youth World Cup Champion Trophy:  Gold on Day 1; 6th on Day 2;
–    Hunter Under Saddle – 10th on Day 2

All-Around High Point Horse of the 2004 Youth World Cup - Yulgilbar Elegant Chic –
(Team Canada horse)

The alternate riders were:
Kathy Martins, Thetford Mines, Quebec
Megan Patterson, Bornholm, Ontario

The leadership members were:
Kirby Cates, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Matthew Hudson, Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick

The Team Coach and Team Manager were:
Scott Neuman, Billings, Montana – Coach
Judy Whittingham, Brandon, Manitoba – Manager

In a hard-fought competition race for overall team standings, which came down to the very last class on the last day, Canada finished a very respectable 3rd place in total points behind Team USA – 1st  and Team Australia – 2nd. The CQHA Board of Directors congratulates the entire youth team, coach and manager for such an outstanding result. You were great ambassadors for Canada and we are very proud of all of you!

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