Youth World Cup 2016 Results

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Recap of Results from 2016 Youth World Cup!

Team Canada 2016


Back row L:R - Christine Little, Cheyanne Izon, Madison Holmes, Hannah Buijs, Mackenzie Inksater, Melanie Trolley Donna Sagin Front row L:R - James Heitzner, Ruth Enns, Megan Komori Kennedy, Haley Franc


Congratulations to Team Canada 2016 which finished in fourth place overall at the Youth World Cup held in Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia. This international showdown, comprised of 13 teams from around the world, took place from June 23 to July 3, 2016.

Throughout the competition, each country rode for gold, silver and bronze medals in cutting, reining, western horsemanship, trail, ranch riding, hunt seat equitation, hunter under saddle and showmanship. The Youth World Cup is more than just a competition - it offered a chance for international American Quarter Horse enthusiasts to learn from the industry's leading riders and trainers.

Team Canada collectively earned 84 total points earning fourth place. Team USA was first with 200 points; Team Australia was second with 118 points; and Team Germany was third with 110 points.

2016 Team Canada Highlights: 

The five 2016 Team Canada competing riders placed as follows:
  • Haley Franc, Prince Albert, SK
    • Cutting - 5th place in Show A, 2nd place (Silver Medal) in Show B (Res. Champion overall)
    • Reining - 2nd place (Silver Medal) in Show A
  • Megan Komori Kennedy, Merville, BC
    • Western Horsemanship - 3rd place (Bronze Medal)  in Show A
    • Hunt Seat Equitation - 9th place in Show A, 4th place in Show B
    • Hunter Under Saddle - 12th place in Show A, 3rd place in Show B
    • Showmanship - 6th place in Show A
  • Hanna Buijs, Lisle, ON
    • Trail - 7th place in Show A
    • Showmanship - 7th place in Show B
    • Western Horsemanship - 2nd place in Show B
  • Mackenzie Inksater, Roberts Creek, BC
    • Hunt Seat Equitation - 7th place in Show A, 6th place in Show B
    • Showmanship - 10th place in Show A
    • Trail - 10th place in Show B
  • Madison Holmes, New Glasgow, NS
    • Hunt Seat Equitation - 10th place in Show A
    • Hunt Seat Equitation - 10th place in Show B
The 2016 Team Canada alternate riders were:  
  • Ruth Enns, Schanzenfeld, MB
  • Melanie Trolley, Bancroft, ON
 The 2016 Team Canada Leadership members were:  
  • James Heitzner, St. Clements, ON
  • Cheyanne Izon, Acton, ON
The 2016 Team Canada Coach & Manager were: 
  • Coach: Christine Little, Brandon, MB
  • Manager: Donna Sagin, Carberry, MB
Representing Canada at international events such as this one, is a costly initiative and Team Canada members and their families are each responsible for fund-raising a portion of their travel expenses. Team Canada appreciates the many generous sponsors who have stepped up to the plate. To see the Team Canada members and these valuable team sponsors, visit the Team Canada 2016 webpage of the CQHA's website.  

The CQHA Board of Directors congratulates the entire 2016 youth team, coach and manager and their support groups, both on site and back at home, for their cumulative efforts. You were great ambassadors for Canada and we are very proud of you!