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Youth World Cup 2006 Results

team canada 2006Canada was one of 16 countries who participated at the 2006 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup held June 23 to July 2, 2006 in Amarillo, Texas. 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.

2006 Team Canada: Caitlin Black, Jesse Crandall, Melissa Hanscome, Tausha Hellyer, Russell Truesdell, Natasha Luchies, Jenna Nedzelski, Amylia Buettner, Kendra James, Amanda Zinger, Team Coach: Scott Neuman,
Team Manager: Judy Whittingham.  Click here for the Team Canada Individual members' profiles webpage

Team Canada Highlights:

The competing riders were:
Caitlin Black, Orangeville, Ontario
•    Hunter Under Saddle – Gold Medal on Day 2; 7th on Day 1  
•    Showmanship - 9th on Day 1
•    Hunt Seat Equitation - Bronze on Day 1; 8th on Day 2  

Jesse Crandall, Ponoka, Alberta
•    Cutting – Bronze on Day 2; 5th on Day 1

Melissa Hanscome, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
•    Western Pleasure – 4th on Day 1; 4th on Day 2
•    Showmanship – Gold Medal on Day 1

Tausha Hellyer, Shelburne, Ontario
•    Showmanship – Bronze on Day 2; 7th on Day 1
•    Western Horsemanship – 7th on Day 1; 9th on Day 2
•    Western Riding – 9th on Day 1
•    Hunter Under Saddle – 8th on Day 2
•    Cutting – 4th on Day 1, 6th on Day 2

Russell Truesdell, Brights Grove, Ontario
•    Reining – 7th on Day 1; 9th on Day 2  

The alternate riders were:
Natasha Luchies, Reaboro, Ontario
Jenna Nedzelski, Saanichton, British Columbia

The leadership members were:
Amylia Buettner, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Kendra James, Lashburn, Saskatchewan
Amanda Zinger, Victoria, British Columbia

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

Canada finished a respectable fifth place, with 89 total points behind Team USA – 1st with 245 points; Team Italy – 2nd with 101 points; Team United Kingdom – 3rd with 97 points; and Team Australia – 4th with 93 points The CQHA Board of Directors congratulates the entire youth team, coach and manager for their efforts. You were great ambassadors for Canada and we are very proud of all of you!


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