CQHA Confirms Team Canada 2018 Selections
The American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup is an international event held very two years and hosted by a different country each time. American Quarter Horse youth competitors from around the world will flock to the next Youth World Cup which will be held June 28 - July 8 in Bryan/College Station, Texas.
A major initiative of the CQHA is to field youth teams for these biennial Youth World Cup competitions and we are pleased to announce that we have selected the following ten qualified youth participants from applications received from all across Canada for Team Canada 2018.
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. To help them reach these goals, please consider supporting an individual team member, or the team as a whole, with a business or personal sponsorship. To learn about the benefits of offered for various sponsorship levels, click here to download the Team Canada 2018 sponsorship package.
The Competing Riders are:
Hannah Buijs, Lisle, Ontario
Team Canada rider Hannah Buijs, 17, returns to Team Canada for the third time. Hannah has been showing Quarter Horses since the age of four and started showing on the quarter horse circuit when she was six-years-old. She started her show career on her family horse “The Shortest Straw” in walk jog classes. In 2010 she began showing in the 13 and under all around events with her new horse “Lopin To The Bar.” Hannah and Tucker have accomplished much in the pen such as multiple top ten and top five placings in Horsemanship, Showmanship, Trail, and Western Riding at the All American Quarter Horse Congress over the past seven years, a top ten placing at the 2013 AQHA East Novice Championships in Horsemanship, Superiors in youth Horsemanship and Showmanship, and placing eighth at the 2017 AQHYA World Show in Horsemanship. She has also participated in the Congress NYATT for the past seven years representing the Area 3 team and the Ontario Quarter Horse Association team. Hannah also rides and has shown Hunt Seat Equitation, Hunter Under Saddle, and Reining. When not spending time at the barn Hannah’s focus is on school where she has been awarded multiple top marks throughout her high school career and has been among the top three highest academic average students for the past three years. Hannah enjoys volunteering at local horse shows and events, as well as being on the Ontario Quarter Horse Youth Association board as a Director, Reporter, and this past year as Vice President. She looks forward to meeting everyone on Team Canada and cannot wait to share all the amazing experiences that are ahead of them!
Ellie Gerbrandt, Roberts Creek, British Columbia
14-year-old Ellie Gerbrandt from Roberts Creek British Columbia is extremely excited to be representing Canada as a rider for the 2018 Youth World Cup. Having been riding for as long as she can remember, Ellie now competes in the all-around events at top level shows both nationally and throughout the US. Ellie has earned a top 10 placing at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Hunt Seat Equitation and she also was a finalist in western pleasure and showmanship. She has won many circuit championships and all around awards including some from the Arizona Sun Circuit and the Novice Championship Show (west). When Ellie is not competing at horse shows, she enjoys volunteering with her local vaulting group and with younger children getting more comfortable around horses. She is looking forward to meeting all of the other competitors and is excited to bring her skills and experience to Team Canada.
James Heitzner. St. Clements, Ontario
For this 17-year-old, riding and showing horses has been a big part of his life. He is returning to Team Canada 2018, this time as a rider. James has an extensive show record, has ridden with many different trainers, and has experience with a plethora of different riding disciplines including everything from jumping to reining (and everything in between). James has been an All American Quarter Horse Congress Top 10 finisher in Horsemanship, has multiple AQHA Championships, is a multiple AQHYA World Show Qualifier, and has been a member of both the 2016 YWC Team Canada and Ontario’s Congress 2016 NYATT team. When not riding a horse, James enjoys playing basketball for his school, where he helped his team finish 9th overall in the province, or volunteering at a rehabilitative riding center. One can also find him playing Ultimate Frisbee with his team that happened to have back to back top two placings in the province. He also gives his time by serving on the OQHYA Board in several different positions. His hobbies consist of photography, music, and literature. James looks forward to bringing his passion for horses and vast show experience with him to Texas in 2018 for Team Canada.
Alexandra Hibberd: Calgary, Alberta
18-year-old Alexandra joins Team Canada 2018 as a rider. Alex has been riding her whole life. She started her show career as a youngster in the jumping ring. Alex has now focussed her riding exclusively on reining for the past seven years. As a competitive youth and non-pro rider Alex has earned numerous NRHA championships and year-end awards. Her success in the show ring has earned her a top ten placing at the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma and multiple Canadian National Championships. Alex has also had the opportunity to ride representing Alberta twice at the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships. Alex currently attends the University of Alberta studying Animal Health. When not showing or in school, she enjoys quilting, reading and dog agility. Alex is very excited for the opportunity to represent Canada in Txas.
Mackenzie Inksater: Roberts Creek, British Columbia
17-year- old Mackenzie is thrilled to be returning to Team Canada 2018 as a rider. She started riding on her mom’s miniature horse at the age of two and moved up from there. Mackenzie has been showing AQHA for the past six years in the all-around events on a variety of horses but predominantly her own horse. She has had much success showing in Canada and the United States including showing at The Novice Championships in Las Vegas numerous times and earning top placings in horsemanship, showmanship, trail and western riding. Showing has been Mackenzie’s main focus the past years but school also plays a huge part in her activities as she volunteers through her school’s leadership program. She also loves volleyball and is currently on the senior team for her school. Mackenzie is excited to be joining Team Canada 2018 and can’t wait to meet everyone and compete.
The Alternate Riders are:
Cassidy Cressman: Belleville ON
Cassidy, 15, is excited to be joining Team Canada as an alternate rider. She has been showing horses since a very young age. After working her way through the lead line ranks as a toddler at local club shows, she started her riding career on a trillium hunter pony in the short stirrup division. Cassidy attended her first Quarter Horse show in the walk-jog division when she was six and fell in love! She became partners with her mount Hes Asgoodasitgets in 2010. "Dakota" was intended to be a small fry horse but they ended up doing so much more together. Accomplishments include being named Justin Rookie of the year, Reserve Congress Champion (13 and under) in Novice Youth Horsemanship, Reserve Congress Champion in 11 and Under Trail and a top 15 finalist in NYATT showmanship. In addition to their Congress successes together, Cassidy finished a Superior in Open Trail on Dakota and won many year-end and circuit championships. Dakota was fully retired in 2016 and since then Cassidy has been riding a lot of different young horses and taking in as many new experiences as possible. While shopping for her new mount, Cassidy has kept herself busy taking lessons in a variety of disciplines including reining and eventing. She is extremely excited to be joining the Youth World Cup Team for Canada and looks forward to cheering her team on in Texas!
Madison Holmes: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
Madison, Team Canada alternate rider, is 16-years-old and has been riding horses her whole life and showing with AQHA since she was four. Madison shows a variety of horses in many disciplines including english and western classes, as well as ranch riding and over fences classes. She has an extensive show record including showing at the All American Quarter Horse Congress each year since 2013 and earning placings of champion, reserve champions, and top tens. Madison’s favourite place to be is in the show pen. Outside of horses Madison plays varsity volleyball, helps coach younger volleyball teams, volunteers at her local hospital, and bakes cakes for weddings and special birthdays. Even though Madison misses many classes due to her horse showing, she always excels in academics and has received multiple awards including the top three overall marks of her year. Madison is looking forward to taking her past experience on Team Canada 2016 to the team this year.
The Leadership Members are:
Kylie Bond, Warren, Manitoba
Kylie, 16, joins Team Canada as a leadership member for the Youth World Cup 2018. Kylie has been riding since she was ten and first started showing in 2013 with the Canadian Western Horse Association (CWHA). Kylie’s immediate success earned her many year-end awards there. In 2015 she began showing with the Central Canada Reining Horse (CCRHA) Association where she continued to accumulate many year-end awards. Kylie is an active member of the CCRHA/NRHA, and is always lending support from volunteering with fund-raising to cheering on her competitors. When not showing, Kylie spends many hours a week volunteering and helping young children at a local riding stable, Diversity Horsemanship. She also participates in cross country running, is a member of the ethics club, student voice, and student council. Academically Kylie excels, and in each year of high school has earned the award of excellence. Kylie is excited to be a member of Team Canada and looks forward to the many experiences she is about to have.
Darla Leroux, Sudbury, Ontario.
Darla, 17, is very excited to have the opportunity to attend the 2018 Youth World Cup as a leadership member. Horses have been a key part of Darla's life as she has grown up. She has been riding horses since the age of two and showing from a very young age as well. As a toddler she began showing in lead-line at local schooling shows on her mother's experienced Quarter Horse. After quickly working her way out of lead-line, Darla began taking jumping lessons and competing in the jumping classes at the local shows. Darla was introduced to AQHA at the age of 12 and fell in love with the atmosphere of the Quarter Horse shows. She started off with her 15h mare but quickly realized she needed something more. Darla connected quickly with her new 16.3h mare, Go Fo The Hot One, and together they have earned many Ontario Awards, circuit awards, all around awards and a spot on Ontario's 2017 NYATT Team. Darla has had the opportunity to ride with various trainers and is grateful for all the knowledge that has gained her. When not riding horses, Darla can be found indulging in schoolwork or playing flag football and soccer for her school. Darla also enjoys partaking in the organization of as many school events as she can as well as volunteering within her community. Darla looks forward to bringing her knowledge and experiences with her to Team Canada 2018.
Abby Schapp: Midland, Ontario
15-year-old Abby is thrilled to be traveling to Texas as a Team Canada leader. Being on Team Canada has been a dream of hers since she started riding Quarter Horses. Abby has been riding horses since she was two. She started out on a Shetland pony named Shadow and together they competed in schooling shows. When she outgrew her pony and moved on to a larger pony she began showing in the jumper classes at schooling shows. Abby eventually outgrew this pony as well, and moved on to a Quarter Horse. Abby fell in love with Quarter Horses and after watching her aunt show at the Quarter Horse circuits, she too wanted to begin showing, both in english and western. Abby now shows her horse Riley, whom she got as two-year-old is now five. Her success in the show pen has earned her three Ontario awards, multiple high point award and circuit awards, and an all-round award with Ontario Area 3. Outside of riding horses Abby enjoys boating, camping, playing basketball and working at the barn at which she boards her horse. Abby is very proud to be a part of this team!
The Team Coach & Manager are:
Coach: Della Cryderman, Murillo, Ontario
Della Cryderman has been breeding, training and showing Quarter Horses for over thirty years and presently owns and operates a equine training facility. Her focus for Cryderman Training Stables is to prepare horses and their exhibitors for national and international competition. While the majority of the horse/rider combinations whom she coaches show at American Quarter Horse circuits, she also coaches several dressage and jumping horses/riders. Cryderman has travelled and shared her knowledge with riders who have committed to furthering their skills, and given many clinics ranging from first time riders to numerous youth and amateurs who became AQHA Superior Award winners, AQHA Champions, AQHA Versatility Champions, All-American Congress and AQHA World Show finalists. Cryderman's daughter, Jessie Godin was a gold-medalist member of Team Canada while competing at the Youth World Cup hosted by Australia in 2004. Della coached Jessie to 4th place in Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation during the 2016 AQHA World Championship Show. Cryderman served as President of the Thunder Bay Quarter Horse Club for 15 years and as President of the North Superior Quarter Horse Council for 10 years.
Manager: Karen Westerback, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Karen has been involved with Quarter Horses for approximately 20 years and competes as an amateur on AQHA show circuits in Canada and the U.S. She has achieved two AQHA Amateur Superior Awards and is an AQHA Amateur Champion. Westerback is employed as a Youth Services residential worker for youth who are at risk with the law, helping to develop therapeutic plans for release from custody. She has served her local Quarter Horse associations over the years as Secretary, Vice-President and Youth Advisor, and has been actively involved in major fund-raising events and organizing. In the past year, she has acquired a new role as a ring steward for several large AQHA show circuits including the Minnesota Corporate Challenge and the Bob Yanz Masters and now serves as the President of the North Superior Quarter Horse Association.
Della and Karen have worked together as Team Canada Coach and Manager at three previous Youth World Cup events, 2008, 2010 and 2014, and bring an impressive combination of skills to CQHA and Team Canada. They are organized, motivated and enthusiastic about this opportunity to be part of the 2018 AQHA Youth World Cup and firmly believe that they, along with the their ten talented youth team members, can develop a competitive Canadian team who will also be great ambassadors for Canada.
You are invited to join the public Team Canada 2018 Facebook page to follow the activities leading up to and during the event.