Team Canada 2020

AQHA Youth World Cup Team Canada Logo 2020 

Meet The Youth Team  

 CQHA Appoints Team Canada Coach and Team Manager
for 2020 AQHA Youth World Cup 

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is pleased to announce that the next biennial American Quarter Horse Association Youth World Cup will be held July 3 to 12th, 2020..The European countries of De Peelbergen, Kronenberg, Netherlands and Mari, Germany will host the event, first held in Australia in 1986 as the International Youth Quarter Horse World Cup. It has become one of the most prestigious equine competitions recognized world wide. For more information about the 2020 Youth World Cup, click here for the most recent YWC newsletterr (a PDF file).

It is a major initiative of the CQHA to field a youth team for this competition which is held every two years. The CQHA Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that Della Cryderman of Murillo, Ontario and Karen Westerback of Thunder Bay, Ontario have been selected as 2020 Team Canada Coach and Team Canada Manager, respectively. The CQHA is indeed fortunate to have such well-qualified candidates volunteer their time, experience and resources to serve Team Canada in these capacities, as they were the Team Canada's Coach and Team Manager, respectively, in 2008, 2012, 2014 and 2018.

The AQHA Youth World Cup features teams of five riders from up to 16 different countries. The host country provides a pool of horses for the competition. And, in the tradition of every Youth World Cup event since 1986, the CQHA will co-ordinate and field a youth team of up to five riders, two alternate riders, and three leadership members to represent our country as Team Canada.

photo of Della Cryderman

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.

karen westerback mgrKaren Westerback 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.

The CQHA is now seeking up to ten qualified youth participants from all across Canada, for Team Canada. Applicants must be Canadian residents and current members-in-good-standing of the American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA), the Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA), and the provincial/regional Quarter Horse Affiliate where they reside. (Applicants must continue to be age-eligible to compete as youth in 2020).

The Team Canada application guidelines and form are now posted in two places on the CQHA website: the All Forms/Resources webpage and the Team Canada Forms webpage.

Youth exhibitors who compete solely in the disciplines of Cutting and Reining are also eligible to apply as Team Canada members, providing they meet the AQHYA membership criteria, become members of CQHA (at no extra cost to current AQHYA members - see below) and are members-in-good-standing of their provincial or regional cutting or reining affiliates.

Funding for travel and other expenses for Team Canada to participate in Youth World Cup events is cost-shared by AQHA/CQHA, provincial/regional Quarter Horse Associations, discipline affiliates, corporate and/or individual sponsors, and team members' families.

All current AQHA or AQHYA members-in-good-standing are eligible and invited to become members of CQHA for no additional membership fee. However, you must register with CQHA by submitting the on-line membership application form available on our website

For more information regarding the Canadian Quarter Horse Association, including Team Canada's participation at the 2020 AQHA Youth World Cup, visit the CQHA website and check out the Youth World Cup section.