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Youth World Cup Event History


In 1985, Skip Parker of Carrollton, Texas was invited to meet a man from Australia at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport to discuss kids and American Quarter Horses. The gentlemen’s conversation ended that day with Parker agreeing to gather a team of youth from the United States and take them to Australia to participate in the 1986 International Youth Quarter Horse World Cup. That summer the United States team traveled to the land of kangaroos for a week of education, camaraderie and competition. Little did Parker know that his adventures down under would connect him to an event that would become like his own child to nourish, foster and encourage.

ywcup old logoBeing the newcomer in Australia and not really knowing what to expect, Parker eagerly volunteered to host the next International Youth Quarter Horse World Cup in Fort Worth, Texas. (The event is held every two years and is hosted by a different country each time.) The World Cup committee, consisting of a representative from each participating country, unanimously agreed to meet again in the Lone Star state in 1988. With the local support of Wrangler and many dedicated Texas Quarter Horse members, the 1988 World Cup was a monumental success.

From 1988, Parker had continued to serve as the ringleader coordinating host countries, soliciting sponsors, organizing educational seminars and assisting the World Cup committee with routine tasks of implementing such a global event. It was in 1996 in Flagstaff that the thought of passing the torch first crossed his mind. “I had reached the point where I couldn’t do any more than I was already doing but I wanted the program to continue to be the success it had always been,” Parker said. With AQHA staff in full force at the Arizona event, it was the perfect setting to sit down with the entire World Cup committee and look at what opportunities were available for the continuation of the program.

Fast forward to March 1997 in Dallas, Texas. The event’s most illustrious leaders including Canadian AQHA Director Emeritus Genevieve Matheson, AQHA Youth Activities Committee member Antonio Giraudini of Italy, and of course, Parker, who was also a member of the AQHA Youth Activities Committee, converged at the 1997 AQHA Convention to take a closer look at how AQHA and the International Youth Quarter Horse World Cup could team up for the event to continue to grow.

After several more meetings and many months of discussion it was agreed that AQHA would shoulder the management responsibilities of the World Cup. Now, almost eleven years after initial talks, AQHA is busily planning this very successful addition to their list of youth programs.

A varied combination of teams have traveled thousands of miles to take part in what has been called “the most educational and culturizing event for youth ever to enter the equine industry.”

AQHA Youth World Cup competitions have been hosted by:

    Alberta, Canada in 1990
    Australia in 1992
    Germany in 1994
    Flagstaff, Arizona in 1996
    Amarillo, Texas in 1998
    Italy in 2000
    Amarillo, Texas in 2002
    Australia in 2004
    Amarillo, Texas in 2006
    Ontario, Canada in 2008
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 2010
    Kreuth, Germany in 2012
    College Station/Bryant, Texas in 2014
    Tamworth, NSW, Australia in 2016
    College Station/Bryan, Texas in 2018
    Germany in 2020

AQHYA Youth World Cup events have been held twice in Canada, in 1990 in Alberta and in 2008 in Ontario. Up to sixteen countries enter teams of five youth riders plus one coach and/or manager, who take part in educational seminars, specific discipline clinics, leadership training and finally, competition. Up to five additional non-competing youth from each country may also be invited by their International AQHA Affiliate to attend the educational and leadership portions of the week’s events. Just as importantly, all individuals attending the week’s programs have the opportunity to share in different cultures, meet peers from opposite ends of the earth and make their world seem just a little bit smaller.

The child that Skip Parker so fondly nourished, fostered and encouraged grew to be mature, successful and self sufficient. It is what all good parents wish for their children...and what all good parents like Parker should be commended for.

Our Generous 2014 Team Canada Sponsors

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Supreme Sponsors: $2500+
Canadian Quarter Horse Association
AQHA Corporate Sponsor MBNA Canada
Steed Grading of Peace River Alberta

Red Ribon Sponsors: $1000-2499
Thompson Foundry Ltd
Northwind Land Resources Inc
AQHA Stallion: Dress Western -
   /Scott MacKenzie Show Horses
   /& Springland MFG
Gurney Sand and Gravel Limited
Davidners Clothing & Western Ltd
Stockridge Farms Ltd
Weaver Welding
Northwind Land Resources Inc
Silvertip Oilfield Consulting
L. Penner LLbr

Blue Ribbon Sponsors $500-999
British Columbia Quarter Horse Association
Manitoba Quarter Horse Association
Ontario Quarter Horse Association
Ontario Quarter Horse YOUTH Association
Quarter Horse Association of Alberta
JTJ Contracting
Merle Jones Consulting Inc
Darrell & Sheila Belanger
Kathy Judson -
   /ReMax First Choice Realty Ltd
The Accessories Shop Ltd
Workers of The DeBeers Canada -
   /Victor Mine
Susan Walsh
The Lone Framer Contracting Ltd
Vermillion Energy Inc.
Bill Watt Saddlery
Scott & Stacey Huska -
   /10 Mile Ranch

Yellow Ribbon Sponsors $250-499
BC Cutting Horse Association
Begin Dentistry Professional Corp
Fort Frances Dental Clinic
Emo Dental Clinic
Power System Solutions Ltd
Kaemingh Fuels Ltd
Lisa & Steve Schiestel -
   /Silver Line Farms
Fusion Technologies Inc
Joanne & Paul Straus
Heartwork Homes
Steelhorse Freight Services Inc
Glenn Strachan Trucking
Thompson Horse Transport
Tony Ritter
Dr. Ric & Noni Almond

White Ribbon Sponsors $249/under
Borderland Quarter Horse Association
Alberta Youth Quarter Horse Association
Norwest Animal Clinic of Fort Frances
Judson Trucking
Russell & Joan Gillies
Tompkins Hardware Limited
Rainy Lake Family Dental
Dale & Alice Barkman -
   /Alidale Farms
Marie Hibbard
Oxford Trail Riders
Paradigm Agri-Solutions Inc
Pryde's Plumbing & Heating
Ken & Evelyn Fisher
4D Ventures Ltd
Chariot Oil Field Services Inc
Janice Gray
Kathryn Shamkie
Carberry Sandhills Consulting -
   /Marnie Somers
J.R. Refrigeration Ltd
Janzen Garage
Derek & Tara Reimer -
   /Cloud 9 Ranch
Dr. Edward Cherneski Dental Corp
Peter & Marilyn Copland
Paton & Martin Veterinary

Our Generous 2016 Team Canada Sponsors

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Platinum Sponsors: $10,000 & over:

  • AQHA Corporate Sponsor:  mbna jpg
  • Canadian Quarter Horse Association

Gold Sponsors: $5,000 & over:

  • North American Equine Ranching Information Council    Naeric Logo 2clr

Silver Sponsors $2,500 & over:

  • AQHA Sponsor - Anonymous
  • Ruszkowski Enterprises Ltd.
  • Manitoba Quarter Horse Association
  • Cooper Tire
  • Wilson Timber Mart

Bronze Sponsors $1,000 & over:

  • Prince Albert Sports Council
  • Rapid Nail Canada, Inc.
  • Cavallo Horse & Rider (in-kind sponsor)
  • Ontario Quarter Horse Youth Association
  • Ontario Quarter Horse Association
  • Eastern Tire Service
  • Lutes Mountain Tire
  • Alexandria Moulding Inc
  • John & Shelley Scriver
  • Greenhawk
  • Kimes Ranch
  • Manitoba Horse Council
  • Area 2 Promotional Club

Friends of Team Canada up to $1,000:

  • Carberry Sandhills Consulting/Marnie Somers
  • Area 3 Promotional Club
  • BMO Nesbitt Burns
  • Gibsons Building Supplies
  • Coldwell Banker ResCom Realty PA
  • Reining Canada
  • Saskatchewan Reining Horse Association
  • Quarter Horse Association of Alberta
  • British Columbia Quarter Horse Association
  • Erin Veterinary Clinic
  • The Lone Framer Contracting
  • Prince Albert Co-op
  • Jeld-Wen Windows & Doors
  • Leons Bancroft
  • Tom & Nancy Evans
  • Century 21 All Season Realty Ltd./Emma Kearns & Ray Krupa
  • Reining Canada
  • Freymond Lumber Ltd.
  • David Crosby/Catherine Esson
  • Farrell Agencies
  • Gibsons Lions Club Activities
  • Jody Coyote Design
  • Marilyn Copland
  • Melanie Johnstone-Dore
  • Pat Ross Training Centre
  • Patricia Taylor
  • PineRidge Equestrian Park (in-kind sponsor)
  • South Coast Ford Sales
  • Sunshine Coast Equestrian Club
  • The Williams Group
  • Three Bars Ranch
  • Ontario Amateur Quarter Horse Association
  • Edifice Services
  • Simcoe Veterinary Clinic
  • More Management
  • Cervus Equipment Peterbilt
  • JM Quarter Horses
  • Area 1 Promotion Club
  • Haley
  • Hutton Performance Horses
  • Skookum Dodge
  • KenMac Parts
  • Gerald Holmes
  • Dynamic Tire
  • Bill Stewart's Metal & Bottle Exchange
  • Highland Optical
  • MacGregor's Custom Machining Ltd.
  • Ballantye Fuels
  • Wear Well Garments
  • Rod & Kathy Mochizuki
  • Vancouver Island Quarter Horse Association
  • Carole Walton
  • Tsolum Vet
  • PGH Consulting
  • Patti Woods
  • Byron & Alana Green
  • BMO Nesbitt Burns
  • J & P Leveque Bros. Haulage Ltd.
  • McDougall Insurance
  • Ted Cole Stainless Process Equipment
  • R & L Bus Lines
  • Post Form Products Ltd.
  • Sylvia Wilson
  • Faraday Animal Hospital
  • Paul Price Ford Sale Inc.
  • Bancroft Home Hardware
  • Susan Swing
  • Morden Veterinary Clinic
  • Access Credit Union
  • BDO Financial Services
  • Hometown Service Ltd.
  • CK Mobile Equine
  • Longhouse Family
  • Saskatchewan Quarter Horse Association
  • Ruecker & Bourget Family
  • A. Leys Johnston
  • Brican Electric Ltd.
  • Bert the Bike Dog Inc.
  • Graham Desprez
  • Midnight Haven Equestrian
  • David & Kathleen Almas
  • Guay's Garage Ltd.
  • PACCAR of Canada
  • Nichol
  • James & Doreen Renner
  • New Glasgow Veterinary Clinic
  • Highland Ford Sales
  • Wayne's Saddlery
  • Equerry Veterinary Equine Surgery & Sports Medicine
  • Pat Davis
  • Marcia Carter
  • Haidee Landry
  • Leis Feed & Supply

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