AQHA youth world cupThis is an educational and leadership-based event for youth members from around the world.

The culmination of this event is a showcasing of skills learned in an atmosphere of friendly competition. It gives youth a unique opportunity to learn in a hands-on setting with other international youth horse enthusiasts.

Who gets to participate?

All AQHYA members are eligible to participate provided they meet each country's qualification guidelines. Five competing team members and up to five (again, depending on each country's procedures) supporting team members will represent each official AQHA international affiliate. Each country is also allowed to send one coach and one team manager.

Competing team members do not show their own horses. The host country provides each team's horses for clinics and competition. AQHA relies heavily on its AQHA Professional Horsemen and member-owners to supply this event with the best American Quarter Horses around.


From left to right: Kimberley Anderson (Coach), Aimee Drake (Rider), Olivia Pearson (Leadership), Kelsey Hare (Rider), Jessica Bon (Alternate), India Holder (Leadership), Lindsey Osborne (Rider), Stephanie Milligan (Leadership), Dan Carlisle (Rider), Jed Southcombe (Rider), Sharon Higgins (Manager) not pictured

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For 2012, it was a trip to East Bavaria, Germany for Kelsey Hare, Kayla Drake, Ellen Osbourne, Georgia Higgins, Josh Robins and reserve Jed Southcombe.

In 2010 it was back to the USA, this time Oklahoma City.

In 2008, it was off to London, Ontario, Canada.

The 2006 World Cup was held in Amarillo, Texas.

The 2004 campaign in Australia saw NZ produce one World Champion, with Joel Gregory taking out the cutting title.

A New Zealand team has competed at the QH Youth World Cup since the second time it was ever held, and have never missed a year.

Read more to see results from 1981 - 2002