2012 Youth World Cup

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.

The team placed 3rd overall, with one world champion and two reserve world champions!

Georgia Simpson-Higgins, 18, Nelson, South Island; Georgia started riding when she was about two years old and has gone on to participate in two previous world cups, being 2008 in Canada and 2010 in Oklahoma City. Georgia’s best memories in both of these would be winning the four medals she has so far and making fantastic friendships with team members and other youth from all over the world. Georgia has completed high school and has taken a gap year to work as an intern for Quarter Horse trainers in Texas for the 3 months prior to this YWC. Georgia intends to return to New Zealand to attend university next year to study veterinarian science.

Kayla Drake, 17, Makara, Wellington, North Island; Kayla started showing Quarter Horses at a young age, and it has become her family’s passion, with her father, mother and sister all competing. Kayla enjoys training and showing her horses in Western Pleasure, Hunter and Trail, and also enjoys the large extended family atmosphere at the shows. Kayla competed at YWC2008 Canada, and thinks the best part was being there for her country and meeting people who all had the same interest – the love of the Quarter Horse. Kayla enjoys spending any spare time with her friends and family and is looking forward to meeting lots of new and happy people at YWC2012.

Josh Robins, 16, Cardiff, Stratford, North Island; After attending horse shows for a few years where both of his parents were showing Quarter Horses Josh decided one day when he was 10 to have a turn in the competition arena and realised it was a place he enjoyed being. Josh enjoys showing in a wide range of events, with reining and working cowhorse being his favourites. The highlight of his show career to date has been achieving silver in western pleasure during the first performance competition at the YWC2010 in Oklahoma. Josh attends Stratford High School and plays in his schools first XV Rugby team. He also enjoys rugby league and working out at the gym. Josh is looking forward to the YWC to meet new people and catchup with friends from YWC2010. 

Kelsey Hare, 15, Paeroa, Coromandal, North Island, Kelsey lives on the family dairy farm at Paeroa. Kelsey began competing at 5 years old in lead rein classes while attending western horse shows with her mother and her interest in Quarter horses developed when she got her first Quarter horse at the age of 7 and has stayed dedicated to the breed ever since and now at the age of 15 can see Quarter Horses always been a part of her life. Kelsey competes in a range of events including Showmanship, Western Horsemanship, Trail, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Western Pleasure and Reining. Kelsey has won many nationals titles and high points. She competed in the 2011 Trans-Tasman Challenge against Australia but this is her first AQHA YWC which has been a dream of hers ever since she knew about the event. Kelsey looks forward to the experience and knowledge she will gain from the YWC. When Kelsey is not riding or showing she likes to spend her time riding her motorbike with her brother, practicing Karate and spending time with her family.

Ellen Osborne, 16, Matamata, North Island, Ellen is in Year12 at Matamata College, and started riding when she was 9 before moving onto Quarter Horses when she was about 12 years old, when her Dad loaned her Quarter Horse to show for the season. This introduced Ellen to a whole new level of competition in western performance and she has since then enjoyed showing quarter horses because they are such awesome all rounder’s. Ellen’s favourite events are Hunter Under Saddle and Hunt Seat Equitation. Ellen competed in the 2011 Trans-Tasman Challenge against Australia. Outside of showing Ellen enjoys sports such as hockey and cross country running and also listening and playing music. This is Ellen’s first time to a Quarter Horse Youth World Cup and she is really looking forward to the atmosphere and level of competition that it offers as well as all the new people she is going to meet.

Jed Southcombe, 16, Fielding, North Island; Jed is in Year 12 at High School and started showing Quarter Horses after attending shows with his Dad. His favourite events are Horsemanship, Trail and Reining as he likes the challenge of patterns. Jed competed in the 2011 Trans-Tasman Challenge against Australia, where he won gold in Trail and Reining. Jed has achieved many high point awards and last year won AQHA High Point International Rookie for New Zealand. When he is not working his horses Jed enjoys riding his motorbike, working with his dog on the farm, going to the gym and spending time with his friends. This is Jeds first AQHA Youth World Cup and he is looking forward to YWC2012 to learn from great trainers, and meet new friends.