This is the team from New Zealand
For the first time since 18 years, the AQHA Youth World Cup is hosted by Germany. The top 80 young riders from 16 countries will come to Kreuth from July 21 until 29, 2012 to compete in Showmanship at Halter, Horsemanship, Hunter under Saddle, Western Riding, Hunt Seat Equitation, Western Pleasure, Trail, Reining and Cutting.
The Youth World Cup is a non profit team event for youth riders from all over the world who share a common passion: the American Quarter Horse. Since 1998, the Youth World Cup is an event of AQHA and their Affiliates not only focussing on sport but also on international friedship of youth riders of American Quarter Horses. Therefore, clinics, excursions and fun are an important part of the Cup as well. For further information please refer to www.ywc2012.com .
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.
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