The banquet room was filled with eager anticipation, as competitors from 16 countries waited for the results of the 2010 Youth World Cup!
Sixteen teams represented their respective countries at the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup that just finished up in Oklahoma City. The teams spent a week in the busy show barn preparing and competing.
As the week began, the teams spent time checking out tack and getting acquainted with their new rides for that week, which were donated by some extremely generous and greatly appreciated horsemen.
Each night brought a new round of “American” activities for the kids. These activities ranged from attending a baseball game at Bricktown Ball Park, swimming at White Water Bay water park, and a “game night” that was hosted by AQHA in the warm-up arena of Barn 8. These activities were held in high regard by the youth and coaches alike. The visitors greatly enjoyed themselves as they relaxed and partook in some “American fun” with their newfound friends.
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But the true test came as the week progressed. The show began on Wednesday with cutting. On Thursday, the teams competed in the first round of showmanship, horsemanship, western pleasure, western riding, trail, hunter under saddle and hunt seat equitation. On Friday, the teams took back to the arena as they competed in reining and finished the week with the second round of performance classes.
The banquet was held at the Embassy Suites of Oklahoma City where Team USA was crowned as the champion team and Team Germany the reserve champion team.