Canadian Youth World Cup Riders

Photo by Jenn Webster.

The United States will be the host country for the next biennial American Quarter Horse Association’s Youth World Cup to be held at Bryan College Station, Bryan, Texas from July 2-15, 2014. This event, first held in Australia in 1986 as the International Youth Quarter Horse World Cup, has become one of the most prestigious equine competitions recognized world wide. It is a major initiative of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association to field a youth team for this competition which is held every two years.

The CQHA Youth World up Committee is pleased to announce that it has selected 10 qualified youth participants from applications received from all across Canada, for Team Canada 2014.

Competing riders are:

Shayley Beaton

Shayley Beaton, 17, from High River, Alberta joins Team Canada and brings with her a vast amount of horse show experience. Shayley competes nationally and throughout the US at top level shows and has earned many circuit awards at these shows. She has been an All American Quarter Horse Congress finalist in Showmanship, Western Horsemanship, Western Pleasure and Hunt Seat Equitation and has also been a member for the Alberta NYATT team. Shayley’s other accomplishments include qualifying nationally for the AQHYA world show, qualifying for and having a top ten placing at the Novice Championship Show (West) and earning National Championship titles in Western Horsemanship, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Halter, Showmanship and Western Pleasure.

Shayley’s life is pretty much dedicated to horses. When not in the show pen or starting young horses, she enjoys the opportunity to ride a variety of other equine disciplines including Reining, Cutting, Heading and Healing, Jumping and Cross Country Eventing. When not riding a horse, Shayley enjoys playing rugby for her school or volunteering in her community. Most noteworthy is that Shayley’s home community was destroyed by the June flood. High River had mandatory evacuations and Shayley spent her time giving back to the community by volunteering with Mission Impossible, a home-town flood relief organization.Shayley looks forward to bring her vast show experience and her passion for the sport to Texas with Team Canada in 2014.

Quinn Brandt

Team Canada welcomes back rider Quinn Brandt. Quinn, 16, is from Steinbach, Manitoba. She rode for Team Canada at the 2012 Youth World Cup in Kreuth, Germany. As an all-around rider, Quinn competed and placed in Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation and Trail. Her dedication to her team, her sportsmanship and of course, her riding experience and show record earned her a place on the 2014 team.

Quinn has been riding since she was five years old. Since her first riding experience, Quinn fell in love with the horse world and began her show career. She has had the opportunity to train with numerous trainers and show numerous horses in the Quarter Horse circuit as well as at futurities. Her success in the show ring has been rewarded with many circuit and year-end high point awards both in Canada and the United States, two 2-year-old futurity championships and top ten Novice Champion Show (west) in 2012. Quinn has also earned multiple Canadian National Championships and Reserve Championships.

In her little bit of spare time, Quinn is very involved in school sports. She plays volleyball, basketball, badminton and has participated in track and field. Quinn can also be found volunteering for the other school teams or helping at one of the school sponsored volunteer events. Quinn has also spent time volunteering with her local 4H and at events sponsored by her church, Quinn is excited to bring her enthusiasm, her experience and her dedication back to Team Canada 2014.

Jenna Salmon

Jenna Salmon, 16, is excited to be representing Canada as a rider for the 2014 Youth World Cup. Born and raised in Lacombe, Alberta, Jenna has had the fortune of riding horses most of her life. She has been involved with horses for as long as she can remember. She grew up riding her father’s horses and got her own first horse when she was nine years old. It was then she began taking lessons and showing at the Central Alberta open show circuits. It wasn’t long before she began showing the Quarter Horse circuits in Alberta and was soon traveling to the larger circuits throughout the US. In 2011, Jenna made the trip to the All American Quarter Horse Congress and ended being a finalist in Showmanship and was able to capture the elusive title of Congress Champion in Western Pleasure. Jenna has also accumulated many circuit championships throughout Canada and the United States.

When not showing, Jenna keeps herself busy playing ringette, being an Alberta Youth Quarter Horse Association board member and with her photography hobby.Jenna’s experience and success with showing at many of the top ten shows in the US and with showing many different horses has prepared Jenna to be a strong competitor for Team Canada 2014.

Madison Steed, 17, is from Cochrane, Alberta. She has been involved in the sport of reining for the past eight years and has built a most commendable show record. She has shown many different horses at a very high level of competition. Madison has shown successfully throughout Western Canada and has qualified and shown multiple times at the North American Affiliate Championships in Oklahoma, most recently being in 2012 where she earned the title of Youth 14-18 champion and top ten placings in the Non-Pro classes. After qualifying yet again, Sarah is heading back to Oklahoma in November to compete once again and try to reclaim her championship title.

Madison also had the opportunity to show at the North American Junior and Young Riders Championships in Kentucky this past summer. There she participated as a member of Team Canada and proudly wore the gold medal two times at the competition, once for her individual event and one for her team event.

When Madison is not in the Reining pen, she is busy volunteering at the barn she trains at or out playing volleyball. You may also catch her taking a Cutting or a Dressage lesson. Madison is looking forward to bringing her experience and her strong work ethic to Team Canada 2014.

Haley Stradling

Haley Stradling, 16, from Aldergrove, British Columbia, is thrilled to be returning to Team Canada for 2014. Haley was a rider for Team Canada in 2012 in Kreuth, Germany. On the first night of the Youth World Cup 2012, Haley had a great ride on the cutting horse she was given and soon found herself center-ring, with coach Della Cryderman, as the Canadian national anthem was played in honour of being placed first under both judges. What an opening night for Haley and for Team Canada!

Haley has been riding both English and Western all of her life. She is a versatile rider competing in Cutting and in the Hunter/Jumper rings. Haley has won many awards both in the Hunter/Jumper events and the Cutting ring. After becoming two times AQHA Youth World Cup Champion in Kreuth, Haley went on to become the BC Ranch Cutting $2000 Limited Rider Reserve Champion and the British Columbia Cutting Horse Association Aggregate $2000 Limited Rider Champion. She continued with, and surpassed these accomplishments in 2013. In the jumping world, Haley impressed many with top placings in all of her completions including The Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. She is presently preparing for the Maclay Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park in Kentucky and for the 2013 Royal Winter Fair. Haley’s outgoing personality, her dedication, her hard work and her goal oriented attitude has helped in meeting her number one equine goal: to be invited to be a member of Team Canada 2014.

 Alternate riders are:

Sarah Dow

Sarah Dow, 18, lives in Brownsville, Ontario. She has been riding American Quarter Horses since she was six years old. She has successfully shown and accumulated points in the all-around events in Quarter Horse circuits in Ontario and throughout the states. Sarah has shown her three horses over the past couple of years and is now focusing on showing her horse, Gentlemens Club.

When Sarah is not showing, she spends her time volunteering for a variety of organizations including the Key Club (Glendale High School), being a past president and director for the Oxford Trail Riders and being a past director at large for the OQHA (youth). Sarah also enjoys being involved in her high school band and music council. Sarah looks forward to bringing her skills and her enthusiasm to the team in 2014.

Hannah Buijs

Hannah Buijs, 13, comes from Lisle, Ontario. She has been showing her Quarter Horse, Lopin To The Bar, for the last four years. Hannah has been very successful in the show pen earning points in Halter, Trail, Western Pleasure, Showmanship, Western Horsemanship and Hunter Under Saddle. Hannah is a very motivated and competitive rider.

When not spending time with her horses, Hannah enjoys volunteering at her school in various capacities including lunch and bus helper, being a reader for a child with learning disabilities and at the school’s learning centre for children with disabilities. Hannah also gives her time as an Ontario Quarter Horse Youth Director. Hannah is looking forward to bring her enthusiasm, her charisma and her skills to Texas as an alternate rider for Team Canada.

Youth Leadership members are:

Laura Berensci

Laura Berensci, 16, who is from Paris, Ontario,returns to Team Canada as a leader for 2014. In 2012, Laura traveled to Kreuth, Germany with the team as a leader and her dedication to the team, hard work and outstanding leadership skills earned her spot on the 2014 team.

Laura has been riding since she was eight-years-old. She began showing with the Ancaster Saddle Club and then moved in to showing AHQA four years ago. Although focusing on her favorite English hunt seat classes with her present horse, Laura does not disappoint when stepping in to the Western performance classes.

Laura easily keeps herself busy inside and outside of the show ring. When not showing, she is quick to lend a helping hand to fellow exhibitors and often finds herself with a manure fork in hand. When not at the show or in the barn, Laura is busy with her rugby team, working towards getting her private pilot’s license, working at the Pita Pit or fulfilling her duties at the Admiral Nelles Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps. Laura is looking forward to bringing her experience and joining her teammates in Texas in 2014.

Paige McNally

Paige McNally, 16, lives in Fort Frances, Ontario. She has been showing Quarter Horses since 2008 in the all-around events. Paige has earned many circuit and year end championship and reserve championships awards, AQHA all-around and runner up awards and has most recently earned herself the title of AQHA Youth Champion on her horse, Solo Commodity. Paige enjoys riding just about any horse she can swing her leg over, two-year-olds to 20-year-olds.

Paige enjoys spending all of her time at the barn but also enjoys being a member of her high school band, helping coach for the Learn To Skate Program, working as a ring steward for open shows and volunteering at the local veterinary clinic. Paige is looking forward to putting her hard work to use in 2014 with Team Canada.

Sharese Rivait

Team Canada would like to welcome Sharese Rivait, 14, who hails from Orillia, Ontario. When not training and showing in Texas and other states, Sharese spends time showing with her family in the Eastern Ontario area. Sharese shows all-around events and her work has been recognized with numerous awards including being a four-times world show qualifier, earning her superiors in Trail and Western Horsemanship and becoming an AQHA youth champion. She has been a member of the Eastern Ontario Quarter Horse Association NYATT team in 2011 riding in the Western Horsemanship class (ending up being a finalist).

When not riding, Sharese is busy volunteering for the Ontario Quarter Horse Association as a director and with fundraisers. She also volunteers for her school and for various local organizations and events. Sharese is looking forward to sharing her passion for sport of horse-showing as she represents her country in 2014.

Team Canada’s coach and manager are:

Della Cryderman

Team Canada Coach Della Cryderman has been breeding, training and showing Quarter Horses for over thirty years and presently owns and operates a equine training facility. Her focus for Cryderman Training Stables is to prepare horses and their exhibitors for national and international competition. While the majority of the horse/rider combinations that she coaches show American Quarter Horse circuits, she also coaches several dressage and jumping horses/riders. Cryderman has travelled and shared her knowledge with riders who have committed to furthering their skills, and given many clinics ranging from first time riders to numerous youth and amateurs who became AQHA Superior Award winners, AQHA Champions, AQHA Versatility Champions, All-American Congress and AQHA World Show finalists. Cryderman’s daughter, Jessie Godin was a gold-medalist member of Team Canada while competing at the Youth World Cup hosted by Australia in 2004. Cryderman served as President of the Thunder Bay Quarter Horse Club for 15 years and as President of the North Superior Quarter Horse Council for 10 years.

Karen Westerback

Team Canada Manager Karen Westerback has been involved with Quarter Horses for approximately 20 years and competes as an amateur on AQHA show circuits in Canada and the U.S. She has achieved two AQHA Amateur Superior Awards and is an AQHA Amateur Champion. Westerback is employed as a Youth Services residential worker for youth who are at risk with the law, helping to develop therapeutic plans for release from custody. She has served her local Quarter Horse associations over the years as Secretary, Vice-President and Youth Advisor, and has been actively involved in major fund-raising events and organizing. In the past year, she has acquired a new role as a ring steward for several large AQHA show circuits including the Minnesota Corporate Challenge and the Bob Yanz Masters.

CQHA is very pleased and fortunate to be able to benefit from the previous AQHA Youth World Cup experience of Della Cryderman and Karen Westerback, as they were Team Canada’s coach and manager, respectively in 2008 and  2012.

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