2012 Youth World Cup – Kreuth, Germany
American Quarter Horse youth riders will head to Kreuth, Germany, July 21-29, with the hopes of taking gold medals back to their home countries. The 2012 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup will be hosted at the Gut Mastheshof, one of the biggest and most comprehensive facilitated riding centers in Europe.
“Situated in southeast Germany, not so far away from the border to the Czech Republic and Austria, Gut Matheshof (offers) all elements needed for an event like the Youth World Cup,” according to the official 2012 Youth World Cup website, www.ywc2012.com. “(The facilities boast) numerous indoor and outdoor riding facilities, plenty with stables … apartments within walking distance and a variety of catering opportunities including restaurants, a cafeteria and a pizzeria.”
While in Germany, riders will battle it out in cutting, reining, horsemanship, western pleasure, trail, western riding, hunt seat equitation, hunter under saddle and showmanship. To level the playing field, competing Youth World Cup team members do not show their own horses.
The Youth World Cup is an international event that is held every two years and is hosted by a different country each time. However, every fourth year, the event is hosted in the United States. The 2010 Youth World Cup was held in Oklahoma City and boasted a competition between 16 countries. The 2014 competition is slated for College Station, Texas.