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CQHA News.....................19 Youth World Cup Team ...19 OQHA News.....................20 OQHA Hall Of Fame........20 AQHA Director’s Report..21 AREA 3 News ..................22

EOQHA News ..................23 QROOI News....................24 Groom One .......................25 OQHA Banquet Photos.....26 Fort Erie Race Dates.........27

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site:, and choose

“Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Marnie Somers, President (204) 834-2479 or email:

CQHA Appoints Team Canada’s Youth Members for the 2012 AQHA Youth World Cup

(Carberry, MB - Jan. 12, 2012) - Germany will be the host coun- try for the next biennial Ameri- can Quarter Horse Association’s Youth World Cup to be held in Kreuth, from July 21-29, 2012. This event, first held in Aus- tralia in 1986 as the Internation- al Youth Quarter Horse World Cup, has become one of the most prestigious equine compe- titions recognized world wide. It is a major initiative of the CQHA 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 chosen ten qualified youth participants from all across Canada, for Team Canada 2012.

Competing Riders are: Quinn Brandt Joannie Backes

Joannie, an 18-year-old from Carlsbad Springs, Ontario, started showing horses when she was just five. She has had the advantage of riding a wide variety of young horses, many of which were raised by her family. She has also had the for- tune of showing numerous Quarter Horses in many events since 2007. Over the past couple of years, Joannie has achieved awards including being a semi- finalist and a finalist at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, numerous regional top ten finishes, earning an OQHA Supreme Championship, earning her AQHA Youth Championship, and receiving many AQHA , OQHA and EOQHA year-end high point awards. When not in the show pen, Joannie is busy breaking and training horses that are being raised on her family farm. She has enjoyed volunteering with the Take a Horse to School program (in connection with the Children’s Wish Foundation) and with her area Quarter Horse association. While enjoying activities such as hip hop dance, and swimming, her true passion is horses. Joannie looks forward to bringing her skills and experi- ence to Team Canada as she rides for her country in Ger- many.

Quinn is a 15-year-old from Steinbach, Manitoba. She started riding lessons at the age of five and has been involved with horses ever since. Quinn became involved in 4-H at a young age and has since shown dressage and jumping and has grown to be a top competitor in the Quarter Horse circuits in the all-round events. Her skill in the show ring has been recognized with numerous open and youth Manitoba year end awards, win- ning the top Youth Exhibitor at the 2011 Manitoba 50/50 Futu- rity as well as being a Canadian National Champion and Reserve Champion.Quinn is active in her community. She enjoys a wide variety of sports including vol- leyball, basketball, badminton and ringette. When not compet- ing in school sports, Quinn is often found volunteering for the other school teams or helping at one of the school sponsored vol- unteer events. Quinn has also spent time volunteering with her local 4H and at events spon- sored by her church. Quinn’s strong leadership skills and her dedication to all that she does makes Quinn an ideal member of Team Canada.

tied for Ontario Rookie of the Year (2010) and received many reserve and champion area year- end awards. Carly’s horse show- ing success has carried over into other areas of her school life as well, where she has received many academic achievement awards. Carly has also found the time to volunteer by tutoring other students, participating in studies at The Hospital for Sick Children, assisting with school orientations, and helping out at Brownie Camps. Carly is look- ing forward to the experience of a lifetime: representing Team Canada at the 2012 Youth World Cup.

her leadership skills as she joins her teammates in representing Canada in the 2012 Youth World Cup.

Rianna Storey Carly Epp

Carly is 18-years-old and from Caledon, Ontario. She has been riding since the age of six. By the age of ten, her parents bought her first horse and she staring competing at the open shows. Shortly after, Carly got her second horse when she was 14 years old and started compet- ing competitively. In this short period of time, Carly has been very successful in competing in both English and Western events. Carly has placed in the top 10 at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, was

Rianna returns to Team Canada for the 2012 Youth World Cup. She was a rider for Team Canada at the2010 Youth World Cup and successfully helped lead Canada to an impressive 6 th place overall, while proudly winning a silver medal in the horsemanship class herself. Rianna is an 18-year- old from Cambridge, Ontario. She has been showing Quarter Horses for many years. She started in the lead-line classes as a young girl and has now devel- oped into a competent, well- versed horsewoman in many events. Rianna’s abilities in the show ring have led to many awards such as Congress Cham- pion, Youth AQHA Supreme Champion, two-time Youth AQHA Performance Champion and three-time Provincial All- Round Champion. Some of her 2011 accomplishments include earning an AQHA Champi- onship, earning four Superior Champion awards and qualify- ing for three events for the AQHA World Show. Outside the show ring, Rianna volun- teers for her provincial Quarter Horse Association. She has been a director for the Ontario Quar- ter Horse Youth Association and has been the vice-president since 2009. She also volunteers on a weekly basis at Sunrise Therapeutic Riding Centre. Rianna looks forward to be competing in Germany and to being Team Canada’s biggest fan.

Haley Stradling

Haley is an outgoing 15- year-old from Aldgergrove, British Columbia. She has been

riding both English and Western all of her life and currently loves showing cutters and hunter/ jumpers. She has won many awards both in the hunter/jumper events and the cutting ring; including being the BCRCHA Junior Youth Cham- pion for 2010, the 2010 AQHA Regional Cutting Junior Youth Champion, and most recently the BCQHA 2011 Youth Year End Champion. Her success in the cutting ring multiplies itself in the hunter/jumper ring. Haley also enjoys dancing, volleyball and basketball. She volunteers on a regular basis in numerous capacities. Haley is the one that is always there to lend a helping hand as she is the one to go the extra mile to help others out. One of Haley’s goals is to repre- sent Canada at the 2012 AQHA Youth World Cup in Kreuth, Germany.Her positive and car- ing attitude, compassion for oth- ers and her kind-heartedness has helped make this goal a reality.

Alternate Riders are:

nament for the past four years and enjoys working and show- ing as a team. When not busy with her horse, Laura Anne attends Paris District High School where she is an active member of her students’ coun- cil. She has also volunteered for numerous school activities and is busy on the council of the Big Creek, Ancaster and Norfolk saddle club. Laura Anne looks forward to bringing her strong leadership skills and her deter- mination and perseverance to her team as she represents Cana- da at the Youth World Cup.

Anika Hodgson

Anika is a 17-year-old from Stellarton, Nova Scotia. She has been riding for ten years and has earned numerous awards with AQHA, including an AQHA youth championship, winning numerous Maritime Quarter Horse high point awards, as well as being the Maritime all round youth. Anika has also had the privilege for riding for the Maritime youth team at the All American Quar- ter Horse Congress. When not in the show pen, Anika is busy helping out at her trainer’s farm breaking and riding a wide vari- ety of horses. While away from the barn, Anika is busy volun- teering with the Rotary Interact Club at school, being the co-edi- tor of the North Nova Education Centre yearbook committee, being a team leader for Kids for Bowling, participating in vari- ous fundraising runs, and being a member of MQHYA board. Anika is excited to bring her skills and knowledge to Ger- many as she is part of a team that will represent Canada at its best.

bers are: Youth Leadership Mem-

Stefanie Lepp Amanda Daly

Amanda is a 15-year-old from Pritchard, British Columbia. She has been riding since she was in diapers and has become an accomplished young rider. Amanda has experienced success in the AQHA all around events, as well as the cutting pen. This past year saw Amanda as the AQHA Region One Youth All Around Champion as well as the BCCHYA Youth Champion. When away from the Quarter Horse shows, Amanda keeps busy participating in school events. She has been on the school volleyball and bas- ketball teams, as well as serving on her school council. She has also been an active member of her local 4-H for the past four years. Amanda is excited to use

Stefanie is an 18-year-old from Rivers, Manitoba. She has been riding since she was five, starting with lessons on jumper ponies, then riding with a rein- ing trainer, and then participat- ing in her local 4-H equine club. In 2007, Stefanie became involved showing at provincial Quarter Horse shows and has worked her way to becoming the young horsewoman she is today. Stefanie enjoyed instant success in the AQHA show pen and has earned herself numer- ous Manitoba year end awards, numerous circuit championships in Manitoba and Minnesota and multiple top ten placings at the Canadian Nationals. When not showing, Stefanie is continuing her studies as an accomplished pianist, working on her family farm, training dogs and volun- teering with numerous animal clinics, a puppy daycare facility, and with her 4-H club. Stefanie is looking forward to bringing her skills to Team Canada and helping the team to do the best it can.

Laura Anne Berensci

Laura Anne is a 15-year- old from Paris, Ontario. She has shown Quarter Horses for the last couple of years and has had the privilege of showing at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. Laura Anne’s favorite class to show is hunter under saddle but has also shown in all- round events in AQHA shows and in her area saddle club. She has also been on the Ontario Saddle Club Youth Team Tour-

Brittany Ruecker

Brittany is an 18-year- old from Balcarres, Saskatchewan. She attended her first Quarter

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