Irish Youth Team compete successfully in Texas

Ella Thomas with her silver medal and Coach David Gray.

Ella Thomas with her silver medal and Coach David Gray.

The Irish Youth Team competed successfully in the American Quarter Horse Association Youth World Cup 2014 in Texas this month.

The three of the five youths from the Irish team live locally around Ballinamore and Carrick-on-Shannon.

Ella Thomas from Leitrim won a silver medal in Western Pleasure as well as a sixth place medal also in Western Pleasure.

The other local girls Nicole Devine was placed ninth in cutting and finished just 2 points ahead of Jade Huxtable, who both did really well for their first time ever at cutting.

Shannon Kent and Cody LaCumbre also did very well in reining. Cody did an excellent job and placed second in Ranch Sorting.

Overall the Irish Youth Team finished a very respectable 13th in their first International Competition against experienced competitors, Ireland finished ahead of some of the better teams such as the UK, Israel and France.

The youth team aged between 13-17 years wished to thank their sponsors and supporters who enabled the trip to become a reality.

There were 19 Countries competing in various classes including Trail, Horsemanship, Reining, Cutting from the Western Riding discipline and Hunt Seat Equitation and Hunter U Saddle from the English Riding discipline. Three of the team train at Drumcoura Equestrian Centre, which teaches Western Riding.

Drumcoura Equestrian Centre will host the The Irish Quarter Horse Association Limited championship in August this year.


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