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Six teams to compete at 2022 Youth World Games

Postponed in 2020 and held virtually in 2021, the APHA Youth World Games is back live and in person with six teams and nearly 30 youth members competing for national pride and bragging rights. Teams from the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Slovakia, the United States and a United Team representing Austria, Italy and the Netherlands will compete August 21-25 during the 2022 European Paint Horse Championship in Kreuth, Germany.

Offered biannually, APHA’s Youth World Games is the ultimate test of horsemanship skills in a fun, friendly and international competition. Each country can enter one team with four exhibitors and an alternate. Exhibitors randomly draw a borrowed horse to show in one of four classes—showmanship, Western horsemanship, hunt-seat equitation and ranch riding—with only 30 minutes to practice. Awards are presented in each class as well as to top teams overall.

Follow the APHA Youth World Games on Facebook and join us as we cheer for:

  • Czech Republic
    • Ema Zajacova – Horsemanship
    • Nikol Pavlicova – Showmanship
    • Katerina Brunova – Equitation
    • Anna Palasova – Ranch Riding
    • Martina Svecova – Alternate
  • France
    • Fleurine Maras – Horsemanship
    • Camille Brisard – Showmanship
    • Sixtine Toubon – Equitation
    • Alicia Kalakun – Ranch Riding
    • Jade Pen – Alternate
  • Germany
    • Clara Maurer – Horsemanship
    • Lea Klink – Showmanship
    • Mia Lehmann – Equitation
    • Chiana Koehler – Ranch Riding
    • Larissa Hahn – Alternate
  • Slovakia
    • Eva Vantoortelboom – Horsemanship
    • Markéta Franeková – Showmanship
    • Anna Šaryová – Equitation
    • Valentína Pellerová – Ranch Riding
  • Team United (Austria, Italy and the Netherlands)
    • Joanna Salleger – Horsemanship
    • Verena Zanchetta – Showmanship
    • Emilia Barban – Equitation
    • Kevin Holthuijsen – Ranch Riding
  • United States
    • Riley Francis – Horsemanship
    • Nyeah Krasnow-Osorio – Showmanship
    • Abigail Zawisza – Equitation
    • Cody Dulin – Ranch Riding

Sincere thanks to the horse owners, volunteers, and sponsors who make the 2022 APHA Youth World Games more colorful, especially:

  • Paint Horse Club Germany
  • Milsta Tack & Horses AB
  • Perri’s Leather
  • Ellen Welten-Louwers
  • Jasmin Grossniklaus & Montigny Paint Horse
  • Peggy Cummings
  • Anja Ernst
  • CRC Genas Ranch
  • Helena Ryan, Ireland
  • Just Say Jose
  • Shirtless
  • Gut Matheshof

QUESTIONS? Contact APHA Director of Youth Activities Josi Reed. It’s not too late to show your support by donating prizes or sponsoring the Games.


[Reprinting all or part of this news release is permitted, so long as credit is given to the Paint Horse Journal and a link provided back to apha.com.]


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The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest international equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded in 1962. APHA promotes, preserves and provides meaningful experiences with Paint Horses.