Last updateTue, 27 Jan 2015 4pm

Medows to compete in World Cup for quarter horses

Jack Medows of Cuba has been selected to compete for the United States at the 2014 American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) World Cup on July 3-13, in College Station, Texas.

The 2014 AQHYA World Cup is sponsored and hosted by the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau as well as the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) in cooperation with its affiliate organizations in each of the other 18 competing countries. The event was created in 1986 and has been hosted by several countries all over the world. The last World Cup was held in Kreuth, Germany, in 2012.

“I am so excited to be chosen as a rider for the 2014 Youth World Cup Team,” Medows said. “I will not only be able to share my love of horses with people from across the states, but with people across the world.”

The U.S. will compete against Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Switzerland and the United Kingdom at the World Cup this July.

“I’ve been riding horses and training for an opportunity like this as long as I can remember,” Medows said. “Being able to represent the United States of America this July on behalf of AQHYA is truly an honor.”

Medows brings extensive reining experience to Team USA and is a multiple time Quarter Horse Congress winner in both western pleasure and reining. He is currently the first vice-president of the Missouri Quarter Horse Youth Association and has won titles this past year in the National Reining Horse Association Youth Non-Pro division, the AQHYA Congress champion Youth 14-18 category in reining as well as the NRHA Adequan NAAC Youth 14-18 reining title.

The five riders selected for Team USA are Ali Fratessa of Wheelock, Texas; Kalee McCann of Walnut Grove, Miss.; Medows; Carli Pitts of Evansville, Ind.; and Graysen Stroud of Snohomish, Wash.

Five leadership team members were also selected: Chloe Bening of Katy, Texas; Lindsay Brush of New Albany, Ohio; Bailey Cook of Fort Collins, Colo.; Mary Claire Cornett of Purvis, Miss.; and Colby Ringer of Virginia Beach, Va.