2019 NRHA/IRHA/RHF Global Youth Reining Cup Cremona, Italy, unites youth from around the world!

“Globalization” is certainly one of the most used words by Joao Marcos, owner of Cardinal Ranch in Texas and owner of NRHA Hall of Fame inductee Dun It For Chex. After two successful events held in Brazil where the youth were in the limelight, Joao Marcos turned his attention to Europe in collaboration with IRHA and European Council president, Roberto Cuoghi.

The idea of reuniting young riders from all over the world is about to become reality; the international competition is open to riders age 12-18 [run under NRHA Category 11] and each country is represented by one rider selected by their national affiliate. An amazing 19 countries will be represented in the inaugural National Reining Horse Association (NRHA)/Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA)/Reining Horse Foundation (RHF) Global Youth Reining Cup: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Paraguay, Poland, Spain, Thailand, Uruguay, and USA. Each country will be represented by one youth rider holding an NRHyA membership and competitors from outside Europe will ride horses generously made available by owners based in Italy.
"I am thrilled to see this dream come true for so many young riders around the world," said Joao Marcos. "It is a wonderful opportunity for our sport and we look forward to hosting youth representing 19 countries. I would like to thank Roberto Cuoghi for his collaboration, NRHA, RHF, IRHA staff and International Horse Press for their support and hard work."
Italy has been host to many an international competition organized by IRHA and, for Cuoghi, the Global Youth Reining Cup is yet another event that will make history. "It is an honor to be able to host the Global Youth Reining Cup in Italy and I look forward to welcoming youth from around the world to Cremona," he said. “I have always believed in helping our youth grow and I would like to thank our sponsors, the owners that graciously provided the horses, and all those that contributed to the making of this event. I wish all the riders from around the globe the very best and, make sure you enjoy the ride. A special thank you goes to the parents of the youth riders: They are our Main Sponsors!”
The first edition of the NRHA/IRHA/RHF Global Youth World Cup will be held on May 25 at 9 a.m. in Cremona during the Salone del Cavallo Americano prior to the IRHA Open Derby Finals take place.

By Simona Diale, International Horse Press