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2002/06/12

Tennessee's Keller Selected To Compete For U.S. At Youth World Cup Sixteen teams are preparing for their trip to the United States for the 2002 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup Competition, scheduled for June 28 through July 7. Nearly 200 youth from sixteen countries-Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, South America, USA and the United Kingdom-are scheduled to arrive in Amarillo June 28. Held every two years, the 2002 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup will feature eight days of educational seminars, specific discipline clinics and leadership training exercises. The event culminates in an atmosphere of friendly competition as teams vie for titles in showmanship at halter, western pleasure, western horsemanship, hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation, western riding, trail, reining, cutting and a versatility class. Each country selects five competitors as well as up to five additional youth who attend either as alternates or for the educational aspects of the event. Among those who have been chosen to compete for the USA team is seventeen year old Jessicah Keller from Fayetteville, Tenn. She is one of two who has been selected to compete in the category which includes the reigning and cutting events. At the Youth World Cup, horses are supplied and drawn by each team to be used during competition. Selection criteria are based not only on cummulative points earned over the last two years (since the competion is held every other year) but also in areas of leadership and community service. "I am very excited," says Jessicah, "I really never thought I would be selected. It has been a dream of mine for years." She is particularly looking forward to meeting other youths from around the world.

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