Hannah Buijs is saddling up to ride again for Team Canada at the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup.
Lisle teen riding for Team Canada at youth world cup
By Brad Pritchard
A Lisle teen is saddling up to ride again for Team Canada at the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup.
Hannah Buijs, a Grade 10 student at Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School in Angus, will spend about two weeks at the competition June 23 to July 3 in New South Wales, Australia.
Two years ago, she joined Team Canada at the world cup in Texas as an alternate rider, where she was mainly responsible for caring for horses.
This time, she has been selected as one of nine youths from across Canada to compete at the tournament.
“I’m really excited to get to compete this time,” she said.
Hannah began riding at four years old, with her first show being a walk and jog event, where she had to follow instructions from an announcer while riding her steed around the arena.
At nine, she got her first horse Tucker and began competing in the 13 and under all around events.
The world cup features a number of competition categories, but Hannah isn’t sure which ones she will participate in yet.
“I’m thinking I’m best at horsemanship and trail,” she said. “I’ve been doing that most of my life and I’m more comfortable with it.”
Hannah, who trains at Midnight Haven Equestrian near Shelburne and shows with JM Quarter Horses, said applying to join the team is a rigorous process.
When she submitted her application in July, she had to provide riding videos, references from coaches and teachers, write three essays and go through a phone interview.
In October, she found out she made the cut.
“To make the team again was such an honour,” she said. “There are so many talented riders around Canada, so it really is a privilege to make it again.”
Each team member is required to raise $10,000 to cover travel expenses.
Individuals and businesses can purchase various sponsor packages, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.
Purchasing Team Canada clothing is also another way to support the athletes.
For more information, email Hannah at email@example.com or Team Canada Manager Donna Sagin firstname.lastname@example.org.