Dream comes true for local high school student
The 2014 AQHYA World Cup is sponsored and hosted by 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 countries all over the world. The last World Cup was held in Kreuth, Germany, in 2012. This will be the first time the event has been held in College Station.
“Being chosen for Team USA is such a prestigious honor,” Fratessa said. “I cheered on Team USA at the 2010 Youth World Cup in Oklahoma City and in 2012 I watched the live feed from Kreuth, Germany in the middle of the night. I put my heart and soul into all my riding and equine activities, and to be selected for TEAM USA is a blessing and a dream come true for me!”
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.
“Becoming a member of Team USA for the AQHA Youth World Cup is a once in lifetime experience, and riding for the USA is an honor I will treasure forever,” Fratessa said. “I am excited to represent Team USA alongside my teammates with great sportsmanship and pride!”
Fratessa is a 17-year-old National Honor Society student at Franklin High. She began riding before she could walk, receiving her first saddle and pony at the age of two, and competing in horse shows, cattle and speed events by the age of 6. She has won multiple high point champion awards over the years on several horses including over 40 AQHA High Point Champion awards, eleven Texas State 4-H Champion titles, and was the 2013 Interscholastic Equestrian Association National Finals Reserve Champion in Varsity Intermediate Horsemanship, competing on unfamiliar horses.
She is the current treasurer of both the Texas Quarter Horse Youth Association, and the Brazos County Equestrian 4-H Club. In addition to her equestrian pursuits, Ali also volunteers as the junior Horse Judging Coach for the Brazos County Junior and Intermediate judging teams.
The five riders selected for Team USA are Fratessa; Kalee McCann of Walnut Grove, Miss.; Jack Medows of Cuba, Mo.; 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.
For more information regarding this event and this rider, please contact: Chris Harrell, Team USA Publicist, 979-587-0486; [email protected]
Nancy Cahill, Team USA Coach, 936-346-1218; [email protected]; Robin Alden, Director of Youth, American Quarter Horse Association, [email protected], 806-679-7061
Ali Fratessa; 979-324-1195; [email protected].
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