Kalee McCann
Kalee McCann
Kalee McCann of Sebastopol, Miss., 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.

"Being named as a rider for Team USA in the 2014 Youth World Cup is definitely a dream come true for me," McCann said "Never in a million years would I have thought this would happen!"

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.

"Having the opportunity to represent our country in this event is an incredible honor," McCann said. "I cannot express how blessed I am to be able to experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I can only hope to represent my country well this summer!"

McCann, the senior class president at Leake Academy, was the 2011 and 2012 Mississippi Quarter Horse Youth Association All-Around Youth in addition to being the reserve MQHYA all around youth this past year. She is also the current vice-president of the AQHYA and brings extensive experience at that level in Hunt Seat Equitation, Showmanship, Cutting, and Reining to Team USA.

The five riders selected for Team USA are Ali Fratessa of Wheelock, Texas; McCann; 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.