Home Hardware Proud Blue Ribbon Sponsor of 2008 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup



    ST. JACOBS, ON, July 4 /CNW/ - On Sunday, July 6th London, Ontario will
welcome teams from eighteen countries around the world to compete in the
prestigious American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Youth World Cup. Home
Hardware and its network of more than 1,000 independent Dealers are proud to
be the blue ribbon sponsor of this unique event as it returns to Canada for
the first time in almost a decade.
    "Home Hardware is honoured to help bring this prestigious competition to
Canada," said Paul Straus, Vice President and CEO of Home Hardware Stores
Limited. "The AQHA Youth World Cup is a great opportunity for youth from
around the world to meet and interact with other cultures and share in their
passion for horses. As a horse enthusiast myself, I'm excited to participate
in the upcoming events and meet the young riders."
    The 2008 Youth World cup is co-hosted by the Canadian Quarter Horse
Association and will be held from July 6 to July 13, 2008 at the Agriplex, on
the Western Fair Grounds. Countries that will be represented include:
Argentina/Brazil, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic,
Denmark, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands,
New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States.
    The AQHA Youth World Cup is an educational event that combines friendly
competition with clinics and seminars from top Horsemen. During the
competition, each participating country is represented by a team of up to five
youth riders. The competing riders are accompanied by a team of non-competing
riders who are invited to participate in the educational portions of the
event. Each country is also able to send one team coach and a team manager.
Events during the World Cup include: Western Pleasure; Western Horsemanship;
Showmanship at Halter; Hunt Seat Equitation; Hunter Under Saddle; Trail;
Western Riding; and, Reining and Cutting. It is the responsibility of the host
country to provide horses for the riders during the events.

    About Home Hardware Stores Limited

    Home Hardware Stores Limited is Canada's largest independent hardware,
lumber and building materials and furniture retailer with more than 1,000
stores across Canada, under the Home Hardware, Home Building Centre, Home
Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners. Dealers have access to
100,000 quality brand name and private label products and the company has
annual retail sales of $4.8 billion. The cooperative was founded on January 1,
1964 by 128 independent hardware Dealers.





For further information:

For further information: Rob Wallace, Public Relations & Promotional
Events Manager, Home Hardware Stores Limited at (519) 664-4710 or
rob.wallace@homehardware.ca

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