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New Young Rider Team Challenge Set

While there is no longer a North American Young Rider three day event championship, in its place the governing bodies have developed a new Youth Team Challenge, with finals to be held at existing horse trials on both the east and west coasts. The news about this was posted at both the USEF and USEA this fall.  

A reminder from Chris Donovan, Area II Young Rider coordinator: riders must declare on your USEF Dashboard.  If you PLAN to complete at the Modified level or above in 2021 - you should sign up!! Please go to your USEF Dashboard and complete your declaration.  We are expecting to see 50+ Area 2 Youth riders declared for 2021. Events will be selected that will hold these competitions, and a list will be posted next year.
For more information be sure to join in the monthly YR conference call/zoom meeting January 7. For information, contact Chris Donovan.
Team Competitions (Short formats) (36 riders in total)
2 Teams and 4 individuals at each level
Modified * (14-18 years of age)
Preliminary ** (14-21 years of age)
Intermediate *** (16-25 years of age)
Team Competitions (Long format - Championships) (18 riders in total)
1 Team and 2 individuals at each level
*, **, and *** held in the late fall. 

Young Riders 2020 May Update

Notes from the YR conference call with Area II Coordinator Chris Donovan, 5/7/20
The Area II Young Riders championship will be at Hagyard Mid South Three Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY., Oct. 14-18.  Qualifying for the divisions held there will be along the normal qualifications for the divisions, which would be softer than those of an FEI YR championship.   Areas 1,2,3 and 8 will be at Mid South to compete and all young riders will be on teams, without discretion/choosing - so if you go, you will be on a team. It will be a festival atmosphere with awards, so not an FEI championship but special. (For more info:  and last year's program will give you an idea of how this competition takes place:
The 2021 YR championship is TBD. The age change is being discussed but the YR European Championships is the oldest and longest running and they are not changing from age 18.
The AEC's are still planning on being held, also at Kentucky at the end of August. There will be "Interscholastic" team awards.  In the intermediate championship division there will be YR awards as well. If there are enough entries this division may be split.  There is already a Preliminary YR championship division.
The Summer WoW camp is possibly going to be held at Tryon (TIEC) late July or early August depending upon NC regulations, and may be held jointly with Area 3. This facility has loads of stabling, many jumps, the World Games course, lots of arenas and housing on site so will be a beautiful place to hold the camp. As soon as details can be confirmed we will publicize.
All funds raised for NAYC are in the account now which is frozen by the USEA and cannot be spent at this time. Further info will be forthcoming.
Chris reminded all that the USEF was emphasizing that horse sports are not looked upon by some as important, and to be graceful to those who do not feel the way we do about horses and riding. 
The next meeting will be Thursday, June 4, 2020 by Zoom, look for the email from Chris with the link.


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