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Mission: The activities are designed to develop camaraderie among young riders, thus, hopefully, developing lifelong friendships and a commitment to the sport. The purpose of the program is to encourage our younger members to become involved in the sport of Eventing and perhaps continue this involvement into their adult lives as members of the US Team, volunteers at local events, coaches, trainers, competitors, and consumers of equine products. The Young Rider Program consists to two components. The NAYC branch focuses on developing and fronting riders and horses for the North American Youth Championships (NAYC) each summer. The YRAP branch focuses on providing young riders with the education and skills they need to progress through the levels regardless of level. In addition, each has a fund-raising program. The funds raised are used to help defray the costs of the program activities. The YRAP encompass a variety of friendly competitions, camps, and educational activities which provide the educational development necessary for a young rider's progression. While many young riders never endeavor to progress to the NAYC and beyond, YRAP is in place for them to accomplish whatever competitive goals they do have. In short - Our members are the future of the sport!

Young Rider spend a significant amount of time in the public. Visibility is important for program growth and obtaining public support so do consider buying Area 2 YR Gear through our partner - https://www.agpestores.com/expressivestitches/groups.php wear our YR-II and YRAP branded clothes with pride.

Activities: Our Young Rider Advancement banner and a representative can be found near the scoreboard or awards at the competitions below. From there we coordinate “Behind the Scenes” activities and distribute awards. We can provide assistance for things like: Identifying those who will provide a free course walk to our members; finding an instructor or horse; understanding the rules etc.

The behind the scenes is model from the National Mentorship Program. Riders will be given an opportunity to shadow judge, hang with the TD, Course Builder, assist in Show Jumping, scoring, or other active. The biggest learning often comes when we can change a teenagers perception of what is a “good dressage test” or what the course builder is trying to test in your training.

The number of entries at an event will make the determination of whether we give awards to individuals or teams, Teams may be scrambled or by division again depending on number of riders and request of the organizers. In most cases teams are only given to program members (Adult, YR, Collegiate) with the exception of the cross border challenges. We love team competitions over others, and encourage getting to know your team mates with various door prizes donated by sponsors. Individual awards are call Achievement Awards. Please see the details regarding how these awards are calculated below.

We have 3 WoW camps every year held with USEA ICP certified instructors as leads and whenever possible the coaches and selectors of our YR teams. These camps are modeled off the Emerging Athlete Program. They are always popular and fill fast. They usually consist of two mounted sessions each day with focus on dressage, ring craft, show jumping courses, XC, pace, and grid work. Lessons are tailored to the needs and desires of the students who ride as individuals or in very small groups.   Additional lectures and education are including most days. 

Learning more about Area 2 Young Rider activities can be achieved through the following: • The Google Group Mailing List - Feel free to add email addresses to the google group, our primary method of communication. https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/area2_yrandyrap • We share positive stories and information through our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/area2youngriders/ • Calling and chatting with Chris Donovan or any of the other volunteers who work to make this group a valuable asset to those who event. 
Date  Event Behind the Scenes + the following activity
February 3 Sporting Days Farm H.T. I (Aiken, SC)
Open: December 18 | Close: January 16
Divisions: BN,N,T,PT
Cross Border Challenge Team Competition
Mar 9 - 10 Southern Pines H.T. (Raeford, NC)
Open: Jan 22 | Close: Feb 19
Divisions: BN,N,T,P
Team Competition
Apr 7 CDCTA Spring H.T. (Berryville, VA)
Open: Feb 19 | Close: Mar 19
Divisions: Intro,BN,N,T,P
Achievement Awards
Apr 20 - 21 Longleaf Pine H.T. (Raeford, NC)
Open: Mar 5 | Close: Apr 2
Divisions: BN,N,T,P,I,A
Achievement Awards
May 11 Plantation Field May Horse Trials (Unionville, PA)
Open: Mar 26 | Close: Apr 23
Divisions: BN,N,T,P,I
Achievement Awards
May 23 - 26 Virginia CCI/CIC & H.T. (Lexington, VA)
Open: Apr 9 | Close: May 7
Divisions: YEH-5,YEH-4,BN,N,T,P,I,AI,CIC2,CCI1
Team Competition
June 15 - 18 SOUTHERN WOW CAMP –
Carolina Horse Park and War Horse Competition
June 21 - 22 Surefire Farm H.T. (Purcellville, VA)
Open: May 8 | Close: June 5
Divisions: YEH-5,YEH-4,BN,N,T,P,I
Achievement Awards
June 24-28 Full Moon Farm Quarter Star – event http://www.fullmoonfarm.com/HorseTrials/qtrstar.html CAMP
Jul 4 - 7 The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm I (Adamstown, MD)
Open: May 22 | Close: June 19
Divisions: FEH-YEAR,YEH-5,NEH,YEH-4,FEH-2,FEH-3,FEH-4,BN,N,T,M,P,I
Jul 12 - 14 The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm II (Adamstown, MD)
Open: May 29 | Close: June 26
Divisions: N,T,P,I,CIC1,CIC2
Special Awards – for those who attend both MDHT events and WoW Camp
Jul 16 - 19 NORTHERN WOW CAMP and Prep – Loch Moy CAMP
July 21 - 26 NAJYRC - Event at Rebecca Farm  
Aug 2-4 Millbrook H.T. (Millbrook, NY)
Open: June 19 | Close: Jul 17
Divisions: BN,N,T,P,I,A
Cross Border Challenge Team Competition
Aug 27-Sep 1 American Eventing Championships (Lexington KY)
Open: Jul 16 | Close: Aug 13
Divisions: Intro,BN,N,T,M,P,I, A
Program Member Awards 1-8th and Possible Cross Border team Challenge too!
Sep 7-8 Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. (Poolesville, MD)
Open: Jul 23 | Close: Aug 20
Divisions: FEH-YEAR,FEH-2,FEH-3,Starter,BN,N,T,P,I
Team Awards
Sep 14-15 Flora Lea Fall H.T. (Medford, NJ)
Open: July 30 | Close: Aug 27 Divisions: BN,N,T,P
Achievement Awards
Oct 4-6 Morven Park Fall International H.T. & CIC*/**/*** (Leesburg, VA) Open: Aug 20 | Close: Sep 17
Divisions: BN,N,T,P,I,A,CIC1,CIC2,CIC3
Program Member Championship Awards
Oct 11-13 The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm (Adamstown, MD)
Open: Aug 27 | Close: Sep 24
Divisions: BN,BN3D,N,T,M,P,I
3Day Team Competition
Oct 24-27 Waredaca Classic N and T 3D Event & H.T. (Laytonsville, MD)
Open: Sep 11 | Close: Oct 9
Divisions: N3D,T3D,P3D, BN,N,T,M,P
3Day Team Competition
Oct 31- Nov 3 Virginia CCI/CIC & H.T. (Lexington, VA
Open: Sep 17 | Close: Oct 25
Divisions: YEH-5,YEH-4,BN,N,T,P,I,AI,CIC2,CCI1
Team Competition
Nov 10 Full Moon Farm (Finksburg, MD)
Open: Sept 24 | Close: Oct 22
Divisions: BN,N,T
Achievement Awards
Dec 27-30 Winter WoW Camp Location TBD – Ideal Area 2 facility will have room for 30+ horses, 2 indoors, and housing/hotels nearby Send Chris your suggestions for facilities willing to host our winter training sessions


Area 2 YRAP Achievement Ribbons are awarded for National Qualifying Rides based on a Modified Danish Scoring System as follows:

First 33 or Below
Second 33.1 - 37
Third 37.1 - 41  
Fourth 41.1 - 45

Minimum Eligibility Requirement (MER): an MER is achieved by completing the entire Horse Trial and scoring not more than 50 penalty points in the Dressage Test; and no jumping penalties at obstacles on the Cross Country Test and not more than 90 seconds (36 penalty points) exceeding the optimum time; and not more than 16 penalties at obstacles in the Jumping Test. 25 penalty points received for Dangerous Riding will not achieve a National Qualifying result.

Teams are comprised of 3-4 riders. Every program member is placed on a team unless you opt out. Riders are encouraged to set up teams early in the season in order to achieve the best results for the 2019 year end team awards. More details about the year end team awards can be found at USEA2.net.


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Madison Keen and her 22 year old draft cross, Stella, running training at Fall Morven Park Horse Trials. @mvk.eventing

Madison Keen and her 22 year old draft cross, Stella, running training at Fall Morven Park Horse Trials. @mvk.eventing

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