Young Riders

2022 Young Rider Eventing Championship Returns To Area II

The datyr logoe has been set!

 

The USEF has awarded the 2022 Young Rider Eventing Championship to Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC, Nov. 10-13. More details will be distributed about qualifications, so keep checking your YR email from YR Coordinator Chris Donovan for this information. The other date to remember is May 1 - which is the HARD deadline for declaring your eligibility at the USEF portal for all three levels. 

The USEF Young Rider Eventing Championship will award three championship titles: CCI1*-L, CCI2*-L, and CCI3*-L.

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Area II Merch now available!

The popular Area II merchandise sales are now open. Coordinated by the Area II Youth Council, you will find custom Divine Breeches, shirts, jackets and vests at this link:

Youth Council Merch Outlet

Items can be ordered in a range of sizes, several items have multiple color choices, and you can ask for either the YR Area II logo or the "standard" Area II logo on any item. Support our Young Riders Program and wear your Area II proudly!2022 01 15 22022 01 22 4

Area II Youth Council Interview: Alexa Lapp

The second edition of our 2023 Youth Council Series is in! We had such a fun interview from 4* event rider Alexa Lapp! We had a great time talking to Alexa and getting more insight into how the YR program helped shape her career. Make sure you go check it out! BIG thank you to Alexa for taking the time to answer our questions.

Check out the link on the Area II Youth Council Instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/areaiiyouthcouncil/) under the Linktree, or see it here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1f4ilyEosiGCKWyVpgCmLuezvZPMOyIpqEahr2c4R1Pw/edit

Area II Dominates Interscholastic League

The USEA has created the National Interscholastic Leaderboard to highlight the achievements of our high school members.  To be part of the leaderboard you must be on an Affiliate's Roster. If a rider is in the Area 2 Young Rider program, Chris can put you on the Area 2 Developing Riders roster.  Riders can also create your own Affiliate (team) with your trainer, pony club, or group of friends.  To create an Affiliate see:  https://useventing.com/events-competitions/competitions/interscholastic-eventing-league

To see the full leaderboards go to the home page and look at the 2023 leaderboards.  https://useventing.com/

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New: Area II YR Youth Council to be formed in 2023

Hey, Young Riders! Would you like to have a say in what activities Area II develops this year? For 2023 we will be re-establishing the Young Rider Youth Council for Area 2.  The YR Youth Council will:

1.  Define the future activities for the Area 2 YR Program.
2.  Communications/Marketing of Program Activities and Success
3.  Actively engage in the Fundraising and other YR Support activities
 
Requirements:
1.  Young Rider Program Member enthusiastic to support the YR MIssion
2.  Time commitment 6-8 volunteer hours per quarter (every 3 months)
 
This is a GREAT thing to have on your resume, and for those who are considering applications for any national level YR program, being an active Council Member shows interest and commitment! Please send Chris Donovan your interest and any questions.  
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Area II Young Riders: Nick Beshear

Joining Audrey Ogan, Meg Pelligrini and Noah Stanlaske is:

Nicholas Beshear

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Nicholas (Nick) Beshear, 19, from Somerset, VA., is riding his father, Jeff Beshear’s Rio De Janeiro, a 13yo Holsteiner, (River Dancer-Vanilla Ice) in the CCI3-L competition. In the 2022 season, so far Nick and Rio won River Glen Summer Horse Trials CCI3-S, were the highest placed Young Rider and placed sixth overall at Great Meadow International CCI3-S in July; second placed Young Rider and top ten overall at Morven Park International CCI3-S in October. In addition, the pair also won and Virginia Horse Trials May CCI2-S, and won an Open Intermediate division at Maryland Horse Trials. Nick is competing for the first time on an Area II Young Rider championship team, and is a 2023 Emerging Athlete U25 candidate. Erin Gilmore Photo.

Area II Young Riders: Noah Stanlaske and Meg Pellegrini

It's time to cheer on our Area II Young Riders! We will be featuring all of our Young Rider competitors that have entered the Dutta Corp. national Young Rider Championship this year to be held at Tryon International Equestrian Center, Millspring, NC., Nov. 9-13, 2022. (Watch LIVE on USEFNetwork.)

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Noah Stanlaske
CCI1* Competitor Noah Stanlaske, 17, is a high school junior taking classes at Laurel Springs High School, and is from McMurray, PA. Noah has ridden his long-time partner, Chesterland, a 15yo Thoroughbred (Innkeeper – Windsor Bonnet) from his first event at Beginner Novice level to CCI2*. He is also entered on DHI Showman, an 8yo Warmblood (Elvis Ter Putte - Bubertha), and trains in Pennsylvania with National Champion 5* rider, Pan Am medalist Buck Davidson and his father, multiple Olympic medalist and World Champion Bruce Davidson. In 2022, Noah and Chesterland completed at the CCI2-L level at the Ocala International, and the CCI2-S at Great Meadows International. Riding DHI Showman, Noah won a Preliminary division at the Maryland Horse Trials this summer. Erin Gilmore Photo
 
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Meg Pellegrini
Meg Pellegrini,18, is from Wayne, PA. She began eventing in Southern California and relocated from the West Coast to train with Lillian Heard out of Cochranville, PA. Meg competes on three horses: her own RF Eloquence (Contender-Ginger), 17yo Holsteiner; her own Global Naxos (Nektos-Komtess IV), 10yo Holsteiner; and her and Molly Pellegrini’s Cassilio G, (Cassiliano – Dormani), 7yo Holsteiner. Meg was named to the USEF Emerging Athlete 25 program, and was part of the Area II gold medal winning squad at the YRC in 2021. She’s the second leading Young Rider in the nation as of November 1 and has competition successes up to the CCI3*L level. This year, Meg will be competing Global Naxos and Cassilio G in the CCI2*L and CCI1*L at Tryon. Amy Dragoo Photo
 

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Today's rider is Audrey Ogan who will be competing for Area II on her own Always Cooley in the CCI2-L.

CCI2* Competitor Audrey Ogan is from Charlottesville, VA, where she is a working student for USET Olympic/WEG Team Rider, multiple 5* winning eventer Kim Severson. Audrey grew up on the West Coast riding ponies, began eventing, and moved to Area II in 2020. She rides her own 11yo ISH mare, Always Cooley (Ramiro B – Unknown). This year, they were the third-placed Young Rider at the Great Meadows International CCI2-S, finishing double clear in jumping phases, and won a Preliminary division at Fair Hill International August horse trials. Erin Gilmore Photo

Tryon: Area II Young Riders Are Ready!

Area II Young Riders entered (as of 10/28/22) at the national Young Riders Championship Event at Tryon:

Candidate Level Rider Horse
*** Nicholas Beshear Rio De Janeiro
** Audrey Ogan Revitavet Always Cooley
** Meg Pellegrini Global Naxos
* Jillian Dean Kingcarra Cooley Diamond
* Meg Pellegrini Cassilio G
* Noah Stanlaske DHI Showman
* Noah Stanlaske Chesterland

2022 USEF Eventing National Young Rider Championships: Entry Info

From Chris Donovan, Area II Young Rider Coordinator: (This information was emailed to each of you - check your email!)

How likely am I to be picked as part of the Squad?
See attached.  The first set of factors are based on the athlete/horse competition record.  We track this information in detail on the following page.
https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/seanna.miller/viz/USEAAreaII2022YTC/YouthTeamChallenge2022Summary
Please look at the second tab called "YTC 2022 Results"  This shows your ranking overall.  We use the filters (along with riders age) to determine the top candidates for each level.   
ACTION DESIRED:
Letters of explanation - There are times when a ranking is the result of a negative performance that can be justified.  Athletes are encouraged to send a letter to explain any extenuating circumstances, factors, for the Selectors to consider.  Examples would be:  Time faults as a result of footing, a glance off because of a spook, or a hold on course where you choose to retire instead of waiting for a restart.  Justifications should be sent while the information is fresh in your mind.  Letters received AFTER closing date of Championships may not be considered.
For all those still working toward your  althlete/horse MER at the level - good luck!  
Feel free to reach out with any questions. (The two new documents regarding YR Area selection and the USEF selection procedures have been uploaded to the 2022 YR folder)
-- Chris Donovan

Area II Young Riders Declaration List

Area II's list of declared Young Riders for 2022 are final. The USEF has the following riders declared for Area II:

Kendall Adams, Kate Bearer, Taylor Berlin, Nicholas Beshear, Clare Brady, Mia Braundel, Lily Dal Cin, Jillian Dean, Jackson Dillard, Sam Homeyer, Megan Hopkins, Carlin Keefe, Catherine Kelly, Kiera Kenny, Colette Leber, Jenna Levesque, LuLu Malinoski, McKenna Martinez, Rylie Nelson, Audrey Ogan, Caitlin O'Roark, Meg Pellegrini, Viktorija Petraitis, Catherine Pournelle, Paige Ramsey, Will Rowland, Keara Schmidt, Sydney Shinn, Austin Skeens, Noah Stanlaske, Elle Stephenson, Emma Wick.

For more information on the Area II Young Rider program, go to the YR Page here.

 

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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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