Young Riders

Young Rider Program

The Young Rider program is offered through the USEA for riders 21 years of age and younger of all levels of riding. The purpose of the program is to encourage younger members to become involved in the sport of eventing and continue this involvement into their adult lives. The program seeks to promote a love of the sport as well as an appreciation and understanding of the horse while fostering the wonderful relationship that can develop between horse and rider. Further, involvement in this program helps to instill important moral values, such as responsibility and work ethic, as young riders grow into mature adults.

This program is divided into 10 Areas throughout the country, and each Area program is facilitated by a volunteer Young Rider Coordinator. Each coordinator oversees the program for his/her Area and sets up different educational and developmental activities their young riders to attend. Camps, clinics, and seminars are usually offered, often with Olympic athletes. Each Area Young Rider program is divided into two sub-programs or branches: North American Youth Championship (NAYC) and The Young Rider Advancement Program (YRAP). The NAYC branch focuses on developing riders and horses for the Championships each summer. YRAP focuses on providing lower level young riders with the education and skills they need to progress through the levels and eventually into the ranks of the NAYC. The USEA also offers a Young Rider Mentorship Program, which gives young riders the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals.

Mission

  • To encourage and support the sport of eventing in competitors 21 years of age and younger.
  • To make young riders aware of educational opportunities - coaching, course walks, clinics, camps, etc.
  • To promote good sportsmanship and the facilitation of working as a team member.
  • To develop respect for the horse, without whom the sport is not possible.
  • To field a team of four Intermediate level young riders to represent each area at the two-star level at the North American Youth Championships.
  • To field a team of four Preliminary level young riders to represent each area at the one-star level at the North American Youth Championships.
  • To field teams to compete at other Young Rider National Championships.
  • To field a national team to represent the United States, through the NGB, at the European Young Riders Championships.
  • To develop camaraderie among young riders, thus, hopefully, developing life long friendships and a commitment to the sport, which will be carried on as members of the U.S. Team, volunteers at local events, coaches, trainers, competitors, and consumers of equine products.

North American Youth Championships

The historical North American Junior & Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) is now known as the North American Youth Championships (NAYC) and will take place July 24-28, 2019 at The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana. An athlete may compete as a Junior from the beginning of the calendar year in which they reach the age of 14 until the end of the calendar year in which they reach the age of 18. An athlete may compete as a Young Rider from the beginning of the calendar year in which they reach the age of 16 until the end of the calendar year in which they reach the age of 21. Please visit the NAYC Eventing page on the USEF website for more information.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MER) for Participation in the 2019 NAYC-J Team Championship

  • Achieve 1 MER at a CCI2*-S OR a CCI2*-L
    • Must be achieved as a pair
    • Must be achieved between January 1, 2018 and June 23, 2019

AND

  • Achieve 4 MERs at the Preliminary level or higher, one of which may have no more than 20 jumping penalties on cross-country.
    • MERs at the Preliminary level must be achieved by both the athlete and the horse, though not necessarily as a pair.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MER) for Participation in the 2019 CCIO-Y-S Team Championship

  • Achieve 1 MER at a CCI3*-S
    • Must be achieved as a pair
    • Must be achieved between January 1, 2018 and June 23, 2019

For more details on 2019 NAYC qualifications and selection procedures, please click here.

Those aiming for the NAYC must be aware that as an FEI athlete you are subject to clean sport anti-doping regulations for both your horses and yourself as an athlete. You and your horses are very likely to be tested. It is your responsibility to ensure you follow these regulations and a guide can be found here.

NAYC Coaching Requirements

For the NAYC-J, Coaches must be certified to ICP Level II. For the CCIO-Y-S, Coaches must be certified to ICP Level III. If a team brings an assistant coach, they must be ICP Level II certified or higher.

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