US Equestrian (USEF) is pleased to announce that the FEI North American Childrens, Junior and Young Rider Championships have been rebranded the Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships presented by Gotham North (NAYC) and will include numerous improvements versus prior years. The NAYC for eventing will be held in conjunction with The Event at Rebecca Farm (Kalispell, Mont.), an existing CCI one- two-, and three-star, as well as a CIC three-star, from July 18-22, 2018. The NAYC for jumping and dressage will be held as a stand-alone event at Old Salem Farm (North Salem, N.Y.) from August 1-5, 2018.
“Youth development is a major strategic priority for the FEI and for USEF. We are dedicated to working with our host sites and sponsors on making the 2018 “North Americans” the best Youth Championships ever. This is an important Championship and we are excited about many new changes being implemented this year,” said US Equestrian President Murray Kessler. “These championships are a necessity to the growth of equestrian sport and the development of our youth athletes. For most, this is their first time competing in a championship. This event gives them an early sense of what it is like to represent their country and compete as part of a team. It also may influence whether they decide to pursue a career in riding, so it is imperative that we invest and commit to its and their success.”
A special USEF task force, which included representatives from Equestrian Canada, the Mexican Equestrian Federation and the relevant USEF affiliates, spearheaded the rebranding of the NAYC. This is a collective effort to revitalize these Championships and increase youth equestrian sport participation.
Some of the improvements beyond the rebranding include:
For more information on the FEI NAYC contact:
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