Articles: Press Release
Qualifying Criteria for U.S. Riders for the CN North American Junior and Young
Rider Championships at the Colorado Horse Park
Presented by Gotham North Now Available
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Beth Gold, (508) 698-6810, email@example.com
Parker, CO-April 1, 2008-Qualifying criteria for riders hoping to compete in the
2008 CN North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) at the Colorado
Horse Park Presented by Gotham North, is now available.
The Championships, July 29-August 3, 2008, which is the premier equestrian event
in North America for riders age 14-21, and operates under the rules of the Federation
Equestre Internationale (FEI), the international governing body for equestrian sport.
It is the only FEI championship held annually in this country.
"We are very proud of the Championships and the caliber of riding it sets for junior
and young riders in North America," said Larry Langer, NAJYRC Event Director. "These
are the future riders of our sport, and to see them get a taste of international
competition at our event is very exciting."
Run in similar format to the Olympic Games, the Championships feature riders competing
on teams or as individuals in the three Olympic disciplines of show jumping, dressage
and eventing. This also marks the first year that the western discipline of reining
has been added to the schedule.
Junior and Young Riders across North America devote countless hours training and
competing with the hopes of riding in this prestigious event. North America is
broken up geographically, to determine the teams and which area, region or zone
riders will represent.
Riders attempting to qualify for the Championships will represent their zone in
show jumping; region in dressage; area in eventing; and region for reining. The
zone/region/area that a rider represents is based on their current residency. If
riders are competing in the team division, they will be paired with riders from
the same zone/region/area.
For show jumping riders, there are different qualifying criteria for each zone which
riders must follow. There are 12 zones in North America, and each zone can be represented
during the Championships. Riders can find out which zone they represent and check
their Zone's individual qualifying criteria at www.youngriders.org
if they are interested in taking part in the selection process for the Championships.
Qualifying procedures for dressage can also be found at www.youngriders.org.
Among the list of requirements, riders must be U.S. citizens, must not have competed
in a Senior Continental or World Championship or in Regional or Olympic Games at
the Grand Prix level, must be a current United States Dressage Federation (USDF)
member in good standing, must pay International High Performance "IHP" dues and
must have an FEI Registration number for both horse and rider.
Eventing riders who want to qualify for the Championships must have received qualifying
scores from a CCI* event or two CIC* events for junior riders and from a CCI** event
or two CIC* or CH* or CIC** events for young riders. These qualifications will be
implemented along with the individual Area Selection Procedures for riders wishing
to qualify for an area junior or Young Rider team.
Reining riders also have criteria that they must comply with in order to qualify
for the Championships. They must be in good standing with the USEF, pay High Performance
dues, obtain an FEI rider registration, and horses must have a National Passport
and FEI registration.
The NAJYRC is the continuation of an annual competition that began in 1974 as an
eventing challenge between Canada and the United States. In the years since its
inception, it has grown considerably with the addition of a Dressage Championship
in 1981 and the Show Jumping Championship in 1982. The first complete Championships
with all three Olympic disciplines was held in British Columbia, Canada in 1982.
In 2006, a championship division for juniors was added to the schedule and now,
with a fourth discipline joining the world-class line-up, the Championships have
reached a whole new level of significance.
Sponsorship and advertising opportunities connected with the Championships are available!
Please call Beth Gold at Classic Communications on the East Coast for sponsorship
information at (508) 698-6810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com].
Please call Equestrian Sports Promotions on the West Coast for sponsorship information
at (303) 263-7531 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the 2008 CN North American Junior and Young Rider Championships
at the Colorado Horse Park Presented by Gotham North please visit www.youngriders.org