Articles: Press Release
Officials Announced for 1999 North American Young Riders'
Championships, Presented by State Line Tack
Contact: Marty Bauman (508) 698-6810
Wadsworth, IL-May 31, 1999-The Organizing Committee of the 1999 North
American Young Riders' Championships (NAYRC), Presented by State Line Tack,
has announced the list of international judges and technical delegates who
will officiate this year.
The 1999 NAYRC takes place at Tempel Farms in Wadsworth, IL on August 10-15.
At the NAYRC, Young Riders age 16-21 compete in the three Olympic equestrian
disciplines of Show Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing. The competition is run
under rules of the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI).
"We are pleased to host the finest judges and officials from around the
world," stated Howard Simpson, the NAYRC Director. "The NAYRC is the first
step on the road to international success for Young Riders. In order to
promote and train these equestrians, we must offer the best footing, courses,
facilities, and management we can, and provide the finest officials
In Dressage, the President of the Ground Jury is Lt. Col. Axel Steiner of the
United States and the Technical Delegate is Mrs. Maribell Alonso de Quinzanos
of Mexico. Members of the Ground Jury include Mrs. Hanne Valentin of
Denmark, Mrs. Lorraine McDonald of Canada, and Mrs. Janet Brown-Wysocki of
the United States. Mrs. Anne Gribbons of the United States will serve as
Reserve. The Organizer is Mr. George Williams of Wadsworth, IL.
For Show Jumping, the President of the Ground Jury is Mr. Jorge
Verswyvel-Villamizar of Columbia and Mr. Guilherme Norgueira Jorge of Brazil
is the Technical Delegate. Mr. Douglas Catto of Canada and Mrs. Chrystine W.
Tauber of the United States are Members of the Ground Jury. Mr. Juan Carlos
Tafur Eisenmayer of Columbia is the Course Designer and Mr. David Distler of
Norwalk, CT is the Organizer.
Mrs. Cara Whitham of Canada is President of the Ground Jury for Eventing.
Members of the Ground Jury include Mr. Jack LeGoff and Mrs. Sally A. O'Connor
of the United States. Mr. Neil Clinton of Australia is the Technical
Delegate. The Cross-Country Course Designer is Mr. Derek di Grazia of the
United States and Mrs. Sally Ike of the United States is the Show Jumping
Course Designer. Mr. Geoffrey Morgan of Canada is in charge of 3-Day
Control. The Organizer is Mr. Michael Deutsch of Wadworth, IL.
The Chief FEI Steward is Maj. Gen. Jonathan R. Burton of the United States.
Dr. Catherine Kohn, DVM of the United States is the President of the
Veterinary Committee. The President of the Appeals Committee is Mr. John H.
Fritz of the United States.
The NAYRC began in 1974 as an eventing challenge between the United States
and Canada. A Dressage Championship was added in 1981, and Show Jumping was
added in 1982. The first complete NAYRC was held in British Columbia, Canada
in 1982. Tempel Farms, home of the world's largest private herd of Lipizzan
horses, has been a frequent host of the Championships through the 1980s and
1990s. The 1998 NAYRC was hosted by High Prairie Farms in Parker, Colorado.
Many of the world's top equestrians began their international careers at the
NAYRC including Olympic Silver Medalists Greg Best and Karen O'Connor.
McLain Ward, the 1998 American Grandprix Association Rider of the Year,
Tiffani Loudon, the 1998 Rolex USET Three Day Event Spring Champion, and
international equestrian competition veterans such as Alison Firestone, Chris
Kappler, Abigail Lufkin, Buck Davidson, Kathleen Raine, and Heather Mason
also rode in the NAYRC.
Tempel Farms will also host a new competition at the 1999 NAYRC, the Finish
Line Team Challenge. Presented in conjunction with ACORD (American
Competition Opportunities for Riders with Disabilities), the Finish Line Team
Challenge at the NAYRC is a competition for young riders with physical or
mental disabilities. Each rider in the Finish Line Team Challenge will
perform a Dressage ride set to music. Their scores will be combined with
NAYRC participants (one Show Jumper, one Dressage competitor, and one
Eventer) for the overall championship in the Finish Line Team Challenge.
For more information about the North American Young Riders' Championships,
please call (508) 698-6810.