Disability Sports Alliance Announces Team to Compete in the
Mills Team Challenge at The North American Young Riders
Championships, Presented by State Line Tack
ILApril 1, 2002The National Disability Sports Alliance
(NDSA) is delighted to announce the riders selected to compete in
the fourth annual Mills Team Challenge at the 2002 North American
Young Riders Championships (NAYRC), presented by State Line
Tack, at Tempel Farms in Wadsworth, IL, August 6-11.
The Mills Team Challenge features riders with disabilities competing
together with able-bodied young riders at the Championship. Each
team is comprised of riders from the disciplines of Dressage, Eventing,
and Show Jumping along with a rider with a disability who competes
The riders selected to compete on the team, which will be coached
by Lisa Gatti of Huntington, NY, are Rebecca Hart of Erie, PA; Erin
Waddell of South Lyon, MI; Christopher Lipe of Powder Springs, GA;
and Keith Newerla of Seaford, NY. Meghan Strigh of Mays Landing,
NJ has been selected as the teams alternate and Sandy Rafferty
of Troy, MO has been named the teams Chef dEquipe.
The team was chosen based upon their highest championship
and musical freestyle scores submitted to the NDSA for
placement on the Advanced or Developing Rider lists. The riders
will compete in two classes at this years NAYRC, both the
championship and the freestyle. The combined scores of these events
will determine the teams overall placing in the Mills Team
The National Disability Sports Alliance is the governing body for
equestrian sports for athletes with disabilities. Through events
such as the Mills Team Challenge the NDSA helps riders with a disability
find competitive success on a national and international level.
For more information on NDSA and NDSA Equestrian, please contact
(401) 792- 7130 or visit the NDSA website at www.ndsaequestrian.org.
North American Young Riders' Championships is the premier equestrian
competition in North
for young riders, age 16-21, and is a USA Junior Olympic
Equestrian Event. Young equestrians come from the United States,
Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands to vie for
team and individual Championships in the three Olympic equestrian
disciplines of Show Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing.
the third time, a Prix St. Georges Freestyle will be part of the
Dressage Championships. The top 25 riders from the Team Championships
will compete in the FEI Young Riders Individual Test. The Prix St.
Georges Freestyle Test will then serve as the individual final for
the best 15 competitors out of the team and individual test.
again this year, a challenging CCIY* Eventing competition will be
offered in addition to the CCI-CH-C-Y** Eventing Championship. This
allows up-and-coming Junior and Young Riders an opportunity to ride
on a team and get a taste of international competition.
NAYRC also offers a CSI* - JY Combined Competition for show jumping
juniors and young riders. These riders, who take part in individual
classes in addition to an unofficial team competition, gain valuable
first-hand experience of what its like to compete in international
NAYRC began in 1974 as an eventing challenge between the United
States and Canada. A Dressage Championship was added in 1981, and
Show Jumping debuted in 1982. The first complete NAYRC was held
in British Columbia, Canada in 1982. Tempel Farms has hosted the
Championship 12 times since 1985.
Mills represent the newest concept in retail and entertainment with
a powerful combination of state-of-the-art environments, interactive
shopping, dining and entertainment. Visitors come from across the
nation and from 50 countries worldwide, making The Mills leading
tourist destinations in the United States. Gurnee Mills, located
near Tempel Farms in Gurnee, IL, is the Midwest's largest value
retail and entertainment mall with over 200 manufacturer and retail
outlet stores and has a long history of supporting the North American
Young Riders Championships. For more information on Gurnee
Mills, please visit www.gurneemills.com.
For more information on NAYRC activities, please visit www.youngriders.org.
At the NAYRC website you will find zone, region, area contact information,
a competition schedule, Tempel Farms information, and many other
details pertaining to the event.