Riders Learn FEI Rules At NAYRC
Mill Creek, IL June 28, 2002The North American Young
Riders' Championships (NAYRC), presented by State Line Tack, an
official USA Junior Olympic-Equestrian event, which takes place
at Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek, IL on August 6 11, 2002,
offers Young Riders the unique chance to compete under Fédération
Equestre Internationale (FEI) rules. The FEI is the international
governing body for equestrian sport; any and all internationally-sanctioned
equestrian competitions are run under FEI rules.
North American Young Riders' Championships, presented by State Line
Tack, is the premier equestrian competition
in North America for Young Riders, age 16-21. 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,
Once at the NAYRC, riders must know and adhere to the stringent
FEI rules, which differ in many respects from the rules of USA Equestrian,
under which nationally-sanctioned horse shows in this country are
run. For example, under FEI rules, horses may not be given any medications
and are jogged for soundness before the competition begins. Scoring
for the competition is also different under FEI rules.
at the NAYRC means not only competing under FEI rules, but in an
FEI Championship format, explains Zone 10 contact for Show
Jumping, Marnye Langer. There is secured stabling and a horse
inspection. All of these are things riders need to be familiar with
if they wish to go on and compete internationally.
Competing internationally for their country is something many riders
at the NAYRC will likely go on to do. Olympic Silver Medalists Greg
Best and Karen O'Connor, as well as Megan Johnstone, Lauren Hough,
Elise Haas, Buck Davidson, Abigail Lufkin, Alison Firestone, Chris
Kappler, Nicole Shahinian Simpson, Ray Texel, Chris Pratt, Lisa
Carlsen Lubitz, Kathleen Raine, Heather Mason, David Wilson, Tiffani
Loudon, Mara DePuy, and Julie Gomena are all NAYRC alumni who have
gone on to compete internationally.
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. In 2003 the NAYRC will be held
in Bromont, Canada.
the advanced divisions for Young Riders, the NAYRC offers a CSI*-JY
Combined Competition for show jumping and a one-star competition
for eventing. Both competitions allow younger competitors to gain
valuable first-hand experience of what its like to compete
in international competition in an atmosphere that is conducive
to learning. The result is an experience that is educational, competitive
and at the same time fun.
marks the fourth year the Mills Team Challenge, a dressage competition
for young riders with disabilities, will be part of the NAYRC. The
Mills Team Challenge is coordinated by the National Disability Sports
Alliance, the national governing body for equestrian sports for
riders with disabilities.
Mills Corporation is the fastest growing retail and entertainment
developer in the United States, with new projects on the horizon
in Madrid, Spain and along the waterfront in San Francisco, California.
The Mills combines interactive shopping, dining and entertainment
with environments that engage the entire family. Visitors come from
across the nation and from 50 countries worldwide, making The Mills
leading tourist destinations across 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 a long history of supporting the North
American Young Riders Championships. For more information
on Gurnee Mills, please visit www.gurneemills.com or on The Mills
exciting brand of retail and entertainment, please visit www.millscorp.com.
Line Tack, the presenting sponsor of NAYRC, is the leading equestrian
retailer providing hundreds of brand name products at great prices,
with the mission of making riding more affordable for everyone.
State Line Tack continues to show their commitment to the sport
by sponsoring over 3,000 horse clubs and shows nationwide each year.
For more information or to order product from State Line Tack, please
more information on FEI rules, please visit the FEI Website at www.horsesport.org.
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.