Jessica Ransehousen Featured Speaker at the North American
Young Riders Championships, Presented by State Line
Mill Creek, IL August 7, 2002 The 2002 North American
Young Riders Championships (NAYRC), Presented by State Line
Tack, began on Tuesday at Tempel Farms in Wadsworth, IL with the
veterinary examination of dressage and show jumping horses and a
welcome party with Olympic veteran Jessica Ransehousen as the featured
addressed a full house during the party that included competitors,
coaches, chefs dequipe and officials. The USET Vice-President
spoke of the NAYRC as the experience of a lifetime for the young
those of you who see this as the ultimate experience, savor the
memories, said Ransehousen. But most of all have fun!
also thanked the generous hosts of the NAYRC, Howard Simpson, Martha
Smith Simpson and Linda Smith Buonanno, and the entire Tempel family
for their unlimited support as well as the sponsors.
begins on Wednesday with Dressage Team Championship and the Show
Jumping warm-up competitions. Spectators can enjoy the event for
free on Wednesday and Thursday and purchase tickets for Friday,
Saturday and Sunday.
NAYRC is the premier competition for young riders in the three Olympic
disciplines of show jumping, dressage, and three-day eventing. Riders
ages 16 through 21 are eligible to compete in this USA Junior Olympic
the NAYRC will host the fourth annual Mills Team Challenge, a dressage
competition for young riders with disabilities who range from 16-25
years of age. The competition will be coordinated by the National
Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA), the national governing body for
equestrian sports for riders with disabilities.
North American Young Riders Championships began in 1974 as
an eventing challenge between the United States and Canada in Jokers
Hill, Ontario. Canada swept all three team medals in the competition
that was then known as the North American Junior Team Championships.
A dressage championship was added in 1981, and since that year the
Championships have been recognized by the FEI and are conducted
in accordance with FEI General Regulations. Show jumping made its
debut in 1982 in British Columbia, when the first complete Championships
were held. In 1985, the competition landed at Tempel Farms in Wadsworth,
Illinois, setting the stage for their continuing support of the
competition continues through Sunday. Admission is free on Wednesday
and Thursday, and tickets for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are available
at the gate at a cost of $7.00 a day, or $18.00 for a three-day
pass. For further information, please call (847) 244-9207.