North American Young Riders Championships, Presented
by State Line Tack, Competition Underway
Mill Creek, IL August 8, 2002 The 2002 North American
Young Riders Championships (NAYRC), Presented by State Line
Tack, officially began on Wednesday with dressage and show jumping
action at Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek, IL. Nearly 200 of the
nations finest young riders and horses arrived on the scene
to compete in this world-class competition featuring show jumping,
dressage, and eventing.
At the end of the first half of the Dressage Team Championship,
Alison End of South Freeport, ME led the way riding her Danish Warmblood
May Star, with a score of 63.949%. Leahe Webb of Temecula, CA placed
second on Hugo, owned by Kathleen Webb, with a score of 63.795%
and third went to Courtney Raiser of Liburn, GA and Pegaus, owned
by Lori Bell, scoring 63.231%. The remaining dressage riders compete
for the Team Championship on Thursday at 8:00 am.
other two disciplines get underway on Thursday with Show Jumping
beginning at 9:00 a.m. and Eventing Dressage at 1:00 p.m. Admission
is still free on 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)
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 Old
Mill Creek, Illinois, setting the stage for their continuing support
of the Championships.
competition continues through Sunday. Admission is free on 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.