Old Salem Farm welcomes young riders

USHJA North American Jumping Young Rider Team Championship gold medalists at the 2017 Adequan/FEI Youth Championships presented by Gotham North, Zones 2, 5 & 7 Team – Caitlin Creel (aboard Liberty Son and Ailish Cunniffe (aboard Baloucento, not pictured). Photograph by Andrea Evans/US Equestrian.

New brand, new locale. 

The Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships presented by Gotham North (NAYC) – formerly the FEI North American Children’s, Junior and Young Rider Championships – will be held in part for the first time at Old Salem Farm in north salem.

The youth championship for eventing, which includes dressage, cross-country and show jumping, took place last month in Kalispell, Montana, as part of The Event at Rebecca Farm horse show. The championship for jumping and dressage, which involves a series of highly skilled movements and minimal commands from the rider, will be held as a standalone competition at Old Salem Farm Aug. 1 through Aug. 5. It will be featured in the Grand Annex and Hedge Rings as opposed to the grass fields familiar to fans of the Spring Horse Shows and American Gold Cup.

The Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships is said to be the premier equestrian competition in North America for children, junior and young riders, ages 12 through 21. These equestrians compete for individual and team medals in the Olympic disciplines under the rules of the Federation Equestre Internationale, the international governing body for equestrian sport.

Along with an updated and rebranded name and logo, the championship will be awarding prize money for the first time in the jumping divisions, including $50,000 in the Junior Jumping Championship and $75,000 in the Young Rider Jumping Championship.

The USEF and FEITV channels will livestream the competitions. Hippodata will provide live scoring. And there will be educational events to give competitors a chance to learn the skills necessary to pursue a career in competitive riding.

For more, visit usef.org.

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