The Young Rider Advancement Program (YRAP) is designed to present Novice through Preliminary level young riders with a structured developmental process that will provide the education and skills they need to progress through the levels, and eventually into the ranks of the NAJYRC and beyond.

Started by the USEA, to help develop lower level riders into upper level riders,  YRAP is intended to provide the average young rider with the vital steps of a developmental process from the earliest levels of competition. 


Along with clinics and summer camp, the annual Team Challenge Event will be the highlight of 2018 Area VII YRAP.

The Team Challenge mimics the NAJYRC selection process for the Area VII Team Challenge Event to introduce the process to our future NAJYRC candidates.

The YRAP encompass a variety of clinics, camps, and educational activities which provide the educational development necessary for a young rider's progression into the NAJYRC program, eventual recognition by the National Governing Bodies (NGB) developmental programs, and their ultimate ascension into international ranks. While many young riders never endeavor to progress this far in their riding careers, the steps will nevertheless be in place for them to accomplish whatever competitive goals they may have. The goal is to create a structure, which similarly parallels the structure of the NAJYRC program and the NGB developmental programs, so that a rider is familiar with this format from the beginning.

In order to accomplish this goal, we provide additional educational and competitive experiences for our lower level riders. With this in mind, we will mimic the NAJYRC selection process for the Area VII Team Challenge Event to introduce the process to our future NAJYRC candidates.


Caber Farms HT August, 26-27, 2018.

Area VII will again be holding a YR Team Challenge at Caber Farms Horse Trial on August, 26-27, 2018. This will be a competition comprising of teams of 3-4 riders at each of four levels: Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, and Preliminary. Other Areas and Area VII Adult Riders will be invited to participate with ribbons and prizes awarded to the first place team in each level.  YRs will be required to submit Letters of Intent and qualifications by June 1st to the Team Challenge Chef d'Equipe (Barb Jensen).

Area VII has chosen to use this competition as a training ground for future North American Young Rider Championship (NAJYRC) candidates. 

This year we will be having tryouts for the teams and associated alternates: Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, and Preliminary. (First alternates will be competing as individuals on scramble teams, if not needed to fill in on their Area VII team.)

Interested candidates will be REQUIRED to:

  • Submit letter interest
  • Submit a Declaration of Intent emailed no later than May 1, 2018 (we encouraged to submit the Declaration of Intent, even if you’re not sure. This is not a commitment, but without the Declaration you will not be considered to compete).
  • Qualify in horse trials
  • Attend clinics and/or the YRAP Summer Camp (TBA) at Aspen Farm to be observed by our selectors 
  • Attend a training session with our Area Coach at the Team Challenge Training Session held a week before our YRBHT at Lincoln Creek (this is open to all Young Riders who would like to attend).

Selection will be made in conjunction with the NAJYRC teams at the YRAP Summer Camp (TBA) prior to the event. Attendance at one is required to complete your selection criteria as all selectors will have a chance of observing the candidates. 

If you have questions, contact Team Challenge Chef d'Equipe, Barb Jensen, for additional information or specific activities which will allow you to be placed on a team.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between YRAP and NAJYRC?
The main difference is that the NAJYRC is for riders who will be competing at the CCI* or CCI** levels and plan to vie for a spot on the Area VII Team. YRAP is meant for young riders who are developing their skills, want to work with other young riders at their skill level, and possibly rise to the NAJYRC program in the future.

Am I allowed to participate in both NAJYRC and YRAP?
Anyone who is under 21 can participate in YRAP. However to participate on the NAJYRC track you need to be turning at least 14 years old this year and competing at the Preliminary level. To participate in NAJYRC you must join the USEA Young Riders Program. However, YRAP members can participate in some NAJYRC activities (such as clinics), if space permits.  Riders in the NAJYRC track may participate in YRAP activities. So the answer to this is an unqualified yes if you are eligible for NAJYRC.

What do I have to do to participate in YRAP activities?
Become an active member of Area VII Young Rider Program! Click here to join and for additional  information about the national program.