Young Riders Advancement Program

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. The YRAP is a sub-program of the Young Rider program. The Young Rider program is essentially divided into two parts. The YRAP and NAJYRC branches each function in cooperation with the other and operate under the facilitation of the Area Young Rider Coordinator.

Along with clinics and summer camp, the annual Team Challenge Event will be the highlight of 2017 Area VII YRAP.

The Young Riders Advancement Program (YRAP) was begun by the USEA to help develop our lower level riders into upper level riders, in an effort to be able to compete at the ** or *** level at the NAJYRC instead of * or ** as is now done. The YRAP is intended to provide the average young rider with the vital steps of a developmental process from the earliest levels of competition. This program focuses on those riders from the novice through preliminary levels, prior to their ascension into the ranks of the NAJYRC developmental program. 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 in organizing this program 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.

Continuing this year, Area VII will select a recognized Horse Trial in the Area with the intent to develop a Team Challenge Event. 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 and the hope and intent will be for this to grow into a huge event. Area VII has chosen to use this competition as a training ground for future North American Young Rider Championship (NAYRC) candidates. The date and location for this event will be Caber Farms HT August 22-23 ,2017

Again 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 interest, qualify in horse trials and attend clinics and/or the Young Rider Camp to be observed by our selectors. Selection will be made in conjunction with the NAJYRC teams at the YRAP Summer Camp (June 27-July 1) prior to the event.

There will be several REQUIRED activities that each candidate must plan to attend at least one of; more is always to your benefit. Please plan on attending either the YRAP Summer Camp June 29-July 2 at Caber Farm or contacting the Team Challenge Chef d'Equipe, Barb Jensen for specific activities which will allow you to be placed on a team. Details will be posted under the Team Challenge Page. Attendance at one is required to complete your selection criteria as all selectors will have a chance of observing the candidates. More information about the YRAP Camp will be out in the spring – but there are many plans to make it more educational and, most importantly, fun. Stay tuned.

All team members and alternates are REQUIRED to attend a training session with our Area Coach instructing each of the teams. The Team Challenge Training Session will be held the week before our Young Rider Benefit Horse Trial at the Lincoln Creek facility.  This clinic will be open to all Young Riders who would like to attend.

As a reminder, again this year, each Young Rider contemplating trying out for the Team Challenge teams MUST submit a Declaration of Intent (sample on the Area VII Web site ) emailed no later than May 1, 2017. You are encouraged to submit the Declaration of Intent, even if you’re not sure. This is not a commitment. You will need to reaffirm your intent at the required clinics, but without the Declaration you will not be considered to compete.