USEA Area VII Young Riders

Submitted by Emmie Everett

The Young Rider program aims to encourage members (riders 21 and younger) to become involved in the sport of Eventing and continue that involvement into their adult lives. 

There are two parts to the Young Rider program: Young Rider Advancement Program (YRAP) and North American Junior Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC).  Both of these programs functions in cooperation with the other with oversight provided by the Area Young Rider Coordinator.

YRAP was started by USEA in order to provide Novice through Preliminary level young riders a structured developmental process that gives riders the education and skills they need to progress through the levels and potentially into the ranks of NAJYRC.   

The goal of YRAP is to closely parallel the structure of the NAJYRC program and the developmental programs in order to familiarize riders with the format from the beginning. In order to accomplish this goal and provide additional educational competitive experiences, Area VII holds a Team Challenge Event in August in conjunction with the Caber Farms Horse Trials. The team selection process mimics that of requirements for the NAJYRC selection process. Young Riders are required to submit letters of intent and list qualifications qualify at horse trials, attend clinics and the YRAP summer camp. At the YRAP summer camp, team selections are made for the Team Challenge Event.  The Team Challenge Event provides Young Riders the opportunity to ride as a member of a team, participate in a mock “jog” in front of judges and work together with a goal of coming out on top.   Area VII uses the Team Challenge competition as a training ground for future NAJYRC candidates.  

Posted March 2018

Rule Refresher: Am I Qualified?

While 2018 season is getting underway, many competitors are getting ready to leave the start box for the first time this year while others are still planning out their goals for the season. Part of the goal-planning process is making sure you achieve the necessary qualifications to achieve those goals, so we’re taking a look at Appendix 3, Participation in Horse Trials, in this rule refresher. It defines the requirements for different divisions and the qualifications necessary for each level.

posted feb 2018

Know the Clean Sport Anti-doping Regulations

As an FEI athlete you are subject to Clean Sport anti-doping regulations for both your horses and yourself as an athlete.  You and your horses are very likely to be tested.  It is your responsibility to ensure you follow these regulations and a guide can be found at

posted jan 2018

517 Minimum Eligibility Requirement (MER) Update

A Minimum Eligibility Requirement is achieved by completing a Competition within minimum parameters of all round performance as follows:

  1. Dressage Test: not more than 67 45 penalty points (or 55%). 
  2. Cross Country Test: 
    • A clear round at obstacles (activating a maximum of one frangible device will maintain the MER result on Cross Country)
    • Not more than 75 seconds exceeding the optimum time in the Cross Country Test for one, two and three star level Competitions and 100 seconds in the case of four star level Competitions.
  3. Jumping Test: not more than 16 penalties at obstacles.

EVENTING RULES 25th Edition effective 1st January 2018

NOTE: All MERs obtained in previous years will be counted according to the rules in place at that time.

Posted January 2018

Congratulations Sophie Click!!!
2018 Emerging Athlete Eventing 25

 Sophie Click and Fernhill Rising at Fair Hill. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Sophie Click and Fernhill Rising at Fair Hill. Photo by Shelby Allen.


2017 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention video series

Making Good Decisions with Max Corcoran

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Max Corcoran has been grooming at the highest level of the sport for some of the world's top riders for nearly 20 years. She worked for the O'Connor Event Team for 11 years and has been to numerous Olympic Games, World Championships, Pan American Games, and many CCIs across the United States and Europe. Now a freelancer, Corcoran travels around the world as a groom and also teaches horsemanship clinics for the USEA and USEF Developing Rider Programs. Corcoran gave a presentation at the 2017 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention with her tips, tricks, and advice on how to make good decisions when it comes to taking care of your horse.