The Area VII Young Riders Program is comprised of and funded in total by a combination of YR membership fees, monies generated from the annual Young Rider Benefit Horse Trial, Sponsorships and individual YR members meeting their fundraising and participation goals.  The following are the participation requirements for each member.

Fundraising Requirements
Each member of Area VII YRs has a yearly fundraising goal of $150 (BN/N/T) or $300 (P/I). These fundraising goals can be monetary or product in kind.  As we are a 501(c)3 organization, tax receipts can be provided for the sponsors.  There are additional fundraising requirements for YRs who are participating in NAJYRC, grooming at NAJYRC, or participating in the Team Challenge Event.

Volunteer Requirements
Each member of Area VII YRs is required to volunteer 10 hours or more in preparation and during the YR Benefit Horse Trial (held each August). 
In addition, YR Members are encouraged to volunteer at all Area VII events. YR Members are to submit their end of year volunteer hours forms (signed by YRBHT Organizer and appropriate event organizer) to the Membership Secretary by 11/30 of each year.  
For every hour volunteered at the YRBHT, YRs will receive 1 chance (for hours over 10, YR will receive 2 chances/hour volunteered) for the end of year drawing for $250 YR Clinic/Camp credit.  For every hour volunteered at any other event in the area, YRs will receive 1 chance for the end of the year drawing for $250 YR Clinic / Camp credit.  Drawings will take place at the annual area meeting and you need not be present to win. Four $250 YR Clinic/Camp credits will be drawn and will need to be used in the upcoming year.

YR Social / Low Score Donation Requirements
Each YR Member is required to secure a donation prize (valued at $35-50) from a local tack store or retailer.  Include the retail store address as well as contact name for thank you notes to be sent to.  This donated prize should be mailed in to the YR Social / Low Score Award Chair and will be used for the 6 events / year that the YR tent and team are set up at.  Ribbons and prizes will be awarded to the lowest penalty scored YR member in each level at each of the 6 events.  Additionally, we require YRs to participate in manning the YR tent booth to promote the program.  Each event will also have an unmounted activity and food! 

Appreciation Requirements
Each YR member is required to hand write a minimum of 3 thank you notes to our Area sponsors and volunteers.  YRs will provide stationary, sponsor names and addresses for this purpose at all YR activities. 

Young Rider Participation Tracking form

Young Riders whom accomplish all of the annual participation will receive an embroidered saddle pad for the year.

Available USEA and USEF Foundation Grants and Awards

The Amy Tryon Grant is designed for Young Riders under 25 years of age who require financial assistance to pursue their goal of training and/or competing in an international Event. This grant is offered in memory of Amy Tryon, an icon in our sport whose dedication and hard work took her from Northwest Washington to an Olympic Medal.

The Essex Grant was created to offset expenses related to coaching, training and competition for any rider Under 25 years of age, who is moving from the Young Rider to senior ranks. From the late 1960's the Essex Horse Trials was one of the most prestigious CCI1* and CCI2* competitions in the country. Though this Event is no more, the Board of Directors at the Essex Horse Trials ensured the name will live on through the inspiration and energy of every Young Riders who will eventually represent the United States.

The Seema Sonnad Junior Rider Grant, established in 2015 in memory of Seema Sonnad, is available to riders 18 years or younger, who have completed a CCI*. The grant is intended to assist the recipient develop the essential horsemanship skills required for a successful transition from the Junior Rider ranks to the Young Rider CCI2* level. The grant may be used for expenses related to equestrian education, coaching, training, and competing.

The Charles Owen Technical Merit Award will receive a Charles Owen Body Protector and helmet bag. This award provides incentives for riders who demonstrate safe and appropriate cross-country technique, and educates riders and trainers as to what constitutes safe riding across country.  Junior and Amateur riders entered in the designated Training level divisions are judged during their xcountry rounds.    This year will be judged at the Training Level for Juniors at The Event At Rebecca Farm | July 19-23, 2017 | Kalispell, MT (Area 7).  www.useventing.com/resource/charles-owen-technical-merit-award.

Area VII Young Rider Scholarship
(in development) One of the goals of Area VII Young Riders is to develop Young Riders into competent upper level Event riders. Toward this end Area VII will, based on funds available, consider support of an Area VII Young Rider.  Requests should be in writing (email or letter) and presented in a timely fashion so that the Young Rider Council can consider the request.