The 2018 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships will be held at The Event at Rebecca Farms in Kalispell, MT on July 18-22, 2018.


The FEI North American Junior Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) is the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, ages 14-21. Young equestrians vie for team and individual FEI medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of dressage, show jumping, eventing, and the Para-Olympic discipline of para-dressage. The competition is run under FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale), the international governing body of equestrian sport, and is the only FEI championship held annually on this continent. 

The qualifying period for the 2018 FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships will begin on August 1, 2017 and end June 11, 2018.

Do you want to compete at NAJYRC?
All Area VII Young Riders interested in representing our Area at either the 1* or the 2** competition must turn in a letter of intent to the Area VII coordinator by February 19. This letter or email should include qualifications to date and a plan for the upcoming show season. Please include contact information for yourself and your trainer. Send to: Karla Nichwander no later than February 19, 2018 for consideration at the 2018 NAJYRC.

An athlete may compete as a junior from the beginning of the calendar year in which he reaches the age of 14 until the end of the calendar year in which he reaches the age of 18 (12/31/2000-1/1/2004). An athlete may compete as a Young Rider from the beginning of the calendar year in which he reaches the age of 16 until the end of the calendar year in which he reaches the age of 21 (12/31/1997-1/1/2002)

Are you interested in going as a groom?
Current Young Rider members who are interested in grooming at NAJYRC should send an email outlining their horse management and grooming experience to Karla by April 1st, 2018. The letter should also include birth date and two reference contacts. The number of grooms that will attend NAJYRC depends on the number of riders attending an may change until the actual departure day. Age, experience, stamina, work ethic and sportsmanship are all criteria for being chosen to be a groom at NAJYRC. As any past groom will testify, the days are long but the rewards are worth it.

Requirements for consideration:

Forms that you may need for NAJYRC and Team Challenge:

Selection Procedures

For more information on NAJYRC, visit the USEF website.

NAJYRC Planning Calendar

(dates and locations are tentative and are subject to change)

January 1, 2018 NAJYRC Letter of Interest Due
January 1, 2017 – June 21, 2018 NAJC and CICOY 2* Qualifying Period
January – July 31 , 2018 Equine Influenza booster & Equine Herpes Virus vaccinations w/documentation required during this period
February 16-19, 2018 CIC*and CIC** Qualifier (Fresno, CA)
February 19, 2018 Letter of Intent due to YR Coordinator (Karla Nichwander)
March 1st, 2018 Area Declaration and Entry Submission due to USEF
April 13-15, 2018 Twin Rivers CCI* and CCI 2* Qualifier
April 27-29, 2018 YR Spring Clinic (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for all candidates)
June 8-10, 2018 Mandatory Outing (Aspen Farms HT)
June 25-30, 2018 NAJYRC Tryouts Held at YR Summer Camp
July 9-13, 2018 NAJYRC Training Session (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for all riders and grooms) Caber Farms, Onalaska, WA
July 15/16, 2018 Team travel to Kalispell, MT
July 18-22, 2018 NAJ 1* and CICOY 2* The Event @ Rebecca Farms
July 23/24, 2018 Team travels back home



Area YR Coach - John Camlin

John has been riding horses for over thirty-one years, with twenty-two of those years at the international level. He has competed at events such as Punchestown (Ireland) and Boekelo (Holland), and as a youth, has competed at the McClay Medal at Madison Square Garden. John has been long-listed and short-listed for the United States Equestrian Team and has trained with Jimmy Wofford, Jack LeGoff, Derek DiGrazia, Frank Chapot, Jimmy Williams and Barbara Worth.   John is a strong supporter of the Area VII Young Rider Program and has been a selector for several of the past years.  He is based out of Caber Farms, his own farm in Onalaska, WA. 


Team Selector - Sarah Lorenz

Sarah Lorenz, a native Washingtonian, is a Pony Club graduate A, USEA Level II certified eventing instructor, and has ridden through the Advanced level in eventing (equivalent of 4th level dressage and 1.2m jumper).  In the earlier years of Sarah’s riding career, she was very active as an Area VII Young Rider. Sarah won the CCI* long format Fritz Cup in 1991 and team silver medal winner (12th of 52 individually) of the CCI** long format North American Young Rider Championships at Bromont, Quebec in 1992.


Team Selector - Jordán Lindstedt

Jordán Linstedt is an international top-level CCI4* equestrian three-day rider. Jordán grew up in Redmond, WA and has always had a love for horses. She was riding by the age of two and started competing at the age of 14. Jordán receives coaching from many top trainers, such as David O’Connor, Robert Costello, Leslie Law, and Tamie Smith.  Jordán made her Rolex 4* debut in 2012 with Tullibards Hawkwind. In 2013 Jordán was selected for the United States Equestrian Federation developing riders/eventing 25 and under program where she trained under David O’Connor. Jordán then returned to Rolex with RevitaVet Capato in 2015, 2016 and 2017.  Jordan was one of 18 Eventers in the country selected to the prestigious US High Performance Training Team in November of 2017. She is aiming to compete her RevitaVet Capato in Europe in 2018.  Ultimately, Jordán aspires to one day represent the United States at the Olympic Games. 


Team Selector - Anna Collier

Anna Collier been riding and competing for over 25 years. Her training consists of riding through CCI**** Three Day Eventing, and Show Jumping and Hunters with finishes at Rolex in 2003 and 2004 full format as well as 2015 short format finish.  Anna has been a short list alternate for the Olympics and an alternate for the Pan Am Games.  Anna’s name is often heard as Area Rider of the Year for Area VII annual awards.  In addition to her own personal achievement, Anna has produced more than 5 horses to the Advanced level as well as coached riders from BN to Advanced.

Competing as a Young Rider in Area VII for 4 consecutive years as well as receiving the Fritz Cup, Anna is an experienced eye as she comes on board as a selector for the Area. 

Anna is based out of Vossenberg Farm Event Facility and has managed and co –owned for past 10 years plus.


Out of Area Team Selector - Debbie Rosen

Deborah Rosen has coached and competed to the Four-star level of eventing, including the prestigious Fairhill and Rolex competitions. A breast cancer survivor, Rosen (aboard The Alchemyst) completed the 2010 Rolex Kentucky Four-Star Three Day Event just seven weeks after completing chemotherapy. Later that year, the USEA honored her with the Iron Master Award.

Over the years, she and her students have claimed national and international awards from Beginner Novice through FEI. Accomplishments include medals at NAYRC, USEA/Adequan Gold Cup Series Championships and numerous national championships.