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 (NAJC) 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 NAJC?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org no later than February 19, 2018 for consideration at the 2018 NAJC.
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 NAJC 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 NAJC 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 NAJC. As any past groom will testify, the days are long but the rewards are worth it.
Requirements for consideration:
- Complete all FEI qualification requirements for your level
- Complete and submit all paperwork on time
- Attend clinics and/or the YRAP Summer Camp to be observed by our Selection Team (detailed below)
- Complete your required volunteer hours including hours at the Annual Area VII Young Riders Benefit Horse Trials
- Raise the required amount of sponsorship money
Forms that you may need for NAJYRC and Team Challenge:
- NAJC Letter of Interest (due 1/1/2018)
- NAJC Letter of Intent (due 2/19/18 NO LATE FORMS)
- Code of Conduct (include with letter of intent)
- 2018 Parent Consent Letter
- 2018 NAJC Selection Procedures (updated March 28)
- 2018 CICOY Selection Procedures (updated March 28)
- USEA Area VII Team Calendar, Requirements and Resources
For more information on NAJYRC, visit the USEF website.
NAJC 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 has been specializing in starting young horses for almost 20 years in eventing and runs her business Stone’s Throw Farm in Eugene, Oregon. She also breeds Holsteiner/TB crosses purpose bred for eventing. Sarah has ridden through the Advanced level, a graduate “A” Pony Club rating, and a Level II ICP certified instructor. Native to Area II, Sarah competed as a Young Rider winning the CCI* long format Fritz Cup and team silver medal winner of the CCI** long format NAJYRC. She is currently an Area VII Young Rider team selector and working towards the new ICP Young Horse Rider/ Trainer certification.
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.