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.

Started by the USEA, to help develop lower level riders into upper level riders,  YRAP is intended to provide the average young rider with the vital steps of a developmental process from the earliest levels of competition. 


Along with clinics and summer camp, the annual Team Challenge Event will be the highlight of 2018 Area VII YRAP.

The Team Challenge mimics the NAJYRC selection process for the Area VII Team Challenge Event to introduce the process to our future NAJYRC candidates.

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 NAYC 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 is to create a structure, which similarly parallels the structure of the NAYC 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 NAYC selection process for the Area VII Team Challenge Event to introduce the process to our future NAYC candidates.


Caber Farms HT August, 26-27, 2018.

Area VII will again be holding a YR Team Challenge at Caber Farms Horse Trial on August, 26-27, 2018. 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 with ribbons and prizes awarded to the first place team in each level.  

Interested candidates here are the steps!

Step 1 - Deadline June 1st.

Informal Notice of Interest. Contact Barb Jensen via email barb.k.j@gmail.com, comment on the FB post on the Young Rider FB page; send Barb a personal Facebook message. 

Step 2 - Deadline July 16th

Send in formal Team Challenge Application
Complete an application even if you aren't sure whether you can or will.

Step 3 - July 26th

Announce Team Selections!

Selection will be made in conjunction with the NAYC teams at the YRAP Summer Camp and clinics prior to the event. Attendance at one is required to complete your selection criteria as all selectors will have a chance of observing the candidates. 

If you have questions, contact Team Challenge Chef d'Equipe, Barb Jensen, for additional information or specific activities which will allow you to be placed on a team.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between YRAP and NAYC?
The main difference is that the NAJYRC is for riders who will be competing at the CCI* or CCI** levels and plan to vie for a spot on the Area VII Team. YRAP is meant for young riders who are developing their skills, want to work with other young riders at their skill level, and possibly rise to the NAYC program in the future.

Am I allowed to participate in both NAYC and YRAP?
Anyone who is under 21 can participate in YRAP. However to participate on the NAYC track you need to be turning at least 14 years old this year and competing at the Preliminary level. To participate in NAYC you must join the USEA Young Riders Program. However, YRAP members can participate in some NAYC activities (such as clinics), if space permits.  Riders in the NAYC track may participate in YRAP activities. So the answer to this is an unqualified yes if you are eligible for NAYC.

What do I have to do to participate in YRAP activities?
Become an active member of Area VII Young Rider Program! Click here to join and for additional  information about the national program.