The North American Junior and Young Riders’ Championships (NAJYRC), is the premier equestrian competition in North America for young riders, age 14-21. Young equestrians from Canada, the United States, Bermuda, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands compete in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of Show Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing, as well as Reining, Endurance and Para-Dressage. The competition is run under rules of the FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale), the international governing body for equestrian sport.
The NAJYRC began in 1974 as an eventing challenge between the United States and Canada. A Dressage Championship was added in 1981, and Show Jumping was added in 1982. The first complete NAJYRC was held in British Columbia, Canada in 1982.
Chasing a dream involves dedication, determination and sacrifice. Our Young Riders dreams are to one day compete for the Canadian 3 day event team at a future Olympics. To achieve this, they must spend endless hours in the saddle, in the barn, traveling to competitions, perfecting the skills to get them to the top. As they make their way through the levels, they become part of the Ontario Horse Trials Association Young Rider’s Program, with their goals to compete at the North American Junior and Young Riders Championships. The NAJYRC, held every summer, is an important step on the path that will take them to their dreams of international competition.
Updates for 2017 Young Riders
While we won’t be sending any teams to the Championships because of the distance and the cost, if there are any riders who want to qualify as an individual, we would be happy to assist you with finding out estimated costs and qualifying requirements.
Keep in mind that as a member of the 2017 Young Riders program, you will benefit from:
- “Front-of-the-line” access to our clinic series with All-Star coaches at special “Ontario Young Riders” rates
- Inclusion in the Ontario Young Rider Challenge Series – including Leaderboard standings for year-end awards
- Access to the Ontario Young Riders Committee for assistance with qualifying requirements for a variety of horse trials