What is Young Riders?
The Ontario Young Riders Program offers riders currently competing at the Pre-Training and Training level – (Developmental Riders) Preliminary and Intermediate (NAJYRC Developmental and Declared Riders) level the following:
- The opportunity to meet, work and train with other Young Riders;
- The advantage of training with designated team and selected international clinicians
- The opportunity to take part in the Young Riders clinics & seminars;
- Free course walks at selected events with team coaches and participating upper level riders;
- The chance to represent the Ontario Young Riders at the North American Junior / Young Riders Championships;
- A supportive group of dedicated volunteers and professionals to help them succeed in eventing;
- Awards at participating events and a year-end sportsmanship award; and
- Learning how to acquire sponsors through trained professionals
Our Vision is separated into 4 major goals
- Introducing to Young Riders (14 to 21 years of age) and Members the atmosphere of the Ontario Young Rider program. Increasing the education of Ontario Eventers concerning the benefits and greatness that is the Ontario Young Riders.
- Providing aid in the development of Ontario Young Riders in all divisions
- Continuing the high performance of all Ontario Young Riders in international and national competitions including the NAJYRC
- Supporting and contributing to local organizations and events in order to improve the evening in Ontario.
Future Plans and Opportunities
- Shadowing officials and dressage judges at select events;
- Mentoring program;
- Designated team challenge competitions at the Pretraining and Training level; and
- Financial subsidies for competitions
Qualifying and Selection
The Qualifying and Selection procedure is designed to help identify up-and-coming horse/rider combinations as well as to help riders qualify for funding to travel to and compete at the NAJYRC and other designated Three-Day Events. The Young Riders Selection Committee will nominate 4 JUNIOR Preliminary riders and a Team of 4-6 Intermediate YOUNG RIDERS to represent the province at the North American Young Riders Championships or the Championships of the Americas. Please read the qualification criteria carefully so you can plan your season accordingly. If there are ANY QUESTIONS, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Competitions/Selection sub committee members for clarification.
The following criteria is used for the selection process:
- Soundness 40%
- Long term soundness is preferable. Determined mainly by the team vet.
- Competition results 50%
- 60 and lower in dressage, less 2 rails stadium and clean x-c are the target bench marks;
- Current results are the most influential;
- CCI weighted more than CIC;
- Consistency of results; and
- Greater emphasis will be placed on riders in events with a larger number of entrants;
- Sportsmanship 10%
- Team player;
- positive outlook; and
- Competitive drive
Equine-Hippique Canada – FEI requirements
The Equine-Hippique Canada requires all riders to declare their intent to compete at a three-day event. If you plan on qualifying for the NAJYRC, or any CCI or CIC you should send in your declaration of intent to Fleur Tipton, Director of Eventing. Please check the front of your omnibus for deadline dates. An FEI Passport IS required for CCI* and CCI**, FEI passport applications are available here.
Recommendations for Young Riders & Coaches
We encourage the regular coaches of the registered Ontario Young Riders to attend any of the clinics that their students take with the Ontario Young Rider program. Any insight that the coaches would like to provide to the team coaches is most definitely encouraged and welcomed. The coaches are not necessarily the selectors of the teams, but they are asked for input in the selection process. The regular coaches should also be an intricate part of the process leading up to the major competitions that their students are aspiring to, such items as;
- Providing advice to which competitions they should attend to meet the qualifications;
- The training and conditioning program leading up to the major competition;
- Regular veterinary examinations to ensure their horse is meeting the expectations required and all inoculations are up to date;
- Nutritional requirements for the performance horse;
- Ensuring correct dressage tests are known for the intended competition; and
- Providing encouragement to the riders throughout the season.
All of this can be provided, but with such a limited amount of time that the Young Riders coaches spend with the riders, it is better that this is provided by the regular coaches. The more that the regular coaches communicate with the team coaches in the program, the better they will be able to provide the best educational experience for the riders.