North American Junior & Young Rider Championships Qualifying Extended, Records Show Declining Participation

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2017 North American Young Rider Championship gold medal team. © ESI

Jan. 31, 2018

Qualifying has been extended for the 2018 dressage North American Junior & Young Rider Championships. A review of records shows a steady decline in participation in recent years.

The United States Equestrian Federation announced Wednesday the board approved extending the qualifying period by seven days to include an additional 10 events by the new deadline of June 18 for the NAJYRC presented by jumper rider Georgia Bloomberg’s Gotham North.

This year’s championships of the geographic region covering Canada, Mexico and the United States is scheduled for the first time at the beautiful Old Salem Farm in North Salem, an hour north of New York City, Aug. 1-5.

The NAJYRC is scheduled three weeks before the Festival of Champions that includes junior and young rider championships halfway across the country near Chicago, a similar situation to recent years.

A review of records shows that in 2015 41 individuals and 10 teams of juniors competed in the NAJYRC, but dropping to 31 individuals and eight teams in 2016 and 35 individuals and eight teams in 2017.

For young riders, the peak year was 2013 with 41 individuals and 11 teams but dropped to 29 individuals and seven teams in 2017.