2017 NAJYRC  CICOY**Gold Medalists Melanie Rousseau, Lily Geelan and Cornelia Dorr

2017 NAJYRC  CICOY**Gold Medalists Melanie Rousseau, Lily Geelan and Cornelia Dorr

2018 Area IV NAYRC Team 

In 2017, Area IV brought home Team Gold in the CICOY** Championships at Rebecca Farm. Melanie Rousseau (Area IV) and Lily Geelan (Area IV)  joined forces with Cornelia Dorr (Area I) to compete at the CIC** level. Don't miss your opportunity to represent Area IV at the North American Young Rider Championships and experience for yourself this international Olympic competition for Young Riders.

The North American Young Rider Championships will be held at The Event at Rebecca Farm July 18-22nd, 2018. The Federation Equestre International sets the requirements to be eligible to compete. USEF requires that a Declaration of Intent to compete at the 2018 NAYRC be submitted no later than March 1st, 2018. Riders also must declare which USEA Area they will compete for. You may reach the Declaration of Intent through your USEF Login Portal.  Declaration of Intent Instructions In addition to FEI and United States Equestrian Federation requirements, each United States Eventing Association Area has specific requirements that must be met to be eligible to represent their region.


Basic Overview of Requirements

  • Age Requirement:
    • Competitors at the CCI* level (North American Junior Championships)  must have been born on or between January 1st, 2000 and December 31st, 2004.
    • Competitors at the CIC** level  (CICOY** Nations Cup) must have been born on or between January 1st, 1997 and December 31st, 2002
  • Qualifying Period: January 1st, 2017- June 21, 2018
    • CCI*/NAYRC: Completion of a CCI* Competition within the Qualifying Period within the minimum parameters of all round performance as follows (Minimum Eligibility Requirement/MER). 
    • CIC*/CICOY** Nations Cup: Completion of a CIC** Competition within the Qualifying Period with the minimum parameters of all round performance as follows (Minimum Eligibility Requirement/MER
    • Minimum Eligibility Requirement (MER) Defined as: 
      • ressage Test: Not more than 45 penalty points (or 55%)
      • Cross Country Test:
        • lear round at obstacles (activating a maximum of one frangible device will maintain the MER on Cross Country
        • Not more than 75 seconds exceeding the optimum time in the Cross Country Test.
      • how Jumping Test: Not more than 16 penalties at obstacles
      • NOTE: All MERs obtained in previous years will be counted according to the rules in place at that time. 
  • Declaration of Intent Required by March 1st, 2018
    • Athletes wishing to represent an Area at the event must submit an application online at www.usef.org through their USEF Account no later than 12:00pm Eastern Daylight Time on March 1st, 2018. 
    •  Declaration of Intent Instructions 
  • 2018 USEF Selection Procedures
  • Submit a signed Code of Conduct to the Area IV Young Rider NAJYRC Coordinator
  • As an FEI athlete you are subject to Clean Sport anti-doping regulations for both your horses and yourself as an athlete.  You and your horses are very likely to be tested.  It is your responsibility to ensure you follow these regulations and a guide can be found at https://www.usef.org/team-usa/ sport-excellence-education/ clean-sport

In addition to the USEF/FEI Requirements listed above, Area IV applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for consideration to represent Area IV at the 2018 NAYRC.

  • 2018 Area IV Selection Requirements
    • Earn a minimum of $2,000 in fundraising for the Young Rider Program by June 1st, 2018
    • Mandatory attendance at Young Rider Camp June 29-July 1st, 2018 in Chicago.
      • An athlete/horse combination that is unable to attend a Mandatory Selection Trial because of veterinary, medical, or family emergencies or for logistical reasons may request a waiver for selection by submitting a written request prior to the mandatory Selection Trial to the Area Selectors who will approve or disapprove the request based on the relevant facts and circumstances.
    • Submit a signed financial agreement acknowledging the limitation of  expenses that will be covered by Area IV. 


Please direct all inquiries regarding representing Area IV at the 2018 North American Junior Championships to:

Lianne Burgess (612) 889-5033, Area IV NAYRC Coordinator

Meghan Marinovich  (612) 382-0094, Area IV NAYRC Assistant Coordinator


For questions regarding qualifications, eligibility, FEI paperwork, etc:

Shelleagh Costello (889-225-6923),  Director Eventing National Programs

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