North American Youth Championships
The Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC) competition is held annually in the summer. The NAYC is the pinnacle of a young rider's achievement. Teams from all areas of the U.S. as well as from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Caribbean are invited to compete in this international event. The championship models the format of the Olympic Games. In the Eventing competition, each area will send a team and/individuals to represent their area. From very early on, many young riders see this as a potential goal for themselves as they progress through the levels of competition.
NAYC is offered at the CCI-L** and CCI-S*** levels and runs under the rules and regulations of the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI). Preparation for the NAYC requires advanced planning to meet qualifications within the FEI guidelines. The 2019 North American Youth Championships will be held at The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, MT July 24th-28th.
In 2018, Four horses, three riders and three grooms were selected to represent the Area IV Young Riders at the 2018 Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships. Grace Peters and Caitlyn Ruud competed in the CCI*J, Greta Schwickert competed in the CIC** with 2 horses. Kim Wollenburg, Camryn Duke and Emily Lehman were chosen to groom. Riders were coached by USEA ICP Level IV certified instructor and Rolex CCI**** veteran Allison Springer. Greta Schwickert combined with riders from Area I and Area VIII to earn Team Silver in the CICOY**. Caitlyn Ruud was combined with Area VII's Harper Click, Isabella Gunningham and Callia Englund to earn Team Silver in the CCIJ*
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 and were coached by Rolex CCI**** veteran Emily Beshear.
If you are interested in representing Area IV at the North American Youth Championships, please contact Meaghan Marinovich, Area IV YR NAYC Organizer for guidance in the process. It's never too early to make a plan!
Represent Area IV as a Rider
The 2019 North American Youth Championship requirements will be published when provided by the FEI. This is typically in late December or early January. The following is a guideline of what to expect, based upon the previous year's requirements. It is recommended that you begin working toward acquiring your FEI qualifiers in the summer or fall of the preceding year. NAYC and FEI can be a tricky maze to navigate and it is recommended that you consult closely with an individual who is experienced with FEI.
If you are interested in representing Area IV at the North American Youth Championships, please contact Meaghan Marinovich, Area IV YR NAYC Organizer for guidance in the process
Basic Overview of 2019 NAYC Requirements
Please be aware that the FEI levels have been redefined and renamed for 2019. The NAYC-J will run at the CCI-L2* level which was formerly referred to as a CCI1. The CICO-S-Y will be run at the CCI-S3 level which was formerly referred to as a CIC2. What the *****? The New FEI Star System Explained
Competitors at the CCI-L2* level (NAYC-J) must have been born on or between January 1st, 2001 and December 31st, 2005.
Competitors at the CCI-S3* level (CCIO-S-Y) must have been born on or between January 1st, 1998 and December 31st, 2003
Qualifying Period: January 1st, 2018 - June 23, 2019.
One Minimum Eligibility Requirement (MER) at either a CCI-S* or CCI-L* within the Qualifying Period
Additionally, both horse and rider, though not necessarily as a combination, must have achieved 3 MERs at the Preliminary level or higher PLUS an additional MER at Preliminaryor higher with no more than 20 jumping penalties on cross country. (A total of 4 Preliminary MERs, one of which can have 1 XC stop)
CCI-S3*/CICO-S-Y: Completion of a CCI-S3* Competition within the Qualifying Period with the minimum parameters of all round performance as follows (Minimum Eligibility Requirement/MER
FEI Minimum Eligibility Requirement (MER) Defined as:
Dressage Test: Not more than 45 penalty points (or 55%)
Cross Country Test:
Clear 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 for one, two and three star level Competitions.
Show 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, 2019
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, 2019.
2019 Official USEF Selection Procedures will be available when officially published.
Submit a signed Code of Conduct to Meaghan Marinovich, Area IV YR NAYC Organizer
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 2019 NAYC.
2019 Area IV Selection Requirements will be published when USEF provides official documentation of procedures.
USEA Area IV Official Selection Procedures (Attachment D)
USEA Area IV Selectors & Selection Trials (Attachment C)
USEA Area IV Financial Agreement- Submitted by March 1st, 2019 to Meaghan Marinovich, Area IV YR NAYC Organizer
2018 Area IV Selection Requirements
Please direct all inquiries regarding representing Area IV at the 2019 North American Youth Championships to:
For questions regarding qualifications, eligibility, FEI paperwork, etc:
Shelleagh Costello (889-225-6923), Director Eventing National Programs
Represent Area IV as a Groom
Have the opportunity to attend and experience one of the best events in the country! Work with CCI**** event riders and learn what it takes to be involved in top level American Eventing. 2019 Area IV NAYC Grooms will be assigned a horse/rider combination. Grooms help care for the horse throughout the competition including stall cleaning, tack cleaning and help keep the rider organized and punctual. This is an excellent opportunity to be a part of a team environment alongside America's most talented junior and young riders.
The event will be held July 24-28th, 2019 at The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, MT.
Groom applicants will be required to fundraise a minimum of $600 to be eligible for consideration. Fundraising must be received no later than June 1, 2019. Groom applicants are required to be a 2019 paid member of the Area IV Young Rider program.