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 were held at The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, MT July 24th-28th. If you are interested in representing Area IV at future NAYCs, you are encouraged to contact Meaghan Marinovich Burdick, Area IV NAYC Organizer now for guidance in the process. It’s never too early to make a plan.
In 2019, eight horse and rider combinations and five grooms were selected to represent Area IV at the Adequan North American Youth Championships held in Kalispell, MT. Coached by Allison Springer, the Area IV CCI-L** team of Brittney Anderson & Lennard (Maple Plain, MN). Benjamin Noonan & Keep Kitty (Ballwin, MO), and Caitlyn Ruud & Up to You De Lorage (Franksville, WI) earned Team Bronze. Noonan also brought home Individual Bronze. The CCI-S*** team of Emma Fettig & Spanning the Globe (Lake Geneva, WI) and Greta Schwickert & Charles Owen (Mankato, MN) also earned Team Bronze. 2019 was the inaugural Training 3-Day Team competition. Area IV’s Kate McGown & Encore (Mound, MN), Mya Poulos & Guy’s Elegant Miss (Barrington, IL) and Annika Weisjahn & Wayward Son (Hugo, MN) placed 5th with Poulos earning a 4th place finish individually.
In 2018, four horses, three riders and three grooms were selected to represent the Area IV Young Riders at the 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 ICP Level III Area IV native Jennifer Rousseau.