Represent Area IV as a Rider at NAYC

2019 North American Youth Championships July 24-28 at Rebecca Farm; Kalispell, MT

Welcome to all prospective NAYC 2019 candidates & families and thank you for your interest in the NAYC branch of our Area IV Young Rider program.   

Once again, NAYC 2019 will be held concurrently with The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana, July 24-28, 2019.  We are thrilled to announce that Allison Springer will be returning in her role as Team Coach. Allison delivered a dynamic coaching/training experience to all of our Young Riders throughout the 2018 season at both camps and clinics.  She worked closely with our NAYC team selectors and saw to it that all of our candidates were well-prepared for the challenge of team competition at Championships. Area IV welcomes Meaghan Marinovich Burdick as Chef d’Equipe in 2019.  Meaghan is an experienced CCI3* rider (now referred to as CCI-L4*) and competed for Area IV at the North American Youth Championships in 2006. Allison and Meaghan look forward to building on past successes and strengthening those areas which proved most challenging.

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 Burdick, Area IV YR NAYC Organizer for guidance in the process.


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

The following is a summary of the 2019 Official USEF NAYC Selection Procedures. In case of any errors or omissions, the 2019 Official USEF NAYC Selection Procedures as posted on the USEF website will take precedence. Additionally, Area IV Applicants must meet the Area IV NAYC Selection Requirements.

  • Age Requirement:

    • 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.

    • CCI-L2*/NAYC-J:

      • 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 Preliminary or 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*/CCIO-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 through their USEF Account no later than 12:00pm Eastern Daylight Time on March 1st, 2019.

    • Declaration of Intent Instructions

  • Submit signed USEF & Area IV Code of Conduct to Meaghan Marinovich Burdick, 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. A guide can be found at

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 Official 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

    • Fundraising is critical and ALL candidates and grooms are required to participate in fundraising activities.  Every candidate is responsible for raising $3000 and every groom is responsible for raising $600.  These individual fundraising requirements are due by June 1, 2019 and shall be turned in to the Area IV Coordinators. In addition to these individual fundraising requirements, Area IV Young Riders, as a whole, will be putting on various fundraisers leading up to the NAYC and all candidates and grooms are required to participate in these group fundraising activities

      Area IV Supplemental Information (Finances & Fundraising)

    • Attend Mandatory Young Rider Camp to be held July 5-7, 2019 at Versailles Equestrian in Virgil, IL*

      • *NOTE (in accordance with the Selection Procedure outlined by USEF):  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 then approve or disapprove the request based on the relevant facts and circumstances.


Please direct all inquiries regarding representing Area IV at the 2019 North American Youth Championships to:

Meaghan Marinovich (612) 382-0094, Area IV NAYC Coordinator
Lianne Burgess (612) 889-5033, Area IV NAYC Coordinator

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

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