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Young Rider Program

What is the USEA Young Riders Program?


The Young Rider program is offered through the USEA for riders twenty-one years of age and younger at all levels of riding. The purpose of the program is to encourage our younger members to become involved in the sport of Eventing and continue this involvement into their adult lives. Our organization seeks to promote a love of the sport, as well as an appreciation and understanding of the horse while fostering the wonderful relationship that can develop between horse and rider. Further, involvement in this program helps to instill important moral values, such as responsibility and work ethic, as young riders grow into mature adults.

The Young Rider program is essentially divided into two groups; the Young Rider Advancement Program (YRAP) and the North American Youth Championships (NAYC).  Each group receives the same benefits of membership including reduced clinic rates at Young Rider sponsored activities, eligibility for Young Rider awards, Virtual Teams competition, Young Rider vs Adult Rider Team Competition, social activities and the opportunity to represent Area IV at team competitions. 


Young Rider Advancement Program

The Young Rider Advancement Program (YRAP) is designed to present lower level young riders with a structured developmental process that will provide the education and skills they need to progress through the levels, and eventually into the ranks of the NAYRC if they are interested in pursuing that competitive goal. 

The YRAP is intended to provide the average young rider with the vital steps of a developmental process from the earliest levels of competition. This program focuses on those riders from the starter novice through preliminary levels, prior to their ascension into the ranks of the NAYC developmental program.  The YRAP encompass a variety of clinics, camps, and educational activities which provide the educational development necessary for a young rider's progression into the NAYC program, eventual recognition by the National Governing Body developmental programs, and their ultimate ascension into international ranks if they are so inclined. While many young riders never endeavor to progress this far in their riding careers, the steps will nevertheless be in place for them to accomplish whatever competitive goals they may have. 


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 championship event. Special invitations have also included countries from South America. The NAYC is also recognized as the official Junior Olympics for Equestrian by the USOC. 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.

Interested in representing Area IV at the North American Youth Championships? Learn more!


Area IV Young Rider Member Benefits


How to Join the Area IV Young Riders Program

  • Join USEA at
  • Log into the USEA Online Services.
  • Choose Young Rider membership from the USEA Online Services


Keep Informed!

  • Facebook:  USEA Area IV Young Riders
  • Instagram, SnapChat and Twitter:  @USEAAreaIVYR

Area IV Young Rider Coordinators

  • Chicagoland- Tisha Teeluck  773-447-6143
  • Minnesota- Lianne Burgess   612-889-5033
  • Southern Area IV- Cynthia Wiseman  417-880-4567
  • North American Youth Championships- Meaghan Marinovich 612-382-0094
  • Young Rider Camp- Tisha Teeluck  773-447-6143
  • YR Virtual Teams- Cynthia Wiseman  417-880-4567
  • Email-

Area IV Fundraising Coordinator

Area IV Social Media

  • Genevieve Faith