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Spring 2019 Area VIII Young Riders Updates

Welcome to Area VIII Young Riders!

Mission: The activities are designed to develop camaraderie among young riders, thus, hopefully, developing lifelong friendships and a commitment to the sport. The purpose of the program is to encourage our younger members to become involved in the sport of Eventing and perhaps continue this involvement into their adult lives as members of the US Team, volunteers at local events, coaches, trainers, competitors, and consumers of equine products.

The Young Rider Program consists to two components. The NAYC branch focuses on developing and fronting riders and horses for the North American Youth Championships (NAYC) each summer. The YRAP branch focuses on providing young riders with the education and skills they need to progress through the levels regardless of level. In addition, each has a fund-raising program. The funds raised are used to help defray the costs of the program activities. The YRAP encompass a variety of friendly competitions, camps, and educational activities which provide the educational development necessary for a young rider's progression. While many young riders never endeavor to progress to the NAYC and beyond, YRAP is in place for them to accomplish whatever competitive goals they do have. In short - Our members are the future of the sport!

Gear: Young Riders spend a significant amount of time in the public. Visibility is important for program growth and obtaining public support so do consider buying Area 8 YR Gear through our partner - https://www.agpestores.com/expressivestitches/groups.php

Wear our YR-VIII and YRAP branded clothes with pride.

To many of you, it may have seemed that the first couple of months of the have been quiet, but in reality, we have been very busy focusing on the NAYC candidates to identify those wishing to qualify for the NAYC which will take place July 24 – 28 at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, MT. The application deadline was March 1, 2019 and those who have completed the application process are listed on the website. We will continue to follow those riders and will announce the Teams at the end of June.

We will soon be looking for grooms to travel with the teams to Rebecca Farm. If you are interested, please feel free to contact me. Please read the NAYC Handbook which is posted on the Area VIII website. A Letter of Intent and signed Code of Conduct along with a check for $100 made out to Area 8 Young Riders will need to be mailed to me at the address below. Those forms can be found on the Young Riders page of the website.

Camps and Clinics

May 19, 2019: Emily Beshear Clinic at Valley View Farm, Midway, KY. This clinic is open to NAYC Candidates and YRAP members. We will open registration to non-members as space allows.

June 11 – 13, 2019: Camp South at Flying Cross Farm, Louisville, KY. This camp will provide instruction by ICP certified instructors and selectors of our Young Rider Teams. This is a mandatory training session for the NAYC candidates. All participants are encouraged to watch sessions as their time allows. We may also need some help with ring crew. There are usually 2 sessions per day with focus on dressage, show jumping, cross country, pace and grid work. Lessons are tailored to the needs and desires of the students who ride as individuals or in very small groups. Additional lectures and education are included most days.

July 9 – 11, 2019: Mandatory Prep Camp for NAYC Teams: Valley View Farm, Midway, KY

NAYC Riders and Grooms are required to attend this prep camp With Emily Beshear. Spectators are welcome.

July 24 – 28, 2019: The NAYC at Rebecca Farm. Go Area VIII!

August 10 – 11, 2019: Camp North at Cobblestone Farm. Emily Beshear and Hannah Sue Burnett will teach at the camp which will be scaled down slightly from Camp South. The camp will be open to non-YRAP members as space allows.

August 27 – September 1, 2019: The AEC’s are coming to Area VIII! We will need lots of volunteers all week long to make this event a great success. Wear your Area VIII apparel and support your friends.

October 12 – 13, 2019: Emily Beshear will be here to run a prep clinic for riders and Select Teams going to Team Challenge the following week. Location TBD.

For more information on Select Teams, please contact Maxine Preston: maxine.prestonyr@gmail.com

When entering a competition, please request to be stable with the Area 8 Teams so we can work together and get to know one another. We plan to have hospitality tables in the barns and pizza or Mexican dinners in the evenings.

Fundraising is very important. Area VIII will hold fundraising events to help offset the cost of camps and clinics. Please support Area and help with these activities.

Scholarships: There are a few scholarships worth $250 which will be awarded to YRAP members to help offset the cost of camps. In order to qualify, please provide a signed letter from one or more organizers confirming you have volunteered at least 8 hours during this calendar year. You may volunteer at more than 1 schooling show or horse trial to accumulate at least 8 hours. In addition, write a brief letter describing your horse/pony, how long you have been together and your goals for the year.

Mail your letters to Shelley Ryan, 1558 Player Dr., Lexington, KY 40511

Have a great year! If you have questions, please contact me: shelleywryan@gmail.com 859-224-3411

Or Maxine Prestion: maxine.prestonyr@gmail,com 734-834-3117

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