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Young Rider Program

Photo by JJ Sillman

We Want You!

Are you 21 years of age or under and live in Area VIII?

Are you competing at the Beginner Novice level and above? 

Are you a current USEA member?


Be sure to sign up for the Area VIII Young Rider Program when you renew your USEA membership!

Save the Dates

  • April 24, 2020: XC Course Walk with Emily Beshear

  • May 16 - 17, 2020: Daniel Stewart Clinic
    GlenAyre Equestrian Center, Brownsboro, KY
    Space limited. Contact Emily Watson

  • June 16 - 18, 2020: Young Rider Training Session
    Kentucky Horse Park
    Open to all Area 8 Young Riders. 
    **Mandatory for 2020 NAYC candidates**

  • June 19 - 21, 2020: Midsouth Region Pony Club Horse Trials
    **Mandatory outing for 2020 NAYC candidates**

  • June 30 - July 1, 2020: Training Session North Cobblestone Farm, Dexter, MI
    Open to non-members of Area VIII YRs and adults as space allows

  • July 7 - 9, 2020: NAYC Prep Camp for NAYC Teams and Grooms
    Valley View Farm, Midway, KY

  • Sept. 25 - 27, 2020: Area VIII Championships at Jump Start Horse Trials
    Kentucky Horse Park

  • October 14 - 18, 2020: Hagyard Midsouth Team Challenge 
    Kentucky Horse Park

Benefits of Being An Area VIII Young Rider Member
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The Young Rider program is about a lot more than competing. Participants experience and learn friendship, camaraderie, good sportsmanship, group fundraising, commitment, teamwork, and excellent horsemanship.


Young Riders provides educational opportunities that teach young eventers the skills they need to compete safely and effectively, as well as the techniques they must have to meet the challenges of moving to the upper levels of competition.

As a Young Rider, competition begins at Area VIII events and can lead to selection as an Area VIII team member to represent Area VIII at the 2- and 3-star North American Young Riders Championships (NAYC) held each summer.  Click the NAYC tab for an overview of the Qualifying Requirements and the Selection Procedures.

The Young Rider Program will also select riders to field the Area VIII Young Rider Select Teams for the Hagyard Mid-South Team Challenge competition.

All Area VIII YR members will receive discounts for all YR Camps, Clinics and functions.  Members will also receive some sort of YR swag during the year and will be eligible to purchase other Area 8 Young Rider Logo Wear. 

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