Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April Update: 2011 Adequan FEI North American Junior/Young Rider Championships


April Update: What's Happening at the 2011 Adequan FEI North American Junior/Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North?

Release: April 11 2011
Author: Joanie Morris

Lexington, KY - Less than four months before the Opening Ceremonies for the 2011 Championships and planning is already well underway. With the addition of Endurance, we will be utilizing a new part of the Kentucky Horse Park, the Endurance Base Camp will set up on Walt Robertson Way, across from the Secretariat Center. The rest of the venue is looking really good, having benefited from the overhaul which corresponded with last fall's Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

The Tentative Competition Schedule for competitors is available here: http://www.youngriders.org/Schedule.aspx and as soon as the Draft Schedules get approved by the FEI they will be posted.

There is also a Chef's Manual and other useful information posted on the website, please reference the Team Resources page for more information: http://www.youngriders.org/FAQ.aspx.

Qualifying is of course well underway for most disciplines, it's a good time to make sure all your FEI numbers are up-to-date and your passport is valid, the Chef's Manual has some guidelines and information regarding these things.

Discipline Directors here at the USEF will be able to answer technical questions you may have regarding in selection and qualifying:

Dressage: Jenny van Wieren or Jeannie Putney jvanwieren@usef.org or jputney@usef.org.
Eventing: Shealagh Costello scostello@usef.org.
Jumping: Jennifer Haydon is on maternity leave so please contact Kate Black at kblack@usef.org in the interim with your questions.
Reining and Endurance: Vonita Bowers at vbowers@usef.org.

If you would like a private table in the Kentucky Club, reserve one early! This means you will have a shady, dry spot to watch all the action in Rolex Stadium. The order form is on this page, and Helen Murray can help answer questions. She can be reached at Helen Murray hmurray@usef.org.

Hotels, Camping, etc:
The Marriott Griffin Gate is the Official Hotel of NAJYRC, book with them and you will have a lovely place to stay right near the Kentucky Horse Park, they will be happy to hear from you: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/lexky-griffin-gate-marriott-resort-and-spa/ there is also a spa in case you have a long trip! Of course, there is always camping available here at the Kentucky Horse Park, contact Christy at the Campground Store, they can book your space for you, and they're holding some for this event so book early! Phone: 859-259-4857 Website: http://www.kyhorsepark.com/camping-in-the-park

We are thrilled to have our title and presenting sponsors: Adequan and Gotham North returning with their unwavering support for the program.

Divisional sponsors remain unchanged too (we are still working on a sponsor for our newest discipline, Endurance):
Dressage: Platinum Performance/USDF
Eventing: US Eventing Association
Jumping: US Hunter Jumper Association
Reining: Smart Pak

The Canadian Federation continues to pledge their support, along with numerous sponsors and donors who continue to help make this incredible program possible. Opportunities to get involved are available; please contact Scott Carling at scarling@usef.org for more information.

We have moved the stabling across the road from the Rolex Stadium so the vicinity to the vendors will be much better. We know that convenience rules, so with the new location of the stables, our vendors have the best accessibility on the venue. Our vendors will be steps away from the stabling, directly across from the Kentucky Club Hospitality Tent. Don't miss an opportunity to bring your products to a young, dynamic consumer group. Vendor information is available on the website: http://www.youngriders.org/documents/forms/NAJYRC_Vendor_Form.pdf

If you would like to advertise in the program, please contact Kim Russell (krussell@usef.org) - good luck ads, thank you's as well as standard advertisements are all welcome - this is a great souvenir from the event, and every rider, along with spectators, sponsors, officials and staff get one and most hang on to them for a long time. More than just a one-week shot at exposure - these programs are kept for years as everyone involved with the event holds on to them.

Don't forget to 'Like' us on Facebook, we love friends and the more people that know about this program, the better. We're on Twitter too, so you can follow us there.

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