Friday, June 12, 2015


AQHA is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s North American Junior and Young Rider Championships July 14-19 in Lexington Kentucky.

The American Quarter Horse Association
June 11, 2015

The American Quarter Horse Association is proud to be a sponsor of the 2015 Adequan/Federation Equestre Internationale North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, presented by Gotham North July 14-19 in Lexington, Kentucky.

At the NAJYRC, riders ages 14-21 vie for team and individual FEI medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing, the Para-Olympic discipline of para-dressage and the FEI World Equestrian Games disciplines of reining and endurance. The competition is run under rules of the FEI, the international governing body for equestrian sport. It is the only FEI championship held annually on this continent.

Many of North America’s best equestrians who represent their country on Olympic, world championship and Nations Cup teams got their first taste of international experience at NAJYRC. Some of these gold medalists include Greg Best, Karen O’Connor, Chris Kappler and McLain Ward.

“Young Riders was an incredible experience,” said Saer Colter, member of the Zone 10 riding team 2007, 2009 and 2010. “I loved being a part of a team, and it was a really great stepping stone to move on to the next level.”

If you’re an equestrian between the ages of 14 and 21 who competes in dressage, endurance, show jumping, eventing or reining, you could be a part of this international event.

Watch this video to learn more about the NAJYRC.

Visit today to learn if you’re eligible for the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships.


The NAJYRC began in 1974 as an eventing challenge between the United States and Canada. A dressage championship was added in 1981 and show jumping was added in 1982. The first complete Young Riders championship was held in British Columbia in 1982. The Championships were expanded to officially include a championship division for juniors in 2006. The discipline of reining was added to the official schedule in 2008, endurance joined in 2011 and para-dressage will join NAJYRC this year.

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