Young Manitoba Rider Selected for Prestigious North American Competition

Winnipeg, Canada - Ariana Chia, a local rider from West Winnipeg, has been selected as part of the Young Rider Team to represent Manitoba at the prestigious 2012 Adequan Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC), 17-22 July 2012, in Lexington, Kentucky.

The NAJYRC is the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, age 14-21. Young equestrians come from the United States, Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands to vie for team and individual FEI medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing 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, and is the only FEI championship held annually on this continent.

Having worn the Canadian flag previously at the NAJYRC in both 2008 and 2009, Chia, 20, will be riding Wishtadanz, her 9 year old Dutch Warmblood mare that she has been training with for 8 years and the only Manitoba-bred horse competing at these championships.

Based in Wellington, Florida, during the winter months, Chia spends the majority of her time competing in Florida but returned to competition in Manitoba in 2011 to great success.

"No matter where I'm competing in North America, I'm always proudly representing Manitoba and the local equestrian community that I've grown up with," said Chia.

A young equestrienne of just 20 years, Ariana Chia has been dedicated to the sport for over a decade. Ariana began competing at the age of 8 with much success in local and provincial championships which over the years have led her to training yearly in Wellington, Florida, and competing internationally on behalf of Canada. More information is available at