Young Rider Qualifying Rules Available From USDF

Lincoln, Nebraska (February 11, 2002) - Young dressage riders are invited to try out for the North American Young Riders Championships (NAYRC), a prestigious international competition for the top equestrians ages 16 through 21. Riders from the United States, Canada, Central America and South America will gather to compete in the Olympic disciplines of dressage, show jumping and eventing on August 6-11, 2002 at Tempel Farms in Wadsworth, Illinois. Qualifying rules and criteria for American dressage riders are available from the United States Dressage Federation (USDF).

Governed by international rules, this championship is a training ground for competitors who may one day ride for their country as senior competitors in international competitions and Olympic Games. American dressage riders will compete in teams representing their USDF regions, and will vie for both team and individual honors.

Riders must submit a Declaration of Intent by March 1st; however declarations postmarked March 2nd through March 15th will be accepted with a $100 late fee, payable to USDF. Riders may enter qualifying competitions prior to submitting the NAYRC Declaration of Intent.

The complete set of Qualifying Rules and Criteria are available by calling USDF at 402/434-8550 or visiting the website at