Volunteers Wanted for 2001 North American Young Riders' Championships

Monday, July 16, 2001

WADSWORTH, IL—July 16, 2001—The North American Young Riders' Championships (NAYRC) presented by State Line Tack, attracts hundreds of volunteers ranging from young children to senior citizens each year. An officially-designated “Junior Olympics” held August 8-12 at Tempel Farms in Wadsworth, IL, the NAYRC attracts young competitors age 16-21 each summer.

“Volunteer positions are open to people of all ages, even as young as 10 years old,” said Janet Quinn, who is volunteer coordinator for the Dressage competition at NAYRC and responsible for recruiting volunteers. “Equestrian or non-equestrian, there’s always a place people can help, and previous experience is not necessary.” There are currently volunteer positions available for Wednesday, August 8 through Friday, August 10. All volunteers who work full days will receive gifts like coffee mugs, pins, and baseball caps, along with lunch and beverages.

Youngsters can work as score couriers and arena stewards, and adults will be placed in various positions. When screening volunteers, organizers look for people who are responsible and alert. This is a great opportunity for parents to spend quality time with their teens!

For people who are looking to fulfill commitments for the Illinois Dressage and Combined Training Association (IDCTA), all volunteer hours can be credited. Interested volunteers should contact Janet Quinn at (815) 206-0526.

The North American Young Riders' Championships is the premier equestrian competition in North America for young riders, ages 16-21. This year’s competition will feature competitors from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands competing on teams and individually in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of Dressage, Eventing and show jumping.

The NAYRC began in 1974 as an Eventing challenge between the United States and Canada. A Dressage Championship was added in 1981, and Show Jumping debuted in 1982. The first complete NAYRC was held in British Columbia, Canada in 1982. Tempel Farms has hosted the Championship 12 times since 1985.

Tempel Farms is home to the world's largest private herd of Lipizzan Horses. It is widely considered to be one of the finest equestrian facilities in North America with extraordinary facilities, excellent footing, and a challenging CCI** cross-country course.

Admission to the NAYRC is free Tuesday through Thursday. Friday through Sunday admission is $7 per day or $18 for a three-day pass. Children under eight and senior citizens are half price.

For more information on NAYRC activities visit www.youngriders.org. At the NAYRC web site you will find zone, region, area contact information, a competition schedule, Tempel Farms information, and many other details pertaining to the event.