This week, visitors to the Kentucky Horse Park have the chance to see some of the best young riders in North America competing in what could be called a mini-World Equestrian Games. Three-day eventing, dressage, show jumping, reining and endurance are all represented at the North American Junior/Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC), which continues through Saturday.
The NAJYRC is a stepping-stone for young competitors who have the talent and drive to reach the top levels of the sport. Several U.S. Olympians are former NAJYRC competitors, including Karen O’Connor, McLain Ward, Reed Kessler and Adrienne Lyle.
This year’s championships kicked off on Wednesday, July 17 and will conclude on Saturday, July 20. The final day of competition will be broadcast live online at USEFNetwork.com. The live webcast schedule is as follows (all times are EDT and subject to change):
Find out more about the NAJYRC at YoungRiders.org.
Watch last year’s Junior Rider eventing gold medalist, Victoria New with Fleeceworks Mystere Du Val in the video below.