Young Rider Program

What Is Young Riders?

It is a program offered through USEA for riders 21 and under to encourage younger members of all levels to become involved in the sport of Eventing. Through Young Riders, you will have the opportunity to participate in training with Olympic riders, compete as a representative of the Area, and develop life-long friends and commitment to the sport.

When you join the Area III Young Riders program you receive:

  • Opportunity to attend Young Rider Camp June 16-20, 2019 held at Stable View in Aiken, SC. We have group and private lessons. We also offer activities throughout the day and night.

  • Young Rider Clinics

  • $100 discount off Camp fees for being a member

  • Free course walks at selected events with upper level riders

  • Complimentary Young Rider Sticker

  • Opportunity to represent Area III at the North American Youth Championships (NAYC) July 2019

  • Grooming opportunity at the North American Youth Championships July 2019

  • Opportunity to represent Area III at Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event & Team Challenge H.T. Event in KY Oct 16-20, 2019

  • Low Score Awards at participating events

  • Attend Socials at Low Score Events. Will be offering a social event (e.g. pizza party) at Low Score Awards Events for members.

  • Volunteer Incentive Program for 2019 each member is asked to volunteer a minimum of 3 hours. Volunteer hours can be at young rider events or volunteering for venues. For each hour you volunteer your name will be entered into a drawing for a $250 camp credit for 2019. Four names will be drawn.

  • Shadow officials/Mentoring Program

  • Young Rider T-shirt design contest

North American Youth Championships 2019

The 2019 North American Youth Championships (NAYC): NAYC-J and CCIO-Y-S will be held in conjunction with The Event at Rebecca Farm, an existing CCI2*, 3*, and 4*-L, as well as a CCI4*-S, July 24-28, 2019. Rebecca Farm, located in Kalispell, Montana, boasts a cross-country course set on a 640-acre parcel of land that stretches for four miles and features over 150 obstacles and four water complexes designed by Olympian and Hall of Fame equestrian Ian Stark.

Linked below are the selection procedures for the 2019 North American Junior Championship, CICOY Nations Cup, and additional Area III Selection Procedures. The application deadline is March 1, 2019. When you send your application, you need to declare for the division you wish to compete in at the NAYC, whether you are already qualified for that division or not.

There will be no selection horse trials but candidates must attend the summer camp where the teams and alternates will be announced.

All applicants have, by signing their application, indicated that they have received the Selection Procedures for the Event, the USEF Code of Conduct (Attachment B) and the Safe Sport Policy which can be found at, understand the documents, and agree to be bound by them.

Junior Championship Selection Procedures

Nations Cup Selection Procedures

Attachment B Code of Conduct

Attachment C USEA Area Selectors and Selection Trials

Mentorship Program

The USEA Young Rider Mentorship Program affords Young Riders (21 years and younger) the opportunity to learn from experienced equine professionals to gain a better understanding of career paths, skill development, networking and goal setting for his/her future.

  • The YR Mentorship Program operates concurrently at North American Youth Championships. It is not a riding program rather a way for youth to learn about what is involved in a career as a licensed official, competition manager and other horse related occupations.

  • Mentoring is a way for more experienced equine professionals to share their experiences and knowledge with Young Rider "proteges."

  • Young Riders chosen for participation in the Program are partnered with International Officials and others to learn the non-competitive side of the sport.

  • The Program is intended for older, focused Young Riders.

  • The mentoring partnership requires maturity, honesty, openness, commitment and effort. A successful mentoring partnership benefits those involved through increased confidence and a sense of direction.

For more information, or to apply for the program contact your Area Young Rider Program Coordinator.

Clean Sport

As an FEI athlete you are subject to Clean Sport anti-doping regulations for both your horses and yourself as an athlete. You and your horses are very likely to be tested. It is your responsibility to ensure you follow these regulations and a guide can be found at

Young Rider Camp 2019

Area III Young Rider Summer Camp is just around the corner. We have another great year planned for Camp at Stable View Farm in Aiken, South Carolina, June 16-20, 2019. We will have fun activities for the times the campers are not on their horses with games and equestrian instruction. Adult riders are also welcome!

This year’s instructors are Area III Young Rider Coach Julie Richards, Leslie Law, and Hilda Donahue.

Tentative Schedule:

Arrive on Sunday, June 16, 2019 – Welcome Dinner that Evening
Monday, June 17, 2019 – Private Dressage Lesson
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 – Small Group Jump Lesson (XC or SJ)
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 – Private Dressage Lesson
Thursday, June 20, 2019 – Small Group Jump Lesson (XC or SJ)

Put what you learned to the test and stay to compete at the Stable View June Horse Trials: June 22-23, 2019.

On Site Accommodations are available. Please book these through Stable View.

Click here for complete camp information and REGISTRATION form.

Haygard Midsouth Team Challenge 2019

Hagyard Midsouth Team Challenge is a destination event located at the Kentucky Horse Park October 16-20, 2019. It is a unique competition environment that attracts competitors from the Midwest as well as the East Coast. Riders compete as a team as well as individuals. Each rider from a team is placed in a different division and will ride dressage under a different judge, in a different arena simultaneously with his/her team members. Team members will run cross country and show jump consecutively as well. Hagyard Midsouth Team Challenge encourages stall decorations, matching fun team apparel and generates camaraderie.

Area III Young Riders selectors will select riders at Beginner Novice, Novice, Training and Preliminary levels to represent Area III at the Hagyard Midsouth Team Challenge. Interested riders will be required to submit an Letter of Intent and meet requirements below to represent Area III.

Purpose: To promote camaraderie among Area III youth and to give junior/young riders the opportunity to represent Area III in a team atmosphere. The Hagyard Midsouth Team Challenge can be used as a stepping stone for future NAJYRC competitors, and also as a competitive goal for individuals whose goals do not include competing at the upper levels of the sport.

Check back for additional information.


Our programs are funded by your membership dues and fund-raising by the member. We are currently working on the items for 2019. Please look for an email with information regarding fundraising.

Young Riders Contacts

Allina Bell / Young Riders Coordinator / or 706-332-5131