01 February 2011

USEF NEWS: It's Not Eventing But It's Exciting!

(I'm breaking my own rule here by posting something that's not Eventing. But it is exciting news for the North American Junior/Young Rider's Championship!  Endurance is going to be competed for the first time at the 2011 NAJYRC at the KHP in Lexington. I think this is great for the young riders and great for the sport of Endurance. Good call in my opinion and about time! ~ ed)

Endurance Added to 2011 Adequan FEI North American Junior/Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North

By Joanie Morris

Lexington, KY - For more than 30 years, the Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North traditionally hosts championships for teams and individuals in the three Olympic Equestrian disciplines of dressage, eventing and jumping. In 2008 reining was included, and in 2011 the sport of endurance will be introduced for the first time.

Included as a non-championship event since 2008 - participation and support for the program continues to grow. The 2011 championship will run from July 27-31 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY and the endurance portion will use some of the same track that the World Endurance Championships ran over during the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games last September.

The ride will take place on Friday July 29. The stabling, start, veterinary inspections and finish as well as portions of the course will be on the Kentucky Horse Park grounds. The remainder of the course for the 120km race will make use of private property near the horse park.

For more information about NAJYRC please contact Joanie Morris at jmorris@usef.org, for more information about Endurance please contact Vonita Bowers at vbowers@usef.org. 

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