Program Overview

The FEI Jumping North American Youth Championship for Children, Pre-Junior, Junior, and Young Rider categories provides an exciting opportunity for riders in these age groups to compete against their peers in a Championship format similar to that of that of international senior Championships like the Olympic Games. Competition in each age category is held over the course of multiple days and features both a Team Competition, with Teams fielded by Zone, and an Individual Competition.  

The categories are as follows:

     Children's Championship (NAChC): athletes FEI ages 12 - 14, fences up to 1.25m

     Pre-Junior Championship (NAPJC): athletes FEI ages 14-16, fences up to 1.30m

     Junior Championship (NAJC): athletes FEI ages, 14 - 18, fences up to 1.40m

     Young Rider Championship (NAYRC): athletes FEI ages 16 - 21, fences up to 1.50m

Click here for NAYC Athlete Application


2024 Gotham North/FEI North American Youth Jumping Championships presented by USHJA

Great Lakes Equestrian Festival
Traverse City, Michigan   |   July 30- August 4, 2024


Important Dates Zones 1-9:

Please note the Qualifying Period for the 2024 North American Youth Championships for Jumping will begin September 1, 2023 and conclude June 2, 2024 (exception Zone 10 Young Rider, Junior, and Pre-Junior Trials. Please click here for Zone 10 dates and deadlines)

September 1, 2023 - start of qualifying period 

January 15, 2024 - USEF NAYC online applications open

June 2, 2024 - end of qualifying period

June 3, 2024 - application deadline 

June 10, 2024 - last day to earn and submit Certificates of Capability 


2024 Standings Lists 

 *please note 2024 Standings List calculation: standings will be based on the athlete/horse combination’s best five (5) results (highest prize money won in a class).

NAYC Children's Standings 

NAYC Pre-Junior Standings

NAYC Junior Standings

NAYC Young Rider Standings 


Questions?  Contact Erin Keating, USEF Director, Jumping Development Programs, at [email protected].

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:

Additional Resources

2024 NAYC Hotel Deals

Partner hotel links and codes for 2024

2024 NAYC Selection Procedures Zones 1-9

2024 NAYC Selection Procedures Zones 1-9. Zone 10 selection procedures published separately.

2024 Zone 10 NAYC Selection Procedures

Selection Procedures for Zone 10 Young Riders, Juniors, Pre-Juniors. Zone 10 Children published with zones 1-9 selection procedures.

2024 NAYC Water Certificate of Capability

water certificate for NAYC. Height certificates have been automated!

2024 Zone 10 NAYC Certificate of Capability

for Zone 10 Juniors and Young Riders. Height certificates have been automated. Please only submit water certificates of capability.

2024 NAYC Selection Methodology

Memo - 2024 NAYC Selection Methodology

2023 NAYC Partner Hotels

hotel codes for 2023 NAYC

NAYC Information Fact Sheet

Information on Membership Requirements, FEI Passports, USEF NAYC Application, Certificates of Capability, helpful links and more.

NAYC Application Checklist

Membership Checklist prior to Athlete Application

Zone Coordinators and Contact Information

Contact information for Zone Coordinators