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What Makes the Adequan® FEI North American Youth Championships presented by Gotham North So Special? Thoughts from Alums on Their Experiences

by Glenye Cain Oakford, Kathleen Landwehr, and Dana Riddlemoser | Aug 3, 2019, 11:08 AM EST

The Adequan ® FEI North American Youth Championships presented by Gotham North have provided countless learning experiences for young athletes and their supporters over the years. Being on a team with other aspiring individuals and working towards a goal teaches much to everyone involved. Past participants Callie Jones (dressage), Michael Murphy (jumping), and Martin Kuhn (dressage) have reaped the benefits from their NAYC appearances and think others can, too. Callie Jones Callie Jones is...

NAYC: A Family Affair

by Ashley Swift and Glenye Cain Oakford | Aug 1, 2019, 4:22 PM EST

For some athletes and their parents, the Adequan® FEI North American Youth Championships presented by Gotham North becomes a long-term commitment that lasts even after the young riders have aged out of the competition. We spoke to members of two families— Holly and Ralph Caristo and Debbie and Nicole DelGiorno—about what makes the NAYC so special and why they’ve stayed involved. Ralph and Holly Caristo Holly and Ralph Caristo at the 2019 NAYC at Old Salem Farm. Photo: Erin...

NAYC Alums Lyle and Deslauriers: Enjoy and Learn from the Moment!

by Glenye Cain Oakford and Dana Riddlemoser | Jul 31, 2019, 4:03 PM EST

The Adequan ® FEI North American Youth Championships presented by Gotham North provide big opportunities to their young participants and can help launch professional or high-performance careers. But the experience is about even more than that, say NAYC alums Adrienne Lyle (dressage) and Lucy Deslauriers (jumping). We sat down with both to get their advice for first-time competitors and find out what they feel they gained from participating in NAYC as youths. Adrienne Lyle Dressage Olympian...

Pick Your Path: Getting to the NAYC

by Dana Riddlemoser, US Equestrian Communications Department | Jul 30, 2019, 5:34 PM EST

Photo: Taylor Pence/US Equestrian Many of equestrian sport’s finest athletes did not simply appear on the grandest stage. They worked hard and gained experience through steppingstone competitions and events, like the Adequan® FEI North American Youth Championships presented by Gotham North. The young athletes that will compete this week also committed to participating and took the appropriate steps to join an illustrious group of alumni. Competing in the NAYC is an attainable goal,...

Individual Competitors Find Their Peers at North American Youth Championships

by Jennifer Wood/Jump Media | Jul 30, 2019, 3:50 PM EST

Jori Dupell and Fiderprinz 2 at the 2018 Adequan® FEI North American Youth Championships presented by Gotham North. Photo: Taylor Pence/US Equestrian One of the hallmarks of championship events is team competition, and while there are a number of riders competing as individuals for their Zone or Region in this year’s Adequan ® FEI North American Youth Championships presented by Gotham North, they will be far from alone. Dressage junior riders Dennesy Rogers (age 16, Region 7:...

Pro Tip: Mane and Tail Care

by Ashley Swift | Jul 30, 2019, 8:00 AM EST

With their striking looks, the Andalusian and Lusitano breeds seem to be plucked from a fairy tale. Both breeds have an abundance of hair, with enviable manes and tails. How do their owners, trainers, and grooms keep these voluminous, lush manes and tails up to par? With a consistent and thorough grooming regimen. We asked Erica Peet—Andalusian owner, trainer at Peet Equestrian and a member of the International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association —for her top five tips to...

The NAYC at Rebecca Farm: It’s All About Teamwork

by Kathleen Landwehr | Jul 27, 2019, 11:25 PM EST

It has been a fantastic week at the Adequan® North American Youth Championships presented by Gotham North, with great displays of riding and team spirit. Young athletes, chefs d’equipe, and families have tackled new challenges and experienced a gamut of emotions during their time at Rebecca Farm, but it has all been worthwhile. The juniors and young riders have been abuzz throughout their time at the NAYC. The event is the culmination of a goal, sometimes years in the making, and...

Fundraising: How Kids Got to NAYC

by Kathleen Landwehr | Jul 26, 2019, 8:42 PM EST

Attending a major championship, such as the Adequan® North American Youth Championships presented by Gotham North, costs more than a typical horse show. Finding ways to raise extra funds for the unparalleled experience may seem daunting, but several eventing areas came up with some great ideas to make the trek to The Event at Rebecca Farm in 2019. Here are a few fundraising ideas that may help others aiming for future NAYCs or other major events. Finding ways to raise extra funds for the...

It Takes a Village: Area VI Chef d’Equipe Kristin Hogan Key to the NAYC “Ground Crew”

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Jul 26, 2019, 12:00 PM EST

Kristin Hogan (far right) with Area VI Young Rider team coach Rebecca Braitling (far left) in 2018 with team members. Photo: Courtesy of Kristin Hogan In 2017, when her daughter Mallory was preparing for the Adequan ® FEI North American Youth Championships presented by Gotham North, Kristin Hogan (Belvedere, Calif.) approached the Area VI young rider coordinator and volunteered to help with the team. “Up until then, I’d volunteered at pancake breakfasts and done things on the...

Words of Wisdom from NAYC Eventing Alums Caroline Martin and Cornelia Dorr

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jul 26, 2019, 10:00 AM EST

The Adequan® North American Youth Championships (NAYC) for eventing not only provide a fun, unique competition for up-and-coming eventers, but have also served as an excellent steppingstone for equestrians with the ambition to represent their country on a team or continue working in the equestrian industry after their youth careers. We spoke to two recent NAYC alumnae, Caroline Martin and Cornelia Dorr, about what the NAYC meant to them and they shared some words of wisdom for the...