Rebecca Farm, home to The Event at Rebecca Farm, will welcome a new competition in 2017: The FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC).
This FEI championship is the only one of its kind hosted in North America and will coincide with 2017’s Event at Rebecca Farm, July 20 to 23, 2017.
For Sarah Broussard, Organizer of The Event at Rebecca Farm, adding the junior/young rider international competition is significant, both professionally and personally. The competition falls in line with her mother’s vision of helping young riders prepare for advanced competition, and the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships will do exactly that, Broussard says.
“This competition exposes young riders to a true international championship. Being part of a high performance activity like this affords young riders the opportunity to work with coaches they might not normally meet,” Broussard notes. “It’s an incredible opportunity for young riders.”
The North American Junior/Young Rider Championships brings together the sport’s highest ranking junior and young riders, ages 14 to 21, from across the globe; it tests skill, discipline and endurance. Teams of qualified riders from North America and Canada will vie for team and individual medals in the Olympic equestrian discipline of eventing, which consists of show jumping, dressage, and cross-country.
Young riders will compete in CH-J* and CICY2* divisions, demanding levels of competition similar to what seasoned riders face at The Event at Rebecca Farm, Broussard says. “A lot of upper level [riders seen at The Event at Rebecca Farm] took part in competitions like these when they were younger,” Broussard notes.
The championship is ideal for younger riders looking to build a following and establish themselves. “Recruiters often attend, seeking to cultivate young talent,” Broussard says. “They’re on the lookout for those showing promise for the international U. S. eventing team.”
Broussard also anticipates the junior/young rider championship will have a positive financial impact on the Flathead Valley. In 2016, The Event welcomed more than 600 competitors and 10,000 spectators. The addition of The North American Junior/Young Rider Championships should attract even more.
“We are always looking for ways to grow The Event at Rebecca Farm, and hosting this championship will bring a larger international audience to The Event in July,” Broussard concludes. “We are honored to welcome new folks to the Flathead Valley each year and to showcase all the community has to offer.”