What an incredible week we had at the 2018 North American Youth Championships! To achieve this goal of mine, to be recognized alongside the very best youth riders of North America, and to discover what fantastic talent the United States dressage and equestrian federations have fostered was incredibly heartening. I hope that by reading these three blog posts about my experience, you will find inspiration and determination for your own riding goals.
As I sat behind the barn at our third show in a row, sobbing into my dad’s shoulder after leaving the ring in the middle of a perfectly fine test, I wondered why I was still trying to qualify for the North American Youth Championships. Continue reading “Chasing the NAYC Dream, Part Two”
So, you’re hoping to compete in the Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC) presented by Gotham North? Congratulations! The NAYC, formerly known as the North American Junior/Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC), is a goal that hundreds of young equestrians pursue every year.
My dad and I arrived on Wednesday, November 29th at the Blue Grass Airport, checked into the Hyatt Regency, and planned out our week that included both the Convention and as much sightseeing as we could manage.