The North American Junior and Young Riders’ Championships (NAJYRC), is the premier equestrian competition in North America for young riders, age 14-21. Young equestrians from Canada, the United States, Bermuda, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands compete in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of Show Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing, as well as Reining, Endurance and Para-Dressage. The competition is run under rules of the FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale), the international governing body for equestrian sport.
The NAJYRC began in 1974 as an eventing challenge between the United States and Canada. A Dressage Championship was added in 1981, and Show Jumping was added in 1982. The first complete NAJYRC was held in British Columbia, Canada in 1982.
Chasing a dream involves dedication, determination and sacrifice. Our Young Riders dreams are to one day compete for the Canadian 3 day event team at a future Olympics. To achieve this, they must spend endless hours in the saddle, in the barn, traveling to competitions, perfecting the skills to get them to the top. As they make their way through the levels, they become part of the Ontario Horse Trials Association Young Rider’s Program, with their goals to compete at the North American Junior and Young Riders Championships. The NAJYRC, held every summer, is an important step on the path that will take them to their dreams of international competition.
Chloe Duffy , 16 year old local Sombra Equestrian Athlete and her 10 year old Off Track Thoroughbred Oro Veradero have qualified to compete on the Ontario Young Riders Eventing Team. Such qualifications came to pass after competing this winter in Florida on the Eventing Circuit with an upgrade at The Florida 3 Day International CCI* Event this past Easter weekend. Chloe Duffy and Oro Veradero’s Eventing Coach is Jessica Phoenix; Four – Time Pan American Games Medallist from Cannington Ontario.
Chloe feels this is such an honour to be able to represent her province and community this summer at the North American Junior & Young Riders Championships at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana July 19th-23rd, 2017.
As per noted by the Board of Directors of the Ontario Young Rider Committee each athlete is required to raise their own funds to attend such an incredible opportunity. Chloe’s fundraising goal is $10,000.00 in Canadian funds which will go directly to the total cost of travel flights and entry fees for both Chloe & Oro Veradero. The plan is to fly both Horse and Rider from Kentucky to Montana.
Chloe and her family are working closely with their Community of Sombra to organize a fundraising event in June.
The Mane Event (formerly the London All Equine Show) is still looking for riders for their clinics but the deadline is April 10, 2017! Also Equestrian Canada is offering refunds? Listen to find out what is happening in the horse show world in SW Ontario. Lots of events were missed on the last episode for April.
Join me LIVE every Thursday morning at 10 AM for a reminder of what’s happening this week in the horse show world. Here is what you missed this week. Please send me your announcements by text to 519-852-2808. This can be events or any other news you would like to share with local equestrians.
I missed 2 events which are happening: April 8th, 2017 is a dressage schooling show at Kilbyrne Farm which I hope to be at to capture some video for you and then on April 22nd, 2017 is a Dressage Test Ride judging clinic which you can get full details about at http://londondressage.com Check out the video and radio below.
This week’s overview of horse shows for the month of March, 2017. New announcements every Thursday and Live on Facebook at 10 am. To listen to the audio only while you work you can subscribe to iTunes or Stitcher radio. Links in the sidebar (below if on mobile). (more…)
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This weeks episode is sponsored by Professional Edge Equine. Providers of equine massage therapy and health products such as Sea Buck, Nibblenet and more. Visit them at www.ProfessionalEdgeEquine.com for ordering details. Click more to watch the video. (more…)
My name is Chloe Duffy, I am 15 years old and have been riding since I was 3/4 years old. My Grandpa Bert bought me my first pony and I was hooked!
This 2016 year has been amazing! I have had lots of learning opportunities with a great little off-the-track thoroughbred Carless Cousin. We call him Eddie and he is the cutest little 4 year old dark bay gelding who has such a great heart for humans and sport. Our family adopted him from LongRun Retirement Thoroughbred Society on December 31, 2015. I say we adopted him but he actually adopted us! (more…)
Skip the crowds and do your Black Friday and holiday shopping online and support local athletes at the same time! In August 2017, the Eat Sleep Ride Repeat team will be competing in the 250 mile (400km) Shore to Shore race with their horses. The race is run over 5 days starting at the shore of Lake Huron and ending at the shore of Lake Michigan. We are fundraising to help offset the costs for preparing and participating in the race.
You do not have to do anything extra and it will not cost you anything more than what you spend. Every time you shop online using this link: https://www.flipgive.com/f/167720, Flipgive will give them a percentage of your purchase to go towards their goal. The link will give you access to big name retailers such as Indigo, Apple, Lowes, Under Armour, Bass Pro, Hudson’s Bay, Groupon, and many more.
Please feel free to share this with family and friends and they thank you in advance for your support.
Eat Sleep Ride Repeat is a team of endurance riders from Ontario that blog about their adventures with horses, both at home and abroad. Check out their website https://eatsleepriderepeat.com/ for more information.
Looking at buying your first horse? Avoid these common mistakes and find the right horse for you.
1. “I only want black Arabian stallions”
No you don’t. You want something that is going to be safe and pleasurable to ride and be around. Rule out horses that are not beginner friendly, such as stallions and babies. Keep an open mind as to age. An older horse is great for beginners as they have been there, done that and are a great confidence booster.
A good horse comes in any colour/breed. If you’re looking to do a certain activity with your horse, then you can be a little pickier. Make sure to have a discussion with your trainer or coach about what kind of horse they think would match your intended riding activities.
2.Buying a horse without having much horse experience
Do you even know how to look after a horse? Have you actually cared for a horse yourself? Would you be able to tell if your horse was sick? If you don’t know the answers to these, you have some learning to do. Reading books and researching on the internet are good places to start but you need some practical experience as well. If you take lessons, ask to help out at the barn. Hold horses when the vet or farrier visit and don’t be afraid to ask them questions. Learn about vaccinations and what diseases may be in your area. Learn the difference between a good and bad shoeing job and what the farrier is trying to achieve with each horse.
If you’re not already taking lessons, find a reputable coach or trainer in your area. If you’ve only been riding a few months, it is not an appropriate time to rush out and purchase a horse. You should be able to walk, trot, and canter comfortably in an arena and out and you must know how to stop a horse safely or calm him down if he bolts or spooks. As you become a more experienced rider, you will become more comfortable handling a variety of horses as well. (more…)
The Canadian Pony Club is hosting National Pony Club Day on November 1, 2016. Pony Club Day was decided to be on November 1st because that is the day that Pony Club started in Canada! Find out how you can do your part here. You don’t have to be a member to show your spirit!
Kim Leffley is the current chair of the Canadian Pony Club. She came across the organization while looking for riding lessons for one of her horse-crazy daughters. What drew her to the organization was that it provided comprehensive equestrian training, with members partaking in riding components as well as educational programming. After seeing the confident, disciplined, well-rounded children emerging from the program, Kim knew she wanted to be involved and help promote this wonderful organization.
In this episode of the podcast, we cover such topics as what is Pony Club, what are the costs involved in the program, what the programming is like and the variances in the different clubs across the country and what kids can learn when they get involved.
Kim also discusses with us how she got her start in horses, her role in the organization, and what her visions and goals for Pony Club are.
Was a great day as my photographer and I stopped by 3 different horse shows on Sunday June 26th, 2016. First up was a new venue called Leg Up Equestrian Enterprises. We are proud to have them as a sponsor of this website as well as the opportunity to build them a new simple site to manage their business online. Check out http://legupenterprise.com(more…)