via Samantha Clark
As a quick Thursday note, the USEF has announced that the 2012 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park from July 18th to the 22nd. Incidentally, this is the weekend before the London Olympics begin. I have written this many times before, but my strong hope is that the Kentucky Horse Park will become the permanent home for Young Riders both because of the KHP’s (relatively) central location and because it is one of the most spectacular horse venues on the planet. The addition of endurance in 2011 as a Young Rider discipline has made this hope much more realistic. Finding and preparing 75 miles of endurance track is going to be nearly impossible for any other venue in North America, and it is only mildly convenient for the KHP because the endurance discipline was hosted at the World Equestrian Games in 2010. Go Young Riders.