Say hello to your 2021 Adequan®/ #USAEventing Youth Team Challenge East Coast Final Champions 😍
It’s back to the drawing board for young eventing athletes, who saw a shake up in 2021 with the former North American Youth Championships (NAYC) being replaced by this year’s Adequan USEF Youth Team Challenge. The series consisted of four CCI-S competitions on the East Coast and one on the West Coast, with finals held at Tryon International and Galway Downs respectively in November. Teams and individuals competed for titles in CCI1*, CCI2*-L, and CCI3*-L divisions.
To recap, the evolution came about after the NAYC repeatedly encountered difficulty fielding international teams, and was also an effort to more closely align the Young Rider program with the USEF Eventing Pathway Program. Ultimately, though, the one-year experiment didn’t yield the results hoped for. As US Equestrian shared yesterday:
“The USEF Youth Team Challenge Task Force recently evaluated the 2021 Youth Team Challenge program. Feedback was taken into consideration from Area Coordinators and athletes. Due to the limited participation at the short-format legs, the Task Force recommended altering the program to one championship, the USEF Young Rider Eventing National Championship. The program proposal received approval from the Eventing Sport Committee, International Disciplines Committee, and the USEF Board of Directors.
“The bid process to determine the host for the 2022 Championship opened on November 30, 2021, and ends December 14, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. EST. USEF seeks one host for the CCI1*-L, CCI2*-L, and CCI3*-L levels. Three National Championship titles will be awarded. USEF is in search of a venue to host this between September and November.
“Complete bid applications and supporting documentation must be submitted by the deadline to be considered.
EN, what are your thoughts? What is the best path forward for supporting U25 eventing athletes with a goal of one day representing their area and, perhaps, ultimately even their country? If the U.S. is to host one championship in 2022, where would you most want it to be held?