Saugerties, NY (November 9, 2016): HITS, Inc. is pleased to announce that The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has chosen HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York, as the proposed location for the 2017 FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) hosting the disciplines of jumping, dressage, and para-dressage, pending approval from the FEI. The event will be held July 18-23, 2017, in conjunction with the HITS-on-the-Hudson IV Horse Show. The FEI will review the proposal at the FEI General Assembly, November 19-22, 2016.
“HITS is thrilled by the prospect of this huge opportunity,” said HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri. “This competition is the only FEI championship held annually on this continent, and it gives junior and young riders an unparalleled experience in the sport early in the development of their careers. HITS is dedicated to fostering the next generation of equestrians, and is very proud that HITS-on-the-Hudson in our home of Saugerties, has been recognized by the USEF as an eligible location to hold such a special event.”
The NAJYRC is a unique competition that brings the top FEI Junior and Young Riders, ages 14-21, together from North America and neighboring countries. At the 2017 NAJYRC at HITS-on-the-Hudson, qualified riders will vie for team and individual FEI medals in the Olympic-equestrian disciplines of show jumping and dressage, and the Para-Olympic discipline of para-dressage. Additional NAJYRC events will be held in the Olympic-equestrian discipline of eventing and the FEI World Equestrian Games disciplines of reining and endurance. Their locations have not yet been announced.