American Young Riders Championships, Presented by
State Line Tack Honored As Horse Show of the Year
Also Honors Howard Simpson For Distinguished Service
to the Industry
MILL CREEK, IL January 16, 2003Towerheads.com has recognized
the excellence of the 2002 North American Young Riders' Championships,
Presented by State Line Tack, and its director Howard Simpson with
a pair of year-end awards.
2002 North American Young Riders Championships, Presented
by State Line Tack, has been honored with Towerheads 2002
Horse Show of the Year award.
also honored Howard Simpson, Event Director for the North American
Young Riders Championships, presenting him with its award
for Distinguished Service to the Industry.
overdue for recognition, Young Riders
has been a quality
event since its inception some 20 years ago, noted the Towerheads
citation. Luckily, a growing group of trainers now recognizes
the value of this wonderful competition. Towerheads Horse
Show of the Year is the North American Young Riders Competition
at Tempel Farms, in Wadsworth, Illinois.
presenting its honor to North American Young Riders Championships
Event Director Howard Simpson, Ken Kraus of Towerheads wrote, Im
proud to recognize a man who personally has done more for the betterment
of the quality of competition for a large and diverse group of people
than anyone I know of in the horse industry today. Hes been
doing it for a long, long time, and Im proud after all those
years, to present him with an award and recognition for service,
way too long overlooked, Kraus continued, noting that Simpson
not only gives his money, but more importantly, he gives his time.
others in the industry agree with the choice. David Distler, FEI
Steward General for the U.S., and manager or technical coordinator
for Olympic, Pan American, and World Equestrian Games selection
trials and for some of the most prestigious horse shows in the U.S.,
added his accolades to the Towerheads recognition. Several Young
Riders medalists and chefs dequipe credit Simpson for
their success, describing him as a person good for the sport.
North American Young Riders' Championships, presented by State Line
Tack, is the premier
competition in North America for young riders, age 16-21. Young
equestrians come from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto
Rico, and the Caribbean Islands to vie for team and individual Championships
in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of Show Jumping, Dressage,
and Eventing. The NAYRC is an official USA Junior Olympic-Equestrian
many competitors, the NAYRC is their first experience riding on
a team, as well as competing under the rules of the Fédération
Equestre Internationale (FEI), the international governing body
for equestrian sport.
NAYRC began in 1974 as an eventing challenge between the United
States and Canada. A Dressage Championship was added in 1981, and
Show Jumping debuted in 1982. The first complete NAYRC was held
in British Columbia, Canada in 1982. Tempel Farms has hosted the
Championship 14 times since 1985.
strives to present accurate and timely insider information on all
major developments at America's best horse shows. Towerheads.com
is a supporter of the equestrian industry and strives to bring news,
insights, and the personalities of the show world to the myriad
of owners, trainers, riders, grooms and fans. On www.towerheads.com
there are tributes to Simpson and all he has done for equestrian
sport and for the North American Young Riders Championships.
read more about the Towerheads end of year awards, please visit
www.towerheads.com or www.youngriders.org.
more information on NAYRC activities, please visit www.youngriders.org.