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North American Young Riders’ Championships, Presented by State Line Tack, To Be Televised on Outdoor Life Network

OLD MILL CREEK, IL— July 11, 2002—This year’s North American Young Riders' Championships, Presented by State Line Tack, will be televised on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN) on Saturday, September 7 at 4:30 p.m. EDT.

The 2002 North American Young Riders’ Championships will be held at Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek, IL, August 6-11. The OLN telecast will mark the secondtime that the Young Riders Championships have been televised nationally.

The North American Young Riders' Championships, presented by State Line Tack, is the premier equestrian 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 event.

For 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.

“We are extremely excited to finally bring the North American Young Riders’ Championships to a national television audience,” said event director Howard B. Simpson. “The stories of some of these riders who make great sacrifices in order to compete in an international event are sure to make great television.”

The telecast will be produced by Carr-Hughes Productions of Saratoga Springs, NY, producers of the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event telecast that was shown on OLN domestically and on Eurosport internationally. Bob Hughes will serve as executive producer and Emmy Award winner Jim Carr will be the show’s director. Tim Singer, part of NBC’s Salt Lake City Olympic broadcast team, will be the lead announcer.

“The North American Young Riders’ Championships is an outstanding equestrian event and I have no doubt that it will make great TV programming,” said Hughes. “That fact that it will be shown during the highly-rated Saturday afternoon slot in all four U.S. time zones assures the possibility of a large audience.”

The 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 12 times since 1985.

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