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USA Equestrian (formerly AHSA) announced today that the show jumping competition is underway at the 2001 North American Young Rider Championships at Tempel Farms in Wadsworth, IL, August 7-12th . Yesterday consisted of the stable inspection, horse inspection and jog. Today all the riders are participating in a warm up round designed to familiarize the horses and riders with the ring, the jumps, and the general setting. Although record heat is making everyone sticky and sweaty, everyone seems to be bearing up, and hopeful that the promises of a break in the weather will come true.

Unfortunately Mexico did not send jumper teams as they chose to concentrate on the South American Junior Rider Championship. However, both the U.S. Zones and the Canadian Provinces sent competitive teams. There is both the Championship division and a Junior/Young Rider (JY) division for show jumping riders with both team and individual awards. The following teams are participating at this year's Championship:
Championship Division
Onatario, Canada
Quebec, Canada
Zone 1, USA
Zone 2, USA
Zone 5, USA
Zone 6, USA Individual Only
Zone 7, USA
Zone 8, USA
Zone 10, USA
Zone 12, USA Individual Only Junior-Young Rider Division (JY)
Alberta/Ontario, Canada*
Quebec, Canada
Zone 6/7*
Zone 8
Zone 10

* combined team per Federation approval

Tomorrow is the first day of official competition, with scores counting toward the first leg of the individual titles and championships. Final team selection for the Friday team competition will be selected and announced tomorrow afternoon. The National Hunter/Jumper Council will provide daily updates and stories on its website (, with additional stories on the NAYRC website

USA Equestrian Inc., as the National Equestrian Federation of the U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show jumping, and vaulting, as well as 19 other breeds and disciplines of equestrian competition. As the country's largest multi-breed organization, the Federation has over 77,000 members and recognizes more than 2,800 competitions nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including educating and licensing all judges, stewards, and technical delegates who officiate at these shows.

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