Kentucky Horse Park
MEDIA ALERT: 75-Mile Endurance Race for 14 to 21-year-old Riders this Week
Young Riders will Compete in 75-Mile Endurance Race
at Kentucky Horse Park this Week
WHO: Competitors, ages 14-21, who are in Kentucky for the Adequan FEI North American Junior/Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) at the Kentucky Horse Park
WHAT: 75-mile endurance race from the Kentucky Horse Park, utilizing part of the now world-famous Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games endurance course
WHEN: Friday, July 30, 6:30am
WHERE: The race begins and ends at the Kentucky Horse Park in front of the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center.
WHY: The NAJYRC is the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, age 14-21. Young equestrians come from the U.S., Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands to vie for team and individual FEI medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing and the FEI World Equestrian Games disciplines of reining and endurance. The competition is run under rules of the FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale), the international governing body for equestrian sport, and is the only FEI championship held annually in this country. Many of North America’s best equestrians who now regularly represent their country on Olympic, World Championship and Nations Cup teams got their first taste of international experience at NAJYRC.
HOW: Members of the media who wish to attend should contact Cindy Rullman at the Kentucky Horse Park (859-259-4209, Cindy.Rullman@ky.gov) or Venita Bowers at the United States Equestrian Federation (859-225-6001 firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional information. There will be other opportunities throughout the day to follow the race, however, there will be no media or public access to the private lands through which much of the race will take place. A map of the entire 75-mile route is available by request.