2021 NAYC Subject to Change
August 9-15, 2021
Traverse City, MI


COVID-19 UPDATE: Based upon the current recommendations of Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the USEF Dressage Sport Committee, the USDF Executive Board, and other authorities, the decision has been made to cancel the 2020 North American Youth Championships. This decision was made to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the athletes and horses which will always be our top priority. If you have any questions, please contact nayc@usdf.org.

USDF continues to follow and evaluate developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, all currently scheduled events are subject to change. Check back here for the most current information.

The FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC) for Dressage is a unique and prestigious competition which brings together the top Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Junior and Young Riders, ages 14-21, from throughout North American and neighboring countries. Young equestrians vie for team and individual FEI medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of dressage, show jumping, and eventing. NAYC is subject to the rules and restrictions of the FEI and is designated as a Continental Championship. It is the only FEI championship held annually on this continent.

The NAYC process can be daunting for new participants. If you are new to this process, click the button below for further information!

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Qualifying Period: August 1, 2020 – June 21, 2021 unless otherwise determined by February 1, 2021.

Applications for the 2021 North American Youth Championships will be available in January 2021. Application due dates are as follows:

  • Applications and fees submitted online on or prior to March 16, 2021 will be charged $50 per application.
  • Applications and fees submitted online between March 17, 2021 and April 27, 2021 will be charged $100 per application.
  • Applications and fees submitted online between April 28, 2021 and May 11, 2021 will be charged an application fee of $300 per application.
  • No applications will be accepted after May 11.

Additional awards presented during the
FEI North American Youth Championships

If you have any further questions, contact the NAYC liaison at (859) 971-2277 or nayc@usdf.org.

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