The Traverse City Horse Shows at Flintfields Horse Park in Traverse City, Michigan, has been named by US Equestrian as the host venue for the 2024 and 2025 FEI North American Youth Championships for the disciplines of dressage and jumping.
The NAYC event, as it is known, will be from July 30 through August 4. The competition format emulates that of senior championship competition for the continued development of athletes in both team and individual competition.
“NAYC is a hugely important piece of our mission toward the continued development and growth of the talented youth equestrian athletes in this country,” US Equestrian Chief Executive Officer Bill Moroney said. “It is an essential competition in building our pathway programs. The experience our younger generations of athletes gain at NAYC enables them to excel in the next levels of our sport. This championship continuing to be hosted in the United States and at a premier venue like Traverse City Horse Shows is great news for our sport in this country and North America.”
Traverse City Horse Shows will host NAYC on Week 5 of The Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, a six-week summer series that features multiple weeks of international jumping competition. Located two hours north of Grand Rapids, Traverse City Horse Shows now hosts multiple weeks of FEI-sanctioned jumping competitions at Flintfields Horse Park, which over the last eight years has already seen new competition and schooling rings, new footing, permanent pavilions for viewing, and FEI stabling area improvements.
“Hosting NAYC is not just an event for Traverse City Horse Shows; it’s a commitment to the future of equestrian sport,” Matthew Morrissey of Morrissey Management Group said. “We’re dedicated to ensuring that each athlete experiences a world-class competition that propels them closer to their goals in horse sport.”