May 11, 2009 -- 2010 marks a milestone in youth participation in International sport. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is introducing the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore . Twenty-six sports and more than 3,000 athletes will be competing and participating in educational and cultural activities, the first step for many youth athletes in the Olympic Movement. Equestrian sport will be represented by show jumping in these inaugural Games.
The United States will be able to qualify one rider to be part of the North American continent's delegation. The continent will send a team of five riders, with the other team members representing Canada , Mexico , Central America, and the Caribbean islands.
The show jumping portion of the YOG is open to riders born on or between January 1, 1992 and December 31, 1993. Riders must earn their Certificates of Capability by completing a course at the 2009 North American Junior Championship or the North American Young Rider Championships with no more than 8 faults in the first round of any of the three official classes (first qualifier, team, and individual).
Further information regarding how the U.S. will select its representative will be made available soon. However, any rider interested in participating at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games must attend the 2009 Adequan FEI North American Junior/Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North in Lexington, Ky., July 22-26, 2009. The application deadline for the 2009 NAJYRC is June 16, 2009.
For more information regarding the Youth Olympic Games please visit: www.singapore2010.sg,