The CN North American Junior and Young Rider Championships Now Accepting Sponsor and Vendor Applications
RELEASE: February 28, 2008
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: By Beth Gold
The CN North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) at the Colorado Horse Park Presented by Gotham North are set to return, July 29-August 3, 2008. The championships are an excellent opportunity for companies in the equestrian industry to market their products to the next generation of the sport's riders. Sponsor and vendor applications are now being accepted.
"To date we have had a tremendous response from returning sponsors and a great interest in the championships from potential new sponsors and vendors. If this is any indication of the support for this year's championships, we are off to a great start," said Larry Langer, who serves as event director of the championships.
The championships will continue to feature junior championships, as well as young rider championships, in four disciplines. In addition to the three Olympic disciplines of show jumping, dressage and eventing, the western riding discipline of reining will be on the schedule for the first time.
Heading the list of sponsors for this year's championships is the event's title sponsor, CN. CN is one of the largest freight railroads and a leader in the North American transportation industry. CN's rail network spans across Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans and Mobile, as well as the key cities of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Green Bay, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, St. Louis, and Jackson, with connections to all points in North America.
Georgina Bloomberg's Gotham North has signed on as presenting sponsor for the 2008 NAJYRC. Bloomberg, a two-time Gold medalist in show jumping at the championships, views her sponsorship as a way to give back to the event that helped set her on the path to stardom in international competition.
"The NAJYRC was my first taste of team competition, and it made me want to go on in my career and represent not only my zone, but also my country," said Bloomberg, who represents the United States at several international competitions. "This event gives me an opportunity to give back to the sport and support our future Olympic hopefuls."
The North American Junior and Young Rider Championships is the premier equestrian event in North America for riders ages 14-21. Many young equestrians travel from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands for a chance to compete for team and individual championships. The NAJYRC operates under the rules of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the international governing body for equestrian sport and the only FEI championship held in this country.
The NAJYRC is the continuation of an annual competition that began in 1974 as an eventing challenge between Canada and the United States. In the years since its inception, it has grown considerably with the addition of a dressage championship in 1981 and the show jumping championship in 1982. The first complete championships with all three Olympic disciplines was held in British Columbia, Canada, in 1982. In 2006, a championship division for juniors was added to the schedule and now, with a fourth discipline joining the world-class line-up, the championships have reached a whole new level of significance.
Attracting a variety of exhibitors, sponsors, horse owners and spectators, the Colorado Horse park is the perfect location for vendors of all varieties. From equine tack, saddlers, equestrian apparel to fine jewelry and unique clothing, the Horse Park provides a great opportunity for businesses and boutiques to reach a distinct group of customers and young riders.
For more information on sponsorship, vendor and advertising opportunities connected with the championship, please call Beth Gold at Classic Communications on the East Coast at (508) 698-6810 or em