I'm on track to do juniors and young riders but I'm pretty confused about several things. If anyone has done it before or knows about it, I'd appreciate your help.
First question: Can you ride the jr/yr tests without any intention of qualifying for any sort of championship? Can you just ride the tests in a show like you would a normal test?
Second question: There are regional championships for the jr/yr team tests, and this is what it says in the rules:
Automatic invitations shall be extended to the top twelve placed competitors who are U.S. Citizens, in the NAYRC and NAJC final team and individual classes. Invitations shall also be extended to the top
Twelve horse/rider combinations invited to, in addition to those horse/rider combinations that competed at, the USEF High Performance National Championships at Grand Prix and Intermediaire I, and to the top twelve horse/rider combinations ranked from the USEF National Junior, Young Rider and Young Adult Ranking lists.
Which makes it sound like you either have to go to NAJYRC or be invited (at the least) to the USEF High Performance National Championships (which is the Festival of Champions at Gladstone) to compete in regionals. Is this correct? As in, you can't just go to regular shows and collect your qualifying scores like you normally would?
3. From reading the selection procedures at http://www.usef.org/documents/discipline… it sounds like you have to submit your declaration of intent before you earn your qualifying scores. Is this correct?
4. How do you qualify for the Festival of Champions in the Jr and Yr divisions? I found info on Grand Prix and I-1 but not on jr/yr. I know you have to earn scores at CDIs and if you get lucky you'll get an invitation, but nothing more.
Thank you very much!