US Equestrian, Equestrian Canada, and the Mexican Equestrian Federation, with support of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), have announced the cancellation of the 2020 Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC) for Dressage and Jumping.
The 2020 NAYC for Dressage and Jumping was scheduled to run from August 4th – 9th at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival in Traverse City, Mich.
Under the direction of National Coach Angela Halloran Smith, Robin Stempel and her horse Rossano Royal 2 had undertaken a strenuous and committed training program in order to reach young Robin's goal of representing Bermuda at the 2020 Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championship in the discipline of dressage.
The agreement to cancel the 2020 NAYC was made due to ongoing uncertainty surrounding international travel as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the significant reduction of qualifying opportunities for both dressage and jumping athletes in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The three national federations agreed that it is no longer feasible to host the championship this year, as horse and athlete combinations would not be able to properly prepare, qualify, or travel effectively for the event.