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The IDHSNA USEA Future Event Horse Program is entering its seventh year and there are lots of exciting changes for the 2013 season. Thanks to a very generous donation last year, the FEH committee was able to establish a seminar series which all FEH judges are required to attend by the end of 2013. The first seminar held at Hilltop Farm in Maryland was a huge success and there will be two more seminars in the Fall of this year. All judges who attended the first seminar are listed as full judges on the FEH judges list while ones who have yet to attend are listed as provisional – although they are still allowed to judge for the remainder of the year.
In addition to judge’s training, the FEH committee has updated the score sheet to reflect the focus on event horses with refining blood. Criteria such as “Tri-athletic, shows the appearance of refining blood” and “Conformation and movement to progress to the upper levels of Eventing” are now included on the score sheet. These new score sheets will be used starting this year.
The final major change is the locations of the 2013 FEH Championships. Both the East and West Coast Championships will be held in conjunction with the Young Event Horse Championships at the Fall CCI3* at Fair Hill International in Elkton, Maryland on October 16-20 and Galway Downs in Temecula, California on October 31-November 3. The USEA is excited to bring the FEH and YEH Championships together at two prestigious locations. Remember that Future Event Horses must score a minimum of 68 percent at a qualifying event to be eligible to compete in the Championships.
Also at the Championships, there will be a new award introduced called the “Born in America” award and it will be presented to the highest scoring American bred – Yearling, Two-year-old, or Three-year-old.
Interested in learning more about the Future Event Horse Program? Visit the FEH page and check out the calendar of events on the right hand side.