The Young Event Horse (YEH) Committee is excited to announce they will be offering an educational opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about the YEH program, especially current YEH judges, riders, trainers and breeders. The workshops will be led by Marilyn Payne and will take place at both the East and West Coast YEH Championships. Marilyn currently serves as the USEA Young Event Horse Committee Chair and is a member of the Eventing Licensed Official Committee. Woodside International is hosting the West Coast YEH Championship October 6, 2016 and the East Coast YEH Championship will be held at Fair Hill International October 13 -14, 2016.
Participants in the workshop will sit as a group with Marilyn to observe all phases of the competition. Everyone will have the opportunity to practice judge, compare notes, ask questions, and discuss the fine points of such factors as scoring range, how to evaluate the gallop on the flat versus over fences, and anything else unique to YEH judging. Current YEH judges will be given credit for attendance towards maintaining their YEH license. Auditors may also try their hand at judging.
"Come and enjoy learning more about YEH and developing your eye to recognize the potential of young horses! It's such an exciting journey watching these horses develop and enjoy taking part the sport we all know and love!" Payne commented.
There is no fee to attend the workshop. To sign up, please send an email to Rebecca Lertora ([email protected]) indicating which workshop you’d like to attend. Your name will be added to the list of participants and you will receive an exact schedule, a list of the competitors and educational materials as the championships approach.
About Marilyn Payne
Marilyn's interest in developing young horses began more than 30 years ago when she started breeding, training and competing her own young horses. Today she and her husband Dick live at their Applewood Farm in Oldwick, NJ, and Marilyn continues to compete successfully in both dressage and Eventing, bringing along her homebreds from the day they are foaled. She is presently co-chair of the USEA YEH Committee, having been involved in the YEH program since it began. Her contributions have been instrumental in developing and improving the program and encouraging breeders, owners and competitors to participate. An FEI Eventing CCI3/4* judge, Marilyn is also a USEF "S" Eventing judge and "S" Dressage judge. She has judged nearly every 4* FEI Event in the world as well as the 2008 Olympics in Hong Kong and the 2010 WEG in Kentucky. When not sitting at "C" or galloping cross-country, Marilyn conducts training sessions for both Dressage and Eventing judges in the USA and for FEI Eventing judges overseas. Following in their mother's footsteps, her children Doug and Holly are prominent Eventing riders and trainers, devoted to bringing horses along from their first cross-rail to the CCI3* and 4* levels.