The United States Eventing Association (USEA) proudly offers three regional Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships and two regional Young Event Horse (YEH) Championships annually. Together, the FEH and YEH programs have created a pipeline for young horses to showcase their talent, while judges identify horses that will be successful at the four-star and five-star levels of eventing.
The USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Program and the USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Program evaluates the potential of young horses aged 5 and under. The YEH program is eligible for 4- and 5-year-old horses and the FEH program is eligible for yearlings through 4-year-olds. Purchasing a young horse can be challenging but, four eventing professionals, who specialize in young horse training, provide advice when shopping for a young event horse.
It was eight years ago when the O’Neals first started breeding event horses, and they have been hooked ever since. “The whole process of watching them grow from foals to taking them to their first event to competing internationally for the first time is hugely rewarding. It’s also interesting for us as professional riders because if we breed and produce a horse to four years old it is a fraction of the cost of importing a 4-year-old of the same quality and it's one that we have produced and know well,” said Ellie O’Neal.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce a new format has been approved for the 2022 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships 3-year-old division. This new format will remove the triangle presentation for 3-year-olds but instead will have the full presentation take place in the jump chute arena at all three Championship venues.
The USEA Future Event Horse Program (FEH) was introduced in 2007 to evaluate yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and 4-year-olds for their suitability for the sport of eventing based on conformation and type. The FEH program also created a pipeline for horses to gain experience competing before attending USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) competitions.
Three years after the creation of the USEA Young Event Horse Program (YEH), the USEA Future Event Horse Program (FEH) was born in 2007. Sharing similar goals as YEH, the FEH program evaluates the potential of yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and 4-year-olds to become successful upper-level event horses. Since the start of FEH, there have been countless horses to graduate from the program, but more importantly, there are several horses that have fulfilled the program’s mission.
The bright autumn leaves and the early morning fog helped set the scene for Halloween as well as the final day of competition on Saturday in the USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) and Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) West Coast Championships at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, CA.
Twin Rivers Ranch in the picturesque wine country of Paso Robles, California, is once again the host to the Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) and USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships. The Championships consist of six divisions: The Dutta Corp. USEA YEH West Coast 5-year-old and 4-year-old Championships, and the USEA FEH West Coast 4-year-old, 3-year-old, 2-year-old, and Yearling Championships. All six divisions of the Championships competed on Friday with the FEH 2-year-old and yearling classes crowning their champions.
It’s going to be a busy weekend at Twin Rivers Ranch. The event site in Paso Robles, California is the host of the 2021 Future Event Horse (FEH) and Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) West Coast Championships where over 40 young horses will battle it out for the champion tricolor in their respective divisions. With returning champions and fresh faces on this year’s lineup, we’ve outlined everything you need to know to follow along in this week’s Fast Facts.
A new set of champions were crowned today at the 2021 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Central Championships at Haras Hacienda in Magnolia, Texas. Judged by Lori Hoos and Katie Rocco, the Central Championships saw a total of 21 horses ranging from yearlings to 4-year-olds. “Today was a wonderful day. The venue at Haras [Hacienda] is so elegant, and it’s a pleasure to be here. The horses were well-mannered, and well presented,” said Hoos. Rocco added, “I agree that this was a phenomenal experience, and what a fabulous place to host this, it was wonderful. There is true sincerity of people caring about this program here.”
The second installment of the 2021 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships, the USEA FEH Central Championships, takes place this Sunday, October 10 in Tomball, Texas at Haras Hacienda. The first of the three regional championships, the USEA FEH East Coast Championships, kicked off the FEH Championship season September 25-26 at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland. The third and final championship, the USEA FEH West Coast Championship, will wrap up the 2021 FEH season on October 29-30 in Paso Robles, California at Twin Rivers Ranch.