**Please keep in mind the procedures for in-hand classes as stated on page 10 of the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan: Face masks or face coverings that fully cover your nose and mouth are required at all times at USEF-licensed competitions, including while exhibiting horses and ponies in-hand. However, if absolutely necessary, you may lower your mask while jogging or running with a horse or pony in-hand, or while executing a pattern, but only if you are able to maintain social distancing of at least six feet while doing so. The mask must be replaced immediately once the jog, or run, or pattern, is completed.
The USEA Future Event Horse Program (FEH) evaluates the potential of yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds to become successful upper level event horses.
The FEH Program was introduced in 2007 as a pilot program as a precursor to the already popular USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Program, which is designed for 4- and 5-year-olds. Since the “test year” was so successful – with more than 50 young horses competing at the year end Championship – 2008 would see the FEH’s first season as a bona fide USEA program. FEH Classes are in-hand classes for yearlings, 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds. At Championships, 3-year-olds are required to compete in an additional free-jump division. The FEH program also offers a 4-year-old class in which the horses show their gaits under saddle at qualifier events, and compete in a free-jump division at Championships. The free-jump divisions will only be held at Championships - qualifier events will not have any jumping.
Each age group is judged separately, and genders within the age group are judged separately when the number of entries allows. In order to compete in FEH classes, horses must be registered with the USEA, but a special FEH rate is available for owners who may not want to register the horse fully yet.
To view the rules for the Future Event Horse Program, click here.
Horses must earn a minimum qualifying score of 72% at any qualifier to be eligible to compete in the FEH Championships.
The 2021 USEA FEH East Coast Championships:
Loch Moy Farm (Adamstown, Maryland), September 25-26
The 2021 USEA FEH Central Championships:
Haras Hacienda (Magnolia, Texas), October 9-10
The 2021 USEA FEH West Coast Championships:
Twin Rivers Ranch (Paso Robles, California), October 29-30
The 2021 Championships will hold a jump-chute class in the 3-year old and 4-year old divisions only.
*4-year-old horses may not compete in both the FEH and YEH Championships in the same year. A 4-year-old horse may qualify for both Championships, but may only compete in one FEH or YEH program Championship, not both.
2021 Championship Judges:
East Coast: Robin Walker and Lori Hoos
Central: Lori Hoos and Katie Rocco
West Coast: Chris Ryan and Robin Walker
For more information on how your horse should be presented and will be evaluated, go here.
Judging Triangle - Diagram and Dimensions:
The Future Event Horse Program is educational and judges are encouraged to offer guidance to owners/breeders when appropriate. For more information about hosting or competing in an FEH competition, contact Kate Lokey, (703) 779-9897.