The USEA Young Event Horse Program (YEH) began in 2004 as a pilot program and is best described as an eventing talent search. YEH's first season as an official program of the USEA was 2005, and the program's goal is to identify young horses that possesses the talent and disposition that, with proper training, can excel in the uppermost levels of eventing. While the ultimate aim is to identify the future four-star horses, many fine event horses who will excel at the lower levels will also be showcased.
The Program gives owners and breeders the opportunity to showcase the potential of their four- and five-year-old horses while encouraging the breeding and development of top-level event horses for the future. Classes focus on education and preparation of the event horse in a correct and progressive manner. YEH Rules and Guidelines may be found here.
At qualifying events, youngsters are asked to complete two sections:
At Championships, youngsters are asked to complete three sections:
4-year-old classes are for horses attaining four years of age in the current calendar year. 5-year-old classes are for horses attaining five years of age in the current calendar year.
*As of 2018: The "bye-year" policy for mares that have had term foals has been removed. There will be no more allowance for the "bye-year" and all horses must compete in their respective age groups.
East Coast Championships at Virginia Horse Trials (Lexington, VA) | Wednesday-Thursday, October 28-29, 2020
West Coast Championships at Twin Rivers Ranch (Paso Robles, CA) | Friday-Saturday, October 23-24, 2020
2020 YEH Championship Judges: Peter Gray (CAN) and Debbie Adams (USA)
*due to large entries at the East Coast Championships, the 4-year-old division will have separate judges: Tim Holekamp (conformation), Marilyn Payne (dressage and jumping/gallop), Phyllis Dawson (jumping/gallop)
All qualified YEH entries will be accepted at both the East and West Coast Championships. All entries must be received before closing date. The organizers reserve the right to deny entries sent after closing date. If the East Coast receives a large amount of entries, there will be an option to bring on additional judges for the 4-year-old division.
If you are interested in hosting a USEA Young Event Horse competition or have questions about the program, please contact Kate Lokey, (703) 779-9897.