“This horse lacks the refinement you’d generally see in the upper level event horse,” Chris Ryan first observed of this 5-year-old Morgan mare. “This is more of what I’d consider a pleasure type. Remember, conformation does not rely on breed type but is a straight study of physique.”
“This horse is a smart blood type with lots of quality and refinement,” Chris Ryan began his assessment of this 2-year-old Arabian Sport Horse stallion. “I love the ‘forward look’ of this individual. A horse who looks forward, with his eye and ear, thinks forward and generally goes forward!"
“Correct movement is not the same as scopey or extravagant movement,” said Susan Graham White, who has years of experience judging international event horses as well as future event horses. White, a USEF ‘S’ Eventing Judge, a Level 3 FEI Eventing Judge, and the Co-Chair of the USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Committee, explains correct and flashy movement in event horses.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce the renewed partnership with The Jockey Club as a Silver Level Sponsor of the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. The Jockey Club will award Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) prizes in all AEC divisions that include a cooler, ribbon, and prize money for every T.I.P. Champion and T.I.P. Reserve Champion. This year’s AEC will be held on August 25-30 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is thrilled to welcome back the Corporate Sponsor Standlee Hay Company Inc. as the "Official Forage of the USEA." They will also join as the Title Sponsor of the USEA Horse of the Year Leaderboard, Gold Level Sponsor of the USEA American Eventing Championships, Contributing Level Sponsor of the USEA Future Event Horse Program, and Contributing Level Sponsor of the USEA Young Event Horse Program.
Have you ever wanted to look through the judge’s eyes and see what they see during the conformation portion of a USEA Young or Future Event Horse competition? Now is your chance! Using only a photo and information on age and breed, legendary horseman and prior FEH/YEH Championship judge Chris Ryan is sharing his insights into young horse conformation in our Conformation Critique article series.
The USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) and Young Event Horse (YEH) programs have around 30 qualifying competitions each, and youngsters around the country are about to begin their seasons aimed at Championships.
“It was a down in the trenches kind of day,” said USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) co-chair Robin Walker about the final day of the USEA Educational Symposium. “It was a great value for the judges and necessity going forward.” This year’s FEH portion of the Symposium focused on judges’ training as the program works to refine the pool of judges and makes sure that every FEH horse is getting the best evaluation possible.
For Martin Douzant, experience is everything. As the owner and operator of The Frame Sport Horses based in The Plains, Virginia, Douzant has been able to build a successful training business on a foundation of great education, involvement across equestrian disciplines, and a distinct reverence for the horse.
The USEA Future Event Horse Program (FEH) is growing – it has more qualifiers on the calendar, expert judges on the judges list, higher quality horses at the Championships, and new educational resources on the USEA website. This year, the FEH calendar has over 28 competitions across the country and three Championships.
The biggest educational event of the year will start in two weeks, on February 17-20 at Barnstaple South in Ocala, Florida. The 2020 USEA Educational Symposium will have five world-renowned clinicians share information related to three USEA programs: the USEA Instructors' Certification Program (ICP), the USEA Young Event Horse Program (YEH), and the USEA Future Event Program (FEH).