First up on this week's episode of the USEA Podcast, Future Event Horse Committee Co-Chair Susan Graham White comes on the show to discuss the judging seminars that will be offered this year at the East Coast and West Coast Championships taking place in September. These seminars are intended for current FEH judges to help improve the quality of FEH judging across the board.
In a jump chute, much can be seen on how a horse uses himself while jumping. Their natural jumping ability, instincts, scope, power, stride, adjustability, and reaction time all come into play. When done right, the jump chute helps teach horses how to jump properly but when done wrong, the jump chute can cause more harm than good.
One of the biggest mistakes we make with young horses is asking too much of them for too long. The ones that find something easy are often the ones you need to be most cautious of pushing too much, as it doesn’t actually feel like you’re pushing them. Then at some point down the road they start to worry, struggle and often hit a training ‘plateau’.
With three horses fully qualified and eight horses partially qualified, the race to Le Lion has begun! The 2019 Le Mondial du Lion d’Angers will be held October 17-20, 2019 just two hours southeast of Paris, France.
The USEA Future Event Horse Program (FEH) will host East, West, and Central Championships in September 2019. The West Coast Championships will take place at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California on September 19. The Central Championships will move to Snowdonia Farms in Tomball, Texas the following Thursday, September 26 with the East Coast quickly following Saturday and Sunday, September 28-29 at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) Young Event Horse (YEH) Championships are now just over four months away, and young horses are well underway earning their qualifications for the fall. The Championships offer classes for qualified 4-year-olds and qualified 5-year-old horses on both the East and West Coasts.
Like a watermark on a picture, it has become increasingly common for breeders to stamp their own product. American tags like ‘Landmark,’ ‘Windchase,’ and ‘Sunsprite’ attached to a horse’s name indicates that they were bred in the United States.
All three jumped clear on cross-country and all three finished within the top 20, so how did the three YEH graduates do at the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event? They did excellently. Considered ‘a talent search,’ the USEA YEH program was designed to identify young horses that possess the talent and disposition to excel in the upper levels of eventing.
It’s quality over quantity this year at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event in Lexington, Kentucky for the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) program. Three YEH graduates will be making the trip to the bluegrass state to compete in the toughest event in North America. From babies to the big league, Tsetserleg, Indy 500, and PFun are horses who started their eventing careers in USEA’s YEH program.
Attention young horse competitors! The United States Eventing Association (USEA) recently added a list of 2019 Young Event Horse (YEH) Championships Qualified Horses and a list of 2019 Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships Qualified Horses to the website. These two lists will be updated twice per month throughout the 2019 competition season as YEH and FEH qualifiers are completed.
“Like puppies” Peter Gray described yearlings, one of the most challenging age groups to judge in the Future Event Horse (FEH) program. Peter Gray, a highly respected eventing judge, is also a passionate supporter of USEA’s FEH program. Gray is a USEF ‘R’ Eventing Judge, a certified USEA YEH and FEH judge, and worked alongside Robin Walker in 2018 as a FEH Championship judge.