Sep 05, 2019

Announcing the New FEH National Awards Presented by Guardian Horse Bedding

By Claire Kelley - USEA Staff
The 2018 USEA FEH East Coast Grand Champion, Solo Hit, with owner Lauren Welsh, handler Martin Douzant, and judges Robin Walker and Peter Gray. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is thrilled to announce the new partnership with Guardian Horse Bedding for the 2019 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships. As a sponsor of the FEH overall awards, Guardian Horse Bedding will provide the funding to create awards for the overall 2019 USEA FEH Champions. The overall awards will be given to the highest scoring horse of each age group after the three USEA FEH Championships are finished. The four overall FEH champions will receive $500 in prize money and a small trophy.

This year, the USEA FEH West Coast Championships will be held at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California on September 19, 2019. The USEA FEH Central Championships will be held at Snowdonia Farms in Tomball, Texas on September 26. The USEA FEH East Coast Championships will be held at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland on September 28-29. The USEA FEH Championship judges will be Peter Gray and Chris Ryan.

“This award is the most prestigious and recognizes the overall champions in their age group countrywide. To have the support of such a high-profile company means a great deal to this program. Guardian horse bedding remains the only choice for many of us and to have them involved only encourages the FEH committee to push on and further improve the quality of the young horse experience for breeders and competitors alike,” said Robin Walker, co-chair of the FEH committee.

Established in 2001, Guardian Horse Bedding offers premium pine products for large and small animals. Guardian Horse Bedding manufactures 100% pine pellets, premium flake shaving, gold-standard small-flake shavings, and Swift Pick mini-flake pine shavings throughout the United States. For more information on Guardian Horse Bedding, please visit www.guardianhorsebedding.com.

Don’t forget to enter for the 2019 USEA FEH Championships! Click here for FEH qualified horses.

About Guardian Horse Bedding

Guardian Horse Bedding is a leader in the animal bedding industry and is always working on ways to improve their existing product line. Guardian Horse Bedding is a product of Equustock, LLC and Equustock Canada, LLC. We manufacture our horse bedding products in Canada and the US. As a subsidiary of Equustock, LLC we are also horse and farm owners and have been providing horse bedding to customers in North America for many years.

Through research of animal bedding manufacturing methods and extensive field testing, Equustock, LLC has developed four premium bedding products: Guardian Horse Bedding condensed pine pellets, premium flake shavings, gold-standard small flake, and Swift Pick mini-flake wood shavings. Additionally, our new product line includes Guardian Angel Small Animal Litter.

About the USEA Future Event Horse Program

The USEA introduced the Future Event Horse Program in 2007 in response to the popularity of the already established USEA Young Event Horse Program. Where the YEH program assesses 4- and 5-year-old prospective event horses based on their performance, the FEH program evaluates yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and 4-year-olds for their potential for the sport based on conformation and type. Yearlings, 2-year-olds, and 3-year-olds are presented in-hand while 4-year-olds are presented under saddle at the walk, trot, and canter before being stripped of their tack and evaluated on their conformation. Divisions are separated by year and gender. At the Championships, 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds are also required to demonstrate their potential over fences in an additional free-jump division. Click here to learn more about the Future Event Horse Program.

The USEA would like to thank Bates Saddles, SmartPak, Standlee Hay Company, C4 Belts, and Guardian Horse Bedding for sponsoring the Future Event Horse Program.

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