Feb 11, 2022

Announcing the New Format for the 2022 USEA FEH 3-year-old Championships

By Claire Kelley - USEA Staff
Tina Fitch photo.

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce a new format has been approved for the 2022 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships 3-year-old division. This new format will remove the triangle presentation for 3-year-olds but instead will have the full presentation take place in the jump chute arena at all three Championship venues.

The FEH East Coast Championships will be held on Sept. 17-18, 2022, at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland. The FEH Central Championships will be held on October 9, 2022, at Haras Hacienda in Magnolia, Texas. The FEH West Coast Championships will be held on Oct. 28-29, 2022, at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California.

To qualify for the USEA FEH Championships, FEH horses must earn a minimum qualifying score of 72 percent at any qualifier to be eligible. Horses may qualify in any part of the country but may only compete in one Championship. The 4-year-old horses may also qualify for both the FEH and USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Championships but may only choose one program Championship to compete in, as they may not compete in both the FEH and YEH Championships in the same year.

Miss Roxy. USEA/ Samantha Haynie photo.


The FEH Committee and the USEA Board of Governors approved this format change to the 3-year-old division for the championships only. During Championships, 3-year-olds will not be presented in-hand around the triangle but will instead be presented in-hand and at liberty in the jump chute enclosed arena. The horse will enter the jump chute arena with the handler and will first be judged in-hand on conformation and walking movements. Then, the reins will be detached and the FEH horse will be let loose, guided by a professional handling team, for the trot and canter evaluation. After the canter evaluation, the horse will end the presentation with the jumping evaluation in the jump chute. This format change is for the Championships only, and 3-year-olds will continue to be judged in-hand in the triangle format for all FEH qualifiers.

A triangle will continue to be used to judge the movement for yearlings and 2-year-olds, and the 4-year-olds will continue to be judged on movement under saddle.

“This new format change is a step in the right direction,” said Susan Graham White, FEH Committee Co-Chair. “This change will help ensure the safety of FEH Championship participants, it will reduce the cost of handling fees, and the judges will be able to better assess the quality of trot for 3-year-olds. In future years, we would like to eventually have the yearlings and 2-year-olds evaluated in the jump chute arena as well.”

Click here to view the updated FEH Rules.

Start planning the FEH season by viewing the 2022 FEH Calendar.

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, Parker Equine Insurance, SmartPak, Standlee Premium Western Forage, Saratoga Horseworks, and The Jockey Club for sponsoring the Future Event Horse Program.

Oct 03, 2022 Convention

Announcing the Keynote Speaker for the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention: Dr. Sue Dyson

Have you ever wondered why your horse isn’t performing at their best? Get ready to learn about the many facets that can contribute to lameness and poor performance in sport horses from equine orthopedics expert, Dr. Sue Dyson! The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Dyson will be the keynote speaker at the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention in Savannah, GA this December 7-11.

Oct 02, 2022 Profile

Change of Rein: Rosie Smith's Journey from Reining to the #2022AEC

Rosie Smith’s rose gold accented helmet matched her perfectly tidy bun of red hair as she took the third spot in the USEA Training Rider Championship at the 2022 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nurena Feeds. Every little detail came together while aboard her trusted partner of nine years: the 20-year-old Connemara Irish Draught named Seamus (by Corrcullen, RID). But Smith’s first jump, back when she was only 15 years old, wasn’t with an English saddle.

Oct 01, 2022 Volunteers

The VIP Volunteer: Lisa Pragg

Lisa Pragg is a busy woman, but between her normal day job and competing her own 19-year-old Thoroughbred Impeccable she still prioritizes time to volunteer - both at horse trials and as a volunteer firefighter. Pragg understands the importance that volunteers play in the eventing community and makes sure to give whatever time she can back as a fair gesture.

Sep 30, 2022 Convention

Registration is Now Open for the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention in Savannah, Georgia!

Attention USEA members! Registration for the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention is now open! The convention will be held in person on December 7-11, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah Hotel in Savannah, Georgia.

Official Corporate Sponsors of the USEA

Official Joint Therapy Treatment of the USEA

Official Feed of the USEA

Official Saddle of the USEA

Official Real Estate Partner of the USEA

Official Equine Insurance of the USEA

Official Forage of the USEA

Official Supplement Feeding System of the USEA

Official Outerwear of the USEA

Official Competition & Training Apparel of the USEA