Oct 16, 2019

Announcing the Schedule for the 2019 YEH Judging Seminars

By Claire Kelley - USEA Staff
USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.

Experience the 2019 USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Championships through the judge's eyes! The USEA will be hosting YEH judging seminars during the 2019 USEA YEH Championships. The seminars will be led by the world-renowned judge and co-chair of the YEH Committee Marilyn Payne. All interested parties are welcome to attend.

Please note that attendance is free for this educational seminar, but the USEA encourages attendees to donate to the Young Event Horse Program. Donations can be made by clicking here or donations can be collected on-site during championships.

2019 USEA YEH East Coast Championships at Fair Hill International

Thursday, October 17

10:00 a.m. - INTRODUCTION

Meet at YEH Judge Seminar tent by main arena (William Dupont Jr. Arena)

Discussion of YEH rules & procedures, judging methodology, score sheets, scoring, evaluating gaits, and basics.

12:00p.m. - LUNCH and continued discussion

1:00 p.m. - JUDGING YEH DRESSAGE

This will include observing and discussing the evaluation of gaits and performance. Dressage tests performed at YEH Championships will be judged as a group followed by judging individually six tests. The six tests will be scored, tabulated, and then, discussed in depth.

4:00 p.m. - CONCLUSION

Friday, October 18

9:00 a.m. - INTRODUCTION

Meet at YEH Judge Seminar tent on jumping course

Discussion of rules, judging methodology & scores, scoresheets, evaluating jumping technique, scope, gallop, and upper level potential.

11:00 a.m. - JUDGING YEH JUMPING

This will include observing and discussing how to evaluate horses in show jumping, cross-country, and gallop. Jumping round will be first judged as a group.

LUNCH and discussion of courses.

*All participants must walk the courses on Wednesday or early Thursday to be prepared to discuss them as well as changes that should be made if it was a qualifier*

1:00 p.m. - JUDGING YEH JUMPING (continued)

Judging individually six jump rounds which will be scored, tabulated and then discussed in depth.

4:00 p.m. - CONCLUSION

2019 USEA YEH West Coast Championships at Fresno County Horse Park

Sunday, October 20

8:00 a.m. - INTRODUCTION

Meet at YEH Judge Seminar tent

Discussion of YEH rules & procedures, judging methodology, score sheets, scoring, evaluating gaits, and basics.

10:00 a.m. - JUDGING YEH DRESSAGE

This will include observing and discussing the evaluation of gaits and performance. Dressage tests performed at YEH Championships will be judged as a group followed by judging individually six tests. The six tests will be scored, tabulated, and then, discussed in depth.

12:00 p.m. - LUNCH and discussion of courses

*All participants must walk the courses on Saturday to be prepared to discuss them as well as changes that would be made if it was a qualifier.*

1:00 p.m. - JUDGING YEH JUMPING

This will include observing and discussing how to evaluate horses in show jumping, cross-country and gallop. Jumping rounds will first be judged as a group followed by judging individually six jump rounds which will be scored, tabulated and then discussed in depth.

5:00 p.m. - CONCLUSION

About the USEA Young Event Horse Program

The Young Event Horse (YEH) Program was first established in 2004 as an eventing talent search. Much like similar programs in Europe, the YEH program was designed to identify young horses that possess the talent and disposition to, with proper training, excel at the uppermost levels of the sport. The ultimate goal of the program is to distinguish horses with the potential to compete at the four- and five-star levels, but many fine horses that excel at the lower levels are also showcased by the program.

The YEH program provides an opportunity for breeders and owners to exhibit the potential of their young horses while encouraging the breeding and development of top event horses for the future. The program rewards horses who are educated and prepared in a correct and progressive manner. At qualifying events, youngsters complete a dressage test and a jumping/galloping/general impression phase. At Championships, young horses are also evaluated on their conformation in addition to the dressage test and jumping/galloping/general impression phase. Click here to learn more about the Young Event Horse Program.

The USEA would like to thank Bates Saddles, SmartPak, Standlee Hay Company, C4 Belts and Etalon Diagnostics for sponsoring the Young Event Horse Program.

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