The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is happy to announce the dates, locations, and judges for the USEA Future Event Horse Championships in 2021. The Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships offer classes for yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and 4-year-olds to evaluate their potential for becoming successful upper-level event horses. While yearlings and 2-year-olds will strictly be judged in-hand on their conformation and movement, the 3-year-old and 4-year-old classes will also have a free-jump division. Additionally, the 4-year-olds will be judged under saddle at the walk, trot, and canter.
The USEA Future Event Horse Championships will once again offer three Championships: East Coast, West Coast, and Central. Horses must earn at least one score of 72 percent or higher at any FEH qualifier to be eligible for the USEA FEH Championships. 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 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.
The 2021 USEA FEH East Coast Championships will be held at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland across Saturday-Sunday, September 25-26, 2021. The East Coast Championships will be judged by Robin Walker and Lori Hoos.
The 2021 USEA FEH Central Championships will once again be at Haras Hacienda in Magnolia, Texas, and will occur on the weekend of October 9-10, 2021. The Central Championships will be judged by Lori Hoos and Katie Rocco.
The 2021 USEA FEH West Coast Championships will run concurrently with the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) West Coast Championships at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California. The West Coast Championships will take place Friday-Saturday, October 29-30, 2021 and the FEH Championship judges will be Chris Ryan and Robin Walker.
All three Championship venues will provide a professional jump chute crew to safely guide the 3- and 4-year-olds through the jump chute division. All three venues also plan to have a last chance qualifier the day before their respective Championships.
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For questions about the FEH program or the FEH Championships, please contact Kate Lokey at [email protected].
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 established the Young Event Horse (YEH) program in 2004 to identify young horses that possess the talent and disposition to, with proper training, excel at the uppermost levels of the sport. While the goal of the YEH program is to identify horses that will be successful at the four- and five-star levels, horses with the potential for lower-level success are also showcased by the program.
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