The 2021 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships kick off in two weeks! The first of three FEH Championships will be the FEH East Coast Championships taking place later this month and the FEH Central and FEH West Coast Championships will both take place in October.
FEH horses must earn a minimum qualifying score of 72 percent at any qualifier to be eligible to compete in 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 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.
The USEA manages a running leaderboard with FEH horses that are qualified for the 2021 Championships, and the list of those horses may be found here. The FEH horses are listed in ranking based on the highest scores. The leaderboard is updated twice monthly after the USEA receives scores from each event.
Not yet qualified? All three Championship venues will have a last chance qualifier the day before their respective Championships.
The 2021 USEA FEH East Coast Championships are September 25-26, 2021 at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland. The East Coast Championships will be judged by Robin Walker and Lori Hoos.
**The closing date for the FEH East Coast Championships was Tuesday, September 7th but they are accepting late entries through Sunday, September 19th (a $25 late fee will apply).
The 2021 USEA FEH Central Championships are on October 9-10, 2021 at Haras Hacienda in Magnolia, Texas. 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 on Friday-Saturday October 29-30, 2021 at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California. The West Coast Championship will be judged by Chris Ryan and Susan Graham White.
It is recommended that all 3- and 4-year-old horses have experience going through a jump chute prior to Championships. There will be a jump chute clinic the day before FEH East Coast Championships, on Friday, Sept 24 at Loch Moy Farm with Martin Douzant. There will also be an in-hand and jump chute clinic with Martin Douzant the day before FEH Central Championships, on October 8, 2021.
All three Championship venues will provide a professional jump chute crew to safely guide the 3- and 4-year-olds through the jump chute phase. Every owner has the option to utilize this professional jump chute crew at no extra cost or they can bring their own crew.
The FEH West Coast Championships will have an FEH judge seminar on Thursday, October 28, it and will be led by the FEH Committee Co-Chair, Susan Graham White. The FEH East Coast Championships will also have an FEH judge seminar on Friday, September 24, and it will be led by FEH Committee Co-Chair, Robin Walker. Please contact Susan Graham White for more details.
Helpful Links for FEH Championships
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 class. Click here to learn more about the Future Event Horse Program.
The USEA would like to thank Bates Saddles, Parker Equine Insurance, SmartPak, Standlee Hay Company, Saratoga Horseworks, The Jockey Club, and Etalon Diagnostics for sponsoring the Future Event Horse Program.
Updated January 18, 2022: The 2023 Eventing Calendar webinar, originally scheduled to be held on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. EST, has been postponed and will be rescheduled with an additional commmunication in the coming weeks.
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The USEA Eventing Handbook by the Levels is an educational tool that was developed over the course of two years and is loaded with materials and resources targeted for all levels of eventing professionals, instructors, and coaches.
The USEA Future Event Horse Program (FEH) was introduced in 2007 to evaluate yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and 4-year-olds for their suitability for the sport of eventing based on conformation and type. The FEH program also created a pipeline for horses to gain experience competing before attending USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) competitions.