Interested in the difference between a ‘flashy mover’ and ‘correct mover’? Or which conformation flaws inhibit an event horse’s performance? Experts of the USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) program answer these questions and more in three educational videos that are now available on the USEA website.
These new videos are intended to be an educational resource for anyone interested in the FEH program – judges, trainers, competitors, owners, organizers, breeders, and handlers. The videos were produced by Mythic Landing Enterprises and the footage was taken during the 2019 USEA FEH East Coast Championships at Loch Moy Farm. The videos are broken into three parts: FEH Judging, FEH Handling: Part 1 and FEH Handling: Part 2.
In the FEH Judging video, Robin Walker, Susan Graham White, Chris Ryan, and Peter Gray thoroughly discuss what makes a good event horse. For conformation, they discuss what judges should look for, what good conformation looks like, and what conformation flaws could hinder an event horse’s performance. For assessment of gaits, Gray explains the top characteristics that he looks for, Graham White explains correct movement, and Ryan explains how conformation can affect movement.
Graham White and Walker also go through step by step on how to judge an FEH competition. Over 40 minutes of helpful information can be viewed in the FEH Judging video.
FEH Handling: Part 1
The FEH Handling: Part 1 video focuses on in-hand presentation at a FEH competition. Martin Douzant of The Frame Sport Horses, who presented over 20 horses at the 2019 USEA FEH Championships, discusses how to correctly present a horse, what equipment to use, what handlers should wear, common mistakes when presenting a horse, and the overall responsibilities of the handler and assistant handler.
FEH Handling: Part 2
The FEH Handling: Part 2 video is a demonstration of how to best present a horse with Martin Douzant’s expert tips.
Anyone and everyone can watch, re-watch, and share these wonderful FEH videos. The USEA would like to thank everyone involved in the production of these videos!
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.
All the major contenders passed the eventing final horse inspection at the Tokyo Olympics and will carry on to contest the show jumping phase in a few hours’ time.
The ground jury (Nick Burton, GBR, Christina Klingspor, SWE, and the U.S.A.’s Jane Hamlin) and vets only failed to accept one horse - Fantastic Frieda, ridden by Poland’s Joanna Pawlak, who had completed the cross-country in 41st place with a refusal and 25.2 time-faults.
The FEI has announced that the Swiss horse Jet Set, ridden by Robin Godel has had to be euthanized after pulling up extremely lame on the Sea Forest Cross Country Course during Equestrian Eventing at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on August 1, 2021.
In 2002, at the age of 15, I was at my Aunt and Uncle’s farm in Maine while Tremaine Cooper was there building some cross-country jumps. I helped him build a trakehner, not realizing that this day would set the course for my future. A few weeks later he called asking if I could help him at Millbrook Horse Trials. From there I helped Tremaine during most of my school vacations and throughout the summers. After graduating high school I kept at it never looking back. I lived the gypsy lifestyle for about six years going from coast to coast and event to event. In 2013 my wife Kathryn and I settled down in Lexington, Kentucky. These days I spend roughly 60-75 percent of my time on the road preparing events or building private schooling areas. I’ve had the privilege of being involved with some really great events around the states and have cultivated many friendships all over the country. In 2019 I was asked to be a part of Team Evans Olympic cross-country building crew. As I write this I am on my third trip to Tokyo. Here’s a day in Tokyo . . .
The British team cemented their gold medal position at the Tokyo Olympics with three magnificent cross-country performances, all clear inside the time. Added to that, their first rider, Oliver Townend, holds pole position individually after the dressage leader, Germany’s Michael Jung, picked up 11 penalties for triggering a frangible device.