Nov 29, 2017

FEH Program To Offer Central Championship at Texas Rose Horse Park in 2018!

By Kate Lokey - USEA Staff
Windchase Lionstar, fourth place in the 2017 FEH East Coast 3-year-old Colt Championship. USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce that the Future Event Horse (FEH) program will include a Central Championship in 2018 to accompany the East and West Coast Championships that already exist.

“This will be a huge boost for the program,” stated FEH Committee Co-Chair, Robin Walker. “The United States is so big that it’s hard for a lot of people and their very young horses to go from one coast to another to compete at the Championships and get recognized. Having the option to host a Central Championship is going to cater to the breeders in the middle of the country and strengthen the program across the board. It’s going to give us more depth.”

Jayne Lloyd will serve as the organizer of the 2018 USEA FEH Central Championship at the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, Texas, which will take place Saturday, September 29, 2018.

“I'm absolutely thrilled and excited to have the honor and opportunity to host the brand new USEA FEH Central Championship at Texas Rose Horse Park,” said Lloyd. “For the last 30 years I've been a student, trainer, competitor, owner, and breeder with education being my driving force to continue to grow in this journey of riding and horse management, so I was immediately drawn to this great program to produce the Young and Future Event Horse!”

Lloyd explains that “the task of training our riders for competition is well-formed, but we need to ask ourselves ‘what are we actually riding?’ This is where the education of correct conformation, breeding, and training has been put in place by the USEA with these [young horse] programs, and showing owner/riders how to develop their investment of our well-trained competitive amateur horses up through our next 3- and 4-star, or Olympic horses. I hold qualifying shows for both FEH and YEH in Texas and it is geographically challenging to travel to the already set up East and West Coast Championships, so over the last few years I have pursued a CENTRAL Championship. It has now come to fruition and I'm very much looking forward to working with the staff at the USEA and fellow breeding enthusiasts.”

Lando, the 2017 FEH West Coast 3-year-old Reserve Champion through the jump chute. USEA Photo.

The Texas Rose Horse Park is a 500-acre facility conveniently located in the heart of Area V in the beautiful rolling hills of East Texas. The Brunson family’s farm hosted the USEA American Eventing Championships from 2013 to 2015, providing fabulous cross-country courses, 350 permanent stalls (plus additional tent stalls), three outdoor arenas with all-weather footing and two warm-up arenas, plus a large indoor arena. Jane Lloyd and the Texas Rose Horse Park team will be setting up a Priefert jump chute for the FEH Central Championships, exactly the same as the Championship structure on the West Coast.

2018 Future Event Horse Championships

  • FEH West Coast Championship at Twin Rivers Ranch (Paso Robles, Ca.) – September 20, 2018
  • FEH East Coast Championship at Loch Moy Farm (Adamstown, Md.) – September 22-23, 2018
  • FEH Central Championship at Texas Rose Horse Park (Tyler, Tx.) – September 29, 2018

About the USEA FEH Program

The USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) series was introduced in 2007 as a pilot program as, what the USEA hoped would be, a successful precursor to the already popular USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) series, which is designed for 4- and 5-year-olds. Since the “test year” was so successful – with more than fifty young horses competing at the year-end Championship show – 2008 would see the FEH’s first season as a bona fide USEA program. FEH Classes are in-hand classes for yearlings, 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds. At Championships, 3-year-olds are required to compete in an additional free-jump division. New in 2017, the FEH program offered a 4-year-old class in which the horses show their gaits under saddle at qualifier events, and compete in a free-jump division at Championships as well. This will also carry over into 2018.

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