Jan 29, 2021

Gain Experience for Your Young Horse at a 2021 USEA FEH Event

By Jessica Duffy - USEA Staff
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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. Yearlings, 2-year-olds, and 3-year-olds are evaluated in-hand while 4-year-olds are presented under saddle. The FEH program also created a pipeline for horses to gain experience competing before attending USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) competitions.

USEA Future Event Horse classes are offered throughout the year and are an excellent opportunity to expose your young horse to a show atmosphere while keeping the experience educational and positive. They also provide the chance to have your youngster assessed for their suitability for eventing based on their conformation and movement.

In order to qualify for one of the three USEA Future Event Horse Championships – East Coast, West Coast, or Central – horses must earn a score of 72 percent or higher at a single FEH qualifying event.

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Ready to get out there? Check out the 2021 calendar of FEH events:

2021 USEA Future Event Horse Calendar

Event

Dates

*Barnstaple South YEH/FEH/NEH (Area III)

March 2, 2021

*Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. (Area V)

March 26-28, 2021

*Twin Rivers Spring International (Area VI)

April 8-11, 2021

*MDHT FEH/YEH/NEH Qualifier (Area II)

April 18, 2021

*Waredaca H.T. (Area II)

May 1-2, 2021

*Spokane Sport Horse Spring H.T. (Area VII)

May 13-16, 2021

*Galway Downs Spring H.T. (Area VI)

May 14-16, 2021

*Winona H.T. (Area VIII)

May 14-16, 2021

*MDHT FEH/YEH/NEH Qualifier (Area II)

May 28, 2021

*Seneca Valley Pony Club Spring H.T. (Area II)

June 11-13, 2021

*Woodland Stallion Station H.T. (Area VI)

June 12, 2021

*Twin Rivers Summer H.T. (Area VI)

July 1-4, 2021

*The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm II (Area II)

July 9-11, 2021

Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T. (Area VII)

August 6-8, 2021

The Summer Event at Woodside (Area VI)

August 12-15, 2021

*Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club H.T. (Area I)

August 21-22, 2021

Five Points H.T. (Area II)

August 28-29, 2021

*MDHT FEH/YEH/NEH Qualifier (Area II)

September 11, 2021

*Flying Cross Farm H.T. (Area VIII)

September 17-19, 2021

*Stone Gate Farm H.T. (Area VIII)

September 18-19, 2021

*Twin Rivers Fall International (Area VI)

September 23-26, 2021

*Spokane Sport Horse Fall H.T. (Area VII)

September 30-October 3, 2021

Central Championships at Haras Hacienda

October

East Coast Championships at Loch Moy Farm

September

West Coast Championships at Twin Rivers Ranch

October

“*” denotes events offering the 4-year-old FEH class. The calendar of FEH events is updated periodically throughout the year. Please click here for the most up-to-date calendar information.

Don’t see a FEH event near you? Please contact your local USEA Horse Trial organizers to express interest in attending FEH classes and ask if they are willing to add them to their event.

For more information regarding the FEH Program, contact Kate Lokey at [email protected] or (703) 779-9897.

About the USEA Future Event Horse Program

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 would like to thank Bates Saddles, Parker Equine Insurance, SmartPak, Standlee Hay Company, Etalon Diagnostics, for sponsoring the Future Event Horse Program.

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