Are you interested in competing in the sport of eventing but aren’t quite sure how to get started? Do you have a horse that is looking for a new career? Consider participating in a USEA New Event Horse (NEH) competition in 2023! The USEA NEH Program was created to be an introduction to the sport of eventing for both horse and rider, and the 2023 NEH Calendar is now available here.
Adapted from the USEA Young Event Horse Program, NEH classes are intended to assess a horse’s capability for eventing and provide a steppingstone to recognized eventing by focusing on education and preparation to begin competing in a correct and progressive manner. In NEH classes, horses are asked to compete in two sections: the dressage phase and the jumping test/gallop/general impression phase. The ultimate goal of the New Event Horse Program is to choose the horse that possesses the talent and mind set and who, with proper training, would be the horse most likely to become a competent, safe, and fun adult amateur, junior, or young rider horse at the Preliminary levels and below. USEA members with a Supporting Membership or higher and horses with a Limited Registration or higher are welcome to participate. Anyone who is not already registered with the USEA can do so the day of the competition as well.
View the list of 2023 USEA NEH competitions below, and keep in mind that the calendar is a preliminary, tentative list of competitions that is subject to change. New competitions can be added regularly, so members are encouraged to reach out to their favorite local events to encourage them to participate in the NEH program. Please continue to check here for any updates throughout the year.
|Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. (Area V)||March 24-26, 2023|
|Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. (Area V)||May 6-7, 2023|
|The Vista Spring YEH/FEH/NEH Qualifier (Area III)||May 17, 2023|
|USEA MDHT YEH/NEH/FEH Qualifier (Area II)||May 28, 2023|
|Woodloch Stables YEH/FEH/NEH (Area (IV)||June 24, 2023|
|Twin Rivers Summer H.T. (Area VI)||June 29-July 2, 2023|
|The Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy Farm (Area II)||July 14-16, 2023|
|Five Points H.T. (Area II)||September 9-10, 2023|
|USEA MDHT YEH/NEH Qualifier (Area II)||September 17, 2023|
*There is no championship for the NEH program
Are you interested in hosting a USEA New Event Horse competition? Learn more about NEH program requirements here and contact staff liaison Kate Lokey at [email protected] to register.
Don’t see a USEA New Event Horse competition near you? Please contact your local USEA Horse Trial organizers to express interest and ask if they are willing to host the New Event Horse Program at their venue.
About the USEA New Event Horse (NEH) Program
The USEA New Event Horse (NEH) Program is designed to be an introduction to the sport of eventing for horse and rider. Adapted from the Young Event Horse Program, the NEH classes are intended to assess a horse’s capability for eventing and to provide a steppingstone to recognized eventing. New Event Horse classes focus on education and preparation to begin eventing in a correct and progressive manner. Horses are asked to complete two sections: dressage and jumping test/gallop/general impression.
While many outstanding upper-level prospects may find the New Event Horse classes helpful, these classes are intended to be more introductory in nature and to place a greater emphasis on temperament and suitability. The ultimate goal of the New Event Horse Program is to choose the horse that possesses the talent and mind set and who, with proper training, would be the horse most likely to become a competent, safe, and fun adult amateur, junior, or young rider horse at the Preliminary levels and below. Click here to learn more about the New Event Horse program.
The USEA Eventing Coaches Program (ECP) has initiated a renewed focus on the diverse challenges coaches in various regions of the country may be facing. To this end, the program is in the process of enlisting representatives in each of the 10 USEA areas to help guide the program as warranted for the unique needs of each specific area.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) has opened nominations for the annual appreciation awards through Oct. 29. This is an opportunity for the sport to recognize those horses and riders who excelled in eventing throughout the year. It is also an opportunity to recognize and honor the very important people who have served the sport tirelessly both in a non-riding capacity and riding capacity during their golden years.
Anticipation for the 2024 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship and inaugural USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) Championship is growing, and the host venue, Stable View, is up for the task of making both events an unforgettable experience for all involved. For the first time, the Intercollegiate and IEL program championships will be hosted on the same weekend at the Stable View H.T. in Aiken, South Carolina, on May 4-5, 2024, creating greater unity between the programs and demonstrating a clear pipeline of participation in the sport from grade school through college and beyond.
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has made five rule changes which will go into effect October 1, 2023. Familiarize yourself with these rule changes below to make sure you are in compliance before heading out for your next event.