Jan 08, 2019

Get Out and Have Fun With Your Youngsters at the 2019 YEH/FEH Events!

By Kate Lokey - USEA Staff
USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.

From yearlings to 5-year-olds and everything in between, young event horses will have vast opportunities to get out and compete in the USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) and Young Event Horse (YEH) program events in 2019. The dates and locations for the 2019 USEA FEH and YEH Championships have already been announced, but first, young horses must get out and earn qualifications on the pathway to Championships. Even if a youngster isn’t aiming for Championships, the qualifying events are a great way to gain experience without the stress and pressure of a full Horse Trial division.

The Future Event Horse classes are in-hand classes for yearlings, 2-year-olds, and 3-year-olds where they are judged on conformation and movement. At Championships, 3-year-olds are also required to compete in an additional free-jump division. The FEH program now also offers a 4-year-old class in which the horses show their gaits under saddle at qualifier events and also compete in an additional free-jump division at Championships.

USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

The Young Event Horse classes give riders, owners, and breeders the opportunity to showcase the potential of their 4- and 5-year-old horses under saddle with a dressage test and a jumping and galloping test. At Championships, the YEH horses are also judged on their conformation.

The mission of the FEH and YEH programs is to identify top quality young horses with potential for the uppermost international levels of eventing. In order to qualify for FEH Championships, youngsters must earn a 72% or higher at any FEH qualifier event. To be eligible for the YEH Championships, horses must earn a 75% or higher at any YEH qualifier event. Check out the FEH and YEH calendars below.

USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.

2019 Future Event Horse Series Calendar

Ocala FEH/YEH Series I (Area III)

February 26, 2019

MeadowCreek Park - The Spring Social Event (Area V)

March 16-17, 2019

Ocala FEH/YEH Series II (Area III)

March 27, 2019

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

March 29-31, 2019

Ocala FEH/YEH Series III (Area III)

April 3, 2019

Twin Rivers CCI, CIC & H.T. (Area VI)

April 11-14, 2019

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. (Area VI)

April 26-28, 2019

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

May 9-12, 2019

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

May 10-12, 2019

*Winona H.T. (Area VIII)

May 10-12, 2019

*Paradise Farm H.T. (Area III)

May 25-26, 2019

*Waredaca H.T. (Area II)

June 1-2, 2019

*Feather Creek H.T. (Area V)

June 7-9, 2019

*Arrowhead H.T. (Area VII)

June 28-30, 2019

*The Horse Park of New Jersey H.T. I (Area II)

June 28-30, 2019

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

July 4-7, 2019

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

July 6-7, 2019

Western Underground Coconino Summer H.T. (Area X)

July 10-13, 2019

The Summer Event at Woodside (Area VI)

August 9-11, 2019

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

August 9-11, 2019

*Applewood Farm FEH & YEH (Area II)

August 13, 2019

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

August 17-18, 2019

*Waredaca H.T. (Area II)

August 17-18, 2019

Town Hill Farm H.T. (Area I)

August 23-25, 2019

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

September 7-8, 2019

Five Points H.T. (Area II)

September 7-8, 2019

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

September 13-15, 2019

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

September 19-22, 2019

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

October 3-6, 2019

*Windemere Run H.T. (Area IV)

October 25-27, 2019

West Coast Championships at Twin Rivers Ranch

September 19, 2019

Central Championships at Snowdonia Farms

September 26, 2019

East Coast Championships at Loch Moy Farm

September 28-29, 2019

A "*" denotes events offering the 4-year-old FEH class.

USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.

2019 Young Event Horse Series Calendar

Ocala FEH/YEH Series I (Area III)

February 26, 2019

MeadowCreek Park - The Spring Social Event (Area V)

March 16-17, 2019

Ocala FEH/YEH Series II (Area III)

March 27,2019

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

March 29-31, 2019

Ocala FEH/YEH Series III (Area III)

April 3, 2019

Twin Rivers CCI, CIC & H.T. (Area VI)

April 11-14, 2019

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. (Area VI)

April 26-28, 2019

Spokane Sport Horse Farm H.T. (Area VII)

May 9-12, 2019

Galway Downs Spring H.T. (Area VI)

May 10-12, 2019

Virginia CCI/CIC & H.T. (Area II)

May 23-26, 2019

Paradise Farm H.T. (Area III)

May 25-26, 2019

Waredaca Farm H.T. (Area II)

June 1-2, 2019

Feather Creek Farm H.T. (Area V)

June 7-9, 2019

Surefire H.T. (Area II)

June 21-23, 2019

Arrowhead H.T. (Area VII)

June 28-30, 2019

The Horse Park of New Jersey H.T. I (Area II)

June 28-30, 2019

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

July 4-7, 2019

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (Area III)

July 5-7, 2019

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

July 6-7, 2019

Western Underground Coconino Summer H.T. (Area X)

July 10-13, 2019

Applewood Farm FEH & YEH (Area II)

August 13, 2019

Waredaca Farm H.T. (Area II)

August 17-18, 2019

Full Gallop Farm August H.T. (Area III)

August 17-18, 2019

Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club HT (Area I)

August 17-18, 2019

Town Hill Farm H.T. (Area I)

August 23-25, 2019

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (Area III)

Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2019

Five Points H.T. (Area II)

September 7-8, 2019

Stone Gate Farm H.T. (Area VIII)

September 13-15, 2019

Twin Rivers Fall H.T. (Area VI)

September 19-20, 2019

Surefire Farm H.T. (Area II)

September 28-29, 2019

Spokane Sport Horse Farm H.T. (Area VII)

October 3-6, 2019

East Coast Championships at Fair Hill International

October 17-18, 2019

West Coast Championships at Fresno County Horse Park

October 20, 2019

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

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

About the USEA Young Event Horse Program

The Young Event Horse Program was first established in 2004 as an eventing talent search. Much like similar programs in Europe, the YEH program was designed to identify young horses that possess the talent and disposition to, with proper training, excel at the uppermost levels of the sport. The ultimate goal of the program is to distinguish horses with the potential to compete at the three- and four-star levels, but many fine horses that excel at the lower levels are also showcased by the program.

The YEH program provides an opportunity for breeders and owners to exhibit the potential of their young horses while encouraging the breeding and development of top event horses for the future. The program rewards horses who are educated and prepared in a correct and progressive manner. At qualifying events, youngsters complete a dressage test and a jumping/galloping/general impression phase. At Championships, young horses are also evaluated on their conformation in addition to the dressage test and jumping/galloping/general impression phase. Click here to learn more about the USEA Young Event Horse Program.

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, and 3-year-olds for their potential for the sport based on conformation and type. Horses are presented in-hand and divisions are separated by year and gender. At the Championships, 3-year-olds are also required to demonstrate their potential over fences in an additional free-jump division.

In 2017, the FEH added a 4-year-old division designed for youngsters not quite ready for the rigors of the YEH program. These horses are presented under saddle at the walk, trot, and canter before being stripped of their tack and evaluated on their conformation. Additionally, 4-year-olds also participate in the free-jump divisions at Championships to show their potential over fences. Click here to learn more about the USEA Future Event Horse Program.

The USEA would like to thank SmartPak, Standlee Hay Company, Merck Animal Health, and C4 Belts for sponsoring the USEA Young and Future Event Horse Programs.

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