Feb 09, 2021

Introduce Eventing to Your Horse with a 2021 New Event Horse Class

By Jessica Duffy - USEA Staff
USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

Like the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) program, the USEA New Event Horse (NEH) program is a great way to introduce eventing to a horse that's never experienced it before. However, unlike the YEH program, the NEH classes are open to horses of any age and are also a great introduction to the sport for an inexperienced rider.

NEH classes are open to any horse that is 4 years old or older and any rider that is a member of the USEA. Horses must be registered with the USEA but may be registered with a Limited membership. The ultimate goal of the NEH is to choose the horse that possesses the talent and mindset most likely to be a competent, safe, and fun adult amateur, junior, or young rider horse at the Preliminary level and below.

With a low-pressure environment, NEH classes are a cost-effective and safe way to introduce a horse or rider to the sport of eventing. The 2021 NEH calendar is now available for competitors to begin planning their season!

2021 USEA New Event Horse Calendar

Event

Dates

Full Gallop Farm February II H.T. (Area III)

February 24, 2021

Barnstaple South YEH/FEH (Area III)

March 2, 2021

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

March 2, 2021

Full Gallop Farm March I H.T. (Area III)

March 13-14, 2021

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

March 26-28

Pine Hill H.T. (Area V)April 4, 2021

MDHT FEH/YEH/NEH Qualifier (Area II)

April 18, 2021

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

May 13-16, 2021

Winona H.T. (Area VIII)

May 14-16, 2021

MDHT FEH/YEH/NEH Qualifier (Area II)

May 28, 2021

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

June 20, 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

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

August 21-22, 2021

Five Points H.T. (Area II)

August 28-29, 2021

MDHT FEH/YEH/NEH Qualifier (Area II)

September 11, 2021

*There is no championship for the NEH program

The calendar of NEH events is updated periodically throughout the year. Please click here for the most up-to-date calendar information.

If you are interested in hosting a USEA NEH competition or have questions about the NEH program, please contact Kate Lokey at [email protected] or (703) 779-9897.

About the USEA New Event Horse Program

The USEA New Event Horse (NEH) classes are designed to be an introduction to the sport of eventing for horse and rider. Adapted from the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Program, the NEH classes include a dressage phase and a jumping test and are intended to assess a horse’s capability for eventing and provide a stepping stone to recognized eventing. New Event Horse classes focus on education and preparation to begin eventing in a correct and progressive manner. The ultimate goal of the New Event Horse Series is to choose the horse that possesses the talent and mindset 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 level and below. Click here to learn more about the USEA New Event Horse Program.

May 11, 2021 Intercollegiate

Eyes on the Prize at the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships

The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships will take place later this month at the Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) in Lexington, Va. across May 27-30. Following the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan, the USEA is working with VHT organizer Andy Bowles to ensure the Championships are still a destination competition for all Intercollegiate event riders, packed full with an opening ceremony, the traditional “college town” area, the prestigious spirit award, and an abundance of prizes.

May 10, 2021 Eventing News

2021 FEI MER Changes effective July 1

The FEI passed rule changes impacting Minimum Eligibility Requirements in November 2020 that go into effect on July 1, 2021. The changes will impact athletes who are uncategorized, “D” and “C” athletes competing at the CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-L, and CCI5*-L levels. Please see below for the highlighted changes. The USEF requirements to compete at these levels remain unchanged, but please remember that the USEF requirements must be achieved within 12 months of the competition. These changes will be adopted into the USEF Eventing Rulebook by July 1. See Appendix 3 for qualification requirements.

May 10, 2021 Competitions

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Beginning May 17, 2021, USEF will implement new protocols regarding the use of face coverings/masks at USEF-licensed competitions in response to recently updated CDC recommendations. Please click here to access the full amendments to the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan protocols.

May 10, 2021 Education

USEA Podcast #283: Setting Up for Cross-Country Success

Nicole Brown is joined this week by Irish World Equestrian Games silver medalist Sam Watson as they discuss the road to a successful cross-country round. They cover your basic training at home before your event, what you do when you get to the event and are walking the course, warming-up, visualization, and finally how to tackle the course. This podcast is full of words of wisdom from Sam that will keep you listening to the very end so tune in now!

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