The Young Event Horse (YEH) 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.
In 2018, after receiving feedback from competitors, judges, breeders, and owners, the Young Event Horse Committee rolled out significant changes to the program moving forward. The YEH has new dressage tests, a new system of judging and scoring, and the conformation portion of the competition has been removed for all qualifying events. Click here for additional information about these changes.
In order to qualify for the Young Event Horse Championships, horses must score a 70% or higher at two qualifying events or a 75% or higher at a single qualifying event. Take a look at the calendar of events hosting Young Event Horse classes in 2018!
2018 Young Event Horse Series Calendar of Events
MeadowCreek Park - The Spring Social Event (Area V) | March 17-18, 2018
Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. (Area V) | March 29-31, 2018
The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm (Area II) | April 14, 2018
Ocala International 3-Day Festival of Eventing (Area III) | April 11-15, 2018
Twin Rivers CCI, CIC & H.T. (Area VI) | April 12-15, 2018
Fresno County Horse Park H.T. (Area VI) | April 27-29, 2018
Spokane Sport Horse Farm H.T. (Area VII) | May 10-13, 2018
Galway Downs Spring H.T. (Area VI) | May 11-13, 2018
Snowdonia Farms Derby Day I (Area V) | May 20, 2018
The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm (Area II) | May 26, 2018
Virginia CCI/CIC & H.T. (Area II) | May 24-27, 2018
Paradise Farm H.T. (Area III) | May 26-27, 2018
Waredaca Farm H.T. (Area II) | June 2-3, 2018
Feather Creek Farm H.T. (Area V) | June 9-10, 2018
Snowdonia Farms Derby Day II (Area V) | June 24, 2018
Surefire H.T. (Area II) | June 22-24, 2018
Arrowhead H.T. (Area VII) | June 22-24, 2018
The Horse Park of New Jersey H.T. I (Area II) | June 29-July 1, 2018
The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm (Area II) | July 4-8, 2018
Western Underground Coconino Summer H.T. (Area X) | July 11-15, 2018
Valinor Farm FEH/YEH/NEH | July 15, 2018
The Event at Rebecca Farm (Area VII) | July 18-22, 2018
Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T. (Area VII) | August 10-12, 2018
Applewood Farm FEH & YEH (Area II) | August 14, 2018
Waredaca Farm H.T. (Area II) | August 18-19, 2018
Town Hill Farm H.T. (Area I) | August 24-26, 2018
Stone Gate Farm H.T. (Area VIII) | August 25-26, 2018
The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm (Area II) | September 1, 2018
Five Points H.T. (Area II) | September 8, 2018
Twin Rivers Fall H.T. (Area VI) | September 20-23, 2018
Spokane Sport Horse Farm H.T. (Area VII) | October 4-7, 2018
Windemere Run H.T. | October 26-28, 2018
West Coast Championship at TBD (Area VI) | TBD
East Coast Championship at Fair Hill International (Area II) | October 18-19, 2018
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