Sep 10, 2017

New Instructors' Certification Program YEH Workshops Added to the Calendar

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For those interested in obtaining either of the two new USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Young Event Horse (YEH) Professional Trainer and Instructor Certificates, the USEA is excited to announce the addition of two more Young Event Horse ICP Workshops to the 2017 calendar. The workshops will be held October 3-5, 2017 at Stone Gate Farm in Hanoverton, Ohio and December 4-6, 2017 at Lone Tree Farm in Waterford, California.

The two new ICP Certificates include the Young Event Horse Instructor certificate and the Young Event Horse Professional Trainer certificate. Young Event Horses are defined as 4- and 5-year-olds. To read more about the capabilities necessary to earning either certificate, click here.

The purpose of these additions is to support and complement the USEA’s Young Event Horse program via ICP education and certification of high-quality instructors of riders of young event horses (YEH Instructor) and high quality professional trainers of young event horses (YEH Professional Trainer). Further, the smart breeding and early horse training and care encouraged by the USEA’s Future Event Horse program must be followed by developmentally appropriate and humane principles and well-applied ridden training practices in order to increase the likelihood that every horse has the chance to be all that he or she can be.

If you are interested in hosting a YEH Workshop, please contact Nancy Knight or Sue Hershey.

YEH Workshop are intended for individuals who are interested in becoming certified as a YEH instructor or a YEH professional trainer, or even both! Doing both at the same YEH Workshop means that you will both instruct and ride young event horses during each of its three days. The YEH Workshop focuses its first day upon young event horse dressage training, its second upon young event horse show jumping training, and its third upon young event horse cross-country riding and training. An ICP Workshop is full with 8 candidates and is led by an ICP YEH faculty member.

Before attending a YEH Workshop, you must register with ICP by contacting Nancy Knight at the USEA office ([email protected] or 703 669-9997). By doing so, you will receive the ICP Standards Booklet and the ICP Workbook. You may also request the YEH Instructor Application Form or the YEH Professional Trainer Application Form (or both), which you may complete and return to Nancy before attending a YEH Workshop. You must obtain, complete, and return to Nancy one or both of these YEH application forms before you enter an ICP Assessment. These YEH application forms are available on the USEA website or from Nancy Knight, Sue Hershey, or from any YEH Workshop’s host.

To find the dates and sites of 2017 ICP Workshops, whether for Levels I and II candidate instructors, for Levels III and IV candidate instructors, for YEH candidate instructors and YEH candidate professional trainers, or for ICP Assessments, visit the USEA website’s ICP page and click on “Upcoming Events” in the upper right-hand corner.

To obtain the ICP Registration Form for a candidate instructor at any level (Levels I through IV) or for a candidate YEH Instructor or a candidate YEH Professional Trainer from the USEA website, visit the USEA website's ICP page and click on “Documents,” located to the right of “Upcoming Events.”

To participate in an ICP Workshop of any kind, simply contact the Workshop host indicated on the ICP calendar listing. To participate in an ICP Assessment after you have attended the required Levels I/II Workshop, the Levels III/IV Workshop, or the YEH Workshop, contact Nancy Knight in the USEA office at [email protected] or (703) 669-9997.


About the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program

Started in 2002, the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) educates all levels of eventing instructors to confirm their knowledge base, both theoretical and practical, upon which they will continue to build throughout their teaching lifetime. ICP Identifies essential training principles for riders and horses, drawn from time-tested sources and from experience with today’s competition challenges, offers materials, workshops, and mentor opportunities to instructors, and certifies instructors at a specific ICP Level of teaching knowledge and proficiency. To learn more about the ICP Program, click here.

About the USEA Young Event Horse Program

The USEA Young Event Horse Series (YEH) is best described as an eventing talent search. The goal is to identify young horses that possesses the talent and disposition that, with proper training, can excel in the uppermost levels of eventing. The Series gives owners and breeders the opportunity to showcase the potential of their 4- and 5-year-old horses while encouraging the breeding and development of top-level event horses for the future. Classes focus on education and preparation of the event horse in a correct and progressive manner as young horses are judged on conformation, dressage and jumping/galloping. To learn more about the YEH Program, click here.

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