Feb 02, 2024

Ocala Horse Properties Joins the USEA as the Title Sponsor of the 2024 YEH Symposium

By Kaleigh Collett - USEA Staff | Press Release

The United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA) is delighted to announce that Ocala Horse Properties has signed on to support the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Program as the title sponsor of the 2024 USEA YEH Symposium. The Ocala Horse Properties USEA YEH Symposium will be held in Ocala, Florida, on Tuesday, Feb. 20, and features a morning session on evaluating jumping, galloping and conformation at Majestic Oaks Ocala, as well as a YEH Masterclass in the evening at Redtail Ridge Farm South. Click here to register to attend.

"We are thrilled to be the title sponsor of the YEH Symposium in Ocala," said Chris Desino, owner of Ocala Horse Properties. "Our horse program was built upon bringing along young horses to the top levels. With U.S. Eventing on the cusp of international acclaim, we recognize the vital role that programs like this play in shaping a bright future for the sport, and we are more thrilled to support it."

Ocala Horse Properties, the no. 1 ranked realtor in the Ocala MLS, was formed in 2007 by twin brothers Chris and Rob Desino and has led the Ocala farm sales market every year since. In 2011, Matt Varney completed the team, and today, they represent the largest portfolio of horse farms in the world. This boutique real estate company operates with one goal in mind: to completely satisfy each client one at a time. The team at Ocala Horse Properties takes great pride in applying personal attention to every detail and offering a hands-on approach that allows them to really get to know their clients and their needs.

If you are looking for an agent that understands the equestrian lifestyle and shares your passion for Ocala farms, Ocala Horse Properties is here to help. For those interested in equestrian real estate in Wellington, Florida, the Desino’s also own and operate Wellington Equestrian Realty with the same principles of providing unparalleled customer service and access to some of Wellington’s most premier equestrian neighborhoods, shows, and facilities.

A representative from Ocala Horse Properties will be on site at the evening session at Redtail Ridge Farm South to speak with interested buyers, so don’t miss the opportunity to chat with Ocala’s leading real estate team in person.

"The USEA is excited to have Ocala Horse Properties’ support for this year’s YEH Symposium,” said USEA CEO, Rob Burk. “Chris and Rob Desino are deeply engrained in the sport as high-performance owners and avid supporters, and their dedication to the betterment of eventing in the U.S. is evident. If you are looking for assistance purchasing a farm or ranch, enlist the expertise of the team at Ocala Horse Properties."

To learn more about Ocala Horse Properties and browse their listings in Ocala & Marion County, Florida, visit ocalahorseproperties.com.

About the United States Eventing Association

The USEA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization committed to providing eventing enthusiasts with a competitive level suited to their individual skills. By assisting and educating competitors, event organizers, and officials; maintaining responsible safety standards; and registering qualified competitions and clinics, the USEA offers a strong and continuous training opportunity for an ever-expanding field of world-class competitors. Just as importantly, the USEA provides a means for all riders, regardless of age or ability, to experience the thrill of eventing. To learn more, visit www.useventing.com.

About the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Program

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 aged four- and five-years-old, 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 four- and five-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 Young Event Horse Program.

The USEA would like to thank ARMA, Bates Saddles, Capital Square, HorseWeek, Kerrits, Parker Equine Insurance, SmartPak, Standlee, and The Jockey Club for sponsoring the Young Event Horse Program. Additionally, the USEA would like to thank The Dutta Corp., Title Sponsor of the Young Event Horse Championships, Ocala Horse Properties, Title Sponsor of the YEH Symposium, and Jump 4 Joy USA, Gold Sponsor of the YEH Symposium.

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