So far this year, three USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) competitions have taken place. From those three competitions, nine horses have earned qualifying scores for The Dutta Corp. USEA YEH Championships in October 2020. Out of the nine qualified horses, there are seven 5-year-old horses and two 4-year-old horses.
The list of qualified YEH horses is now ranked in order of the highest qualifying score. The list also names the YEH competition and the YEH judge. Currently, at the top of the 5-year-old list is BE Maxwell 16 who earned an 84.4 at the Full Gallop March H.T. At the top of the 4-year-old list is Shafrazian who earned an 80.55 at the Full Gallop February H.T.
The complete list can be found here. This list will continuously be updated throughout the 2020 competition season as YEH qualifiers are completed and results are received.
The Dutta Corp. USEA YEH East Coast Championships will be in Elkton, Maryland at Fair Hill on October 15-16, 2020, and will run concurrently with the new Maryland Five-Star. Fair Hill has committed to accept more YEH horses at this year’s Championships, offering space to 40 4-year-olds and 50 5-year-olds. Horses must earn a 75% or higher at any YEH qualifier to be eligible for the East Coast Championships.
The Dutta Corp. USEA YEH West Coast Championships will be in Paso Robles, California at Twin Rivers Ranch on October 23-24, 2020 and, for the first time in history, the YEH West Coast Championships will run concurrently with the USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) West Coast Championships. Horses must earn a 70% or higher at any YEH qualifier to be eligible for the West Coast Championships.
Entries will not be accepted after closing date, and if more than 90 entries are received, horses will be accepted based on the highest qualifying scores. For more details on The Dutta Corp. USEA YEH Championships, please click here.
**Keep in mind that some YEH competitions may be affected by COVID-19. Please continue to check the 2020 YEH Calendar for changes and updates.
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, 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 Bates Saddles, SmartPak, Standlee Hay Company, Parker Equine Insurance, C4 Belts, and Etalon Diagnostics 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.
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