Attention young horse competitors! The United States Eventing Association (USEA) recently added a list of 2019 Young Event Horse (YEH) Championships Qualified Horses and a list of 2019 Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships Qualified Horses to the website. These two lists will continuously be updated throughout the 2019 competition season as YEH and FEH qualifiers are completed.
The YEH East Coast Championships will be in Elkton, Md. at Fair Hill International on October 17-18, 2019. The YEH West Coast Championships will be in Fresno, Calif. at Fresno County Horse Park on October 20, 2019.
To qualify for YEH Championships, horses must earn a score of 75% or higher at one qualifier to qualify for the championships. New to 2019, the scoring of a 70% or higher at two events will no longer be accepted. Details about this change were released last December: New Qualification Standard for USEA YEH Championships.
There are three championships offered for FEH: East, West, and Central. The FEH West Coast Championships will be in Paso Robles, Calif. at Twin Rivers Ranch on September 19, 2019. The FEH Central Championships will be in Tomball, Texas on September 26, 2019, and the FEH East Coast Championships will be in Adamstown, Md. at Loch Moy Farm on September 28-29, 2019.
To qualify for FEH Championships, horses must earn a score of 72% or higher at any qualifier.
About the USEA Young Event Horse 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 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.
About the USEA Future Event Horse Program
The USEA introduced the Future Event Horse Program in 2007 in response to the popularity of the already established USEA Young Event Horse Program. Where the YEH program assesses 4- and 5-year-old prospective event horses based on their performance, the FEH program evaluates yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and 4-year-olds for their potential for the sport based on conformation and type. Yearlings, 2-year-olds, and 3-year-olds are presented in-hand while 4-year-olds are presented under saddle at the walk, trot, and canter before being stripped of their tack and evaluated on their conformation. Divisions are separated by year and gender. At the Championships, 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds are also required to demonstrate their potential over fences in an additional free-jump division. Click here to learn more about the Future Event Horse Program.
The 21 members of the USEA Board of Governors represent all the different factions of the U.S. eventing community, including professional riders, adult amateurs, owners, organizers, officials, veterinarians, and more. There is a president, one representative for each of the 10 USEA Areas, and the remaining 10 represent the demographics of the sport.
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