May 16, 2017

Recap: Young Event Horse Graduates Complete Rolex CCI4*

By Kate Lokey - USEA Staff
YEH Graduate, High Times jumps clear on the Rolex CCI4* Cross-Country. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) Young Event Horse Program (YEH) continues to grow each year, and YEH graduates are finding notable success as they move up through the levels of eventing. The YEH Horses at Rolex Preview introduced the 10 YEH graduates that were entered to compete at the 2017 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event last month. Nine of those horses ended up starting, and seven of them respectfully completed the prestigious CCI4* event.

With only 39 pairs completing the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event this year, the competing YEH horses claimed their stakes as some of the top horses in the country. Three of those YEH horses jumped clear around cross-country without jumping penalties (High Times, Never Outfoxed, and Ballylaffin Bracken), and one of them (Pfun) claimed one of the only four double-clear show jumping rounds on Sunday.

The USEA is proud of each of the YEH graduates that competed at the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* this year, and their results are laid out in summary below:

Never Outfoxed owned by the Fox Syndicate, ridden by Holly Payne Caravella

·       11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Veronica’s Sir x Caroverse)

·       Participated in the YEH program as a 4-year-old

·       66.4 in dressage, jumped clear in cross country with 1.6 time penalties, 4 rails down in show jumping

·       Finished in 19th place with a score of 88.0

Never Outfoxed. USEA/Leslie Mintz photo.


High Times owned by The High Times Syndicate, ridden by Jennifer McFall

·       13-year-old Holsteiner (Hunter x Gerda I)

·       Competed in the YEH program as a 5-year-old; 3rd place finish at the 2009 YEH West Coast Championships

·       55.7 in dressage, jumped clear in cross country with 36 time penalties, no rails down in the show jumping but 3 time penalties

·       Finished in 24th place with a score of 94.7

High Times. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.


Pfun owned by Jennifer Mosing and Sterling Silver Stables, ridden by Will Faudree

·       10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Tadmus x Celerina)

·       2012 YEH graduate, participating in one 5-year-old class where he earned a score of 75.21 (YEH Championship qualifying score)

·       Earned a 47.9 in dressage, runout at one fence on cross country with 29.2 time penalties, double clear round in show jumping

·       Finished in 25th place with a score of 97.1

Pfun. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.


Indy 500 owned and ridden by Andrea Baxter

·       12-year-old Thoroughbred mare (Cromwell x Tensofthousands)

·       Won her first 4-year-old YEH class at Cottonwood Ranch in 2009

·       60 in dressage, 1 runout on course and 33.2 time penalties putting them in 36th place after cross country, one rail down in show jumping and 1 time penalty

·       Finished in 31st place with a score of 118.2

Indy 500. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.


Ballylaffin Bracken owned by Kristin Schmolze and Janet and Craig Geiler, ridden by Kristin Schmolze

·       17-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Ricardo Z x Ballylaffin Florence)

·       Competed in the YEH program as a 5-year-old in 2005

·       Scored 62.9 in dressage, jumped clear in cross country with 36.8 time penalties, 2 rails down and 11 time penalties in show jumping

·       Finished in 32nd place with a score of 118.7

Ballylaffin Bracken. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo. 


Truly Wiley owned and ridden by Kelly Prather

·       10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Salute the Truth x Tears of Loss)

·       Competed in the YEH program as a 4-year-old

·       59.8 in dressage, runout on course, 20.8 time penalties, 4 rails and 3 time penalties in show jumping

·       Finished in 33rd place with a score of 119.6

Truly Wiley. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo. 


Houdini owned and ridden by Katie Ruppel

·       13-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Hot Rock x Nancy’s Star)

·       Competed in the YEH program as a 4- and 5-year old

·       46 in dressage, 2 runouts on cross country, 3 rails down in the show jumping with 1 time penalty

·       Finished in 37th place with a score of 133

Houdini. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo. 


Cooley Cross Border owned by the Cross Syndicate, ridden by Kim Severson

·       10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Diamond Roller x Whos Diaz)

·       2012 USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships; 5-year-old Champion

·       Earned a score of 41 in dressage putting them in third place after Rolex dressage

·       Retired on cross-country

Cooley Cross Border. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo. 


Who’s A Star owned by Courtney Cooper and Neal Camens, ridden by Courtney Cooper

·       14-year-old Irish/New Zealand Thoroughbred (Aberjack x Heavenly Star)

·       Competed in the YEH program as a 4-year-old in 2007 and as a 5-year-old in 2008 where he finished fourth in the Championships

·       50 in dressage at Rolex

·       Retired on cross-country

Who's A Star. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo. 


For full Rolex CCI4* results, go 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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