The first day of autumn also ushered in the first day of the 2018 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) East Coast Championship at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Md. Six 4-year-olds and 17 3-year-olds strutted their stuff today, while the yearlings and 2-year-olds have their chance to take to the triangle tomorrow.
Although the 4-year-old class was introduced last year, only the 3-year-olds are eligible to be named overall FEH East Coast Grand Champion and the competition was tight. In the end, judges Robin Walker and Peter Gray scored Solo Hit as the 2018 FEH East Coast Grand Champion on a score of 87.64.
Owned by Lauren Welsh, the 3-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Sagnol x Arista GS) was handled by Martin Douzant to the win. Welsh purchased Solo Hit from his breeders, Red Gate Sporthorses in February of this year. “I got Solo for a Valentine’s Day present. He looked like a big gangly yearling in February. I actually bought him off a video sight-unseen,” said Welsh. “There were three or four canter strides and I thought ‘I want to ride that canter,’ so I bought him.”
Solo is already started under saddle and Welsh said, “He is so balanced and soft. He is fantastic.”
“I really I couldn’t have done this without the help of Tanya Davis at Three-Day Farm in Midway, Ky.,” continued Welsh. “It was her idea to bring him here. She is really into developing horses and she has a really good team there. Abby Blackburn, her assistant, does a really good job helping me with him.”
Overall 3-Year-Old Reserve Champion also went to an Oldenburg gelding handled by Martin Douzant, Samwise TWF, who was just over a point of the Championship title on a 86.55. Samwise TWF (Sir Donnerhall II x Keepsake) is owned by Julia Poladsky and bred by Laureen Megan.
The top 3-year-old filly was Prismatic WE (Rabble Rouser x Report to Sloopy), a Thoroughbred cross owned by Kristin Carpenter, bred by Wits End Eventing and handled by Martin Douzant.
Topping the 4-year-old class was Star Quality CSF, Crissteen Miller’s Canadian Warmblood filly (Schwarzenegger x Garcia) bred by Tracy Anderson/ Cornerstone Farm and ridden by Laura Kosiorek-Smith. Star Quality CSF scored a 78.49 to claim top honors by just 0.16 over Katie Hasse’s Frostiron, an Oldenburg filly (Fisherman's Friend x Gisele RSH) bred by Ellen Geddes.
The 4-year-olds were split by gender and ridden under saddle at the walk, trot, and canter before being stripped of tack and judged on conformation. They then showed off their gallop and jump in the jump chute with the same format as the 3-year-olds, but higher fences.
Judge and FEH co-chair, Robin Walker, complimented the handling and preparation of the East Coast entries and even said he was "tempted to get out his checkbook!"
Congratulations to all of the 3- and 4-year-olds in the 2018 USEA FEH East Coast Championships! Catch up on the coverage from Thursday’s West Coast Championships and stay tuned for the conclusion of the FEH East Coast Championships tomorrow. The Central FEH Championships will take place at the Texas Rose Horse Park Saturday, September 29.
About the USEA Future Event Horse Program
The USEA introduced the Future Event Horse (FEH) Program in 2007 as a pilot program in response to the popularity of the already established USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) 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, and 3-year-olds for their potential for the sport based on conformation and type. Horses are presented in hand and divisions are separated by year and gender. At the Championships, 3-year-olds are also required to demonstrate their potential over fences in an additional free-jump division. New in 2017 was the FEH 4-year-old division, designed for youngsters not quite ready for the rigors of the Young Event Horse program. These horses are presented under saddle at the walk, trot, and canter before being stripped of their tack and evaluated for their conformation. Additionally, 4-year-olds also participate in the free-jump divisions at Championships to show their potential over fences. Click here to learn more about the Future Event Horse Program.
Mya Poulos and Vanessa Stroh were the junior and adult amateur recipient of the award at the Otter Creek Farm Fall Horse Trials, September 13-15, 2019, which hosted the Area IV leg of the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award. The Charles Owen Technical Merit Award takes place in each of the 10 USEA Areas and rewards one junior and one adult amateur riders for their safe and effective cross-country riding.
The 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention is only two months away! Multiple keynote speakers, three-day eventing inspired films, and a 60th anniversary celebration – the schedule is packed with special highlights that will make this year unforgettable. The 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention is on Dec. 12-15 in Boston, Massachusetts at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.
In the thrilling finale to the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ 2019 series at Boekelo, The Netherlands today, Team Germany posted their fourth win of the season while league leaders Sweden held on to take the series title. However, some of the biggest smiles were on Swiss faces when they pulled Olympic qualification out of the bag.
When overnight leaders Sandra Auffarth and Let’s Dance 73 (Lancer II x Stella VIII), Dörthe Loheit and Marina Köhncke’s 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding, had the last rail of the triple combination down, Laura Collett and London 52 (Landos x Vernante) moved up to take home the win in the Military Boekelo CCIO4*-L.