The 2023 FEI WBFSH Eventing World Breeding Championships for Young Horses at Mondial du Lion in Le Lion d’Angers, France, will be held on Oct. 19-22, and the USEA is already counting down the days until competition starts. Again, two divisions will be offered at the event with 6-year-olds competing in the CCI2*-L and 7-year-olds competing in the CCI3*-L division. Since 2015, the USEA has awarded the annual Holekamp/Turner Grant, which provides significant funds to one eligible USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) competitor per year to represent the United States in the 7-year-old championship at Mondial du Lion.
Nina and Tim Gardner are longtime supporters of the sport of eventing. The couple has participated in the sport as owners, volunteers, and breeders for more than 25 years, receiving the highest honor awarded in eventing in the U.S. when they were inducted into the USEA’s Eventing Hall of Fame in 2018. Anyone who has had the opportunity to talk to the couple will know that Tim gives all of the credit to Nina for cementing their legacy within the community.
The 2023 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event in Lexington, Kentucky, on April 27-30 truly lived up to its tagline as the #bestweekendallyear, creating a slew of unforgettable moments on the final day of competition. Tamie Smith and Mai Baum became the first Americans to win at Kentucky in 15 years, since Phillip Dutton and Connaught won in 2008, and Smith became the first U.S. female to win in 18 years, following Kim Severson with Winsome Adante in 2005. Another incredible feat was accomplished by Mai Baum, who became the first ever USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) graduate to win at the five-star level. Alongside Mai Baum in the top-three was U.S.-bred YEH graduate Miks Master C, who jumped from fifth place to third position with Liz Halliday-Sharp in the irons.
The United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA) is delighted to announce that Capital Square will be extending their partnership as the “Official Real Estate Partner of the USEA” for 2023. Capital Square will support the following USEA programs and events through their partnership: “Gold Sponsor of the USEA American Eventing Championships,” “Bronze Sponsor of the Young Event Horse Series,” “Bronze Sponsor of the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention,” and the “Title Sponsor of the USEA Adult Amateur of the Year Leaderboard.”
Now that entries are officially closed for the 2023 edition of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, it's time to take a look at the star-studded field that will be contesting the first of two U.S. CCI5*-L events this year. While big-name athletes like current World Champion, Yasmin Ingham, and U.S. fan-favorite, Boyd Martin, may be the initial draw for some eventing enthusiasts, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) is eager to watch the impressive 11 USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) graduates compete for top honors in the 5-star division.
The United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA) is grateful for The Jockey Club’s continued support of the Association and its programs in 2023. The Jockey Club has renewed their partnership with the USEA as a “Silver Sponsor of the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC)” and a “Contributing Sponsor of the Young Event Horse (YEH) Series.” Through this partnership, The Jockey Club will award coolers, ribbons and prize money to the overall T.I.P Champions and Reserve Champions in all 23 divisions at the AEC and to the T.I.P. winners in each age group at the 2023 YEH East and West Coast Championships.
Many riders across all levels have found that working with young horses has provided them with the most valuable experiences in eventing. The opportunities for young event horses have never been more exciting. The Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse East Coast and West Coast Championships continue to grow in profile as the culmination of a calendar of qualifying events is expanding to more areas of the country. More American riders and their young horses are aiming for the FEI WBFSH Eventing World Breeding Championships at Mondial du Lion in Le Lion D’Angers, France, particularly thanks to programs like the Holekamp/Turner YEH Lion d’Angers Grant. That’s become one of the most attended sporting events in the entire country. It’s given young event horses from the United States a chance to represent the growth of the American eventing community’s dedication to properly developing talent in the sport.
Start your young horse’s competition season off on the right foot by participating in the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) program! The USEA established the YEH program in 2004 to identify young horses that possess the talent and disposition to, with proper training, excel at the uppermost levels of the sport. While the goal of the YEH program is to identify horses that will be successful at the four- and five-star levels, horses with the potential for lower-level success are also showcased by the program.
The Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse Championships came to an exciting close in October with the final championship of the calendar year held on the West Coast. After seeing some of the highest turnouts for both championships since the program's inception, four champions were crowned.
The final West Coast winners have been crowned at the 2022 Dutta Corp. USEA YEH West Coast Championships and USEA FEH West Coast Championships. On the final day of competition at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California, eager owners, anxious riders, and excited spectators watched as the respective judges determined the fate of their young horses in the YEH West Coast 4-Year-Old and 5-Year-Old divisions as well as in the FEH West Coast 3-Year-Old and 4-Year-Old divisions. With the young mounts competing for their respective titles this weekend producing some of the highest scores across all regional championships, the West Coast is proving it could be the best coast.
Four-year-olds and their respective riders kicked off competition on day one of the 2022 Dutta Corp. USEA YEH West Coast Championships and USEA FEH West Coast Championships early this morning in the dressage ring at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California. Having seen the largest turn-out for the West Coast Championships in the program's histories, the day was filled with tight competition, championship crownings, and the lingering feeling of a bright future for the sport of eventing on the West Coast.