Every horse who participated this year in the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) program has a story—a background that involves a breeder who labored over bloodlines, veterinary care, initial training, and so much more. This year’s highest-placing U.S.-bred horse in the 5-year-old division at the Dutta Corp./USEA Young Event Horse Championships, Arden Augustus, is no exception. His breeder and owner, Anita Antenucci of Arden Farms in Upperville, Virginia, started her program nine years ago and said that the Warmblood gelding was a more emotionally driven breeding for her than others due to his connections with Antenucci’s long-time friend Sharon White.
Have you ever wondered why professional riders love bringing their horses through the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) program? USEA Podcast host Nicole Brown chats with two of this year's YEH Champions, Caroline Pamukcu who won the USEA YEH 4-year-old East Coast Championship aboard HSH Afterglow, and Andrea Baxter who won the USEA YEH 5-year-old Championship with Camelot PJ, to discuss this year's Championships and all of the great things that the program has to offer.
After winning the Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse East Coast 5-year-old Championship in 2021 and being the highest-placed 5-year-old on both coasts that year, Corwin Sport Horses, LLC's Hanoverian mare Gina (Gentleman x Ballerina) was a shoo-in for this year's Holekamp/Turner Grant to represent the U.S. at the 2023 FEI WBFSH Eventing World Breeding Championships in the 7-year-old championship. Talley and Gina earned their qualifications to compete at the prestigious event held in Le Lion d’Angers, France, early on, solidifying their spot as this year's grant recipients. Despite an unfortunate cross-country flag ruling that prevented the duo from completing the event, Gina showed all of the talent and will to succeed over the two phases that could be expected from this future bright star of the sport.
While the third annual MARS Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill proved to be quite the test for even some of the most seasoned horses and riders, Doug Payne’s Quantum Leap (Quite Capitol x Report To Sloopy) proved yet again that he was up for the challenge.
This year's Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) West Coast 4- and 5-year-old Championships are officially in the books following a full day of jumping at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California. Judges Marilyn Payne and Christian Schacht saw 32 pairs across both championship divisions, but ultimately only one pair could rise to the top of the field in each age group to bring home the champion title.
This year’s Dutta Corp USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) West Coast Championships began today in the beautiful wine country of Paso Robles, California, at Twin Rivers Ranch. The surrounding wineries slowly transition to the beautiful shades of fall, leaving a fitting backdrop for 32 highly qualified youngsters to battle it out for the coveted championship titles.
The final event in the two-leg Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Championships will kick off tomorrow at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California. The Dutta. Corp USEA YEH West Coast Championships will be held on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28, and today, competitors have one more chance to earn their spot in the Championships at Twin River’s Last Chance Qualifier.
It’s not deja vu—the 5-year-old Zangersheide gelding Shmick (Luigi d'Eclipse x Winter Lady), owned by Anne Hennessey, has claimed another Young Event Horse Championship title. Last year’s Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse 4-year-old East Coast Champion returned to this year’s finale at Fair Hill and amazed the judges for a second time to add the title of 5-year-old champion to his growing resume.
Caroline Pamukcu is no stranger to the winner’s circle in the Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East Coast Championships, having won the 4- and 5-year-old Championships in 2020 and the 4-year-old Championships in 2021. She and her 2020 5-year-old champion, HSH Blake, are heading out to the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile, later this week. But before loading up and flying out, Pamukcu guided her and Sherrie Martin's 4-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding HSH Afterglow (Hype x Ringwood Genius), bred by Peter Leonard, to the win in the 2023 Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse East Coast 4-Year-Old Championships.
This Thursday and Friday, join the USEA in the Timber Field at the MARS Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill to witness 92 of the country’s brightest 4- and 5-year-old horses battle it out for top honors in The Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East Coast Championships presented by Dubarry of Ireland! The YEH East Coast Championships will again take place alongside the CCI5*-L and CCI3*-L National Championship divisions at the Maryland 5 Star, with the 4-year-old champion crowned on Thursday, Oct. 19 and the 5-year-old champion on Friday, Oct. 20. Get to know the field of talented young horses set to tackle this challenge below!
The third annual MARS Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill presented by Brown Advisory is ramping up to be an exciting display of Young Event Horses and program graduates alike. The 2023 Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East Coast Championships, which are set to run alongside the CCI5*-L division, have hit their entry capacity for both the 4- and 5-year-old divisions. While 95 of the most promising young horses are competing for top honors, five YEH program graduates will also be tackling the pinnacle of the event, the five-star.