Feb 10, 2020

The 2020 Future Event Horse Calendar is Now Available

By Claire Kelley - USEA Staff
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The USEA Future Event Horse Program (FEH) is growing – it has more qualifiers on the calendar, expert judges on the judges list, higher quality horses at the Championships, and new educational resources on the USEA website. This year, the FEH calendar has over 28 competitions across the country and three Championships.

The FEH offers in-hand classes for yearlings, 2-year-olds, and 3-year-olds where they are judged on conformation and movement. At Championships, 3-year-olds are also required to compete in an additional free-jump division. The FEH program also offers a 4-year-old class in which the horses show their gaits under saddle at qualifier events and compete in an additional free-jump division at Championships. In order to qualify for FEH Championships, horses must earn a 72% or higher at any FEH qualifier event.

For the first time in history, the 2020 USEA FEH West Coast Championships will run in conjunction with the 2020 USEA YEH West Coast Championships at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California on Friday, October 23. With the FEH West Coast Championships being a month later, competitors have an extra opportunity to qualify at the Spokane Sport Horse Fall H.T. on October 1-4. The 2020 USEA FEH Central Championships will be on September 24 at Haras Hacienda in Magnolia, Texas, and the 2020 USEA FEH West Coast Championships will be on September 26-27 at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland.

The 2020 FEH Championships will be judged by Susan Graham White and Robin Walker. White and Walker will also be hosting a FEH judge testing seminar on the West Coast the day before the 2020 FEH West Coast Championships. The judge testing seminar will be on Wednesday, Oct. 21 and Thursday, Oct. 22 at Twin Rivers Ranch.

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Gain valuable experience and enter in a 2020 FEH competition!

Event

Dates

*MeadowCreek Park – The Spring Social Event (Area V)

March 14-15, 2020

*Barnstaple South YEH/FEH (Area III)

March 26, 2020

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. (Area V)

March 27-29, 2020

*Loch Moy FEH/YEH/NEH Qualifier (Area II)

April 12, 2020

*Barnstaple South YEH/FEH (Area III)

April 16, 2020

*Galway Downs Spring H.T. (Area VI)

May 1-3, 2020

*Spokane Sport Horse Farm Spring H.T. (Area VII)

May 7-10, 2020

*Winona Horse Trials (Area VIII)

May 8-10, 2020

*Loch Moy FEH/YEH/NEH Qualifier (Area II)

May 24, 2020

Waredaca H.T. (Area II)

May 30-31, 2020

*Feather Creek Farm H.T. (Area V)

June 5-7, 2020

*Woodland Stallion Stations H.T. (Area VI)

June 13, 2020

*Seneca Valley Pony Club Spring H.T. (Area II)

June 13-14, 2020

*Twin Rivers Summer H.T. (Area VI)

July 2-5, 2020

*Coconino Summer H.T. (Area X)

July 9-11, 2020

*The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm II (Area II)

July 10-12, 2020

The Summer Event at Woodside (Area VI)

August 7-9, 2020

Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T. (Area VII)

August 7-9, 2020

*Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club H.T. (Area I)

August 15-16, 2020

*Applewood Farm YEH/FEH (Area II)

August 18, 2020

*Town Hill Farm H.T. (Area I)

August 22-23, 2020

*Feather Creek Farm H.T. (Area V)

August 22-23, 2020

Five Points H.T. (Area II)

September 5-6, 2020

*Stone Gate Farm H.T. (Area VIII)

September 12 -13, 2020

*Loch Moy FEH/YEH/NEH Qualifier (Area II)

September 13, 2020

*Twin Rivers FEH Qualifier (Area VI)

September 17, 2020

*FEH Qualifier at Loch Moy Farm (Area II)

September 25, 2020

*Spokane Sport Horse Fall H.T. (Area VII)

October 1-4, 2020

Central Championships at Haras Hacienda

September 24, 2020

East Coast Championships at Loch Moy Farm

September 26-27, 2020

West Coast Championships at Twin Rivers Ranch

October 23, 2020

USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.

Don’t see a FEH event near you? Please contact a local USEA Horse Trials organizer to ask if they’d be willing to add an FEH competition to their event.

For more information regarding the FEH Program, please click here.

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 USEA would like to thank Bates Saddles, Parker Equine Insurance, SmartPak, Standlee Hay Company, C4 Belts, Etalon Diagnostics and Guardian Horse Bedding for sponsoring the Future Event Horse Program.

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