Jan 21, 2024

The New Event Horse Program Returns for 2024

By Kaleigh Collett - USEA Staff | Press Release
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Would you and your horse like to dip your toes in the sport of eventing without the stress of starting with a recognized event? Consider participating in a USEA New Event Horse (NEH) competition! The USEA NEH Program was created to be an introduction to the sport of eventing for both horse and rider, and the 2024 NEH Calendar is now available here.

Adapted from the USEA Young Event Horse Program, NEH classes are intended to assess a horse’s capability for eventing and provide a steppingstone to recognized eventing by focusing on education and preparation to begin competing in a correct and progressive manner. In NEH classes, horses are asked to complete two sections: the dressage phase and the jumping test/gallop/general impression phase. The ultimate goal of the New Event Horse Program is to choose the horse that possesses the talent and mind set and who, with proper training, would be the horse most likely to become a competent, safe, and fun adult amateur, junior, or young rider horse at the Preliminary levels and below. USEA members with a Supporting Membership or higher and horses with a Limited Registration or higher are welcome to participate. Anyone who is not already registered with the USEA can do so the day of the competition as well.

View the list of 2024 USEA NEH competitions below, and keep in mind that the calendar is subject to change. New competitions can be added regularly, so members are encouraged to reach out to their favorite local events to encourage them to participate. Please continue to check here for any updates throughout the year.

2024 USEA New Event Horse Calendar

EVENT

DATES

Snowdonia Sport Horse Complex YEH/NEH (Area V)

March 31, 2024

Masterson Equestrian Trust YEH/NEH Qualifier (Area VIII)

April 20, 2024

The Vista Spring YEH/NEH Qualifier (Area III)

May 15, 2024

Snowdonia Sport Horse Complex YEH/NEH (Area V)

June 23, 2024

Masterson Equestrian Trust YEH/NEH Qualifier (Area VIII)

August 10, 2024

Waredaca Farm H.T. (Area II)

August 16, 2024

Five Points H.T. (Area II)

September 6, 2024

The Vista Fall YEH/NEH Qualifier (Area III)

September 11, 2024

*There is no championship for the NEH program

Are you interested in hosting a USEA New Event Horse competition? Learn more about NEH program requirements here, and contact staff liaison Kate Lokey at [email protected] to register.

Don’t see a USEA New Event Horse competition near you? Please contact your local USEA Horse Trial organizers to express interest and ask if they are willing to host the New Event Horse Program at their venue.

About the USEA New Event Horse (NEH) Program

The USEA New Event Horse (NEH) Program is designed to be an introduction to the sport of eventing for horse and rider. Adapted from the Young Event Horse Program, the NEH classes are intended to assess a horse’s capability for eventing and to provide a steppingstone to recognized eventing. New Event Horse classes focus on education and preparation to begin eventing in a correct and progressive manner. Horses are asked to complete two sections: dressage and jumping test/gallop/general impression.

While many outstanding upper-level prospects may find the New Event Horse classes helpful, these classes are intended to be more introductory in nature and to place a greater emphasis on temperament and suitability. The ultimate goal of the New Event Horse Program is to choose the horse that possesses the talent and mind set and who, with proper training, would be the horse most likely to become a competent, safe, and fun adult amateur, junior, or young rider horse at the Preliminary levels and below. Click here to learn more about the New Event Horse program.

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Applications for The Event at Rebecca Farm Travel Grant Due June 1

The Event at Rebecca Farm (Kalispell, Montana) is renowned amongst members of the eventing community for its exceptional competition venue, genuine hospitality, and stunning backdrops. The Broussard Family Charitable Foundation and USEA Foundation are excited to share that travel grants to this iconic venue are returning once again for 2024 to assist riders traveling to Montana to compete in the CCI3* and CCI4* divisions at this year’s competition which takes place July 17-21.

Apr 12, 2024 Resources

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When aiming to compete in a United States Eventing Association (USEA) recognized competition (national competition or international competition), licensed or endorsed by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), understanding and fulfilling the specific requirements for entry forms and liability waivers is crucial.

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