It’s quality over quantity this year at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event in Lexington, Kentucky for the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) program. Three YEH graduates will be making the trip to the bluegrass state to compete in the toughest event in North America. From babies to the big league, Tsetserleg, Indy 500, and PFun are horses who started their eventing careers in USEA’s YEH program.
#18 – PFun
2007 Irish Sport Horse Gelding
Sire: Tadmus | Dam: Celerina
Rider: Will Faudree | Owner: Jennifer Mosing & Sterling Silver Stables | Breeder: Tracy Priest (Ireland)
Previously known as Fernhill Teddy Two Two, PFun (Tadmus x Celerina) is a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Jennifer Mosing. Pfun, who goes by the barn name Teddy, was first introduced to U.S. eventing through Bobby Costello as he competed in the YEH 5-year-old competition at Spring Horse Trials at the Ark in 2012.
In 2013, Will Faudree started competing Teddy and together they have over 16 top-three finishes on their USEA record. In 2017, Faudree and Teddy completed the Kentucky Three-Day Event and will be looking to add another CCI5*-L (previously known as a CCI4*) completion to their record.
#38 – Indy 500
2005 Thoroughbred Mare
Sire: Cromwell | Dam: TensofThousands
Rider: Andrea Baxter | Owner: Andrea Baxter | Breeder: Clyde Hunsaker (USA)
After completing five YEH competitions, the 14-year-old Thoroughbred mare Indy 500 (Cromwell x TensofThousands) graduated from the YEH program in 2011. Indy 500 showed potential at an early age as she had top placings in both YEH 4-year-old and 5-year-old divisions.
A California native, Andrea Baxter is the owner and rider of Indy 500 and together they will be looking to complete their fourth CCI5*-L event. Baxter and Indy 500 completed the Kentucky Three-Day Event in 2017 and 2018 as well as Burghley in 2018. This year will be their third consecutive trip to Kentucky.
Fun fact about Indy 500: Alex Trebek of Jeopardy owned the farm that bred Indy 500. Indy 500 also has a baby who is currently competing at the one-star level.
#51 – Tsetserleg
2007 Trakehner Gelding
Sire: Windfall | Dam: Thabana
Rider: Boyd Martin | Owner: Christine Turner | Breeder: Timothy Holekamp (USA)
The 2012 YEH graduate Tsetserleg (Windfall x Thabana) aka Thomas is a 12-year-old Trakehner owned by Christine Turner, bred by Timothy Holekamp, and ridden by Boyd Martin. Thomas competed in the YEH 5-year-old division at Longwood Farm in 2012 with rider Cristin Stoop. Both breeder and owner are generous supporters of the YEH program and are responsible for the Holekamp/Turner Lion d’Angers Grant.
Having a standout year so far, Thomas has finished in the top two at his past three outings. With his most recent win at The Fork CCI4*-S, Thomas has 11 wins to his USEA record. In 2018, Martin guided Thomas through his first five-star completion at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event to finish 11th and was the highest placed YEH graduate. From there, Martin and Thomas went on to represent the United States at the 2018 World Equestrian Games. This weekend the pair will be aiming for a competitive finish at their third five-star event.
Windfall has two offspring competing at Kentucky this year: Tsetserleg (Windfall x Thabana) and Vandiver (Windfall x Visions of Grandeur), a 15-year-old Trakehner owned by Debi Crowley. Coincidentally, Vandiver, ridden by Doug Payne, and Tsetserleg, ridden by Boyd Martin, will go one right after the other as Vandiver is #50 and Tsetserleg is #51 for this year’s draw order.
The USEA would like to wish the best of luck to the three YEH graduates at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event!
The Young Event Horse (YEH) Program was first established in 2004 as an eventing talent search. Much like similar programs in Europe, the YEH program was designed to identify young horses that possess the talent and disposition to, with proper training, excel at the uppermost levels of the sport. The ultimate goal of the program is to distinguish horses with the potential to compete at the four- and five-star levels, but many fine horses that excel at the lower levels are also showcased by the program.
The YEH program provides an opportunity for breeders and owners to exhibit the potential of their young horses while encouraging the breeding and development of top event horses for the future. The program rewards horses who are educated and prepared in a correct and progressive manner. At qualifying events, youngsters complete a dressage test and a jumping/galloping/general impression phase. At Championships, young horses are also evaluated on their conformation in addition to the dressage test and jumping/galloping/general impression phase. Click here to learn more about the Young Event Horse Program.
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