USEA Young Event Horse and Future Event Horse divisions have been added to the 2017 Heart of the Carolinas (HOTC) Three-Day Event and Horse Trials at Southern 8ths Farm May 3-7.
The FEH/YEH competition will take place on Thursday, May 4. The divisions include YEH-4yo, YEH-5yo, FEH-yearling, FEH-2yo, FEH-3yo and the new FEH-4yo. This event will count as a qualifier for the 2017 FEH/YEH Championships.
YEH 4 and 5-year-olds may also enter the horse trials which begins on Friday, May 5.
All YEH/FEH owners, riders and handlers are welcome to audit the three-day educational sessions taught by our excellent clinicians and officials such as the jog and dressage demonstrations, ten-minute/vet box discussions and cross country course walks.
The HOTC organizing committee is dedicated to horse and rider education and adding the young horse divisions to the schedule seemed a logical way to bring the concept full circle. The USEA’s YEH and FEH programs were created to identify talented event horses for the future, but many breeders and owners have also found that their youngsters benefit from the exposure to a competition atmosphere and everything that goes along with show prep and travel.
Southern 8ths will also host a standalone YEH/FEH competition offering the same divisions on Sunday, August 19, 2017 as an additional Championships qualifier and a fundraiser for the 2018 Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day.
“Horses are so humbling,” says Valerie Vizcarrondo Pride with a wry laugh.
We are speaking a few days after the Land Rover Kentucky Three Day Event. She is on her way to go cross-country schooling with her beautiful black horse Favian, before tackling the CCI4*-L at Jersey Fresh.
Her week wasn’t supposed to pan out like this. She and Favian should have been resting on their laurels after completing their first CCI5* at Kentucky. However, they fell on the cross-country, and ticking that five-star box will have to wait for another day. Luckily, they are unharmed, Favian has already “cruised around some easy stuff” on an earlier cross-country schooling outing, and Vizcarrondo Pride is determined to start righting the ship at Jersey Fresh.
The 18th annual Jersey Fresh International (JFI) gets underway this afternoon at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown, N.J. The CCI4*-L is the final selection trial for the Olympic Games in Tokyo later this summer so all eyes will be on the stacked field.
This year’s Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI5*-L was on April 21-25 and was the first five-star event to take place in the U.S. since 2019. The entry list had the best riders in the world, previous Kentucky champions, Olympic hopefuls, and horses who have been eventing in the U.S. since they were 4 years old.
US Equestrian is seeking applications of employment for their Director of Eventing Sport Management & Administration position.