Leslie Law and Kai-Steffen Meier join us this week to share some highlights from their teaching as featured clinicians at the 2018 ICP Symposium at Longwood Farm South in Ocala, Florida, February 19-20, 2018. The two-day symposium was dedicated to the training of young event horses, with the first day focusing on flatwork and the second day focusing on work over fences, both show jumping and cross-country.
Attendees at this year’s Educational Symposium returned to the Clubhouse at the Ocala Jockey Club this morning to begin the final day of the Educational Symposium with the classroom portion of the Future Event Horse (FEH) Symposium.
Irish horseman Chris Ryan kicked things off with a discussion of the importance of the broodmare in breeding event horses. “When evaluating the pedigree of the event horse, the focus usually goes to the sire line, but for me, the dam line is a more important indicator of genetic worth . . . A mare who has produced a top horse has an excellent chance of producing another, even by a different sire,” he said.
The USEA introduced the Future Event Horse (FEH) program in 2007 as a pilot program in response to the popularity of the already established USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) 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, and 3-year-olds for their potential for the sport based on conformation and type. Horses are presented in hand and divisions are separated by year and gender. At the Championships, 3-year-olds are also required to demonstrate their potential over fences in an additional free-jump division.
The 2018 Educational Symposium as previously announced is just two weeks away, and the United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce the tentative schedule for all four days. The Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP), the Young Event Horse (YEH) Program, and the Future Event Horse (FEH) Program are once again joining forces to bring riders, instructors, judges, horse owners, breeders and friends together for a full week of fun and education. The symposia will focus on young horses, and will take place February 19-22 in Ocala, Florida.