Amidst the humid air, glaring sun, and ninety-degree summer heat, nine horses proved their weight in gold at Loch Moy Farm’s Future Event Horse (FEH) jump chute clinic on Thursday, July 5 in Adamstown, Md. Following the day after Independence Day, it was no coincidence that the majority of young horses were American bred. The United States Eventing Association (USEA) FEH program aims to shed light on American breeding programs that produce upper level event horses.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships are less than three months away, but there’s still time to get qualified! With many events still on the FEH calendar be sure to support your local events and attend a qualifier in time for the championships.
The FEH West Coast Championships will be held at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California on Thursday, September 20. The FEH East Coast Championships will follow immediately afterwards, returning to Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland on Saturday and Sunday, September 22-23.
‘Age is nothing but a number’ and this phrase can resonate with eventers due to the factors that affect young horses. So, what common factors did Blackfoot Mystery, Truly Wiley, D.A. Duras, and Happenstance all have? Kelly Prather. Compassionate, patient, knowledgeable, and experienced, Prather is an eventing professional that anyone should not walk but run to when identifying a young event horse. The United States Eventing Association (USEA) had the opportunity to sit down with Prather to learn more about her program and how her success can be applied to the USEAs Young Event Horse (YEH) program.
Read below to find out how Prather has produced Olympic, four-star, and winning three-star event horses.
“The gallop, the jump, and the blood” are three components Phyllis Dawson looks for when she intends to breed an upper level event horse. Dawson has a long list of eventing achievements and one of them includes the success of her breeding program out of her own farm, Windchase. Dawson and her late stallion, Brandenburg’s Windstar, produced numerous top level event horses including Polaris (Brandenburg’s Windstar x North River Lady), Arthur (Brandenburg’s Windstar x Kelly), Polar Storm (Brandenburg’s Windstar x Ashley W), and Windchase Phoenix Star (Brandenburg’s Windstar x North River Lady). This article shares Dawson’s insider tips and is the second feature to go Behind the Breeder’s Brand.
“Extremely proud and honored to have been a part of it all!” are the feelings Phyllis Dawson felt when she watched her homebred, Polaris (Brandenburg’s Windstar x North River Lady) and Sara Gumbiner cross the finish flags at their first four-star event, the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.