Four age groups, three championships, two judges, and one horse to score in the 90s; the 2018 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships was a success. A total of 91 young horses were entered in the championships, which Robin Walker considered “very exciting and very encouraging. I’m just impressed with the whole thing.” Peter Gray added that it was “exciting to see the thoughtfulness in the bloodlines. We’re now seeing some quality young horses and adding to the depth of much needed horse power in the United States.”
“We believe he can produce the ultimate event horse,” Chris Talley and Hannah Salazar said of Faramund, the Hanoverian stallion owned by Hannah Salazar that has made a cannonball splash in the eventing world this year. Before trying his hoof at eventing, Faramund (Fidertanz x Donna Gloria) earned the 2014 Champion Stallion title at Dressage at Devon with Salazar in the irons. This year, his first year as an event horse, Talley has piloted Faramund to six top-three placings and a successful two-star finish at Plantation Field International. Sandro’s Star (Sagnol x Poetic Patter), another stallion standing at Zaragoza Acres, was named the 2017 USEA Stallion of the Year and is currently leading this year’s Stallion of the Year.
This week on the USEA Podcast, meet the three USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Grand Champions from the East Coast, West Coast, and Central Championships.
The 2018 USEA FEH East Coast Grand Champion title went to Lauren Welsh's Oldenburg gelding Solo Hit (Sagnol x Arista GS) on a final score of 87.64. Welsh shares the story of how she came across Solo Hit, who was bred by Red Gate Sporthorses in Canada, what he's been like to work with, and the other accolades he has achieved so far. Welsh used to breed show jumping horses, so she talks a bit about what she saw in Solo's breeding that caught her eye and her philosophy in producing young horses.
A total field of 18 future event horses came together today for the first ever USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Central Championships. The FEH program has traditionally run an East and West Coast Championships, and Snowdonia Farms approached the USEA about organizing a Central Championships for youngsters in Texas, to provide an opportunity to breeders, owners and competitors between the coasts. With six yearlings, seven 2-year-olds, two 3-year-olds, and three 4-year-olds, it was a very successful inaugural Championships in Texas, which was organized by Snowdonia Farms and held at the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, Texas.
The rainfall at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Md. couldn’t dampen the spirits of the 14 2-year-olds, 12 yearlings, and their handlers who came to compete at the second and final day of the USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) East Coast Championships. Judges Robin Walker and Peter Gray judged a total of 50 young horses aging from yearlings to 4-year-olds over the course of the two-day competition.
Jaguar My and handler Alyssa Peterson. USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.
The first day of autumn also ushered in the first day of the 2018 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) East Coast Championship at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Md. Six 4-year-olds and 17 3-year-olds strutted their stuff today, while the yearlings and 2-year-olds have their chance to take to the triangle tomorrow.
Although the 4-year-old class was introduced last year, only the 3-year-olds are eligible to be named overall FEH East Coast Grand Champion and the competition was tight. In the end, judges Robin Walker and Peter Gray scored Solo Hit as the 2018 FEH East Coast Grand Champion on a score of 87.64.
The fillies were on fire at the 2018 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) West Coast Championships at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California. Twain’s Fireflight DF, the Overall Yearling Champion, Iluminada, the Overall 2-Year-Old Champion, and Hallelujah DF, the FEH 3-year-old Grand Champion are all fillies that packed a powerful punch to come out on top. To add the cherry on top, Cheron Laboissonniere’s Holsteiner mare Hallelujah DF (Mighty Magic x Columbia BF) pulled off a hat trick as she earned her third consecutive FEH championship title.
The USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) East Coast, West Coast, and Central Championships are being held over the next two weeks. First, the West Coast Championships will be held at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California today, Thursday, September 20. Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland, will host the East Coast Championships this coming weekend, Septebmer 22 and 23. Finally, the Central Championships will be held for the first time at the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, Texas. The USEA will be on the ground providing coverage at all three events.
“I like a horse to look athletic and balanced even standing still and I have to say Mr. Medicott checked nearly all the boxes,” described Helen Brettell of her favorite four-star horse. Brettell can be seen at events across the country as the President of the Ground Jury, a dressage judge at the national and international level, or a Young Event Horse (YEH) and Future Event Horse (FEH) judge. Born and raised in England, Brettell has years of experience competing at the upper levels both in Europe and the United States. An advocate for proper, correct foundation in young horses, Brettell looks for an “overall balanced athlete with clean straight limbs, good feet, an alert eye, and a big shoulder for reach and uphill balance.”