Seven horses that have graduated from the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Young Event Horse Program (YEH) are entered to compete in the toughest event in North America: The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event in Lexington, Kentucky on April 25-29. Read on below to learn more about the YEH alumni competing at the prestigious CCI4*.
Cooley Cross Border and Severson standing for their first win (with many more to come) at YEH 5-year-old East Coast Championships in 2012. USEA Archives Photo.
“The perfect marriage of form and flight” is how Anna Hillenbrand describes the Thoroughbred in her Seabiscuit biography. As soon as you think the gas tank is empty, that’s when the Thoroughbred shines, pushing through until the very end. It’s evident the speed, the stamina, the brain, the strength, and the heart of a Thoroughbred are promising qualities to have in a potential event horse.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce the dates, locations, and judges for the 2018 Young Event Horse (YEH) East and West Coast Championships.
The YEH East Coast Championships will be held Thursday-Friday, October 18-19 at Fair Hill International in Elkton, Md. The YEH West Coast Championships will move to a new location this year at the Fresno County Horse Park in Fresno, Calif. on Sunday, October 21.
The YEH Championship judges on both coasts this year will be Lucinda Green (GBR), Sally Ike (USA), and Chris Ryan (IRL). Lucinda Green and Sally Ike will judge the dressage and jumping phases and Chris Ryan will judge conformation.
Meet the Judges for the 2018 YEH Championships
The USEA is pleased to announce that Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California will be hosting a Young Event Horse (YEH) seminar to instruct judges, competitors, owners, breeders, and anyone else involved or interested in the program in the new judging and scoring system that was introduced at the beginning of 2018.
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 three- and four-star levels, but many fine horses that excel at the lower levels are also showcased by the program.
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.
With the Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) portion of the 2018 USEA Educational Symposium completed, attendees moved to the Clubhouse at the Ocala Jockey Club for the start of the Young Event Horse (YEH) Symposium. With many significant changes to the Young Event Horse Program being implemented this year, this year’s Young Event Horse Symposium covered the particulars of the new judging and scoring system.
Day two of the 2018 USEA Educational Symposium at Longwood Farm South in Ocala, Florida again featured clinicians Leslie Law and Kai-Steffen Meier as they conducted the second day of the Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium. The Young Event Horse (YEH) Symposium will take place on Wednesday and the Future Event Horse (FEH) Symposium will follow on Thursday.
The 2018 USEA Educational Symposium kicked off today at the picturesque Longwood Farm South in Ocala, Florida. The Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP), Young Event Horse (YEH) Program, and the Future Event Horse (FEH) Program have teamed up again this year to offer four education-packed days that focus on the young event horse. Featured clinicians Leslie Law and Kai-Steffen Meier will conduct both days of the ICP symposium and will also ride demo horses for the Young Event Horse Symposium on Wednesday.
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.