“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.
Seven horses that graduated from the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Young Event Horse Program (YEH) showed off their top talent in the toughest event in North America: The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event in Lexington, Kentucky held on April 25-29, 2018. To visit our preview article, please follow the link Foundation for a Four Star: Young Event Horse Graduates Entered at Kentucky. Read on below for details on the action-packed Kentucky weekend.
Sloppy knees, a weak hind end, all four legs going in different directions, clearing the jump with feet to spare, attention deficit disorder, and flat out confusion can be several unfavorable characteristics that young horses show when learning how to jump. Can you blame them? They’re just babies after all! However, they can blossom into three- or four-star event horses given the correct training, tools, and care. The United States Eventing Association’s (USEA) Young Event Horse (YEH) Program sets the framework for a young horse’s success and gives them the opportunity to blossom into that fierce event horse they’re destined to become.
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.