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USEA Future Event Horse Series

The USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) series was introduced in 2007 as a pilot program as, what the USEA hoped would be, a successful precursor to the already popular USEA Young Event Horse series, which is designed for four- and five-year-olds. Since the “test year” was so successful – with more than fifty young horses competing at the year end Championship show – 2008 would see the FEH’s first season as a bona fide USEA program.

The FEH program focuses on yearlings, two-year-olds, and three-year-olds, and judging the potential they have to become a successful upper level event horse. Each age group is judged separately, and genders within the age group are judged separately when the number of entries allows. In order to compete in FEH classes, horses must be registered with the USEA, but a special rate of $25 is available for owners who may not want to register the horse fully yet.

Organizers registering a USEA Future Event Horse test click here.

For an FEH entry form click here.

Tentative Calendar for 2014

Ocala Horse Properties Winter II H.T. (Area 3) Feb 7, 2014
MeadowCreek Park - The Spring Social Event (Area 5) Feb 28-Mar 2, 2014
Ocala Horse Properties International 3-Day Event (Area 3) Apr 9-13, 2014
Fresno County Horse Park (Area 6) Apr 25-27, 2014
Galway Downs Spring H.T. (Area 6) May 9-11, 2014
Greystone Farm FEH and YEH (Area 2) May 10, 2014
Waredaca H.T. (Area 2) May 31-June1, 2014
Lone Tree Farm (Area 6) June 1, 2014
Texas Rose Horse Park Summer H.T. (Area 5) June 7-8, 2014 - New for 2014!
GMHA Young/Future/New Event Horse Program (Area 1) June 21, 2014
Skyline Stables YEH/FEH (Area 8) June 28, 2014 - New for 2014!
Fitch’s Corner H.T. (Area 1) July 18-20, 2014
The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm (Area 2) July 19-20, 2014
Event at Rebecca Farm (Area 7) July 23-27, 2014
Applewood Farm YEH/FEH & Modified Eventing (Area 2) Aug 6, 2014
Cedar Ridge Farm FEH/YEH/NEH (Area 3) Aug 9, 2014
The Summer Event at Woodside (Area 6) Aug 8-10, 2014
The Event at Santa Fe (Area 10) Aug 15-17, 2014
Waredaca Farm H.T. (Area 2) Aug 16-17, 2014
Eleazer Davis Farm FEH/YEH/NEH at Scarlett Hill Farm (Area 1) Aug 29, 2014
Skyline Stables YEH/FEH (Area 8) Sept 6, 2014 - New for 2014!
Windy Wyoming H.T. (Area 9) Sept 13-14, 2014
Twin Rivers Fall H.T. (Area 6) Sept 17-21, 2014
Greystone Farm FEH and YEH (Area 2) Sept 28, 2014
Fair Hill International Three-Day Event (Area 2) Oct 15-19, 2014
Fresno County Horse Park (Area 6) Oct 17-19, 2014
Flintridge Combined Test Series (Area 6) Oct 25-26, 2014
* West Coast USEA FEH Championships at Galway Downs (Area 6) Oct 30, 2014
FEH Qualifier at Loch Moy Farm (Area 2) Nov 1, 2014 - New for 2014!
* East Coast USEA FEH Championships at Loch Moy Farm (Area 2) Nov 2, 2014

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Why is it Important?

Experience is one of the many perks the FEH program offers. Most events, even at the lowest levels, are full of excitement and can be overwhelming for even the most experienced of horses. Giving youngsters the opportunity to get out and gain experience is important in their early development. Plus, it lets handlers get a sneak peek into the future work ethic of their fledging eventer.

Another goal of the program is to bring more breeders into the world of eventing. While there are countless breeders who specialize in creating dressage and show jumping prospects, there are considerably fewer breeders who specialize in breeding specifically for eventing.

What is Judged?

In FEH classes, horses are judged on both their conformation and the quality and correctness of their gaits. Upon entering the arena, their handlers are asked to stand the horses up for inspection to allow the judge to analyze the strengths and weaknesses in their conformation. Then, they are asked to walk a 15-meter triangle, and then trot a 30-meter triangle. Finally, they are asked to stand up one last time for the judge to make their final observations.

There are several main points that a judge will look at during the presentation of a competitor. Firstly, they will look for an event horse “type”, meaning a horse that appears naturally structured to become an all-around athlete. They will look at the basic correctness and angulations of the horses' legs and the quality of their feet. Also, they will analyze the conformation as a whole to determine if the horse will be able to stand up to the stresses of eventing. Additionally, the judge will look for the horses' gaits to be basically straight, correct, swinging and uphill.

New as of 2012 – Horses must receive a minimum qualifying score of 68% to be eligible to compete in the FEH Series Championships.

All Future Event Horse (FEH) Classes are held under the auspices of the USEA and are considered as USEA "Tests." The USEA establishes the guidelines and the policies for the Future Event Horse Series. In all cases the decision of the judge is final

Separate classes will be held for yearlings, two-year-olds and three-year-olds and the goal is to offer these classes by gender.

Where sufficient entries permit each class will be divided into colts, geldings and fillies. Where there are combined classes of colts and fillies all will be judged as one class and the highest placed colt and filly will be recognized. For example, if there is only one filly in the class and she places third overall she will be recognized as the winning filly of that age group.

Combining age groups is not allowed. Each age group will be judged independently of the other. A yearling will not be judged in the two- or three-year old class, and a two-year-old not be judged in a three-year-old class.

Horses must be registered with the USEA and owners are encouraged to submit a copy of the horse’s papers or any pedigree information available prior to entry.  Breeder’s name and pedigree information will be published in the program and in results.

January 1 will dictate the age of the horse. Horses born in 2007 will be considered one-year old on January 1, 2008.

General FEH Definitions:

Breeder: considered the owner or lessee of the mare when she was bred.
Colt: an ungelded male three-years-old or younger.
Filly: a female three-years-old or younger.
FEH Gelding: a gelded horse three-years-old or younger.
Handler: the person presenting the horse to the judge and leading the horse during the walk and trot phases.
Whip Assistants: the person designated by the handler and/or owner to follow behind the horse to encourage it to move forward.

The Future Event Horse Series is educational and judges are encouraged to offer guidance to owners/breeders when appropriate. For more information on the Series, please contact Rob Burk.

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February 26, 2014
After a day full of conformation analysis of the developments that take place in yearlings, 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds, attendees were eager to apply their knowledge to Tuesday’s lessons on the 4- and 5- year-old young event horses under saddle.
February 25, 2014
Riders, judges, breeders, owners, international experts, eventing aficionados, and even U.S. Eventing Chef d’ Equipe David O’Connor had their sights set on a promising group of young sporthorses. All were there to talk, learn, and expand the system to identify future top-level event horses.
February 20, 2014
The upcoming FEH/YEH seminar in Ocala offers opportunities to hear from Susan Graham-White, Marilyn Payne, Robin Walker and Maren Engelhardt, to see live in-hand and ridden demonstrations, and to check out the High Performance Training Sessions. Don't miss out!
February 20, 2014
In 2005, Judy Wardrope wrote an article for the USEA's print magazine Eventing USA. In the article, "The Right Conformation of an Eventer," she details the functional conformation of top eventers Livingstone and Winsome Adante, explaining how the horses differ mechanically and the effect that those mechanics have on their performance. This timeless article is a must-read!


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