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Spalding Labs USEA Young Event Horse Series

The Spalding Labs USEA Young Event Horse Series may be best described as an equine talent search. The Series gives owners and breeders the opportunity to showcase the potential of their four- and five-year-old horses while encouraging them to produce top-level event horses for the future. Young Event Horse classes focus on education and preparation of the event horse in a correct and progressive manner.

Youngsters are asked to complete three sections:

  • Conformation and Type
  • Dressage
  • Jumping Test/Gallop/General Impression

The goal of the Series is to choose the youngster that possesses the talent and mind set, and who with proper training, will excel in the uppermost levels of the eventing world. While the ultimate goal is to identify the future four-star horses it is also hoped that many fine event horses who will excel at the lower levels will also be showcased.

Tentative 2014 YEH Calendar

MeadowCreek Park - The Spring Social Event (Area 5) Feb 28-Mar 2, 2014
The Fork CIC3*/CIC2* & HT (Area 2) Apr 2-6, 2014
Twin Rivers Spring Three Day Event (Area 6) Apr 9-13, 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-June 1, 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!
South Farm H.T. (Area 8) July 5-6, 2014
Coconino Classic 3-Day Event and H.T. (Area 10) July 17-19, 2014
Fitch’s Corner H.T. (Area 1) July 18-20, 2014
Event at Rebecca Farm (Area 7) July 23-27, 2014
Applewood Farm YEH/FEH & Modified Eventing (Area 2)  Aug 6, 2014
Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T. (Area 7) 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) September 6, 2014 - New for 2014!
Five Points H.T. (Area 2) Sept 6-7, 2014
Windy Wyoming H.T. (Area 9) Sept 13-14, 2014
Twin Rivers Fall H.T. (Area 6) Sept 17-21, 2014
Greystone Farm (Area 2) Sept 28, 2014
Fair Hill International Three-Day Event (Area 2)  Oct 15-19, 2014
Flintridge Combined Test Series (Area 6) Oct 25-26, 2014
Galway Downs International 3-Day Event & HT (Area 6) Oct 30-Nov 2, 2014


  1. Age: Horses are considered to be one year older on January 1 each year regardless of birth month.
    4 year-old classes are for horses attaining four years of age in the current calendar year.
    5 year-old classes are for horses attaining five years of age in the current calendar year.
    Mares that have had term or near-term foals will be allowed a “bye” year if a certificate of verification, signed by a veterinarian, is submitted to the USEA office. The intent of this rule is to allow mares who have taken time off to be bred to compete in four year old classes as five year olds and five-year-old classes as six-year-olds.
  2. Membership:  Membership in the USEA is required.
  3. Horse Registration: In order to maintain complete records on Young Event Horses in our database, the USEA requires that all horses be registered to participate in YEH classes.  Registration will insure that the horses' full pedigree and competition results will be maintained. Please provide a completed Horse Life Registration form to the USEA. If you have breed registry papers on your horse, send a photocopy along with the USEA HLR form. Thank you for your cooperation!
  4. Saddlery:  Only snaffle bridles may be used in dressage and boots and martingales are optional for jumping. No boots to be worn in Sections I or II.
  5. Dress(relaxed):  ASTM/SEI approved helmets mandatory for jumping.
    Dressage phase:  Collared shirt with sleeves, breeches, and boots.
    Jumping phase:  Cross-country attire with safety vests and armbands.
  6. Foreign Horses: Foreign horses must attend and achieve a qualifying score at a sanctioned YEH competition in the United States in order to participate in the championships.
  7. Championships: Qualified horses will be allowed to participation in one championship only. Horses must earn a score of 70 percent or higher at two qualifiers or a score of 75 percent or higher at one qualifier to qualify for the championships.


If you are interested in hosting a Spalding Labs USEA Young Event Horse Series competition or have questions about the NEH program, please contact Rob Burk.





Latest News

November 15, 2013
Read about three Young Event Horse program graduates that have gone on to successful event careers at the upper levels, and what their riders, owners and breeders say about these superb athletes.
November 8, 2013
The USEA is delighted to announce the upcoming Future Event Horse Educational Seminar at High Point Hanoverians in Chestertown, Maryland on November 16-17, 2013.
November 1, 2013
Temecula, Calif., Oct. 31, 2013—The USEA Spalding Labs Young Event Horse West Coast Championships crowned their 4- and 5-year-old winners at Galway Downs International Three-Day Event. In the 5-Year-Old class, Sara Mittleider and her own Code Name led from start to finish, while in the 4-Year-Old class, Jennifer McFall and Dragonfire Farm’s Classic Twain jumped up to take the victory.
October 21, 2013
Le Lion d’Angers (FRA) - French rider, Thomas Carlile, made history yesterday when clinching both the 6 and 7-Year-Old titles at the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses on home turf at Mondial du Lion. This important annual fixture, which brings together many of the most talented and promising young horses in the sport, was abandoned 12 months ago due to severe flooding. But that only served to ensure even greater enthusiasm this time around as horses, riders, breeders, owners and many spectators gathered once again at l’Isle Briand, Le Lion d’Angers for a spectacular four days of competition from 17 to 20 October.
October 18, 2013
Fair Hill NRMA, MD - It was a beautiful crisp fall day at the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Championships at the Fair Hill International Festival in the Country, but perhaps it was the most beautiful of all for Mr. Bojangles and his rider Bruce Davidson, Sr. The Davidson homebred Thoroughbred owned by Buck Davidson and Carl Segal showed ample future potential throughout the competition.


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