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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

September 21, 2013
Learn more about the Young Event Horse program at two upcoming seminars, hosted by Marilyn Payne, co-chair of the USEA’s Young Event Horse Committee. The first seminar will be held on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. during the American Eventing Championships at the Texas Rose Horse Park. The second will be conducted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. during the Woodside International Horse Trials in Woodside, California.
September 17, 2013
Almost 100 horses have qualified to participate in the 2013 USEA Young Event Horse Championships, and another 40 horses will be qualified with the addition of a second qualifying score. The West Coast Championship will be held on October 31 at Galway Downs International Three-Day Event & H.T. in Temecula, CA. The East Coast Championships will be held on October 16 at Fair Hill International in Elkton, MD. Below is the full list of horses.
July 25, 2013
Chris Stafford talks to Robin Walker, Future Event Horse Committee member, breeder and trainer, about the program and its goals for promoting the breeding of successful event horses here in the United States.Listen below:  Your browser does not support the audio element.
June 17, 2013
Kim Severson and her 6-year-old Cooley Cross Border have gone on to a successful eventing career, recently winning the CCI1* at Virginia Horse Trials, after being named Champion at the 2012 Spalding Labs USEA Young Event Horse Championships at Fair Hill International.
June 7, 2013
Courtney Cooper and Who's a Star. Shannon Brinkman Photo.
Courtney Cooper and her first homebred, Who’s a Star, recently stirred up the scoreboard at the Jersey Fresh CCI***, held May 7-12, 2013, with a 3rd place finish in the pair’s inaugural 3*. The 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding also had a winning career in the USEA Young Event Horse program, having competed successfully in both the four-and five-year-old divisions.


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