Future Event Horse (FEH)
The USEA Future Event Horse Program (FEH) evaluates the potential of yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds to become successful upper level event horses.
The FEH Program was introduced in 2007 as a pilot program as a precursor to the already popular USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Program, which is designed for 4- and 5-year-olds. Since the “test year” was so successful – with more than 50 young horses competing at the year end Championship – 2008 would see the FEH’s first season as a bona fide USEA program. FEH Classes are in-hand classes for yearlings, 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds. At Championships, 3-year-olds are required to compete in an additional free-jump division. The FEH program also offers a 4-year-old class in which the horses show their gaits under saddle at qualifier events, and compete in a free-jump division at Championships. The free-jump divisions will only be held at Championships - qualifier events will not have any jumping.
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 FEH rate is available for owners who may not want to register the horse fully yet.
2022 FEH Championships
Horses must earn a minimum qualifying score of 72% at any qualifier to be eligible to compete in the FEH Championships.
The 2022 Championships will hold a jump-chute class in the 3-year old and 4-year old divisions only.
*4-year-old horses may not compete in both the FEH and YEH Championships in the same year. A 4-year-old horse may qualify for both Championships, but may only compete in one FEH or YEH program Championship, not both.
FEH Rules can be found here: https://useventing.com/resources/documents/FEH-Rules-Updated-2022.pdf
The 2022 USEA FEH East Coast Championships: Loch Moy Farm (Adamstown, Maryland), September 17-18
New Event Horse (NEH)/Young Event Horse (YEH)
The USEA Young Event Horse Program (YEH) is best described as an eventing talent search. YEH's first season as an official program of the USEA was in 2005. The program's goal is to identify young horses that possesses the talent and disposition that, with proper training, can excel in the uppermost levels of eventing. While the ultimate aim is to identify the future five-star horses, many fine event horses who will excel at the lower levels will also be showcased.
The Program gives owners and breeders the opportunity to showcase the potential of their four- and five-year-old horses while encouraging the breeding and development of top-level event horses for the future. Classes focus on education and preparation of the event horse in a correct and progressive manner. YEH Rules and Guidelines may be found here.
At qualifying events, horses are asked to complete two sections:
- Jumping Test/Gallop/General Impression
At Championships, horses are asked to complete three sections:
- Jumping Test/Gallop/General Impression
The USEA is now recognizing the nation's top 6-year-olds on a Preliminary leaderboard, and top 7-year-olds on an Intermediate leaderboard.
- 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.
- Membership: Membership in the USEA is required for both horse and rider.
- Horse Registration: The USEA requires that all horses be registered with the USEA to participate in YEH classes. Registration will ensure 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.
The Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse Championships
East Coast Championships: October 13-14, 2022 at the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill, Elkton, MD
Qualifications: In 2022, on the East Coast, horses must earn one score of a 75% or higher at any YEH qualifier event to be eligible for the East Coast Championships. To be eligible for the West Coast Championships, horses must earn one score of a 70% or higher at any YEH qualifier event.