What is Future Event Horse (FEH)?

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. FEH Classes are in-hand classes for yearlings, two-year olds and three-year olds. At Championships, three-year-olds are required to compete in an additional free-jump division. New in 2017, the FEH program will offer 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.

Series Mission

The USEA Future Event Horse Series (FEH) was introduced in 2007 as a precursor to the already popular USEA Young Event Horse Series. The FEH program evaluates the potential of yearlings, two-year-olds, and three-year-olds to become successful upper level event horses. Since the “test year” in 2007 was so successful, with more than fifty young horses competing at the year-end Championships, 2008 would see the FEH’s first season as a bona fide USEA program.

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.

To view the rules for the Future Event Horse Program, click here. 

2018 FEH Championships

Horses must earn a minimum qualifying score of 72% at any qualifier to be eligible to compete in the FEH Championships.

Championship Dates/Locations:

FEH West Coast Championship at Twin Rivers Ranch (Paso Robles, Ca.) – September 20, 2018

FEH East Coast Championship at Loch Moy Farm (Adamstown, Md.) – September 22-23, 2018

FEH Central Championship at Texas Rose Horse Park (Tyler, Tx.) – September 29, 2018

The 2018 Championships will hold a jump-chute class in the three-year old and four-year old divisions only.

Judging

2018 Championship Judges: Robin Walker and Peter Gray

For more information on how your horse should be presented and will be evaluated, go here.

Judging Triangle – Diagram and Dimensions:

What is Young Event Horse (YEH)?

The aim of the YEH classes is to encourage breeders and trainers to produce and present the correct type of young horse which is considered to be the best material to make a top international CCI*** or CCI**** event horse. The judges must be chosen from the YEH Judges list or for the dressage phase, they may be a USEF Licensed Dressage or Eventing Judge.

Method of Judging
The Judges should bear in mind they are looking for potential for the future. Judges are looking for an athletic, elastic moving horse with a promising jumping technique that, with correct training, will develop physically and mentally into a strong upper level mount.

In the dressage phase, unlike a normal dressage test, marks are not given for individual movements. Three correct, elastic and regular gaits through a swinging back are the qualities that judges will be seeking. Young horses should not be marked down for displaying a little exuberance.  The judge will have to weigh the influence of the rider; a good rider may present a well balanced, smooth test from perhaps a moderate, unscopey horse while a novice rider may even hinder a good horse from showing its true worth. It is the horse’s, and not the rider’s, real potential we are looking for. Likewise in the jumping we are looking for a bold, athletic horse with good technique and a horse with these qualities should not necessarily be penalized for knocking down a fence providing he learns from his mistake. Four-year-old horses will not be penalized for jumping out of the trot.

At Championships only, conformation will be judged on its own scoresheet. His conformation and movement should enable him to withstand the demands of the sport in terms of soundness, speed and stamina. Lack of quality and other defects which may prevent him being fast enough should be penalized, even though he may make a nice dressage or show jumping horse. However, a lack of size or color of the horse should not be held against him. Equally one should not allow a possible prejudice against mares to affect any judgment. It is essential to encourage riders to give mares more of a chance if we are to establish a better breeding policy using proven mares.

Scoring and Use of Marks
Careful thought must be given to how the marks are used. In order to have enough of a gap between the lower and higher quality horses it is necessary to use the full range of marks. Similar to dressage judging, the first horse in sets the standard and therefore one must leave enough room to put better horses above and weaker horses below. If the first horse is marked low then all scores will likely be low and worthy horses will not achieve qualifying scores.

In conclusion we could sum up by asking the question “Which horse would I buy to make the best international eventer?” We are not buying the rider – only the horse.

Dressage and conformation will be scored on a 1-10 mark basis, as well for the gallop and general impression sections.

1 = very bad
2 = bad
3 = fairly bad
4 = insufficient
5 = marginal
6 = satisfactory
7 = fairly good
8 = good
9 = very good
10 = excellent

For the jumping phase, horses will be scored 0.0-3.0 with 0.5 decimal points allowed. Each individual fence will receive a score with the following system:

0 – Refusal

1 – Should be better/knocked down fence

2 – Acceptable

3 – Very good/excellent

YEH Qualifying Competitions: 

Dressage is worth 30% of your score
Jumping Test/Gallop is worth 70% of your score

YEH Championships:

Conformation and Type is worth 10% of your score
Dressage is worth 20% of your score
Jumping Test/Gallop is worth 70% of your score

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