USEA Young Event Horse Championships – East Coast
2017 West Coast YEH Championships: October 5 at Woodside International Three-Day Event & H.T. in Woodside, CA
2017 East Coast YEH Championships: October 12-13 at Fair Hill International in Elkton, MD
2017 YEH Judges: Judy Bradwell, Mark Weissbecker, Faith Fessenden
Location and Timing:
•The Conformation & Type and Dressage sections will be held on Thursday October 12 in the William DuPont Jr. Arena. See the Schedule for details on timing
•The Jumping Test/Gallop and General Impression section will be held on Friday October 13 in the Saw Mill Field.
The USEA Young Event Horse 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
•Jumping Test/Gallop/General Impression.
The ultimate goal of the Young Event Horse Series is to choose the youngsters that possess the talent and mind set, and who with proper training, will excel in the uppermost levels of the eventing world.
Horses participating in the Young Event Horse Championships have earned the right to be here by garnering qualifying scores throughout the year at Young Event Horse Classes. These Young Event Horse Championships are made up of the best four-and five-year-olds in the country.
Each section will be scored on a 1-10 mark basis.
1 = very bad
3 = fairly bad
4 = insufficient
5 = sufficient
6 = satisfactory
7 = fairly good
8 = good
9 = very good
10 = excellent
Section I Conformation and Type 15%
Section II Dressage Test 35%
Section III Jumping Test/Gallop/General Impression 50%
Conformation and Type
The horse is judged without tack and in hand on potential for soundness, speed and stamina. Handlers will be asked to walk and trot them in a straight line for soundness and correctness. Color, size, and gender should not be a factor in a horse’s score
The dressage section, unlike a normal dressage test, marks overall collective impression (not by each individual movement). Three correct, elastic and regular gaits through a swinging back are the qualities that judges seek.
Jumping Test/Gallop and General Impression
The jumping section looks for a bold, athletic horse with good technique. A horse with these qualities should not necessarily be penalized for knocking down a fence providing he or she learns from the mistake. The horses will be tested over a mixture of show jumps and cross-country fences including a bank, ditch, and water. The horses are then required to show their gallop immediately following the last jump.
Four-year-old Championships – 30 percent of the jumps will be at the maximum height of 3’3” to mirror the specifications for the Training level.
Five-year-old Championships – 30 percent of the jumps will be at the maximum height of 3’7” to mirror the specifications for the Preliminary level