New Event Horse at Loch Moy Farm
In 2018, Loch Moy Farm is promoting an overlooked but valuable USEA program – the New Event Horse (NEH) competition. Suitable for introducing both horses and riders to the sport of eventing, NEH has the potential to become integral to any trainer's program.
Students and horses will benefit from a low-pressure welcome to recognized competition. Trainers will have a new marketing tool for lower-level sales horses: a USEA-sanctioned competition record for a cost on par with many starter events. Horse owners will receive a professional evaluation of their horse's suitability for eventing. Loch Moy Farm's goal is to expand competition, learning and sales opportunities for the core of eventing: riders, horses and trainers involved in the most popular levels of the sport.
LINK: USEA Introduction: http://useventing.com/competitions/neh
The program is ideal for introducing eventing to horses who are changing careers, such as off-track Thoroughbreds, dressage horses, foxhunters and others. It also allows for the evaluation of purpose-bred horses who have aged out of the Young Event Horse program. Eligible horses are in their first or second year of showing. Horses and riders must be registered with USEA; riders may be non-competing members, and horses may be registered with a Limited status.
Read the USEA New Event Horse Guidelines for details about experience restrictions of the horse, possible class sections, saddlery, dress, desired attributes and scoring. The ideal New Event Horse is one that:
“possesses the talent and mind set and who, with proper training, would be the horse most likely to become a competent, safe, and fun adult amateur, junior, or young rider horse at the Preliminary levels and below.” - USEA
Note: Horses in NEH may enter into a Beginner Novice or Novice class occuring in conjunction with an NEH class. At Loch Moy, this means that horses entering the July 5 NEH competition may also enter one of these levels on July 7 or July 8.
LINK: USEA Guidelines for New Event Horse: http://useventing.com/resource/guidelines-neh
The NEH format is similar but not entirely analogous to the common structure of a recognized event. Horses and riders participate in three phases: conformation, dressage and the jump/gallop test. Conformation rates the physical suitability of the horse to the intended purpose. Dressage rates the horse's movement and obedience, while the jump/gallop test assesses athleticism.
Conformation - score does not count toward official result
Section I Dressage Test - 30% of score
Section II Jumping Test/Gallop/General Impression - 70% of score
Dressage is scored on impressions rather than specific movements. The test is similar in difficulty to USDF Introductory C or Beginner Novice.
The jumping test/gallop comprises a mix of five stadium and ten cross country fences, to include at least one of the following: ditch, bank, water or solid fence. A score is given for each jumping effort. Fence heights shall not exceed 2'7” and specifications will not exceed those of Beginner Novice competitions. Horses are to show the gallop following the last fence.
Test: The dressage test is the Young Event Horse (YEH) Four Year Old Test. http://useventing.com/sites/default/files/YEH_4YO_Qualifying_Test.pdf
Qualifying Score and Format for Area II Championships
Loch Moy Farm is hosting the inaugural New Event Horse Area II Championships. Any horse that qualified at an Area II New Event Horse Competition in the 2018 competition year is eligible to attend. The qualifying score is: a) two (2) scores of 67% or higher OR b) one score of 72% or higher. Scores must be recorded with the USEA to be valid.
The Area II championship format will be similar to the Young Event Horse championship format, and consist of:
Section I Conformation and Type - 15% of score
Section II Dressage Test - 35% of score
Section III Jumping Test/Gallop/General Impression - 50% of score
The specific order of Section I Conformation will be announced when final times are published.
The dressage test will be the YEH 4 Year Old Championship test: http://useventing.com/sites/default/files/YEH_4YO_Championship_Test.pdf
The jump/gallop test will not exceed the Championship standard for the YEH 4 Year Olds: http://useventing.com/sites/default/files/2018_YEH_JUMPING_STANDARDS.pdf