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The USEA Future Event Horse (FEH/NEH/YEH) Program

Future Event Horse (FEH)

Program Mission

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:

The 2022 USEA FEH East Coast Championships: Loch Moy Farm (Adamstown, Maryland), September 17-18


New Event Horse (NEH)/Young Event Horse (YEH)

Program Mission

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:

  1. Dressage
  2. Jumping Test/Gallop/General Impression

At Championships, horses are asked to complete three sections:

  1. Dressage
  2. Conformation/Type
  3. 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.

Guidelines for the New Event Horse Program

New Event Horse at Loch Moy Farm

General Omnibus

September 1Series Finale October 18

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: NEH Program


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: NEH Guidelines


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.


Entry Form: Entry Form

Test: The dressage test is the Young Event Horse (YEH) Four Year Old Test. YEH 4YO Qualifying Test

Score Sheets: NEH Scoresheet 2019

Qualifying Score and Format for Series Finale

Due to USEA trademark restrictions, we must change the name of our final show from "Championships" to "Series Finale." Any horse that qualified at an Area II New Event Horse Competition in the 2018 competition year is still 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 Series Finale format will be the same format as the regular NEH class:

Section I Dressage Test - 30% of score
Section II Jumping Test/Gallop/General Impression - 70% of score

(The conformation section is no longer part of the official competition).

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: YEH 4YO Championship Test

The jump/gallop test will not exceed the Championship standard for the YEH 4 Year Olds: YEH JUMPING STANDARDS

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