The USEA’s Young Event Horse and Future Event Horse Program are growing and gaining in popularity thanks both to the hard work of organizers and the continued educational offerings from the USEA. In this vein, this year’s USEA Educational Symposium, which took place from February 19-22 at the Ocala Jockey Club and Longwood Farm South in Ocala, Florida, focused very much on the training of young horses. Thanks to Andrea Manley, who has been a driving force behind the YEH, FEH, and NEH program’s success in Area I and attended the symposium, we have some great clips from the clinics!
The first two days of the symposium were dedicated to the Instructors’ Certification Program and were led by clinicians Leslie Law and Kai-Steffen Meier. Last year the USEA unveiled two new ICP certifications: the YEH Instructor and YEH Professional Horse Trainer certifications.
Leslie Law encouraged riders to help their horses find their balance by going forward, but without running:
Posted by Stubben Custom Saddle Fitting – Andrea Manley on Monday, February 19, 2018
More video from day one of the ICP portion of the young horse symposium. Leslie Law talks more about the canter for the young horse.#usea #younghorses #icp #younghorsedevelopmentprogram
Posted by Stubben Custom Saddle Fitting – Andrea Manley on Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Kai Steffen Maier explained that allowing the horse to go forward first should be a key element of focus in the canter as well:
Allowing the horse to go forward first was a key focus in the canter, as Kai Steffen Maier so eloquently explains here! #usea #YoungHorseSymposium #younghorses #younghorsedevelopmentprogram #eventing
Posted by Stubben Custom Saddle Fitting – Andrea Manley on Tuesday, February 20, 2018
The last two days of the symposium were geared toward the YEH and FEH programs. Attendee’s were treated to discussions on event horses breeding and conformation as well as scoring systems and judging the YEH and FEH classes. Here, FEH Championship judge Robin Walker explains how he would asses this yearling:
Interested in knowing what the judges are looking for when you present your Future Event Horse? Here FEH championship judge Robin Walker explains what he is looking at in this lovely yearling.United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA)#usea #younghorsedevelopmentprogram #FEH #younghorses
Posted by Stubben Custom Saddle Fitting – Andrea Manley on Wednesday, February 28, 2018