USEA Announces 2019 Dates and Locations for FEH/YEH Championships

Tamie Smith and MB MaiBlume: 2018 USEA Young Event Horse 5-Year-Old East Coast Champions. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

The USEA has announced the dates and locations for the 2019 Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships and the 2019 Young Event Horse (YEH) Championships, as well as a new qualification structure for the YEH Championships.


YEH West Coast Championships will be held Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, at Fresno County Horse Park in Fresno, California.

YEH East Coast Championships will be held Thursday-Friday, October 17-18, 2019, during Fair Hill International in Elkton, Maryland. (The organizers are placing a cap of 55 horses at the YEH championships, so competitors will be urged to enter on the opening date. Of the 55 slots, 40 of those will be reserved for 5-year-olds, while the last 15 slots will be for 4-year-olds.)


FEH West Coast Championships will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in conjunction with Twin Rivers Fall Horse Trials in Paso Robles, California.

FEH Central Championships will be held Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at Snowdonia Farms in Tomball, Texas

FEI East Coast Championships will be held Sept. 28-29, 2019, at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland

Changes to Note

The YEH program introduced major changes in 2018, including shorter dressage tests and a new scoring and judging system. The jumping/galloping test now accounts for 70% of the final score at both qualifiers and championships, and includes individual scores for each of the five show jumping efforts and 10 cross country efforts.

Those changes will remain in effect for 2019, along with a new qualification structure. Previously, a horse could qualify for the YEH Championships by scoring 70% or higher at two qualifying events, or by scoring 75% or higher at one event. Starting in 2019, horses must have one score of 75% or higher at any qualifier to be eligible for the 2019 YEH Championships.

Questions about the FEH or YEH programs? Contact Kate Lokey at [email protected].

[Dates and Locations Announced for the 2019 USEA Young and Future Event Horse Championships]