USEA Announces 2020 Educational Symposium Schedule

Andreas Dibowski is a featured clinician at the USEA Educational Symposium. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

The 2020 USEA Educational Symposium is a mere three weeks away, and the USEA has released the schedule. Held Feb. 17-20 at  Barnstaple South in Ocala, Florida, the annual event includes educational demos and training from USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP), Future Event Horse (FEH) Program and Young Event Horse (YEH) Program.

The ICP Symposium will take place Monday, February 17 and Tuesday, February 18 headlined by featured clinician Andreas Dibowski.

The YEH Symposium will follow on Wednesday, February 19 with Andreas, Maren Engelhardt, and Marilyn Payne as clinicians.

The FEH Symposium concludes the Symposium on Thursday, February 20 with clinicians Susan Graham White and Robin Walker.

Tentative schedule:

Monday, February 17 – ICP Symposium

Clinician: Andreas Dibowski
Location: Barnstaple South


  • Beginner Novice 9:00 a.m.
  • Beginner Novice 10:00 a.m.
  • Novice 11:00 a.m.

Break – Lunch provided by Barnstaple South


  • Preliminary 1:00 p.m.
  • Intermediate 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.

Show Jumping

  • Advanced 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 18 – ICP Symposium

Clinician: Andreas Dibowski
Location: Barnstaple South

Show Jumping

  • Beginner Novice 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
  • Training 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Preliminary 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Break – Lunch provided by Barnstaple South.

Cross Country

  • Beginner Novice 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
  • Training 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Preliminary 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Wednesday, February 19 – YEH Symposium

Clinicians: Andreas Dibowski, Maren Engelhardt, and Marilyn Payne.
Location: HITS Post Time Farm and Barnstaple South

7:30 a.m. – Registration at HITS VIP tent
8:00 a.m. – Introduction
8:30 a.m. – Andreas Dibowski and Maren Engelhardt on what they look for in a YEH prospect, particularly the gallop
9:15 a.m. – Gallop videos with commentary from panelists and discussion with attendees
10:30 a.m. – Methodology of judging and scoring system
11:00 a.m. – End classroom session and travel to Barnstaple (next door to HITS Post Time Farm) followed by lunch at Barnstaple.
Lunch Break – lunch provided at Barnstaple.
11:45 a.m. – Closed discussion with YEH judges
12:00 p.m. – Dressage: Evaluating the quality of gaits with Marilyn Payne. Discussion on how to improve gaits and performance with Andreas Dibowski (3 horses)
12:45 p.m. – Dressage Test Rides *YEH judges seated separately.
1:15 p.m. – Evaluating and improving the gallop with Andreas Dibowski and Marilyn Payne.
2:15 p.m. – Break
2:30 p.m. – Jump course preview ride and discussion of course (1 horse)
3:00 p.m. – Jump Course *YEH judges seated separately.
4:30 p.m. – Q&A and wrap up discussion
4:45 p.m. – YEH Judges only – discussion of scores, comments, and placings

Wednesday (evening), February 19 & Thursday, February 20 – FEH Symposium

Clinicians: Susan Graham White and Robin Walker
Location: Courtyard by Marriott classroom (Wednesday) and Barnstaple South (Thursday)

Wednesday, February 19 – *FEH judges/potential judges only

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – classroom session at Courtyard by Marriott. Dinner provided by the USEA. Includes: In-depth analysis of future event horses, discussion of FEH program – rules, goals, judging guidelines, and a written test.

Thursday, February 20 – FEH Symposium

8:00 a.m. – Registration
8:30 a.m. – Introduction
9:00 a.m. – Mock Judge Testing – Morning session of in-hand presentations in order of horse’s age. Discussion led by Susan Graham White and Robin Walker.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch at Barnstaple, provided by Equiappraisal. Discussion among judges and review of written test.
12:30 p.m. – 4-Year-Olds under saddle
1:30 p.m. – Individual Judge Testing – Afternoon session of in-hand presentations. Discussion led by Susan Graham White and Robin Walker.
3:30 p.m. – Wrap-up and Q&A

Ready to register? Fill out these forms: ICP Symposium Registration Form and/or YEH/FEH Symposium Registration Form. The USEA is still accepting demo horses for the Symposium, you can sign up here: YEH/FEH Demo Horse Sign Up Form.

Go eventing.

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