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September 30, 2013

New National Championship Puts Young Horses Center Stage

A national championship and festival for young horses in a variety of disciplines has long been on the to-do list for the U.S. Equestrian Federation, and those plans will become a reality in 2014.

“We are very excited about this new initiative, which has been created to connect breeders, owners and trainers of young horses,” said USEF CEO John Long.

The USEF Young Horse Championship and Festival is intended to showcase and identify the best young horses in the United States in the disciplines of dressage, driving, eventing, show jumping and hunters. The event will also promote American-bred horses while creating an incentive to buy, own and show young horses. The event will feature young horses in two ways: a competition hosting horses ages 4-7 and an in-hand evaluation by a panel of experts for yearlings to 3-year-olds. 

This year, the USEF will host a young horse symposium at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena on Nov. 8-10. U.S. team coaches and their representatives from dressage, driving, eventing, show jumping and hunters will share their excitement about this new program and explain the details of each disciplines’ competition criteria for the 2014 USEF Young Horse Championships and Festival.