The U.S. Eventing Association has announced that the Future Event Horse program will include a Central Championship in 2018 to accompany the East and West Coast Championships that already exist. The first USEA FEH Central Championship will take place Sept. 29, 2018, at the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, Texas.
“This will be a huge boost for the program,” said Robin Walker, FEH Committee co-chair. “The United States is so big that it’s hard for a lot of people and their very young horses to go from one coast to another to compete at the championships and get recognized. Having the option to host a Central Championship is going to cater to the breeders in the middle of the country and strengthen the program across the board. It’s going to give us more depth.”
Jayne Lloyd will serve as the organizer of the new Central Championship.
“I’m absolutely thrilled and excited to have the honor and opportunity to host the brand new USEA FEH Central Championship at Texas Rose Horse Park,” said Lloyd. “For the last 30 years I’ve been a student, trainer, competitor, owner and breeder with education being my driving force to continue to grow in this journey of riding and horse management, so I was immediately drawn to this great program to produce the Young and Future Event Horse!”
The Texas Rose Horse Park is a 500-acre facility in the heart of Area V in central Texas. The Brunson family’s farm hosted the USEA American Eventing Championships from 2013 to 2015. Lloyd and the Texas Rose Horse Park team will be setting up a Priefert jump chute for the FEH Central Championships, the same as the championship structure on the West Coast.
The 2018 West Coast Championship will take place at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, Calif., Sept. 20, and the East Coast Championship will be Sept. 22-23, 2018, at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Md.