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What is Young Event Horse (YEH)?

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Youngsters are asked to complete three sections:

  • Conformation and Type
  • Dressage
  • Jumping Test/Gallop/General Impression

The goal of the Young Event Horse Series is to choose the youngster that possesses the talent and mind set, and who with proper training, will excel in the uppermost levels of the eventing world. While the ultimate goal is to identify the future four-star horses it is also hoped that many fine event horses who will excel at the lower levels will also be showcased.



4 year-old classes are for horses attaining four years of age in the current calendar year.

5 year-old classes are for horses attaining five years of age in the current calendar year.

Mares that have had term or near-term foals will be allowed a “bye” year if a certificateverification, signed by a veterinarian, is submitted to the USEA office. The intent of this rule is to allow mares who have taken time off to be bred to compete in four year old classes as five year olds and five-year-old classes as six-year-olds.


Horse Registration

In order to maintain complete records on Young Event Horses in our database, the USEA requires that all horses be registered to participate in YEHRegistration will insure that the horses' full pedigree and competition results will be maintained. Please provide a completed Horse Life Registration form to the USEA. If you have breed registry papers on your horse, send a photocopy along with the USEA HLR form. Thank you for your cooperation!


Dress (relaxed)

ASTM/SEI approved helmets mandatory for jumping.

Dressage phase

Jumping phase

Foreign Horses

Foreign horses must attend and achieve a qualifying score at a sanctioned YEH competition in the United States in order to participate in the


Qualified horses will be allowed to participation in one championship only. Horses must earn a score of 70 percent or higher at two qualifiers or a score of 75 percent or higher at one qualifier to qualify for the championships.