Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Leaderboard for Young Horses

There has been more interest in recent years in programs that support North American-bred horses - and the breeders that produce them. Some of these are coming from the discipline organizations, including the United States Eventing Association (USEA). For years they have had the USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) and USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) programs, and now there are leaderboards to publicize young horse successes.

One of the ways of encouraging owners of young horses who are on a path to success is to make their standings public and important. "In an effort to encourage a continuous educational and competitive upbringing for young event horses in North America, the United States Eventing Association (USEA)" is doing just that. The USEA has leaderboards for all the categories you would expect - Junior Rider, Adult Amateur Rider, Horse, etc - but they have a special category just to recognize young horses coming along in competition. The USEA introduced leaderboards for 6- and 7-year-old horses in 2019.

A recent article on the USEA website explains:

"In the announcement made by the USEA introducing the two new national leaderboards in 2019, USEA Young Event Horse Committee co-chair Tim Holekamp, who proposed their creation, was quoted as saying, 'The overall goal is to improve the quality of horses entering the eventing horse pipeline in the U.S. [and] to provide better mounts for our very talented cadre of riders. We believe that if we can focus on measuring the quality of domestic sport-specific breeding, the limited amount of resources (both time and money) available to provide horses to our upper riders and rising talents can be better spent on far more prospect horses than using large amounts to buy a few horses in Europe and the U.K. Increasing numbers of entries and attendance at YEH qualifiers, finals, and symposia imply that there is a thirst for improved knowledge and horses. Each time an American home-bred horse wins big, internationally others are encouraged to try to produce similar prospects for the sport.'”

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