Elizabeth Chertavian and her yearling, For Keeps,  and Seija Samoylenko with Eleazer Davis Farm's yearling, Forte EDF. Photo by Lisa Samoylenko.

Elizabeth Chertavian and her yearling, For Keeps, and Seija Samoylenko with Eleazer Davis Farm’s yearling, Forte EDF. Photo by Lisa Samoylenko.

On Friday, August 23, 2013, Eleazer Davis Farm organized and held a wonderfully received USEA Young Event Horse competition at Scarlett Hill Farm in Groton, Massachusetts. The United States Eventing Association’s Young Event Horse program is designed for breeders, owners and riders to showcase their young event horses, in the hopes that encouraging breeding of quality American horses will provide international quality mounts in the future.

Young event horse competitions are not as numerous as regular USEA events but they are important, and almost every area holds at least one. Horses, of any breed, meant for an eventing career are shown in hand if they are yearlings, two year olds, or three year olds, and walk and trot on the triangle. They are judged on conformation, movement, and potential for eventing — they call this the “Future Event Horse” competition. Then the four year olds and five year olds are shown under saddle in a basic dressage test, then they jump both show jumping obstacles and solid type cross country fences at a basic level. These are the Young Event horses, and they are also evaluated on conformation plus they judge them on movement and on their gallop.

The Eleazer Davis Farm owner and event organizer, Lisa Samoylenko, held the Area 1 competition this year for a couple of reasons. “I’ve been involved with the program since it began, first as a rider/breeder and now as an organizer. The quality of the young horses improves each year. The top professionals in the US need good horses – we need to produce American horses that can compete internationally, ” she said. The really cool part of a Young Horse competition, for Lisa, is that “the top riding horses at our show were mares – and that bodes well for future breeding, ” she explained.

Wicked with Erin Renfroe won the Five Year Old FEH competition. Photo by Lisa Samoylenko.

Wicked with Erin Renfroe won the Five Year Old FEH competition. Photo by Lisa Samoylenko.

Wicked, ridden by Erin Renfroe, won the five year old YEH division with a score of 81.80, and Viva ridden by Beth Murphy, won the four year old division with a 76.75 score. Winner of the Yearling FEH class was Havana, owned by Dayna Gant, with a 75.95. Two Year Old FEH winner was Ghirardelli, Dayna Gant, 77.50; while the Three Year Old FEH winner was Quincy Market, Kathy Kokoszka, 75.95.

Faith Fessenden was the young horse judge, and former USET eventing team member Nancy Guyotte designed and judged the jumping tests. Judge Fessenden said, “I enjoyed the opportunity to have been on the judging team for this terrific event. The organization of dressage tests, conformation judging, in-hand classes and jumping test was smoothly handled by Lisa Samoylenko and her ground team.”

The show was well attended and assisted by a strong group of sponsors. Lisa said, “it was thrilling to get sponsorship from companies like Devoucoux Saddles, Farm Credit East, Rollstone Bank, Gervais Ford and Colonial Chevrolet; companies like these fuel the young horse program and call attention to the breeders, owners, and riders that work hard to produce high quality horses.”

Well done, Eleazer Davis Farm and Scarlett Hill Farm!

– Holly, by way of Lisa Samoylenko
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