February 17, 2022
The YEH Yearbook: Class of 2016
The 2016 USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) 5 Year Old Championships saw over 40 competitors between the East and West Coast Championships held at Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International in Elkton, Maryland, and at Woodside International in Woodside, California. After the 2016 YEH Finals, many graduates of the 2016 USEA Young Event Horse Championships rose through the ranks to leave a mark on high-level eventing.
This well-established program has seen many horses pass through its doors, but more importantly, several horses have fulfilled the program’s mission of becoming a top-level competition horse. 2016 YEH 5-year-old graduating horses that have reached the highest levels of eventing include Woodford Reserve, KGO ally, quantum leap, quality timeand Enlightened.
USEA YEH West Coast 5yo Champion 2021 Woodford Reserve (Tinarana’s Inspector x Laharns Laughton) has been carefully produced by owner/rider Erin Kellerhouse since her YEH debut in 2016. The Irish Sport Horse gelding, bred by Frank Hickey, has made lower level work easier and has a cross-country almost flawless jumping record. He made his FEI debut in 2017 at the CIC* level (now CCI2*-S) where he placed second at the same event where he was crowned YEH Champion in 2016, the Woodside International Horse Trials. The gelding completed her first CCI3*-S in 2019 at the Fresno County Horse Park CCI&HT, earning third place honors. Proving to be Woodford Reserve’s home ground, the Woodside International Horse Trials would also be where he would make his CCI4*-S debut in 2020, where he added just 4.80 time penalties and 4 penalties jumping to his score to finish second. Most recently, the Irish gelding won the CCI4*-S at Woodside in October 2021.
The Trakehner mare KGO ally (Hirtentanz *E* x Annabel Lee), now owned by Ally KGO Syndicate, LLC, placed fifth at the 2016 YEH East Coast Championships and sixth overall. Bred by KD Trakehners, Ally KGO began her eventing career under Morgan McCue who competed with the mare at the 2015 YEH East Coast 4-Year-Old Championships where she finished fifth. Following their YEH experience, McCue took the mare through the training level before Caitlin Silliman took over in 2016. Following their top-10 finishes at the 5-Year-Old Championships, Silliman and Ally KGO would finish third in the preliminary jumper. division at the 2017 USEA USA Eventing Championships before moving up to the CIC2* (now CCI3*-S) level in 2018 where the pair would add a fourth place finish on a large field at the Fair Hill International Horse Trials to their record. 2019 was a successful year for the partnership with a second place in the CCI3*-S at Great Meadow and a third place on their CCI3*-L debut at Fair Hill. The mare made her first four-star appearance in the summer of 2021 at Great Meadow and recently placed fourth in the CCI4*-L at Morven Park in October last year.
quantum leap (Quite Capitol x Report to Sloopy) not only placed seventh at the YEH East Coast Championships and eighth overall, but he also received the 2018 Holekamp/Turner Young Event Horse Le Lion d’Angers award and scholarship which helped to compete. at the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for young horses at the Mondial du Lion d’Angers in France. Doug and Jessica Payne bought the horse when he was one year old and Doug produced him from scratch. The horse has an unblemished cross country jumping record through 2019 up to CCI4* level. He finished third out of 40 entrants at the Stable View Oktoberfest CCI4*-S 2020, adding just 6.00 time penalties to his dressage score of 26.80. He made his first five-star appearance at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event in April 2021, but saw an unfortunate 20 added to their score. Eager to redeem themselves, Payne and Quantum Leap returned to five-star status at the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill after a second-place finish in the Advanced Division at the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships, presented by Nutrena Feeds, and a third-place finish at the CCI4 *-S at the Stable View Oktoberfest. With just 1.2 time penalties added to their dressage score over the entire weekend, Payne and Quantum Leap finished in 9th place in the CCI5* division.
Tim Bourke was the only rider to compete with Carla Abramcheck’s mare Irish Sport Horse quality time (Guidam x Ruby Roller) for his entire career. Although the mare didn’t have the top placing at the 5-year-old championships, she quickly proved her worth on the cross-country course and boasts a clear jumping record across the country with very few time penalties. also. Her first four-star outing was in 2019 at the Carolina International where she just added a 0.40 time penalty in cross country and show jumping to her dressage score. In 2021, Quality Time obtained two first places and a second place at the advanced level.
The mare of the German sport horse Enlightened (Furejev x Evita) owned by Mark and Katherine Bellissimo and Jimmie Schramm has developed beautifully since competing at the YEH Championships in 2016. She has only one jumping fault on her cross country record throughout his career. As the levels got tougher, the mare continued to step up with Schramm in irons and 2021 seemed like her year. The pair have six top-10 finishes, with the highlight of the year being a fifth-place finish in the mare’s first ever CCI4*-L level at Tryon in November 2021.
Eight additional horses that entered the 2015 USEA YEH 5-Year-Old Championships that competed at the Intermediate/CCI3* level include Foreign quality (Warrant x Orsina II) a Dutch Warmblood gelding, Landmark Mochachino (Maxamillion x Tyrrell) a Warmblood gelding, Galileo WP (Ustinov x Alexia) a Dutch Warmblood gelding, Moon a Dutch Warmblood mare of unknown breeding, Stoneman DF (Grindstone x Smiler) a thoroughbred gelding, Geluk HVF (Jazz x Bronte HVF) a Dutch Warmblood stallion, Captain Chocco (by Chacco Blue) an Oldenburg gelding, Liebling of Graceland (Libero Star x Rittersporn) an Oldenburg mare, and brando (Banderas x Marlo) an Oldenburg gelding.
Congratulations to all YEH graduates and stay tuned for the next class – the class of 2017! To review previous YEH directories, click here.
About the USEA Young Event Horse Program
The Young Event Horse (YEH) program was established in 2004 as a search for eventing talent. Like similar programs in Europe, the YEH program was designed to identify young horses between the ages of four and five, who possess the talent and disposition to, with proper training, excel at the highest levels of the sport. The ultimate goal of the program is to single out horses with the potential to compete at the four and five star levels, but many fine horses that excel at the lower levels are also featured by the program.
The YEH program provides an opportunity for breeders and owners to show the potential of their young horses while encouraging the breeding and development of the best competition horses for the future. The program rewards horses that are educated and prepared in a correct and progressive manner. During the qualifying events, the young people perform a dressage test and a jumping/galloping/general impression phase. During the Championships, young horses are also evaluated on their conformation in addition to the dressage test and the jumping/cantering/general impression phase. Click here to learn more about the Young Event Horse program.
USEA would like to thank Bates Saddles, SmartPak, Standlee Premium Western fodder, Parker Equine Insurance, Saratoga Horseback Ridingand The Jockey Club for sponsoring the Young Event Horse program. In addition, USEA would like to thank The Dutta Company., Title Sponsor of the Young Horse Championships Event.