Save the Date For the 2018 USEA Educational Symposium in Ocala

Authored by Kate Lokey

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The Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) and the USEA Future Event Horse (FEH)and Young Event Horse (YEH) Programs are teaming up once again to bring USEA members the ultimate educational opportunity this winter in Ocala, Florida. Taking place February 19-22, 2018, there will be different educational activities each day. The Instructors' Certification Program and the Young Event Horse Program primarily address the ridden development of young event horses along with building a proper judging system and the Future Event Horse Program addresses the breeding, conformation, and in-hand development of the young event horses along with a judges' workshop as well.

The ICP Symposium will take place Monday, February 19 and Tuesday, February 20 at Longwood Farm South. These two days will include principles and practices of under-saddle flat and jumping training for 4-/5-year-olds and 6-/7-year-olds, led by two presenters who are current trainers, competitors, and instructors: Leslie Law, an Olympic Gold Medalist for Great Britain now living in Florida, and Kai-Steffen Meier, a top German rider and Bundeschampionat Champion now living in Belgium.

The Training and Education of the Young Eventing Horse Symposium will take place Wednesday, February 21 and Thursday, February 22. Both dates will host morning classroom sessions at the Clubhouse at the Ocala Jockey Club, with live horse sessions and riding demonstrations taking place both afternoons at nearby farms. Wednesday, February 21 will primarily be focused on the Young Event Horse (YEH) program (4- and 5-year-olds), featuring the same legendary clinicians as the ICP Symposium, Leslie Law and Kai-Steffen Meier. Thursday, February 22 will primarily be focused on the Future Event Horse (FEH) program for yearlings through 4-year-olds, and will be led by world-renowned Irish horseman, Chris Ryan. Ryan was one of the judges of the 2017 Future Event Horse Championships on both coasts and will offer special insight to the program from a judge's perspective as well as from a competitor's perspective.

For more information on the ICP Symposium taking place Monday and Tuesday, February 19-20, 2018, contact Nancy Knight at or (703) 669-9997. To register for the ICP Symposiumclick here.

Contact Kate Lokey for more information about the FEH and YEH symposium at or (703) 779-9897. To register for the FEH/YEH Symposiumclick here.

A hotel room block has been set up for Symposium attendees at the Courtyard by Marriott Ocala. Please email for more information.

The USEA would like to thank FEH and YEH Sponsors whose support makes these programs possible: Retired Racehorse ProjectStandlee HayMerck Animal HealthSmartPak, and Professional’s Choice.