ENYDCTA Future Event Horse Weekend

Saturday July 10th - Clinic with Bobby Murray

 Time Name Horse
 1:00pm Carmen Fagnani

 Coffee Bean

 IF Wicked Americano

 3:00pm Robin Crellin Gold Street
 4:00pm Dominique Briggs Carmelita 

 Carmen Fagnani

 Alyssa Eller

 IF Wespresso

 IF Cold Brew 


 Heather Hollay

 Kelly Rooney

 One Fifty Six

 Three Punch

Sunday July 11th - Future Event Horse Tests with Sally Ike

 Time Class Number Name Horse
 9:00FEH-Y  9 Alyssa Eller IF Cold Brew
 9:08FEH-Y 10 Adrienne Iorio FH Thumpalumpagus
 9:16FEH-Y 11 Carmen Fagnani IF Wespresso
 9:24FEH-Y 12 Claudia Romeo Seakyr
 9:32FEH-Y 13 Adrienne Iorio FH Mandalorian
 10:04 FEH-2 14 Adienne Iorio FH Landry's Labyrinth
 10:12 FEH-2 15 Dominique Briggs Carmelita
 10:20 FEH-2 16 Heather Hollay One Fifty Six
 10:44 FEH-3  17 Adrienne Iorio Cady O'Daly Harriet
 10:52 FEH-3 18 Claudia Romeo Free Fall
 11:16 FEH-3 19 Adrienne Iorio FH Miss Twiggy
 11:24 FEH-4 20 Robin Crellin Gold Street
 11:32 FEH-4 21 Kelley Rooney Three Punch
 12:00 Awards   



  • A release must be signed by all handlers and assistant handles. 
  • The handler, assistant handler, and/or a whip assistant may each carry only one whip or one standard lunging whip (without attachments, i.e. plastic bags, etc.). In addition, disruptive noisemaking devices are not permitted in the competition ring or the warm-up area. 
  • Handlers and assistant handlers must be 16 years old as of January 1 of the current year. 
  • A handler or groom may only hold one horse at any given time during the competition in or near the competition areas. 
  • The assistant handler may also hold/walk a horse during the Championship round. The assistant handler may not show the horse in trot. 
  • It is recommended that owners bring their own team of handlers that are familiar with their horse to show them. In the case that an owner does not have a team, a handler may be available to show horses for an additional fee at the qualifier. 

Handler and Assistant Handler Attire

  • Conservative attire is required, with safe footwear suitable for running. 
  • The shirt must have a collar and long or short sleeves. Polo shirts are acceptable. No T-shirts allowed. 
  • It is required that handlers and assistants wear protective headgear. 
  • Gloves and safe footwear are recommended. 
  • When FEH is being held in conjunction with the riding competition, boots and breeches will be considered appropriate.


  • Braiding is optional 
  • Yearlings may be shown in halters or bridles.
  • Bridles are required on all horses two-years-old and older in the competition ring.
  • Bridles consist of a snaffle type bit with two reins and headstall with throatlatch. Nosebands are optional. Horses may also be shown in a new market chain shank, instead of reins.
  • For all horses, good grooming and well maintained hoof condition are expected.
  • Each horse must have a separate handler at all times.
  • Bandages of any kind are prohibited.
  • Handlers may carry one standard whip.
  • Whip assistants may carry one standard whip or standard lunge whip with no attachments.
  • Disruptive noise makers, snapping whips or any other noise-making device are not permitted in the competition ring or the warm-up area.
  • Unruly horses or one whose actions threaten to endanger the handler, officials or others must be excused.

Method of Presentation

  • The competition arena will be set up with a 30 meter equilateral triangle. A 15 meter triangle will also be marked within the larger triangle. The presentation for conformation will be at the apex of the triangle where the judge will be waiting.
  • Handlers will enter the competition arena at the walk. Horses will be halted at the presentation area and prepared for inspection by the judge who may give additional instructions. The judge will walk around the horse to inspect it from the near side, the off side, the front and rear.
  • Handlers will then be asked to walk the horse up the left hand side of the triangle to the 15 meter mark, across the top of the 15 meter triangle and back down the right hand side to the presentation point.
  • Handlers will then trot the horse back up the left hand side of the triangle to the top (30 meter mark) across the top of the triangle and back down the right hand side to the presentation point. The judge may ask for any of these movements to be repeated.
  • Back at the presentation point, handlers will stand the horse up for a final review and any further instructions from the judge.
  • Horses must always be shown to the right of the handler and must always be turned away to the right so as to avoid a youngster stepping on or pushing the handler off balance.

Standing Position

It is often easier to position a horse by pushing him back (vs pulling him forward) one or two diagonal strides to attain this stance. If horse steps forward, merely push him back a stride into position. When the judge walks around the horse, the horse will show better on the off side if pushed backward into an open stance for that view. As the judge returns to the original location, reposition horse again, to the near side view.

Do not restrain the horse’s head. He will begin to fuss and shift his position. Stand in front of the horse facing him, with a loose rein. If he steps forward, a backward tug on the reins or a tap on the bridge of the nose with the butt of your whip or your knuckles (knocking) will alert him to remain in place. Practice this at home.


The handler should focus on a straight-line point beyond the corner of the triangle when tracking away from the apex. Likewise, returning to the apex focus on the judge. This will keep the line of travel straighter for optimum evaluation of correctness. Also, maintain as loose a contact as possible when the horse is obedient, in order that the frame, neck, and footfalls are not made crooked by pulling or balancing one’s self on the reins/lead. This lack of contact will also allow the horse to use its neck for the optimum biomechanics of the walk and self-carriage at the trot seen on the base lines of the triangles.


As in walk, focus on the distance points moving away and towards the judge in order to maintain straightness. In moving away from and towards the judge, the trot needs to be prompt and steady. It is on the long side that the handler must show the horse in an energetic, bolder stride. Practice prompt departs, half halts in hand for rebalancing if horse is ready to break stride and to encourage uphill movement.

Additional Resources:

FEH Website

FEH Handling Video Part 1

FEH Handling Video Part 2

FEH 4 year-old Division

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