USHJA EAP Regional Training Sessions in Georgia and New Jersey Draw Riders from Coast to Coast

USHJA Foundation and zones award four travel grants to support riders


Lexington, KY — June 10, 2016 — Next week kicks off two additional United States Hunter Jumper Association Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Sessions, presented by Dover Saddlery. More than 40 riders from across the country were selected to participate in next week’s sessions in Conyers, GA, and Long Valley, NJ.


June 12-16, Georgia International Horse Park, Conyers, GA June 13-17, Centenary College Equestrian Center, Long Valley, NJ
· Lauren Alsborg, 17, Traveler’s Rest, SC

· Ashley Scott Armstrong, 17, Atlanta, GA

· Drew Arnold, 16, Carmel, IN

· Kate Arnold, 14, Carmel, IN

· Johannah Bell, 17, Eatonton, GA

· Hannah Bentz, 18, Boca Raton, FL

· Caroline Biggs, 18, Knoxville, TN

· Prima Rose Bonaventura, 12, Swedesboro, NJ

· Sydney Bounds, 15, Winter Park, FL

· Greer Campbell, 13, Charlotte, NC

· Kathryn Curtin, 19, Lexington, KY

· Fiona Ennist, 15, Awendaw, SC

· Kathleen Fritz, 17, Waxhaw, NC

· Camryn Halley, 13, Oviedo, FL

· Samantha Halo, 18, Auburn, AL

· Caitlin Howie, 16, Atlanta, GA

· Bailey Imbus, 17, Mount Pleasant, SC

· Logan Landfried, 16, Mount Pleasant, SC

· Abby Lockwood, 14, Apex, NC

· Lauren Lomel, 15, Ocala, FL

· Emmy Reynolds, 17, Atlanta, GA

· Anna Claire Smith, 17, Atlanta, GA

· Annie Walters, 20, Isle of Palms, SC

· Lily Walton, 16, Louisville, KY

· Caroline Dance, 16, West Chester, PA

· Alexis Di Pasqua, 16, West Chester, PA

· Matthew Drohan, 17, Brooklyn, NY

· David Eakin, 15, Runnemede, NJ

· Gabrielle Fournier, 16, Litchfield, CT

· Abby Graham, 20, Colorado Springs, CO

· Morgan Hoffman, 16, Glen Gardner, NJ

· Meghan Holland, 17, Colts Neck, NJ

· Lili Kaissar, 15, New York, NY

· Meghan Knapic, 15, Smithtown, NY

· Skylar Laakso, 19, Medfield, MA

· Booke Lutzi, 17, Ithaca, NY

· Alexandra Michalski, 14, Pittsford, NY

· Deana Schenkel, 17, Canandaigua, NY

· Jessica Smith, 17, Kinnelon, NJ

· Katie Steiner, Pleasanton, 20, CA

· Courtney Vanderbrook, 20, Farmington, NY

· Olivia Woodson, 15, Wellington, FL


The session in Georgia, will be led by clinician and Olympian Chris Kappler and stable manager Anne Thornbury. In New Jersey, Karen Healey will be the clinician and Nanci Snyder will be the stable manager. Each session will be five days of intensive stable management and mounted instruction. Athletes will ride a horse they bring and will be vying for a spot at the 2016 EAP National Training Session with Olympian Peter Wylde.

Ensuring riders’ access to these training sessions is a priority for the Association. A collaboration between USHJA zone committees and the USHJA Foundation has awarded four travel grants to accepted EAP athletes in zones 3 and 4. USHJA congratulates Lauren Alsborg, Zone 4; Hannah Bentz, Zone 4; Kathleen Fritz, Zone 3 and Caitlin Howie, Zone 4, on being awarded travel grants to attend these sessions. The riders are looking forward to the opportunity to participate in the program.

“I am grateful that the USHJA Zone 4 and USHJA Foundation have made these funds available to help me participate in the EAP Regional Training Session, while taking away some of the financial strain of traveling to Georgia,” Bentz said. “It is a glimpse of how the organization is helping young riders get more involved in the sport, so I appreciate the support and opportunity to be a part of it!”

Fritz said she is looking forward to working with Kappler.

“What a wonderful opportunity it is to get to learn from one of the best,” Fritz said. “I am also looking forward to seeing some old friends and making new ones.”

The USHJA has seven more EAP regional training sessions scheduled throughout the course of the summer months across the country.

The USHJA extends its thanks and gratitude to the gracious hosts of the 2016 regional training sessions: Rebekah and JR Swan and Whip N’ Spur; Bob Bell, the Classic Company and the Georgia International Horse Park; Natasha Klingenstein and Centenary College; Amy Uniss and the Great Southwest Equestrian Center; Meghan Look, Chris Munson and Frying Pan Farm Park; the Urban Family and Quail Run Horse Centre; Pat Boyle, Showplace Productions and Ledges Sporting Horses; Sharyn Antico and Mount Holyoke College; George Chatigny and the Los Angeles Equestrian Center; and Vivien Van Buren and the Colorado Horse Park.

The Emerging Athletes Program is supported in part by a generous grant from theUnited States Equestrian Federation, as well as individual donors through theUSHJA Foundation. For more information, please visit