USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session with Olympian Joe Fargis Draws Riders from Coast to Coast

Two riders earn travel grants from USHJA Zones and USHJA Foundation


South Hadley, MA—-July 1, 2016—-Talented young equestrians from both the East and West Coasts will convene at the Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center in South Hadley, MA, for the eighth USHJA Emerging Athletes Regional Training Session, presented by Dover Saddlery, in 2016. From July 5 to 9, riders will learn under the tutelage of American Gold Medalist Joe Fargis and one of the country’s most experienced stable managers Nanci Snyder.

USHJA congratulates the following young athletes selected to participate:

· Elaina Shea Amy, 15 (Goldsboro, NC)

· Gabrielle Baker, 18 (Phoenix, NY)

· Abigail Brayman, 16 (Charlestown, RI)

· Isabel Brizuela, 17 (South Hamilton, MA)

· Erin E. Carey, 16 (Nottingham, NH)

· Maura Cherny, 17 (Cazenovia, NY)

· Kit Cunningham, 16 (Thermal, CA)

· Julie Dettman, 19 (Honeoye Falls, NY)

· Amanda Dittenhoefer, 16 (Wappinger Falls, NY)

· Kendra Duggleby, 16 (Cleveland, NY)

· Meghan Frederick, 18 (Dalton, MA)

· Carlie Genecco, 15 (Troy, NY)

· Erik Hennings, 20 (Kings Park, NY)

· Paige Humphrey, 20 (Colchester, CT)

· Amanda Lamore, 17 (Wethersfield, CT)

· Chelsea Le Moine, 16 (Roxbury, CT)

· Chloe Lofaro, 16 (South Hampton, NV)

· Margaret Mader, 17 (Scarborough, ME)

· Jessica Mundie, 16 (Akron, NY)

· Dayna Scott, 15 (Valatie, NY)

· Sara Sprague, 17 (Richmond, MA)

· Adelaide Toensing, 16 (Charlotte, VT)

· Erin Vieau, 19 (Syracuse, NY)

· Alicia H. Weismann, 16 (South Hampton, NJ)

The athletes will spend five days being put through their paces, both in and out of the saddle. For the mounted sessions, lead clinician and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Joe Fargis will provide instruction on flatwork, gymnastics, related distances and course work. On the ground and in the barn, athletes will work with expert stable manager Nanci Snyder-former groom to Olympian Michael Matz and current stable manager to Olympian Peter Wylde-on proper care and grooming, horsemanship skills and barn management. Each athlete will ride a horse they provide and will be vying for a spot at the 2016 EAP National Training Session with Olympian Peter Wylde. Auditors are welcome, and auditing is $20 a day and interested equestrians may contact Sharyn Antico to reserve. The training session begins at 1 p.m. ET onJuly 5; a full schedule of the five-day session is available here.

Additionally, in partnership with the USHJA Foundation, USHJA Zone 1 awarded Paige Humphrey an EAP Travel Grant to help cover the cost of travel to this EAP Regional Training Session. Zone 2, also in partnership with the USHJA Foundation, awarded Gabrielle Baker an EAP Travel Grant to help her attend.

“[The Zone 2 grant] helps greatly with the expense of the clinic, and I’m thrilled to have received it,” said Baker. “I am really looking forward to riding with Joe Fargis and working more on my horsemanship skills. I had a really good experience last year when I participated and hope to build on what I have learned. It is a great opportunity to ride with different clinicians and get their feedback.”

This session is one of 10 EAP regional training sessions held over 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