USHJA Emerging Athletes Regional Training Sessions for the 2016 Season Conclude in Colorado

Special 3-foot section held in conjunction for less experienced riders and horses


Parker, CO — August 3, 2016 — The final Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session of the 2016 season is now underway as 14 up-and-coming hunter/jumper athletes from Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Washington ready for day two of the August 2-6 USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session, presented by Dover Saddlery, at The Colorado Horse Park in Parker, CO, with clinician Julie Winkel and stable manager Nanci Snyder.

Additionally, four riders will participate in a special 3′ section, created to provide less experienced horses or riders with the full EAP experience at a lower fence height. Riders of the 3′ sections are not eligible for selection to the 2016 EAP National Training Session, but will experience all other aspects of the EAP Regional Training Session.

The USHJA congratulates all the riders participating in the Colorado Regional Training Session, including the 3′ section:

EAP Regional Training Session Athletes:

· Julia Fischer, 15, Niwot, CO

· Janelle Henningsen, 17, Centennial, CO

· Chloe Johnson, 20, Broomfield, CO

· Breyanna Lucero, 16, Los Ranchos, NM

· Caroline Molther, 18, Parker, CO

· Alison Pelzel, 20, Fort Lupton, CO

· Katie Pelzel, 15, Fort Lupton, CO

· Tessa Rodgers, 17, Orting, WA

· Marnina Seller, 16, Vail, CO

· Kamryn Steel, 16, Parker, 16, CO

· Emma Tellor, 17, Vail, CO

· Kaitlyn Truscott, 15, Draper, UT

· Taylor Valencia, 16, Parker, CO

· Delaney Wright, 19, Marlow, OK

3′ Section Riders: 

Jane Dunbar, 16, Castle Pines, CO

· Grace Gallagher, 11, Scottsdale, AZ

· Carly Sweeney, 13, Scottsdale, AZ

· Sophia Vaughan, 12, Scottsdale, AZ

Veteran clinician Julie Winkel will lead the mounted portion of the clinic focusing on flat work, gymnastics, course work and related distances. A long-time EAP clinician, USEF Licensed Official and USHJA Certified Trainer, Winkel owns and operates Maplewood Stables in Reno, NV. A Hunter, Equitation, Hunter Breeding and Jumper “USEF” R licensed judge for more than 30 years, Winkel has judged various top equitation classes including the ASPCA Maclay Finals and the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Finals.

Expert stable manager Nanci Snyder will focus on an intensive stable management curriculum focusing on proper care and grooming, horsemanship skills, and stable management. Snyder, also a veteran EAP stable manager, has worked for Olympic athletes including Michael Matz and Peter Wylde, managing their operations and caring for their top mounts.

Athletes provide their own horses for the Regional Training Sessions and are expected to provide all necessary care themselves. Following this session, 16 riders will be selected to participate in the 2016 EAP National Training Session with Olympian Peter Wylde.

This session is the last 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 the USHJA Foundation. For more information, please visit