EAP Regional Training Session Dates and Clinicians Announced Rider Applications to Open February 21


Lexington, Ky. —–   February 14, 2017 —- The United States Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to announce the dates and clinicians for the 2017 Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Sessions, presented by Dover Saddlery.

“We are thrilled that this year’s Emerging Athletes will have the opportunity to learn from these extremely talented and well-rounded clinicians,” EAP Committee Chair Sally Ike said. “EAP is a wonderful opportunity for up-and-coming athletes to advance their riding and horsemanship knowledge under the guidance of top professionals and Olympians.”

Riders who are interested in participating in a session can apply online at www.ushja.org/EAP. Applications will open February 21. The deadline for applications for for the first four clinics is April 17, and the deadline for applications for the remaining clinics is May 5.


April 17 Application Deadline:

Date Location Clinician/Stable Manager
May 29-June 2 World Equestrian Center,

Wilmington, Oh.

Julie Winkel

Anne Thornbury

June 11-15


Georgia International Horse Park,

Conyers, Ga.

Chris Kappler

Anne Thornbury

June 12-16


Cazenovia College Equine Education Center, Cazenovia, N.Y. Geoff Teall

Colleen Reed

June 12-16 Centenary University Equestrian Center,

Long Valley, N.J.

Anne Kursinski

Nanci Snyder


May 5 Application Deadline:

Date Location Clinician/Stable 
June 26-30 Great Southwest Equestrian Center,

Katy, Texas

Kip Rosenthal

Nanci Snyder

June 27-July 1


Virginia Horse Center,

Lexington, Va.

Jim Wofford

Colleen Reed

July 5-9


Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center, South Hadley, Mass. Julie Winkel

Colleen Reed

July 12-16


Los Angeles Equestrian Center,

Burbank, Calif.

Joe Fargis

Anne Thornbury

July 19-23


Sonoma Horse Park,

Petaluma, Calif.

Geoff Teall

Nanci Snyder

July 25-29


Colorado Horse Park,

Parker, Colo.

Kip Rosenthal

Nanci Snyder

“We also want to thank our Regional Training Session hosts for making their facilities available for these sessions,” Ike continued. “It is because of the support of these first-class facilities that the EAP is able to provide a unique and gratifying educational experience to our young equestrians.”

The Emerging Athletes Program was created for young riders to gain riding and horsemanship knowledge in their pursuit to become informed and experienced horsemen and women within the hunter/jumper community. Since the Program’s inception in 2009, EAP athletes have gone on to accomplish numerous championships in the Hunter, Jumper and Equitation show rings including the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search East and West, the FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, US Hunter Seat Medal Finals as well as the ASPCA Maclay Finals.

During the five-day Regional Training Sessions, riders have the opportunity to work with top riding clinicians and stable managers. Riders are instructed on flatwork, gymnastics, related distances and course work, as well as an intensive stable-management curriculum that incorporates proper care and grooming, horsemanship skills and barn management.

From those who participate in the Regional Training Sessions, 16 riders and a select number of stable managers will be selected to attend the National Training Session based on their riding and stable-management skills, written test results and potential shown during their Regional Training Session. The National Training Session will be led by Olympian Peter Wylde and stable manager Anne Thornbury at the George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center at Lake Erie College November 9-12.

USHJA Zones, in collaboration with the USHJA Foundation, have funding available for members to help offset the cost of attending an EAP Regional Training Session or the National Training Session. For more information and to apply for an EAP Grant visit www.ushja.org/zones, click on your home zone and then click on “Grants and Scholarships.” EAP Grant applications must be completed by May 1.

The 2017 Emerging Athletes Program is supported in part by a generous grant from the United States Equestrian Federation, as well as individual donors through the USHJA Foundation. USHJA would like to thank Dover Saddlery for their continued support as presenting sponsor of the Emerging Athletes Program for the ninth continuous year. For more information on program specifications and application requirements, visit www.ushja.org/EAP.