First EAP Regional Training Session of the Year Kicks Off in Ohio

Clinician Julie Winkel with athletes at the EAP Regional Training Session at World Equestrian Center. Photo credit: Kristin Rover/USHJA Archives


Wilmington, OH – May 31, 2017 – The first USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session of the year kicked off this week at World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio. Clinicians Julie Winkel and Anne Thornbury are leading 24 athletes in both riding and stable management instruction.

The session is being held over five days with athletes participating in mounted flatwork, gymnastics exercises and coursework, as well as intensive stable management lessons. Athletes will also spend time auditing and hearing special presentations from other guest speakers and experts in the industry.

The USHJA congratulates the following riders who were selected to participate in the session:
Katie Allan, 20, Ashtabula, Ohio
Hannah Bentz, 19, Boca Raton, Fla.
Bella Canzano, 20, Grosse Pointe, Mich.
Kathryn Curtin, 20, Lexington, Ky.
Olivia Darnell, 14, Lexington, Ky.
Rosie Fahey, 16, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Rebecca Hopkins, 15, Northville, Mich.
Taylor Johnson, 18, Carmel, Ind.
Kelby Kane, 16, Lexington, Ky.
Mollie Kowalchik, 20, Loveland, Ohio
Emily Melcher, 17, Versailles, Ky.
Samantha Meyer, 12, Wentzville, Mo.
Emily Moll, 17, Cincinnati, Ohio
Lissy Naber, 19, Painesville, Ohio
Madison O’Meara, 14, Tower Lakes, Ill.
Keara Belle Obrzut, 16, Metamora, Mich.
Brooke  Pfeiffer, 17, Marine City, Mich.
Lilli Power, 20, Crestwood, Ky.
Natalie  Radosevich, 20, Farmington Hills, Mich.
Quinn Reed, 17, Batavia, Ohio
Samantha Rothman, 18, Temperance, Mich.
Sami Tessmar, 20, Rochester Hills, Mich.
Josie Ward, 19, Berkley, Mich.
Isaiah Wiseman, 16, Fort Wayne, Ind.

“I am looking forward to learning, especially expanding my horsemanship knowledge,” Josie Ward said. “I am excited about being taught by Julie.”

Clinician Julie Winkel with athletes at the EAP Regional Training Session at World Equestrian Center. Photo credit: Kristin Rover/USHJA Archives

This is Ward’s first time attending an EAP Regional Training Session, but some of the athletes, like Natalie Radosevich, have attended sessions before.

”This is my third one,” Radosevich said. “When I first started doing them I didn’t know what to expect. Now I try to absorb everything, from the clinicians to the stable managers to the other riders.”

Radosevich said EAP sessions are different from a horse show environment because it provides riders with a great opportunity to work together and learn from each other.

“It’s something you normally don’t see,” she said.

Kathryn Curtin and Quinn Reed were selected by the USHJA Zone 5 Committee to receive EAP Grants to attend the training session. Reed received the $800 grant, funded by USHJA Zone 5 and USHJA Foundation, and Curtin received the $500 grant from Zone 5.

There will be nine other EAP Regional Training Sessions throughout the summer in California, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Virginia.

The EAP Committee will select 16 riders and several stable managers from the EAP Regional Training Sessions to attend the 2017 EAP National Training Session at the George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, where they will work with Olympian Peter Wylde and stable manager Anne Thornbury.

The USHJA extends its gratitude to 2017 EAP Regional Training Session hosts Cazenovia College Equine Education Center, Centenary University Equestrian Center, Colorado Horse Park, Georgia International Horse Park, Great Southwest Equestrian Center, Los Angeles Equestrian Center, Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center, Sonoma Horse Park, Virginia Horse Center and World Equestrian Center as well as to National Training Session host George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center at Lake Erie College.

The Emerging Athletes Program is supported in part by a generous grant from US Equestrian, as well as individual donors through the USHJA Foundation. For more information, please visit


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