USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session Coming to Georgia International Horse Park


Conyers, GA – June 9, 2017 – Twenty-four athletes from seven different states are gearing up to participate in the June 11-15 USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session at Georgia International Horse Park with Olympian Chris Kappler and clinician Anne Thornbury.

The USHJA congratulates the following riders who were selected to participate in the session:
Kate Arnold, 15, Carmel, Ind.
Drew Arnold, 17, Carmel. Ind.
Yasmeen Asfoor, 14, Oviedo, Fla.
Johannah Bell, 18, Atlanta, Ga
Shanna Beyer, 19, Collierville, Tenn.
Greer Campbell, 14, Charlotte, N.C.
Isabella Cheers, 13, Shallotte, N.C.
Austin Cumming, 14, Madison, Ga.
Isabella Durnell, 13, Suwanee, Ga.
Camryn Halley, 14, Oviedo, Fla.
Coleman Holland, 17, Charlotte, N.C.
Abigail Holloway, 15, Eatonton, Ga.
Caitlin Hooper, 16, Canton, Ga.
Hope King, 15, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Logan Landfried, 17, Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Lauren Lomel, 16, Ocala, Fla.
Lizzy McCrady, 15, Marietta, Ga.
Brooke Pearson, 15, Lithia, Fla.
Noelle Pinckney, 18, Charlotte, N.C.
Virginia Stearns, 17, Watkinsville, Ga.
Julia Tait, 16, Marietta, Ga.
Anna Tootle, 17, Alpharetta, Ga.
Madeline Vorhies, 15, Canton, Ga.
Delaney Wright, 20, Marlow, Okla.
Yasmeen Asfoor, Johannah Bell, Shanna Beyer, Isabella Cheers and Anna Tootle all received EAP Grants to assist with the costs of participating in the EAP Regional Training Session thanks to USHJA Zone 3 & 4 committees and the USHJA Foundation.

    Throughout the country, USHJA holds EAP Regional Training Sessions from which 16 riders and several stable managers will be selected to attend the EAP National Training Session. Photo credit: Kristin Rover/USHJA Archives.

Athletes will spend five days receiving mounted instruction from Olympian Chris Kappler focusing on flat work, gymnastics exercises and coursework. They will receive stable management lessons from Anne Thornbury, a Veterinary Technician and Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner. In addition, the athletes will participate in a discussion about the digestive health of horses with Dr. Jay Altman, CEO of Arenus, a nutrition company.

Eight other EAP Regional Training Sessions remain and will be held in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Virginia throughout the rest of the summer.

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 November 9-12 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