Forty-five Athletes Begin Emerging Athletes Program Journey This Week

Athletes at last year's EAP Regional Training Session in Texas. Photo credit: Paula Moorhead
Lexington, KY – June 26, 2017 – Forty-five athletes from across 13 states are participating in Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Sessions this week at Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas, and at Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia.
Kip Rosenthal will lead the mounted instruction at the Texas session, and Nanci Snyder will be the stable management clinician. In Virginia, Jim Wofford will be the riding clinician, and Anne Thornbury will lead stable management.
USHJA is also offering a 3-foot section at the Texas session, which will run concurrently with the EAP. Riders participating in a 3-foot section will have full access to all of the educational sessions during the regional training session but are not eligible for the EAP National Training Session.
USHJA congratulates the following athletes who were selected to participate in the sessions:
Great Southwest Equestrian Center EAP Session, June 26-30
  • Amanda Atkins, 18, Edmond, Okla.
  • Brooke Betts, 15, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Celeste Fazioli, 15, Seabrook, Texas
  • Autumn Fiocca, 16, Austin, Texas
  • Julia Gross, 16, Tulsa, Okla.
  • Makayla Harp, 20, Tyler, Texas
  • Johanna Jessen, 18, Lake Charles, La.
  • Dravin Kennedy, 16, Saint Louis, Mo.
  • Megan Majewski, 17, Katy, Texas
  • Owen McWilliams, 14, Austin, Texas
  • Catherine Moorhead, 16, Austin, Texas
  • Kacie Morvant, 15, Lake Charles, La.
  • Caroline Ritter, 18, Lake Charles, La.
Great Southwest Equestrian Center 3-Foot Section
  • Amy Brown, 26, Prairieville, La.
  • Tita Curtin, 14, Houston, Texas
  • Annie Drew, 17, Austin, Texas
  • Charlotte Heide, 15, Missouri City, Texas
  • Annalyn Hoffpauir, 16, Lake Charles, La.
  • Kasen Kurtz, 18, Richmond, Texas
  • Samantha Reynoso, 14, Cypress, Texas
  • Allison Smith, 15, Elgin, Texas
Virginia Horse Center EAP Session, June 27-July 1
  • Alice Adams, 16, Fair Haven, N.J.
  • Chloe Bellerive, 18, Keedysville, Md.
  • Ana Bertozzi, 16, Leesburg, Va.
  • Caroline Blank, 17, Devon, Pa.
  • Virginia Bonnie, 12, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Madison Busey, 17, Ashburn, Va.
  • Kasey Cadle, 20, Middletown, Va.
  • Kelsey Campbell, 17, Great Falls, Va.
  • Alessandra M. D’Amour, 19, Towson, Md.
  • Lauren Evans, 16, Wilmington, Del.
  • Daisy Fenwick, 16, Glyndon, Md.
  • Michael Golinowski, 16, Burke, Va.
  • Samantha Hawrysko, 17, Woodbridge, Va.
  • Millie Herndon, 16, Montgomery, Ala.
  • E. Avery Jackson, 19, Mechanicsburg, Pa.
  • Mackenzie Krason, 18, Lynchburg, Va.
  • Madeline McManus, 16, Owings Mills, Md.
  • Kaitlyn Nicely-Harvey, 15, Woodbine, Md.
  • Devon Owen, 12, Franklin Lakes, N.J.
  • Selina Petronelli, 17, Churchville, Md.
  • Grace Saad, 16, Fair Haven, N.J.
  • Maria Staubach, 17, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Elizabeth Summers, 17, West Chester, Pa.
  • Helena Vasconcelos, 15, Davie, Fla.
Amanda Atkins, Brooke Betts, Samantha Hawrysko, Megan Majewski and Elizabeth Summers were all awarded an EAP Grant to attend their respective sessions thanks to USHJA Zone Committees 2, 3, and 7, as well as the USHJA Foundation.
EAP Regional Training Sessions are held over five days with athletes participating in mounted flatwork, gymnastics exercises and coursework, as well as intensive stable management lessons. Auditing is available for free at both of the sessions this week.
Athletes at last year’s EAP Regional Training Session in Texas. Photo credit: Paula Moorhead
Athletes in Texas will also take a tour of Katy Equine Clinic, and in Virginia, athletes will participate in a discussion about biosecurity with Dr. Abby Sage, Richmond Staff Veterinarian at Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
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 learn from 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