24 Athletes kick off EAP journey with Olympian Joe Fargis

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Lexington, Ky.- June 18, 2018 – Today marks the beginning of the fourth of 10 Regional Training Sessions for the 2018 Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program. Twenty-four riders are participating in this week’s session at Centenary University in Long Valley, New Jersey, with Olympian Joe Fargis leading the clinic and Colleen Reed providing stable management education throughout the five-day session.

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association congratulates the following athletes who have been accepted to participate in this session:

Anabel Barnett, Unionville, Pa., 16
Alexis Di Pasqua, West Chester, Pa., 18
Julianna Empie, Chester Springs, Pa., 17
Maggie Fraley, White Haven, Pa., 17
Isabelle Gochtovtt, Downingtown, Pa., 13
Megan Hackett, Highland, N.Y., 21
Melinda Hartman, Flemington, N.J., 19
Meghan Holland, Colts Neck, N.J., 19
Amanda Horn, Huntington, N.Y., 25
Cary Hundley, Ellicott City, Md., 21
Sophie Kane, Tyrone, Pa., 16
Ava Kavulich, Pennington, N.J., 14
Grace Kavulich, Pennington, N.J., 17
Jaimey Lancaster, Red Bank, N.J., 22
Alexandra Michalski, Pittsford, N.Y., 16
Morgan Munz, Califon, N.J., 16
Paige Pongrazzi, Hillsborough, N.J., 19
Jonathan Porteous, Arlington, Mass., 14
Christina Samouhos, Pittstown, N.J., 21
Jessica Smith, Kinnelon, N.J., 19
Madeline Webb, Jersey City, N.J., 24
Alicia H. Weismann, Southampton, N.J., 18
Kira Statue, Whitehouse, N.J., 20
Jake Parker Wymard, Glen Rock, Pa., 17

Joe Fargis will lead the five-day training session at Centenary University. Credit: Kim F. Miller

Auditing is available to the public free of charge throughout the session. Each Regional Training Session is held over five days with athletes participating in mounted flatwork, gymnastics exercises and coursework as well as intensive stable management lessons. Athletes also spend time auditing each other and hearing from guest speakers at the sessions.

There will be six other Regional Training Sessions this year in California, Colorado, Illinois, Ohio and Virginia. Recently, USHJA opened a 3-foot section at the Regional Training Session being held at Mt. Holyoke in South Hadley, Massachusetts, July 8-12, 2018. To view the calendar of the sessions, click here.

Following the Regional Training Sessions, 16 of the Regional Training Session participants and a select number of stable managers will be invited to attend the National Training Session Nov. 8-11 at University of Findlay in Ohio. Riders participating in a 3-foot section are not eligible to participate in the National Training Session.

The USHJA extends its gratitude to 2018 EAP Regional Training Session hosts Centenary University, Colorado Horse Park, Georgia International Horse Park, Great Southwest Equestrian Center, HITS Balmoral, Los Angeles Equestrian Center, Maplewood Stables, Mount Holyoke College, Virginia Horse Center and World Equestrian Center.

Special thanks to the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund for their title sponsorship of the Emerging Athletes Program. The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund was founded by Lindsay Maxwell in 2016 as a means to formalize her commitment to charitable giving. The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund supports events, organizations and programs that align with Maxwell’s philanthropic priorities and values including improving the lives of children with special needs, enabling access to educational opportunities and providing care, compassion and protection to animals.

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

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