22 Athletes Begin Horsemanship Journey at Virginia Horse Center

Photo credit: Kim Miller/USHJA

Free auditing available of the session led by clinician Geoff Teall

Lexington, Va. – July 16, 2018 – Today, 22 athletes begin their horsemanship journey as the 2018 Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session at the Virginia Horse Center kicks off in Lexington, Virginia.

Clinicians Geoff Teall and Colleen Reed will lead riders through the five-day session that encompasses both mounted and unmounted instruction, and Teall’s mounted sessions will be available to the public for free auditing.

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

Hayley Antonelli, 17, Bethesda, Md.
Maya Aryal, 14, Fairfax, Va.
Ana Bertozzi, 17, Leesburg, Va.
Kelsey Campbell, 18, Great Falls, Va.
Isabella Cheers, 14, Shallotte, N.C.
Cathleen Driscoll, 24, Elk Mills, Md.
Michael Golinowski, 17, Burke, Va.
Samantha Hawrysko, 18, Woodbridge, Va.
Amber Ide, 16, Yorktown, Va.
Christopher Joyce, 17, New Canaan, Conn.
Ethan Maye, 16, Fairfield, Va.
Madeline McManus, 17, Owings Mills, Md.
Hannah Neall, 18, Arnold, Md.
Kaitlyn Nicely-Harvey, 16, Woodbine, Md.
Madison Obermeyer, 14, Clifton, Va.
Selina Petronelli, 18, Churchville, Md.
Alexandra Ryden, 12, Cary, N.C.
Carly Stirewalt, 19, New Paltz, N.Y.
Dorothy Stroh, 17, Fairfax Station, Va.
Rachel Tanio, 17, Sparks, Md.
Emma Vogel, 24, North Potomac, Md.
Martha Wyatt-Luth, 14, Chatham, N.J.

EAP sessions are 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 and hearing presentations from guest speakers at the sessions. Free auditing is available to the public for the riding portions of the session.

Already more than 100 athletes have participated in the program across the country this year. Of the 10 sessions offered throughout 2018, two more Regional Training Sessions remain and will take place in Colorado and Ohio. 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.

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.