USHJA Awards $15,000 in Grant Money to 2018 Emerging Athletes

Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 8, 2018 -This year, the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association and USHJA Foundation awarded more than $15,000 in grants to support USHJA members’ pursuit of education through the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program.

Thirty members across the country were each awarded a $500 grant to attend an EAP Regional Training Session this year. The USHJA congratulates the following Zone EAP Grant recipients:

Lauren Alsborg, 19, Travelers Rest, S.C.
Dawson Amick, 17, Marvin, N.C.
Ali Barros, 23, Eads, Tenn.
Celia Cram, 14, Aiken, S.C.
Katharine Dade, 16, Gilmanton Iron Works, N.H.
Kristen Forti, 16, St. Joe, Ind.
Maggie Fraley, 17, White Haven, Pa.
Katelyn Friesema, 25, Ephrata, Pa.
Mary Galletti, 25, Newport Beach, Calif.
Mariah Gaudet, 16, Atlanta, Ga.
Michael Golinowski, 17, Burke, Va.
Katherine Mannina, 19, Morgan Hill, Calif.
Frances McGivern, 17, Essex, Conn.
Christina Meeks, 19, Lexington, Ky.
Hanna Morris, 17, Issaquah, Wash.
Genevieve Munson, 13, Rogers, Ark.
Kaitlyn Nicely-Harvey, 16, Woodbine, Md.
Elissa Ostroff, 21, Portland, Ore.
Audrey Oldfather, 15, Shorewood, Wis.
Seva Perniciaro, 21, St. Louis, Mo.
Ada Rohan, 17, Montpelier, Vt.
Rachel Tanio, 17, Sparks, Md.
Elise Vandamme, 18, Bountiful, Utah
Madeline Webb, 24, Jersey City, N.J.
Alicia H. Weismann, 18, Southampton, N.J.
Macy White, 13, Aubrey, Texas
Madeleine Wilson, 21, Austin, Texas
Skylar Wireman, 13, Bonsall, Calif.
Jake Parker Wymard, 17, Glen Rock, Pa.
Kiersti Wylie, 25, Fallbrook, Calif.
The EAP grants are made possible through a collaborative effort of the USHJA Zone Committees and the USHJA Foundation.

“I feel incredibly grateful to receive a grant so that I could participate in the Emerging Athletes Program,” Maddie Webb said. “It has shown me that the USHJA is all about supporting riders no matter where they come from or their financial standing. There is no way I could have participated in this program without this financial help. The EAP was one of the best experiences to have as a young rider.”

The EAP Program was created to provide opportunities for young riders to advance their education in their pursuit to become knowledgeable horsemen within the hunter/jumper community. At Regional Training Sessions riders have the opportunity to work with top riding clinicians and some of the country’s leading stable managers, where instruction focuses on flatwork, gymnastics, related distances and course work, as well as an intensive stable-management curriculum that incorporates proper care and grooming, horsemanship skills, and barn management.

“I feel extremely grateful and honored,” Maggie Fraley said about receiving a grant. “It meant the world to my mom and I because without the grant, paying for EAP would have been a struggle. With the passing of my dad two years ago, riding costs have become even more of a burden for my family. I can’t thank USHJA and everyone behind this grant enough for the opportunity granted to me.”

Regional training sessions were held this year at Centenary University, The Colorado Horse Park, Georgia International Horse Park, Great Southwest Equestrian Center, HITS Balmoral Park, Los Angeles Equestrian Center, Maplewood Stables, Mount Holyoke College, Virginia Horse Center and World Equestrian Center. The USHJA extends its gratitude to the 2018 hosts. Facilities interested in hosting a 2019 session can apply here by Aug. 15.

While EAP Regional Training Sessions have wrapped up for 2018, 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 The University of Findlay in Ohio.

USHJA thanks the USHJA Zone Committee members for helping facilitate these grants and selecting the recipients, and extends special thanks to the donors of the USHJA Foundation for helping fund these important grants.