Participants Selected for 2023 USHJA Gold Star Clinic – East

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Edited Press Release

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association has announced the selected participants for the 2023 USHJA Gold Star Clinic – East. Anne Kursinski and Kirsten Coe will lead the mounted instruction at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, February 15-19, 2023, alongside lead stable management clinician, Coleen Reed, and Amy Center as the assistant stable management clinician. 

Congratulations to the following riders on being selected for this year’s East Coast clinic:

  • Jenna Bach of Saugerties, N.Y.
  • Chloe Borrello of Tomball, Texas
  • Campbell Brown of Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Jenna Buchan of Blanchester, Ohio
  • Michelle Carnes of Naples, Fla.
  • Emily Jayne Chmela of Ocala, Fla.
  • MacKenzie Cianciolo of Ocala, Fla.
  • Jamie Crandell of Cypress, Texas
  • Taylor Embs of Westfield, Ind.
  • Ella Fischer of Cochranville, Pa.
  • Alexis Gallati of Rockford, Tenn.
  • Daniella Gascoigne of Deerfield, Ill.
  • Rachel Gracia of Fort Worth, Texas
  • Ava Le of Flower Mound, Texas
  • Kailey Levin of Cardiff By The Sea, Calif.
  • Eva Mackenzie of Darien, Conn.
  • Clayton Martines of Lafox, Ill.
  • Katie Meggenhofen of Noblesville, Ind.
  • Ashley Mercer of Omaha, Neb.
  • Ava K Myers of San Antonio, Texas
  • Addison Parins of Suamico, Wis.
  • Chloe Quinn of Elkhorn, Neb.
  • Hallie Rush of Prospect, Tenn.
  • Elizabeth Schulz of Marietta, Ga.
  • Rhyce Symonds of Fort Worth, Texas
  • Alexandra Veleris of Wilmette, Ill.
  • Kayla Walker of Milton, Mass.
  • Evan Werner of Fort Worth, Texas
  • Kara Williams of Guyton, Ga.
  • Alina Zappone of Winnetka, Ill.

In addition to mounted instruction and stable management sessions in the barn, the clinic will also feature other educational presentations from top athletes and horsemen, including discussions on horse health, international Jumping competition and more. 

The bicoastal Gold Star Clinics serve as the pinnacle of the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Program, which provides education and guidance to Jumper athletes looking to advance to the sport’s highest levels. Individual medalists from the 2022 Markel/USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships and Markel/USHJA Platinum Jumper Championships were invited to attend one of the Gold Star Clinics, as well as the top two riders from the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session. Select Wild Card applicants were also accepted.

The USHJA thanks Official Sponsors CWD, Exhibitor’s, Nutrena, Parlanti, and Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and Veterinary Pharmacy and supporting sponsor Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund for their support. 

To learn more about the Emerging Jumper Rider Program, visit, and find out more about the Gold Star Clinics at

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