Participants Selected for 2023 MZ Farms/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Sessions

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Edited Press Release

Lexington, Ky.—May 24, 2023—The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to announce the participants of the 2023 MZ Farms/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Sessions to be held between June and August. Over five days, these athletes will participate in mounted flatwork, gymnastics exercises and coursework with top clinicians Jeff Cook, Joe Fargis, Cynthia Hankins, Candice King and Julie Winkel. Chris Eadline, Tracy Forman, Jennifer Fessler, Julia Hogan, Colleen Reed and Nanci Snyder will lead stable management sessions.

Congratulations to this year’s athletes:

Centenary University

  • Anleigh Ahlert of Tyrone, Pa.
  • Meaghan Croteau of Sparks Glencoe, Md.
  • Jessica Girouard of Bourne, Mass.
  • Ellie Goodfriend of Santa Monica, Calif.
  • Amelia Gugino of Rochester, N.Y.
  • Melinda Hartman of Flemington, N.J.
  • Isabel Hunt of Acton, Maine
  • Ava Jacobs of Norristown, Pa.
  • *Hailey Johnson of Prince Frederick, Md.
  • Elizabeth Kent of Marlton, N.J.
  • Chandra Kyrwood of Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Rowan Love of Sweet Briar, Va.
  • Tierney Mullowney of Titusville, N.J.
  • Sidney Nowack of Basking Ridge, N.J.
  • *Isabella Palmer of Dallastown, Pa.
  • Daicey Richardson of Mattapoisett, Mass.
  • Cierra Simmons of Howell, N.J.
  • Mia Snyder of York, Pa.
  • Julie Sobers of Quakertown, Pa.
  • Mia Solomon of Sudbury, Mass.
  • Johannah Stahl of Newmanstown, Pa.
  • Alyssa Stevens of Wampum, Pa.
  • Alina Sweeney of Lusby, Md.
  • Casey Van Nostrand of Schenectady, N.Y.
  • Mary Van Pelt of Newport, R.I.

Colorado Horse Park

  • Lauren Caldwell of Longmont, Colo.
  • Summer Cudmore of Fort Calhoun, Neb.
  • Gretel Demartin of Boulder, Colo.
  • Haley Honegger of Elizabeth, Colo.
  • Wren Kelly of Carbondale, Colo. 
  • Kathy Kramer of Littleton, Colo.
  • Grace Mazer of Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Lucy Mchugh of Louisville, Colo.
  • Lucy Metzler of Boulder, Colo.
  • Reagan Mientka of Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Halley Moak of Estes Park, Colo.
  • Maeci Rainwater of Brighton, Colo.
  • Gabriella Rojas of Parker, Colo.
  • Malia Sherer of Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Lily Stewart of Carbondale, Colo.
  • Katelynn Tibbetts of Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Molly Trattles of Sandy, Utah
  • Annabelle-Charlotte Vandamme of Bountiful, Utah
  • Ella Wever of Elkhorn, Neb.
  • Lily Wilson of Parker, Colo.
  • Charley Wilson of Parker, Colo.
  • Sabrina Wood of Littleton, Colo.
  • Hannah Wright of Broomfield, Colo.
  • Cooper Zaruby of Longmont, Colo.

Elvenstar Farm

  • Pearl Baldi of Fallbrook, Calif.
  • Nicole Bell of Temecula, Calif.
  • Rosemary Bilson of Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Naomi Cates of Valencia, Calif.
  • Kaia Cavin of Valencia, Calif.
  • Carley Drinco of El Cajon, Calif.
  • Raleigh Ebner of South Pasadena, Calif.
  • Sophie Fidler of Bonsall, Calif.
  • Linnea Friedman of Kula, Hawaii
  • Megan Hughes of Laguna Hills, Calif.
  • Cassidy Itamura of South Pasadena, Calif.    
  • Ava Jaggars of Los Angeles, Calif. 
  • Cole Johnson of New Plymouth, Idaho
  • Kaela Jones of Redondo Beach, Calif.
  • Laura Jun of Menlo Park, Calif.
  • Ava Letchinger of Woodland Hills, Calif.
  • Taryn Mcentire of Oceanside, Calif.
  • Lillian Muzzy of Coto De Caza, Calif.
  • Camille O’Brien of Pasadena, Calif.
  • Grace Plunkett of Sherman Oaks, Calif.
  • Lily Skillern of Lake Oswego, Ore.
  • Stella Tinsley of La Canada Flt, Calif.

Fox Lea Farm

  • Hope Anderson of Englewood, Fla.
  • Jazmyn Aquedo of Lehigh Acres, Fla. 
  • Kelly Conway of Marietta, Ga. 
  • Natalie Reese Dresdow of Alexandria, Va.
  • Shea Fennelly of Boynton Beach, Fla.
  • Olive Gutzler of Harvard, Mass. 
  • Nadia Holcroft of Tampa, Fla. 
  • Eva Hurlebausof Sarasota, Fla. 
  • Alyson Jones of Groveland, Fla. 
  • Emma Kershaw of Miami, Fla.
  • Leah Keyser of Loxahatchee, Fla.
  • Josephine Lyman Islamorada, Fla.
  • *Eleanor McCandless of Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Kippen Mcwhirter of Daphne, Ala.
  • Nora Mendoza of Ocala, Fla.
  • Jocelyn Nelson of Ocala, Fla.
  • Hallie Nelson of Duette, Fla.
  • Madison Planer of Punta Gorda, Fla.
  • Sadie Remington of Loxahatchee, Fla.
  • Ruthie Ruhl of Ocala, Fla.
  • Gabriella Torres of Ft. Myers, Fla.
  • Hannah Wisener of Cumming, Ga.

Great Southwest Equestrian Center

  • Anne Adams of Austin, Texas
  • Abigail Anderson of Kemah, Texas
  • Devon Ansley of Round Rock, Texas
  • Tim Ansley of Round Rock, Texas
  • *Annabelle Baker of Austin, Texas
  • Cambrie Byford of Decatur, Texas
  • Eric Dietert of Willis, Texas
  • Jillian Francis of Montgomery, Texas
  • Sammie Frazier of Baytown, Texas
  • Deana Griffiths of Tomball, Texas
  • Sofie Jones of Houston, Texas
  • Ansley Kuykendall of The Woodlands, Texas
  • *Millie Lecoq of League City, Texas
  • Ethan Massey of North Richland Hills, Texas
  • Hannah Meyer of Houston, Texas
  • Charlotte Odom of Houston, Texas
  • Piper Palko of Fort Worth, Texas
  • Bryce Rowland of Seabrook, Texas
  • Addison Russell of Navasota, Texas
  • Miles Saathoff of Hockley, Texas
  • Ava Selejan of Mckinney, Texas
  • Audrey Skillern of New Waverly, Texas
  • Ava Taylor of Cypress, Texas
  • Brielle Thomas of Spring Branch, Texas
  • Macy White of Aubrey, Texas

Midway University

  • Bailey Paige Anderson of Oconomowoc, Wis.
  • Elliette Baker of Arrington, Tenn.
  • Kaylynn Berry of Louisville, Ky.
  • Aiden Clark of Miamisburg, Ohio
  • Mary Cunningham of Versailles, Ky.
  • Meredith Denton of Corydon, Ky.
  • Reese M. Dorsey of Parkton, Md.
  • Sophia Farmer of Kakabeka Falls, Ontario
  • Doris Farmer of Murillo, Ontario
  • Karston Gundry of Newburgh, Ind. 
  • Ellie Howells of Girard, Pa. 
  • Lindsey Jones of Wilmore, Ky. 
  • Mia King of Bluff City, Tenn. 
  • Colette Knierim of Naperville, Ill.
  • Alyssa Martinsen of Arlington Heights, Ill.
  • Olivia Murray of La Grange, Ky.
  • Finley Scheffel of Georgetown, Ky.
  • Gracie Stamper of Lexington, Ky. 
  • Pearl Thurston of Ottawa Hills, Ohio
  • Harper Tjardes of Blair, Neb.
  • Annika Vogel of Mentor, Ohio
  • Kitty Walters of Lexington, Ky.
  • Rachael Wheeler of Clarksville, Tenn. 
  • Jessie Woodard of Oconomowoc, Wis.

Paso Robles Horse Park

  • Hailey Bergstrom of Camas, Wash.
  • Marlee Button of Provo, Utah
  • Theodora Dussin of Seattle, Wash. 
  • Ande Farabee of Brentwood, Calif.
  • Sianna Gable of Ontario, Ore. 
  • Elizabeth Gardner of Ontario, Ore.
  • Devon Hodgins of Mercer Island, Nev.
  • Brooklyn Johnson of New Plymouth, Idaho
  • Madeline Luddy of Bend, Ore.
  • Taylor Miles of Templeton, Calif. 
  • Elle Mullendore of Tulsa, Okla. 
  • Amelia Neal of Spanish Fork, Utah
  • Camille Panuwat of Walnut Creek, Calif. 
  • Bella Parry of Salem, Utah
  • Kathryn Reinschmidt of Belmont, Calif.
  • Alana Thalheimer of San Rafael, Calif.

Sweet Briar College

  • Tessa Brandon of Vienna, Va. 
  • Madison Brown of Kingsport, Tenn.
  • Savannah Brunkow of Purcellville, Va.
  • Emma Carlson of Bristol, Tenn. 
  • Emmie Esplin Diana, N.Y.
  • Abigail Flattich of Statesboro, Ga. 
  • Sabrina Forbes of Penn Laird, Va. 
  • Emma Alice Foster of Upperco, Md.
  • Josie Galvin of Free Union, Va.
  • Megan Gilmour of Cato, N.Y.
  • Kathryn Granger of Oakton, Va. 
  • Maddie Harper of Staunton, Va.
  • Taylor Kamataris of Leesburg, Va.
  • Lauren Miller of Blountville, Tenn. 
  • Ellie Poulin of Barre, Mass. 
  • Kiarra Schmidt of Willimantic, Conn.
  • Avery Sheppard of Statesboro, Ga.
  • Avery Smith of Milton, Ga. 
  • Peyton Stevens of Coatesville, Pa. 
  • Daniella Teie of Middleburg, Va. 
  • Kathleen Thomas of Darnestown, Md. 
  • Kenzie Wright of Leesburg, Va.

Tryon International Equestrian Center

  • Sarah Amash of Burlington, N.C.
  • Genevieve Amigone of Winston Salem, N.C.
  • Isabelle Bray of Southern Pines, NC.
  • Julia Buytenhuys of Potomac Falls, Va. 
  • Alexis Cobb of Greenfield, Ind. 
  • Gracie Foster of Covington, Ga. 
  • Emerson Gould of Suwanee, Ga. 
  • Zoey Horn of Hillsborough, N.C.
  • Taylor Jesel of Madison, Ga. 
  • Annie Kimball of Milton, Ga. 
  • Anika Mcmath of Free Union, Va. 
  • Anna Payne of Alpharetta, Ga. 
  • Rebecca Powell of Youngsville, N.C.
  • Amerie Redenius of Gainesville, Ga. 
  • Annah Shuping of Columbia, S.C.
  • Rylee Speacht of Leesburg, Va. 
  • Phoebe Storm of Bixby, Okla. 
  • Dorothy Stroh of Fairfax Station, Va. 
  • Emily Grace Swinson of Pinehurst, N.C.
  • Flynn Trent of Gainesville, Ga.
  • Cayden Ward, Alpharetta, Ga. 
  • Ella Kate Whiteley of Jenks, Okla. 
  • Alexander Winslow of Raleigh, N.C.
  • Hailey Wudtke of Snellville, Ga.

William Woods University

  • Tyler Anderson of Novi, Mich.
  • Izzy Cook of Benton, Ariz.
  • Ashley Enger of Saint Louis, Mo.
  • Audrey Finch of Springfield, Mo.
  • Chloe Hodge of Gravette, Ariz.
  • Hannah Jankowski of Jefferson City, Mo. 
  • Emmalee Lentile of Olive Branch, Miss.
  • Madelyn Moore of Alhambra, Ill.
  • Lilly Vargas of Culpeper, Va.

*Indicates a Stable Management trainee.

The USHJA extends its gratitude to 2023 Regional Training Session hosts William Woods University, Midway University, Centenary University, Paso Robles Horse Park, Great Southwest Equestrian Center, Colorado Horse Park, Elvenstar Farm, Fox Lea Farm, Sweet Briar College and Tryon International Equestrian Center. A complete list of Regional Training Session dates, locations and clinicians can be found 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 held this November at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio. The National Training dates will be announced later this year. At the conclusion of the session, one rider is named the overall USHJA EAP National Champion based on their performance in the riding and stable management sessions throughout the week, earning a $3,000 grant to be applied toward the cost of advanced training with an approved trainer. The Champion and Reserve Champion are also offered the opportunity to participate in the following year’s Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Gold Star Clinics.

Learn more about the MZ Farms/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program at ushja.org/EAP.

Photos: Mosaic Photography, Julie Ahn

About the United States Hunter Jumper Association

The United States Hunter Jumper Association, as the official Hunter/Jumper affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation, is a competition-based sport organization that serves our members through educational programs, awards and recognition, communication, and rules. We provide a wide array of programs for all Hunter/Jumper levels, and we are mindful of the well-being of our equine partners. Additionally, we are committed to preserving the history of our sport, and through our Foundation, we support charitable and benevolent services. Learn more at ushja.org.

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