Athletes Accepted for 2024 Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Gold Star Clinic – East

Edited Press Release

Lexington, Ky.—Feb. 5, 2024—The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to announce the selected participants for the 2024 Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Gold Star Clinic – East. Nicki Shahinian-Simpson will lead the mounted instruction at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, February 14-18, alongside stable management clinicians Rachel Long and Colleen Reed.

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

  • Tyler Anderson, Novi, Mich.
  • Caroline Bridgeman, Chicago, Ill. 
  • Amelia Burnside, Sag Harbor, N.Y.
  • Taylor Embs, Westfield, Ind. 
  • Taylor Finkle, Delray Beach, Fla. 
  • Jordan Gallimore, Eads, Tenn. 
  • Wilkie Gonwa, Jackson, Miss. 
  • Elizabeth Hardee, Elizabeth, Colo.
  • Haley Honegger, Elizabeth, Colo.
  • Juliet Johansson, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 
  • Sophie Kassel, Barrington, Ill. 
  • Zoe Mielenz, Collierville, Tenn. 
  • Alexis Mierzwa, Winchester, Va. 
  • Megan Mullane, Ponder, Texas
  • Malia Radcliffe, Stamping Ground, Ky. 
  • Maya Rahaim, Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich. 
  • Jackson Romrell, TKTK
  • Emily Grace Swinson, Pinehurst, N.C.
  • Rylie True, Bedminster, N.J.
  • Luna Valobra, Metairie, La. 
  • Alexander Winslow, Raleigh, N.C.

In addition to mounted instruction and stable management sessions in the barn, the clinic will also feature educational presentations from sports psychologist Dr. Jennifer Speisman, doctorate candidate Jenny Swanson, and Dr. Christopher Elliott.

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 2023 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 Title Sponsor Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund for their support, as well as Official Sponsors CWD, Nutrena and Parlanti.

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

Photos: Megan Giese Media, Jump Media

About the U.S. 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

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