April 2016 - Emerging Athletes Program

Applications now open for this summer’s USHJA EAP Regional Training Sessions.

The United States Hunter Jumper Association is now accepting applications from young riders to participate in the Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Sessions, sponsored by Dover Saddlery.

“The EAP is an incredible learning experience for young riders who are passionate and committed to the sport and seek to improve their riding skills and horsemanship knowledge,” said Emerging Athletes Program Committee Chair Sally Ike. “The program opens eyes and doors as it provides participants the opportunity to learn from some of the most accomplished clinicians and stable managers in the country. EAP riders are the future of our industry, and I look forward to watching that future take shape as riders progress through the Regional Training Sessions and succeed at the National Training Session this year.”

Riders interested in participating in an EAP Regional Training Session may apply online at www.ushja.org/EAP. The application deadline for Early Summer training sessions is April 22. The application deadline for the Late Summer training sessions is May 11.

In addition to completing the online application, riders must submit three letters of recommendation and complete the Level One Quiz of the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge by the application deadline. Applicants with a Level One score of 80 percent or above will be considered for participation in a Regional Training Session.

Dates and locations for the 2016 Regional Training Sessions are online: Sessions in our area are as follows:

Early Summer
•    Whip N Spur, Wilsonville, OR, June 6-10 with Geoff Teall and Nanci Snyder.

Late Summer
•    Los Angeles Equestrian Center, Burbank, CA; July 13-17 with Anne Kursinski and Anne Thornbury
•    Colorado Horse Park, Aug. 2-6 with Julie Winkel and Nanci Snyder.

The Emerging Athletes 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. Since the Program’s inception in 2009, EAP athletes have gone on to accomplish numerous championships in the Hunter, Jumper and Equitation show rings including the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search East and West, as well as the ASPCA Maclay Finals.

Riders accepted into the EAP begin by participating in a Regional Training Session. During the extensive five-day Regional Training Sessions, riders have the opportunity to work with top riding clinicians and stable managers. Riders are instructed 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.

Selection of the riders for the National Training Session is based on their riding and stable-management skills, written test results and potential shown during their Regional Training Session.

The 2016 Emerging Athletes Program is supported in part by a generous grant from the United States Equestrian Federation, as well as individual donors through the USHJA Foundation. USHJA would like to thank Dover Saddlery for their continued support as presenting sponsor of the Emerging Athletes Program for the eighth continuous year.


Press release provided by USHJA. For more information on program specifications and application requirements, visit www.ushja.org/EAP.