PRESS RELEASE

Regional Training Sessions Locations Set 

Lexington, Ky.—– Oct. 19, 2017 —–In response to member requests, the United States Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to raise the maximum age of athletes eligible for the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program from 21 to 25 years old. Riders, ages 25 and under, who meet the eligibility requirements will be able to apply in early 2018 to participate in one of 10 Regional Training Sessions that will be held at locations across the country.

Anne Thornbury discusses horse anatomy focusing on proper leg care during a 2017 Regional Training Session. Credit: Tricia Booker/USHJA Archives”We have heard the young adult members’ interest and passion for being well-rounded horsemen and women, and we are very excited to be able to extend the EAP experience to a wider range of members,” said Sally Ike, chair of the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Committee.

Anne Thornbury discusses horse anatomy focusing on proper leg care during a 2017 Regional Training Session. Photo by Booker/USHJA Archives.

In 2017 more than 180 USHJA members participated in the Emerging Athletes Program, and 16 riders and eight stable managers were selected to participate in the final phase of that program, which is the National Training Session. The National Training Session will be led by Olympian Peter Wylde and renowned stable management expert Anne Thornbury Nov. 9-12 at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. The riding portion of the session is open to auditors.

“While only a handful of athletes are selected for the National Training Session each year, the Regional Training Session experience is like no other clinic experience,” said Ike. “These sessions combine stable management education with mounted skills development with top clinicians in a way that can really influence a rider’s path in this sport.”

World Equestrian Center, Wilmington, Ohio “The committee looks at location, accessibility to members, facility, available dates and more, when we are evaluating host applications for this program,” said Sally Ike, chair of the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Committee. “We’re excited that again we have top notch facilities to offer these training sessions and give members the very best experience in this program.”

Riders accepted into the EAP begin by participating in an EAP Regional Training Session. During the extensive five-day 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. Riders provide their own horses for the Regional Training Session and are expected to provide all necessary care themselves. Horses should be comfortable jumping a jumper-style course at 1.10m.

Once the Regional Training Sessions conclude, 16 riders and a select number of stable managers will be invited to attend the National Training Session. Selection of the riders and stable managers 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 USHJA Emerging Athletes Program is supported in part by a generous grant from US Equestrian, as well as individual donors through the USHJA Foundation. For more information about EAP, visit www.ushja.org/EAP.

Media Contact:

Megan Lacy

mlacy@ushja.org

(859) 225-6723

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