For 2014 the U.S. Equestrian Federation and U.S. Eventing Association have revised the Eventing 18/Advancing Athlete program. Riders wishing to participate in the program will be required to complete an application and will be observed at pre-determined eventing competitions throughout the spring and summer of 2014.
The goal of this program is to build a foundation of future horsemen and women that will hopefully go on to represent the United States. U.S. Eventing Coach David O’Connor will oversee the program and teach training camps throughout the year, which will include immersion in all facets of horsemanship.
Talent spotters will observe applicants at USEF and USEA sanctioned competitions throughout the United States. The talent spotters will report to the talent advisors, who will select the best riders to be part of the program by Aug. 8.
Training camp dates and locations will be determined by O’Connor based on the geographic location of riders.
The talent advisors are:
Bea di Grazia
Jan Byyny, Substitute Member
To see a list of talent spotters and which events have been selected to serve as observation competitions, visit the USEF website.
Applications for participation in the 2014 Eventing 18/Advancing Athlete program can be found accessed through the MY USEF accounts.