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USHJA Emerging Athletes Program

November 16, 2014

Patience Pays Off For Carly Williams

“Carly is the whole package, which is what we’re really looking for here,” said Peter Wylde. “She’s a compassionate horsewoman, she has incredible work ethic in the stables, she knows how to take care of horses and she wants to learn more, and she’s an incredibly good rider. I think she has a big future in this sport.”

At the conclusion of the 2014 USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session, Wylde listed these reasons and more for why he and his fellow clinicians dubbed Carly Williams the overall EAP champion after three days and a Nations Cup-format competition.

November 15, 2014

Ask 5: Get To Know Your EAP Finalists

As the second day of the 2014 USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session comes to a close, there's an air of confidence in the James L. Child Equestrian Center in Findlay, Ohio, as the 16 young finalists prepare to compete in a Nations Cup-format competition for the title of EAP champion.

Read about the first day of this year's EAP Nationals here.

November 14, 2014

Riding What You See At EAP Nationals

In the six years he’s been conducting clinics at USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Sessions, Peter Wylde has taught many students the ins and outs of equitation. This year, the 2004 Olympic U.S. team gold medalist (Greece) is imparting his wisdom upon a new group of eager and talented program finalists.

EAP Nationals, held for the second consecutive year at the University of Findlay (Ohio), sees 16 finalists—selected from ten regional, qualifying clinics—take part in an intensive and comprehensive training program.

November 19, 2012

Foran Tops Emerging Athletes Program Finals

Lake Forest, Ill., rider Stephen Foran came away the winner of the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association’s Emerging Athletes Program Finals on Nov. 18. The 17-year-old high school senior competed against a group of 16 riders over the course of the clinic, held over four days at Fields and Fences in Gurnee, Ill.

“I’m still pinching myself,” said Foran, who trains with his father, Steve Foran, at the family’s Liberty Farm. “I can’t really put into words how badly I wanted this when I was coming here."

November 21, 2011

Taylor And Bower Split From EAP

Melanie Smith Taylor, who helped establish the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program in 2009, and natural horsemanship trainer Mindy Bower will part ways from the EAP now that the 2011 National Training Session has concluded.

November 21, 2011

EAP Victory Pushes Pope To The Next Level

As the rider with the shiniest boots at the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session, Jacob Pope will surely fulfill U.S. show jumping chef d’equipe George Morris’ turnout expectations when he meets him in January.

But on the list of things that impressed EAP clinicians on Nov. 17-20, several more important characteristics trumped Pope’s polishing skills. The 16-year-old rider from Columbia, Md., bowled over the judges with his top-level riding, horsemanship and stable management skills.

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