Details Of 2023 MZ Farms/USHJA Emerging Athlete Program Announced

Feb 1, 2023 - 1:42 PM

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association has announced the dates, locations and clinicians for the 2023 MZ Farms/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program regional training sessions. The application period is open now and closes April 1.

This year’s 10 clinics will feature mounted sessions led by Jeff Cook, Joe Fargis, Cynthia Hankins, Candice King and Julie Winkel. Tracy Forman, Julia Hogan, Colleen Reed, Nanci Snyder, Jennifer Fessler and Erica McKeever will lead stable management sessions.

The schedule for this year’s regional training sessions is:
• June 5-9 at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri, led by Cynthia Hankins and Nanci Snyder
• June 7-11 at Midway University in Midway, Kentucky, led by Julie Winkel and Erica McKeever
• June 12-16 at Centenary University in Long Valley, New Jersey, led by Jeff Cook and Tracy Forman
• June 13-17 at Paso Robles Horse Park in Paso Robles, California, led by Candice King and Nanci Snyder
• June 19-23 at Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas, led by Joe Fargis and Colleen Reed
• June 26-30 at Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado, led by Candice King and Nanci Snyder
• July 5-9 at Elvenstar Farm in Moorpark, California, led by Jeff Cook and Colleen Reed
• July 10-14 at Fox Lea Farm in Venice, Florida, led by Joe Fargis and Julia Hogan
• July 26-30 at Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Virginia, led by Cynthia Hankins and Jennifer Fessler
• Aug. 1-5 at Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina, led by Candice King and Tracy Forman

EAP regional training sessions are open to junior, amateur and professional USHJA members 12 years of age or older as of Dec. 1 of the current competition year and are offered at 0.90-meter and 1.0-meter fence height.

Participants provide their own horses for the five-day regional training sessions, during which they work with top riding and stable manager clinician.

After the regional sessions conclude, 16 riders and a select number of stable managers will be invited to attend the national training session. Only members ages 12-25 are eligible for the national training session, the dates and location of which have yet to be announced.

Each USHJA Zone offers a minimum of two grants to EAP participants to help offset the cost of attending a regional or national training session.

For more information on the EAP program and the application process, visit USHJA.


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