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USHJA Emerging Athletes Program

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.

August 30, 2011

Kate Haley Turned A Good Opportunity Into A Great One

For most riders, winning 30 days’ advanced training with a top instructor would have been opportunity enough. Not for Kate Haley.

November 22, 2010

Haley Impresses At USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session

Buffalo, N.Y.—Nov. 19-21

Maybe it was a blessing in disguise when Kate Haley drew a talented but challenging horse at the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session. Because throughout the three-day program she impressed the clinicians and the EAP Committee so much so that she finished as the overall winner.

“She had a tough horse, and she really dug in. She really pulled it off today and jumped a double-clear round in the Nations Cup,” said EAP Co-Chairman Melanie Smith Taylor.

November 15, 2010

Riders Announced For 2011 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session

The U.S Equestrian Federation has announced 10 of the 12 riders who have been invited to participate in the fifth annual George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session on Jan. 4-8 in Wellington, Fla., at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Two more riders will be announced from the U.S Hunter Jumper Association Emerging Athlete Program. The clinic is free to audit, but a donation to the USET Foundation is recommended.

January 10, 2010

USHJA Emerging Athletes National Level Clinic Ends On Positive Note For All

At the conclusion of the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Level Clinic, two riders, Richard Neal and Carly Anthony, were named the winners after displaying exceptional leadership, horsemanship and natural talent over the weekend.

“Ricky and Carly are both very natural riders—very soft and fluid, and horses like them,” said Melanie Smith Taylor. “They’re fighters, but they’re quiet fighters. They handle the pressure with a cool head, and they ride beautifully and effectively.”

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