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USHJA Emerging Athletes Program

January 8, 2010

Richard Neal

Age: 17

Hometown: Pasadena, Calif.

School: PolyTechnic High School, senior

2010 Goals: To make the Zone 10 Young Rider jumper team, move up to grand prix.

January 8, 2010

Carly Anthony

Age: 19

Hometown: Redmond, Wash.

School: University of Georgia, freshman

2010 Goals: Help her NCAA riding team win a national championship, continue improving her riding.

Thoughts on EAP: “I hope to gain a better understanding on what it is to be a true horseman. There are a lot of definitions, but I feel the people who have started this have a true, deep understanding of the horse. I hope to get at least some of that understanding to continue my horse career.”

January 8, 2010

Matthew Wildung

Age: 20

Hometown: Watertown, Minn.

School: Taking a break to pursue riding.

2010 Goals: Bigger jumps. Getting a young horse and learning about breaking and training.

Thoughts on EAP: “I just hope to get some knowledge that will help me later in life.”

Greatest Riding Accomplishment: Winning the Zander Powers Medal in Zone 6.

Horse He’d Like To Ride: Sapphire

January 8, 2010

Amelia McArdle

Age: 20

Hometown: Barrington Hills, Ill.

School: Lake Forest College

2010 Goals: Move up to the high amateur-owner jumpers with her horse, Nicholas. Take more steps toward becoming a professional.

Thoughts on EAP: “It’s a great experience to work with all the different people. It’s not only about your riding, but everything in the barn.”

Greatest Riding Accomplishment: “I was really lucky to have a lot of success on MVP, a junior hunter.”

January 8, 2010

Alexa Anthony

Age: 16

Hometown: Redmond, Wash.

School: The Overlake School, junior

2010 Goals: Qualify for and place in the top 10 at medal finals.

Thoughts on EAP: “It really hit home that every single detail of the horse and how you care for them is more than 200 percent of the priority. I thought I had known what I needed to know about the sport, but I found out I really only know about 10 percent and every clinic has been an experience.”

January 8, 2010

Nicholas Gegen

Age: 20

Hometown: Denver, Colo.

School: Going to college online

2010 Goals: Keep bringing along his horse, Quinaro, in the open jumpers and continue to grow as a rider.

Thoughts on EAP: “This program is just a wonderful experience. I’ve learned from some of the best people in the industry and gained new knowledge. I haven’t been riding long, only started three years ago, so any experience is a good experience.”

January 8, 2010

Kathryn Haley

Age: 17

Hometown: Orchard Park, N.Y.

School: Orchard Park High School, senior

2010 Goals: Graduating early and going to Ocala for the winter to do the equitation. Qualify for equitation finals and go to college in the fall.

Thoughts on EAP: “I hope it helps me become a better rider and learn more about taking care of the horses.”

January 8, 2010

Marion Chatfield Osier

Age: 17

Hometown: Marion, Mass.

School: Tabor Academy, senior

2010 Goals: Show in the jumpers down in Florida, equitation finals in the fall, spend spring and summer working in Europe.

Thoughts on EAP: “Showing is different because you have one chance, one round, and you need the perfect round. This is more about horsemanship and improving the all around horseman. I’ve learned a lot through all the clinicians. We’ve had a lot of talented people teaching.”

January 8, 2010

Nelson Bierwirth

Age: 17

Hometown: Roswell, N.M.

School: Home schooled

2010 Goals: Show in the level 6 and 7 jumpers, maybe ride at NAJYRC.

Thoughts on EAP: “I don’t have the opportunity to ride with a lot of different trainers in Roswell, so I’m looking forward to learning from all the different clinicians.”

Biggest Riding Influence: His mom, Susan Bierwirth

Horse He’d Like To Ride: Grasshopper, Michael Page’s Olympic mount

January 8, 2010

Arden Cone

Age: 19

Hometown: Landrum, S.C.

School: Hollins University, sophomore

2010 Goals: Starting her 5-year-old homebred Selle Francais/TB mare in the jumper ring.

Thoughts on EAP: “I love this program because they work a lot with the resistance-free training, and that’s what we do at home with the babies and problem ponies. It's really cool to see that in the hunter/jumper world. There’s so much emphasis on education and learning, and that’s one thing I really value.”

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