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Congrats EAP Level III selections

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  • Congrats EAP Level III selections

    Finalists for the EAP Nationals in Alphabetical Order
    Taylor Adams
    Alexa Anthony
    Dani Beavers
    Ali Cornish
    Natalie Crane
    Lauren Ditallo
    Paul Fredericks
    Morgan Geller
    Kate Haley
    Anna Hallene
    Michael Kocher
    Melena Smith

    Reserves
    Alexa Allen
    Julie Gravelle
    Nora Laue
    Colleen Lewis
    Molly Ozier
    Seems a great selection of talent that was chosen for EAP III.
    Alexa Anthony winner of Maclay Regional Zone 7 and 9th in USET Talent Search West; Morgan Geller 4th in Maclay Regionals West Coast and 5th USET Talent Search West; Ali Cornish 8th USET Talent Search West; Michael Kocher who drove himself and his horse to EAP II and handled the weekend alone, many ribbons Junior Hunters, Jumpers and equitation; Paul Fredericks a SCAD standout; Melena Smith who recovered from a broken collarbone and just got back riding;
    I don’t know must about the other riders but I am sure they too have excellent records. Clearly the selection committee hit the nail on the head with their choices. I hope others will add more about the other riders.
    Good luck at Level III
    Last edited by Beenthere; Sep. 27, 2010, 09:35 AM. Reason: making it accurate

  • #2
    I am Melena Smith! I will you guys an overview of what we do at the clinic in November. I have never been so excited in my entire life, the EAP is such an amazing program and I am so lucky to have been accepted. I can't wait!
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    • #3
      Yay for Kate Haley! :-)
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      • #4
        Another yay for Katie Haley, and for all of those selected! It seems like a really awesome program...
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        • #5
          This is wonderful for the people who qualified and my congratulations to all of them.

          But...

          Isn't this supposed to be a way to find the people who "aren't on the radar" and have a lot of undiscovered talent? Because uh, some of those people are definitely "on the radar"...

          Just saying. Flame suit on. Not really getting what this program is looking for at this point.
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          • #6
            Just so you know, that isn't the same Taylor Adams that won USET West, that is Taylor Ann Adams
            http://www.youtube.com/user/meleenbeen

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            • #7
              Originally posted by neigh.neigh View Post
              Just so you know, that isn't the same Taylor Adams that won USET West, that is Taylor Ann Adams
              Yes, this Taylor Adams is from Dallas

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              • #8
                Congrats to all but........Go Ali!

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                • #9
                  Woo hoo for Lauren!
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                  • #10
                    Yeah for grass roots, for sure!

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                    • #11
                      Congrats to all...but I would love to see USHJA definition of "grass roots"

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                        #12
                        The mission of the Emerging Athletes Program (EAP) is to develop complete horsemen by implementing a system of identifying and nurturing talented young riders and providing them with support and assistance in achieving their full potential. This program creates opportunities for young riders to advance their education in their pursuit to become professionals within our industry.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by donkeyman View Post
                          The mission of the Emerging Athletes Program (EAP) is to develop complete horsemen by implementing a system of identifying and nurturing talented young riders and providing them with support and assistance in achieving their full potential. This program creates opportunities for young riders to advance their education in their pursuit to become professionals within our industry.
                          If that's truly the goal, then I fail to see why the kids doing the upper level jumpers are excluded.
                          Edit: I thought the rules specifically stated that you could not do the program if you had ever shown over a certain height (1.30m or 1.35m, I think)...? Am I wrong?

                          Again, I'm not trying to take anything away from those who made it to the final level - that's very commendable and I'm sure all of them deserve it. I just don't think this program's goals are matching up with its execution.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by indygirl2560 View Post
                            Congrats to all but........Go Ali!
                            Word! Congrats Ali
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                              Originally posted by supershorty628 View Post
                              This is wonderful for the people who qualified and my congratulations to all of them.

                              But...

                              Isn't this supposed to be a way to find the people who "aren't on the radar" and have a lot of undiscovered talent? Because uh, some of those people are definitely "on the radar"...

                              Just saying. Flame suit on. Not really getting what this program is looking for at this point.
                              Congratulations to those that made it.. but

                              It is for those who have a name already and/or know someone and I've said that in previous posts but there were those that said it wasn't true. I could have told you at least half of this list prior to the list going up. I've been flamed before for saying it but I'm pretty sure I'm right.

                              This isn't grass roots and there shouldn't be any pretending that it is. It is fine that the USHJA wants it this way, it is their program afterall, but just don't put on a pretense that it is for everyone.
                              Last edited by RyderRoo; Sep. 27, 2010, 12:01 PM. Reason: added something

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by supershorty628 View Post
                                If that's truly the goal, then I fail to see why the kids doing the upper level jumpers are excluded.
                                Edit: I thought the rules specifically stated that you could not do the program if you had ever shown over a certain height (1.30m or 1.35m, I think)...? Am I wrong?

                                Again, I'm not trying to take anything away from those who made it to the final level - that's very commendable and I'm sure all of them deserve it. I just don't think this program's goals are matching up with its execution.
                                and I also don't understand the exclusion. If they can ride why not allow them to do so.. especially if they are going to continue in the business.

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                                • #17
                                  I think the program has grown in a direction that caters more to the next generation of elite athletes than to the true "grass roots" as some of us understood it at the inception of the program. They are trying to cultivate the next generation of Team riders.

                                  Back in the beginning, I believe you could be jumping around stuff at 3' or so and still be part of the program - perhaps a more accessible level than the one that currently exists.

                                  The reality that I think very few people like to accept is that even a very innately talented rider who is hidden away in a backyard somewhere is very unlikely to be mounted on a horse that can take them up the ranks to an elite level. That rider may have done a superb job with what they had to work with, but unless and until someone comes up with a way of mounting that rider on a more capable animal... they simply aren't going to be able to take their riding to another level.

                                  I'm not saying that is a great thing... but it IS reality.

                                  I hate to be the wet blanket in the crowd, but having our nation's top riders and trainers focus on those kids - while it might be very admirable - is probably not going to result in creating that next generation of GP stars and USET riders. Even superstars like Melanie et al are not going to be able to transform the kid who is jumping around the barrels in their back yard into a rider who can execute a 1.30 or 1.40 course in the space of a clinic or even a single season.

                                  Just a tough reality of our sport and the money that it requires. I am a HUGE believer in working hard, advancing yourself, and the opportunities that DO exist to move up in the sport through your own efforts. But I don't think the EAP is the vehicle that will get those true "grass roots" kids there.

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                                  • #18
                                    So here's my two cents as a mom who had a kid who struggled her way up the ladder before the EAP (which I think, in concept, is fantastic). These are precious and great opportunities, but if you take a place in them, you take one away from someone who might not otherwise have the access to the top pros and instruction. I don't know the winner of the USET West, but I do know that she will have a place in the George Morris Horsemastership Clinic this January. As a mom who had a kid who was fortunate enough to have that experience after winning the USET East Final, I can tell you that the clinic is absolutely phenomenal. So my feeling is that kids who win eq finals, or get a team or individual Young Riders medal, should be removed (or elect to remove themselves) from the EAP program after their award. I know that my daughter feels strongly about this, too, and we both think that it's a fundamental flaw in a potentially great program. Also, I've spoken with several people who assisted in last year's program. There was a huge schism of kids with top trainers and jumpers (most of whom own numerous horses) and kids with less well-known trainers and access to top rides. Personally, I'd love to see a more level playing field since this ends in a competition. If we truly want to develop talent for the future (not just talent in competitors, but talent in trainers, judges, course designers and other professionals), shouldn't we broaden and deepen the gene pool?

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                                      #19
                                      Well, looking at this from a different perspective.

                                      My "kid" participated this year at levels 1 and 2, and she did not make it to Level 3, nor should she have as it was not her weekend at Level 2 .

                                      Those selected from her region where clear standouts and it was no surprise they were selected. Neither, I may add, are bigeq standouts, just hard working young riders with incredible desire to be in this industry.

                                      But, the exposure from doing EAP got my kid an interview and job at a very high profile show farm and thus starting her career in the industry this week. That is what she was hoping to accomplish (networking) and it was well worth it. Without EAP she would not have even gotten a call back. This position is with the creme of the crop trainers.

                                      Another person was spotted and offered a private trainer job commencing next April after graduation from college for very good money. (This was done based on the Level 1 session).

                                      So I do believe there are other ways this program works outside of Level 3 and winning.

                                      I believe the riders who are successfully competing at 1.40m and above are already on the radar screen for future success. I know one young girl at Level 2 in our group is already trying Grand Prix horses and she is top notch. So the path is already set for her.

                                      Just offering another view, for what it is worth.

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                                      • Original Poster

                                        #20
                                        I would like to add one more point. The motivation and exposure this programs exudes makes these participants read more books, focus more on horsemanship, watch more professionals in schooling areas, and genuinely makes them "want" to be better horsemen and women. That part of the program is stuff the outside world does not get to see.

                                        and yes ADHOCK, I agree, if the participant starts to win in the areas you mention, they should step aside and allow someone else a spot. That is true sportsmanship

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