Behind the Scenes from the EAP, Presented by Kentucky Performance Products

The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program (EAP) was initiated in 2009 with the intent of allowing young riders the chance to continue their education. The application process to participate in one of the regional training sessions is rigid with riders having to provide three letters of recommendation from qualified references to attest to each riders character and work ethic. Once selected, riders have the opportunity of a lifetime to train under riders such as Anne Kursinski, Geoff Teall, Julie Winkel, Joe Fargis and Jeff Cook.

What makes the EAP clinics unique is their format. The five-day regional training sessions include instruction not only in the saddle, but also on barn management and horse care. Riders are solely responsible for the entirety of their horses care during the duration of the clinic without the assistance of trainers or grooms and the barns are heavily supervised by the instructors to ensure riders are providing exceptional care to their mounts. Those who have the opportunity to participate in an EAP clinic leave with a whole new perspective on their riding and stable management.

Check out this Instagram roundup featuring some memories from EAP clinics in years past, presented by Kentucky Performance Products. For more information regarding the EAP and upcoming clinics, you can visit the USHJA website.


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