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.
That's a wrap! The first USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session of 2017 has concluded! Congratulations to all of the riders who participated and spent the week absorbing all of the wisdom from our renowned EAP clinicians Julie Winkel and Anne Thornbury. Thank you also to @worldequestriancenter for hosting us this week! Next up, Conyers, Georgia! Are you participating in an EAP Regional Training Session this year? What are you looking forward to most?⠀ #USHJA #emergingathletesprogram #eap2017 #Horsemanship #knowledge #learning PC: Kristin Rover/USHJA Archives
Final thoughts from Candice King after a great week at USHJA Emerging Athletes Program. #peirceequestrian #teampeirce #ushja #hunterjumper #emergingathletesprogram #antares #superiorfleet #showjumping #horse #horses #rider #wow #team #horseshow #equestrian #equestrianlife #behindthescenes #equestrian #sport #athlete #riding #trainer
UF's Capital & Mackenzie Barnes Lucchese are spending their morning working through simple gymnastic exercises with Peter Wylde at the EAP National training session in preparation for Sunday's Nation Cup format! #eapnationals #emergingathletesprogram #ushja #eap #findlayequestrian #findlayequinestudies #thebesthorses
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