USHJA Gold Star Clinics

Exclusive to USHJA Gold Star Emerging Jumper Riders, Coaches and Parents

USHJA Gold Star Clinics are the pinnacle of the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Program, which identifies Jumper riders who have the skill and desire to excel in the sport, while educating these riders to become well-rounded horsemen on their path to excellence.

West Coast

January 15-19, 2020
Desert International Horse Park
Thermal, California
Clinician: Kirsten Coe
Wild Card applications close: December 1, 2019

  West Coast Schedule 

West Coast Clinic Participants

  • Emmeline Adamick, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Alyce Bittar, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Elisa Broz, Watsonville, Calif.
  • Betsy Checchia, Tucson, Ariz.
  • Hannah Cowdrey, Camarillo, Calif.
  • Grace Gallagher, Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Amanda Gomez, Norco, Calif.
  • Lily Hackbarth, Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Riley Heath, Lake Oswego, Ore.
  • Leah Lively, Tualatin, Ore.
  • Kayla Long, Horseshoe Bend, Idaho
  • Rachel Long, Horseshoe Bend, Idaho
  • Kiley McCullough, San Tan Valley, Ariz.
  • Alexis Mierzwa, Winchester, Va.
  • Hanna Morris, Issaquah, Wash.
  • Erin Nichols, Yorba Linda, Calif.
  • Lauren Pleasance, Bend, Ore.
  • Sydney Shelby, Santa Cruz, Calif.
  • Carly Sweeney, Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Skyler Wireman, Bonsall, Calif.
  • Courtney Youell, Snohomish, Wash.

East Coast

January 22-26, 2020
Jim Brandon Equestrian Center
West Palm Beach, Florida
Clinician: Todd Minikus
Wild Card applications close: December 8, 2019

  East Coast Schedule 

East Coast Clinic Participants

  • Emily Dehoff, Far Hills, N.J.
  • Julianna Empie, Chester Springs, Pa.
  • Christopher Ferralez, Elgin, Ill.
  • Kailey Fuchs, Sinking Spring, Pa.
  • Christina Gaither Webb, Bahama, N.C.
  • Samantha Hill, Lexington, Ky.
  • Summer Hill, Lexington, Ky.
  • Olivia Holtz, Villanova, Pa.
  • Madison Jones, Longwood, Fla.
  • Faith Lee Kollien, Acton, Mass.
  • Avery Moore, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Eileen O'Leary, Montverde, Fla.
  • Alexis Ortiz, Hoffman Estates, Ill.
  • Adeline Pavlin, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Natalie Pedley, Wellington, Fla.
  • Katherine Pugliese, Malvern, Pa.
  • Emily Schneider, Ridge Spring, S.C.
  • Emma Scott, Conroe, Texas
  • Michelle Stacy, Ipswich, Mass.
  • Jacqueline Van Meter, Ridgefield, Conn.
  • Kendra Walmer, Reinholds, Pa.
  • Ansley Wright, Manalapan, Fla.

Earning the Gold Star

USHJA will recognize all individual medalists at the Markel/USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships as Gold Star Emerging Jumper Riders and each, along with their coaches and parents, will be invited to attend one of three Gold Star Clinics scheduled for the early part of the following year. USHJA reserves the right to extend invitations to Jumper riders that demonstrate their exceptional talent but do not secure an individual medal at the Championships.

For more information about the Gold Star Clinics or becoming a Gold Star Emerging Jumper Rider, email USHJA at

Wild Card Applications

USHJA will admit a select number of Wild Card participants for the Clinics. Any member who competed in the Markel/USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships, competed with a minimum of one clear round as an FEI Children (12-14 years of age) on CSIO-CH Teams or equivalent, or participated in the 2019 North American Championship for Children in North Salem, NY, may submit a Wild Card application. Applications are closed for the 2020 Gold Star Clinics.

What to Expect

  • Two Gold Star Clinics held across the country with Olympic caliber clinicians
  • Four days of mounted and unmounted instruction covering a variety of topics
  • Stable management education with experienced stable managers
  • Horse health and nutrition discussions with top veterinarians
  • Education about what to expect as a member of a competitive Jumping team
  • Information about travel documentation and considerations for international Jumping competition
  • Mounted instruction will include a competitive team format on the final day