EAP Regional Training Session in Virginia Kicks Off Today

Candice King and Anne Thornbury Lead the Session

Lexington, Ky.—June 17, 2019—The fourth Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session of the year kicks off today in Lexington, Va. Twenty-three athletes are participating at the Virginia Horse Center from June 17-21 with clinicians Candice King and Anne Thornbury.

The session also includes a 3' section where riders are able to participate in all aspects of the program at a lower fence height.

Madeline McManus riding at the 2018 Regional Training Session at the Virginia Horse Center. Credit: Jump Media/USHJA

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association congratulates the following athletes who have been accepted to participate in this session.

EAP Participants:

  • Maya Aryal, Fairfax, Va.
  • Laura Bishop, Washington, D.C.
  • Devyn Borden, Purcellville, Va.
  • Isabella Cheers, Shallotte, N.C.
  • Celia Cram, Aiken, S.C.
  • Elizabeth Cram, Aiken, S.C.
  • Maggie Fraley, White Haven, Pa.
  • Sophie Kane, Tyrone, Colo.
  • Madison Obermeyer, Clifton, Va.
  • Clare O'Brien, Dallastown, Pa.
  • Selina Petronelli, Churchville, Md.
  • Peyton Preblick, Glen Allen, Va.
  • Christina Samouhos, Pittstown, N.J.
  • Madelyn Van Tiem, Hurdle Mills, N.C.
  • Caroline Waters, Forest, Va.

3’ Section Participants:

  • Katie Balding, Sweet Briar, Va.
  • Lilly Fraley, White Haven, Pa.
  • Sarah Harper, Elkridge, Md.
  • Paige Kennedy, Purcellville, Va.
  • Sarah Maseychik, Dallas, Pa.
  • Lily Peterson, Ashland, Va.
  • Lindsay Shaw, Newark, Del.
  • Jenna Steinle, Shawnee, Kan.

Sessions are held over five days with athletes participating in mounted flatwork, gymnastics exercises and coursework as well as intensive stable management lessons. Athletes also spend time auditing each other and hearing from guest speakers at the sessions. 

Auditing is available to the public free of charge for the riding portions at both sessions.

There will be six other Regional Training Sessions held across the country this year in New Jersey, California, Illinois, Massachusetts and North Carolina. A full calendar of sessions with auditing information can be found here

Following the Regional Training Sessions, 16 of the Regional Training Session participants and a select number of stable managers will be invited to attend the National Training Session November 7-10 at University of Findlay. Riders participating in the 3' section are not eligible to participate in the National Training Session. 

The USHJA extends its gratitude to 2019 EAP Regional Training Session hosts Centenary UniversityFox Lea FarmGreat Southwest Equestrian CenterHITS Balmoral ParkLos Angeles Equestrian CenterMount Holyoke CollegeSonoma Valley StablesTryon International Equestrian CenterUniversity of Findlay and Virginia Horse Center.

Special thanks to the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund for their title sponsorship of the Emerging Athletes Program. The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund was founded by Lindsay Maxwell in 2016 as a means to formalize her commitment to charitable giving. The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund supports events, organizations and programs that align with Maxwell's philanthropic priorities and values including improving the lives of children with special needs, enabling access to educational opportunities and providing care, compassion and protection to animals.

The Emerging Athletes Program is also supported in part by a generous grant from US Equestrian, as well as individual donors through the USHJA Foundation. For more information, please visit www.ushja.org/EAP.