2018 Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program set to kick off in Nevada


Jim Wofford leading an EAP Regional Training Session in 2017. Photo credit: Tricia Booker/USHJA.


Reno, Nev. – May 25, 2018– An exciting summer of Regional Training Sessions is set to kick off next week, May 31-June 4, in Reno, Nevada, for the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program. 

The first Regional Training Session of the year will feature Jim Wofford as the riding clinician and Nanci Snyder as the stable manager clinician at Maplewood Stables. 

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

  • Lyric Breitengross, 18, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Hillary Devlen, 16, San Marino, Calif.
  • Lily Hackbarth, 12, Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Sofia Jain, 15, Atherton, Calif.
  • Hailey Klaff, 15, El Dorado Hills, Calif.
  • Katherine Mannina, 19, Morgan Hill, Calif.
  • Jackie Martin-Castro, 17, Oakland, Calif.
  • Michelle Mercogliano, 15, Tahoma, Calif.
  • Shawnea Osborne, 19, Danville, Calif.
  • Adrianna Osmetti, 16, Reno, Nev.
  • Elissa Ostroff, 21, Portland, Ore.
  • Devina Stone, 18, Gardnerville, Nev.
  • Cate Tomlinson, 16, Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Josie Ward, 20, Berkley, Mich.
  • Kiersti Wylie, 25, Fallbrook, Calif.

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 and hearing special presentations from guest speakers and experts in the industry at the sessions.

Auditing is available to the public for the riding portions of the Reno session for $50 a day.

There will be nine other Regional Training Sessions this year in California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. To view the calendar of the sessions, click 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 Nov. 8-11 at University of Findlay in Ohio.

The USHJA extends its gratitude to 2018 EAP Regional Training Session hosts Centenary University, Colorado Horse Park, Georgia International Horse Park, Great Southwest Equestrian Center, HITS Balmoral, Los Angeles Equestrian Center, Maplewood Stables, Mount Holyoke College, Virginia Horse Center and World Equestrian 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.

Media Contact:
Megan Lacy
(859) 225-6723

Program Contact:
Education Department

(859) 225-6733