34 athletes begin EAP journey next week in Georgia and Texas 

Free auditing of the riding sessions available


Lexington, Ky.  –  June 5, 2018 – Two Regional Training Sessions for the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program begin next week in Georgia and Texas with riders from eight states participating.

Anne Thornbury is the Stable Manager clinician at the Georgia session.
Photo credit: Louise Taylor/USHJA.
Texas will also feature a 3-foot section, where riders will be included in all aspects of the session but at a lower fence height. 

Geoff Teall and Anne Thornbury will be the riding and stable manager clinicians, respectively, for the session held at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers. Julie Winkel and Nanci Snyder will be leading the Texas session, held at Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy.

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association congratulates the following athletes who have been accepted to participate in these sessions: 

Georgia International Horse Park

June 10-14

  • Dawson Amick, 17, Marvin, N.C.
  • Ali Barros, 23, Eads, Tenn.
  • Grace Crawford, 21, Savannah, Ga.
  • Celia Cram, 14, Aiken, S.C.
  • Elizabeth Cram, 13, Aiken, S.C.
  • Rose Dillon, 16, Milton, Ga.
  • Olivia Epple, 15, Woodstock, Ga.
  • Mariah Gaudet, 16, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Abbie Gibson, 23, Savannah, Ga.
  • Grayson Hutchins, 14, Charleston, S.C.
  • Hope King, 16, Mt Pleasant, S.C.
  • Kathy Leth, 20, Kennesaw, Ga.
  • Leacy Paul, 19, Milton, Fla.
  • Julia Power, 19, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Sabrina Searles, 21, Winter Garden, Fla.
  • Madeline Vorhies, 16, Canton, Ga.

Great Southwest Equestrian Center

June 11-15

  • Sam Berry, 23, Argyle, Texas
  • Malorie Coleman, 16, Mckinney, Texas
  • Sea Sea Dance, 15, Lufkin, Texas
  • Alexandra Dishman, 16, Wimberley, Texas
  • Annie Drew, 18, Austin, Texas
  • Celeste Fazioli, 16, Seabrook, Texas
  • Kaia Harris, 14, Boerne, Texas
  • Tate Hurley, 15, McKinney, Texas
  • Johanna Jessen, 19, Lake Charles, La.
  • Mattie McDonald, 18, Yukon, Okla.
  • Samantha Reynoso, 15, Cypress, Texas
  • Hallie Rush, 14, Lewisburg, Tenn.
  • Macy White, 13, Aubrey, Texas
  • Madeleine Wilson, 21, Austin, Texas

3-foot section

  • Sydney Arbogast, 15, League City, Texas
  • Sydney Cappi, 13, Houston, Texas
  • Charlotte Heide, 16, Missouri City, Texas
  • Emily Ritter, 14, Lake Charles, La.


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 of the Georgia and Texas sessions. 

There will be seven other Regional Training Sessions this year in California, Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio and Virginia.  Recently, USHJA opened a  3-foot section  at the Regional Training Session being held at  Mt. Holyoke in South Hadley, Massachusetts, July 8-12, 2018.  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. Riders participating in the 3-foot section are not eligible to participate in the National Training Session. 

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 .

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