"We're delighted to have the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund extend their support of the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program. As title sponsor since 2018, Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund has helped dozens of riders advance their equestrian education, and we’re pleased to continue this program with their partnership," said USHJA Executive Director Kevin Price.
The Emerging Athletes Program provides opportunities for young riders to advance their horsemanship education and riding skills. Since its inception in 2009, athletes have gone on to earn numerous championships and titles in the Hunter, Jumper and Equitation show rings, including the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals, the ASPCA Maclay Finals and USEF Prix des States.
"I am very proud to continue our partnership with the USHJA in support of the Emerging Athletes Program. The Emerging Athletes Program is an incredible opportunity for our sport's rising stars and future leaders. More than ever, the equestrian community needs programs like the Emerging Athletes Program to educate, innovate and advance compassionate standards of care. The knowledge and experience gained by participants will benefit our community for decades to come," said Lindsay Maxwell, founder of the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund.
Riders accepted into the Emerging Athletes Program begin by participating in a Regional Training Session. During the extensive five-day sessions, riders have the opportunity to work with top riding clinicians and some of the country's leading stable managers, where instruction focuses on flatwork, gymnastics, related distances and course work, as well as an intensive stable-management curriculum that incorporates proper care and grooming, horsemanship skills and barn management. Riders provide their own horses for the Regional Training Session and provide all care themselves.
Once the Regional Training Sessions conclude, 16 riders and a select number of stable managers will be invited to attend the National Training Session based on their riding and stable-management skills and potential shown during their Regional Training Session. While the program is open to junior members above the age of 12 and adult amateurs, members aged 12 to 25 participating at either fence height will be eligible for selection to the Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session.
To learn more about the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/ USHJA Emerging Athletes Program, visit ushja.org/EAP.
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.