Participants Selected for 2022 USHJA Gold Star Clinic - East

Lexington, Ky.—Feb. 8, 2022—The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to announce the selected participants for the 2022 USHJA Gold Star Clinic - East. This year's East clinic gets underway February 9-13 at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, with Anne Kursinski leading the mounted sessions.

Congratulations to the following riders on being selected to participate in this year's East Coast clinic:

  • JJ Atkinson, Lyons, Colo.
  • Peyton Beerbower, Wellington, Fla.
  • Sharon Brown, Ocala, Fla. 
  • Oliver Close, Boulder, Colo.
  • Kara Constantakos, Jupiter, Fla.
  • Sohpie Dewaal, Malibu, Calif.
  • Madyson Diaz, Eastchester, N.Y.
  • Madelyn Godard, Aiken, S.C.
  • Wilkie Gonwa, Jackson, Miss.
  • Dominque Gonzalez, Ocala, Fla.
  • Brittany Kasprack, Olive Branch, Miss. 
  • Taylor Landstrom, Excelsior, Minn.
  • Katherine Madruga, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Aedan Mooney, Golden, Colo.
  • Genevieve Munson, Rogers, Ark.
  • Pilar Ojeda, Waxhaw, N.C.
  • Jessica Pastore, Flemington, N.J.
  • Emma Pickard, Simsbury, Conn.
  • Eleanor Pieters, Chepachet, R.I.
  • Madison Purcell, Woodstock, Ga.
  • Carson Ruff, Maple Park, Ill.
  • Melissa Strawser, Mifflintown, Pa.
  • Brooke Treichler, Riegelsville, Pa.
  • Alexandra Veleris, Wilmette, Ill.
  • Laurel Walker, Copper Canyon, Texas

Colleen Reed will oversee the horse care and stable management sessions in the barn. The clinic will also feature other educational presentations from top athletes and horsemen, including discussions on horse health, education about what to expect as a member of a competitive Jumping team, and information about international Jumping competition. 

The bicoastal Gold Star Clinics serve as 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 them to become well-rounded horsemen. The West clinic was held January 12-16 at Desert International Horse Park in Thermal, California, with lead clinicians Kirsten Coe and Schuyler Riley. Both clinic's mounted sessions will be available on the USHJA Channel on Horse & Country.

Each year, individual medalists from the Markel/USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships and those from the Markel/USHJA Platinum Jumper Championships are invited to attend one of the following year's Gold Star Clinics. The top two riders from the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session are also invited to attend, as well as any FEI age 12- to 14-year-old who has competed in the North American Youth Championship or USEF official Children’s Team with 4 faults or less in the current calendar year. Finally, a select number of Wild Card participants are invited each year.

To learn more about the Emerging Jumper Rider Program, visit, and find out more about the Gold Star Clinics at