The adventure begins...

Each year, hundreds of young riders apply to the Emerging Athletes Program in hopes of furthering their education, not only as riders, but as complete horsemen. The EAP was created specifically to provide opportunities for those young riders to advance their education, as they strive to become knowledgeable horsemen within the hunter/jumper community, which may or may not include a career in the horse industry.

All hopefuls are required to go through an application process, during which they demonstrate their experience and involvement in the hunter/jumper industry, including show-ring and employment history, as well as future goals. Recommendations, outside interests and scholastic achievements are also considered.


Multiple Regional Training Sessions, each held over four days, are offered throughout the country in areas that best serve the demographic population and geographic balance of those interested in participating in the program. A total of 24 riders will be selected for each of the Regionals.

"Become your passion and let it become you...and you will find great things happen for you, to you and because of you." — Unknown

2015 EAP Finalists!

Congrats, Danielle Roskens!!

2015 EAP Winner


Riders accepted into the EAP begin their journey by participating in one of the multiple Regional Training Sessions offered throughout the summer months of June, July and August. During the extensive four-day training sessions, riders have the opportunity to work with top riding clinicians and some of the country’s leading stable managers. Riders and horses participating in Regionals will be instructed on flatwork, gymnastics, related distances and course work, as well as an intensive stable-management curriculum that will incorporate proper care and grooming, horsemanship skills, and barn management. Riders will also complete a written test as part of their evaluation for the National Training Session.

Selection of the riders who are invited to continue on to the EAP National Training Session is based on the riding and stable-management skills, written test results, and potential shown during the Regional Training Sessions. The season concludes when a select group of 16 riders are invited to the National Training Session.

The Emerging Athletes Task Force is searching for dedicated and knowledgeable young riders who have demonstrated the enthusiasm, work ethic and aptitude necessary for success as horsemen. Through the EAP, the Emerging Athletes Task Force meets its goal of identifying and nurturing those talented young riders and providing them with support and assistance in achieving their full potential.

The 2015 Emerging Athletes Program is supported in part by a generous grant from the United States Equestrian Federation.

Additional Links
Calendar of Events
EAP Nationals Archive
Jumper Department – (859) 225-6700