Sunny Drescher Shines at USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session
Findlay, OH - November 18 - After four days of riding instruction, stable management, a written test and the Nations Cup competition, Sunny Drescher stood out among her peers and earned top honors in the USHJA Emerging Athletes National Training Session, presented by Dover Saddlery, November 14-17. [Read More...]
Journey to EAP Nationals
Throughout the Emerging Athletes Program journey, the original group of 200 plus riders narrows to a select 16.
Riders invited to participate in the USHJA
EAP National Training Session are given the opportunity to train with several
of the country’s top clinicians during this intensive
three-and-a-half day training session. Throughout the three-and-a-half days,
each finalist has the unique opportunity to ride and care for a
horse provided by the host facility and assigned to them by the EAP representatives. Each rider starts on a fair and level playing field and
must utilize all the skills they have honed throughout the entire EAP process to bond quickly with their equine partner.
The small group size allows the riders to work very closely with the clinicians during the riding and
sessions throughout the several days. Finalists are again closely observed and evaluated during all phases
of the National Training
Session and are expected to be active participants in all activities. The riding sessions address flatwork
and jumping, while stable-management sessions are hands-on, in-depth and extensive. Barn chores are
monitored, and a written test gauges the knowledge each finalist
has gained throughout the year. Additional clinics, such as veterinary seminars, trimming and shoeing,
saddle fitting, and feeding regimens may be offered, as well.
Photo from Left-Right:
Anne Thornbury, Kip Rosenthal, Peter Wylde, Mary Babick, Sally Ike, Sunny Drescher, Sean Leckie