Hundreds of hopeful riders submit their applications to the Emerging Athletes Program each year. The EAP will be conducting multiple
Regional Training Sessions throughout the country. Riders who wish to participate in the Regional Training Sessions must submit an EAP application and three EAP
recommendations and complete the Level One
USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge with a passing
grade of 80% or higher to be considered for the program.
The Emerging Athletes Task Force carefully reviews the applications and chooses a total of 24 riders to participate in each Regional Training Session.
Riders provide their own horses for the training session and are expected to provide all necessary care themselves. Horses should be comfortable
jumping a jumper-style course at 1.10m. Some of the country’s top clinicians guide riders through four days of training. Riders participating in the clinics
focus on flatwork, gymnastics, related distance exercises and course work designed to create balance and better communication between horse and rider.
Throughout the training sessions, riders are observed and evaluated, not only on their riding skills, but on their stable-management and
horsemanship skills, as well. Upon arrival, EAP clinicians monitor the activities in the stable area, as participants are responsible
for the full care of their horses, from mucking stalls and grooming to feeding and watering. Participants are kept busy; while one
group of eight riders practices flatwork, gymnastics or related distances, another group is attending a hands-on stable-management
clinic, working in the barn with a knowledgeable stable manager or learning the proper care and grooming of their horses. At the same
time, a third group is assisting the clinician in the ring, adjusting jumps as needed, as well as observing the unique situations that arise and
are addressed throughout the day. At the conclusion of the third training session each day, all riders help change the course for the following day,
learning all the while the reasoning behind the jump placement and the core exercises.
Regional Training Session Information
Stable Management Topics
Current Events Study Guide
Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Study Guide
Jumper Schooling Rules
Calendar of Events