In addition to the discipline-specific opportunities listed below, USPC also offers opportunities and contests that are open to those interested in any discipline. Learn more!

USHJA Emerging Athlete Program

USHJA and the Emerging Athletes Task Force would like to invite riders to participate in the Emerging Athletes Program (EAP). The EAP was created specifically to provide opportunities for young riders to advance their education as they strive to become knowledgeable horsemen within the hunter/jumper community. The EAP Task Force is searching for dedicated and knowledgeable young riders who demonstrate the enthusiasm, work ethic, and aptitude necessary for success as horsemen, and to whom they can provide support and assistance in achieving their full potential.

USHJA applauds the importance that the USPC places on horsemanship and education, and the success its members have experienced as a result. The EAP provides additional opportunities for riders to benefit from the knowledge and experience of top hunter/jumper clinicians and stable managers during intensive four-day regional clinics. The program includes flat work, gymnastics, course work, and a comprehensive stable management curriculum. From the regional clinics, 16 riders will be selected to advance to the National Training Session and compete for the title of the EAP National Champion and a $3,000 grant for advanced training.

To be eligible for the Emerging Athletes Program, riders must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a current member of USHJA and in good standing.
  • Must not have reached their 21st birthday before December 1 of the current competition year according to USEF rules.
  • May not have competed in classes over 1.35m in height at the time of application.
  • May not have competed in FEI Championships for jumping, such as Young Riders or Children’s International Jumping Competition.

Complete details and requirements of the application process, including the application deadlines and fees involved, are outlined on the USHJA website.

Several EAP alumni have gone on to great accomplishments in the hunter/jumper sport; e.g., being selected to participate in the USEF Young Rider Show Jumping Tour, winning International Grands Prix, National Medal Finals, college equestrian national championships and participating in the NAJYRC.  USHJA and USPC share the common goal of developing educated, thoughtful and compassionate people, who apply those principles to every aspect of their lives. 

If you have any questions regarding the Emerging Athletes Program or the EAP application process, please contact Meghan Carney, (859) 225-6721.

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