Emerging Athletes U21

Feb 07, 2024

EA21 Spotlight: Braden Speck Finds Strength in His Love of the Sport

Losing a horse can shake a rider to their core and leave them questioning if they have the heart to carry on, but 2024 EA21 National Camp athlete Braden Speck had to learn how to channel all of his love for the sport of eventing after heartbreakingly losing three horses in a row due to uncontrollable circumstances.

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Feb 05, 2024 Emerging Athletes U21

2024 USEA EA21 Applications Are Open!

Applications for the USEA Emerging Athlete U21 Program are now available. The purpose of the USEA Emerging Athletes U21 program (EA21) is to identify and provide consistent quality instruction to the next generation of elite event riders. The aim is to create a pipeline for potential team riders by identifying and developing young talent. The intention is to provide young athletes with access to an added level of horsemanship and riding skills in order to further their training and skill development with greater consistency.

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Jan 11, 2024 Emerging Athletes U21

Through the Lens: 2024 USEA EA21 National Camp

In just its second year, the USEA Emerging Athletes U21 (EA21) program just completed its second ever EA21 National Camp in the first week of the new year in Temecula, California. The EA21 program was devised to identify and provide consistent quality instruction to the next generation of elite event riders.

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Jan 07, 2024 Emerging Athletes U21

Thank You To All Who Made EA21 National Camp A Success!

The second annual USEA Emerging Athletes U21 program (EA21) national camp wrapped up on Saturday after a wonderful week of education, hard work, and fun. EA21 Director of Coaching David O’Connor led the camp with 18 selected athletes for the EA21 national program this year, which took place at KingsWay Farm in Temecula, California.

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Jan 07, 2024 Emerging Athletes U21

Pyramid Built on the Final Day of EA21 National Camp

The last day of the EA21 National Camp held at Kingsway Farm put the top of the pyramid into place with its focus on cross-country day. After four days of arena work, theory, and a solid foundation, it was time to see how training in the ring translated to out of the ring.

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Jan 06, 2024 Emerging Athletes U21

Go Better and Go Confident on Day 4 of EA21 National Camp

Day four of the EA21 National Camp held at Kingsway Farm in Temecula, California, dawned frosty and started with a bit of reflection. “I've just been thinking about all week, how [David O’Connor] used to always say to me to be a student of the sport,” Caitlin O’Roark said candidly. “I've always wanted to do this as a career. [The camp has] just made me want to even more.”

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Jan 05, 2024 News

Creating Ringcraft on Day 3 of EA21 National Camp

Back to the flatwork and back to the classroom for the third day of the EA21 National Camp held at Kingsway Farm. Having combined the study of the aids with the German training scale and the rider responsibility scale, participants returned to one of the first concepts discussed on day 1: training to compete.

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Jan 04, 2024 News

Fundamentals Have Their Moment at EA21 National Camp Day 2

Horsemanship and show jumping fundamentals were on the docket of day 2 of the USEA Emerging Athlete U21 National Camp at Kingsway Farm. From grooming to farrier techniques to course design questions to the concept of “next,” no stone was left unturned.

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Jan 03, 2024 News

EA21 National Camp Kicks Off with Theory on Day 1

The second day of the new year dawned on the beginning of the USEA’s Emerging Athlete U21 National Camp at Kingsway Farm. Eighteen athletes were selected for the 2024 edition, and they all arrived ready for five days of intense training, in and out of the saddle.

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Dec 29, 2023 Emerging Athletes U21

Fast Facts: 2024 EA21 National Camp

What better way to start off the New Year than with the 2024 USEA EA21 National Camp? Starting Tuesday, January 2, 18 talented young riders that were hand-selected from the pool of participants from the EA21 Regional Camps which took place across the summer of 2023 will come together at KingsWay Farm in Temecula, California, for a five-day deep-dive camp experience with eventing legend David O'Connor. In addition, Kentucky Three-Day champion Tamie Smith's groom Alyssa Dobrotin will be joining as a guest speaker to discuss proper horse management.

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Dec 20, 2023 Emerging Athletes U21

Meet the 18 EA21 Young Riders Selected for the 2024 USEA EA21 National Camp

The 2024 USEA Emerging Athletes U21 (EA21) National Camp is just a few weeks away, and all over the country, young riders are preparing for their trip to Temecula, California, to participate in this year's prestigious week-long academy led by U.S. eventing legend David O'Connor from Jan. 2-6. After five regional camps took place over the course of the summer of 2023, the EA21 Task Force sat down and hand-selected 18 participants from across all five camps to attend this year's national camp.

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