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.
Applications are open here, and are due no later than March 15, 2024, at midnight EST (9:00 p.m. PST). Late applications will not be accepted, please do not wait until the last day to apply. New in 2024, a $25 application fee will be required at the time of submission.
Athletes who meet the requirements are encouraged to apply to a regional clinic. Athletes may also be talent spotted; however, there is no guarantee that an athlete will be talent spotted.
The same eastern and western venues that hosted the regional clinics in 2023 have been selected to host the EA21 Regional Clinics again in 2024, but a new Central location has been selected to provide geographical ease. The Central clinic will now move to Longview Horse Park in Kansas City, Missouri. The five clinic dates and locations are as follows:
The USEA will cover the regional clinic cost and stabling fees for all accepted applicants. Applicants will be responsible for travel and lodging costs. Athletes will be selected by the designated selectors within their Area of membership and invited to attend one clinic.
Each regional EA21 clinic will have a maximum capacity of 12 riders, and a wait list will be put together for each clinic. After the regional clinics have concluded, a select group of talented riders will be chosen from the regional clinics to participate in the national camp with EA21 Director of Coaching, David O’Connor in Ocala, Florida, Dec. 31, 2024 – Jan. 4, 2025.
Click here for a guide on how to best fill out an application to campaign for yourself.
The USEA Emerging Athletes U21 (EA21) program was established in 2022 with the aim of creating a pipeline for potential U.S. team riders by identifying and developing young talent and pairing them up with influential educators within the sport of eventing to improve their skills both in and out of the saddle.
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