Applications for the USEA Emerging Athlete Program are now available. The purpose of the USEA Emerging Athletes 21 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, improving horsemanship and riding skills, and training and improving skills and consistency.
“We have many talented up and coming riders in this country and we need to bridge the gap in their development as Young Riders to Professionals. The EA21 program is a huge and essential step in accomplishing that,” said EA21 Director of Coaching, David O’Connor. “This program has a vision of finding talented riders that is not just dependent on competition results, and starting them in a pipeline to gain access to the best coaching and opportunities that will develop them into not only excellent riders, but excellent horsemen/horsewomen.”
Applications are open here, and are due no later than June 17, 2022.
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.
Five venues have been selected to host EA21 Regional Clinics throughout the US: two East Coast clinics, two West Coast clinics, and one Central clinic. The eastern regional clinics will take place at Morven Park International Equestrian Center (Leesburg, Va.) on July 25-26, and at Stable View Farm (Aiken, S.C.) on the same dates of July 25-26. The central regional clinic will take place at Holly Hill Farm (Benton, La.) August 1-2, and the western regional clinics will take place at Aspen Farms (Yelm, Wash.) August 15-16, immediately followed by the clinic at Twin Rivers Ranch (Paso Robles, Calif.) August 17-18.
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.
Athletes participating in the Regional Clinics will be evaluated by a newly elected staff of ICP certified instructors and talent spotters through the USEA and USEF. Each regional EA21 clinic will have a maximum capacity of 12 riders. 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 January, 2023.
In the final USEA Classic Series event of 2022, three horse and rider pairs rode their way to the top of the podium in the Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice 3-Day divisions offered during the Ram Tap Horse Park Horse Trials which took place November 18-20 in Fresno, California.
US Equestrian opened a bid process for one event to host the Advanced level in Area 3 on Week 10 for 2023-2027 due to an event cancellation. The bid process was conducted in accordance with the 2023-2027 U.S. Eventing Calendar CCI4*-L, CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, & Advanced Policies and Procedures. The USEF Eventing Strategic Calendar Review Task Force made recommendations to the USEF Eventing Sport Committee who made recommendations for final approval by the USEF Board of Directors.
Concluding the 2022 Area Championships season was the Area X Championships held during the SAzEA H.T. which took place November 19-20 in Tucson, Arizona. Three Championship divisions were offered, allowing three horse and rider pairs the opportunity to conclude their 2022 eventing season by being crowned champion!
“The highest priority must be given by instructors to developing in their riders a correct, balanced, supple, effective, and independent seat for dressage and for jumping.” - “Teaching Principles” in the new ECP Eventing Handbook by the Levels