Sep 30, 2022

USEA Names Athletes for Inaugural EA21 National Camp

By Kate Lokey - USEA Staff
USEA Eventing Coaches Program (ECP) Level IV Certified Instructor, Rebecca Brown at the Aspen Farms EA21 Regional Clinic

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is proud to announce the selected Young Rider athletes for the Emerging Athletes 21 Program (EA21) national camp, now that the EA21 regional clinics have concluded. Twelve riders were accepted into each of the five regional EA21 clinics, taught by USEA Eventing Coaches Program (ECP) instructors, and now riders have been selected from the regional clinics to participate in the inaugural EA21 national camp this winter.

The five EA21 regional clinics that took place were: East Coast I at Morven Park International Equestrian Center (Leesburg, Va.) on July 25-26, 2022 and coached by Shannon Lilley; East Coast II at Stable View Farm (Aiken, S.C.) on July 25-26, 2022 and coached by Emily Beshear; Central at Holly Hill Farm (Benton, La.) on August 1-2, 2022 and coached by Rebecca Braitling; West Coast I at Aspen Farms (Yelm, Wash.) on August 15-16, 2022 and coached by Rebecca Brown; West Coast II at Twin Rivers Ranch (Paso Robles, Calif.) on August 17-18, 2022, also coached by Rebecca Brown.

The USEA’s EA21 Task Force has approved 19 USEA EA21 Young Riders that were proposed by the EA21 Selection Task Force, for the inaugural EA21 national camp. Each of these Young Rider athletes were selected to participate in one of the five regional EA21 clinics, and have now been selected to attend the national camp with EA21 Director of Coaching, David O’Connor. The athletes invited to attend the national camp are listed below, in alphabetical order:

  • Lea Adams-Blackmore
  • Camryn Chung
  • Maya Clarkson
  • Julia Beauchamp Crandon
  • Kayla Dumler
  • Sarah Ertl
  • Jules Fanello
  • Madelyn Floyd
  • Ella Garcia
  • Kiersten Miller
  • Caitlin O’Roark
  • Harper Padgett
  • Dylan Philipps
  • Maia Ramberg
  • Bree Robinette
  • Sarah Ross
  • Audrey Sanborn
  • Ayden Schain
  • Ashley Widmer

The EA21 national camp will take place in Ocala, Florida across January 2-6, 2023, and will be taught by David O’Connor. Special guest speakers will also be on-site for this educational camp. The venue will be announced in the coming weeks and catch ride horses may be available to riders traveling from significant distances.

All invited Young Riders will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations for the EA21 national camp, but the USEA will cover all clinic, coaching and stabling fees.

The USEA would like to thank the five venues for hosting the inaugural EA21 regional clinics (Morven Park, Stable View, Holly Hill Farm, Twin Rivers Ranch, Aspen Farms), and for their wonderful hospitality. The USEA would also like to thank the Young Rider Coordinators that stepped up to help on-site: Chris Donovan, Teresa Harcourt, Stephanie Reimers, Diane Snow, as well as the entire Stable View team led by Barry Olliff.

For questions regarding the Emerging Athlete 21 Program, please email Kate Lokey at [email protected].

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