Colorado Horse Park Hosts Emerging Athletes Program This Week


Parker, Colo. --- August 1, 2017  ----  Today, 19 athletes from across seven states are beginning their journeys in the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program by participating in the Regional Training Session at the Colorado Horse Park, in Parker, Colorado, which will run through Saturday, August 5. The five-day session will be led by clinicians Kip Rosenthal and Nanci Snyder.
The USHJA congratulates the following members who were selected to participate in this session: 
  • Kip Rosenthal instructs an athlete during an EAP session earlier this year. Photo credit: Megan Lacy/USHJA Archives
    Emily Clemens, 14, Long Lake, Minn.
  • Sophia Corbett, 16, Englewood, Colo.
  • Gage Curry, 16, Star, Idaho
  • Nicole Davis, 15, Erie, Colo.
  • Kennedy Eaton, 19, Monument, Colo.
  • Grace Gallagher, 12, Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Madeline James, 20, Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Sophie Kane, 15, Tyrone, Pa.
  • Grace Leonard, 17, Denver, Colo.
  • Ella Longo, 15, Paradise, Valley, Ariz.
  • Claire Lyons, 16, Fort Lupton, Colo.
  • Grace McReynolds, 15, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Caroline Molther, 19, Parker, Colo.
  • Katie Pelzel, 16, Fort Lupton, Colo.
  • Libby Pollock, 20, Pleasant Dale, Neb.
  • Carrley Smith, 16, Boulder, Colo.
  • Carly Sweeney, 14, Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Elise Vandamme, 17, Bountiful, Utah
  • Sophia Vaughan, 13, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Emily Clemens, Grace Gallagher, Katie Pelzel and Libby Pollock were awarded grants from the USHJA Zone 6 and Zone 8 Committees to attend the session. The Zone EAP Grant program is supported in part by the USHJA Foundation.
Rosenthal, an accomplished and respected rider, trainer and USEF R-rated judge in both Hunter and Hunter/Jumping Seat Equitation, will lead the mounted instruction, while Snyder, an experienced international stable manager, will lead the instruction in the barn.
EAP Regional Training Sessions are held over five days with athletes participating in mounted flatwork, gymnastics exercises and coursework, as well as intensive stable management lessons. Athletes at the Colorado session will participate in a sport psychology session with Rosenthal and have an opportunity to learn from Littleton Equine's Dr. Will French, DVM, about alternative and integrative therapies. Auditing at the Colorado session is available for $50 a day. To reserve an auditing spot, contact Vivien Van Buren at (303) 883-6560 or
The EAP Committee will select 16 riders and several stable managers from the EAP Regional Training Sessions to attend the 2017 EAP National Training Session November 9-12 at the George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center at  Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, where they will learn from Olympian Peter Wylde and stable manager Anne Thornbury. 
The USHJA extends its gratitude to 2017 EAP Regional Training Session hosts Cazenovia College Equine Education Center, Centenary University Equestrian Center, Colorado Horse Park, Georgia International Horse Park, Great Southwest Equestrian Center, Los Angeles Equestrian Center, Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center, Sonoma Horse Park, Virginia Horse Center and World Equestrian Center as well as to National Training Session host George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center at Lake Erie College.
The Emerging Athletes Program is supported in part by a generous grant from  US Equestrian, as well as individual donors through the  USHJA Foundation. For more information, please visit

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