Olympic Gold Medalist Joe Fargis has long been involved with the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program, serving as clinician at various EAP Regional Training Sessions since the program's inception. Credit: Jump Media/USHJA
Fargis, along with renowned stable management clinician Anne Thornbury, will guide 16 riders and a select number of stable managers through four days of intense training, after which one champion will be crowned based on his or her performance in the arena, in a written test and in the barn.
Fargis's list of accolades is tremendous, having first represented the United States in 1970. He is best known for his double Gold Medal performance at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games riding Touch of Class, where he became only the second American Show Jumping athlete to win an Olympic individual Gold Medal, while leading the U.S. to the team Gold as well. He rode Touch of Class to an Olympic record that year by jumping 90 out of 91 obstacles clear.
Adding a third Olympic medal to his collection, earning team Silver at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea, Fargis would go on to ride for the U.S. on more than 30 Nations Cup teams. He was also a member of the Gold Medal team at the 1975 Pan American Games in Mexico City, and the fourth place team at the 1990 World Championships held as part of the initial World Equestrian Games in Stockholm, Sweden.
Fargis's string of grand prix wins is equally impressive as his international success. Fargis has been awarded the USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award and the USEF Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding equestrian career. R
espected and admired by the full spectrum of the show jumping world as a rider and instructor, Fargis continues to be a favorite at every event he attends.
Joining Fargis as lead stable management clinician is Anne Thornbury. Known for her background in equine care and rehabilitation, Thornbury will oversee the athletes in the area of stable management, and instruct athletes on stable management topics including first aid, conditioning, rehabilitation and more.
holds a Veterinary Technician degree from Purdue University and a Certified Equine Practitioner Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She has extensive experience in equine rehabilitation and conditioning and has served as the lead stable management clinician at multiple Regional Training Sessions and at every
The 2018 EAP National Training Session will return to
The University of Findlay
, host of the 2013 and 2014 National Training Sessions, at the James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex. The 32-acre farm houses the English Equestrian Studies Program, several classrooms and an indoor arena in which the National Training Session will be held. The school is also offering horses on which the EAP riders will compete. Anyone may audit the mounted sessions for free.
EAP finalists are closely observed and evaluated during all phases of the four-day National Training Session, including flat work, gymnastics, related distances and course work, an intensive stable-management curriculum, and through a written test that gauges the horsemanship knowledge each finalist has gained throughout the year.
The EAP National Training Session concludes with a two-round Nations Cup-style competition, where riders are placed on teams of four to compete head-to-head. This team format offers the riders an opportunity to showcase their riding skills as well as their ability to perform under pressure. One rider will be named the overall USHJA EAP National Champion and will be awarded a $3,000 grant to be applied toward the cost of advanced training, as well as a variety of additional products and gifts from USHJA sponsors.
Two EAP finalists will each receive a coveted riding spot at a USHJA Gold Star Clinic of their choice, and a select number of participants in the EAP National Training Session will be chosen to serve as stable managers during the Gold Star Clinics. Introduced last year, three USHJA Gold Star Clinics will be held this year on the East Coast at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, Dec. 26-30, 2018, on the West Coast at the HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, Calif., Jan. 16-20, 2019, and new this year, a centrally located Gold Star Clinic at the World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio, April 16-20, 2019. Part of the
USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Program
, these clinics offer horsemanship, stable management, mounted instruction and additional education from top clinicians and athletes. Sport leadership will track these riders' accomplishments as they advance through the sport and look for opportunities to support their efforts with education along the way.
The Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals, presented by
The Plaid Horse
, will once again be held concurrently with EAP National Training Session.
For more information on the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session, visit
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USHJA extends special thanks to title sponsor Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund and to host University of Findlay. The Emerging Athletes Program and the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge are supported in part by a generous grant from
, as well as individual donors through the