Two Madeira riders chosen for USHJA Emerging Athletes Program

May 30, 2013
Left to right: Hannah on "The Gentleman" and Maddie on "Verreaux"

Maddie Edwards '14 and Hanna Powers '15 have been accepted into the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Emerging Athletes Program. This is a very selective national program to which young riders must apply and be selected. The program “furthers riders’ education, as they strive to become knowledgeable horsemen within the hunter/jumper community.”

As part of EAP, Maddie and Hannah will participate in one of the 10, four-day regional clinics offered this summer. There they will work with top clinicians and learn from some of the nation’s leading stable managers. Participants are instructed on flatwork, gymnastics, related distances, and coursework. Stable-management curriculum, which focuses on proper care and grooming, horsemanship skills, and barn management, is taught at the regional clinics as well.

Participants complete a written test to evaluate for the national training session – an invitation-only clinic offered to just 16 riders. These riders are selected to attend the national training session based on the written test and potential shown during the regional clinics.

We congratulate Maddie and Hannah and wish them luck at the EAP regional clinics.

(Photo: Hanna Powers and "The Gentleman" owned by Meg Hammock, left;Maddie Edwards and her horse "Verreaux," right)