EA21 2023 Rider Application 2023


The purpose of the USEA Emerging Athletes U21 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. The intention is to provide young athletes with access to an added level of horsemanship and riding skills in order to further their training and skill development with greater consistency.

Athletes who meet the requirements are encouraged to apply. Athletes may also be talent spotted; however, there is no guarantee that an athlete will be talent spotted.

  • Applicants should be 21 years or younger per FEI standards
  • Applicants must be a US Citizen
  • Applicants must be current and active members of their Area Young Riders Program
  • Applicants must be established at the Training level or higher (minimum of 4 MER’s at the Training level or higher)

The same five venues that hosted the regional clinics in 2022 have been selected to host the EA21 Regional Clinics again in 2023, but some venues have switched to earlier dates to avoid the late summer heat. There will once again be two East Coast clinics, two West Coast clinics, and one central clinic:

  • Central Clinic – Holly Hill Farm (Benton, La.) on Saturday-Sunday, June 10-11
  • East I Clinic – Morven Park International Equestrian Center (Leesburg, Va.) on Tuesday-Wednesday, June 27-28
  • East II Clinic – Stable View Farm (Aiken, S.C.) on Tuesday-Wednesday, July 25-26
  • West I Clinic – Twin Rivers Ranch (Paso Robles, Calif.) on Tuesday-Wednesday, June 27-28, and
  • West II Clinic – Aspen Farms (Yelm, Wash.) Tuesday-Wednesday, July 11-12

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.

Each regional EA21 clinic will have a maximum capacity of 12 riders, and a wait list will be put together for each clinic. Athletes participating in the Regional Clinics will be evaluated by a newly elected staff of ECP certified coaches and talent spotters through the USEA and USEF.  Upon completion of the regional clinics, the goal is to select 12 individuals to participate in a National Winter Training Camp with David O’Connor to be held in Ocala, Florida during the 2024 Winter Season.

Selection Criteria:

  • Competitiveness and desire to continue in the sport
  • Ability and effectiveness in Dressage, Cross Country, Show Jumping
  • Demonstration of horse welfare, stable management, general veterinary knowledge
  • Willingness to learn from coaches, trainers, and peers
  • Good sportsmanship and an ability to be a “team player”
  • Ability to progress through the performance pathway
  • Evidence of an effective work ethic

Selection Process:

  • Each Regional Clinic will host 12 invited participants.
  • Athletes will be chosen by the designated selectors in their Area of membership.
  • An applicant residing out of their Area can apply for any clinic and will be chosen by selectors from their Area of membership.
  • In the event of an overflow for a clinic, qualified candidates may be invited to attend one of the other regional clinics.
  • Applications are due by March 15, 2023
  • Notification of invitation will be announced by April 15, 2023.