LEXINGTON, Va. — Several local young riders participated in the 2018 Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Regional Training Session.

Carly Stirewalt, 19, New Paltz, N.Y. and Martha Wyatt-Luth, 14, Chatham, N.J. were chosen to participate at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.,July 16 to 21.

Clinicians Geoff Teall and Colleen Reed led riders through the five-day session that encompassed both mounted and unmounted instruction, and Teall's mounted sessions were available to the public for free auditing.

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Another  Regional Training Session was held July 8 to 12 at Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center in South Hadley, Mass.

Clinicians Karen Healey and Nanci Snyder led the session.

Invitees included Maura Cherny, 19, Cazenovia, N.Y.; Emmie Esplin, 11, Diana, N.Y.; Madeline Rideout, 16, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Leah Samouhos, 25, Pittstown, N.J.; Brynley Smith, 16, South Otselic, N.Y.; Casey Van Nostrand, 13, Schenectady, N.Y.

Sessions are held over five days with athletes participating in mounted flatwork, gymnastics exercises and coursework as well as intensive stable management lessons. Athletes also spend time auditing and hearing presentations from guest speakers at the sessions.

Following the Regional Training Sessions, 16 of the Regional Training Session participants and a select number of stable managers will be invited to attend the National Training Session Nov. 8-11 at University of Findlay in Ohio. Riders participating in the 3-foot section are not eligible to participate in the National Training Session.

The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund supports events, organizations and programs that align with Maxwell's philanthropic priorities and values including improving the lives of children with special needs, enabling access to educational opportunities and providing care, compassion and protection to animals.

The Emerging Athletes Program is also supported in part by a grant from US Equestrian, as well as individual donors through the USHJA Foundation.

For more information, please visit www.ushja.org/EAP .

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