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USHJA Announces Gold Star Clinic - West Coast Participants

Clinic offers unmounted and mounted instruction at fence heights of 1.10/1.15m, 1.20/1.25m and 1.30/1.35m
Thermal, Calif. ----- Jan. 8, 2018  ----- The United States Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to announce the athletes who will participate in the USHJA Gold Star Clinic - West, featuring lead clinician Richard Spooner, who will be supported by multiple high performance athletes and top industry professionals. The four-day intensive mounted and unmounted clinic will take place Jan. 18-21 at the HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California.
The following riders qualified to participate in this clinic either by earning an individual medal at one of the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships held earlier this year or by being accepted as a wildcard applicant:
1.10/1.15m SECTION
Name Zone Age Hometown
Kate Abajian 10 17 Ladera Ranch, Calif.
Nicole Beales 10 16 Oakland, Calif.
Maud Christal 10 12 Santa Barbara, Calif.
Emily Hartley 10 Adult Huntington Beach, Calif.
Jerra Mays 10 Adult Hemet, Calif.
Aubrie Munson 10 Adult Los Angeles, Calif.
Tanna Seltzer 10 15 Encinitas, Calif.
Marielle Zoretic 10 Adult Aliso Viejo, Calif.
1.20/1.25m SECTION      
Name Zone Age Hometown
Amelie Louise Bittar 10 13 Los Angeles, Calif.
Virginia Bonnie 10 13 San Francisco, Calif.
Clea Caddell 10 12 Carmel, Calif.
Lauren Craft 10 Amateur Fallbrook, Calif.
Amelia Enzminger 10 16 Altadena, Calif.
Kaitlyn Lovingfoss 10 15 Canyon Country, Calif.
Trent McGee 10 15 Granada Hills, Calif.
1.30/1.35m SECTION      
Name Zone Age Hometown
Alyce Bittar 10 16 Los Angeles, Calif.
Simonne Berg 10 Amateur Tiburon, Calif.
Claire Follmer 10 Amateur Westlake Village, Calif.
Maggie Kehring 10 13 Woodside, Calif.
Dylan Laiken 10 13 Pasadena, Calif.
Alexa Leong 10 12 Sacramento, Calif.
Rachel Long 9 16 Horseshoe Bend, Idaho
Sydney Luzicka 8 16 Albuquerque, N.M.
Supporting lead clinician Richard Spooner at the West Coast Clinic is a world-class line up of USEF High Performance athletes Kirsten Coe, Rich Fellers and Will Simpson who are donating their time to help educate and inspire Show Jumping's future athletes. In addition to High Performance athletes, the following top industry professionals will serve as workshop clinicians: USEF Youth Chef d'Equipe DiAnn Langer, Bill Liggett, High Performance farrier; Brenda Mueller of Marketing4Equestrians and Chicago Equestrian; Colleen Reed, expert stable manager; Tonya Johnston, equestrian mental skills coach; Martin Otto, world class course designer; and Dr. Geoff Vernon, USEF team veterinarian.
The four-day clinic will include horsemanship, stable management, mounted instruction and additional education from these top athletes and horsemen, and riders are organized into three sections based on fence heights of 1.10/1.15m, 1.20/1.25m and 1.30/1.35m. Access the  full schedule here.

This is the second of two Gold Star Clinics being offered this year. The first was held on the East Coast Dec. 27-30 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The clinics are part of the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Program, which was launched earlier this year in conjunction with the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships, to identify Jumper athletes who have the skill and desire to excel in the sport. Individual medalists from the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships received the designation of Gold Star Emerging Jumper Riders, regardless of age, and are invited, along with their coaches and parents, to attend one of these clinics.
The USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships are offered at 1.10/1.15m, 1.20/1.25m and 1.30/1.35m and provide riders with a competitive team experience and an opportunity to earn Zone Horse of the Year points in their respective jumper sections. The Championships are held by zone and consist of both team and individual competition.

The USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Program serves as the entry point for the Show Jumping Athlete Pathway, a joint USHJA-US Equestrian effort that identifies and nurtures Jumping athletes as they advance through the sport to enhance future success for Olympic and international teams representing the United States.
USHJA extends special thanks to the following individuals and organizations helping make these clinics possible: Desert Horse Park, George's Jumps, Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, LEGISequine, Omaha Equestrian Foundation, The Ridge, Mike Schultz, Tom Struzzieri, and the USHJA Foundation. This program was developed and is led by the dedicated volunteers of the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Task Force: Larry Langer, chair, Diane Carney, Missy Clark, David Distler, Marnye Langer, DiAnn Langer and Jimmy Torano.
The Gold Star Clinic - West Coast will be live streamed at, beginning Jan. 18, and both the East and West coast clinics will be available on demand at USHJA members are eligible for a 50 percent discount on their subscription when they subscribe. 

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Learn more about the Zone Jumper Team Championships at Learn more about the Emerging Jumper Rider Program at