January 13, 2014 -- For 2014 the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and United States Eventing Association (USEA) have revised the Eventing 18/ Advancing Athlete program. Riders wishing to participate in the program will be required to complete an application and will be observed at pre-determined eventing competitions throughout the spring and summer of 2014.
The goal of this program is to build a foundation of future horsemen and women that will hopefully go on to represent the United States. U.S. Eventing Coach David O'Connor will oversee the program and teach training camps throughout the year, which will include immersion in all facets of horsemanship.
Talent Spotters will observe applicants at USEF and USEA sanctioned competitions throughout the United States. The Talent Spotters will report to the Talent Advisors which will select the best riders to be part of the program by August 8, 2014. Training camp dates and location determined by O'Connor based on geographic location of riders.
The Talent Advisors are;
Bea di Grazia
Jan Byyny, Substitute Member
To see a list of Talent Spotters and which events have been selected to serve as observation competitions click here.
Applications for participation in the 2014 Eventing 18/Advancing Athlete program can be found accessed through the MY USEF accounts.