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Insights from the Eventing 25 Winter Training Sessions

Listen in to this week's USEA Podcast to hear from Amanda Beale Clement, Sophie Click, and Jacob Fletcher, all members of the USEF Eventing 25 Program List who attended the winter training sessions in Ocala, Florida, January 8-11. 

First up is Amanda Beale Clement, who attended the training sessions with Canny Calypso, an 8-year-old Westphalian/Trakehner gelding. Normally based at her mother Susie Beale's Cairn O'Mount Stables South in Aiken during the winter, Amanda is currently in Tampa, Florida for some intensive dressage training with her grandfather, Jeremey Beale. Amanda discusses what she was looking to get out of the sessions, her training philosophy, how she’s developed as a rider, the season ahead, and her long-term goals for the future.

Next, we hear from Washington state native Sophie Click who is currently based out of Bridle Creek in Aiken with Lillian Heard. Sophie brought two horses with her from Washington; the 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, Fernhill Rising, and the 15-year-old Paint gelding, Hot Wheels. She talks about her expectations for the training sessions, what specific aspects she worked on, how she’s planning to implement the tools she picked up at the sessions, and her plans for the 2018 show season.

Finally, three-time Eventing 25 Training List member Jacob Fletcher of North Little Rock, Arkansas returns to the show to share what he planned to focus on in the training sessions with his two horses, 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, Van Gough, and 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, Atlantic Domino. Jacob shares what he worked on with each horse in the sessions, what it’s like to work with USEF Developing Rider Coach Leslie Law, his biggest takeaways from the sessions, and his priorities moving forward.

Erin Sylvester: 2017 Rebecca Broussard International Developing Rider Grant Winner

Get to know Erin Sylvester, winner of the 2017 Rebecca Broussard International Developing Rider Grant. Sylvester joins us on the program this week to talk about her plans for the upcoming season, both for her upper level partners Mettraise, Paddy the Caddy, and Campground, as well as her 4- and 5-year-old youngsters. She also discusses her plans for how she’ll put the grant money to good use, her previous experience overseas with her longtime partner No Boundaries, and what she looks for in an eventing prospect. Plus, get a tip from Sylvester on how to make the most of this winter season with your horse!