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Objective: Athlete-focused talent identification, development and talent confirmation program for athletes 25 and under.

Target: Aim to provide fundamental skills necessary for future team athletes and athletes focused on reaching Elite status.


  • Annual selection with a retention review each year.
  • Maximum of four years in the program; expectation athletes progress to the Development program by age 25 or within four years.

Criteria for Emerging Athlete Program

  • An MER at a CCI3*-L or talent spotted by the Performance Advisory Team
  • Additional results at the CCI3*-L level.
  • Application review evaluating potential talent, work ethic and commitment to the program.
  • Mounted evaluation and interview at in-person assessment session


Press Releases:

US Equestrian Announces Athletes for the 2021 Eventing Emerging Athlete Program List


Questions? Contact Christina Vaughn at [email protected].

Forms and Publications

2021 USEF Eventing Emerging Athlete Participants

The list of the athletes selected to participate in the 2021 USEF Eventing Emerging Athlete Program.