Scottsdale teen selected for regional equestrian training

Madeline James with Anne K. (submitted photo)

Madeline James with Anne Kursinski. (submitted photo)

Athletes assembled at Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, Calif., for the July 13-17 EAP Regional Training Session, presented by Dover Saddlery, with clinician Anne Kursinski and stable manager Anne Thornbury.

Twenty-four athletes were selected to participate in the regional training session, including 19-year-old Scottsdale resident Madeline James.

Athletes learned from Ms. Kursinski, a five-time Olympian who has also participated on numerous Nations’ Cup and World Equestrian Games teams, as well as Thornbury, a Veterinary Technician, Certified Equine Practitioner, and owner of Equisports Inc. Midwest Equine Rehabilitation and Conditioning Center.

The session consisted of five days of intensive stable management and mounted instruction, according to a press release. Athletes ride a horse they bring, and after all of the sessions are complete, 16 regional training session riders were selected to participate in the 2016 National Training Session with Olympian Peter Wylde.

The final USHJA EAP Regional Training Session of the summer will be Aug. 2-6 in Parker, Colo.

The Emerging Athletes Program is supported in part by a generous grant from the United States Equestrian Federation, as well as individual donors through the USHJA Foundation. For more information, visit

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