Mundelein, IL, November 22 – Jacob Pope’s all-around performance—from riding to horsemanship to horse care—made a big impression during the third annual USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session, presented by Dover Saddlery.
“Jacob has the whole package,” said show jumping Olympic gold medalist and lead clinician Peter Wylde. “We all were impressed with every aspect of Jacob on every day. I look at Jacob as someone who has a future as a rider in the sport, as well as a horseman.”
Pope, 16, of Columbia, MD, is a junior at McDonogh School and trains with Streett Moore. He garnered top honors over 11 other finalists during the National Training Session, held November 17-20 at Country Ridge Stables outside of Chicago.
In addition to impressing Wylde with his riding skills, Pope displayed his stable management knowledge to clinicians Jennifer Alfano and Sally Ike and his horsemanship abilities to natural horsemanship trainer Mindy Bower.
“We all felt strongly that he’s exactly what we’re looking for. He’s the ideal, in a way—someone who has a big future and needs some doors opened, and we spotted his raw talent and want to help,” added Wylde.