|Gurnee, IL, November 19 – Stephen Foran impressed the clinicians and judges during the USHJA Emerging Athletes National Training Session, presented by Dover Saddlery, November 15 through 18, and earned top honors.|
After the Nations Cup concluded the final day, four riders were asked to contest the jump-off course as a final ride-off for the placings—Foran, Ana Forssell, Ashlyn Matheus and Katie Lynch. Each rider received an unfamiliar horse from among those in the pool and had a short warm-up before tackling the course, where they were judged on their skill, style, adaptability and promptness.
"I was incredibly impressed with virtually everything Stephen did in the ring and in the stable," said show jumping Olympic gold medalist and lead clinician Peter Wylde. "He was a convincing winner from start to finish."
Foran’s all-around performance—from riding to horsemanship to horse care—resulted not only in the victory but also garnered him a place at the George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session in Wellington, Florida, in January.
"I’m so thankful and so excited. I’m still pinching myself," said Foran. "I can’t believe it. What I think I learned most [from this weekend] is what hard work and desire can really do.
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