Polk County High student Emma Gurley rides in the 2019 Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show (photo courtesy Emma Gurley)

Polk County High School graduate Emma Gurley is one of 16 athletes nationwide selected to participate in the 12th annual Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session.

This year’s session will be held at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio, November 10-13, and led by Olympic show jumper Peter Wylde and stable management expert Colleen Reed.

Riders at the National Training Session will vie for the title of Champion and a $3,000 grant to be applied toward the cost of advanced training based on their performance in the riding and stable management sessions throughout the week.

Gurley is currently a sophomore at Emory & Henry College, where she is a member of the IHSA Equestrian team.