Category Archives: Seminars

Armed Forces Day a Success

Air Force veteran Derrick Perkins with NTEC Hans. Photos by Lindsay Y. McCall.

Wylie, TX – May 23, 2014 – On May 17, 2014, the first Wounded Warrior Introductional Seminar at North Texas Equestrian Center in Wylie, TX occurred. It was Armed Forces Day, a chance to honor all those who serve or have served. This seminar was an opportunity to reach out to veterans to educate them about a Paralympic sport whose roots are deeply connected to the military. In attendance at the event were veterans and their family members, USO volunteers, Para Dressage sponsors, as well as those interested in learning more about the discipline of Para Dressage.

Kai Handt, the U.S. Paralympic Equestrian Coach and Para-Equestrian Dressage Technical Advisor/Chef d’Equipe, showcased demonstrations by Air Force Veteran Derrick Perkins on horse NTEC Hans and Para-Dressage athlete Roxanne Trunnell on her own Touché. Both Perkins and Trunnell will be competing at the 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship in Gladstone, NJ June 2-5, 2014. Trunnell will also be competing at the Selection Trials (held concurrently with the National Championship) for a spot on the U.S. Para-Dressage Team for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™.

Handt explained to those in attendance what is required to be a competitive Para Dressage rider and how veterans can qualify for the United States Olympic Committee and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veteran Assistance Program for Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes. In addition to Handt’s informative presentation, Tina Wentz, FEI Classifier and USPEA Board member, explained the FEI Para Equestrian Classification system and how to get started in Para Dressage. They also went over the history of the Paralympic movement and the dressage sport in the military.

The unique relationship between the military and the Paralympic sport began with Sir Ludwig Guttmann, known as the Father of the Paralympics. He used wheelchair sport as a way to physically and psychologically rehabilitate soldiers who had suffered spinal cord injuries in WWII. The first competition in 1948 started small with one sport but caught the eye of the Olympic organizers. Twelve years later in 1960 the first Paralympics were held with 9 sports and twenty-one countries participating.

Roxanne Trunnell and Nice Touch
Roxanne Trunnell and Nice Touch

Dressage roots go as far back as Xenophon (430-355 BC) in Greece who developed a training method for complex military movements for their cavalry horses. Later in the late 18th century and early 19th century with the shift from heavy to light cavalry, dressage was developed to keep their horses fit, agile, and ready for battle.

These two movements came together in the 1970s with the development of Para Dressage and the inclusion of this discipline into the Paralympics in 1996 in Atlanta.

For anyone interested in future Wounded Warrior Informational Seminar, Handt will host a second seminar towards the end of 2014. Handt looks forward to introducing more veterans to a discipline whose roots are deeply embedded in the military.

For more information about the United States Olympic Committee and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veteran Assistance Program for Para-Equestrian Dressage Athletes, please go to: https://www.usef.org/documents/highPerformance/paralympic/AthleticEligibilityRequirementsforVAFunding.pdf.

Written by Tina Wentz

To view an online version of this press release, please visit: http://uspea.org/category/recent-uspea-press-news/.

About United States Para-Equestrian Association:

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation board members, and equestrian enthusiasts.  The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the para-equestrian umbrella.

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport.  This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage para-equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the para-equestrian discipline.  From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved.  From local horse shows to international Olympic Games, the USPEA will provide para-equestrians the knowledge of what they need to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), and USEF which provides Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

For more information about the USPEA, please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President Hope Hand by e-mail: Wheeler966@aol.com or by phone: (610)356-6481.

North Texas Equestrian Center to Showcase Para-Equestrian Demonstrations on Armed Forces Day

U.S. Air Force veteran Derrick Perkins (Lindsay McCall)

Lexington, Ky. – In support of Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 17, Kai Handt, the U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor, will be showcasing demonstrations by Air Force veterans and other para-dressage athletes starting at 12:00 p.m. CDT at the North Texas Equestrian Center in Wylie, Texas. An introductory seminar on the exciting sport of para-equestrian dressage will be facilitated to the new members of the Wounded Warrior Project. All branches of the military and the general public are welcome to attend this informative seminar and exciting demonstration.

The location of this event is:
North Texas Equestrian Center
1765 Southview Dr.
Wylie, Texas, 75098

For more Information, please call: (972) 442-7544.

One Armed Forces veteran who has quickly arrived on the scene of the para-equestrian discipline of dressage is U.S. Air Force Veteran Derrick Perkins of Sugar Land, Texas. Perkins was injured in 1988 while on active duty resulting in a significant loss of use of all four extremities. After rehabilitation he was classified as having C7 Asia D Tetraplegia. Perkins is actively involved in several organizations including Paralyzed Veterans of America, TX Chapter, Air Force Wounded Warrior, USEF, USDF, and U.S. Equestrian Team. He is eligible for international competition as a 1A classification, allowing him a chance to represent the United States in the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and the 2016 Paralympic Games under the coaching instruction of Kai Handt.

To learn more about the para-equestrian discipline, visit: https://www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsDisciplines/discipline/allpara.aspx.

Did You Know I Gave a Clinic in the Midst of Hurricane Sandy? by Jane Savoie

Last month I taught a 4-day workshop at the USET headquarters in New Jersey right in the middle of “Frankenstorm”. I’d like to share a video from that event and mention that next Tuesday, Dec. 4, I’m going to be doing a free teleseminar to kick off an exciting “Surviving Sandy” promotion.

You can watch the video and sign up for next week’s teleseminar here: http://savoiedressageacademy.com/program/leg-yielding/.

But as far as that workshop went, my goal was simple — to give riders and teachers a clear, step-by-step system for training and problem solving.

Sometimes it seems that you need an advanced degree in rocket science just to be an effective rider, doesn’t it? Some teachers even give you the feeling that unless you’re some kind of gifted genius or have been riding since you could walk that you’ll never really get anywhere.

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Cunningham & Cunningham Founder Speaks to Veterinarians at Tufts University Seminar

Tom Cunningham, the founder of Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock, Inc., recently used his expertise in the equine insurance industry to speak at Tufts University. (Photo courtesy of JRPR)

Harriman, NY (May 15, 2012) – Tom Cunningham, the founder of Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock, Inc., recently used his expertise in the equine insurance industry to speak at Tufts University. Cunningham spoke at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, which is part of Tufts University and is the only veterinary school in New England.

Cunningham, who has been in the livestock insurance business for 39 years, presented a program to over 60 veterinarians and veterinarian students on the relationship between the veterinarian, the insurance company, insurance agent and insurance adjuster. “It was a great experience speaking to this group at Tufts. They were very receptive and we were really able to discuss the importance a veterinarian plays in helping their patients take care of paperwork so claims can be filed,” Cunningham said.

Cunningham is well respected in the livestock insurance field and has spoken at other schools, regional events and seminars, as well as at New Bolton, the University of Pennsylvania’s veterinary school. “I am the only insurance agent ever asked to contribute to the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) guidelines with respect to insurance,” he said.

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College Preparatory Invitational Competition and Seminars to Be Held at the 2012 WEF

Wellington, FL – December 22, 2011 – The College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) will be a feature event on January 13-15 during the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The second annual CPI Horse Show will be larger, allowing more riders to compete, and will include dressage classes and more educational opportunities for participants. Equestrian Sport Productions is proud to be a sponsor of the College Preparatory Invitational and looks forward to welcoming new and returning riders to this year’s event.

In addition to increasing the number of riders accepted at the CPI, organizers are also pleased to announce that the number of scholarships for the 2012 horse show has increased. A total of five scholarships will be awarded this year, rewarding the young riders on their social conduct and academic success, as well as competitive success. In total, there will be five scholarships awarded to eligible CPI participants, including: CPI Horsemanship Test Award, CPI High Point Hunt Seat Equitation Rider, CPI Essay Contest, CPI Champion of Service Award, and CPI High Point Dressage Rider.

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IHSA, ANRC, IDA and NCAA Representatives to Speak at Seminars during 2012 College Preparatory Invitational

Eddie Federwisch

Wellington, FL – December 16, 2011 – Coaches representing the four main governing bodies of collegiate riding will host seminars for the young riders at this year’s College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) Horse Show. Representatives from the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), American National Riding Commission (ANRC), Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA), and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), will all be on hand. Presenting its second annual event, the 2012 CPI will be held January 13-15 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL.

Everyone is invited to attend the seminars and meet the college coaches at this year’s CPI, not just riders entered to show. On the website, www.collegeprepinvitational.com, you can sign up by purchasing the “Seminar Only”. In addition, if you purchase the seminar only, you can also purchase the “Rider Bio” to post bios, photos and videos online for coaches to see. The “Rider Bio” can only be purchased through attending the seminars. Volunteers are also welcome at the event; please contact Heidi Lengyel at heidiL@collegeprepinvitational.com to sign up.

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Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center Hosts George H. Morris Educational Seminar

The esteemed George Morris conducted an educational seminar hosted at the Buffalo Therapeutic Center from November 11-13, 2011. Photo © Lauren Fisher

Buffalo, NY – November 18, 2011 – The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC) hosted a popular and insightful clinic this past weekend, conducted by the world renowned trainer, rider and Chef d’Equipe of the United States Show Jumping Team, George H. Morris. His experience and knowledge have been invaluable to students attending the clinic for years, working to further each rider’s skills both in the aspects of horsemanship and riding. The clinic not only acted as a learning experience for riders, but it also raised funds to continue the progressive work of the BTRC.

A renowned horseman, Morris has played a crucial role, not only in the growth of countless notorious horses and riders, but also in the development of the current equestrian sport. He has often been referred to as the “founding father” of hunt seat equitation. Second to none, his teachings, technique, and style are admired around the world. His clinics are a rare and exceptional opportunity for riders of all levels and ages to learn from the finest.

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KY Horse Council Leads Strategic Planning Session for Equine Industry

Lexington, KY, July 21, 2011 – Kentucky’s horses are often referred to as a “signature industry”, providing the Commonwealth with an identity that goes beyond state and national borders.  Horses provide Kentuckians thousands of jobs, millions in tax revenue to the Commonwealth, and hours of pleasure for Kentucky horsemen and women.

Despite the size and impact of the industry, Kentucky does not engage routinely in long-term strategic planning of initiatives to benefit all breeds and equestrian disciplines.

The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) hosts a Kentucky Equine Strategic Planning Session on September 24, 2011.  KHC seeks the involvement of all equine associations throughout the Commonwealth for this important process.

“This planning effort to develop initiatives for the benefit of all owners, riders, and breeders is something that is a natural fit for the Kentucky Horse Council”, says Anna Zinkhon, President of the KHC Board.

“The event will not only support the industry and the Commonwealth, but will also help to unify the community, which has been known to be fragmented into different interest groups.  When we all work together and speak as one voice, we are much more effective,” Zinkhon continued.

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Educational Seminars Presented by World Equestrian Brands on Leg Protection and the Influence of Tack on the Biomechanics of the Horse Wow Audiences

Jen Wright of Happy Horse Tack Shop, Peter Menet of Amerigo Saddles, and Robin Moore of World Equestrian Brands, LLC, discuss proper saddle fit and its effects on a horse’s biomechanics during the seminar. (Photo courtesy of Nicole Musmanno)

Buena Vista, VA (July 14, 2011) – Professional trainers, amateur riders, Pony Club members, veterinarians, farriers, massage therapists and a variety of other equine enthusiasts recently had the chance to learn about leg protection and therapy practices, as well as the influence tack has on the biomechanics of the horse in sport, during seminars presented by World Equestrian Brands, LLC. The US distributor of Amerigo saddles and strap goods, Amerigo Vega saddles, Vespucci, E. A. Mattes and Equilibrium products, World Equestrian Brands is a strong believer in educating horse enthusiasts of all disciplines.

“Jen Wright, owner of Happy Horse Tack Shop, organized two great seminars, one held at CSU in Fort Collins and the other at Laura Backus’ Pendragon Stud Equestrian Center near Larkspur. The participants were able to listen to lectures and then go into the barn where we used ‘live models’ to demonstrate the basics of saddle fitting. We also had demo riders that were able to show that the right saddle does make a difference to both the horse and rider,” said Robin Moore, President of World Equestrian Brands. “None of the demo riders were pre-fit, so it was totally random and really proved the point. Also, we demoed the Equilibrium Massage Pad on the horses, and hands down, the equine response was a favorable horse smile!”

Alison Sherwood Bruce, Sales Director of Equilibrium Products, spoke about the latest technology in leg protection. “Equilibrium is serious about studying the effects of heat and weight on the horse, so there was in-depth discussion of having the right materials and the right boots for the different needs and levels of protection,” Moore said. “For example, you wouldn’t use a cross-country boot to school in dressage and vice versa. She also talked about the key points that should be met in boot design: light weight, flexibility, heat management, protection from penetration and concussion, and of course dealing with water on cross-country. It was a great presentation and Alison demonstrated the different materials and functions.”

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American Horse Publications Awards Excellence in Equine Publishing Media

June 18, 2011 – San Diego, CA, welcomed American Horse Publications members to “America’s Finest City” and AHP recognized their “finest” in equine publishing media during the AHP “Hoofprints in the Sand” Seminar. The three-day conference held June 16-18 was jam-packed with educational sessions and activities, but on Saturday evening, the winners in the AHP Annual Awards Competition took center stage.

Sixty-nine American Horse Publications members were named finalists in the 2011 AHP Annual Awards Contest for material published in and dated 2010. Participation in this year’s contest represented a record-breaking 118 AHP members and 839 entries, an increase of 57 over last year. Held since 1974, the AHP Annual Awards Contest provides members with an opportunity to be recognized for excellence in equine publishing as well as professional critiques for improvement.

Always an anticipated event, the awards presentations were held Saturday, June 18, 2011, during the AHP “Hoofprints in the Sand” Seminar in San Diego. The evening began with a reception co-sponsored by Dover Saddlery and Branch Smith Printing and was followed by the Awards Banquet sponsored by Publishers Press. Breyer Animal Creations sponsored the centerpieces, and one lucky attendee at each table took a Breyer “Under the Sea” model horse home. This year’s beach-themed banquet was enhanced by elegant scenic décor produced and sponsored by Red Pony Productions, LLC and If Your Horse Could Talk.

The coveted General Excellence Award is presented to publications who fulfill their statement of purpose and show excellence in editorial content and design. Honorable mention is presented in classes with over five entries. General Excellence in the Tabloid/Newspaper category went to Quarter Horse News, a biweekly tabloid covering the cutting, reining and reined cow horse industries published by Cowboy Publishing Group. Thoroughbred Times, a national newsweekly magazine of Thoroughbred racing, claimed honorable mention.

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