Day One of USEF Para-Dressage Selection Trials for 2010 Alltech FEI WEG Concludes

Robin Brueckmann and Raison D"Etre. Photos © 2010 Lindsay McCall/PMG.

Wayne, IL – June 26, 2010 – Sunshine covered the splendid Lamplight Equestrian Center on Friday as the USEF Para-Dressage Selection Trials for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games commenced.  The day began at 12:30 PM with top Para-Equestrians competing for the ten spots on the USEF Para-Dressage Team.  This was the first of three days that the qualified riders were able to showcase their top skills, great horses, and a chance to be in front of international judges.  The three judges were Chris Porterfield (GBR), Lillian Iannone (ARG), and Carlos Lopes (POR).  Over the three days of competition each day will count towards their total score to qualify for the World Equestrian Games.

In today’s short course team test, Rebecca Hart earned both the first place and second place ribbons.  Hart rode her trusty gelding Norteassa to the blue earning a 69.048 % overall.  Hart also earned the second place ribbon with Kazan earning a 68.889% overall.

Hart commented, “Today went really well with both Norteassa and Kazan.  It was a great feeling; I went in there and both horses felt great and were consistent.”

Hart has been riding Norteassa for about eight years and had great success during the 2008 Paralympics in Hong Kong and she is looking forward to this weekend’s competition.

“Norteassa has been my long term partner and we have had Kazan for about three months,” noted Hart.  “Our last big competition was the WindReach International Para-Dressage CPEDI3* and I am still figuring out Kazan and my partnership.”

Hart’s coach and trainer is the Chef d’Equipe of the Para-Dressage team for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Missy Ransehousen.  “I love working with Missy,” smiled Hart.  “She is really great at working not only with me but with a new horse and trying to figure out the different cues that the horse may react to.  Sometimes the able-bodied cues do not work and Missy is great at adjusting the new horse.”

Rebecca Hart and Norteassa

Hart added, “I am very excited to be here this weekend in front of the international judges and to gain more experience on an international stage.  I am also excited for the United States Para-Equestrians because this is such a big year for us.”

In today’s Large course team test, Robin Brueckmann earned the top score of 65% and took home the blue ribbon with Raison D”Etre. The pair successfully completed their dressage test finishing with the top score in the large ring.

Saturday’s competition continues with the USEF Para Equestrian Individual Tests both long and short.  Sunday, June 27, 2010, is the last day of the selection trials and will consist of the USEF Para Equestrian Freestyle tests.

June 25, 2010 Results:

CLASS: 300L-USEF PARA-EQUESTRIAN TEAM TEST (LARGE)
PLACING          ENTRY          RIDER          HORSE       JUDGE H(%)  JUDGE C(%) JUDGE B(%)  TOTAL(%)
1          704          Robin Brueckmann          Raison D”Etre    6406.30%   65            65.938             65
2          726          Susan Treabess          Moneypenny      64.375       64.688       65                       64.688
3          691          Jennifer J Baker          Duel                 62.813       62.188       66.25                       63.75
4          692          Holly Bergay          Grand Ballerina  62.188       61.563     66.563                       63.438
5          701          Mary R. Jordan          Paxton Abbey     60                     62.5                  62.5                           61.667
6          705          Robin Brueckmann          Radetzky          61.875        59.688      63.125                       61.563
699          Kathryn Groves          Friespruch        60.625        56.563      63.125             60.104
700          Mary R. Jordan          Brigadier           52.5           58.438     60.625             57.188

CLASS: 300S-USEF PARA EQUESTRIAN TEAM TEST (SHORT)
PLACING          ENTRY          RIDER          HORSE       JUDGE H(%)   JUDGE C(%)  JUDGE B(%)TOTAL(%)
1          698          Rebecca T Hart          Norteassa            70                     67.143        70                      69.048
2          697          Rebecca T Hart          Kazan               71.905        64.762       70                 68.889
3          703          Laura Goldman          Carlingford JD    64.118       61.765       72.353            66.078
4          688          Jonathon Wentz          NTEC Richter Scale  64.762  57.619        67.143           63.175
5          690          Wendy L Fryke          Lateran            61.111        63.333      63.704            62.716
6          725          Kim Decker          Dashers Destiny 65.294        60                  60.588            61.961
695          Erin Alberda          Delectari          58.519         59.63       62.593            60.247
689          Barbara Grassmyer Mibis               58.519        56.667      64.444            59.877
687          Jonathon Wentz          Contigo            60.476        56.667      55.714             57.619
686          Elizabeth Pigott          Mr. Darcy          57.619       59.048      54.286            56.984
702          Kim J Jones          Fascination       57.143        53.333       60                  56.825
693          Wendy Shugol          Statesmans Larissa 54.118   49.412     55.882            53.137
694          Wendy Shugol          Statesmans Audacious          0          0          0

FAST FACTS: USEF Para-Dressage Selection Trials for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

WHAT: The United States Equestrian Federation Para-Dressage Selection Trials for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.  Fifteen Para-Equestrian athletes have scores that will allow them to compete at the Selection Trials.  Out of those 15, ten of the riders will be selected for WEG.  Out of the ten riders, four will make the team, and six will ride as individuals.

WHERE: Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL

WHEN: June 24-27, 2010

JUDGES: Chris Porterfield (GBR), Lillian Iannone (ARG), Carlos Lopes (POR)

Chef d’Equipe of the Para-Dressage team at WEG: Missy Ransehousen

MANAGER: Lloyd Landkamer
Phone: 612-290-8523
E-Mail: DressageShowInfo@aol.com
Show Office: 630-497-1770 (during show)
Fax: 763-420-7051

DAY SECRETARY: Deborah Heier 920-819-2891

VETERINARIAN: Dr. Joan McArthur DVM
Phone: 630-202-1692

USEF TEAM VETERINARIAN: Dr. Stacey Kent VMD

FARRIER: Archie Linn
Phone: 815-378-7222

TECHNICAL DELEGATE: Nena Denam

About the United States Para-Equestrian Association:

The USPEA includes every equestrian discipline that is practiced by athletes with physical disabilities.  Each rider or driver competes under the eighth discipline, The Para-Equestrian discipline, of the United States Equestrian Federation.  This year, at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the Para-Equestrian discipline will make history.  The USEF High Performance Para-Equestrian Dressage team will compete as an FEI sport for the first time at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games held in Lexington, KY.

The USPEA provides programs, clinics, and competition opportunities for athletes with physical disabilities.  Riders compete under the USEF rules during their competitions and many of the athletes compete at the highest level of their sport.

For more information about the USPEA or for donation opportunities, please contact Hope Hand, President of the USPEA, email Wheeler966@aol.com or by phone: (610)356-6481.

To view online information about the USPEA please visit http://www.USPEA.org.

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