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.”
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
Show Office: 630-497-1770 (during show)
DAY SECRETARY: Deborah Heier 920-819-2891
VETERINARIAN: Dr. Joan McArthur DVM
USEF TEAM VETERINARIAN: Dr. Stacey Kent VMD
FARRIER: Archie Linn
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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