Day Two 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 27, 2010 – It was another beautiful day at the Lamplight Equestrian Center where the USEF Para-Dressage Selection Trials are occurring for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.  Riders and their top mounts entered the arena in front of spectators, their peers and international judges.  The three judges included Chris Porterfield (GBR), Lillian Iannone (ARG), and Carlos Lopes (POR).  Saturday was the individual competition, which will be counted alongside Friday’s team tests, and Sunday’s freestyle tests.  Consistency has been the weekend’s theme with Rebecca Hart earning the blue ribbon and the second place ribbon in the short course test, and Robin Brueckmann earning first place honors in the long course test.  Both riders earned the top ribbons in Friday’s competitions as well.

In Saturday’s long course individual test Robin Brueckmann and Raison d’Etre earned the top honors with a combined score of 66.667%. Most of the competitors Saturday had an increase in their score percentages as Brueckmann did going from Friday’s 65% to Saturday’s 66.667%.

Susan Treabess and Moneypenny

Earning the second place ribbon behind Brueckmann was Susan Treabess with her long-time mount Moneypenny.  The pair increased their scores Saturday earning a 65.054% compared to Friday’s 64.688%.

Rounding out the third position was Holly Bergay and Grand Ballerina with a score of 64.946%.  Jennifer Baker and Duel moved into fourth place, fifth was given to Mary Jordan and Paxton Abbey and sixth place went to Brueckmann and Radetzky.

Brueckmann is looking forward to the prospect of competing at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) however; she has another goal in mind this weekend. Brueckmann noted, “It is very important to me to be able to maximize the performance of my horses while at the selection trials.  It is also nice to get a clear idea of where are scores line-up under international judges prior to WEG.”

The first horse Brueckmann rode was Radetzky who was also the mount she took to Hong Kong in 2008.  “I really wanted to get Radetzky more steady and active today and I was successful in doing that,” smiled Brueckmann.  “I was very pleased with him; He is such a spectacular horse. I felt like I was on a Ferrari today, I stepped on the gas and he went.  He has super transitions and we were able to demonstrate that because the test I rode requires us to do a lot of transitions.  We got a score of 8 on our simple changes, extension and transitions.”

Brueckmann continued, “My horses have completely different temperaments and different ways of moving.  Radetzky is Trakehner, has lots of action, and has very flamboyant markings, whereas Rais thinks a lot of himself.  My function on Rais is to facilitate his showing off. He is narcissistic, has a big ego and thinks he rules the world.  With his ego aside it would be nice to qualify for WEG with him because it would be a hometown show for Rais; he was bred in Lexington, KY at Dream Time Farm.”

Rebecca Hart and Kazan

When Brueckmann is not showing she is traveling in between her home and Aiken, SC to ride her mounts.  Brueckmann could not thank Elly Schobel enough to have the opportunity to ride Raison d’Etre, who is owned by Schobel.  “Elly and I like to share and help each other during the year,” said Brueckmann. “I help her with her horses and she helps me with mine we have a great relationship.  We have been friends for a long time and it is nice to share this common goal that we both want to get to WEG.”

In Saturday’s short course test, Rebecca Hart once again did a wonderful job on her tests earning the top spot with Kazan and the second place ribbon with Norteassa.  Hart maintained her scores from Friday with Kazan earning a 68.889% overall and with Norteassa, the duo received a 67.937%.

Laura Goldman aboard Carlingford JD

In third place was Laura Goldman aboard Carlingford JD and in fourth place was Jonathon Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale.  Earning the fifth place ribbon was Wendy Fryke and Lateran and in sixth was Kim Decker and Dasher’s Destiny.

Sunday’s freestyle tests will be the last day of the USEF Para-Dressage Selection Trials for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

June 26, 2010 Results:

CLASS: 301L-USEF PARA-EQUESTRIAN INDIVIDUAL TEST (LARGE)
PLACING          ENTRY          RIDER          HORSE       JUDGE H(%)  JUDGE C(%) JUDGE B(%)  TOTAL(%)
1          704          Robin Brueckmann          Raison d’Etre    68.387        64.516       67.097             66.667
2          726          Susan Treabess          Moneypenny      64.839       62.903       67.419             65.054
3          692          Holly Bergay          Grand Ballerina  64.839       64.839     65.161             64.946
3          691          Jennifer J Baker          Duel                  66.129       62.258       58.065             62.151
5          701          Mary R. Jordan          Paxton Abbey     60.968      64.194     60.968              62.043
6          705          Robin Brueckmann          Radetzky          63.548       60.323       61.290                       61.720
700          Mary R. Jordan          Brigadier           60.968       61.613     57.419             60.000
699          Kathryn Groves          Friespruch        60.645        62.258      55.484             59.462

CLASS: 301S-USEF PARA EQUESTRIAN INDIVIDUAL TEST (SHORT)
PLACING          ENTRY          RIDER          HORSE       JUDGE H(%)   JUDGE C(%)  JUDGE B(%)TOTAL(%)
1          697          Rebecca T Hart          Kazan               69.524        73.810       63.33            68.889
2            698            Rebecca T Hart            Norteassa            69.524       69.048       65.238            67.937
3          703          Laura Goldman          Carlingford JD    62.500       66.000       71.500            66.667
4          688          Jonathon Wentz          NTEC Richter Scale  67.143   65.238       63.333            65.238
5          690          Wendy L Fryke          Lateran            67.667        66.000       60.333            64.667
6          725          Kim Decker          Dashers Destiny 60.500        58.000       61.500            60.000
702          Kim J Jones          Fascination        60.952        60.476       54.286           58.571
695          Erin Alberda          Delectari          60.667        57.667       57.333            58.556
689          Barbara Grassmyer Mibis              59.000        57.000       57.667             57.889
693          Wendy Shugol          Statesmans Larissa 56.500   62.000      52.000            56.833
694          Wendy Shugol          Statesmans Audacious  56.000  55.500   56.000           55.833
687          Jonathon Wentz          Contigo            54.762        57.619      52.381            54.921
686          Elizabeth Pigott          Mr. Darcy          50.476       50.000      49.048            49.841

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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