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%.
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.”
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%.
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
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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