Clive Milkins works with U.S. riders. Photos (C) Lindsay Y. McCall.
Lyman, Maine – August 18, 2015 – Para-Equestrian Dressage riders are looking forward to Carlisle Academy’s Para-Equestrian Pipeline Training Camp scheduled August 25-28, 2015. Carlisle Academy in Lyman, Maine, a Premier Accredited PATH Center and national leader in grassroots development for para-equestrian sports, has been the educational link for developing athletes and coaches. Experienced international para-equestrian clinicians, therapists, and coaches with their riders will congregate for training and education primarily focused on para-dressage. Carlisle along with the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) have been developing hands on workshops that address areas, such as: training tips, adaptive equipment needs and type of horses needed for high performance competition. Carlisle Charitable Foundation, an independently governed 501(c)(3) organization and the Academy’s philanthropic partner, supports para-equestrians who participate in Carlisle’s camps and clinics. In addition, USPEA 501(c)(3) is offering tuition reimbursement grants of $250 to those that participate in all three riding days of the Para-Dressage Camp. If a rider only participates in one day, he or she may apply for a $75 tuition reimbursement grant. Riders at the August Camp include: Alanna Flax-Clark, Calif.; Deborah Stanitski, S.C.; Marsha Cullen, Okla.; Sarah Lewis, N.C.; Rachel Kennelly, Va.; Susan Epstein, Utah; and Suzanne Ament, Va. Trainers include Marci Bender, Utah; Lehua Custer, Calif.; and Carole Laulis, Md.
Sarah Armentrout, Head of School at Carlisle Academy, noted, “We are delighted to once again offer 5* Olympic and Paralympic Judge Hanneke Gerritsen from Holland and International Para-Dressage Coach Clive Milkins from the U.K. Each will teach daily mounted lessons to both riders and coaches and offer their particular areas of expertise in several presentations including a musical freestyle primer, athlete development plan, and adaptive equipment information. Additional workshops and lectures will feature New FEI Classification Rules, Introduction to Para-Dressage Competition, Video Review of Para-Dressage Tests, and Coaches’ & Parents’ Forums. Hope Hand of the USPEA will be present to share information on the emerging para-equestrian disciplines as well as regional and national competitive opportunities within the U.S.”
The Unites States Equestrian Team Foundation will generously host the “Ride to Rio” Banquet Dinner, on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the Nonantum Resort, where Bonnie Jenkins and Sara Ike of USET will join Keynote Speaker Tina Wentz in sharing the inspiration behind the Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge Fund.
The focus in these camps is on the grassroots pipeline programs. Carlisle Academy’s Para Pipeline Camps are recommended by the United States Equestrian Federation and the United States Para-Equestrian Association for rider and coach development. Continuing Education Units are available to all coaches who complete the 4-day Camp towards a Para-Equestrian Coaching Certificate Program (in development).
President of the USPEA, Hope Hand, noted, “The Carlisle Training Camps provide our developing athletes the opportunity to experience what it takes to get ready for the competition arena. USPEA and USEF recommend and support Carlisle’s progressive program tracks that encompasses all aspects of the physical and mental components in becoming successful in reaching one’s equestrian goals. For the athlete or the professional that wants to learn more about the equestrian para sports or become a member of our training and coaching staff, Carlisle along with the USPEA and the USEF have been developing hands-on workshops that address areas, such as: training tips, adaptive equipment needs and type of horses that are suitable for each grade. These camps are a wonderful opportunity for the Para Equestrian enthusiasts to learn from the experts.”
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Sarah Armentrout at email@example.com or by phone at 207-985-0374. Please return registration forms to Carlisle Academy, Attn: Sarah Armentrout via email, fax, or postal service.
Carlisle Academy’s Para-Equestrian Pipeline Training Camp
August 25-28, 2015 – Carlisle Academy’s Para-Equestrian Pipeline Training Camp scheduled
August 26, 2015 – Banquet Dinner at the Nonantum Resort
August 26, 2015 at 12:30 PM – Veteran Information session
$250 “Zoe Fund” Tuition Support
The Carlisle Charitable Foundation, an independently governed 501(c)(3) organization and the Academy’s philanthropic partner, supports para-equestrians who participate in Carlisle’s camps and clinics. A scholarship funding request can be made through the “Zoe Fund” of Carlisle Charitable Foundation. More information is available at www.carlislecharitablefoundation.org. (207-467-3242).
$250 USPEA Tuition Reimbursement
The United States Para-Equestrian Association 501 (c)(3) is providing $250 Tuition Reimbursement for Para-Dressage participants in both the Carlisle Academy’s Para-Equestrian Pipeline Training Camp and the USEF High Performance West Coast Para Equestrian Dressage Symposium Develop the Coach Program for Coaches and Selected High Performance Riders. The grant of $250 at the Carlisle Academy’s Para-Equestrian Pipeline Training Camp is for those that participate in all three riding days of the Para-Dressage Camp. If a rider only participates in one day, he or she may apply for a $75 tuition reimbursement grant. Please contact President Hope Hand at Hope@uspea.org for more information.
For more information about Carlisle Academy’s Para-Equestrian Pipeline Training Camp, please contact Carlisle Academy Head of School, Sarah Armentrout at 207-985-0374, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eligibility requirements and more information on the various para-equestrian disciplines can be found at the United States Para Equestrian Association (www.USPEA.org), the United States Equestrian Federation (www.usef.org), and the Fédération Equestre Internationale (www.FEI.org).
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 Fédération 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.