Tag Archives: Sydney Collier

Sydney Collier and Western Rose Place 7th in Grade 1B Individual at Rio Paralympics

Sydney Collier and Western Rose – photo by Lindsay Y. McCall.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – September 14, 2016 – The 2016 Rio Paralympic Equestrian competition continued Wednesday at the Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Center with the Grade 1B division riding their Individual Championship Test for a chance at a medal. The youngest rider in the Rio Equestrian Paralympics, Sydney Collier of Ann Arbor, MI, and Wesley Dunham’s Western Rose improved on their Team Test placing ending up 7th with a 67.665%. Collier commented, “I am so happy and proud of my ride today. I can’t stop smiling. My mare Rosie was a superstar and we had a top 7 finish. Seeing my name up on the jumbotron made me so emotional and I can’t wait to see what amazing things I have coming up in my future. Overall it’s just an honor to be here in Rio competing with the best of the best and representing our country.”

Winning the Gold Medal in Grade Ib was Austria’s Pepo Puch riding Fontainenoir to a score of 75.103%. In Silver Medal position was Great Britain’s individual rider Lee Pearson riding Zion for a score of 74.103%. In the Bronze Medal position was Denmark’s Stinna Kaastrup riding Smarties to a score of 73.897%.

Thursday we have three riders riding for the individual championship – Rebecca Hart up first riding the Grade II test at 9:54 AM. In the Grade IA division we have at Margaret McIntosh at 3:23 PM and Roxanne Trunnell at 4:22 PM.

The 2016 Paralympic Equestrian Games continue at the Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Center.

The Equestrian competition runs through September 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

For more information about the U.S. Paralympic Equestrian Team, please visit United States Equestrian Federation at www.USEF.org, the United States Equestrian Team Foundation at www.USET.org, or Team USA at www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Sports/Equestrian.

For more information about the 2016 Paralympic Equestrian competition, please visit www.rio2016.com/en/paralympics/equestrian.

By: Eleanor R. Brimmer

For more information about the USPEA, please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President Hope Hand by e-mail: hope@uspea.org or by phone: (610)356-6481.

US Paralympic Equestrian Team Fit and Ready for Competition in Rio

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Equestrian competition at the Rio Paralympic Games got underway at the Deodoro Equestrian Center Saturday with the horse inspection. A total of 76 athlete-and-horse combinations representing 29 countries, including 14 in the team competition, are set to compete over the course of the week for Paralympic medals and national pride. The U.S. will be represented by the team of Sydney Collier, Rebecca Hart, Margaret McIntosh, and Angela Peavy. Roxanne Trunnell will represent the U.S. in Individual competition. The U.S. squad is led by U.S. Para-Dressage Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt.

The U.S. athletes will compete as follows:

Sunday, September 11

Pathfinding for the U.S. will be Grade III athlete and first-time Paralympian Peavy (Avon, Conn. and Wellington, Fla.) riding Heather Blitz and Rebecca Reno’s Lancelot Warrior, a 2002 Hanoverian gelding. Peavy was the 2016 and 2015 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage High Performance Division Reserve National Champion. She and Lancelot Warrior were Team Gold medalists and Grade III Individual Champions at the Wellington CPEDI3* in January.

Grade Ib athletes will perform their Team tests Sunday afternoon. Representing the U.S. will be the youngest athlete in the field, Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.), competing in her first Paralympics with Wesley Dunham’s 2003 Oldenburg mare, Western Rose. The pair began the year with strong placings at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and went on to become the 2016 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage High Performance Division National Champions in June.

Monday, September 12

In Grade Ia, the U.S. team will see Margaret “Gigi” McIntosh (Reading, Pa.) and her longtime partner, Rio Rio, a 2006 Rheinland mare. Though Rio will mark the pair’s first team appearance in a Paralympic Games or World Championships, they have had consistent top results over the past three years. During this year’s winter season in Wellington, Fla., they posted five wins in Grade Ia CPEDI3* competition, including as members of the Gold medal-winning U.S. Team.

Also riding in the Grade Ia will be individual Trunnell (Rowlett, Texas) in her Paralympic debut, aboard Royal Dancer, Julia Handt’s 2005 Westphalian gelding. The pair has been competing at the international level together since early 2015 and have always placed within the top four. They were a part of the U.S. Team that clinched the Team Gold medal at the Wellington CPEDI3* in January.

Tuesday, September 13

Anchoring the U.S. Team will be two-time Paralympian Hart (Wellington, Fla,) with her own Schroeters Romani, a 2002 Danish Warmblood mare. Competing as a Grade II athlete, Hart won in all of her outings with Schroeters Romani during the winter season, also contributing to the Gold medal-win for the U.S. Team at the Wellington CPEDI3*.

Team medals will be awarded on Friday based on the top three scores from each team in both the Team and Individual tests. Individual tests begin on Tuesday with Grade III on Tuesday and continue Wednesday with Grades IV and Ib, and Thursday with Grades II and Ia. Medals will be awarded for the Individual tests. Freestyle tests take place on Friday with another set of medals being awarded to each grade.

From the USEF Communications Department

Collier and Western Rose Earn USEF Para-Dressage High Perf. Division National Championship

Sydney Collier and Western Rose. Photos by Erich Linder.

Grass Lake, Michigan – June 6, 2016 – Like a movie ending moment, Grade Ib rider Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Western Rose, owned by Wes Dunham, garnered the 2016 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage High Performance Division National Championship Sponsored by Deloitte. The duo maintained consistent scores over the weekend earning a final FEI Freestyle score of 73.167%. Grade III rider Annie Peavy (Avon, Conn.) and Lancelot Warrior, owned by Rebecca Reno and Heather Blitz, scored the highest freestyle of the day on Sunday at the Waterloo Hunt Club show grounds with a 75.833%. Peavy’s final score placed her as Reserve Champion of the 2016 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage High Performance Division National Championship. In the National division, Grade III athlete Pam Hardin (Evans, Ga.) and Quaterjack, owned by Hardin, Kara Hardin, Kasey Hardin, and Rachel Bryant, finished as the 2016 National Division Champion. Grade Ib rider Laurietta Oakleaf (Malvern, Pa.) and Niekele fan Busenitz, owned by Oakleaf and Laura McGinnis, took home the 2016 National Division Reserve Championship. It was an exciting weekend for the thirteen horse and rider combinations competing in front of ground jury members Kristi Wysocki 4* (USA); Kathy Amos-Jacob 5* (FRA); and Carlos Lopes 5* (POR). For ten of those horse and rider combinations it was the final chance to secure a spot on the U.S. Paralympic Dressage Team representing the United States at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in September.

Sydney Collier is looking forward to the opportunity that she may be heading to Rio de Janeiro in September. Although the short list/ FEI Nominated Entry will not be released until a later date the 2016 championships gave an idea of how each rider competes under international pressure. Collier is no stranger to international competition since she was a team member of the 2014 World Equestrian Games Para-Dressage Team in France. Collier has been working hard over the years growing as an athlete and perfecting her dressage skills with coach Wes Dunham. Collier rode two horses in the championships over the weekend, Western Rose and Wentworth, and her determination and strength showed that she has the talent to represent the United States once again in Rio.

Collier expressed, “Winning yesterday meant the world to me. It was an affirmation that all of my hard work and training has really been paying off. It also makes me so happy to be able to make everyone that has been riding alongside me on my journey proud. In addition, getting to ride down centerline in Jonathan Wentz’s honor meant so much to me; he is who started me on this path and although he can’t be with us in person I know he is riding alongside all the riders as the sport of Para-Dressage grows. I don’t know if there are even words to describe how proud I am of my horses and how thankful I am to have such a supportive team beside me. Without my family, sponsors, trainer Wes Dunham, and amazing groom Satu Greer, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve the success I achieved at selection trials. Then to make things even more special I won back in my own home state at a show grounds that I used to compete at when I was first starting Para-Dressage. It seems like everything has really come full circle and seeing the growth development that training with Wes and my two amazing mounts Wentworth and Rosie has made in my riding. I cannot even tell you how proud I am of the two of them for performing so well with me. Freestyles have always been my favorite day of competition; I just love how much you can express yourself and how much the horses really enjoy dancing to the music.

Collier concluded, “A huge thank you as well to Deloitte for sponsoring such an incredible national championship and selection trial event, as well as show management, a great panel of judges, and all of the other officials that made this event possible.”

Reserve High Performance champion Annie Peavy is also no stranger to international competition. Peavy and Lancelot have traveled the world competing against the best Para-Dressage athletes in the world. Peavy was also an individual rider at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in France. Peavy and Lancelot secured the Reserve Championship High Performance Championship and earned competitive scores over the selection weekend. Peavy also earned the Reserve High Performance Division National Championship in 2015 aboard her own Ozzy Cooper.

Annie Peavy and Lancelot Warrior
Annie Peavy and Lancelot Warrior

Peavy noted, “This weekend was great for Lance and me; he was truly a warrior. After a long trip from Wellington he got off the trailer ready to compete. It was a very tough competition and I couldn’t have asked any more of him.  I am anxious for the team to be named, but if we are on the team I know it will be a summer of doing what I love with intense focus.”

Peavy continued, “Following the trials I am heading to Connecticut for a few days to see good friends and give Lance a chance to travel back to Florida and have a couple days off.
When I return to Florida I plan on continuing to work with Heather to have Lance at his peak. Ozzy (Ozzy Cooper) is reportedly doing well and we will also continue to work together on our partnership.”

Peavy concluded, “I have to thank Heather for once again helping me train and also helping me take the judges impressions and translate that to the show arena. Both horses are so well taken care of by Alex Philpin; a happy healthy horse makes my job much easier. But most importantly I have to thank my parents for their support and passion for me to achieve my dream.”

In 2015 the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships added the High Performance and National divisions. The 2016 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Division Champion was Pam Hardin and Quaterjack. The pair took the lead after the FEI Individual Test and maintained that lead to obtain the tricolor rosette. Hardin was also competing in the selection trials over the weekend as was the Reserve National Division Champion duo Laurietta Oakleaf and Niekele fan Busenitz.

Hardin reflected on what this championship meant to her. “When I can no longer ride a horse and my days are filled with more memories than new beginnings, I will remember this week and how proud I was to have the chance to compete with such amazing women athletes for a chance to represent my country and to become the Para-Equestrian Dressage National Division Champion.  I will remember reconnecting with friends and beginning new friendships. I will remember the partnership that was created with a ‘horse of a lifetime’ and I will cherish the support I received from both friends and family as I pursued this dream. I must thank my trainer and friend, Melanie Mitchell, who walked me onto this path and daily keeps me on the correct one, doing so with laughter and enduring care for the comfort of my horse.  I would never be on this journey without her, or my family, friends, and sponsors, or the para-equestrian community, as a whole.”

Hardin will return home to Georgia and is hoping to qualify for the Region 3 championships in October 2016.

The overall National Champions in each division were determined by weighting the tests with the Team Test counting for 40%, Individual Test 40%, and Freestyle Test 20%.

The U.S. Paralympic Dressage Team selection rankings will be based on 50% of a combination’s overall performance in the Selection Event and 50% on the combined overall score from its best two CPEDI3* events taking place January 1, 2015 – May 16, 2016. The selection procedures also include discretionary criteria. All nominations to the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Dressage Team are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee and the USEF. The short list/FEI Nominated Entry for the U.S. Paralympic Dressage Team will be forwarded to the FEI by the United States Equestrian Federation by June 20, 2016. Equestrian competition at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games is scheduled for September 11-16, 2016, at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in the Deodoro Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

For more information about the Selection Event for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games/National Championship/Open National Show procedures, please visit https://www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsdisciplines/discipline/allparaequestrian/hpparaEquestrian.aspx.

For more information about the 2016 Rio Paralympic Equestrian Events, please visit http://www.rio2016.com/en.

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

To view an online version of this press release with more photos, please visit: http://uspea.org/category/recent-uspea-press-news/.

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 Federation 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: hope@uspea.org or by phone: (610)356-6481.

Collier and Hardin Secure Top Honors at USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships

Sydney Collier and Western Rose (Erich Linder Photography)

Grass Lake, Mich. – The 2016 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships sponsored by Deloitte and Selection Event for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games wrapped up Sunday with Grade Ib athlete Sydney Collier and Western Rose being crowned National Champions in the High Performance Division. Grade III athlete Pamela Hardin and Quaterjack earned top honors in the National Division. Sunday’s Freestyle Tests accounted for the final 20% of the overall championship scores with the first 80% percent coming equally from Friday’s Team Test and Saturday’s Individual Test.

High Performance Division

Heading into the final day of competition, the top of the High Performance leaderboard was extremely close with the top five all sitting within two percentage points of each other. The Freestyles proved very influential, with the athletes turning in high-quality performances under inclement weather conditions in front of the ground jury of Kathy Amos-Jacob (FRA), Carlos Lopes (POR), and Kristi Wysocki (USA). Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Wesley Dunham’s 2003 Oldenburg mare, Western Rose, began their quest for National Championship honors with a solid Team Test score of 70.867%. In Saturday’s Individual Test, the pair marked the highest score of the day across all grades, a 73.678%. Capping off a successful weekend with the Freestyle Test, featuring instrumental versions of Phillip Phillip’s “Home” and One Direction’s “Secrets”, the pair scored a 73.167% and secured the Grade Ib National Championship and overall High Performance Division titles.

“It was an incredible [Freestyle] test. I stayed with my music and both of the halts were squares, which I am so proud of. Our medium walks felt good, even though I didn’t push her as much with the muddy footing. Overall, my accuracy was spot-on. This was a great way to start the summer and an exciting start to a journey. It is such an honor competing with so many talented athletes and their horses. I want to say a big thank you to all of my sponsors; I could not be here without them,” said a pleased Collier.

Collier was also Reserve National Champion in the Grade Ib High Performance Division with her own Wentworth, a 2003 Hanoverian gelding.

Earning the highest Freestyle score of the day with a 75.833%, Angela Peavy (Avon, Conn.) and Rebecca Reno and Heather Blitz’s Lancelot Warrior, a 2002 Hanoverian gelding, earned the High Performance Division Reserve National Champion title and were the Grade III National Champions. The pair went from strength to strength this weekend, improving its scores each day. They earned a Team Test score of 69.693% and an Individual Test score of 72.967%.

“I was really pleased with our performance,” said Peavy. “This was our third time showing this Freestyle. The strongest part of this test is the canter tour – we have really expressive changes. I was really pleased with the weekend overall. It was a long shipping trip for [Lancelot] from Wellington, Fla., and he was still on his a game. We are really becoming a more united pair the more we show together.”

Rounding out the top three overall in the High Performance Division was Kate Shoemaker (Peoria, Ariz.) and Solitaer 40, Craig Kate and Denna Shoemaker’s 2007 Hanoverian stallion. As the Grade III Reserve Champions, they scored 72.193% in the Team Test, 70.041% in the Individual Test, and 71.917% in the Freestyle Test.

National Division

Maintaining their overnight lead, Hardin (Evans, Ga.) and Kara Hardin, Kasey Hardin, Rachel Bryant, and her own 2005 Brandenburg gelding, Quaterjack, performed another brilliant test to end their weekend. In day one’s Grade III Team Test, the pair worked through initial nerves to score a 67.675%. They improved greatly on day two, scoring a 70.203% in the Individual Test, moving them into the lead, overall. The pair performed an energetic and expressive Freestyle to music from the movie Kung-Fu Panda and the video game Dragon Warrior to earn a score of 72.417%.

Pamela Hardin and Quaterjack (Erich Linder Photography)
Pamela Hardin and Quaterjack (Erich Linder Photography)

“I couldn’t have asked for more from that horse. He rises to the occasion every time. Everything can go wrong at a show and he takes it all in stride. Nothing fazes him,” said Hardin. “The test went well; I love the extended trot [in the Freestyle] down the long side – we are able to really go for it.” Hardin also earned the Grade III National Champion title.

Laurietta Oakleaf (Malvern, Pa.) and her own and Laura McGinnis’ 2004 Friesian stallion, Niekele fan Busenitz, or Nikki, finished the weekend as the Grade Ib National Champions and Reserve National Champions, overall, in the National Division. The pair led the division on day one with a Team Test score of 68.200%. They posted an Individual Test score of 66.724% and earned a score of 68.667% in the Freestyle.

“Overall it went well, considering that we got the music recently and were only able to practice it once earlier this week,” said Oakleaf of her Freestyle performance. “Nikki and I had a couple places that we need to work on, but we also had very good moments. Some of our geometry, and most of our marks, were right on today.”

Earning the third-place position overall in the division was Grade IV National Champion, Mary Jordan (Wells, Maine) and Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center’s Rubicon 75, a 2005 Oldenburg gelding. The pair scored a 63.611% in the Team Test, a 66.905% in the Individual Test, and a 67.583% in the Freestyle.

Complete Freestyle Test Results

U.S. Paralympic Dressage Team selection rankings will be based on 50% of a combination’s overall performance in the Selection Event and 50% on the combined overall score from its best two CPEDI3* events taking place January 1, 2015 – May 16, 2016. The selection procedures also include discretionary criteria. Of the 11 athletes competing this weekend, nine will look to secure a position on the four-member 2016 U.S. Paralympic Dressage Team, which will be announced at a later date. All nominations to the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Dressage Team are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee and the USEF. Para-dressage competition at the Paralympic Games takes place September 11-16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

From the USEF Communications Department

Sydney Collier and Western Rose Post Top Score at USEF Para-Dressage National Championships

Sydney Collier and Western Rose at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* in 2016 in Wellington, Florida. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall.

Roxanne Trunnell and Royal Dancer Maintain Lead

Grass Lake, Michigan – June 4, 2016 – Young rider Sydney Collier of Ann Arbor, Mich. posted a 73.678% in Grade Ib FEI Individual Test on Saturday, June 4, in the 2016 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships Sponsored by Deloitte and Selection Event for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Collier led the field with Western Rose, owned by Wes Dunham, in the High Performance National Championships. Grade Ia rider Roxanne Trunnell and Julia Handt’s Royal Dancer earned a 72.754% to maintain an overall lead over the two days of competition. In the National division, Pam Hardin (Grade III) and Quaterjack garnered the first place overall. The Waterloo Hunt Club show grounds in Grass Lake, Mich. has been the stage of excitement as riders and horses in Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV give it their all as they aim for top positions in the National Championship with High Performance and National Divisions and the Paralympic Selection Trials. Each horse and rider combination will have one final chance on Sunday, June 5, in the FEI Freestyle competition to present their best tests for ground jury members Kristi Wysocki 4* (USA); Kathy Amos-Jacob 5* (FRA); and Carlos Lopes 5* (POR). After the Freestyle competition spectators will know the national champions from each division. The short list for the U.S. Paralympic Dressage Team representing the United States at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games will be announced at a later date by USEF. The Games are scheduled for September 11-16, 2016, at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in the Deodoro Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Contenders Collier and Trunnell are both aiming for a spot on the U.S. Paralympic Dressage Team. Collier is riding both qualified horses Western Rose and Wentworth in Grade Ib. “It’s incredible to be back in my home state and showing at a venue where I used to ride when I was first starting to ride para-dressage in 2010,” explained Collier. “It really feels like everything is coming full circle. It’s such an honor to be in contention for a possible spot on the U.S. Para-Dressage Team headed to Rio and to be showing alongside so many talented athletes. I am very proud of Wentworth and Western Rose. They have both looked and felt wonderful since we arrived in Michigan and really stepped up to everything we have asked of them in the training and show ring. I feel so lucky to have the privilege to ride and create such special bonds with both of them. I am so thankful to my trainer Wes Dunham, all my sponsors, as well as my amazing friends and family for their support along this journey. I couldn’t do any of this without each and every one of them. A huge thank you also to show management and Deloitte for organizing and sponsoring such a wonderful event as we pick a strong team to represent our country in Rio, but also grow and develop the sport of Para Dressage in the USA.”

Roxanne Trunnell noted, “Royal was a superstar again today. Despite having little connection inconstancies during the individual championship test we still pranced to the same exact score that we received yesterday (72.758%) and placed first in the class again. I’ve been working really hard on improving the freewalk at home and even though there are still improvements to be made, the overall movement is better. I would like to thank my trainer Kai Handt for taking the time out of his schedule to help train Royal and me. I would also like to thank the owners of the Waterloo Hunt Club for opening their facility up to the 2016 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships and Selection Event for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There were golf carts provided to the para-dressage athletes so that they could get from the stable area to the arenas quickly. The arenas themselves were very well cared for and the staff was efficient in changing the long dressage court to the short dressage court very quickly. I’m not sure but I think this is the first time the Waterloo Hunt Club has opened its show grounds to Para-Equestrians and it ran quite smoothly for the first time this was done. Tomorrow is the freestyles and I’m very excited because we have totally changed the freestyle chorography and music since the 2016 Florida CPEDIs. I find the freestyle extremely fun especially since I came up with the music on my own, so it will be exciting to see what the amazing ground jury we are able to show under this year will think of it.”

Roxanne Trunnell and Royal Dancer. Photo by Erich Linder
Roxanne Trunnell and Royal Dancer. Photo by Erich Linder

The overall National Champions in each division will be determined by weighting the tests with the Team Test counting for 40%, Individual Test 40%, and Freestyle Test 20%. U.S. Paralympic Dressage Team selection rankings will be based on 50% of a combination’s overall performance in the Selection Event and 50% on the combined overall score from its best two CPEDI3* events taking place January 1, 2015 – May 16, 2016. The selection procedures also include discretionary criteria. All nominations to the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Dressage Team are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee and the USEF. The short list/FEI Nominated Entry for the U.S. Paralympic Dressage Team will be forwarded to the FEI by the United States Equestrian Federation by June 20, 2016. Equestrian competition at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games is scheduled for September 11-16, 2016, at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in the Deodoro Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

For more information about the Selection Event for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games/National Championship/Open National Show procedures, please visit https://www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsdisciplines/discipline/allparaequestrian/hpparaEquestrian.aspx.

For more information about the 2016 Rio Paralympic Equestrian Events, please visit http://www.rio2016.com/en.

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

To view an online version of this press release with more photos, please visit: http://uspea.org/category/recent-uspea-press-news/.

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 Federation 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: hope@uspea.org or by phone: (610)356-6481.

USA Clinches Victory in Team Portion of First CPEDI 3* of 2016 Circuit at PBIEC

Sydney Collier and Western Rose. Photos: ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – January 9, 2016 – The CPEDI 3* presented by Mane Stream, courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan®, and Nutrena continued today at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) grounds of Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), as competitors completed the team component of the weekend’s competition. Team USA maintained their lead throughout the two-day portion of competition, ultimately capturing first place honors. Team Canada finished in second place. CPEDI3* competition continues tomorrow with individual freestyles beginning at 9am.

U.S. riders displayed spectacular talent throughout the second day of competition at AGDF as Margaret McIntosh (USA) and her own Rio Rio impressed in the FEI Para-Dressage Individual Championship Test – Grade 1a with a score of 72.899%. Sydney Collier (USA) continued to improve her marks from yesterday, leading the FEI Para-Dressage Individual Championship Test – Grade 1b aboard Western Rose, owned by Wesley Dunham, receiving a 66.609%. The talented duo of Rebecca Hart and her own Schroeter’s Romani earned another fabulous score in the FEI Para-Dressage Individual Championship Test – Grade II division with a 73.095%. Angela Peavy (USA) piloted Lancelot Warrior, owned by Heather Blitz and Rebecca Reno, to another win over the weekend, earning a 72.561% from the judges in the FEI Para-Dressage Individual Championship Test – Grade III. Mary Jordan (USA) won the FEI Para-Dressage Individual Championship Test – Grade IV aboard Rubicon 75, owned by Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center.

Sydney Collier has excelled this week for Team USA, competing two gifted mounts and placing exceedingly well aboard her relatively new ride, Western Rose, owned by her trainer Wesley Dunham. Collier has narrowed her focus on adjustments and improvements noted in the judging remarks for each of her rides, which she hopes will help increase her scores and gain confidence before the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this summer.

“I thought I made a lot of really good improvements in both of my rides today from yesterday and took a lot of judges’ comments to heart,” said Collier. “I really rode my heart out, and I was so proud of both of them. They really impressed me today.”

Collier, who was diagnosed with a very rare congenital birth defect known as Wyburn-Mason Syndrome at age seven, has taken the equestrian world by storm after being named 2014 Junior Equestrian of the Year presented by the United States Equestrian Federation and serving as a member of Team USA at the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Para-Dressage in Caen, France.

Entering the first CPEDI 3* of the 2016 calendar year, Collier has been eager to expand her competition experience aboard both of her newer mounts, Western Rose and Scampano 2, as well as continuing training with her additional mount, Wentworth, who is already qualified for the 2016 Paralympic Games.

“Western Rose has been amazing to work with. She’s really fun because she has her own engine so I really just have to manage her gaits. All three of them bring a smile to my face every day when I get to ride them,” she smiled.

Having already set a list of accomplishments she looks forward to achieving this season, Collier stated, “I would like to come to the next CPEDI3* in two weeks and make the changes that I need to work on, while continuing our training with all three of them, and getting everyone into the best shape possible.”

Competing at AGDF has always been a highlight for Collier each year, noting that competing in the Global International Arena in 2016 will be incredibly helpful for riders looking to gain experience in a large venue setting.

“It’s an amazing atmosphere here. This year being able to compete in the main ring is quite different than competing in the indoor (covered arena), and it’s quite exciting,” commented Collier. “It’s absolutely beautiful, and I think it’s great for the horses to get used to the bigger atmospheres. All of the riders have really impressed me in this show, and I’m so happy that I have been able to compete my horses here.”

Margaret McIntosh and Rio Rio
Margaret McIntosh and Rio Rio

Margaret McIntosh and her own Rio Rio concluded a phenomenal 2015 season and are beginning the 2016 circuit on the right foot, as the duo continues to string together excellent performances in the FEI Para-Dressage – Grade 1a division. McIntosh, who rides with Missy and Jessica Ransehousen out of Unionville, PA, also has her sights set on the U.S. Paralympic Team heading to Rio de Janeiro.

McIntosh, a former three-day eventer, began competing in para-dressage competition after a riding accident left her initially paralyzed from the chest down. Now, McIntosh is looking forward to earning a spot representing the United States for the first time ever in international Para-Dressage competition in 2016. The duo received a 72.754% and earned an improved 72.899% today in Grade 1a competition.

Correction from January 8, 2016 Release: Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75 owned by Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, also competed on the first day of CPEDI 3* at AGDF, earning top honors in the FEI Para-Dressage Team Test – Grade IV with a score of 60.595%.

For more information on the CPEDI3* and to see a full list of ride times and results, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:

The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) is one of the world’s largest international and national dressage circuits featuring 7 FEI Dressage events, including a 5* and the only FEI Nations’ Cup Series CDIO in the Western Hemisphere. The AGDF offers more than $650,000 in prize money for the seven international competitions, making it one of the richest circuits in the world. The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center facility includes the Van Kampen covered arena (made possible by Kimberly and Frederic Boyer and family) and four outdoor arenas with world-class footing, 200 permanent stalls, and a VIP seating area.

Please visit
www.globaldressagefestival.com
www.pbiec.com
or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Adequan Global Dressage Festival is located at
The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center
13500 South Shore Blvd, Wellington, Florida 33414

Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
info@jenniferwoodmedia.com

US Team Makes History at Inaugural North Am. Jr. Young Rider Para-Dressage Championships

Sydney Collier and Wentworth. Photos (c)SusanJStickle.com.

Lexington, Kentucky – July 19, 2015 – The United States Para-Equestrian Dressage Young Rider Team made history at the inaugural 2015 Adequan/FEI North American Junior Young Rider Para-Dressage Championships (NAJYRC). The U.S. team topped three days of competition at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park, earning the win over Canada on July 18. The team included Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and her own Wentworth in Grade Ib; Cambry Kaylor (Lehi, Utah) with her own Markgaards Donnewind also in Grade Ib; and Kate Shoemaker (Glendale, Ariz.) and her own Pacifec M in Grade III. The team was led by Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt and Team Coach Wes Dunham. Equestrians competed on July 16, in the Team Test followed by the Individual Test on July 18. The USA topped the Canadian Para-Dressage Team with a lead of 393.02 over 380.191. Following the medal ceremony and some celebration, the USA Team regrouped for their Freestyle Tests on Sunday, July 19. In addition to topping the first-ever NAJYR Para-Dressage Championships, U.S. athlete Sydney Collier was awarded the The Captain Andrew B. de Szinay Memorial Sportsmanship Award while her teammate Cambry Kaylor was recognized with the “The Style Award”. U.S. teammate Kate Shoemaker also had a great weekend earning the highest overall score of the weekend including a 71.7% in the Freestyle Test. The ground jury included Anne Prain FRA 5*, Ulrike Nivelle GER 3*, Kristi Wysocki USA 4*, Mercedes Campdera Alatorre MEX 3*, and Lorraine Stubbs CAN 4*. Each rider attributed to the success of the USA team in this unprecedented event held in Lexington, Kentucky.

“The U.S. Para-Dressage Junior Young Rider team had a fantastic showing at their first NAJYRC competition beginning with a comfortable lead in the Team competition,” said U.S. Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt. “These young athletes showed exceptional team spirit and showmanship placing way ahead of their competitors. This is the first time an intercontinental game has a junior young rider para-equestrian division. These groundbreaking athletes did a great job for their country, USEF, USET Foundation, and USPEA, showing the world how it is done.”

Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt has coached multiple Young Rider Teams to championships at the NAJYRC but this weekend was his first U.S. Para-Dressage Young Rider Team. Sydney Collier rode under Handt prior on the U.S Team at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games but at this event she rode her own horse Wentworth.

Sydney Collier commented, “Overall I was extremely happy how NAJYRC went for our entire team and for me and Wentworth as an individual. It was such an exciting event for us because without Jonathan Wentz none of this would have been possible. He will forever be my hero for his determination to get Paras into NAJYRC. I am so honored to be a part of history as we know it. I am looking forward to many more years of participating in the NAJYRC.”

Collier was awarded the The Captain Andrew B. de Szinay Memorial Sportsmanship Award on July 18. The Captain Andrew B. de Szinay Memorial Sportsman Trophy is given to the Young Rider who best personifies the high standards and virtues of integrity, sportsmanship, honor, courage, team spirit, good temper and unselfishness. This award is presented annually by the United States Equestrian Federation in honor of Captain Andrew B. de Szinay who was a teacher, dressage judge, technical delegate and long-time supporter of the Young Rider’s program. His dedication and support has helped the championships become what it is today. In 1989 former U.S. Para-Dressage Chef d’Equipe Missy Ransehousen earned this award.

“Winning the sportsmanship award this year at the debut of Para-Dressage at NAJRYC feels really amazing,” said Collier. “It really was a highlight of my week. There were so many disciplines with so many great sportsmen that I really am so incredibly honored to receive this award; it was extremely cool to see how supportive every single discipline was of adding Para-Dressage to North Americans. I would love to thank USEF and the FEI for including Para-Dressage this year. I also want to thank all of my sponsors and my trainer Wes Dunham for traveling to Kentucky with me and helping myself and my USA teammates have such a successful competition.”

Cambry Kaylor and Marksgaards Donnewind
Cambry Kaylor and Marksgaards Donnewind

Also presented with a unique accolade was Cambry Kaylor. Kaylor earned the “The Style Award” annually celebrates one rider from each discipline recognizing their “style” throughout the week. Not only while mounted, but also in the form of manners and overall demeanor around the competition grounds and at the organized functions. The panel of judges who voted on the winners included the Ground Juries of each discipline, the veterinarians, technical delegates, FEI stewards, appeals committee and the NAJYRC OC.

Kaylor was esteemed to be given this award. She noted, “This week has been an incredible experience. I’m so grateful to represent the U.S. in Para-Dressage at the NAJYRC. This is a huge milestone for Para-Dressage. Donnewind and I could not be more honored to be a part of it.”

Although the NAJYRC is a team competition individual Kate Shoemaker from the United States obtained the highest overall score from the three days of dressage tests. Shoemaker commented, “I’m honored to be taking part in the first Para-Equestrian competition at NAJYRC. I hope this event opens the door to many junior and young para-equestrian riders across North America.”

Hope Hand, President of the USPEA and a former Paralympian, was there every step of the way not only during the competition but before this event was even named. “I am so proud of our Team,” smiled Hand. “It has been 10 years in the making. Jonathan Wentz and Sydney Collier stepped up the process with their freestyle demonstration four years ago at the Kentucky Horse Park. We have so many people to thank that believed in the Para-Dressage Discipline and we were so honored to represent our country at this prestigious event. Show manager Lloyd Landkammer and Howard Simpson blazed the trail for us years back and opened the doors of opportunity for Para-Dressage. We were welcomed by competitors and drew a large fan club in our short stay. The Para-Dressage riders look forward towards the future and many more competitions.”

Hand continued, “Our thanks to show management, our Chef Kai Handt, our Team Coach Wes Dunham, the Canadian Team for giving us a good challenge, and the trainers, stewards, the ground jury, classifiers and the hundreds of volunteers including our own Ellie Brimmer for making the inaugural Para Dressage NAJYRC a great success. I also want to thank Adequan, Mark Coley, USEF, USET Foundation, Hugh Kincannon, and our Discipline Director Laureen Johnson.”

The U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage riders’ next competition is the 2015 Katy CPEDI3* October 27-29, followed by the 2015 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship held October 29 – November 1, 2015, in Katy, Texas.

NAJYRC Article July 15, 2015:

http://uspea.org/july-15-2015-u-s-riders-prepare-horses-for-the-inaugural-2015-adequanfei-north-american-junior-young-rider-para-dressage-championships/

NAJYRC Article July 12, 2015:

NAJYRC Inaugural Para-Dressage Competition Begins with a Reflection on the Past
http://uspea.org/july-12-2015-najyrc-inaugural-para-dressage-competition-begins-with-a-reflection-on-the-past/

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 Federation 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.

FEI Intermediaire 1 Freestyle & Paralympic Qualifications Highlight Final Day of AGDF Week 1

Gabriella Stumpf and Finally Love. Photos copyright SusanJStickle.com.

Wellington, FL — January 11, 2015 — Gabriela Stumpf (AUT) and Finally Love performed a lovely test to take the win with a score of 69.927% in the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) FEI Intermediaire 1 Freestyle presented by MTICA Farm. Mary Bahniuk-Lauritsen (USA) and Wench De Jeu followed in second scoring a 68.675% and Jill Irving and Dio Mio finished in third with a total score of 68.625%.

Stumpf, who has been partnered with the eight-year-old Oldenburg gelding for four years, felt the test was very good, considering Finally Love was a bit excited in the warm-up. “He was a bit tense at first because he was in a very good mood today when we first came out, I think due to the wind and the cooler weather,” she said. “But I was able to get him focused and he concentrated nicely during the test, which is what I was looking for.”

The duo performed a very clean test, and Stumpf is only looking to improve in the coming weeks of the AGDF season. “It is really great here,” she commented. “I love coming because the weather is always fantastic and you are able to do a lot of tests in many different rings. The horses are really exposed to a lot during the season.”

Finally Love will compete again in two weeks at the Intermediaire II level with Stumpf, and the pair will look to improve upon the scores they received in the first week of competition. “We started him at the lower levels, and we have slowly moved our way up. He is very easy and fun and has a super personality,” she smiled.

Gabriela topped her sister Katharina in the class, who rode For My Love to a score of 67.750%, taking fourth in the class. “I love competing against my sister, we always enjoy riding together,” said Gabriela. “It is always very nice to have her in the awards ceremony beside me.”

Mary Bahniuk-Lauritsen (USA) performed a great freestyle with Wench De Jeu to a creative combination of acoustic Rihanna songs. Bahniuk-Lauritsen and Wench De Jeu, a relatively new partnership, are now coming into their own at the Intermediaire 1 level. “She felt very confident in the canter work. We had a few bobbles throughout the test, but it is her first freestyle at this level and my first with her, so I’m glad we performed so well,” she said. “Next time, when we come out in two weeks, I would really like to push for more and have that extra edge I was looking for today.”

A native of Harvard, Massachusetts, Bahniuk-Lauritsen is looking forward to taking advantage of her time in South Florida. “We have our eyes on the Pan American Games and there is also the Nations Cup. A few pairs will be given grants to travel to Europe this summer so we’re hoping to be considered for all of those opportunities based on our performances here at AGDF,” she stated.

Sydney Collier and Wentworth
Sydney Collier and Wentworth

Today also concluded the first week of the competition for Para-Equestrian Dressage, as riders are looking to qualify for the coming 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The week was highlighted by some truly spectacular riding in the Van Kampen arena with some of the best Paralympic riders in North America competing. Sydney Collier (USA), winner of the 2014 Junior Equestrian of the Year Award presented by the United States Equestrian Federation, was competing two horses, including a new mount she hopes to qualify for Rio with, NTEC Roulette. Riders from Canada and the United States were represented during competition this week.

For more information on the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:

The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) is one of the world’s largest international and national dressage circuits featuring 7 FEI Dressage events, including a 5* and the only FEI Nations’ Cup Series CDIO in the Western Hemisphere. The AGDF offers more than $650,000 in prize money for the seven international competitions, making it one of the richest circuits in the world. The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center facility includes the Van Kampen covered arena (made possible by Kimberly and Frederic Boyer and family) and four outdoor arenas with world-class footing, 200 permanent stalls, and a VIP seating area.

Please visit
www.globaldressagefestival.com
www.equestriansport.com
or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Adequan Global Dressage Festival is located at
13500 South Shore Blvd, Wellington, Florida 33414

Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Equestrian Public Relations
info@jenniferwoodmedia.com

Year End Wrap with Sydney Collier and Ellen DiBella

Sydney Collier and Wentworth. Photo (c) Lindsay Y. McCall.

Jupiter, FL – December 17, 2014 – Horse Radio Network’s once-a-month Para-Equestrian Show wrapped up the 2014 competition year with Sydney Collier and introduced Western Dressage with guest Ellen DiBella.

Lindsay McCall from the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) hosted the show with co-host and athlete Ellie Brimmer. To listen to episode #289: http://www.horseradionetwork.com/2014/12/10/dressage-radio-episode-289-year-end-wrap-with-sydney-collier-and-western-dressage/.

Sydney Collier was recently awarded the prestigious 2014 FEI Against All Odds Award. She was also named the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) 2014 Junior Equestrian of the Year.

About Sydney Collier: At age seven Sydney was diagnosed with Wyburn-Mason Syndrome after she began having blurry vision. Wyburn-Mason Syndrome is a rare, congenital disorder characterized by arteriovenous malformations in the central nervous system and retina. It affects only .14% of the world’s population and can cause brain hemorrhaging, stroke, paralysis, or death. She enjoys bringing awareness to the disabled community and the Paralympic Equestrian sport through public speaking, dedication, and her riding accomplishments.

In 2014 Collier earned a spot as a Grade Ib rider on the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Para-Dressage Team that competed in Normandy, France. She achieved strong scores on Victoria Dugan’s Willi Wesley, a 2000 Warmblood gelding. It was only four years prior at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky where Collier met Paralympian Jonathan Wentz who introduced and then mentored her on the Paralympic sport. Through her positive attitude and determination Collier has garnered numerous accolades aboard horses Willi Wesley; NTEC Cuplee, owned by Patricia Mendenhall; and her current competition partner Wentworth, formally owned by Amy McIlwham. Collier rides with Paralympic Dressage coach Wes Dunham of Woodstock Stables in Millbrook, NY.

Her athletic pursuits have been accompanied by multiple awards and scholarships including 2011 Para-Dressage demonstration rider at the Adequate FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, 2012 Think Alive Grant, 2013 USDF Youth Convention Scholarship, 2013 U.S. Para-Dressage Symposium invitation, 2013 Custom Saddlery Rising Star Award, 2013 Miss Jane Marple Memorial Trophy at Dressage for Kids, 2014 Michigan Virtual High School Chemistry Scholarship, 2013 and 2014 Jonathan Wentz Memorial Scholarship, 2014 Courtney’s Quest Scholarship, and the 2014 Women’s Sports Foundation Travel and Training Grant.

Between riding and maintaining her Honors student status at Skyline High School, Collier enjoys sharing her story and goals as a motivational speaker around the country. She not only speaks to groups and individuals in the equestrian world but she also enjoys speaks with groups with varied interests throughout the community including 4-H clubs.

Collier is an outstanding representative for the 2014 Junior Equestrian of the Year Award. Hope Hand, Paralympian and President of the United States Para-Equestrian Association, acknowledged, “This is an exciting achievement for Sydney. She has worked tirelessly as an athlete and student to achieve her goals. I have watched her grow as an individual over the past 5 years and her positive attitude and determination has been felt by everyone that has ever reached out to Sydney. She will humbly tell anyone that asks that she had the best mentor and advisor, the late Jonathan Wentz, who has guided her path to success. Jonathan was the driving force behind the Para-Dressage Junior and Young Rider Program, but it still takes a talented rider to carry on his mission to be the best in the world. I am so proud of Sydney.”

Hand continued, “On behalf of the Para-Equestrian discipline I would like to thank USEF for acknowledging this outstanding athlete.”

Collier is excited to look towards the future as she aims for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. For more information about Sydney Collier, please visit www.SydsParaQuest.com.

About Ellen DiBella from the Western Dressage Association of America:

Ellen DiBella purchased her first Morgan horse in 1972. She saw Morgans used in the rehabilitation program at FAMC with the amputee and paraplegic veterans from the Vietnam War. One gelding somehow became multiple Morgan horses. DiBella currently has eleven Morgans at home in Colorado and three in training. She also shows a number of Morgans and she enjoys the challenge of competition and the daily care of the horses at home. She has served on many boards of equine organizations ranging from local horse clubs, to the board of directors of the American Morgan Horse Association, to the board of the United States Equestrian Federation, to the board of trustees for the American Morgan Horse Institute. She has worked on show committees at all levels including seven years on the Morgan Grand National Committee which puts on the World Championship show for the Morgan breed. She currently serves on the board of the Colorado Horse Park and helped to found the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center Foundation which provides financial assistance to cancer patients and their family in meeting the expenses of living while fighting cancer.

Ellen DiBella stated, “After 38 years of showing in western pleasure, I am so pleased to be involved in Western Dressage. It has rekindled my enthusiasm for riding; I can test my horse and myself against a standard and continue to learn and grow.”

Visit www.sunrise-morgans.com to learn more about Ellen.

Visit the Western Dressage Association of America at www.westerndressageassociation.org.

Once a month, the Dressage Radio Show becomes the Para-Equestrian Show Hosted by Lindsay McCall, of the United States Para-Equestrian Association, focusing on international FEI discipline Para-Dressage. Although Para-Dressage is the main event, listeners have the opportunity to learn more about the skillful U.S. Para-Driving Team, the Para-Reining discipline, Para-Vaulting, and the future of Para-Jumping. The para-equestrian dressage show will feature a line-up of guests including Olympians, Paralympians, trainers, coaches, professionals, amateur riders, young riders, and equine enthusiasts. The intention of the radio show is to educate, inform, and entertain listeners on the para-equestrian Dressage discipline.

To learn more about the USPEA, please visit www.USPEA.org or e-mail President Hope Hand at hope@uspea.org. You may also e-mail the host of the para-equestrian segment Lindsay McCall at Lindsay@uspea.org.

To learn more about the Horse Radio Network, visit www.horseradionetwork.com; to contact Glenn the Geek, go to http://www.horseradionetwork.com/contact/ or leave a voicemail at 270-803-0025.

About the Horse Radio Network:

The Horse Radio Network is the voice of the horse world with listeners in over 40 countries. Eight different entertaining shows cover all aspects of the horse world and you can listen any time on your computer, MP3 player or smart phone.

We believe that people own horses for fun and entertainment. Why else would you put up with the early morning feedings, stall cleaning, vet bills, long trips to shows, empty bank accounts and everything else that goes with being a horse owner?

Our goal with these shows is to help your chores go a little faster and to put a smile on your face! Learn more at www.horseradionetwork.com.

HORSES IN THE MORNING live M-F at 9am Eastern at www.horsesinthemorning.com.

To view an online version of this press release, please visit: http://uspea.org/category/recent-uspea-press-news/.

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 Federation 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.

Announcing Sydney Collier as 2014 Junior Equestrian of the Year

Sydney Collier and Willi Wesley at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Photo (C) SusanJStickle.com.

Lexington, KY – December 12, 2014 – Para-Equestrian Dressage Young Rider Sydney Collier has been named the 2014 Junior Equestrian of the Year by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). Collier, 17, of Ann Arbor, Mich. was selected for her accomplishments among many outstanding junior athletes. Collier will receive her award at the Pegasus Awards Dinner held Friday, January 16, at The Hyatt Regency Lexington in Lexington, Ky., during the 2015 USEF Annual Meeting. Collier will be awarded the Ruth O’Keefe Meredith Memorial Trophy as the 2014 Junior Equestrian of the Year.

Collier has made it her mission to, as she states, “take the ‘dis’ out of disabled.” At age seven, Sydney was diagnosed with Wyburn-Mason Syndrome after she began having blurry vision. Wyburn-Mason Syndrome is a rare, congenital disorder characterized by arteriovenous malformations in the central nervous system and retina. It affects only .14% of the world’s population and can cause brain hemorrhaging, stroke, paralysis, or death. She enjoys bringing awareness to the disabled community and the Paralympic Equestrian sport through public speaking, dedication, and her riding accomplishments.

In 2014 Collier earned a spot as a Grade Ib rider on the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Para-Dressage Team that competed in Normandy, France. She achieved strong scores on Victoria Dugan’s Willi Wesley, a 2000 Warmblood gelding. It was only four years prior at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky where Collier met Paralympian Jonathan Wentz who introduced and then mentored her on the Paralympic sport. Through her positive attitude and determination Collier has garnered numerous accolades aboard horses Willi Wesley; NTEC Cuplee, owned by Patricia Mendenhall; and her current competition partner Wentworth, formally owned by Amy McIlwham. Collier rides with Paralympic Dressage coach Wes Dunham of Woodstock Stables in Millbrook, NY.

Her athletic pursuits have been accompanied by multiple awards and scholarships including 2011 Para-Dressage demonstration rider at the Adequate FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, 2012 Think Alive Grant, 2013 USDF Youth Convention Scholarship, 2013 U.S. Para-Dressage Symposium invitation, 2013 Custom Saddlery Rising Star Award, 2013 Miss Jane Marple Memorial Trophy at Dressage for Kids, 2014 Michigan Virtual High School Chemistry Scholarship, 2013 and 2014 Jonathan Wentz Memorial Scholarship, 2014 Courtney’s Quest Scholarship, and the 2014 Women’s Sports Foundation Travel and Training Grant.

Between riding and maintaining her Honors student status at Skyline High School, Collier enjoys sharing her story and goals as a motivational speaker around the country. She not only speaks to groups and individuals in the equestrian world but she also enjoys speaks with groups with varied interests throughout the community including 4-H clubs.

Collier is an outstanding representative for the 2014 Junior Equestrian of the Year Award. Hope Hand, Paralympian and President of the United States Para-Equestrian Association, acknowledged, “This is an exciting achievement for Sydney. She has worked tirelessly as an athlete and student to achieve her goals. I have watched her grow as an individual over the past 5 years and her positive attitude and determination has been felt by everyone that has ever reached out to Sydney. She will humbly tell anyone that asks that she had the best mentor and advisor, the late Jonathan Wentz, who has guided her path to success. Jonathan was the driving force behind the Para-Dressage Junior and Young Rider Program, but it still takes a talented rider to carry on his mission to be the best in the world. I am so proud of Sydney.”

Hand continued, “On behalf of the Para-Equestrian discipline I would like to thank USEF for acknowledging this outstanding athlete.”

Collier is excited to look towards the future as she aims for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. For more information about Sydney Collier, please visit www.SydsParaQuest.com.

For more information on the 2015 USEF Annual Meeting, visit https://www.usef.org/convention/Default.aspx.

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 Federation 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.