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Team USA Wins Another CPEDI3* in Wellington and Dominates Competition

Rebecca Hart and Schroeter’s Romani. Photos (C) Lindsay Y. McCall.

Wellington, FL – January 24, 2016 – Team USA and individuals once again dominated the competition at Week Two of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) $10,000 CPEDI3*. This week’s U.S. team, led by Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt, included riders Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Royal Dancer (Grade Ia), Rebecca Hart and Schroeter’s Romani (Grade II), Angela Peavy and Lancelot Warrior (Grade III), and Margaret Mcintosh and Rio Rio (Grade Ia). Despite torrential downpour on Day 1, a ring change, a schedule change, and then extreme winds followed by cold weather on Day 2, the USA riders were unfazed and completed the task of qualifying the USA Team for the Rio Paralympics.

The $10,000 CPEDI3* is presented by Mission Control, Mane Stream, courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Adequan®, and Nutrena runs through January 24, 2016. Sunday completes the competition with the Freestyle Tests held in the Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The two week Para-Equestrian Dressage Tour was the final opportunity in the United States to qualify for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Team Test day began with torrential rain that continued through the entire day. Riders and their horses moved from The Stadium to the Van Kampen Arena. As rain pelted the metal roof of the arena riders gave it their all in front of the FEI ground jury of Sarah Leitch (GBR), Marc Urban (BEL), and Dr Jan Holger Holtschmit (GER). The USA riders held the lead from Team Test day to Day Two Individual Test Day on Saturday. Day Two began with extreme winds that caused tents to blow, flags to wave, and gusts that pulled over parts of the arena. To add to the unique atmosphere a helicopter landed and took off just next to the ring as Rebecca Hart entered the ring and Kelly Boccia completed her test. The steadiness and focus of these international athletes and their horses showcased the talent these riders have.

Grade II Paralympian Rebecca Hart laughed about the noise the helicopter brought as it landed just outside The Stadium. “I was pretending it was not there. The only reason I knew it was time for me to enter the ring was because the gate opened.”

Hart and her horse Schroeter’s Romani, owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Barbara Summer, and Bill and Sandy Kimmel, have made small changes over two years to reveal an amazing equine and human partnership. Hart most recently began riding without stirrups to minimize the effect the spasms she was incurring while riding with stirrups. The duo has proven themselves around the world and are excited for the future.

Hart expressed, “The last two days have solidified how much I appreciate this horse. She has grown up immensely from when I started riding her two years ago. It was very special to have the things that would have been upsetting to her a while ago not affect her this weekend. To know that the trust is there between us now really makes going into the next year exciting. With the change of rings, wind, and helicopter, the fact that she handled all of that and did the job for me was fantastic. It just goes to show that the system and the foundation we have with Cherry Knoll Farm and Todd Flettrich is starting to come together very nicely and it’s coming together at key points. Today Romani truly helped me out. I went in, did our first halt, and I had a massive leg spasm. I can’t help her when that happens. She felt it and she just kept going. That’s showing we are coming together as a team. She was confident when that happened. I love this horse. That moment was very special to me because she carried me though when I needed her. I am so thankful to my wonderful support team with Todd Flettrich, Margaret Duprey and Fernando Ortega; this success wouldn’t happen without them.”

Hart added, “These last two weeks have been great. To be able to help the USA get into Rio and be together with my teammates has been wonderful. Everyone is doing a fantastic job under a lot of pressure and it’s been really special to be able to share this experience with them.”

Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt was proud of the USA riders over these last two weeks. Handt noted, “It was a very challenging weekend this week. The weather was not in our favor. The first day we had to change arenas, some of the horses got soaking wet and had to move from one arena to another and warm up twice. Luckily the facility has an indoor and we were lucky enough to use it and move the venue over there. All the horses performed very well under trying conditions. Today we had lots of wind, helicopter, sirens, and tents blowing. We can really see that our top riders and top horses are ready for the challenge. Even under all these trying circumstances they performed up to their best, got their scores up, and performed consistently. Together the US team worked to qualify for the Paralympics. Our athletes are showing a steady improvement from the last competitions to here and they are coming together as a team. We have trainers and riders that are up to the challenge and all of our current team horses are in very good position. We even have a couple other people that have stepped up this weekend. It looks like we have 6 or 7 riders that will be trying out at the selection trials for the team. It should be an exciting trial for the Paralympics.”

Annie Peavy and Lancelot Warrior
Annie Peavy and Lancelot Warrior

Grade III team rider and 2014 World Equestrian Games (WEG) athlete Annie Peavy will be one to watch as the U.S. riders head to Selection Trials this summer. Peavy has enjoyed her partnership with her horse Lancelot Warrior over the weekend. Peavy noted, “We had a very strong ride on the first day which continued through the second day. I felt like he was really with me despite the bad weather. He felt both confident and powerful. Although today our warmup was a little scary, he went into the arena and focused on me the entire time. My tests felt great over both days and I really enjoyed his trot mediums in my individual test.”

Also a 2014 WEG athlete and USA Team rider this weekend Roxanne Trunnell had superb rides on Julia Handt’s NTEC Royal Dancer. Trunnell commented, “I was very pleased with how this show turned out. The first day when they moved us to indoor arena I wasn’t concerned how Royal was going to handle the change, since I’ve ridden in there a lot. However, when we got in there and I heard how loud the rain made it I wasn’t sure how he would handle it, but he stayed focused on me. Today since it was so windy and I have never ridden Royal in the wind, I was a little nervous. Touché (Trunnell’s WEG horse) freaks out at every little thing in the wind so I was kind of expecting that but I only had to remind Royal to pay attention to me once and he never spooked. I want to thank Julia Handt for loaning me her special boy.”

Also representing Team USA was fellow Grade Ia rider Margaret McIntosh and Rio Rio. Macintosh commented, “The wild weather this weekend definitely contributed to the most energetic rides I have ever enjoyed on Rio. Various glitches on the centerline kept us from optimum scores but Rio’s connectivity improves every day, with Missy’s (Ransehousen) hard work after Carlos’ wise words, I am looking forward to a great freestyle.”

The USA riders didn’t just perform well as a team over both days but as individuals as well. Roxanne Trunnell topped Grade Ia with Margaret McIntosh in second, Jody Schloss of Canada in third and Robyn Andrews of Canada in fourth.

In Grade Ib Sydney Collier took home the blues both days with Wes Dunham’s Western Rose. In the team test Collier earned the second place with Amy McIlwham’s Wentworth but took home the third behind Canada’s Ashley Gowanlock and Ferdonia 2 in the Individual Test. Gowanlock earned the third place in the team test. Laurietta Oakleaf (USA) and Nickel fan Busenitz rounded out Grade Ib earning the fourth place rosette.

Collier was excited about each of her rides. “This weekend went great. I am so incredibly proud to have three amazing horses I am working with. It was an interesting show because normally at this type of show we hope the weather will cooperate with us a little. There were so many factors could have distracted me but I was impressed with my own ability to shut it all out and ride my test. Rosey and Wentworth both improved so much from day one to day two and I am so proud of each of them. I really enjoyed the mediums in each of their tests because they are my absolute favorite. It feels like you are floating. They were both super good and not distracted by the wind. There were times I thought I may blow off my horse but each horse was focused and ready to do their job.”

In Grade II Rebecca Hart held the lead with Gold Medal winning Paralympian of Canada Lauren Barwick and Onyx in second. Kelly Boccia (USA) and Donauwalzer CSF earned the third place both days and Charlotte Merle-Smith and her brand new mount Firewalker (USA) took home fourth. Deborah Stanitski and recently borrowed horse Pilikua Koa garnered fifth.

Grade III was dominated by Angela Peavy and Lancelot Warrior (USA) over both days with Kate Shoemaker and Solitaer 40 (USA) in second. Pamela Hardin and Quaterjack (USA) took home third on the team test day.

Grade IV saw a brand new para-dressage rider earn the first place accolades over both days. Sophie Ghedin and Remy Martin G (USA) took the lead over WEG rider Mary Jordan (USA) and Rubicon 75, owned by Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center.

Ghedin, a former Montreal resident who became an American only four years ago, bought Remy Martin ten years ago before she was injured. One of the first competitions she did was Dressage at Devon where she won. Ghedin at the time rode with Scott Hassler and JJ Tate. After a bad surgery that severed a nerve in her leg she was unable to ride like she used to. Ghedin explained, “So JJ continued to ride Martin moving him to Prix St. George. When I started riding again I rode with Jessica Kissel and Claudio Olievera. My friend Rowan O’Riley pushed me to do the Para-Dressage and Hope Hand as well. After this last surgery happened I still wasn’t ready. I think I had to be ready and accept my injury. This was my first CDI, my first CPEDI, and my first big show in Para-Dressage. We’ve been working to Prix St. George and I1 movements so it’s been different to go to Grade IV. I just love this horse. He is amazing. He’s been through everything with me. In the ring he tends to get pretty strong but I just remind him that I am here and bring him back and then he relaxes. He can be amazing. My favorite movements are his extensions and canter extensions.”

Ghedin acknowledged, “This was a first for me as a CDI and I am so thankful to all of these girls. They are amazing. Just two weeks ago I did my first Para-Dressage test in a National show and here I am. I am so impressed with the riding abilities and horses that each of these riders has in the arena. I also wanted to thank all of the sponsors including Rowan O’Riley who pushed me into this, Mission Control, Adequan, and Nutrena. This was a wonderful show.”

Rebecca Hart agreed. “The workers and volunteers here at Global did an amazing job. With the fluctuation weather they had to be so flexible and they made sure we had a good show despite the wind and rain.”

Para-Dressage competition continues on Sunday, January 24, 2016, with the Freestyle Tests in The Stadium.

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.

Para-Dressage Riders Kick Off $10,000 CPEDI3* Paralympic Qualifier in Wellington

Coach Wes Dunham jogs his horse Western Rose who is ridden by Sydney Collier (USA). Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall.

Wellington, FL- January 21, 2016 – Nineteen horse and rider combinations presented themselves on Thursday at the FEI Jog for the $10,000 CPEDI3* occurring January 22-24, 2016, at Week Two of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF). The $10,000 CPEDI3* is presented by Mission Control, Mane Stream, courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Adequan®, and Nutrena. Para-Dressage riders from both Canada and the USA will step into The Stadium on Friday for their Team Test competition, followed by the Individual Test on Saturday, and the Freestyles on Sunday. Athletes in Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV will be competing in front of FEI ground jury of Sarah Leitch (GBR), Marc Urban (BEL), and Dr Jan Holger Holtschmit (GER). This is the final part of the 2016 Para-Equestrian Dressage Tour and the last opportunity in the United States to qualify for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The USA dominated during the January 8-10 $10,000 CPEDI3* and a repeat performance would be crucial for the USA Team and individuals.

U.S. Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt noted, “It may be a little tougher than last week. Our riders just have to keep up the momentum. This is an important show for us. I see no problem in each rider cranking it up by three or four percent. Last time was the first time these athletes were all in the big arena and now they know what to do and what to expect. There should be no problem for each of them to perform well.”

United States Equestrian Federation Director of Sport Programs Will Connell said to the riders, “Your job is to go out there and be professional athletes – that is what you are. Go out and do your best.”

Para-Dressage competition begins at 10 AM in The Stadium at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival.

The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival is the world’s largest international and national dressage circuit featuring seven CDIs, including four CDI-Ws, one 4* and one 5*, the only non-championship CDIO Nations’ Cup in the Western Hemisphere, as well as weekly U.S. National events. 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. For more information, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com. The AGDF takes place at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, from January 14 through April 2, 2016.

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.

Para-Dressage Riders Complete USEF Develop the Coach Program

Roxanne Trunnell works with U.S. Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt. Photos by: Lindsay Y. McCall.

Wellington, FL – January 16, 2016 – Following an exciting CPEDI3* show at the Adequan® Global Dressage Show Grounds in Wellington, Florida, Para-Dressage riders participated in the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage High Performance Symposium Develop the Coach Program. The symposium took place in the Van Kampen Arena January 10-12, 2016. Riders were treated to both lecture and riding sessions taught by FEI International 5* Dressage Judge Carlos Lopes of Portugal and U.S. Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt. The symposium included a collaborative coaching model where equestrians could learn and refresh their knowledge and skills alongside their own coaches while being instructed by Lopes or Handt. These Para-Dressage symposiums have been an integral part of educating and growing the high performance sport of Para-Equestrian Dressage. Riders of all skill levels were encouraged to participate in the Develop the Coach Program.

USEF High Performance Director of Para Equestrian & Vaulting Laureen Johnson commented, “The athletes are always thrilled with the opportunity to attend a symposium with 5* Para Dressage judge Carlos Lopes and USEF Para Dressage Chef d’Equipe, Kai Handt. Lopes expressed how impressed he was with the evolution of the U.S. Para Dressage program, seeing progress in the technical skills of the athletes. The interest in Para Dressage is growing rapidly and we couldn’t be more pleased with the recent performances of the U.S. athletes in national and international competition in preparation for the 2016 Paralympics.”

The symposium began with a lecture session provided by Lopes and Handt. The international duo talked about rules, Para-Dressage theory, scales of training, quality of test movements, and much more. Lopes began the lecture by reviewing the FEI Rules and the warm-up time allowed for Grade Ia, Ib, and II. He also talked about when the actual show begins and when rules are enforced. Lopes noted, “It’s important to plan out how you will use your time in the warm-up with your coach. So when you are ready to enter the ring you have prepared yourself and your horse to the maximum. You don’t want to over warm up your horse but you don’t want to bring a horse into the ring that could have used another 5 minutes.”

Another rule that Lopes went over was what you should do when something technically goes awry in the ring that is not under your control. For example, a speaker falls, the electricity goes out, or a tent ends up in the middle of the ring. Lopes said it can hurt you if you keep going. You will want to stop. Everything from the beginning of your test to the moment you stopped will be judged. Once the issue has been fixed, you will be judged from that moment on. If you were to keep going when the technical issue occurs your scores will count which could affect your score.”

Lopes and Handt also discussed about creating the best image possible for you and your horse. Not only around the show grounds but when you enter the ring.

Lopes noted, “As a judge you are not disabled; you are a rider that is able to perform or not able to perform. We don’t care about your disability; we just want to see in your grade how able you are to do it.”

Handt added, “You have to think about what the FEI had in mind when they made these tests. What do they want to see, what do they want you to prove on your tests? Think about what the test was made for.”

Lopes and Handt went over what it takes to reach each score of a 6, 7, 8, and 9. Lopes explained, “You have to ride your corners properly. It makes a big difference when preparing the horse for the next exercise. If you miss the corner you are taking points away from your exercise.” You also want to look where your transitions are. Ask yourself if they are in the right place. Ask yourself if the judge can clearly see the transition. Handt added, “Look where you are going. Dressage is a forward sport so you have to think forward and look for the next two moves.”

Following the first day informative lecture, riders took part in practical sessions with Lopes on the second day. Handt worked the riders in practical sessions on the final day going over their freestyles and more technical parts of their tests. Each participant rode for 45 minutes in the collaborative coaching model where their coaches worked alongside Lopes and Handt.

Pam Hardin and Quaterjack
Pam Hardin and Quaterjack

International athletes both beginning Para Dressage and veterans attended the three day clinic. Grade III U.S. rider Pam Hardin who showed in the CPEDI3* enjoyed working with both Lopes and Handt. Hardin began riding in Para Dressage just a few years ago. She and her coach have attended multiple high-performance symposiums.

“It was amazing,” stated Hardin. “I really felt like I finally put some pieces together that we were working on at home but really weren’t congealing. Specifically the exercises with the small 10 meter circles and large 20 meter circles on the canter. We also worked on extending and bringing my horse back. We’ve been working on getting me to sit better and deeper and Carlos did a fabulous job communicating in a way I really understood. This was absolutely so important to have following the CPEDI3*. I love the mix of collaborative coaching because the trainer tells you everyday things to do and my trainer does a wonderful job but, sometimes a clinician will come up with a certain way to say that same thing that makes it click.”

Hardin added, “I enjoyed going over the rules on the first day of this symposium. I am a reader of the rules, but the rules can be treacherous to navigate so it was very nice to get answers to specific questions I had. For example I had always wondered if something happened in the freestyle, do I catch up to my music or not. It was nice to get that question answered.

“The final day with Kai built nicely on the work with Carlos Lopes, giving me specific help with specific areas,” stated Hardin. “Each of them homed in on controlling forward movement to be able to get Quaterjack’s wonderful gaits while still being capable of showing distinct transitions, something I struggled with in the CPEDI.”

Hardin concluded, “This symposium was amazing. I left with targeted instruction and can’t wait to show improvement next week. To be able to show, have the clinic, train, and then come back and show again is so exciting.”

Following the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage High Performance Symposium Develop the Coach Program is the Para-Dressage Tour $10,000 CPEDI3*, scheduled for January 21-24, 2016, in the Van Kampen Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

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 Para-Dressage Riders Top First Day of Competition at $10,000 CPEDI3* in Wellington

Rebecca Hart and Schroeter’s Romani. Photos (C) Lindsay Y. McCall.

Wellington, FL – January 8, 2016 – United States Para-Dressage riders topped each of the five grades on the first day of the $10,000 CPEDI3* in Wellington, FL. FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes from the United States of America, Canada, and Mexico are competing over the weekend in the 2016 Para-Equestrian Dressage Tour held in The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, home of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF). Nineteen horse and rider combinations competed on January 8, in the Team Test competition. Earning the highest score of the day was Grade II Paralympian Rebecca Hart from the United States and Schroeter’s Romani, owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Barbara Summer, and Bill and Sandy Kimmel. Margaret McIntosh (USA) and her own Rio Rio topped Grade Ia, Sydney Collier (USA) and Western Rose, owned by Wes Dunham, earned the blue for Grade Ib, Angela Peavy (USA) and Lancelot Warrior, owned by Rebecca Reno, garnered first place in Grade III, and Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75, owned by Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, took home the rosette in Grade IV. The $10,000 CPEDI3* presented by Mission Control, Mane Stream, courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Adequan®, and Nutrena, is the first look at each horse and rider combination aiming for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The Para Equestrian Dressage Tour includes the $10,000 CPEDI3* January 8-10, and the $10,000 CPEDI3* January 21-24, 2016. The FEI ground jury for January 8-10 includes President Kristi Wysocki (USA), Carlos Lopes (POR), and Marco Orsini (GER). Following the Team Test competition is the Individual Test on Saturday, January 9, and the Freestyle on Sunday.

The riders were tested on Friday not only on their FEI Dressage tests but on how they deal with continually changing weather that included sessions of pouring rain. The riders kept their focus while riding in the beautiful and large Stadium at the PBIEC. The atmosphere resembled many of the World Games’ atmospheres making this CPEDI3* perfect practice for the upcoming 2016 Rio Paralympics.

Paraylmpian Rebecca Hart commented, “I cannot thank Mission Control, Mane Stream, Rowan O’Riley, Adequan®, and Nutrena enough for hosting the show and putting us in the limelight where we need to be, especially in a Paralympic year. The venue has been amazing, the support crew has done an incredible job adapting our arena and having to change it from short to long; It’s been a wonderful experience and we are in the right atmosphere to get us prepped for Rio.”

Hart and Schroeter’s Romani earned the high score of the day with a 74.167% in Grade II. She noted, “I loved my ride today. We tweaked a few things from Texas and Nationals and she has been coming into her own in the last few months. The main thing was we went without stirrups, which is always a little scary, but it has really helped our connection, flow, and harmony. We have always had the power and expression but we wanted to make it smooth through the entire thing. With the condition I have there is a lot of spasticity involved and it’s a progressive condition. So as the years have progressed I have gotten more spastic overtime. When I would hit the stirrup bar, when I was riding with stirrups, I would spasm and I would basically become a human clothespin. Romani would hesitate because she knew my body so well. I was talking to some of the European riders that have been doing it with their tests and they said to take my stirrups off. We’ve been doing that for the last couple of months and this is the second time we have been showing like that. I think it has really helped smoothed out the picture. Romani is really happy with it, she accepts my leg, and it came off really well today.”

Hart like many Para-Dressage riders spent the summer competing around the world including Europe. “It was an amazing summer,” Hart smiled. “It was like ‘pinch me is this real’. Romani handled the travel beautifully. We were competing against all of the top European riders which gave us a good barometer as what we needed to fix and improve. We took everything we learned over the summer, had some really great success over there, and brought it home. Now we have been continuing to build on it.”

Hart continued, “I want to thank Todd Flettrich, Margaret Duprey of Cherry Knoll Farm, my groom Fernando Ortega, Barbara Summer, and Bill and Sandy Kimmel. Without them I wouldn’t have gone to Europe or competed here in Florida.

Before Hart moved to Florida she resided and trained in Pennsylvania alongside Margaret McIntosh. McIntosh earned the first place accolade in Grade Ia with her own Rio Rio with a score of 72.754%. “Today felt good especially coming from a disappointing show in Texas this summer. Texas was awful because the horses were in the trailer for two days and Missy (Ransehousen), my trainer, had chickenpox and she still managed to get there. She is the most loyal trainer ever. Rio was not herself in Texas. She was really sluggish all three days and spooked in the middle of the freestyle. Since then we have been working hard on her fitness. Kentucky Equine Research has made a diet specific to her, Missy has been riding Rio very forward, and she and Jessica (Ransehousen) are working together to make Rio her best. I also worked with Clive Milkins and he, Missy, and Jessica together were a powerhouse of information and slapped Rio into shape. Clive said that hard work, studying the basics of rhythm, straightness, harmony and balance have helped us. Just correct and accurate training. Having Clive, Missy, and Jessica on my team have been a great privilege. I can only hope Rio is just as wonderful tomorrow.”

Sydney Collier and Western Rose
Sydney Collier and Western Rose

In Grade Ib, 2014 World Equestrian Games Athlete Sydney Collier took the lead with Wes Dunham’s Western Rose. Western Rose competed in the 2012 London Paralympics with Donna Ponessa but this was Collier’s first international CPEDI3* with the mare. Collier stated, “Rosie was so fun to ride today. She has her own engine and she knows how to give me that forward impulsion. I just have to manage her gaits. That is the first time I have ever shown her and it’s not too shabby for the first time in the International ring with me.”

Collier continued, “I was so proud of both of my horses today. I couldn’t do any of this without them. Scampano’s warmup usually takes longer than it did today. I could have gone into the show ring after two minutes on him. He was great and his test came together very smoothly. Since competing in Texas at the CPEDI3* and National Championships he has really developed his quality of gait.”

Collier concluded, “It’s been really cool to work with such amazing talented horses and people. I am so thankful to Wes Dunham, Karen Ramsing-Bixler of KCR Dressage LLC, Allyn Maix of Choice of Champions, all of my other sponsors, my family, and Mission Control and Mane Stream. I am also enjoying showing in The Stadium ring. It is totally different than being under the covered arena. I love it. I went out there once with Willi Wesley so I knew the ring but it’s totally different getting to show in there. It feels like the real deal.”

In Grade III, 2014 World Equestrian Games Athlete Annie Peavy and Rebecca Reno’s Lancelot Warrior earned the top score of 71.360%. Peavy stated, “My team test was great. Lance felt very in front of me and was connected with me at a different level than he has been in the past. Our partnership has been progressing over the year and today he was soft and energetic. Tomorrow I will make sure the energy keeps going. I really love showing in The Stadium. It’s a different level of international competition which is exciting but you still have to concentrate though.”

Peavy’s family Mission Control is presenting the $10,000 CPEDI3*. Peavy noted, “My parents are very supportive of everything I do and continue to help me follow my dreams. I want to thank them for sponsoring the show and everything they do with Lance and Ozzy (Ozzy Cooper). I also want to thank Mane Stream, Rowan O’Riley, my trainer Heather Blitz, Alexia my groom, and Global for hosting us and being so nice and accommodating.”

Annie Peavy’s mom, Rebecca Reno, added, “We absolutely adore Global and Jimmy does an amazing job keeping these grounds beautiful. It’s perfect to watch the riders in the international arena because you can tell this experience will help get the riders ready for Rio.”

Rowan O’Riley of Mane Stream also added, “I am so proud to be a part of the Para-Dressage effort and I really admire the way these riders push the limits. I have had the pleasure of seeing Annie Peavy compete for a while and I have worked with Mane Stream in NJ and their therapeutic riding center. My own daughter has cerebral palsy and she became able through her riding. I am getting to know all the riders and their horses and they have beautiful quality in their horses and the riders are excellent riders.”

Rounding out the Grades was Grade IV winner and 2010 World Equestrian Games athlete Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75, owned by Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center. The Para-Dressage Tour $10,000 CPEDI3* scheduled January 7-10, 2016, continues on Saturday with the Individual Test competition in The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival is the world’s largest international and national dressage circuit featuring seven CDIs, including four CDI-Ws, one 4* and one 5*, the only non-championship CDIO Nations’ Cup in the Western Hemisphere, as well as weekly U.S. National events. 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. For more information, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

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.

International Athletes Prepare for 2016 Para Equestrian Dressage Tour with First $10,000 CPEDI3*

Kai Handt waiting to jog NTEC Royal Dancer shown by Roxie Trunnell. Photos (C) Lindsay Y. McCall.

Wellington, FL – January 7, 2016 – FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Athletes from the United States of America, Canada, and Mexico will be competing in The first $10,000 CPEDI3* of the 2016 Para-Equestrian Dressage Tour held in Wellington, Florida. The $10,000 CPEDI3* is held in The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, home of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF). January 8 commences with the Team Test competition, followed by the Individual Test on Saturday, and the Freestyle on Sunday. Para-Equestrian Dressage Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV will be participating. The FEI ground jury for January 8-10 includes Kristi Wysocki (USA), Carlos Lopes (POR), and Marco Orsini (GER). The $10,000 CPEDI3* is presented by Mission Control, Mane Stream, courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Adequan®, and Nutrena. The Para Equestrian Dressage Tour includes the $10,000 CPEDI3* January 8-10 and the $10,000 CPEDI3* January 21-24, 2016. The AGDF takes place at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL from January 14 through April 2, 2016. The CPEDI3* events will be the first look at each horse and rider combination aiming for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Official Prize List posted on www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Before the FEI Jog on Thursday, January 7, a Welcome Reception was held by Mission Control for the Para-Equestrians, their families, and guests. It was a chance to celebrate the kick-off of the new competition season and honor former Show Manager Lloyd Landkamer.

Wes Dunham jogging Sydney Collier's mount Scampano 2.
Wes Dunham jogging Sydney Collier’s mount Scampano 2.

Hope Hand, President of the USPEA, noted, “We had a wonderful welcome reception under the VIP tent at the Global Dressage Festival show grounds. The reception marked the beginning of the last two Paralympic qualifiers. More than 90 athletes, grooms, sponsors and supporters attended. It was really gratifying to see such a turn out which emphasized just how much Para Dressage has grown over the last few years. Much of our success is due to a large part of Lloyd Landkamer’s vision of inclusion for the Para Equestrian athletes at the Global events. We miss Lloyd, but he will never be forgotten for his contributions to our sport. Thank you to our sponsors, Mission Control, Mane Stream, Rowan O’Riley, Adequan®, and Nutrena for kicking off the Road to Rio competitions. Good luck to everyone and enjoy some great rides.”

The CPEDI3* event begins in The Stadium at 10 AM on Friday with the Grade Ib horse and rider combinations. The show will finish at 2:30 PM.

Chef d’Equipe of the United States Para-Dressage Team Kai Handt is looking forward to the weekend competition. He expressed, “We have good riders and good horses. I watched everyone school today and the horses look fitter, they have the right trainers, they look even better than they did in Houston at the CPEDI3* where they had the highest U.S. team score ever. They look ready for the job. The United States riders are great. I’m looking forward to seeing clean, precise tests with no mistakes, good rhythm, good connections, and good corners. We have riders that are out competing around the world. They are riding in one stars and three stars and winning in Europe. We have good sponsors, good support, more people are involved, and the program is growing. I see no reason why these riders can’t compete to their best this weekend. This is the first time ever they are riding in the main international arena and everything is going their way. Now they just have to show everyone what they have.”

International Athletes in the CPEDI3* include:

Grade Ia:
Margaret McIntosh and Rio Rio (USA)
Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Royal Dancer (USA)
Jody Schloss andLieutenant Lobin (CAN)
Robyn Andrews and Fancianna (CAN )

Grade Ib:
Sydney Collier and Scampano 2 (USA)
Sydney Collier and Western Rose (USA)
Laurietta Oakleaf and Nickel fan Busenitz (USA)
Ashley Gowanlock and Why Not Me (CAN)
Ashley Gowanlock and Ferdonia 2 (CAN

Grade II:
Kelly Boccia and Donauwalzer CSF (USA)
Rebecca Hart and Schroeter’s Romani (USA)
Deborah STanitski and Pilikua Koa (USA)
Lauren Barwick and Onyx (CAN)
Erika Baitenmann and Bruno (MEX)

Grade III:
Eleanor Brimmer and London Swing (USA)
Pamela Hardin and Quarterjack (USA)
Angela Peavy and Lancelot Warrior (USA)
Kate Shoemaker and Solitaer 40 (USA)

Grade IV:
Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75 (USA)

The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival is the world’s largest international and national dressage circuit featuring seven CDIs, including four CDI-Ws, one 4* and one 5*, the only non-championship CDIO Nations’ Cup in the Western Hemisphere, as well as weekly U.S. National events. 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. For more information, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

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

USEF High Performance Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposium Develop the Coach Program

Kai Handt at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games with Roxanne Trunnell (USA).

Wellington, FL – January 4, 2016 – Para-Equestrian Dressage riders from the United States are encouraged to participate in the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage High Performance Symposium Develop the Coach Program held in Wellington, FL. The Symposium will include FEI International 4* Dressage Judge Carlos Lopes of Portugal and U.S. Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt. The symposium is scheduled for January 10-12, 2016, following the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* January 7-10, 2016. The symposium will be held in the Van Kampen Arena at the Global Dressage Festival Show Grounds. Auditors are welcome.

The two and a half day Symposium begins at 2 PM on Sunday, January 10, with a welcome from Kai Handt.

Carlos Lopes will proceed with a lecture session on Para-Dressage theory, scales of training, quality of test movements, and much more. Monday, January 11, 2016, begins the practical sessions where each participant will ride for 45 minutes in a collaborative coaching model. This model includes each athlete’s coach in the session. Equestrians will enjoy learning alongside their own coach while preparing for international level Para-Dressage competition. The final day of the clinic includes an informative lecture, a practical session on freestyles and individual riding sessions.

USEF High Performance Director of Para Equestrian & Vaulting Laureen Johnson commented, “This symposium is an integral part of preparation for the 2016 Paralympic Team. All athletes who are vying for a Paralympic slot should participate. Mr. Lopes and Mr. Handt make a wonderful team and I’ve witnessed immediate improvement in the athletes after completing the previous Para Dressage Symposium in California.”

For more information on the details of this symposium, please contact Laureen Johnson, High Performance Director, Para Equestrian & Vaulting, United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. Phone: (908) 326-1155 Email: lkjohnson@usef.org or via cell after January 6 at (908) 229-1858.

About Carlos Lopes:

Carlos Manuel Lucas Lopes was born in Lisbon, on November 10th 1968, is married and father of two. He has been a rider since the age of ten and breeder of “Puro Sangue Lusitano” since 1998. Was one of the Escola Portuguesa de Arte Equestre (Portuguese Riding School) riders.

National Team manager and head of Dressage teams (Grand Prix, junior and young riders) since 2005. He has, in this period, participated in 4 European Championships, 3 World Championships, 2 Olympic Games, and 1 World Cup. He is a member of the Portuguese Equestrian Federation Technical Committee since 2005.

Has had several invitations to speak and take part in expert commissions and also in public forums organizes to promote the different equestrian disciplines and all kinds of subjects related to organizing equestrian shows and Lusitano breed. Carlos has tutored, on invitation, equestrian skills perfecting practical courses, worldwide, especially in Germany, EUA and Brazil.

Certificated as Riding Teacher, FEI International Dressage 4* Judge, and FEI International Para Equestrian 5* Judge. Also certified as Trainer/Coach Dressage and Para dressage athletes.

Has managed 5 equestrian centers, of which the Academia de Dressage Daniel Pinto is the most remarkable, for being one of the best equestrian centers in the world. Presently, and for the last 18 years, he manages the Centro Equestre da Quinta do Senhor da Serra, with a team of 4 monitors, teaching over 200 lessons a week.

He has trained athletes of several age categories and has achieved remarkable results both in European, as well as in and World Championships. Never won an international event, but that is one of major aspirations.

He has established a solid career as Judge, for which he has been granted effective recognition by all of the most important international institutions, resulting in invitations to judge in the most important Dressage and Para Equestrian events all over the world.

Organized several Dressage, Para Dressage and Show Jumping events. Amongst such events, the 1st European Para Equestrian Championship, in 2001, and the European Dressage Championship for junior e and young riders, in 2008, 7 Iberian dressage cups finals (CDIs3*), CDI5* Al Shaqab, Doha, in 2013, Dressage discipline manager for the Madrid Horse Week, in 2014, selected in partnership with Dr. António Chaves de Almeida, among other companies in the world for the computerization of Dressage competitions at Sea Games, Thailand, are the most remarkable. He has also been responsible for the organization of over two dozens of National Championships and Portuguese Cup Finals.

Lusitano breeder since 1998, has been dedicated to the development and improvement of this race towards sporting excellence in order to get horses with the potential to participate and compete for prizes in the highest international competitions. This is a work of care and time, but you have already obtained the best results above expectations.

Consulting and breeding manager for several breeding facilities, Coudelaria Alegria dos Pinhais (Brazil), Haras Ilha Verde (Brazil) and Coudelaria Ortigão Costa (Portugal) are the most remarkable.

About Kai Handt:

Kai Handt is the USEF Para Equestrian Dressage Chef d’Equipe, and most recently served in this capacity at the 2014 World Equestrian Games. As a rider, trainer, and clinician, Kai’s illustrious equestrian background includes coaching and sponsoring para-dressage riders at the international level for the past several years. Among his accolades are

*           Individual coach and sponsor at 2012 Paralympics to the highest placing U.S. equestrian overall at the Paralympics and Olympics, as well as individual coach and sponsor at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY.

*           Individual coach for one or more riders at the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 USEF National Para-Equestrian Dressage Championships earning 2011 USEF National Para-Equestrian Dressage Champion, 2012 USEF National Para-Equestrian Dressage Reserve Champion.

*           Individual coach at numerous CPEDI3* from 2009-2014 for multiple riders earning multiple grade championships, overall championships, and as part of the U.S. Team, several Team Championships.

*           Chef d’Equipe at 2012 CEPDI3* in Wellington for the Japanese Team, coaching their rider to their first Paralympic Equestrian qualifying score.

*           Chef d’Equipe at 2011 CPEDI3* in Mexico City, resulting in a U.S. Team Nation’s Cup win, overall individual reserve champion, and individual Grade 1a and Grade Ib champions.

*           Individual coach for Derrick Perkins; the first Para-Dressage rider from the United States Veteran’s Assistance Program in 2013.

*           Also in 2013, Handt was the individual coach for Para-Dressage riders Benjamin Harper, Roxanne Trunnell, and Derrick Perkins; as well as selector of appropriate horses for each individual at each show. All individuals achieved top scores ranging from 63.478%-73.478% during that show season.

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

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

Two Official Paralympic Equestrian Qualifying Competitions in January 2016

Annie Peavy at the 2015 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) Para-Dressage CPEDI3*. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall.

Wellington, FL – November 30, 2015 – After the successful 2015 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships in October, riders are looking forward to heading to Wellington, Florida this Winter show season. The 2016 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), presented by Mission Control, Mane Stream, courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Adequan®, and Nutrena, will host two CPEDI3* events in January. The Para-Equestrian Dressage Tour first $10,000 CPEDI3* is scheduled for January 7-10, and the second $10,000 CPEDI3* is January 21-24, 2016. The AGDF takes place at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL from January 14 through April 2, 2016. The ADGF CPEDI events will be the first look at each horse and rider combination aiming for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

The ground jury for January 7-10 includes Kristi Wysocki (USA), Carlos Lopes (POR), and Marco Orsini (GER). The ground jury for January 21-24 includes Sarah Leitch (GBR), Marc Urban (BEL), and Dr Jan Holger Holtschmit (GER). Each competition is coordinated by Thomas Baur with Manager Monica Fitzgerald. Each show will have the FEI jog around 3 PM on that Thursday followed by the Team Test competition on Friday, Individual Test on Saturday, and the Freestyle on Sunday. Para-Equestrian Dressage Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV will be participating. Online entries are accepted at www.equestrianentries.com with the closing date for the Jan 7-10 CPEDI3* on December 23, 2015. Closing date for the January 21-24 show is January 4, 2016. Official Prize List posted on www.globaldressagefestival.com.

“With the Holidays fast approaching we are also closing in on the final competitions to the road to Rio,” said President of the USPEA and Paralympian Hope Hand. “Our Para Dressage athletes are making their way to Florida, sacrificing family time to fulfill a dream.”

Hand acknowledged, “It’s the time of the season to give thanks to the many friends and family members who have supported our athletes through this journey. If you can, join us to cheer our US Para Dressage Team on their Road to Rio. I promise an exciting competition.”

The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival is the world’s largest international and national dressage circuit featuring seven CDIs, including four CDI-Ws, one 4* and one 5*, the only non-championship CDIO Nations’ Cup in the Western Hemisphere, as well as weekly U.S. National events. 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. For more information, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

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

Riders Plan Para-Western Dressage Demo at the 2015 Western Dressage World Championship Show

Tulsa, Oklahoma – October 21, 2015 – Para-Equestrian World Equestrian Games’ athlete Roxie Trunnell, rider and Para-Equestrian Western Dressage Organizer Marcia Cullen, Frederick Win, and Lara Oles will be demonstrating Para-Equestrian Western Dressage at the 2014 Western Dressage World Championship Show. The Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA) Western Dressage World Championship Show is scheduled November 6-8, 2015, following the WDAA Annual Convention November 4-6. The championship takes place in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Built Ford Tough Livestock and Mustang Arena at Expo Square. Judges include Para-Dressage rider and Judge Robin Brueckmann R/Western Dressage, S/Dressage (Young Horse); Debbie Riehl-Rodriguez R/Western Dressage, S/Dressage (Young Horse, Equitation); Sue Malone-Casey – S/Dressage (Young Horse); and Barbara Ebner – S/Dressage (Young Horse). These riders are showcasing the para-equestrian side of Western Dressage offering a future additional discipline for disabled equestrian athletes. For more information, please visit http://www.wdaaworldshow.org or go to http://www.westerndressageassociation.org.

Para-Dressage and Western Dressage rider Marsha Cullen explained, “As a Para-Equestrian and WDAA member I am happy to participate in the Educational Task Force on Para-Western Dressage. Having the WDAA World Championship Show in Tulsa every November is a real plus for those of us living in the Midwest and Southern states. There’s an abundance of stock horses here and their gaits are generally smoother and easier to sit. One of the tenets of the WDAA is its inclusiveness so combined with a sport that’s more accessible for more para-equestrians and you have a win/win situation.”

Para-Dressage rider and judge Robin Brueckmann noted, “I am so proud to be a part of the Western Dressage organization. It is helping people to use their horses in a productive and fun way. I think that Western Dressage is accessible to anyone with the horse they already have. It’s very exciting.”

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

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.

Para-Driver Stefanie Putnam Triumphs Big Time at Shady Oaks CDE

Stefanie Putnam and Bethesda after Dark (Shadow). Photo by Tom Muehleisen.

Lodi, CA – October 16, 2015 – Para-Equestrian Driver Stefanie Putnam and her horse Bethesda after Dark (Shadow) brought home a big win from Shady Oaks Combined Driving Event (CDE) in Lodi, California. This prestigious three day CDE took place September 18-20, 2015. Putnam drove over three days competing in the driven dressage test, a marathon, and the cones course. On the final day, Putnam drove an almost flawless cones round with preeminent grace and style to finish an epic and consistent summer with supreme honors. Putnam earned accolades, including Charles Kellogg ADS North American Preliminary Horse Champion, West Coast Triple Crown Preliminary Single Horse co-Champion, Shady Oaks Preliminary Single Horse Champion, and Shady Oaks Preliminary Single Horse Cones Winner.

Putnam acknowledged, “I feel very grateful and honored to be in the company of some pretty fantastic co-competitors. They have all been an incredible inspiration and ongoing, steadfast source of encouragement and sustenance to me and my very soul. I am truly blessed.”

CDEs are the carriage driving equivalent of Three Day Eventing in the riding world. They are tremendous tests of horsemanship and performance over three days which include a driven dressage test, a marathon over miles of countryside with complicated obstacles to negotiate at high velocity, and a cones course where speed, stamina, and accuracy are paramount. In the United States all drivers compete equally whether amateur, professional, male, female, youth, or disabled. With no concessions made on the playing field, Putnam, with a Grade 1 disability, took everyone’s breath away with her phenomenal and consistent achievements this summer culminating in one big moment at Shady Oaks.

Putnam competed in the preliminary division and earned the Charles Kellogg ADS North American Preliminary Horse Champion, Shady Oaks Preliminary Single Horse Champion, and Shady Oaks Preliminary Single Horse Cone. The preliminary division is the most hotly contested and competitive division with a field of around fifteen entries in Single Horse and over thirty entries in the overall division. To add fuel to the fire, the West Coast sponsored a highly sought after Triple Crown award combining scores at the Summer Festival CDE (Clay Station) in June, the Sargent Equestrian Center CDE in August, and Shady Oaks CDE in September. A few points separated each competitor coming into the final event. Putnam took home the West Coast Triple Crown Preliminary Single Horse co-Champion as well topping off one successful summer.

About Stefanie Putnam: Stefanie is dedicated and passionate about her interests, including design and advertising (she completed her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts/Advertising in December), public speaking, and competitive horse carriage driving. Following a devastating spinal cord injury in August of 2009 at the age of 24 which left her paralyzed from the chest down, Stefanie has embraced an amazing journey of self-discovery – rediscovering, reshaping, and rebuilding her dreams and her future. She has been blessed with the unbelievable support of many wonderful individuals who have embodied the magnificent power and triumph of the human spirit.

Stefanie has thrived through her involvement with carriage driving and is a spokesperson for United States Driving for the Disabled. She is also a prominent supporter and speaker for Canine Companions, has recently consulted with Google in the development of new product lines, and has worked with Ride Designs in Denver on sports seating for the disabled. She hopes to continue to broaden her scope as a motivational speaker/consultant combining her successes as a competitive horse carriage driver with her insights into the world of individuals facing extreme challenges. She looks forward with great anticipation and excitement to her continuing, incredible journey and is truly an inspiration to everyone around her.

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: Wheeler966@aol.com or by phone: (610)356-6481.

Drivers Complete USEF High Performance Para-Driving Clinic in California

Stefanie Putnam (Left) drives during the USEF High Performance Para-Driving clinic August 31, 2015. Photo by Tom Muehleisen.

ESPN and Disabled Sports USA Provide Free Para-Driving Clinic October 5-6 in Kentucky

Lexington, KY – September 24, 2015 – United States Driving for the Disabled (USDFD) Para-Equestrian drivers attended the USEF High Performance Para-Driving clinic August 31, 2015. The clinic took place in Newcastle, Calif. at Whispering Oaks Performance Horses (WOPH). Drivers had the opportunity to work with top level Swedish clinician Olof Larsson from Florida. Leslie Berndl, owner of WOPH, graciously hosted the clinic at her facility. USDFD would like to thank USEF for such a memorable event and important educational day for High Performance drivers. Following the August 31, West Coast clinic is a free Para-Equestrian Driving Clinic Oct 5-6, 2015.

The October clinic will be held at the Gayla Driving Center in Georgetown, Kentucky. Thanks to Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) and Disabled Sports USA, individuals who are members of USDFD (or potential members) are invited to participate in one and/or two days of driving. The clinic will consist of discussions on competing with a disability, adaptive equipment, and dispensations. Experts include internationally recognized para-driver Diane Kastama with individual instruction from Sara Schmitt. Schmitt is a Grand Prix dressage rider, trainer, instructor, USEF ‘S’ judge, ADS ‘r’ judge and international combined driving competitor. Existing competitive and recreational para-drivers and new drivers are welcomed. Use of borrowed horse or stabling can be arranged. This clinic occurs just before the 2015 National Drive scheduled October 6-11, 2015, at The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

For more information about Sara Schmitt, please visit http://www.saraschmitt.com/.

For more information about Diane Kastama, please visit http://www.grandmeadows.com/tag/diane-kastama.

Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) and Disabled Sports USA video: http://www.disabledsportsusa.org/espn/.

For more information about The 2015 National Drive, please visit http://www.nationaldrive.net.

Location:
Para-Equestrian Driving Clinic Oct. 5, 6 – FREE
Gayla Driving Center
3329 Cynthiana Road
Georgetown, KY 40324

By: USDFD and Lindsay Y. McCall

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.