Horse Radio Network Features FEI Veterinarian Dr. Mike Tomlinson and International Trainer Kai Handt

Kai Handt, pictured with his horse NTEC Richter Scale who was ridden by Para-Dressage rider Jonathan Wentz.

Thousand Oaks, CA – August 28, 2013 – Horse Radio Network’s once-a-month Para-Equestrian Show featured FEI Veterinarian Dr. Mike Tomlinson and International Trainer Kai Handt Wednesday, August 28, 2013. Lindsay McCall from the USPEA co-hosted the show with Para-Equestrian Ellie Brimmer. Dr. Tomlinson informed the audience about what to expect before and during the trot-up, what each rider needs to know before they enter an international competition, and he even gave listeners an idea of what an FEI Veterinarian’s job is like from outside the arena. Trainer Kai Handt spoke about his experience training Para-Dressage riders, how to seek out support and sponsorship, and he expressed how crucial the correct horse and rider combination can be. To view episode #222:

Dr. Mike Tomlinson DVM MBA:

Tomlinson has been an active equestrian since childhood. Every day of his life is greatly influenced by his horses and the horse world. He has been an FEI Official since 1985 and currently is an active FEI Judge (‘O’), FEI Veterinarian (5*), FEI Technical Delegate, and FEI Chief Steward, participating in over 25 FEI events each year on nearly every continent. He is on the Board of Directors of many national, regional and local equestrian organizations and many for-profit corporations and partnerships. Dr. Tomlinson has been the FEI Veterinarian at many International Para-Dressage competitions and he can be found throughout the year traveling to multiple FEI events around the world. When he is not on the road he is at his home in California.

Kai Handt:

Kai Handt is the owner and head trainer at North Texas Equestrian Center (NTEC). He has been competing and training horses for nearly forty years. A native of Kassel, Germany, Handt’s early training was based on the traditional German system, a systematic and disciplined approach to horse training. He received a rigorous and diverse education in the disciplines of dressage, show jumping and three day eventing while working with such well known masters as Hermann Schridde, Eugen Wahler, and Richard Krause. An avid competitor throughout his adolescent and teen years, Handt was awarded his German bronze, silver, and gold medals before reaching the age of 18. After earning his Bereiter, FN license in 1981, he apprenticed at Nord Hessisches Lands Leistungszentrum fuer den Reitsport under Richard Krause. Handt then spent five years employed at Prestiges Verein fuer Reitsport which was, at the time, one of Germany’s most respected training facilities. Soon after relocating to the United States in 1985, Handt purchased NTEC. Over the last twenty years, he has built North Texas Equestrian Center into a well-respected boarding and training center and has become a leading importer of quality warmbloods for the equestrian disciplines.  Handt continues to be active in the show ring, although his competitive pursuits in recent years have been increasingly focused on dressage. Earning his USDF bronze, silver, and gold medals as well as his silver and gold freestyle bars, Handt competes and trains horses at all levels and is the winner of numerous regional championships titles each year. His students are always top contenders for regional championship titles from training level through FEI. He has had USDF/Dover National Merit Award winners in the adult amateur division and currently has junior and young rider students who have competed at the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, the USEF National Dressage Championships and the USEF Dressage Seat Equitation Medal Finals. Handt was also the sponsor and trainer of Paralympic Equestrian Jonathan Wentz. Wentz competed as a U.S. Team member at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, was the 2011 U.S. Para Equestrian National Champion and was the highest individual ranking U.S. Dressage Rider that competed in London at the Paralympics. Handt continues to work with many Para Dressage athletes helping them to reach their maximum potential.

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 or e-mail President Hope Hand at You may also e-mail the host of the para-equestrian segment Lindsay McCall at

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Written by: Lindsay Y McCall

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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 or contact USPEA President Hope Hand by e-mail: or by phone: (610)356-6481.

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