US Para-Dressage Athletes Successful Overseas at CPEDI3* in Deauville, France

Rebecca Hart and Schroeters Romani at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* in Wellington, FL. Photo by Lindsay McCall.

Deauville, France – April 9, 2014 – As the U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage riders prepare for the upcoming Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy, France, a few American athletes have headed overseas where they are competing among the best in the para-dressage world. Those USA riders include two-time Paralympian and 2010 WEG rider Rebecca Hart (Grade II), Margaret McIntosh (Grade Ib), and 2010 WEG Individual rider and 2012 London Paralympic U.S. Team reserve rider Mary Jordan (Grade IV).

Rebecca Hart (USA) is riding the 12-year-old Danish Mare Schroeters Romani, recently purchased from Straight Horse in Denmark in partnership with Hart’s family, Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolos, and Will and Sandy Kimmel. Margaret McIntosh (USA) is riding her own Rheinland-Pfalz-Saar Mare Rio Rio, who is 8 years of age. Mary Jordan of Wells, Maine is riding a new mount Rubicon 75, owned by Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center of Loxahatchee, Florida and formally owned and ridden by Catherine Haddad Staller of International Dressage.

Over the April 4-6, 2014 weekend, Hart and McIntosh both competed at the CPEDI3* in Deauville, France. All three riders plan on attending the Moorsele, Belgium CPEDI3*, scheduled April 25-27, 2014, and the 51st “Maimarkt-Turnier” CPEDI3* in Mannheim, Germany, scheduled May 2-6, 2014.

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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