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June 13, 2013 WEG Qualifier for Para-Dressage Begins at Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3*

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2014 World Equestrian Games Qualifier for Para-Dressage Begins at Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3*

Press Release and Photos by: Lindsay McCall

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Golden State Dressage

Rancho Murieta, CA-June 13, 2013– Para-Dressage riders from North America united at the Rancho Murieta Equestrian Center for the 2013 Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* weekend. Horse and rider combinations turned out for the FEI Horse Inspection on Thursday, June 13, in front of FEI Veterinary Delegate Dr. Mike Tomlinson, DVM (USA); FEI Ground Jury President Alison King (HK) FEI 4*; and FEI Ground Jury members David Schmutz (USA) FEI 4* and Lorraine Stubbs (CAN) FEI 4*. Friday, June 14, begins the FEI Para-Equestrian Team Test competition for Grades Ia-IV, followed by the Individual Test on Saturday and Freestyle Tests on Sunday, June 15. Pressure is on for Para-Dressage athletes looking to attain their qualifying scores for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ located in Normandy, France.

  

Susan Treabess and horse Kamiakin  photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Susan Treabess of Winters, Calif. and horse Kamiakin smile together as they prepare for the FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Jog for the CPEDI3* at Golden State Dressage photo (C) Lindsay Y McCall

 

With only one year before equestrians head to France, the United States continues to grow the number of Para-Dressage participants, while solidifying their veteran horse and rider combinations. Over the weekend, spectators should expect to see 2010 World Equestrian Games (WEG) Grade IV rider Susan Treabess of Winters, Calif. aboard her new mount Kamiakin. Two-Time Paralympian and fellow 2010 WEG teammate, Barabara Grassmyer (Grade III) stepped back into the stirrups aboard her experienced gelding Mibis. For many U.S. riders this will be their first opportunity in front of international Para-Dressage judges. Those riders include Ashleigh Flores-Simmons with horse Athena (Grade II), Roxanne Trunnel of Washington State and her own Nice Touch (Grade Ib). U.S. riders traveling long-distances were Angela Peavy and Leandro (Grade III) of Connecticut and Katie Passerotti (Grade IV) aboard Lucky Dragon from Pennsylvania.

 

Katie Passetori is looking forward to three days of international competition at the Golden

Katie Passerotti's horse Lucky Dragon photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Katie Passerotti’s horse Lucky Dragon photo by Lindsay McCall

State Dressage Classic CPEDI3*. She noted, ” I am excited to be here. It was a very difficult journey to coordinate but this is something I really want and this is something I want to experience. It hasn’t been easy but I look forward to what the weekend brings.”

 

 

She explained, “It’s really cool to be here with Lucky Dragon. I bought him as an eventer originally and he has made a great transition to Dressage. I never expected him to be Second or Third Level material and the fact that he has stepped up to the plate, is amazing. I am really proud of our partnership because I have been the one who has worked with him and brought him to this point.”

 

Journeying across the United States similar to Passetori and Peavy were two experienced Canada individual representatives both representing Grade Ia. Those accomplished equestrians include Jody Schloss aboard Inspector Rebus and Robyn Andrews with horse Fancianna.

Jody Schloss (CAN) left and Robyn Andrews (CAN) right relaxing after the FEI Jog
Jody Schloss (CAN) left and Robyn Andrews (CAN) right relaxing after the FEI Jog photo (C) Lindsay McCall

Competition begins in the Main Arena Friday with the Team Test for Grades Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV, followed by Saturday’s Individual Team Test, and Sunday’s Freestyle Tests. For more information about the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* please visit http://www.goldenstatedressage.com or contact Connie Davenport at davenport@saber.net.

 

For questions about the 2013-2014 Para-Equestrian Dressage season please contact the USEF High Performance Director of the Para-Equestrian Discipline Laureen K. Johnson at (908) 326 – 1155 or e-mail lkjohnson@usef.org

 

For more questions about Para-Equestrian Dressage please contact Hope Hand at Hope@uspea.org or (610) 356-6481.

 

Gallery:

Susan Treabess and horse Kamiakin  photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Susan Treabess and horse Kamiakin photo by Lindsay McCall
Angela Peavy's horse Leandro  photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Angela Peavy’s horse Leandro and trainer Heather Blitz photo by Lindsay McCall

 

Barbara Grassmyer's horse Mibis photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Barbara Grassmyer’s horse Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall

 

Asheigh Flores-Simmons's horse Athena photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Ashleigh Flores-Simmons’s horse Athena photo by Lindsay McCall
Roxanne Trunnells horse Nice touch photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Roxanne Trunnell’s horse Nice touch photo by Lindsay McCall
Jody Schloss's Inspector Rebus and Jessica Rhinelander  photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Jody Schloss’s Inspector Rebus and Jessica Rhinelander photo by Lindsay McCall
Robyn Andrews Horse Fancianna photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Robyn Andrew’s Horse Fancianna being evaluated by Dr. Mike Tomlinson, photo by Lindsay McCall
Robyn Andrews Horse Fancianna photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Robyn Andrew’s Horse Fancianna photo by Lindsay McCall
Lara Oles and Slater photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Lara Oles’s horse Slater is evaluated during the FEI Jog, photo by Lindsay McCall
Rebecca Lewis photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Rebecca Lewis photo by Lindsay McCall
Judging  photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Evaluating the Jog photo by Lindsay McCall

 

 

2013 Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* Rancho Murieta, CA June 13-16, 2013:

 

Show Manager: Connie Davenport

 

Show Organizer:

Chair: Mrs. Connie Davenport (530) 265-0950

17930 Highway 20 East –

Nevada City, CA 95959 –

530.265.6259 Fax

 

COMMITTEE:

Chair: Mrs. Connie Davenport

Mr. Tim Postel

Ms. Jan Oakes (530) 756-8503

 

Website: http://www.goldenstatedressage.com

 

Murieta Equestrian Center

7200 Lone Pine Dr

Rancho Murieta 95683

916-985-7334

 

Ground Jury:

Alison King HK FEI-4* (president)

Lorraine Stubbs CAN FEI-4*

David Schmutz USA FEI-4*

 

FEI Chief Steward: Sandra Rafferty USA

 

FEI Technical Delegate: Alison King HK

 

CHIEF CLASSIFIER: Joanne Benjamin USA

 

CLASSIFIER: Marion Slatter Blistein CAN

 

FEI VETERINARY DELEGATE: Dr. Mike Tomlinson, DVM USA

 

Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* Schedule:

June 14, 2013-Team Test Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, IV

June 15, 2013-Indivdual Test Ia, Ib, II, III, IV

June 16, 2013-Freestyle Championship Tests Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, IV

 

“The Jog” – Best Turnout Award:

One of the highlights of this show is the competition for the best presentation at the “jog”. Awards are typically given for:

BEST TURNOUT OF HANDLER – CDI 3* YJ U-25 & CPEDI 3*

BEST TURNOUT OF HORSE – CDI 3* YJ U-25 & CPEDI 3*

BEST OVERALL TURNOUT – CDI 3* YJ U-25 & CPEDI 3*

 

 

ALLTECH FEI WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES 2014 Qualification Criteria

 

Qualification Period:

Start: January 1, 2013

End: XXXX 2014 (TBD)

 

Qualifying Events:

Any CPEDI3* or CPEDI4* event during the qualification period in addition to the Paralympics Games 2012 London

Qualification Score:

All athlete/horse combinations must have attained (as a combination) a minimum 60% score attributed by the Ground Jury in a Team test or Individual Championship test one time.

 

Judges:

Minimum of 3 FEI PE5* or 4* judges of different nationalities

 

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.

 

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

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