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Derrick Perkins

imagesmallDerrickperkinsRider: Derrick Perkins

Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas

Grade: 1A

About Derrick:

> PATH International, Equine Services For Heroes, 2013 Equestrian of the Year

> U.S. Paralympics Emerging Athlete

> World Class horses, coach & horse trainer provided by Kai Handt @ the North Texas Equestrian Center

> World Class competition horse in NTEC HANS

> World Class training facilities in the North Texas Equestrian Center, SIRE Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian Centers, Xena the Dressage Horse Simulator

> Earned at least one qualifying score in each dressage competition

> World Class sponsors like Kai Handt, USOC & VA Paralympic Military Program, Challenged Athletes Foundation – OPERATION REBOUND, Paralyzed Veterans of America – Texas Chapter

2014 Para Equestrian Goals

> Houston Dressage Society Winter Show   Jan 18 – 19, 2014

> March 13-16, 2014

Adequan Global Dressage Festival 10 CPEDI 3*

Palm Beach International Equestrian Center

Wellington, FL (2014 World Equestrian Games qualifyer)

> April 14-16, 2014

Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI 3*

Murieta Equestrian Center

Rancho Murieta, CA  (2014 World Equestrian Games qualifyer)

> U.S. Para Equestrian National Championships, TBA

> 2014 WEG Training Camp, TBA

> World Equestrian Games, Normandy, France. August

Long Term Goals

> Continue the therapeutic benefits of horseback riding & training

> Represent the USA in the 2016 International Paralympic Games, Rio De Janiero, Brazil

Please DONATE below to support me & the U.S. Para Equestrian Association. Note that you would like to support “Derrick Perkins”. 90% of what you donate goes directly to my training, equipment, and competitions.

Follow the Derrick Perkins U.S. Para Equestrian journey at:  www.facebook.com/derrick.perkins.50


More Info:

Derrick Perkins of Sugar Land, Texas is a U.S. Air Force veteran who was injured in 1988 while on active duty. After his initial physical rehabilitation at the Micheal E. Debakey VA Medical Center in Houston Texas, he was stabilized as a C7 Asia D Tetraplegic with significant loss of use in all four extremities. Since then he has become a member and volunteer of the of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Texas Chapter and began participating in various wheelchair sports for recreation, physical rehabilitation, and the thrill of competition. Derrick has competed annually in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and has a closet full of medals. He was recommended, by friends, for the SIRE – Houston Therapeutic Equestrian Centers program in 2008. During his years of riding with SIRE, Derrick has seen unbelievable improvements in balance, strength, and coordination. Prior to his injury he had trained in martial arts and finds a significant correlation between it and dressage. He has participated four times in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – Top Hands Horse Show earning ribbons in English Equitation, Trail, and Barrels. In February of 2013 he finally won a coveted Rodeo Belt Buckle by taking 1st place in English Equitation.

In 2012 Derrick received his 1A Classification with the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) making him eligible for international competition. And now as a member of the U.S. Para Equestrian Association, the U.S. Equestrian Federation, the U.S. Dressage Federation, and the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation Derrick is now eligible to participate in nationally recognized events, as well as compete for a chance to represent the United States in various events including the 2014 World Equestrian Games and the 2016 International Paralympic Games.

Since the beginning of 2013 Derrick has been going to the next level by training with Kai Handt aboard NTEC Richter Scale & NTEC Hans at the North Texas Equestrian Center. In 2013 Derrick earned 3 qualifying scores for international competition at the Texas Dressage Classic I & II, the Laborious Day Horse Show, and the Texas Dressage Fall Classic I&II.

Derrick is looking forward to future events and competitions and he is very greatful for generous sponsors like Kai Handt @ the North Texas Equestrian Center, Challenged Athletes Foundation – OPERATION REBOUND, and SIRE – Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian Centers, Paralyzed Veterans of America – Texas Chapter, The U.S. Olympic Committee – Veterans Administration Paralympic Military Program, as well as individual donors.

Please DONATE below to support “Derrick Perkins” & the U.S. Para Equestrian Association. Note that you would like to support “Derrick Perkins”. 90% of what you donate goes directly to my training, equipment, and competitions.

Let’s Go Team USA!


About the FEI Awards (courtesy of FEI)

Link to the awards: http://www.feiawards.org/
The FEI Awards were launched in 2009 to put a spotlight on the men, women, young people and organisations that are making an outstanding contribution to the progress and excellence of equestrian sport – in or out of the arena. Make your nominations now and let us roll out the red carpet for the stars of today and tomorrow.
The five FEI Awards categories are:

Best Groom, for that important person who works behind the scenes and ensures the horses he or she looks after are given the best possible care.

Against All Odds, for a person who has pursued his or her equestrian ambitions, despite a physical handicap or extremely difficult personal circumstances.

HSBC Rising Star, for a person aged 14 to 21 who demonstrates outstanding sporting talent and commitment.

Development, for a person or organisation dedicated to making equestrian sport accessible to a wider public.

Reem Acra Best Athlete, for the athlete (equine or human) or combination that, over the past year, has demonstrated exceptional skill in the arena and taken the sport to a new level.

The nominations
Nominations in five categories are open to the equestrian community worldwide
A jury of international experts chaired by FEI President HRH Princess Haya will select the winners

Deadline for nominations: 31 July 2012
The ceremony
Winners will be flown to Istanbul (TUR) to receive their awards. The FEI Awards Ceremony will take place during a gala dinner on 8 November and will be attended by representatives from the 132 National Federations affiliated to the FEI.

Katie Passerotti

Name: Katie Passerotti
DOB: October 30, 1980
Discipline: Para-Dressage (Dressage, Eventing, am interested in Para-Equestrian Show Jumping)
Classification: Grade III
Region: Region 1
Address:  Hermitage, PA

Email: bastiandressagedragon@gmail.com

About Katie in her words……..

My name is Katie and I live in Hermitage, PA.  I am originally from Erie, PA, and moved to Hermitage to accept a teaching position at a local high school.  I teach 9th and 10th grade English.  I have been riding since the age of 12. I started riding Western Games in 4-H, but always wanted to jump so I quickly switched to the hunter division.  From there I learned about Eventing and have competed through the Novice level.  In May of 2007 I was involved in an accident that left me with permanent spinal cord damage and limited use of my lower legs .  Since my accident I have been focusing  my efforts on dressage.  I have competed through First Level and look forward to beginning to work on Second Level elements as the year continues to progress.   My current mount is an 8 year old Thoroughbred named Bastian (Luck Dragon) who I had originally bought as an event prospect, but has settled quite nicely into his new career as a dressage horse, including placing 6th in the 2010 USDF Region 1 Championships in the Training Level AA division.  Bastian would really like to be a show jumper though because he loves to jump!  We completed our first recognized event in May of 2012 and am looking forward to competing at the BN level as the year continues.  I would love to see para-equestrian jumping become popular!   I currently train with Kristin Stein in Brookfield,  Ohio.  Working with Kristin  has been wonderful as she doesn’t allow me use my disability as an excuse to not do my best, instead she lets it be a starting point and we work together to find ways to adapt my riding to make it all work! If you would like more information about me and my Bastian, please visit our blog at: www.bastianthewonderdragon.blogspot.com

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