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June 26, 2012 Ann Romney Awards Rebecca Hart and Lord Ludger 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship Trophy at USEF Dressage Festival of Champions

Ann Romney Awards Rebecca Hart and Lord Ludger 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship Trophy at USEF Dressage Festival of Champions

By: Lindsay Yosay McCall

Gladstone, NJ –June 26, 2012 – After earning the 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship title on June 13, 2012, Rebecca Hart, 26, of Unionville, PA, and Lord Ludger, owned by Jessica Ransehousen, were invited back to the United States Equestrian Team Foundation’s headquarters at Hamilton Farm.  In front of a congregation of press, spectators, and top Olympic Dressage athletes, Hart was awarded the perpetual Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship trophy from presenter Ann Romney.  Romney has been a long supporter of Dressage, as an owner and athlete and she is a spokesperson for Multiple Sclerosis, which is one of the many diagnoses that specific Para-Equestrian athletes face.

Photo Credit: Rebecca Hart receiving 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship award from Ann Romney during the 2012 USEF Dressage Festival of Champions. Photograph taken in Gladstone, NJ (c) Susan Stickle at SusanStickle.com.

In the moment that Rebecca Hart was awarded the 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National championship trophy, she felt honored and humbled to represent the sport she has advocated for since 1998. Hart will add this National Championship to a list of accomplishments that she has achieved since 2003. In 2003 and 2007 she represented the U.S. at the Para-Equestrian World Championships, in 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010 she won the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship and earned the reserve championship in 2010. In 2008 she represented the U.S. at the Beijing Paralympics, and in 2010 she represented the U.S. again at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Hart expressed, “I have been asked how it feels to have won the National Championship five times.  My answer is that it feels great, but I didn’t win this alone.  It takes a village to compete on this level and this win belongs to everyone who has ever helped me to get this point; From the person who offered the smallest word of encouragement, to family, friends, coaches, and corporate sponsors. I was truly honored to be asked to come back for the awards ceremony and presentation at the able-bodied USEF Grand Prix National Championships and selection trials with Ann Romney.  It is fabulous for Dressage to be brought into the limelight and in conjunction, Para-Equestrian Dressage.  Gladstone is steeped in history and to have my sport included in that history is truly special.  Mrs. Romney was so gracious as a presenter.  It was inspiring to have Mrs. Romney present this award because not only is she herself a fellow equestrian, but she also knows what it means to work with physical challenges.”

In 1998, Ann Romney was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  As an alternative to her mainstream treatments she began participating in Dressage. As with many equestrians, she jumped head first into the equestrian sport and never looked back. In 2005 she earned her USDF Silver Medal and in 2006 her Gold Medal. While working with trainers Jan and Amy Ebeling she developed a desire to achieve the top of the sport.  In 2012 at the USEF Dressage Festival of Champions her horse Rafalca, co-owned by Amy Ebeling and Beth Meyers, earned the third position with rider Jan Ebeling on the 2012 USEF nominated entries for the United States Olympic Dressage Team.

As Para-Equestrian Dressage and able-bodied Dressage intertwined at historic USET Foundation headquarters in Gladstone, NJ property, spectators began to learn more about the sport of Para-Dressage. Rebecca Hart trains week in and week out while she maintains a full-time job in corporate at the Starbucks Coffee Company.  She trains with Para-Dressage Chef d’Equipe and prominent Event rider Missy Ransehousen, alongside Olympian Jessica Ransehousen at Blue Hill Farm. Hart was born with Familial Spastic Paraplegia, a genetic disease that causes muscle wasting and lack of control from the waist down. Her ability to overcome obstacles has transformed her into an award winning international athlete in both Para-Dressage and able-bodied competition. In the future Hart hopes to reach the top of the Dressage discipline. On June 19, 2012 Rebecca Hart was named to the top of USEF Nominated Entry for U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team for the 2012 Paralympics.

Following the approval of the USEF High Performance Working Group and the USEF Executive Committee, the FEI Nominated Entry for the U.S. Para-Equestrian Team for the 2012 Paralympic Games is as follows.

Athletes and horse are listed in ranked order based on the results from the 2012 USEF Selection Trials & National Para-Equestrian Championship:

1. Rebecca Hart and Jessica Ransehousen’s Lord Ludger
2. Jonathan Wentz and Kai Handt’s NTEC Richter Scale
3. Donna Ponessa and Wesley Dunham’s Western Rose
4. Dale Dedrick and her own Bonifatius
5. Donna Ponessa and Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center’s PG Ganda
6. Jonathan Wentz and Michele Miles’ Silvano
7. Mary Jordan and Deecie Denison’s Sebastian
8. Rebecca Hart and Jessica Ransehousen’s Carlingfords Taldi
9. Wendy Fryke and her own Lateran
10. Elizabeth Pigott and Regina Cristo’s One Night Stand
11. Mary Jordan and her own P. Sparrow Socks
12. Robin Brueckmann and her own Radetzky

2012 USEF PARA-EQUESTRIAN DRESSAGE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS FINAL SCORES:

1.    Rebecca Hart and Lord Ludger – Grade II—-73.501%
2.    Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale – Grade Ib—73.126%
3.    Donna Ponessa and Western Rose – Grade Ia—73.057%
4.    Dale Dedrick and Bonifatius – Grade II—71.707%
5.    Donna Ponessa and PG Ganda – Grade Ia—71.707%
6.    Jonathan Wentz and Silvano – Grade Ib—70.915%
7.    Mary Jordan and Sebastian –  Grade IV—68.223%
8.    Rebecca Hart and Carlingford’s Taldi – Grade II—67.147%
9.    Wendy Fryke and Lateran – Grade III—67.093%
10.    Elizabeth Pigott and One Night Stand – Grade II—66.767%
11.    Mary Jordan and P.Sparrow Socks – Grade IV—64.768%
12.    Robin Brueckmann and Radetzky – Grade IV—64.301%
13.    Margarey McIntosh and Carlingford JD – Grade Ib—64.200%
14.    Elizabeth PIgott and Whitney’s Willow – Grade II—63.897%
15.    Laurietta Oakleaf and Niekele Fan Busenitz – Grade Ib—63.869%
16.    Kim Decker and Dasher’s Destiny – Grade Ia—63.274%
17.    Kim Jones and Ghlenivet – Grade II—61.828%
18.    Sydney collier and Otto Grade II—60.695%
19.    Margaret McIntosh and Idalgo – Ib—60.429%
20.    Lise Yervasi and Brendan Braveheart – Grade IV—58.477%
21.    Eleanor Brimmer and Carino H – Grade III—57.547%
22.    Laura Goldman and NTEC Willi Wesley – Grade Ia—50.816%

Photo Credit: Rebecca Hart receiving 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship award from Ann Romney during the 2012 USEF Dressage Festival of Champions. Photograph taken in Gladstone, NJ  (c) Susan Stickle at SusanStickle.com.

ABOUT THE EQUESTRIAN PARALYMPICS (courtesy of FEI)

Host nation Great Britain, Germany, Denmark and Canada have qualified the maximum number of riders and will each be represented by a team of four and one individual.

Nine countries – USA, The Netherlands, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Belgium, South Africa, Australia and France – have qualified four riders.

The National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) of Singapore and Mexico, which had originally qualified four riders, returned one qualification slot each and will be represented by three-rider teams. The unused slots were re-allocated to Norway and Israel on the basis of the Individual Para-Equestrian Rankings of athletes not already qualified with a team. As a result, Norway, which had already qualified two individual riders, will be fielding a composite team consisting of three members.

New Zealand and Finland will be represented by two individual riders apiece. Bermuda, Argentina, Japan, Hong Kong and Austria have each been allocated one individual slot.
Three Bipartite Commission invitations have been issued to Thomas Haller of Austria, Lee Frawley of the Virgin Islands and Anita Johnsson of Sweden.

The nominated entries will be published on 18 June 2012 and definite entries on 6 August. A total of 78 Para-Equestrian riders will be battling it out for the 11 sets of medals available. The detailed list of qualified nations is available here.

SUMMARY:
26 nations – ARG, AUS, AUT, BEL, BER, BRA, CAN, DEN, FIN, FRA, GBR, GER, HKG, IRL, ISR, ISV, ITA, JPN, MEX, NED, NOR, NZL, RSA, SIN, SWE, USA

TEAMS

4 nations with 5 riders (team + 1 individual): CAN, DEN, GBR, GER
9 nations with 4 riders (team): AUS, BEL, BRA, FRA, IRL, ITA, NED, RSA, USA
3 nations with 3 riders (team): MEX, NOR, SIN

NATIONS REPRESENTED ONLY BY INDIVIDUALS
2 nations with 2 individuals: FIN, NZL
6 nations with 1 individual: AUT, ARG, BER, ISR, JPN, HKG
3 Bipartite Commission invitations: AUT, ISV, SWE

*All logos, phrases, and words representing the Paralympics, London 2012, London Olympics,
Olympics, and any combination referring to the Paralympics or Olympics are property of the United States Olympic Committee and the 2012 London Olympic Games.*

Photo Credit: Photograph of Ann Romney presenting 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship trophy to Rebecca Hart and Lord Ludger, owned by Jessica Ransehousen.The 2012 USEF Parlympic Selection Trials and National Championships took place June10-13, 2012 at the USET Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. Photo © Susan Stickle.

About the 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/?cat=13

Para-Driving

About Para-Equestrian Dressage Driving
Carriage Driving competitions are modeled on the ridden Three Day Event. It is a triathlon which tests the overall versatility of the driven horse. Modern Horse Driving Trials came into existence in 1968 when HRH Prince Philip of Great Britain initiated the formulation of the rules for the new sport. Prince Philip is a past President of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) for able-bodied people in all equestrian disciplines.

The competition consists of three phases, spread over three or four days.

Day 1 Dressage
Driven dressage consists of a sequence of set movements driven from memory and using mainly reins, assisted by whip and voice for control. Dressage displays the schooling and obedience of the horse.

Day 2 The Cross Country Marathon with Obstacles.
There are three timed sections plus up to six challenging ‘obstacles’ to be driven at speed. The stamina of the horses and the horsemanship of the drivers are stretched to the very limit. This section gets the adrenalin pumping and the mud-flying. Carriage Driving is definitely not for the faint hearted.

Day 3 Cone Driving Competition against the clock.
Cone driving equates to the Show jumping phase of a ridden event. With only centimeters to spare, cone driving requires extreme accuracy on a tricky course, a steady hand, nerves of steel and a well trained horse.

Each phase of the Driving Trials tests the skill and the nerve of the driver and the fitness, obedience and suppleness of the horse. But above all it tests the bond of complete trust between them both.

Most carriage drivers with disabilities have, for one reason or another, found that riding is not physically possible for them. Their love of horses and their determination to participate in equestrian sport has led them to explore new and equally demanding and exciting equestrian challenges.

Great attention is given to all aspects of safety for the horse and the driver. At all times the driver is accompanied by at least one competent able-bodied person. Traditional elegance is expected, horses, drivers, grooms and carriages are all immaculately turned out.

Organization for this sport is very labour intensive requiring 30-40 volunteer Judges, Stewards, Time keepers, Scorers, Vets, Farriers and many others. However a carriage driving competition for disabled drivers can be easily integrated into a competition for able-bodied drivers. The first three World Championships have been held in conjunction with National Championships for able-bodied drivers in Wolfsburg, Germany in 1998 and in Stadl Paura, Austria in 2000, Greven, Germany in 2002 and also Hopetown, Scotland in 2004.

 

Para-Driving Video with Stefanie Putnam


 

The Sport of Carriage Driving 


United States Driving for the Disabled

United States Driving for the Disabled

USDFD.org

United States Driving for the Disabled, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, seeks to improve the lives of physically challenged individuals throughout the United States and Canada by providing the experience of driving horses in a safe and challenging environment.
Our mission is to provide the extraordinary benefit of therapeutic driving to as many people as possible through sharing knowledge, experience, and serving as a resource for innovations in adaptive equipment for drivers, trainers, and programs offering carriage driving.

The Sybil Dukehart Memorial Fund seeks to provide financial assistance to equip and train disabled drivers through providing scholarship funds to applicants.
USDFD fosters opportunities for drivers to compete in national and international amateur competitions by training and providing financial support for Team USA.

 

Para World Driving Championship, Breda (NED) August 30 – September 2, 2012

Pay Application Fee Online (You will be required to login to make the payment) (CLICK HERE)
Selection Procedures – 2012 Para Equestrian Driving World Championship A (DOWNLOAD PDF)
Application – Attachment A (Fillable)
Horse Loan Agreement – Attachment B (Fillable)
Code of Conduct – Attachment C (Fillable)
USEF Realease Assumption of Risk Waiver Idemnification – Attacment D (Fillable)
Code of Ethics – Attachment E
Declaration of Scores – Attachment F (Fillable)
Committee List – Attachment G
Athlete Agreement – Attachment H (Fillable)

 

ABOUT PARA-EQUESTRIAN DRIVING:

“Horses were driven long before they were ridden. As vehicles have eliminated the need for horses as a primary form of transportation, Driving has turned into a fast-growing sports discipline”

What is Para-Equestrian Driving?
Para-Equestrian Driving has been governed by the FEI since 2006 and has now fully joined the ranks of the other 7 FEI disciplines with national and international competitions in Driving for individuals with a disability. This led to the FEI becoming the first, and still the only, International Federation to govern and regulate a sport for both the able bodied and disabled athletes.
Driving is a discipline without riders; instead drivers sit on a vehicle drawn by mainly a single horse or pony  with occasional pairs.

Competition Venue and Testing
All rules and regulations with regards to competition venues and testing are governed by the same principles as other disciplines. The General Regulations, Statutes and Discipline rules that are available on this site apply. The formula for the shows is the same as for standard Driving with Dressage, Marathon, Cones/Obstacles phases.

Classification
With the idea of creating opportunities for all people with disabilities to compete and achieve their goals in equestrian sport, athletes are classified according to the level of their disability/impairment so as to provide for meaningful competition. The competitor’s mobility, strength and coordination are assessed in order to establish their Classification Profile. People with similar functional ability Profiles are grouped into competition Grades. The competition within each Grade can therefore be judged on the skill of the individual competitor on their horse, regardless of the competitor’s disability.

Application procedure to obtain a Para-Equestrian Identity Card (PE ID card)

Equipment
Competitors must wear the appropriate equipment as stipulated in the classification manual, and are only permitted the use of special equipment when this has been formally documented and approved.

Main competitions
FEI World & Continental Championships

 

About the United States Driving for the Disabled, Inc

United States Driving for the Disabled, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, seeks to improve the lives of physically challenged individuals throughout the United States and Canada by providing the experience of driving horses in a safe and challenging environment. Our mission is to provide the extraordinary benefit of therapeutic driving to as many people as possible through sharing knowledge, experience, and serving as a resource for innovations in adaptive equipment for drivers, trainers, and programs offering carriage driving. The Sybil Dukehart Memorial Fund seeks to provide financial assistance to equip and train disabled drivers through providing scholarship funds to applicants. USDFD fosters opportunities for drivers to compete in national and international amateur competitions by training and providing financial support for Team USA.

Contact for the USDFD:

UNITED STATES DRIVING FOR 
THE DISABLED, INC
32450 S. Wright Rd.
Molalla,‎ OR‎ 97038
Ph: 503-550-9384
President: usdfdpresident@gmail.com
Offices: usdfd.org@gmail.com
Website: www.USDFD.org


United States Para-Equestrian Association News

U.S. Para-Driving Team Clinches Bronze at 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships

Sandringham, England- June 30, 2014-  The 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships concluded on June 29 at The Royal Estate in Sandringham, England. Germany held on to their overnight lead to take Team Gold, The Netherlands captured Silver, and the USA clinched Bronze with a mere 3.29 penalties behind The Netherlands. Finally, Great Britain finished in fourth place. Individually, Veteran Robert Giles (USA) and Solo, owned by Koos and Marie de Ronde, won the Grade 2 Silver medal with Virginia (Boo) Fitch (USA) and her own Kiko earning the Grade 2 fourth place finish. Diane Kastama earned an 11th place in Grade I and Mary Gray earned a 10th place in Grade 2. Marie De Ronde served as Chef d’Equipe for the USA Team and Sara Schmitt served as coach.

Veteran Robert Giles with his Silver medal at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Veteran Robert Giles with his Silver medal at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

The U.S. Para-Driving Team for the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships occurred June 27-29, with the three U.S. team members including Diane Kastama with her own Rupert, Virginia Fitch with her own Kiko, and Vietnam Veteran Bob Giles driving Koos De Ronde’s Solo. The first day included driven dressage, followed by the marathon & obstacles course, and the final day concluded with cones and the awards presentation.
It was the first time that these championships were hosted in England. Para-equestrian drivers from eight nations competed in a fiercely fought contest for world supremacy. Four of the nations, including the USA, fielded a team of at least three competitors required for the team awards; the other countries were represented by individual competitors.  Individual medals are awarded by “Grade” which is a classification by the FEI according to level of disability (with Grade I being more severely disabled than Grade II). Sixty percent of the competitors were Grade I.

USA Para-Driving Team (Left to Right) Virginia Fitch, Diane Kastama and Veteran Robert Giles at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

USA Para-Driving Team (Left to Right) Virginia Fitch, Diane Kastama and Veteran Robert Giles at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

United States Driving for the Disabled acknowledged, ” A heartfelt thanks go to Coach Sara Schmitt and Chef d’Equipe Marie de Ronde-United States Driving for the DisabledOudemans who each went above and beyond in their help to the team. We would also like to extend our utmost appreciation to all of the individuals and groups over the past many months who have given us their encouragement, backing and support. They have truly been the ones who have made this possible. Thank you all for being a part of this wonderful accomplishment.”

USA Team, Individuals, Coaches and support staff at the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

USA Team, Individuals, Coaches and support staff at the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Results from the 2014 FEI World Para Equestrian Driving Championships:
1st Germany 227.07
2nd Netherlands 244.74
3rd USA 248.03
4th Great Britain 264.91
Grade I:
1st Jacques Poppen (Ned) 107.18
2nd Heiner Lehrter (Ger) 118.46
3rd Markus Beerhues (Ger) 124.25
4th Lucy Barclay (GBR) 131 73
Grade II:
1st Alexandra Roeder 111.61
2nd Robert Giles (USA) 125.21
3rd Mick Ward (GBR) 127.25
4th Virginia Fitch (USA) 131.82
Team Members for the 2014 FEI World Para Equestrian Driving Championships:
Diane Kastama  Grade 1
Virginia (Boo) Fitch  Grade 2
Vietnam Veteran Bob Giles  Grade 2
Alternates
1st Alternate: Theresa (Ginny) Leal   Grade 2
2nd Alternate: Mary Gray   Grade 2
Representing the U.S. as an Individual at the 2014 FEI World Para Equestrian Driving Championships for Singles:
Mary Gray (Brunswick, Maine) will drive Nick Hammond’s Leyeswick the Rooster. Leyeswick the Rooster is a 2006 Welsh gelding.

For further detailed scores see:
http://www.hoefnet.nl/en/home/site/uitslagen/d8471a0aa505c1165003032658706598
Additional news is at:
http://www.britishcarriagedriving.co.uk/
Germany holds overnight lead to take Team Gold at the 2014 Para-Equestrian World Championships
http://www.hoefnet.nl/en/home/site/news/sandringham-germany-holds-overnight-lead-to-take-team-go

 

Closing Cermony Drive Closing Ceremony 2 Closing Ceremony 1

About Diane Kastama: Diane Kastama, Arroyo Grande, CA Grade I.  In 1991 a car crash left Diane paralyzed from the waist down. Although a lifelong horse person and dressage enthusiast, riding without the use of her legs was not much fun and she soon turned to driven dressage and then the exciting sport of combined driving. Her relatives and friends thought she was crazy for taking on a sport that involves sitting atop a tall carriage, pulled by a horse going “hell-bent” for speed.
Diane started competing with her home bred Appaloosa’s but now Diane competes with a pair of Section D Welsh Cobs, Rupert and George. She drives them single, pair and tandem. She competes against able-bodied drivers all over the Western United States and occasionally on the East Coast at the Intermediate and Advanced level. Diane has also demonstrated her skills at Rolex, KY, Horse Expo in Sacramento, the “Night of the Horse” in Del Mar. The Equine Affair and various therapeutic horse programs throughout California. She has also participated in the closing ceremonies at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. Diane is always willing to share her skills and knowledge and bring driving to the forefront of equine sports.  Diane has been very succesful in international Para-Equestrian competition, coming home with an Individual Silver and Team Bronze driving a borrowed Welsh Cob Stallion in 2002 Greven, Germany.  2004 she place 5th with a borrowed Welsh cob in Endinburg, Scotland.  In 2006 she came home with Individual Gold driving her own Welsh cob gelding Jasper.  In 2008 Diane earned Individual Bronze and Team Silver driving Jasper once again. Kastama will drive Rupert at the Championships who is a 1996 Welsh Cob gelding.

About Bob Giles: Bob Giles (Morriston, Fla.) is a well known driving horse trainer and clinician who has dedicated his life to the sport of driving. His selection to the USEF Para-Equestrian Driving Team is a dream come true for this accomplished competitor, Vietnam War veteran, and Purple Heart recipient.
Giles was in combat within the the Vietnam War resulting in the loss of 90% of his hearing, a fused elbow and only partial use of his right hand. As a combat-wounded Purple Heart recipient, Bob is dedicating his drive to the memory of the 58,000 + men and women who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.
Giles enthusiasm and determination for the thrilling sport of Combined Driving has driven him to the 2014 World Driving Championships in Sandringham, England, June 27-29, 2014. Giles will drive Koos De Ronde’s Solo and Olando.

About Virgina (Boo) Fitch: Virginia (Boo) Fitch is from Pennhook, Va. Fitch grew up fox hunting and showing hunters. She attended Lynchburg College and rode on their intercollegiate riding team as well as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Team. After graduating, she rode jumpers for a prominent family in Quebec Canada. It was during this time that Fitch developed Rheumatoid Arthritis. It came on suddenly and strongly. Within two years she had a hip replacement at the age of 26. By the year 2000, she was having considerable problems with her feet and ankles and it just so happened that she owned a school horse that drove and had a good friend that competed in Combined Driving. Between the safe horse and her friend she started driving and loved it. After five surgeries and three joint replacements over the course of 10 years from 2000 to 2010, teaching children just became too difficult and she was finding herself competing in Combined driving more often. Fitch has become a prominent competitor in the para-equestrian driving world and she looks forward to her recent appointment as a member of the 2014 Team. Fitch will drive Kiko, a 2003 Irish Sport Horse Mare at the Championships.
For more information about United States Driving for the Disabled please go to www.USDFD.org.
USDFD facebook site https://www.facebook.com/USDFD

Para-Dressage

Although a Para-Equestrian may participate in any discipline, the two disciplines currently recognized by the U.S. are Para-Dressage and Para-Driving.  Para-Jumping has become more recognized around the world as popularity grows.  During the Paralympics which occurs alongside the summer Olympics, the only discipline that competes is Para-Dressage.  Riders are encourage to try all disciplines.

PARA-EQUESTRIAN DRESSAGE

Para-Equestrian Dressage is the only equestrian discipline that is included in the Paralympic Games, where it has been a regular fixture since 1996. With the idea of creating opportunities for all people with disabilities to compete and achieve their goals in equestrian sport, athletes are classified according to the level of their disability/impairment so as to provide for meaningful competition. In 2006, the Para-Equestrian sport joined the ranks of the other 7 disciplines regulated by the FEI, with national and international competitions for Dressage and Driving for individuals with a disability. This led to the FEI becoming the first, and still the only, International Federation to govern and regulate a sport for both the able bodied and disabled athletes.

How Para-Equestrian Grades relate to United States Dressage Federation levels:

•    FEI PE Grade Ia is equivalent to Introductory Level.
•    FEI PE Grade Ib is equivalent to Training Level
•    FEI PE Grade II is equivalent to First Level.
•    FEI PE Grade III is equivalent to Second Level.
•    FEI PE Grade IV is equivalent to Third Level.

Competing at USDF event information for Para-Dressage riders: http://www.usdf.org/faqs/paraequestrians.asp

Competition Venue and Testing
All rules and regulations with regards to competition venues and testing are governed by the same principles as other disciplines. The General Regulations, Statutes and Discipline rules that are available on this site apply. The formula for the shows is the same as for standard Dressage shows with Freestyle tests and also tests where the athletes follow a set program.

Classification
The competitor’s mobility, strength and coordination are assessed in order to establish their Classification Profile. People with similar functional ability Profiles are grouped into competition Grades. The Grades range from for the most severely impaired, to Grade IV for the least impaired. The competition within each Grade can therefore be judged on the skill of the individual competitor on their horse, regardless of the competitor’s disability.

Below are  few documents that explain Classifications and the application process:
-Classification Manual
-Classifiers’ report
-Compensation aids document
-Application procedure to use Compensatory aids in FEI Dressage Competitions (CDIs)

Application procedure for Para Identity Card

-Current Classifications of riders June 2012

Equipment
Competitors must wear the appropriate equipment as stipulated in the classification manual, and are only permitted the use of special equipment when this has been formally documented and approved.
The major event for Paralympic Dressage is the Paralympic Games. The Games are the second largest sporting event in the world after the Olympic Games. The Paralympics are contested immediately after the Olympics in the same city and venue.

June 19, 2012 USEF Names Nominated Entry for US Para-Equestrian Team

USEF LogoUSEF Names Nominated Entry for U.S. Para-Equestrian Team

RELEASE: June 19, 2012
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: USEF Communications Department

Gladstone, NJ – Following the approval of the USEF High Performance Working Group and the USEF Executive Committee, the FEI Nominated Entry for the U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team for the 2012 Paralympic Games is as follows.

Athletes and horse are listed in ranked order based on the results from the 2012 USEF Selection Trials & National Para-Equestrian Championship:

1. Rebecca Hart and Jessica Ransehousen’s Lord Ludger
2. Jonathan Wentz and Kai Handt’s NTEC Richter Scale
3. Donna Ponessa and Wesley Dunham’s Western Rose
4. Dale Dedrick and her own Bonifatius
5. Donna Ponessa and Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center’s PG Ganda
6. Jonathan Wentz and Michele Miles’ Silvano
7. Mary Jordan and Deecie Denison’s Sebastian
8. Rebecca Hart and Jessica Ransehousen’s Carlingfords Taldi
9. Wendy Fryke and her own Lateran
10. Elizabeth Pigott and Regina Cristo’s One Night Stand
11. Mary Jordan and her own P. Sparrow Socks
12. Robin Brueckmann and her own Radetzky

The four athlete/horse combinations comprising the team will travel to England to compete
in the 2012 Paralympic Games. Chef d’Equipe Missy Ransehousen will join the named
athletes when the riders enter a boot camp before London. The Paralympic Equestrian
events take place in London, England at Greenwich Park August 30-September 4, 2012.

ABOUT THE EQUESTRIAN PARALYMPICS (courtesy of FEI)

Host nation Great Britain, Germany, Denmark and Canada have qualified the maximum number of riders and will each be represented by a team of four and one individual.

Nine countries – USA, The Netherlands, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Belgium, South Africa, Australia and France – have qualified four riders.

The National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) of Singapore and Mexico, which had originally qualified four riders, returned one qualification slot each and will be represented by three-rider teams. The unused slots were re-allocated to Norway and Israel on the basis of the Individual Para-Equestrian Rankings of athletes not already qualified with a team. As a result, Norway, which had already qualified two individual riders, will be fielding a composite team consisting of three members.

New Zealand and Finland will be represented by two individual riders apiece. Bermuda, Argentina, Japan, Hong Kong and Austria have each been allocated one individual slot.
Three Bipartite Commission invitations have been issued to Thomas Haller of Austria, Lee Frawley of the Virgin Islands and Anita Johnsson of Sweden.

The nominated entries will be published on 18 June 2012 and definite entries on 6 August. A total of 78 Para-Equestrian riders will be battling it out for the 11 sets of medals available. The detailed list of qualified nations is available here.

SUMMARY:
26 nations – ARG, AUS, AUT, BEL, BER, BRA, CAN, DEN, FIN, FRA, GBR, GER, HKG, IRL, ISR, ISV, ITA, JPN, MEX, NED, NOR, NZL, RSA, SIN, SWE, USA

TEAMS

4 nations with 5 riders (team + 1 individual): CAN, DEN, GBR, GER
9 nations with 4 riders (team): AUS, BEL, BRA, FRA, IRL, ITA, NED, RSA, USA
3 nations with 3 riders (team): MEX, NOR, SIN

NATIONS REPRESENTED ONLY BY INDIVIDUALS
2 nations with 2 individuals: FIN, NZL
6 nations with 1 individual: AUT, ARG, BER, ISR, JPN, HKG
3 Bipartite Commission invitations: AUT, ISV, SWE

Photo Credit: Photographs taken at the 2012 USEF Paralympic Selection Trials and 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Natonal Championships in Gladstone, NJ.  The Trials and National Championships are scheduled June10-13, 2012 at the USET Headquarters. Photo © Lindsay Y McCall for the United States Para-Equestrian Association.

*All logos, phrases, and words representing the Paralympics, London 2012, London Olympics,
Olympics, and any combination referring to the Paralympics or Olympics are property of the United States Olympic Committee and the 2012 London Olympic Games.*

About the 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.

June 14, 2012 Rebecca Hart and Lord Ludger Win 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship

Rebecca Hart and Lord LudgerRebecca Hart and Lord Ludger Win 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship

Written By: Lindsay Yosay McCall

Photographs By: Lindsay Yosay McCall

Gladstone, NJ –June 14, 2012 – Rebecca Hart of Unionville, PA captured her fifth United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship on June 13. Hart, aboard Lord Ludger, owned by Jessica Ransehousen of Blue Hill Farm, inched out 2011 National Champion Jonathan Wentz of Richardson, TX with their Freestyle performance on Wednesday. Athletes from the high performance Para-Equestrian discipline presented their top mounts at the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation headquarters in Gladstone, NJ, June 10-13, 2012. It was befitting to be at one of the most historical locations in equestrian history for the 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships and 2012 USEF Paralympic Selection Trials.  With the nominated entries waiting to be named for the 2012 Paralympics, four athletes prevailed topping the field of twenty-three horse and rider combinations.

The 2012 USEF Paralympic Selection Trials and Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships was a week of environmental changes including high temperatures one day, a downpour the second day, and a breezy but exceptional weather pattern on the final day. Para-Dressage athletes Rebecca Hart, Jonathan Wentz (Richardson, TX), Donna Ponessa (New Windsor, NY), and Dale Dedrick (Ann Arbor, MI) kept the competition interesting posting scores only thousandths of a percentage point different at times.

During the three days of competition FEI Ground Jury members, Carlos Lopes (5*) POR, Anne Prain (5*) FRA, and Marc Urban (5*) BEL evaluated each duo on their interpretation of their respective tests. These critiques were valuable since selected equestrians will see these judges again when they are selected for London. Lopes and Prain are members of the ground jury and Marc Urban is the Assistant Technical Delegate for the Paralympics.

In the final hour, Rebecca Hart’s spectacular Freestyle aboard Lord Ludger impressed the judges giving her three scores of 74.0%, 74.750%, and a 79%. “I have never had a 7 and a 9 in the same score before,” Hart expressed. “I am delighted and honored to have achieved this score.”

She continued, “LoLu and I have had quite the year together. I got him about a year ago and he had a little bit of a reputation. Professional able-bodied riders had always ridden him and when Missy (Ransehousen) asked if I could try him, I said O.K. I put the big girl panties on and got on that horse. There was a little bit of a learning curve at first but over this year he has become my horse which is a really special feeling. He is such a character and I enjoy him as a horse and as a partner out there in the ring. I feel like he is finally looking to me for answers and he is right there backing me up.”

Rebecca earned the Championship in the Selection Trials and was declared the top rider at the Paralympic Selection Trials. Since the nominated horse and rider combinations will not be named until the middle of July, the riders are still on the edge of their seats awaiting that list.

Hart replied, “It feels good to be at this point and it is definitely a little weight off the shoulders but I am going to hold off my excitement until I am actually trotting down centerline in London. I will believe it then.”

Earning the Reserve Championship 2012 Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship accolade was Jonathan Wentz aboard NTEC Richter Scale, owned by Kai Handt of North Texas Equestrian Center.

Wentz held the crown for the 2011 National Championship and passed it back to Rebecca Hart who earned it in 2010. Wentz rode NTEC Richter Scale to top the Grade Ib division and earn the second place finish in his grade with Silvano, owned by Dr. Michele Miles.

Wentz noted, “It feels great to be at this point with both Richter and Silvano. Richter has carried me so far and I could have never imagined this three years ago when Kai got him. He has really stepped up to the plate as an 18-year-old and he has delivered what we asked of him. We considered WEG (World Equestrian Games 2010) was going to be his last outing but he got better and better each year. We will have toured through two world championships if we head to London and that is a lot to ask of a horse his age.”

Wentz continued, “Even with London coming up we still want to be prepare for the future. Normandy is lurking on the horizon and it takes time to build a bond with a horse. After only riding Silvano for three months he put in a good consistent ride this weekend and is a great horse. He will be a great back-up for London.  I am excited for the future.”

Rebecca replied, “After London we will be gearing up for Normandy. I have also made it a quiet goal of mine but I would love to push my able-bodied career further and make it to the Grand Prix. My old guy Pippin, who I retired at WEG, is making a comeback so we will see. I have ridden up to Prix St. George and I would like to go even further.”

Mimicking Hart and Wentz, Donna Ponessa was thrilled about her performance at the Selection Trials/ National Championship with horses Western Rose and PG Ganda. “I don’t think it has sunk in yet,” smiled Ponessa. I don’t want to take anything for granted.  I believe I can take a sigh of relief when those names are announced.”

During the Freestyle competition, Donna picked up the intensity and added the trot gait to her test. Donna explained, “We added the trot because Rosie has a really round, floaty trot, is super easy to sit, and it keeps her from getting bored.  The freestyle is supposed to be fun and inventive.”

“Western Rose is a nine-year-old American-Bred Oldenburg, continued Ponessa. “She has done third level with Wes Dunham, my trainer, and we didn’t think she would be the horse for me.  At the time we were preparing for the Selection Trials I had been riding my horse Otto. Otto, owned by Sue and Kevin Niblo, is the horse that Sydney Collier rode this week and he was a wonderful horse for me earlier this year. However, Wes and I knew we needed a horse with a better walk for Selection Trials. When he asked if I wanted to ride Rosie, I obliged. Of all the horses that we tried we did not expect her to be that horse. She has so much untapped potential, she has that wow factor, and she has a great walk.  Wes has graciously allowed me to ride her and put his training on hold so she could get in tune with me. I like to toy with the idea of taking her to Normandy, that would be amazing.””

Donna Ponessa also achieved the top Grade Ia rider of the week with Western Rose in first and PG Ganda, owned by Vinceremos Thereapeutic Riding Center, in second.

Dale Dedrick and Bonifatius earned the fourth place finish in the 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship standings and was the second place finisher in Grade II.

Dedrick commented, “I was thrilled with my horse during the Trials and National Championships. Erik stepped up to the plate when he didn’t necessarily want to and did everything I asked.  Even after six days of competition and Erik didn’t really want to to go down that path one more time to the ring, he still was willing to get in the ring for me. I loved showing at Gladstone, That sounds really cool in horsey conversations to tell people ‘ When I showed at Gladstone…” I hate to get too excited before the London team is actually announced.”

Four years ago, Carol Grant and Dedrick took a look at Bonifatius who was sitting in a field in Wisconsin. His potbelly and “U” neck made Dedrick tell Carol that he looked like a goat.  Carol’s good eye for horses saw that he had a great leg and he had a lot of potential. Grant was correct in her prediction with Dedrick competing all over the United States with the Bonifatius and earning multiple accolades in the dressage ring.  Dedrick has been working with trainer Rosalind Kinstler on developing Erik into a technical genius in the dressage ring.

Grade II rider Elizabeth Pigott and One Night Stand, owned by Regina Cristo, earned a 70.5% in their Freestyle Test on the last day of competition. Pigott noted, “Both of my horses were great this week. Willy always has a little bit of show nerves but he has come so far this year, I was proud of him. Regina Cristo has been wonderful and so supportive in allowing me to borrow her horse.  During the first two days of competition the judges kept commenting they wanted to see the horse more active.  I got him more active, and he said, ‘Yes Mam!’ He is a great horse to ride and very responsive. Since he was not in Pennsylvania when I began working with him, his trainer Melissa Suits worked with me at her farm. She has been riding One Night Stand for years and her insight was invaluable in preparing for this week.”

Topping the Grade III division was Wendy Fryke, Baker, CO aboard her stallion Lateran. Fryke and Mary Jordan, Wells, ME, performed a hat trick on their horses with Fryke earning the win for her division and Jordan capturing Grade IV with Sebastian. Jordan has had a banner year with Sebastian, owned by Deecie Denison, representing the United States Team on multiple occasions in 2011-2012.  Jordan followed in second in the Grade IV division aboard her mare P. Sparrow Socks. Both riders will be looking forward to the announcement of the nominated horse and rider combinations.

The 2012 United States Equestrian Paralympic Team nominated horse and rider combinations will be named in the middle of July. Chef d’Equipe Missy Ransehousen will join the named athletes when the riders enter a boot camp before London. The Paralympic Equestrian events take place in London, England at Greenwich Park August 30-September 4, 2012.

2012 USEF PARA-EQUESTRIAN DRESSAGE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS FINAL SCORES:

1.    Rebecca Hart and Lord Ludger – Grade II—-73.501%
2.    Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale – Grade Ib—73.126%
3.    Donna Ponessa and Western Rose – Grade Ia—73.057%
4.    Dale Dedrick and Bonifatius – Grade II—71.707%
5.    Donna Ponessa and PG Ganda – Grade Ia—71.707%
6.    Jonathan Wentz and Silvano – Grade Ib—70.915%
7.    Mary Jordan and Sebastian –  Grade IV—68.223%
8.    Rebecca Hart and Carlingford’s Taldi – Grade II—67.147%
9.    Wendy Fryke and Lateran – Grade III—67.093%
10.    Elizabeth Pigott and One Night Stand – Grade II—66.767%
11.    Mary Jordan and P.Sparrow Socks – Grade IV—64.768%
12.    Robin Brueckmann and Radetzky – Grade IV—64.301%
13.    Margarey McIntosh and Carlingford JD – Grade Ib—64.200%
14.    Elizabeth PIgott and Whitney’s Willow – Grade II—63.897%
15.    Laurietta Oakleaf and Niekele Fan Busenitz – Grade Ib—63.869%
16.    Kim Decker and Dasher’s Destiny – Grade Ia—63.274%
17.    Kim Jones and Ghlenivet – Grade II—61.828%
18.    Sydney collier and Otto Grade II—60.695%
19.    Margaret McIntosh and Idalgo – Ib—60.429%
20.    Lise Yervasi and Brendan Braveheart – Grade IV—58.477%
21.    Eleanor Brimmer and Carino H – Grade III—57.547%
22.    Laura Goldman and NTEC Willi Wesley – Grade Ia—50.816%

Grade Test Results June 11-13, 2012
Number, Name, Horse, Grade Test, Total Points, Percentage Score, Placing
FEI Grade 1a Team Test
(E) Prain,  (C) Urban,  (M) Lopes,
5    Donna Ponessa, Western Rose, FEI Para Equestrian Grade Ia Team, 376, 73.725%, 1
4    Donna Ponessa, PG Ganda, FEI Para Equestrian Grade Ia Team, 365, 71.569%, 2
2    Kim Decker, Dashers Destiny, FEI Para Equestrian Grade Ia Team, 325, 63.725%, 3
3    Laura Goldman, NTEC Willi Wesley, FEI Para Equestrian Grade Ia Team, 321.5, 63.039%, 4
FEI Grade 1b Team Test
(E) Prain,  (C) Urban,  (M) Lopes,
11    Jonathan Wentz, Silvano, FEI Para Equestrian Grade Ib Team, 480, 72.727%, 1
12    Jonathan Wentz, NTEC Richter Scale, FEI Para Equestrian Grade Ib Team, 478.5, 72.500%, 2
15    Margaret McIntosh, Carlingford JDm, FEI Para Equestrian Grade Ib Team, 424.5, 64.318%, 3
13    Laurietta Oakleaf, Niekele Fan Busenitz, FEI Para Equestrian Grade Ib Team, 419.5, 63.561%, 4
14    Margaret McIntosh, Idalgo, FEI Para Equestrian Grade Ib Team, 402.5, 60.985%, 5
FEI Grade II Team Test
(E) Prain,  (C) Urban,  (M) Lopes,
26    Rebecca Hart, Lord Ludger, FEI Para Equestrian Grade II Team, 452.5, 71.825%, 1
22    Dale Dedrick, Bonifatius, FEI Para Equestrian Grade II Team    442.5, 70.238%, 2
27    Rebecca Hart, Carlingfords Taldi, FEI Para Equestrian Grade II Team, 427, 67.778%, 3
24    Elizabeth Pigott, One Night Stand, FEI Para Equestrian Grade II Team, 415.5, 65.952%, 4
25    Kim Jones, Ghlenivet, FEI Para Equestrian Grade II Team, 396, 62.937%, 5
23    Elizabeth Pigott, Whitney’s Willow, FEI Para Equestrian Grade II Team, 392.5, 62.302%, 6
28    Sydney Collier, Otto, FEI Para Equestrian Grade II Team, 387.5, 61.508%, 0
FEI Grade III Team Test
(E) Prain,  (C) Urban,  (M) Lopes,
32    Wendy Fryke, Lateran, FEI Para Equestrian Grade III Team, 546.5. 67.469%, 1
30    Eleanor Brimmer, Carino H, FEI Para Equestrian Grade III Team, 477.5, 58.951%, 2
31    Erin Alberda, Sir Rocco, FEI Para Equestrian Grade III Team    440.5, 54.383%, 3
FEI Grade IV Team Test
(E) Prain,  (C) Urban,  (M) Lopes,
43    Mary Jordan, Sebastian, FEI Para Equestrian Grade IV Team, 657, 68.438%,1
44    Mary Jordan, P. Sparrow Socks, FEI Para Equestrian Grade IV Team, 619.5, 64.531%, 2
45    Robin Brueckmann, Radetzky, FEI Para Equestrian Grade IV Team, 619, 64.479%, 3
41    Lise Yervasi, Brendan Braveheart, FEI Para Equestrian Grade IV Team, 556.5, 57.969%, 4
42    Lise Yervasi, Tailor Made, FEI Para Equestrian Grade IV Team, 523, 54.479%, 5
FEI Grade 1a Individual Test
(E) Lopes,  (C) Prain,  (M) Urban,
4    Donna Ponessa, PG Ganda    FEI Para Equestrian Grade Ia Indvidual, 438, 73.000%, 1
5    Donna Ponessa, Western Rose, FEI Para Equestrian Grade Ia Indvidual, 432, 72.000%, 2
3    Laura Goldman, NTEC Willi Wesley, FEI Para Equestrian Grade Ia Indvidual, 384, 64.000%, 3
2    Kim Decker, Dashers Destiny, FEI Para Equestrian Grade Ia Indvidual, 380.5, 63.417%, 4
FEI Grade 1b Individual Test
(E) Lopes,  (C) Prain,  (M) Urban,
12    Jonathan Wentz, NTEC Richter Scale, FEI Para Equestrian Grade Ib Individual, 503, 72.899%, 1
11    Jonathan Wentz, Silvano, FEI Para Equestrian Grade Ib Individual, 497.5, 72.101%, 2
15    Margaret McIntosh, Carlingford JD, FEI Para Equestrian Grade Ib Individual, 444, 64.348%, 3
13    Laurietta Oakleaf, Niekele Fan Busenitz, FEI Para Equestrian Grade Ib Individual, 439.5, 63.696%, 4
14    Margaret McIntosh, Idalgo    FEI Para Equestrian Grade Ib Individual, 398.5, 57.754%, 5
FEI Grade II Individual Test
(E) Lopes,  (C) Prain,  (M) Urban,
26    Rebecca Hart, Lord Ludger, FEI Para Equestrian Grade II Individual, 466, 73.968%, 1
22    Dale Dedrick, Bonifatius, FEI Para Equestrian Grade II Individual, 453, 71.905%, 2
24    Elizabeth Pigott, One Night Stand, FEI Para Equestrian Grade II Individual, 414, 65.714%, 3
27    Rebecca Hart, Carlingfords Taldi, FEI Para Equestrian Grade II Individual, 414, 65.714%, 4
23    Elizabeth Pigott, Whitney’s Willow, FEI Para Equestrian Grade II Individual, 406.5, 64.524%, 5
25    Kim Jones, Ghlenivet, FEI Para Equestrian Grade II Individual, 377, 59.841%, 6
28    Sydney Collier, Otto, FEI Para Equestrian Grade II Individual    370, 58.730%, 0
FEI Grade III Individual Test
(E) Lopes,  (C) Prain,  (M) Urban,
32    Wendy Fryke, Lateran, FEI Para Equestrian Grade III Individual, 588.5, 65.389%, 1
30    Eleanor Brimmer, Carino H, FEI Para Equestrian Grade III Individual, 483, 53.667%, 2
31    Erin Alberda, Sir Rocco, FEI Para Equestrian Grade III Individual, 447, 49.667%, 3
FEI Grade IV Individual Test
(E) Lopes,  (C) Prain,  (M) Urban,
43    Mary Jordan, Sebastian, FEI Para Equestrian Grade IV Individual, 625, 67.204%, 1
44    Mary Jordan, P. Sparrow Socks, FEI Para Equestrian Grade IV Individual, 593, 63.763%, 2
45    Robin Brueckmann, Radetzky, FEI Para Equestrian Grade IV Individual, 590, 63.441%, 3
41    Lise Yervasi, Brendan Braveheart, FEI Para Equestrian Grade IV Individual, 538, 57.849%, 4
42    Lise Yervasi, Tailor Made    FEI Para Equestrian Grade IV Individual, 473.5, 50.914%, 5
FEI Grade 1a Freestyle Test
(E) Urban,  (C) Lopes,  (M) Prain,
5    Donna Ponessa, Western Rose, FEI Para Equestrian Grade Ia Freesytle, 443, 73.833%, 1
4    Donna Ponessa, PG Ganda, FEI Para Equestrian Grade Ia Freesytle, 416, 69.333%, 2
2    Kim Decker, Dashers Destiny,    FEI Para Equestrian Grade Ia Freesytle, 372.5. 62.083%, 3
FEI Grade 1b Freestyle Test
(E) Urban,  (C) Lopes,  (M) Prain,
12    Jonathan Wentz, NTEC Richter Scale, FEI Para Equestrian Grade Ib Freestyle, 449, 74.833%, 1
11    Jonathan Wentz, Silvano, FEI Para Equestrian Grade Ib Freestyle, 389.5, 64.917%, 2
13    Laurietta Oakleaf, Niekele Fan Busenitz, FEI Para Equestrian Grade Ib Freestyle, 389, 64.833%, 3
14    Margaret McIntosh, Idalgo, FEI Para Equestrian Grade Ib Freestyle, 388, 64.667%, 4
15    Margaret McIntosh, Carlingford JD, FEI Para Equestrian Grade Ib Freestyle, 382, 63.667%, 5
FEI Grade II Freestyle Test
(E) Urban,  (C) Lopes,  (M) Prain,
26    Rebecca Hart, Lord Ludger, FEI Para Equestrian Grade II Freestyle, 455.5, 75.917%, 1
22    Dale Dedrick, Bonifatius, FEI Para Equestrian Grade II Freestyle, 445.5, 74.250%, 2
24    Elizabeth Pigott, One Night Stand, FEI Para Equestrian Grade II Freestyle, 423, 70.500%, 3
27    Rebecca Hart, Carlingfords Taldi, FEI Para Equestrian Grade II Freestyle, 412.5, 68.750%, 4
23    Elizabeth Pigott, Whitney’s Willow, FEI Para Equestrian Grade II Freestyle, 395, 65.833%, 5
25    Kim Jones, Ghlenivet, FEI Para Equestrian Grade II Freestyle, 381.5, 63.583%,6
28    Sydney Collier, Otto, FEI Para Equestrian Grade II Freestyle    378, 63.000%, 0
FEI Grade III Freestyle Test
(E) Urban,  (C) Lopes,  (M) Prain,
32    Wendy Fryke, Lateran, FEI Para Equestrian Grade III Freestyle, 418.5, 69.750%, 1
30    Eleanor Brimmer, Carino H, FEI Para Equestrian Grade III Freestyle, 375, 62.500%, 2
FEI Grade IV Freestyle Test
(E) Urban,  (C) Lopes,  (M) Prain,
43    Mary Jordan, Sebastian, FEI Para Equestrian Grade IV Freestyle, 419, 69.833%, 1
44    Mary Jordan, P. Sparrow Socks, FEI Para Equestrian Grade IV Freestyle, 403.5, 67.250%, 2
45    Robin Brueckmann, Radetzky    FEI Para Equestrian Grade IV Freestyle, 394, 65.667%, 3
41    Lise Yervasi, Brendan Braveheart, FEI Para Equestrian Grade IV Freestyle, 364.5, 60.750%, 4

ABOUT THE EQUESTRIAN PARALYMPICS (courtesy of FEI)

Host nation Great Britain, Germany, Denmark and Canada have qualified the maximum number of riders and will each be represented by a team of four and one individual.

Nine countries – USA, The Netherlands, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Belgium, South Africa, Australia and France – have qualified four riders.

The National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) of Singapore and Mexico, which had originally qualified four riders, returned one qualification slot each and will be represented by three-rider teams. The unused slots were re-allocated to Norway and Israel on the basis of the Individual Para-Equestrian Rankings of athletes not already qualified with a team. As a result, Norway, which had already qualified two individual riders, will be fielding a composite team consisting of three members.

New Zealand and Finland will be represented by two individual riders apiece. Bermuda, Argentina, Japan, Hong Kong and Austria have each been allocated one individual slot.
Three Bipartite Commission invitations have been issued to Thomas Haller of Austria, Lee Frawley of the Virgin Islands and Anita Johnsson of Sweden.

The nominated entries will be published on 18 June 2012 and definite entries on 6 August. A total of 78 Para-Equestrian riders will be battling it out for the 11 sets of medals available. The detailed list of qualified nations is available here.

SUMMARY:
26 nations – ARG, AUS, AUT, BEL, BER, BRA, CAN, DEN, FIN, FRA, GBR, GER, HKG, IRL, ISR, ISV, ITA, JPN, MEX, NED, NOR, NZL, RSA, SIN, SWE, USA

TEAMS

4 nations with 5 riders (team + 1 individual): CAN, DEN, GBR, GER
9 nations with 4 riders (team): AUS, BEL, BRA, FRA, IRL, ITA, NED, RSA, USA
3 nations with 3 riders (team): MEX, NOR, SIN

NATIONS REPRESENTED ONLY BY INDIVIDUALS
2 nations with 2 individuals: FIN, NZL
6 nations with 1 individual: AUT, ARG, BER, ISR, JPN, HKG
3 Bipartite Commission invitations: AUT, ISV, SWE

Photo Credit: Photographs taken at the 2012 USEF Paralympic Selection Trials and 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Natonal Championships in Gladstone, NJ.  The Trials and National Championships are scheduled June10-13, 2012 at the USET Headquarters. Photo © Lindsay Y McCall for the United States Para-Equestrian Association.

*All logos, phrases, and words representing the Paralympics, London 2012, London Olympics,
Olympics, and any combination referring to the Paralympics or Olympics are property of the United States Olympic Committee and the 2012 London Olympic Games.*

About the 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.

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