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August 31, 2012 Donna Ponessa (USA) Secures U.S. Scores While Great Britain Maintains Team Medal Lead at 2012 Equestrian Paralympics

Donna Ponessa (USA) Secures U.S. Scores While Great Britain Maintains Team Medal Lead at 2012 Equestrian Paralympics

 Article and Photographs by Lindsay Yosay McCall

To view this press release with photographs please click on the PDF version (PDF)

London, England, United Kingdom–August 31, 2012 – Seventy-eight Para-Equestrian Dressage riders entered the ring at Greenwich Park on August 30th and 31st for the Team Test competition. Seventy-eight horses trotted down centerline moving one step closer to earning the 2012 London Paralympic Equestrian Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals. Those seventy-eight horses engage, suspend, and perform technical requirements in front of international FEI judges President Kjell Myhre (NOR), Lillian Iannone (ARG), Freddy Leyman (BEL), Anne Prain (FRA), Gudrun Hofinga (GER), Sarah Rodger (GBR), Carlos Lopes (POR), and Kathy Amos-Jacob (FRA) as the reserve member. As the last United States Para-Equestrian to enter the venue, Donna Ponessa (USA) and Western Rose excelled in the Grade Ia Team Test earning the United States an increase to their overall percentage score. Great Britain turned up the heat Friday and brought in three of their final riders for Grade Ia, III, and IV Team Test competition. Earning the Grade Ia win was Sophie Christiansen (GBR) and Janeiro 6. The pair earned an 83.765% overall and even had one judge’s score at 93.824%. In Grade III, German Para-Dressage rider Hannelore Brenner brought home the win with a 75.741% as the overall percentage.  In Grade IV Great Britain did it again capturing the highest percentage score in Grade IV with a 75.906%. These final scores cemented the Team Test scores that will combine with the individual Test scores for a final calculation.

 

Each country is judged under a random selection of five judges for their Grade test. If a country is competing for the Team competition, they will have three or four riders that they choose to contribute to the Team scores. The top three scores of each the Team Test and Individual Test will combine to produce an overall Paralympic Medal winner. The Team Test competition for Grade Ia, Ib, II , III, IV was also a warm-up for individual countries that will be competing in the Individual Championship over the weekend. Saturday September 1st begins the Individual Test for Grade II and Ib followed by Sunday’s Grade Ia, III, and IV championship tests.

 

The United States is looking to improve upon their scores so they may reach their top ranking for the Team Medal.  Improving the United States team ranking was on the mind of Donna Ponessa during the entire morning before she showed.

 

Ponessa noted, “I had a little bit of an advantage being a spectator on the first day of competition. With that advantage I was able to settle in and convince myself it was just another show. I have to admit that the weight I was bearing was a little much. So when I started to feel the pressure of the Team depending on my scores I tried to find busy things to do.”

 

She continued, “Riding for my country has been an amazing experience. At first I was a little overwhelmed and the mare was a little tense when I walked in the ring but, all of my teammates agree, it’s another show with an Opening Ceremony and you can’t be thinking about anything else. It’s about each footfall and your job ahead. Once I got that centered, everything seemed to flow better.”

 

Ponessa’s horse Western Rose, owned by Wes Dunham, maintains two performance traits making her a superb Grade Ia horse. Her strong walk including the free walk across the diagonal scored a high mark pulling Ponessa’s score up into 70 percent. During the working walk Western Rose began to increase her steps. Ponessa explained, ”Rosie kept trying to stop and look. I am not noted for the subtlety of my aids so when I felt her go to stop all I could think was, ‘Not here mare, no.’ So I sat a little too hard and she let me know it is not going to fly when you sit on me that hard.”

 

Ponessa earned the fifth position in the Grade I a Team Test where 25 year-old Sophie Christiansen (GBR) earned the highest score of the day aboard Janeiro 6. Christiansen commented, “I was quite nervous at the beginning of my test considering the fact that other members of the team have been posting very good scores. I couldn’t have asked for a better score at the end of this test.”

 

Christansen earned a 93.824% percent during her ride resulting in a score that most Dressage riders have never heard announced. Christiansen explained, “I usually get above 80% in training, but to get it in the Team Test was something special.”

 

Results Grade Ia:

  1. Sophie Christiansen (GBR) and Janeiro 6—-83.765%
  2. Laurentina Tan (SIN) and Ruben James 2—-74.235%
  3. Helen Kearney (IRL) and Mister Cool—-72.235%
  4. Sergio Froes Ribieriro de Olivia (BRZ) and Emily—-71.353%
  5. Donna Ponessa (USA) and Western Rose—-70.235%

 

Grade III is a unique Grade due to the fact that the test includes walk, trot, and canter and yet the ring is smaller making each moment appear faster. Hannelore Brennar of Luneburg, Germany explained her exquisite performance, “When I entered the arena my mare was a little excited. She is a sensitive mare and can be hysterical at times but after two rounds in my warm-up she was perfect..”

 

Hannelore and Women of the World have been together for seven years. “Every year our partnership gets better and better and we come together more each time, she expressed.”

 

Hannelore also competes in able-bodied Dressage and has competed through ‘S’ Dressage in Germany, the highest level of Dressage. In 1986 Hannelore was competing in Eventing and was injured in a riding accident on course.  Although Hannelore did not compete at a high level of Dressage before her accident, she is now competing at the highest level of the sport.

 

Results Grade III:

  1. Hannelore Brenner (GER) and Women of the World—-75.741%
  2. Deborah Criddle (GBR) and LJT Akilles—-72.926%
  3. Annika Dalskov (DEN) and Aros A Fenris—-72.889%
  4. Sanne Voets and Vedet PB (NED)—-72.037%
  5. Susanne Sunesen (DEN) and Thy’s Que Faire—-71.333%

 

The final Para-Dressage rider to achieve the top score in the Team Test competition was Sophie Wells of Great Britain aboard Pinocchio. When Wells qualified for the British Dressage Association Para-Equestrian Team in 2008 she was unable to travel due to her horse’s laminitis. So for the 2012 year Sophie had one goal in mind, “Great Britain has never lost a Gold Medal and I don’t want to be on the first team that fails to win gold,” smiled Wells. “We’re all doing our best to retain the record but a Gold would mean everything.”

 

Results Grade IV:

  1. Sophie Wells (GBR) and Pinocchio—-75.906%
  2. Michele George and Rainman (BEL)—-72.906%
  3. Frank Hosmar (NED) and Alphaville—-71.781%
  4. James Dwyer (IRL) and Orlando—-69.719%
  5. Line Jorgensen (DEN) and DiCaprio—-69.406%

 

Preliminary Team Medal Country:

 

  1. Great Britain
  2. Germany
  3. Denmark
  4. Netherlands
  5. Belgium
  6. Ireland
  7. United States of America

 

On Saturday the Grade II Individual Championship Test will commence at 9:00 a.m. The Medal ceremony for the individual championship will occur at 12:30 p.m followed by the Grade Ib Championship Test at 2:30 p.m. The 2012 London Paralympics continues through September 9th, 2012.  The Paralympic Equestrian competition will finish on September 4, 2012.

 

 

THE UNITED STATES PARALYMPIC EQUESTRIAN TEAM NOMINATED BY THE UNITED STATES EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION

Rebecca Hart, 27, of Unionville, Penn. and Jessica Ransehousen’s Holsteiner gelding Lord Ludger

Jonathan Wentz, 21, of Richardson, Texas and Kai Handt’s 18 year-old NTEC Richter Scale

Donna Ponessa, 51, of New Windsor, N.Y. and Wesley Dunham’s Oldenburg mare Western Rose

Dale Dedrick, 56, of Ann Arbor, Mich. and her 14 year-old grey Hanoverian Bonifatius

 

Team Staff:

Missy Ransehousen (Unionville, PA)- Chef d’Equipe

Jim Wolf (Lebanon, NJ)- Chef de Mission

Pam Lane (Gladstone, NJ)- Team Leader

Stacey Kent (Cochranville, PA)- Team Veterinarian

 

2012 Paralympic Equestrian Schedule at Greenwich Park

 

 

September 1, 2012

Grade II Mixed Individual Championship Test 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade II 12:30 PM-12:45 PM

Grade Ib Mixed Individual Championship Test  2:30 PM-5:30 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade Ib   5:45 PM -6:00 PM

 

September 2, 2012

Grade IV Mixed Individual Championship Test  9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade IV  11:45 AM-12:00 PM

Grade III Mixed Individual Championship Test  1:45 PM-4:14 PM

Grade Ia Mixed Individual Championship Test 4:15 PM-6:45 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade III  7:00 PM-7:15 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade Ia  7:15 PM-7:30 PM

 

September 3, 2012

Grade II Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade II

Grade Ib Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 2:15 PM-5:00 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade Ib 5:15 PM-5:30 PM

 

September 4, 2012

Grade IV Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade IV 11:45 AM-12:00 PM

Grade III Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 1:45 PM-3:45 PM

Grade Ia Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 3:45 PM-6:00 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade III 6:15 PM-6:30 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade Ia 6:30 PM-6:45 PM

TEAM MEDAL CEREMONY 6:45 PM-7:15 PM

 

September 9, 2012

Closing Ceremony

 

 

Information on Live Streaming Paralympic Coverage at Paralympic.org and Television Coverage at NBC Sports Network (information about coverage below was provided by the International Paralympic Committee and was not written by USPEA)

 

By creating original video content for the US Paralympics YouTube channel, YouTube.com/USParalympics, while also partnering with NBCUniversal and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), US Paralympics will provide the American public with more coverage of the US Paralympic Team than any previous year.

 

Beginning on 29 August and continuing through the conclusion of the Games on 9 September, US Paralympics will provide 10 daily video highlights packages via its US Paralympics YouTube channel.

 

In addition to the online content, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will air one-hour highlight shows on 4, 5, 6 and 11 September at 7 p.m. EDT. Following the Paralympic Games, on 16 September, NBC will broadcast a 90-minute special from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT. All NBC and NBC Sports Network Paralympic highlight shows and specials will re-air on Universal Sports Network and UniversalSports.com.

 

During the Games, which start on 29 August, the IPC’s website will have five channels broadcasting live sport each day. Four channels will have English commentary whilst a fifth channel will be available in Spanish.

 

The website will also feature a revolutionary new SMART player which has been developed by the IPC’s worldwide IT partner Atos. The player uses innovative technology that will enable those watching live swimming and wheelchair basketball on www.paralympic.org to view real-time results tickers, statistics, biographies, news and social media – all in one integrated and synchronized window. It also simplifies the user’s interests and gives specific and relevant results per sport, similar to the ones available to commentators inside the venues.

 

Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/paralympicsporttv

U.S. Paralympics website (http://www.usparalympics.org),

U.S. Paralympics Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/usparalympics/)

U.S. Paralympics Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/usparalympics/).

 

 

For more information about the United States Equestrian Federation please visit www.USEF.org

 

For more information about the Para-Equestrians heading to London please visit http://www.fei.org/events/games/paralympic-games/london-2012

 

To view more about the London 2012 Paralympics please visit the official Paralympic website at http://www.london2012.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.

 

A total of 78 Para-Equestrian riders will be battling it out for the 11 sets of medals available.

 

 

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: All photographs taken by Lindsay Yosay McCall for the USPEA 2012

 

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

August 30, 2012 First Day of 2012 Paralympic Equestrian Team Competition Reveals Leading Countries Despite the Variable Weather

First Day of 2012 Paralympic Equestrian Team Competition Reveals Leading Countries Despite the Variable Weather

Photos/Article by Lindsay Yosay McCall

To view the PDF Version with photographs please click here (PDF)

London, England, United Kingdom–August 30, 2012 – In London, there is always one conversational topic that a stranger can depend on to relieve an awkward situation, the weather.  On Thursday August 30th, at the 2012 Paralympic Equestrian venue in Greenwich Park, the weather transitioned from rain, to wind, on to more rain, and brisk temperatures. As the opening day of the Para-Dressage Team Test competition transpired the weather became accommodating to some riders and unpleasant to others.

 

Grade II and Grade Ib performed their Team Test’s over the course of the day setting the tone for the Team Medal competition.  Although there are still Grade Ia, III, and IV riders to compete in Friday’s Team Tests, Canada, The Netherlands, and The United States of America have already earned multiple high scores. Great Britain had two riders compete Thursday but only nine-time decorated Gold Medalist Lee Pearson was nominated as one of the four members of Team Great Britain.  Pearson and horse Gentleman topped the Grade Ib competition even with a minor blunder through his test. Fellow British rider Natasha Baker also prevailed in her Grade II rivalries giving her a test she can depend on for the Individual and Freestyle competition. As a five-star Para-Equestrian competition the ground jury consists of a random combination of five of these judges, President Kjell Myhre (NOR), Lillian Iannone (ARG), Freddy Leyman (BEL), Anne Prain (FRA), Gudrun Hofinga (GER), Sarah Rodger (GBR), Carlos Lopes (POR), and Kathy Amos-Jacob (FRA) as the reserve member. Under these judges top riders include: Jonathan Wentz (USA) and NTEC Richter Scale (owned by Kai Handt); Rebecca Hart (USA) and Lord Ludger (owned by Jessica Ransehousen); Lauren Barwick (CAN) and Off to Paris; Ashley Gowanlock (CAN) and Maile; Pepo Puch (AUT) and Fine Feeling; Joann Formosa (AUS) and Worldwid PB; Katja Karjalainen (FIN) and Rosie; Britta Napel (GER) and Aquilina 3; and Barbara Minneci (BEL) and Barilla.

 

 

 

The Team Test Results for Grade Ib:

  1. Lee Pearson and Gentleman (GBR)—-74.682%
  2. Pepo Puch (Individual AUT)—-73.636
  3. Joann Formosa (AUS)—-71.955
  4. Katja Karjalainen and Rosie (individual FIN)—-70.909%
  5. Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale (USA)—-70.364%
  6. Valerie Salles and Menzana D’Hulm (FRA)—-69.500%

 

 

 

The Team Test Results for Grade II:

  1. Natasha Baker and Cabral (individual of GBR)—–76.095%
  2. Britta Napel and Aquilina 3 (GER)—-72.571%
  3. Lauren Barwick and Off To Paris (CAN)—-72.095%
  4. Rebecca Hart and Lord Ludger (USA)—-69.095%
  5. Barbara Minneci and Barilla (BEL)—-68.571%
  6. Petra Van de Sande and Valencia Z—-68.095%

 

The first United States Team membe in the ring was Dale Dedrick and Bonifatius of Ann Arbor, Mich. With the amount of experience Dedrick has gained over the years showing internationally, in front of large crowds, she commented, “When you go overseas you don’t think the ring is going to be the same, but it is. It is the same white fence, the same arena at your feet, and the same letters on the perimeter. This is just a horse show with a lot of people, flags, and an opening ceremony. I like to remember that when Erik and I travel down to X.” Dedrick is looking forward to another opportunity to ride for the U.S.A. in the Grade II Individual Test on Saturday.

 

Within an hour of Dedrick’s ride Grade II Para-Equestrian Rebecca Hart (USA) of Unionville, Penn. and Lord Ludger trotted down centerline. Within that hour the weather turned fickle bringing wind and rain in all types of patterns. “Let it rain,” exclaimed the U.S.A. Team Captain Rebecca Hart before her Team Test. Hart enjoys the focus and muting that the rain brings for Lord Ludger and her during her execution of the test. ““We prefer sunshine but he’s just as happy to go in the rain. It actually kind of puts us into our own little bubble and we focus on each other more than what’s going on. It gives you one more thing to block out but I look at it as an aid and it actually helped us.”

 

Jonathan Wentz (USA) responded, “I’ll take the wind Richter could care less of where he is. He could ride in a war zone or in a field and neither would affect him during a Dressage Test. You can ride him anywhere in the world, that’s why he’s such a great Para-Dressage horse and a great horse to have at a competition like this. You can always count on a certain level of score, it may fluctuate a little, but he always produces a ride that is similar to any ride he has given his whole career.”

 

Wentz earned pulled up the lead for the United States Team during his Grade Ib Team Test. ““We’re in a really good position, it will come down to tomorrow but the team is sitting quite nice. We earned good scores today and we’ll just have to go through the tests tonight and read over the judge’s comments for ways to improve. Of course there’s lots of room for improvement, there always should be, that’s what Dressage is all about.”

 

Friday will bring forward the last of the four riders for the United States Para-Equestrian Team when Donna Ponessa of New Windsor, NY and Western Rose, owned by Wes Dunham, compete in Grade Ia Team Test competition.

 

Canadian Para-Equestrian Team Lauren Barwick and Off To Paris completed a guarded third place ride in the Team Test competition behind German rider Britta Napel, and Natasha Baker from Great Britain.

 

Barwick explained, “My horse has been really good with crowds and weather but the speakers were bothering her a little bit. I know how she can perform so I was proud of her when she decided to trust me and do her job. I had to be very conservative due to the new environment of the ring but I rode today for tomorrow. If I would have blown her up today and asked for too much she wouldn’t have trusted me in our next test. So the good thing today was to put in a good performance, ride today for tomorrow, and tomorrow will be an even better day. I was super proud of my mare today because halts have been our biggest challenge and she nailed all three of them. I was also proud at the end, For her to let me walk out of the arena on a free walk with a long rein that moment said a lot about her and a lot about our partnership.”

 

Barwick continued, “I don’t mind a challenge like we experienced today. We are all dealing with the same challenge and we are on the same playing field. This is where Great Britain will have an advantage because they got to do the test run in this arena.”

As the day approached 4:00 PM the skies began to darken and the rain set in. The stadium began to fill up as famous British Paralympian Lee Pearson entered the ring. Pearson would complete a quality test with moments of brilliance and yet a moment of hesitation. As Pearson and horse Gentleman approached the 5 meter circle away from center line on the left rein he proceeded to track right and bauble for a moment before correcting and moving on to the next requirement. Pearson expressed, “It was not our best test in the world. I warned everyone about Gentleman’s sense of humor. He warmed up perfect and he came in the arena and said, ‘Eww thousands of people watching.’ then he Blocked all of his energy and I had to nurse him around the arena. If the engine is working I can keep contact but when the engine dropped out I had to release the contact on Gentleman and move him forward. It is all in his head really, physically he can go fantastic, but he gets a bit cheeky sometimes when he goes in the arena, when so many people are watching. It wasn’t our worst test but it wasn’t our best test.”

Pearson continued, “I have been reading the test for days now and I got rider error. I knew we would do something stupid at the Paralympic games. When you are losing ingredients as an athlete, you are kind of over focused. Rider error I am not fool proof!”

 

Pearson was impressed with the amount of talented riders and horses that have come to the 2012 London Paralympics. He has also noted that he is looking forward to cheering on his competitors and teammates.

 

 

The 2012 London Paralympic Equestrian Competition continues at 9:00 a.m. Friday August 31st, with the Grade IV, III, and Ia Team Test. The final horse enters the ring at 6:15 p.m. Donna Ponessa will enter the ring at 4:33 p.m. behind Canadian Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus.

 

 

THE UNITED STATES PARALYMPIC EQUESTRIAN TEAM NOMINATED BY THE UNITED STATES EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION

Rebecca Hart, 27, of Unionville, Penn. and Jessica Ransehousen’s Holsteiner gelding Lord Ludger

Jonathan Wentz, 21, of Richardson, Texas and Kai Handt’s 18 year-old NTEC Richter Scale

Donna Ponessa, 51, of New Windsor, N.Y. and Wesley Dunham’s Oldenburg mare Western Rose

Dale Dedrick, 56, of Ann Arbor, Mich. and her 14 year-old grey Hanoverian Bonifatius

 

Team Staff:

Missy Ransehousen (Unionville, PA)- Chef d’Equipe

Jim Wolf (Lebanon, NJ)- Chef de Mission

Pam Lane (Gladstone, NJ)- Team Leader

Stacey Kent (Cochranville, PA)- Team Veterinarian

 

2012 Paralympic Equestrian Schedule at Greenwich Park

 

August 31, 2012

Grade IV Mixed Team Test 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Grade III Mixed Team Test 1:15 PM-3:45 PM

Grade Ia Mixed Team Test 3:45 PM-6:15 PM

 

September 1, 2012

Grade II Mixed Individual Championship Test 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade II 12:30 PM-12:45 PM

Grade Ib Mixed Individual Championship Test  2:30 PM-5:30 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade Ib   5:45 PM -6:00 PM

 

September 2, 2012

Grade IV Mixed Individual Championship Test  9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade IV  11:45 AM-12:00 PM

Grade III Mixed Individual Championship Test  1:45 PM-4:14 PM

Grade Ia Mixed Individual Championship Test 4:15 PM-6:45 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade III  7:00 PM-7:15 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade Ia  7:15 PM-7:30 PM

 

September 3, 2012

Grade II Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade II

Grade Ib Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 2:15 PM-5:00 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade Ib 5:15 PM-5:30 PM

 

September 4, 2012

Grade IV Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade IV 11:45 AM-12:00 PM

Grade III Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 1:45 PM-3:45 PM

Grade Ia Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 3:45 PM-6:00 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade III 6:15 PM-6:30 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade Ia 6:30 PM-6:45 PM

TEAM MEDAL CEREMONY 6:45 PM-7:15 PM

 

September 9, 2012

Closing Ceremony

 

 

Information on Live Streaming Paralympic Coverage at Paralympic.org and Television Coverage at NBC Sports Network (information about coverage below was provided by the International Paralympic Committee and was not written by USPEA)

 

By creating original video content for the US Paralympics YouTube channel, YouTube.com/USParalympics, while also partnering with NBCUniversal and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), US Paralympics will provide the American public with more coverage of the US Paralympic Team than any previous year.

 

Beginning on 29 August and continuing through the conclusion of the Games on 9 September, US Paralympics will provide 10 daily video highlights packages via its US Paralympics YouTube channel.

 

In addition to the online content, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will air one-hour highlight shows on 4, 5, 6 and 11 September at 7 p.m. EDT. Following the Paralympic Games, on 16 September, NBC will broadcast a 90-minute special from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT. All NBC and NBC Sports Network Paralympic highlight shows and specials will re-air on Universal Sports Network and UniversalSports.com.

 

During the Games, which start on 29 August, the IPC’s website will have five channels broadcasting live sport each day. Four channels will have English commentary whilst a fifth channel will be available in Spanish.

 

The website will also feature a revolutionary new SMART player which has been developed by the IPC’s worldwide IT partner Atos. The player uses innovative technology that will enable those watching live swimming and wheelchair basketball on www.paralympic.org to view real-time results tickers, statistics, biographies, news and social media – all in one integrated and synchronized window. It also simplifies the user’s interests and gives specific and relevant results per sport, similar to the ones available to commentators inside the venues.

 

Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/paralympicsporttv

U.S. Paralympics website (http://www.usparalympics.org),

U.S. Paralympics Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/usparalympics/)

U.S. Paralympics Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/usparalympics/).

 

 

For more information about the United States Equestrian Federation please visit www.USEF.org

 

For more information about the Para-Equestrians heading to London please visit http://www.fei.org/events/games/paralympic-games/london-2012

 

To view more about the London 2012 Paralympics please visit the official Paralympic website at http://www.london2012.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.

 

A total of 78 Para-Equestrian riders will be battling it out for the 11 sets of medals available.

 

 

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: All photographs taken by Lindsay Yosay McCall for the USPEA 2012

 

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

August 29, 2012 2012 London Paralympic Equestrian Competition Begins at Greenwich Park

By Lindsay McCall

London, England, United Kingdom–August 29, 2012 – Every tear shed, every mile traveled, and every salute in the show ring over the last few years have now led to this moment at the 2012 London Paralympic Equestrian competition held in Greenwich Park. Before riders and coaches could breathe a sigh of relief seventy-eight horse and rider combinations stepped forward for the official horse inspection. Each team and individual presented their mounts at a trot in front of the competition officials including the veterinary commission and ground jury. Each horse was carefully examined before being given the official nod to compete in the 2012 Paralympic Equestrian Games scheduled for August 29th through September 4th. The horse inspection began in alphabetical order according to the International Paralympic Committee abbreviations. Henceforth, the United States watched 74 horses approach horse inspection before Lord Ludger, NTEC Richter Scale, Western Rose, and Bonifatius were given the salute to continue on to the first day of Para-Dressage competition.

Wes Dunham and Western Rose ridden by Donna Ponessa (USA) photo by Lindsay Y McCall

 

Four dashing United States members dressed in exquisite Ralph Lauren red, white, and blue attire formally presented each United States’ equine. These handlers included: United States Paralympic Equestrian Chef d’Equipe Missy Ransehousen presenting Lord Ludger for United States Team Captain Rebecca Hart; owner Kai Handt leading NTEC Richter Scale for Jonathan Wentz; owner Wes Dunham of Western Rose for equestrian Donna Ponessa; and groom Meagan Szarek presenting Bonifatius for rider Dale Dedrick.

Meagan Szarek noted, “The whole Paralympic experience has been wonderful. It really gives a humbling prospective about what able-bodied individuals take for granted on a daily basis. It is very motivating watching and working with each of these athletes on the United States Para-Equestrian Team. I am honored to be a part of it all and share this experience with so many talented Equestrians from around the world.”

Bonifatius, ridden by Dale Dedrick, and Meagan Szarek photo by Lindsay Y McCall

Bonifatius, ridden by Dale Dedrick, and Meagan Szarek photo by Lindsay Y McCall

Lord Ludger and coach MissyRansehousen photo by Lindsay Y McCall

Lord Ludger, ridden by Rebecca Hart, and coach Missy Ransehousen photo by Lindsay Y McCall

Kai Handt and NTEC Richter Scale ridden by Jonathan Wentz (USA)

Kai Handt and NTEC Richter Scale ridden by Jonathan Wentz (USA)

Out of the 78 horses from 26 nations only two horses were asked to return for additional inspection. These two horses will be evaluated further before the competition begins on Thursday. Grade II will be the first Grade in the incredibly designed Greenwich Park Arena to show in the Team Test competition. The first horse will enter the ring at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday with the final Grade II trotting down centerline at 12:35 p.m. Grade Ib will begin at 14:15 p.m. and the last Grade Ib athlete will finish at 16:35 p.m.

United States Para-Equestrian Dressage Grade II rider Dale Dedrick and Bonifatius of Ann Arbor, Mich. will compete at 9:30 a.m in the Team Test competition while Grade II Rebecca Hart aboard Lord Ludger of Unionville, Penn., will compete at 10:30 a.m. Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale of Richardson, TX will compete at 4:15 p.m. in Grade Ib and final United States Para-Equestrian Donna Ponessa and Western Rose of New Windsor, NY will compete in the Team Test on Friday.

The Overall Team Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals will be determined based on the top three rider’s percentage scores for their country. Each rider will compete in the Team Test and his or her score will be combined with the Individual Test for an overall percentage score. The top three rider’s scores from each country will be compared for the final score for the Team medals.

The Individual Medals will include a Gold, Silver, and Bronze for each of the five grades (Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV. These medals will be determined based on each rider’s individual performance score on the Individual Test. The Freestyle Medals will also include a Gold, Silver, and Bronze for each of the five grades.

This week Rebecca Hart was nominated as the Team Captain of the United States Paralympic Team. This is an honor for her as she adds her name to the list of team captains before her. Rebecca commented, “This has been a really fabulous experience not just for our team but for Para-Equestrian Dressage. London is the birthplace of the Para-Equestrian sport and it feels great to represent our country in this wonderful city. As we watched each of our horses jog in the horse inspection we were impressed with the beauty of the backdrop of the equestrian venue at Greenwich Park, The Queen’s House.

Donna Ponessa agreed, “It makes me really proud to be an American and represent our country in the birthplace of the Para-Equestrian movement. I am also really proud to have made this journey with my support staff and team. We have accomplished a lot in a relatively short amount of time and I am pretty overwhelmed about being here.”

The Paralympic Equestrian Competition begins on August 30 and concludes on September 4th.

USA TEAM

USA TEAM

THE UNITED STATES PARALYMPIC EQUESTRIAN TEAM NOMINATED BY THE UNITED STATES EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION

Rebecca Hart, 27, of Unionville, Penn. and Jessica Ransehousen’s Holsteiner gelding Lord Ludger

Jonathan Wentz, 21, of Richardson, Texas and Kai Handt’s 18 year-old NTEC Richter Scale

Donna Ponessa, 51, of New Windsor, N.Y. and Wesley Dunham’s Oldenburg mare Western Rose

Dale Dedrick, 56, of Ann Arbor, Mich. and her 14 year-old grey Hanoverian Bonifatius

 

Team Staff:

Missy Ransehousen (Unionville, PA)- Chef d’Equipe

Jim Wolf (Lebanon, NJ)- Chef de Mission

Pam Lane (Gladstone, NJ)- Team Leader

Stacey Kent (Cochranville, PA)- Team Veterinarian

Orlando ridden by James Dwyer of Ireland photo by Lindsay Y McCall

Orlando ridden by James Dwyer of Ireland photo by Lindsay Y McCall

Casablanca, ridden by Erika Baitenmann, from Mexico photo by Lindsay Y McCall

Valencia Z from the Netherlands photo by Lindsay Y McCall

 

2012 Paralympic Equestrian Schedule at Greenwich Park

August 30, 2012

Grade II Mixed Team Test 9:00 AM -12:15 PM

Grade Ib Mixed Team Test 2:00 PM -5:00 PM

August 31, 2012

Grade IV Mixed Team Test 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Grade III Mixed Team Test 1:15 PM-3:45 PM

Grade Ia Mixed Team Test 3:45 PM-6:15 PM

September 1, 2012

Grade II Mixed Individual Championship Test 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade II 12:30 PM-12:45 PM

Grade Ib Mixed Individual Championship Test  2:30 PM-5:30 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade Ib   5:45 PM -6:00 PM

September 2, 2012

Grade IV Mixed Individual Championship Test  9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade IV  11:45 AM-12:00 PM

Grade III Mixed Individual Championship Test  1:45 PM-4:14 PM

Grade Ia Mixed Individual Championship Test 4:15 PM-6:45 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade III  7:00 PM-7:15 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade Ia  7:15 PM-7:30 PM

September 3, 2012

Grade II Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade II

Grade Ib Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 2:15 PM-5:00 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade Ib 5:15 PM-5:30 PM

September 4, 2012

Grade IV Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade IV 11:45 AM-12:00 PM

Grade III Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 1:45 PM-3:45 PM

Grade Ia Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 3:45 PM-6:00 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade III 6:15 PM-6:30 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade Ia 6:30 PM-6:45 PM

TEAM MEDAL CEREMONY 6:45 PM-7:15 PM

September 9, 2012

Closing Ceremony

Information on Live Streaming Paralympic Coverage at Paralympic.org and Television Coverage at NBC Sports Network (information about coverage below was provided by the International Paralympic Committee and was not written by USPEA)

By creating original video content for the US Paralympics YouTube channel, YouTube.com/USParalympics, while also partnering with NBCUniversal and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), US Paralympics will provide the American public with more coverage of the US Paralympic Team than any previous year.

Beginning on 29 August and continuing through the conclusion of the Games on 9 September, US Paralympics will provide 10 daily video highlights packages via its US Paralympics YouTube channel.

In addition to the online content, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will air one-hour highlight shows on 4, 5, 6 and 11 September at 7 p.m. EDT. Following the Paralympic Games, on 16 September, NBC will broadcast a 90-minute special from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT. All NBC and NBC Sports Network Paralympic highlight shows and specials will re-air on Universal Sports Network and UniversalSports.com.

During the Games, which start on 29 August, the IPC’s website will have five channels broadcasting live sport each day. Four channels will have English commentary whilst a fifth channel will be available in Spanish.

The website will also feature a revolutionary new SMART player which has been developed by the IPC’s worldwide IT partner Atos. The player uses innovative technology that will enable those watching live swimming and wheelchair basketball on www.paralympic.org to view real-time results tickers, statistics, biographies, news and social media – all in one integrated and synchronized window. It also simplifies the user’s interests and gives specific and relevant results per sport, similar to the ones available to commentators inside the venues.

Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/paralympicsporttv

U.S. Paralympics website (http://www.usparalympics.org),

U.S. Paralympics Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/usparalympics/)

U.S. Paralympics Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/usparalympics/)

For more information about the United States Equestrian Federation please visit www.USEF.org

For more information about the Para-Equestrians heading to London please visit http://www.fei.org/events/games/paralympic-games/london-2012

To view more about the London 2012 Paralympics please visit the official Paralympic website at http://www.london2012.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.

A total of 78 Para-Equestrian riders will be battling it out for the 11 sets of medals available.

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: All photographs taken by Lindsay Yosay McCall for the USPEA 2012

London is Calling the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Equestrian Team

London is Calling the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Equestrian Team
Written by: Lindsay Yosay McCall
Photos by Lindsay Yosay McCall

London, England, United Kingdom-August 20, 2012 –Passports in hand and the final tack box loaded, the United States Paralympic Equestrian Team is on their way to London. Chef d’Equipe Missy Ransehousen and equestrians Rebecca Hart, top ten FEI Paralympian Jonathan Wentz, Donna Ponessa, and Dale Dedrick will shortly accompany their horses when they arrive in the United Kingdom. From the logistics of international travel to the intense competition, the

Aerial view of Greenwich Park showing the test event set up 04/07/2011

Aerial view of Greenwich Park showing the test event set up 04/07/2011

United States Para-Equestrian Dressage Team has a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks.

As the only athlete in the Paralympics that has four legs, these high-performance horses will be traveling first-class aboard a FedEx Express MD-11 with the finest of luxuries. The amenities include, groom accompaniment, social interaction when necessary, their own team veterinarian, and a large box stall for each horse.

Once landed the horses will be stabled in Surrey where they will convene with their riders until August 24th when they make their way to Greenwich Park. The horses, grooms, and trunks will go through a strict screening process, which includes detection canines and a full sweep of all compartments within the lorry and trailer. Horses are allowed to begin arriving at the Greenwich Park Equestrian facilities starting August 24, 2012 with the FEI Horse Inspection on August 29, 2012. Seventy-eight horses are expected to arrive at the Paralympic Stables flying, driving, and arriving by water transportation from 26 nations around the world.

Each nation, their staff, and Chef d’Equipe will promptly get into competition mode as they approach the August 30th 9:00 AM start time for Grade II Team Test in front of the sold-out equestrian venue. For Great Britain this is an opportunity to defend their reigning title. Since the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta where Para-Dressage was included, Great Britain has won the Gold Team Medal at each Paralympics and in 2010 they earned thirteen medals at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. Their team includes Lee Pearson who is a nine-time Paralympic Games Gold medalist including the Sydney, Athens and Beijing Paralympics. Pearson’s teammates include veterans Sophie Wells, Debbie Criddle, and Sophie Christiansen. After a successful 2012 year the United States pulled in to fifth place behind number one Great Britain, number two Germany, third ranked Denmark, and number four Canada. The United States hopes to pull into the top three at the 2012 Paralympics to medal both individually and as a team.

Another equestrian that will be defending her individual Gold medal is Lauren Barwick of Canada. At the 2008 Beijing Paralympics Barwick earned a Silver Medal for her Individual Test and a Gold Medal for her outstanding Freestyle. The Canadian team has had a remarkable year as a whole and has put forth their top four Para-Dressage athletes for the London Games. The team: anchored by Chef d’Equipe Elizabeth Quigg, Para-Equestrian Barwick in Grade II, Eleonore Elstone in Grade IV, Ashley Gowanlock in Grade II, and Grade Ia rider Jody Schloss with horse Inspector Rebus.

Lauren Barwick (CAN) and Off to Paris by Lindsay Y McCall

Lauren Barwick (CAN) and Off to Paris by Lindsay Y McCall

Eleonore Elstone (CAN) and Why Not G at 2011 Del Mar CPEDI3* by Lindsay Y McCall

Eleonore Elstone (CAN) and Why Not G at 2011 Del Mar CPEDI3* by Lindsay Y McCall

Ashley Gowanlock (CAN) and Ferdonia 2 by Lindsay Y McCal

Ashley Gowanlock (CAN) and Ferdonia 2 by Lindsay Y McCal

Jody Schloss (CAN) and Inspector Rebus by Lindsay Y McCall

Jody Schloss (CAN) and Inspector Rebus by Lindsay Y McCall

The nominated 78 horse and rider combinations will compete for Team Gold, Silver and Bronze which will be calculated based on the top three percentage scores for each country with mixed Grades. The Team calculation will include the Individual and Team Test scores. There will be five sets of medals for each Grade’s Individual test scores in Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV and five sets of medals for each Grade’s Freestyle Test scores.

Past Paralympian Hope Hand who is also President of the United States Para-Equestrian Association will be on the grounds in London rooting on the team and assisting the team when needed. Hope noted, “I am very proud of our Team and know that they will represent the United States honorably. The riders and horses have just completed a weeklong training camp in preparation of the stiff competition they will be facing in London. I wish them great success along with having the time of their lives. At the conclusion of the Games, they will all walk away as proud, Paralympians, an honor that will be theirs forever.”

THE UNITED STATES PARALYMPIC EQUESTRIAN TEAM
Rebecca Hart, 27, of Unionville, Penn. and Jessica Ransehousen’s Holsteiner gelding Lord Ludger
Jonathan Wentz, 21, of Richardson, Texas and Kai Handt’s 18 year-old NTEC Richter Scale
Donna Ponessa, 51, of New Windsor, N.Y. and Wesley Dunham’s Oldenburg mare Western Rose
Dale Dedrick, 56, of Ann Arbor, Mich. and her 14 year-old grey Hanoverian Bonifatius
Team Staff:
Missy Ransehousen (Unionville, PA)- Chef d’Equipe
Jim Wolf (Lebanon, NJ)- Chef de Mission
Pam Lane (Gladstone, NJ)- Team Leader
Stacey Kent (Cochranville, PA)- Team Veterinarian

Rebecca Hart and Lord Ludger by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Rebecca Hart and Lord Ludger by Lindsay Y McCall

Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Dale Dedrick and Bonifatius by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Dale Dedrick and Bonifatius by Lindsay Y McCall

Donna Ponessa and Western Rose by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Donna Ponessa and Western Rose by Lindsay Y McCall

Information on Live Streaming Paralympic Coverage at Paralympic.org and Television Coverage at NBC Sports Network (information about coverage below was provided by the International Paralympic Committee and was not written by USPEA)

By creating original video content for the US Paralympics YouTube channel, YouTube.com/USParalympics, while also partnering with NBCUniversal and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), US Paralympics will provide the American public with more coverage of the US Paralympic Team than any previous year.

Beginning on 29 August and continuing through the conclusion of the Games on 9 September, US Paralympics will provide 10 daily video highlights packages via its US Paralympics YouTube channel.

In addition to the online content, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will air one-hour highlight shows on 4, 5, 6 and 11 September at 7 p.m. EDT. Following the Paralympic Games, on 16 September, NBC will broadcast a 90-minute special from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT. All NBC and NBC Sports Network Paralympic highlight shows and specials will re-air on Universal Sports Network and UniversalSports.com.

During the Games, which start on 29 August, the IPC’s website will have five channels broadcasting live sport each day. Four channels will have English commentary whilst a fifth channel will be available in Spanish.

The website will also feature a revolutionary new SMART player which has been developed by the IPC’s worldwide IT partner Atos. The player uses innovative technology that will enable those watching live swimming and wheelchair basketball on www.paralympic.org to view real-time results tickers, statistics, biographies, news and social media – all in one integrated and synchronized window. It also simplifies the user’s interests and gives specific and relevant results per sport, similar to the ones available to commentators inside the venues.

Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/paralympicsporttv
U.S. Paralympics website (http://www.usparalympics.org),
U.S. Paralympics Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/usparalympics/)
U.S. Paralympics Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/usparalympics/).

View the Sidelines Magazine Paralympic Blogs Here and keep up to date with the Paralympics:

August 20
Para-Dressage Primer Part 2: How to make the team.
http://sidelinesnews.com/blogs/olympicsidelines/para-dressage-primer-part-2-how-to-make-the-team.html

August 16
Paralympic Summer Update
http://sidelinesnews.com/blogs/olympicsidelines/paralympic-summer-update.html

August 13
Paralympic Dressage Primer by Ellie Brimmer
http://sidelinesnews.com/blogs/olympicsidelines/paralympic-dressage-primer.html

July 30
2012 LONDON PARALYMPIC MEDIA COVERAGE FOR THE UNITED STATES PARA-EQUESTRIAN TEAM
http://sidelinesnews.com/blogs/olympicsidelines/u-s-para-equestrian-dressage-at-london-paralympics.html

2012 Paralympic Equestrian Schedule at Greenwich Park

August 29, 2012
Opening Ceremony
Horse Inspection 10:00 AM -11:30 AM

August 30, 2012
Grade II Mixed Team Test 9:00 AM -12:15 PM
Grade Ib Mixed Team Test 2:00 PM -5:00 PM

August 31, 2012
Grade IV Mixed Team Test 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Grade III Mixed Team Test 1:15 PM-3:45 PM
Grade Ia Mixed Team Test 3:45 PM-6:15 PM

September 1, 2012
Grade II Mixed Individual Championship Test 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade II 12:30 PM-12:45 PM
Grade Ib Mixed Individual Championship Test 2:30 PM-5:30 PM
Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade Ib   5:45 PM -6:00 PM

September 2, 2012
Grade IV Mixed Individual Championship Test 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade IV 11:45 AM-12:00 PM
Grade III Mixed Individual Championship Test 1:45 PM-4:14 PM
Grade Ia Mixed Individual Championship Test 4:15 PM-6:45 PM
Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade III 7:00 PM-7:15 PM
Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade Ia 7:15 PM-7:30 PM

September 3, 2012
Grade II Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade II
Grade Ib Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 2:15 PM-5:00 PM
Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade Ib 5:15 PM-5:30 PM

September 4, 2012
Grade IV Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade IV 11:45 AM-12:00 PM
Grade III Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 1:45 PM-3:45 PM
Grade Ia Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 3:45 PM-6:00 PM
Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade III 6:15 PM-6:30 PM
Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade Ia 6:30 PM-6:45 PM
TEAM MEDAL CEREMONY 6:45 PM-7:15 PM

September 9, 2012
Closing Ceremony

For more information about the United States Equestrian Federation please visit www.USEF.org

For more information about the Para-Equestrians heading to London please visit http://www.fei.org/events/games/paralympic-games/london-2012

To view more about the London 2012 Paralympics please visit the official Paralympic website at http://www.london2012.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 definite Para-Equestrian entries will be published on 6 August. A total of 78 Para-Equestrian riders will be battling it out for the 11 sets of medals available.

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: All photographs taken by Lindsay Yosay McCall for the USPEA 2012

All logos and trademarks in this press release are copyright of their respective owners. All references to London 2012 Paralympics, Olympics, or London 2012 are copyright the 2012 London Olympic Games Organizing Committee. All references to Team USA are copyright the United States Olympic Committee.

Dale Dedrick

Dale Dedrick and Bonifatius by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Dale Dedrick and Bonifatius by Lindsay Y McCall

Dale Dedrick (Ann Arbor, MI) With a U.S. National Swimming world-record holder for a mom, a father that was an elite golfer, and a grandmother who rode in the Calgary Stampede, it seemed only natural for Dale Dedrick to become an athlete and equestrian.  After a few intense years, earning her M.D. from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dale stepped back into riding and her Dressage training evolved. During her orthopedic residency at the University of Michigan Dedrick was diagnosed with Lupus. As an orthopedic surgeon symptoms of joint deformities, inflammation, heart disease, and muscle weakness were affecting Dedrick’s ability to work. Dale retired in 1992 as an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Internal Medicine. In her teens she was a successful hunter/jumper rider, was a supreme National Dressage rider and in 1986 she was a U.S. Olympic Festival competitor. As a Para-Equestrian she flew onto the scene training with her mount Bonifatius “Erik” and trainer Rosalind Kinstler of Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2011 she earned the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Reserve National Champion, was Champion Grade II Para-Equestrian, and in 2012 was the Reserve National Champion Grade II Para-Equestrian.

Dale is on the 2012 United States Paralympic Equestrian Team headed to London England

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