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October 21, 2012 Horses Helping People Massachusetts Webinar October 22, 2012

Horses Helping People Massachusetts Webinar October 22, 2012

Written by: Lindsay McCall

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Thousand Oaks, CA – October 21, 2012 –On Monday, October 22, 2012 para-dressage rider and journalist Holly Jacobson will present a webinar through the Horses Helping People Massachusetts Webinar Series about the para-equestrian discipline. Horses Helping People Massachusetts is a not-for-profit website created to support the Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy (EAA&T) Industry in Massachusetts. The site provides answers to questions about the EAA&T industry, continuing education, and an educational webinar series. The webinar series targets an audience of Certified PATH International licensed instructors, volunteers, and community members interested in learning more about EAA&T. It also meets the needs of continuing education requirements for all certified instructors in every EAA&T certification. Holly Jacobson will be presenting a webinar about the highly competitive Para-Equestrian sport. Holly will talk about the recent 2012 Paralympics, the link between EAA&T industry and the Para-Equestrian sport, and how EAA&T centers can work with their students to crossover to Para-Dressage or Para-Driving.Equine Assisted Activities
Therapeutic Riding
Therapeutic Driving
Interactive Vaulting
Equine Facilitated Learning
Veteran’s programs
Vocational/barn programsEquine Assisted Therapies

Hippotherapy
Equine Facilitated/Assisted Psychotherapy

When: Monday, October 22, 2012
Time: 7 pm (eastern standard time)
Presenter: Holly Jacobson
About Holly Jacobson: Holly was severely burned in a car fire at age 23 resulting in the amputation of her right arm, all her fingers on her left hand, nerve damage in her right leg, and severe facial scarring. After a 14-year hiatus away from horses she began riding again and showing. Her passion led her back to competing in hunter shows, jumping with one arm, and riding para-dressage. When not riding, Holly spends her year traveling to equestrian competitions as an equestrian journalist. Holly is also a member of the United States Para-Equestrian Association.

Audience:
The webinar series targets an audience of Certified PATH International licensed instructors, volunteers, and community members interested in learning more about the topics.
It also meets the needs of continuing education requirements for all certified instructors in every certification.
The Horses Helping People in Massachusetts website helps support and educate the EAA&T industry by:
-Educating the public about the wide variety of EAA&T services
-Promoting the industry and it’s professionals in the state of Massachusetts
-Provide a much needed and very cost effective marketing tool for programs
-Provides a webinar series for Certified PATH International licensed instructors, volunteers, and community members
-Is a place where Massachusetts EAA&T centers can share ideas, information, and grow together
-Is entirely not-for-profit and built and maintained by volunteers
How to sign-up: Please go to http://horseshelpingpeoplema.wordpress.com
Register:$15 – pays for the annual webinar service fee, the http://horseshelpingpeoplema.com website and any additional profits go to Windrush Farm.Windrush Farm, located in Massachusetts, was one of the first therapeutic riding centers in the US, started in 1964. Founder, Marj Kittredge, helped to start the National Organization, PATH, Intl and was a founding board member.

Questions:
info@horseshelpingpeoplema.com


What is a Webinar Series:
A webinar is a seminar or presentation given over the Internet. You must register to participate. Once registered, the user will receive a Web link and pass code that will be used to log-in on the day of the event. The user can listen to the webinar via computer speakers or telephone. There’s normally a period at the end of each webinar reserved for an interactive question-and-answer session.

Holly Jacobson. Photo by Cheryl Steinhoff

Holly Jacobson. Photo by Cheryl Steinhoff

October 10, 2012 Watch the Full Video of U.S. Paralympian Rebecca Hart On Good Morning America October 10th with Co-Host Ann Romney

Watch the Full Video of U.S. Paralympian Rebecca Hart On Good Morning America October 10th with Co-Host Ann Romney

Article by Lindsay McCall

Photos by Lindsay McCall, Susan Stickle, and ABC/Ida Mae Astute

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New York, NY – October 10, 2012 – On Wednesday October 10th, U.S. Paralympian Rebecca Hart of Unionville, Penn. was showcased on ABC’s Good Morning America.  Hart accompanied Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney in New York’s Times Square. Mrs. Romney and Rebecca Hart spoke about how horses have provided a unique form of therapy for them. Mrs. Romney co-hosted the news hour with George Stephanopoulos where she was filling in for Robin Roberts, who is on extended medical leave.

Rebecca Hart, horse Lord Ludger (owned by Jessica Ransehousen), presented a previously recorded segment from October 8th showcasing the Paralympic Dressage duo at Blue Hill Farm. The previously recorded segment featured Rebecca Hart explaining how equine therapy has improved her quality of life and how it has helped her work through Familial Spastic Paraplegia. Mrs. Romney, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1998, began riding as a form of therapy and found equine therapy to benefit her life in many ways as well.

ANN ROMNEY, LORD LUDGER, REBECCA HART Photo Credit: ABC/Ida Mae Astute

ANN ROMNEY, LORD LUDGER, REBECCA HART Photo Credit: ABC/Ida Mae Astute

LARA SPENCER, ANN ROMNEY, REBECCA HART Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images

LARA SPENCER, ANN ROMNEY, REBECCA HART Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images

LARA SPENCER, AMY ROBACH, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ANN ROMNEY, REBECCA HART Photo by:  (ABC/Ida Mae Astute)

LARA SPENCER, AMY ROBACH, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ANN ROMNEY, REBECCA HART Photo by: (ABC/Ida Mae Astute)

The high performance equine Lord Ludger maintained a calm demeanor as a crowd of people surrounded the horse in historical Times Square. Mrs. Romney continued to show affection towards the Holsteiner gelding as she was interviewed by Good Morning America’s Lara Spencer. To watch the clip please visit: http://gma.yahoo.com/video/parenting-26594265/ann-romney-paralympian-reveal-benefits-of-horse-therapy-30831209.html

Rebecca Hart was a recent U.S. competitor at the 2012 London Paralympics in Para-Dressage.  Rebecca Hart earned a 4th in the team competition, 5th place in the freestyle, and 11th place in the individual test competition. Rebecca Hart was part of the seventh-place U.S. Paralympic Team featuring the late Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale, Donna Ponessa aboard Wes Dunham’s Western Rose, and Dale Dedrick on Bonifatius.

As an elite equestrian and co-owner of 2012 U.S. Olympic Dressage horse Rafalca ridden by Jan Ebeling, Ann Romney was able to relate to Hart’s recent accomplishments and therapeutic use of riding. Ann Romney and Hart met in June 2012 where Hart was presented with the 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship. “This whole year has been a whirlwind,” noted Hart. I met Mrs. Romney in June, rode down the Prime Meridian at the London Paralympics for my team in August, met the President of the United States in September, and visited Times Square with LoLu on Wednesday.”

Watch the Good Morning America news segment by going to this link: http://gma.yahoo.com/video/parenting-26594265/ann-romney-paralympian-reveal-benefits-of-horse-therapy-30831209.html

For press related inquiries, comments or questions please e-mail Lindsay McCall at Lindsay@uspea.org.

Rebecca Hart and Lord Ludger at 2012 Paralympics photo (c) Lindsay McCall

Rebecca Hart and Lord Ludger at 2012 Paralympics photo (c) Lindsay McCall

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.

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 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

Watch U.S. Paralympian Rebecca Hart On Good Morning America October 10th with Co-Host Ann Romney

Watch U.S. Paralympian Rebecca Hart On Good Morning America October 10th with Co-Host Ann Romney

Article by Lindsay McCall

Photos by Lindsay McCall and Susan Stickle

To view this Press release in PDF format please click here.

New York, NY – October 8, 2012 – On Wednesday October 10th, U.S. Paralympian Rebecca Hart of Unionville, Penn. will be showcased on ABC’s Good Morning America. Hart will accompany Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney in New York’s Times Square. Mrs. Romney and Rebecca Hart will be speaking about how horses have provided a unique form of therapy for them. Both equestrians will also touch on the 2012 London Paralympics and the equestrian sport. Mrs. Romney will be co-hosting the 8 a.m. (Eastern Time) news hour with George Stephanopoulos on Wednesday where she is filling in for Robin Roberts, who is on extended medical leave.

Rebecca Hart, horse Lord Ludger (owned by Jessica Ransehousen), and U.S Parlaympic Chef d’Equipe Missy Ransehousen will present a previously recorded segment from October 8th showcasing the Paralympic Dressage duo at Blue Hill Farm. In addition to Rebecca Hart and Lord Ludger’s Times Square debut, Ann Romney will accompany Hart riding Ireland’s Bronze Medal Team horse, Orlando, owned by James Dwyer.

Both Rebecca Hart and James Dwyer were recent competitors at the 2012 London Paralympics in Para-Dressage. Rebecca Hart earned a 4th in the team competition, 5th place in the freestyle, and 11th place in the individual test competition. Rebecca Hart was part of the seventh-place U.S. Paralympic Team featuring the late Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale, Donna Ponessa aboard Wes Dunham’s Western Rose, and Dale Dedrick on Bonifatius.

James Dwyer was one of the four athletes representing the Bronze Medal Ireland team. Alongside James Dwyer and horse Orlando were Eilish Byrne aboard Youri, Geraldine Savage on Blues Tip Top Too, and Helen Kearney on Mister Cool.

As an elite equestrian and co-owner of 2012 U.S. Olympic Dressage horse Rafalca ridden by Jan Ebeling, Ann Romney can relate to Hart’s and Dwyer’s recent accomplishments and therapeutic use of riding. Ann Romney, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1998, is an advocate for Multiple Sclerosis. Mrs. Romney began riding as a form of therapy and found it to benefit her life in many ways. Hart and Mrs. Romney met in June 2012 where Hart was presented with the 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship. “This whole year has been a whirlwind,” noted Hart. I met Mrs. Romney in June, rode down the Prime Meridian at the London Paralympics for my team in August, met the President of the United States in September, and now will be riding in Times Square. You don’t often get asked to ride in Times Square and I am very excited for this opportunity.”

The program is scheduled on ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday October 10th at 8 a.m. (Eastern Time). Please check your local listings for your local ABC channel.

View the June 2012 press release about Ann Romney presenting Rebecca Hart her award by clicking this link. 

For press related inquiries, comments or questions please e-mail Lindsay McCall at Lindsay@uspea.org.

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.

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.

Rebecca Hart and Lord Ludger at 2012 Paralympics photo (c) Lindsay McCall

Rebecca Hart and Lord Ludger at 2012 Paralympics photo (c) Lindsay McCall

James Dwyer (IRL) and Orlando at 2012 Paralympics photo (c) Lindsay Yosay McCall

James Dwyer (IRL) and Orlando at 2012 Paralympics photo (c) Lindsay Yosay McCall

Irish Bronze Team photo (c) Lindsay McCall

Irish Bronze Team photo (c) Lindsay McCall

October 3, 2012 Celebration of Jonathan Wentz’s Life

Celebration of Jonathan Wentz’s Life

Photos and Article by Lindsay McCall

Please view the PDF version with photographs by clicking here

Richardson, TX – October 3, 2012 – The recent passing of Paralympian Jonathan Wentz, 21, has left an enormous hole in the heart of the equestrian community.  For anyone wishing to honor Jonathan Wentz with his family, a Celebration of His Life will be held on October 6, 2012. The Celebration of Life is scheduled at 2 p.m. at Grace Bible Church located at 11306 Inwood Road, Dallas, Texas 75229.

Jonathan Wentz at 2012 Paralympics (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall

Jonathan Wentz at 2012 Paralympics (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall

For those interested in donating to Jonathan’s memory, the family has set-up a Scholarship Fund in his name at the United States Para-Equestrian Association. Jonathan was an advocate for the sport and was dedicated to helping grow the discipline as a whole.

Donations in Jonathan’s honor may be mailed to the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA):

USPEA
Jonathan Wentz Scholarship Fund
3940 Verde Vista Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

*The USPEA is a 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax-deductible.

You may also donate through the USPEA website at www.USPEA.org by clicking the red “Donate Now” button at the bottom of the page. Or click the direct link here. Please specify that the donation is for Jonathan Wentz Scholarship Fund. Any questions about donating can be e-mailed to donate@uspea.org

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Jonathan Wentz 1990-2012: A Young and Inspiring Para-Equestrian

The equestrian community grieves as we remember Jonathan Wentz who passed away over the weekend at the young age of 21. Jonathan was a delightful person and an inspiration to all. He will be greatly missed among his family and friends. Jonathan was in his final year at Southern Methodist University where he was well-respected among the staff and students.
Born with Cerebral Palsy he began riding horses as a form of therapy at age five at Equest Therapeutic Riding Center in Wylie, TX. His mother, Christina, was a Physical Therapist and knew in a short time that this sport would be more than just therapeutic. As Jonathan progressed he began to focus on competitive Dressage.

In 2008 Jonathan and his family moved to Richardson, Texas where he began training with Kai Handt at the North Texas Equestrian Center. In six months Jonathan competed at his first CPEDI3* and USEF Para-Equestrian National Championships. That same year, he earned High Point Individual Rider at the Region 9 Junior Team Championship and qualified for the 2009 Region 9 USDF Championships. Jonathan would continue to excel as a young rider in 2009 and continuously worked towards his goal to ride at the London Paralympics in 2012.

In 2010 Jonathan Wentz and Kai Handt’s horse, NTEC Richter Scale, were members of the United States Para-Equestrian Team and earned a top finish at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™. In 2011 Jonathan and NTEC Richter Scale were the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion.

As the 2012 year progressed Jonathan continued to achieve top results with multiple horses. He even earned the accolade of being the number ten Para-Equestrian in the world on the FEI World Ranking List. At the 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships in Gladstone, NJ, Jonathan earned Reserve Champion with NTEC Richter Scale.

Jonathan’s dream would come true when he earned one of the four spots on the 2012 United States Paralympic Team headed to London. Jonathan took this opportunity seriously and earned the highest placing overall of any United States Equestrian that competed in London. “It was a dream come true,” Jonathan expressed after his final day of competition.

The United States Para-Equestrian Association expresses their deepest sympathy to the entire Wentz family, The Handt’s at North Texas Equestrian Center, and all of his close friends. We will all miss Jonathan’s big smile and great personality.

Any further requests for press information can be e-mailed to: lindsay@uspea.org.

Jonathan Wentz (c) Lindsay Yosay McCall

Jonathan Wentz (c) Lindsay Yosay McCall

Jonathan Wentz at 2012 Paralympic Selection Trials (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall

Jonathan Wentz at 2012 Paralympic Selection Trials (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall

Jonthan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall

Jonthan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall

PHOTO CREDIT: All photographs (c)Lindsay Yosay McCall for the USPEA. These photographs may only be used with this press release. Please contact  lindsay@uspea.org for use.

Jonathan Wentz 1990-2012: A Young and Inspiring Para-Equestrian

Jonathan Wentz 1990-2012: A Young and Inspiring Para-Equestrian

Photos and Article by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Please view the PDF of this press release here

Richardson, TX – October 1, 2012 – The equestrian community grieves today as we remember Jonathan Wentz who passed away over the weekend at the young age of 21. Jonathan was a delightful person and an inspiration to all. He will be greatly missed among his family and friends. Jonathan was in his final year at Southern Methodist University where he was well-respected among the staff and students.

 

Jonathan Wentz waving the U.S. Flag at the 2012 London Paralympics  (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall

Jonathan Wentz waving the U.S. Flag at the 2012 London Paralympics (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall

Born with Cerebral Palsy he began riding horses as a form of therapy at age five at Equest Therapeutic Riding Center in Wylie, TX. His mother, Christina, was a Physical Therapist and knew in a short time that this sport would be more than just therapeutic. As Jonathan progressed he began to focus on competitive Dressage.

 

In 2008 Jonathan and his family moved to Richardson, Texas where he began training with Kai Handt at the North Texas Equestrian Center. In six months Jonathan competed at his first CPEDI3* and USEF Para-Equestrian National Championships. That same year, he earned High Point Individual Rider at the Region 9 Junior Team Championship and qualified for the 2009 Region 9 USDF Championships. Jonathan would continue to excel as a young rider in 2009 and continuously worked towards his goal to ride at the London Paralympics in 2012.

 

In 2010 Jonathan Wentz and Kai Handt’s horse, NTEC Richter Scale, were members of the United States Para-Equestrian Team and earned a top finish at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™. In 2011 Jonathan and NTEC Richter Scale were the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion.

 

As the 2012 year progressed Jonathan continued to achieve top results with multiple horses. He even earned the accolade of being the number ten Para-Equestrian in the world on the FEI World Ranking List. At the 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships in Gladstone, NJ, Jonathan earned Reserve Champion with NTEC Richter Scale.

 

Jonathan’s dream would come true when he earned one of the four spots on the 2012 United States Paralympic Team headed to London. Jonathan took this opportunity seriously and earned the highest placing overall of any United States Equestrian that competed in London. “It was a dream come true,” Jonathan expressed after his final day of competition.

 

The United States Para-Equestrian Association expresses their deepest sympathy to the entire Wentz family, The Handt’s at North Texas Equestrian Center, and all of his close friends. We will all miss Jonathan’s big smile and great personality.

 

For those interested in donating to Jonathan’s memory the family has set-up a Scholarship Fund in his name at the United States Para-Equestrian Association. Jonathan was an advocate for the sport and was dedicated to helping grow the discipline as a whole.

 

A celebration of Jonathan’s life will be held:

 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

2:00 p.m.

Grace Bible Church

11306 Inwood Rd.

Dallas, TX 75229

 

Donations may be mailed to:

 

USPEA

Jonathan Wentz Scholarship Fund

3940 Verde Vista Drive

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

*The USPEA is a 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax-deductable.

 

You may also donate through the USPEA website at www.USPEA.org by clicking the red “Donate Now” button at the bottom of the page. Or click here for the direct link. Please specify that the donation is for Jonathan Wentz’s Scholarship Fund.

 

Any further requests for press information can be e-mailed to Lindsay@uspea.org

 

 

PHOTO CREDIT: All photographs taken by Lindsay Yosay McCall for the USPEA 2012. These photographs may only be used with this press release.

 

Jonathan Wentz at 2012 London Paralympics  (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall

Jonathan Wentz at 2012 London Paralympics (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall

 

Jonathan Wentz at 2012 London Paralympics  (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall

Jonathan Wentz at 2012 London Paralympics (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall

Jonathan Wentz at 2012 Paralympic Selection Trials  (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall

Jonathan Wentz at 2012 Paralympic Selection Trials (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall

Jonathan Wentz at 2012 Paralympics (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall

Jonathan Wentz at 2012 Paralympics (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall

Jonathan Wentz and Kai Handt at 2012 Paralympics (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall

Jonathan Wentz and Kai Handt at 2012 Paralympics (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall

Jonathan Wentz and Kai Handt at 2011 Dressage Affaire (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall

Jonathan Wentz and Kai Handt at 2011 Dressage Affaire (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall

 

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

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