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January 30, 2013 Announcing the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* March 14-17

Announcing the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* March 14-17

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By: Lindsay McCall for USPEA and the Adequan Global Dressage Festival

Photos by: Lindsay McCall

Logo by: Adequan Global Dressage Festival
Wellington, FL -January 30, 2013 Announcing the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival WEF Dressage Classic CPEDI3* presented by Today’s Equestrian and Fellows scheduled March 14-17, 2013. This will be the first opportunity of the 2013 season for Para-Equestrian Dressage riders to begin the qualifying process for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.  The Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* will take place in Wellington, Florida at the beautifully designed Adequan Global Dressage Festival Show Grounds. Entries may be entered online at EquestrianEntries.com or mailed to Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Attn: Adequan Global Dressage Festival, 14440 Pierson Road, Wellington, FL 33414. Definite Entries must be entered by February 28, 2013.

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

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

2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival Show Managers:

Manager/Entry Secretary: Lloyd Landkamer phone: 612-290-8523 Fax: 866-832-8610 Secretary: Angela Goodwin-Volpert / Peggy Warren
Co-Secretary: Becky Johnston
Co- Manager/Secretary: John Hoppman 612-799-6381

E-mail: DressageFestival@aol.com
Website: GlobalDressageFestival.com

Entries may be entered online: at EquestrianEntries.com

Entries may be mailed to:
Palm Beach International Equestrian Center
Attn: Global Dressage Festival
14440 Pierson Road
Wellington, FL 33414

Definite Entries: February 28, 2013
Last date of substitution: Within 1 Hour prior to Horse Inspection March 14, 2013

Ground Jury: Carlos Lopes (POR/4*), Bo Ahman (SWE/4*), and Kristi Wysocki (USA/3*)
Chief Steward: Elisabeth Williams ‘Level 3’ Technical Delegate: Jean Kraus ‘R’

FEI Para-Equestrian Steward Overall: Sandy Rafferty Level 2

Assistant Stewards: Jimmy Mandala (USA) Name: Heather Peterson (USA) Name: Deeda Randle (USA)

FEI Para-Equestrian Steward Overall: Sandy Rafferty Level 2

Schedule:
March 14, 2013- Horse Inspection
March 15, 2013-Team Test Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, IV
March 16, 2013-Indivdual Test Ia, Ib, II, III, IV
March 17, 2013-Freestyle Championship Tests Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, IV

Novice Tests are available for riders who are new riders and are looking for experience. These test scores will not count towards FEI qualifications.

Please check out the new FEI Tests Here (LINK)
http://www.fei.org/disciplines/officials-organisers/organisers/para-equestrian-dressage/dressage-tests

ALLTECH FEI WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES 2014 Qualification Criteria

Qualification Period:
Start: January 1, 2013
End: XXXX 2014 (TBD)

Qualifying Events:
Any CPEDI3* or CPEDI4* event during the qualification period in addition to the Paralympics Games 2012 London
Qualification Score:
All athlete/horse combinations must have attained (as a combination) a minimum 60% score attributed by the Ground Jury in a Team test or Individual Championship test one time.

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

About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Excerpt From http://www.globaldressagefestival.com)

The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Adequan GDF) was created as one of the finest show grounds in the world with a calendar of events and prize money in its first year that places it in the top tier of competitions.

Five CDIs staged by a single organization are more than at any other show grounds in the world. Prize money of more than $275,000 that is the richest single circuit except for the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany, what is to horse sports what Wimbledon is to tennis.

The show grounds consists of four arenas that are equal in quality to those at the 2012 and 2008 Olympic Games, several hundred stadium seats around the main ring and the first 200 of what will be 300 permanent horse stalls and a raised courtyard at the center of the show grounds providing a panoramic view of the entire facility.  One of the world’s largest covered arenas at 360 by 210 feet (110 x 64 meters), and a VIP club overlooking the main competition arena.

Dressage has replaced the billiard-table smooth grass polo fields that were the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club stadium where Prince Charles played to kick start Wellington as THE winter lifestyle destination for the world.

The dressage grounds adjoin a beautiful grass jumping derby field all part of the sprawling Palm Beach International Equestrian Center that attracts thousands of horses from about three dozen countries for jumper and hunter competitions in an calendar that has expanded from a few weeks in winter to shows from Fall through Spring, centered around the Winter Equestrian Festival and its $6 million in prize money.

To learn more about the Global Dressage Festival please visit: http://www.globaldressagefestival.com

Mary Jordan P Sparrow Socks by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Mary Jordan and P Sparrow Socks at the 2012 CPEDI3* in Wellington, FL. Photo copyright Lindsay McCall.

January 24, 2013 Para-Equestrian Developing Driver Clinics presented by United States Driving for the Disabled

Para-Equestrian Developing Driver Clinics presented by United States Driving for the Disabled

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United States Driving for the Disabled LogoMoorpark, California January 24, 2013– United States Driving for The Disabled (USDFD) is conducting a series of clinics for the 2013 calendar year.  The clinics are open to current and future Para-Equestrians featuring a “try-it-and-see-if-you-like-it”  section of the clinic. The first clinic is scheduled for March 16 and17th in Moorpark, CA. Future clinic dates and clinicians will be announced including Spring and Fall Clinics in Florida, the northeast of the United States and the west coast of the United States. USDFD would like to share the pleasure of driving with more equestrians while building the skill level of currently competitive drivers. The clinics are free to those interested. Clinics will provide instruction in driven dressage, hazards and cones. Lessons will be adapted to the skill level of each driver. Equestrians may bring their own horse and carriage or contact USDFD to borrow a horse and equipment. If sponsors or donors would like to participate in this exciting series please contact United States Driving for the Disabled Vice President Diane Kastama at e-mail: dkastama@verizon.net or by Phone: 805-343-6026.

Dates:  March 16 and 17, 2013

Where: Oak Run Farm

8450 Happy Camp Road

Moorpark,CA 93021

 

Clinicians:

Hardy Zantke, ADS & USEF “R” Combined Driving Judge, FEI Combined Driving Judge and Para-Equestrian Judge.Competed in pairs and 4-in -hands; served as Chef d’ Equipe for many USA teams competing abroad.

Jody Cutler, ADS “R” in Pleasure Driving and Dressage, ADS “S” in Combined Driving, USEF “r” in Pleasure Driving

Diane Kastama, World Champion in Para-Equestrian driving Grade 1. Competes at Advanced combined driving single and pair.

 

Note From USDFD:

Come improve your driving skills, learn about local, regional and international competition opportunities for the Para-Equestrian. Driving is a great equalizing sport. Come see and feel the freedom of being behind the lines in a carriage. Everyone is welcome to attend and audit. Clinics will provide instruction in driven dressage, hazards and cones. Lessons will be adapted to the skill level of each driver. Bring your own horse and carriage or let us know if you need to borrow a horse and equipment.

There will be a try-it-and-see-you-like-it for the future para-equestrian driver in the California and Florida clinics which provides a chance to get behind the lines and in a carriage to feel the thrill of driving.

Contact: Diane Kastama Vice President of United States Driving for The Disabled.

Email: dkastama@verizon.net, Phone: 805-343-6026

For more information: Please visit www.usdfd.org.

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.

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

 2012 FEI Para-Equestrian Driving World Championships in Breda, the Netherlands.   Driver is Diane Kastama, Horse is Ruby KWPN , Groom is Jody Cutler  Picture taken by Marie de Ronde.

2012 FEI Para-Equestrian Driving World Championships in Breda, the Netherlands.
Driver is Diane Kastama, Horse is Ruby KWPN , Groom is Jody Cutler Picture taken by Marie de Ronde.

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. Those disciplines include Para-Dressage, Para-Driving, Para-Vaulting, Para-Jumping and Para-Reining.

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

January 22, 2013 Jonathan Wentz Honored with the Becky Grand Hart Trophy at the 2012 Pegasus Awards

Jonathan Wentz Honored with the Becky Grand Hart Trophy at the 2012 Pegasus Awards

 Wentz was recognized as a nominee for 2012 Equestrian of the Year and his partner NTEC Richter Scale was nominated for 2012 Horse of the Year

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 Article by Lindsay McCall for USPEA

Permission for partial or full duplication of this article or photograph may be e-mailed to Press@uspea.org.

Jonathan Wentz (c) Lindsay Yosay McCall

Jonathan Wentz (c) Lindsay Yosay McCall

Wentz family accepts the Becky Grand Hart Trophy at the USEF National Convention (Left to Right) Jonathan's Sister Christin, parents Tina and James Wentz. Photo courtesy of Tina Wentz

Wentz family accepts the Becky Grand Hart Trophy at the USEF National Convention (Left to Right) Jonathan’s Sister Christin, parents Tina and James Wentz. Photo courtesy of Tina Wentz

Thousand Oaks, CA –January 22, 2013 – During the USEF National Convention the annual Pegasus Awards were presented to the top 2012 equestrians and equines. It was a night of formality, grandeur, and celebration eclipsed by the sadness of losing Para-Equestrian Dressage rider Jonathan Wentz of Richardson, Texas. Only two weeks after his Paralympic debut in London Wentz passed away suddenly due to cardiac hypertrophy unknown etiology. During the Pegasus Awards Wentz received one of the eight nominations for the 2012 USEF Equestrian of the Year. His horse NTEC Richter Scale, owned by Kai Handt, also received a top nomination for the 2012 USEF Horse of the Year. As the evening came to a close Jonathan was awarded the Becky Grand Hart Trophy for his outstanding international 2012 year. In Wentz’s absence he was honored with the 2012 Becky Hart Trophy which he earned for his successful international year. Wentz’s parents James and Tina Wentz kindly accepted the award on his behalf and were delighted by the support and kindness from his peers.

In honor of Jonathan’s nominations and winning the 2012 Becky Grand Hart Trophy Tina Wentz noted, “ Jonathan would have been thrilled and honored to receive this award. One of Jonathan’s greatest hopes was to be recognized as an elite dedicated athlete who excelled in his sport. He never thought of himself as disabled and certainly didn’t want others to view him in those terms. He worked tirelessly to promote and educate the public on what Para – Olympic meant, parallel to the Olympics. Paralympians are first and foremost, athletes giving their all to represent their country and their sport to the utmost best of their ability. They are athletes, who have the added challenge of a physical disability. Becoming a Paralympian and achieving the highest placing of all US Olympic & Paralympic Equestrians this year at London with NTEC Richter Scale was a great joy and honor and validation of all his hard work. It also made him more determined to bring home a medal next time out. Jonathan & his coach, Kai Handt had already begun putting together their game plan for Normandy & Rio and were looking for Jonathan’s next Equine Teammate. Jonathan was deeply grateful for his coach & sponsor, Kai Handt and North Texas Equestrian Center for believing in him and for finding NTEC Richter Scale, who took him into the top ten on the FEI Ranking list and just short of a medal in London. Horses were a special part of Jonathan’s life from the age of two, and he was forever grateful for each of them and all they taught him and the numerous opportunities they gave to him throughout his life. In the last talk Jonathan gave he said, ” The journey is part of the experience, the most amazing part.” Jonathan had an amazing journey, which included so many amazing individuals, and horses who taught, encouraged, and supported him along the way. We want to express our heartfelt thanks to each and everyone of you and to USEF for recognizing him with this award and USPEA for nominating him. Jonathan rides on in our hearts and we hope his spirit, determination, and love of horses and equestrian sport will ride on through others.”

Note: Wentz’s sudden passing was due to cardiac hypertrophy unknown etiology. Sudden death related to cardiac hypertrophy is a rare occurrence. Approximately 1/400,000 in young athletes are affected between the ages of 18-30 and this mostly affects young male athletes.

A scholarship in Jonathan Wentz’s name has been created at the United States Para-Equestrian Association.

For donations please mail to:

United States Para-Equestrian Association

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

Photo Credit: Tina (center) and James Wentz (right) accept the 2012 Becky Grand Hart Trophy in Jonathan’s honor at the 2012 Pegasus Awards. Photo courtesy of Tina Wentz.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Wentz at the 2012 London Paralympics aboard NTEC Richter Scale, owned by Kai Handt. Photo copyright Lindsay McCall for the USPEA.  Permission for partial or full duplication of this article or photograph may be e-mailed to Press@uspea.org.

 

 

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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