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May 30, 2013- 2013 Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposium Motivates U.S. Riders

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2013 Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposium Motivates U.S. Riders 

Writing and Photographs by Lindsay McCall

 

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Lyman, Maine-May 30, 2013The 2013 Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposium kicked off on May 29th with a “Train the Trainer” program and “SmartPak Coaches Forum”. Trainers, riders, and auditors were enlightened on Para-Dressage topics including the use of compensating aids, the classification process, and collaborative coaching techniques. FEI “O” Judge and Olympic Technical Delegate Hanneke Gerritsen, National Classifier Tina Wentz, USPEA President Hope Hand, and Former USEF High Performance Dressage Director Gil Merrick discussed each of these topics in a formal atmosphere at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, Maine. Riders then headed to the Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports in Lyman, Maine for their first lessons with Clive Milkins. Clive Milkins coached the 2012 gold medal winning Great Britain Para-Dressage Team. On the following day, May 30th, equestrians put on their tall boots, stepped into their stirrups and participated in a demonstration ride with Hanneke Gerritsen and lessons with Clive Milkins and Catherine Haddad Staller. The 2013 Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposium is the first in a series of educational events across the United States. Carlisle has partnered with the United States Equestrian Federation, United States Para-Equestrian Association, and SmartPak to make the symposium an educational package.

 

Throughout the day riders were treated to exceptional trainers present in the world of Dressage. United States Para-Dressage equestrians included current high-performances riders and horses in addition to a few green Para-Equestrians. Many riders did not bring their own horses due to logistics creating exciting opportunities for the rider. Clive Milkins enjoyed each aspect of the symposium weekend. He noted, “It’s fantastic to see a group of like-minded people all pulling together, in the vastness of this country, to help disabled riders become proper athletes and sportsman.”

 

When Clive Milkins received the phone call that he was requested in the U.S. a day before

Clive Milkins Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Clive Milkins speaking to a rider at the 2013 Para-Dressage Symposium in Lyman Maine May 29-June1 2013 Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall

the European National Selection Trials, he was game.

“I was really excited,” expressed Milkins. “My main belief in life is to help anybody that thinks they want my help or my input. The experience I have gained over the last 20 years of doing well in Great Britain is invaluable. I will help anyone who wants help. Anybody that wants me and feels I can make a difference to their riding or their horses, I am there.”

After a full weekend of viewing the United States Para-Dressage riders, Clive Milkins was impressed. He stated, “Give yourself some more experience, work on the small items, especially what everyone is developing over the last few days. It will not be much longer until the U.S. sees another medal.”

 

Para-Equestrian Sydney Collier of Ann Arbor, MI, is looking towards the next medal opportunity, which is the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. This symposium is inserted within the high-performance schedule to help benefit each rider. With the logistics involved, not every rider could transport their horses to Maine for the symposium.

 

Para-Equestrian Sydney Collier of Ann Arbor, MI, brought her own horse Wentworth to the symposium. She commented, “It’s so valuable to get the trainers feedback with you and your own horses. When you borrow a horse, you are getting feedback on you and on a horse you may not have ever ridden before. It may not translate back to your own horses. I was excited to bring Wentworth this year. I like seeing what the other trainers feel about him and what they think we can do to improve our partnership. It is invaluable to be able to have both of us here at the same time.”

She continued, “It’s also crucial to have my very gracious coach Wes Dunham on the grounds to gain feedback from the symposium. I want to thank Wes, my parents, and Carlisle Academy for hosting this amazing event.”

 

Sydney Collier and Wentworth Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Sydney Collier and Wentworth demonstrate the final halt and salute Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall

 

Ben Harper and Maggie Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Ben Harper and Maggie work with Catherine Haddad Staller
Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall

 

Mary Jordan and Sebastian Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Mary Jordan and Sebastian Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Ben Harper of Virginia experienced this one of a kind educational event and was thrilled with the outcome. He explained, “This is a special event and a great team building symposium.”

 

Ben Harper is relatively new to the sport of Para-Dressage and found himself enjoying the opportunity to ride in front of the internationally acclaimed panel. For new riders like Harper, the experience of having trainers in one location beside educators, professionals, and fellow teammates is essential.

 

For veteran Para-Dressage, riders the ability to work on specific tasks and sharpen techniques could change the outcome at the next international competition.

 

The 2013 Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposium continues May 31-June 1, 2013 with the accomplished trainer Catherine Haddad Staller, clinician Gil Merrick, and expert judge Hanneke Gerritsen.

 

Rider/Horse Combinations:

 

Laura Goldman-Paxton Abbey, owned by Mary Jordan

Sydney Collier- Wentworth, owned by Sydney Collier

Holly Jacobson-George, owned by Holly Jacobson

Ellie Brimmer-Captiva, owned by Cyndy West

Mary Jordan-Sebastian, owned by Mary Jordan

Margaret McIntosh, Zoe

Elle Wooley-Clever-owned by Mary Jordan

Roxanne Trunnell-Kodiak

Lara Oles-Tito

Benjamin Harper-Maggie

Derrick Perkins-Mabel

 

Equestrians, trainers and coaches who have questions and who would like more information on the symposium can contact Carlisle’s Training & Leadership Program Director Joyce Brown atjbrown@carlisleacademymaine.com, or at 207.985.0374. Questions can also be directed to USPEA President Hope Hand at Hope@uspea.org.

Gallery:

Ben Harper, Clive Mikins, Sydney Collier Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Ben Harper, Clive Mikins, Sydney Collier Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Holly Jacobson and George Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Holly Jacobson and George Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Roxanne Trunnell and Kodiak
Roxanne Trunnell and Kodiak work with Clive Milkins photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Ellie Brimmer and Captiva Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Ellie Brimmer and Captiva Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Derrick Perkins Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Derrick Perkins Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Margaret McIntosh and Zoe Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Margaret McIntosh and Zoe demonstrate the walk with Catherine Haddad Staller Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Elle wooley and Clever Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Elle wooley and CAtherine Haddad Staller discuss hand position aboard Clever Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Elle Wooley and Clever Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Elle Wooley and Clever Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Roxanne Trunnell and Kodiak Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Roxanne Trunnell and Kodiak Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Lara Oles and Tito Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Lara Oles and Tito Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Nonantum Resort View Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Nonantum Resort View Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall. The resort housed the symposium attendees during the weekend
Spring Creek Farm Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
The original Spring Creek Farm prior to the building of the new facilities at Carlisle Academy Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Sarah Armentrout Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Sarah Armentrout, Head of Carlisle Academy photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall

 

 

About 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/category/recent-uspea-press-news/

May 29, 2013 Para-Dressage Symposium Brings Forward Notable Dressage Trainers Including Catherine Haddad Staller, Clive Milkins, Hanneke Gerritsen, and Gil Merrick

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Para-Dressage Symposium Brings Forward Notable Dressage Trainers Including Catherine Haddad Staller, Clive Milkins, Hanneke Gerritsen, and Gil Merrick

 

CarlisleAcademy Lyman, Maine-May 29, 2013– The 2013 National Para-Dressage Training Symposium hosted by Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports in Lyman, Maine will feature many top trainers, clinicians, and experts in the equestrian discipline. Scheduled May 29-June 1, the weekend will include a Train the Trainer program with the “SmartPak Coaches Forum” and a riding symposium for Para-Dressage riders from Grade Ia-Grade IV. The unique aspect of the weekend is the ability to have world-renowned trainers under one roof for four days. Four of those trainers include talented rider and trainer Catherine Haddad Staller, Clive Milkins who coached the Gold Medal Great Britain Para-Dressage Team, Hanneke Gerritsen who is an FEI ‘O’ Judge, and Gil Merrick who was the High-Performance Director and U.S. Dressage Team leader for multiple years. Carlisle has partnered with the United States Equestrian Federation, United States Para-Equestrian Association, and SmartPak to make the symposium an educational package.

 

Educating young athletes and building upon veteran athlete’s skills is what builds an internationally competitive team. Accomplished Dressage rider and trainer, Catherine Haddad Staller has experienced top international competition, she has developed horses from the ground up, and she has successfully overcome many obstacles in and out of the show ring. Her experience and education for the future of Para-Dressage will be imperative for the United States high-performance Para-Dressage team. Over the symposium weekend Catherine will work on techniques for the horse and rider in the ring while focusing on mental preparation before the trip down centerline.

 

Catherine Haddad Staller expressed, “I am honored to have the opportunity to work with such dedicated and determined riders in Para-Dressage. I hope that I can share some insight on the mental preparation I find so helpful and necessary when faced with international competition.”

 

Catherine’s work with the Para-Dressage team over the weekend will not be the first time she has advised the Para-Equestrian Dressage riders. During the AdequanGlobal Dressage Festival CPEDI3* in March 2013,Catherine dedicated her time to the U.S. Team. Before competition she spoke to the riders about mental preparation in the ring. On the following day, she had her riders demonstrate a variety of movements on Catherine’s own top horses. The USPEA was thankful for Catherine’s dedication and looks forward to the Maine symposium and working with her more in the future.

 

Hotmail and Catherine Haddad Staller
Catherine Haddad Staller with Hotmail speaking to the Para-Equestrians about proper saddle placement and correct body position. Photo was taken at Catherine’s facility in Florida. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall

Clive Milkins and Hanneke Gerritsen are both internationally acclaimed mentors. Clive Milkins led the Great Britain Para-Equestrian Dressage team to a gold medal at the 2012 London Paralympics including top performer, Grade Ia rider, Sophie Christansen.

 

Hanneke Gerritsen is a World-class FEI “O” Judge and Olympic Technical Delegate. Her experience judging around the world will be invaluable to the Para-Dressage riders.

 

Gil Merrick, Former USEF High Performance Dressage Director and National Clinician will talk about how collaboration is a beneficial part of a winning team. He will also speak about how educational tools like HorseShow.com can help each rider in between international competitions.

 

Gil Merrick noted, “We are excited about this opportunity to let the riders, trainers and coaches learn about the educational tools we have available for them at HorseShow.com.  These tools allow the riders to submit videos of their training sessions at their home facility and receive personal coaching from our country’s top trainers without having to travel.  They are able to submit videos of themselves riding a dressage test in the comfort of their own ring and receive a complete scorecard along with personal coaching from international judges.  These web-based video learning tools can become an integral part of a rider’s program to qualify and prepare for the upcoming World Equestrian Games in Normandy.”

 

Equestrians, trainers and coaches who have questions and who would like more information on the symposium can contact Carlisle’s Training & Leadership Program Director Joyce Brown at jbrown@carlisleacademymaine.com, or at 207.985.0374. Questions can also be directed to USPEA President Hope Hand at Hope@uspea.org.

 

About the 2013 Para-Dressage Symposium Leaders:

 

Hanneke Gerritsen, World-class FEI “O” Judge and Olympic Technical Delegate

Hanneke Gerritsen will share her extensive judging expertise with participants of the Train the Trainer program, through lecture, rider demonstrations and video critiques. Hanneke will be available as well to coach and mentor clinicians as they work with Para-Dressage riders. She will teach lessons to riders who are not planning on trying out for the 2014 World Equestrian Games, and a limited number of private lessons for non-symposium participants will be available as time allows. Hanneke began her career with horses at her father’s farm while continuing a career as an interior designer. Now she spends all her time coaching, judging and performing a number of executive functions in the Para-Equestrian disciplines. In addition to judging international qualifier competitions worldwide, Hanneke coached the Dutch Para-Dressage Team from 2000 to 2004. From 2005 through 2010 she was a member of the ground jury at a number of international championships including the 2008 Paralympics in Hong Kong. She was the Technical Delegate at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. In addition to her Para-Equestrian pursuits, Hanneke is a Grand Prix judge and a selector and trainer for new dressage judges at all levels. She has bred several talented dressage horses and is a trainer and coach to several talented students in Holland. Hanneke gives clinics all over the world.

 

Catherine Haddad Staller, International Dressage Competitor & Trainer

Catherine Haddad Staller’s international expertise as both an FEI competitor and trainer will enrich the riders’ experience. She will be available for private sessions, as well as two lectures on How to Train the Walk, and the Competitive Mindset. In 1993 Catherine was stationed in Germany where she represented the United States in competitions throughout Europe at both national and international levels. With Maximus JSS, Cadillac, and Winyamaro, she accumulated over 100 top ten placings and awards in Grand Prix. In 2006, Haddad Staller was alternate for the US Dressage Team in Aachen at the World Equestrian Games. In 2007, she became the first American dressage rider to qualify in the Western European League for the World Cup. With Maximus JSS, she finished seventh at the 2007 FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas. In 2009, Haddad Staller won nine Grand Prix with Cadillac and Winyamaro in European competitions. In 2010, she was Reserve for the US Dressage Team for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky and won the CDI-W at Dressage at Devon which helped her achieve a nomination to the FEI World Cup Final in April of 2011.Winyamaro and Cadillac went on to win two tests in the USA at the Saugerties CDIW/CDI3* in New York, September 2011. Haddad Staller returned to the USA in 2012 and now runs a training facility in Loxahatchee, Florida.

 

Clive Milkins, a leading Para-equestrian dressage coach from Great Britain was instrumental in leading his team to a gold medal at the 2012 London Paralympics. He began his work with the RDA (Riding for the Disabled) in the late 1980s after volunteering at Moreton Hall Group while at Warwickshire College. Clive was the trainer for the British team at the 1990 World Championship and Games for disabled riders. He has since coached riders competing at Paralympic Games (Athens and Beijing), European Championships and World Championships. Clive coached triple gold medal winning rider, Sophie Christiansen, at the 2012 Paralympics. Clive has been nominated for numerous awards since his career began: Groom of the Year, 2005; The Queen’s Award for Equestrianism, awarded for ‘Outstanding Services to Equestrianism’; and the Kuster BEF Groom of the Year in 2006.Clive will share his international Para-Equestrian coaching experience with an emphasis on working with Grade 1 & 2 Para-Equestrians. In a lecture, he will also share his perspective on the British system for developing Para-Dressage riders.

 

Gil Merrick, Former USEF High Performance Dressage Director and National Clinician- Gil will kick off the Para-Dressage Symposium with his keynote address, A Team Approach, sharing his knowledge of organizations, national teams, and why collaboration will create a winning team. Gil will also be available for on-site video critiques, a function he fills as a featured dressage coach at Horseshow.com. Gil is an accomplished dressage rider and trainer and conducts clinics and seminars throughout the country. Gil brings over 30 years of management experience including extensive international business experience. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management and German from Hiram College and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Cleveland State University. Gil served as Managing Director for Dressage at the United States Equestrian Federation from 2005 through 2009, and is a highly recognized equestrian. As the High Performance Director, he was responsible for administering the process of selecting and training the US teams that competed at the international shows. Gil served successfully as the team leader for the U.S. dressage teams at the 2006 World Equestrian Games (Aachen, Germany), the 2007 Pan American Games (Brazil), and the 2008 Olympic Games (Beijing, China).

 

 

About 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/category/recent-uspea-press-news/

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May 27, 2013 Horse Radio Network Features Mary Jordan and Sarah Armentrout

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Horse Radio Network Features Mary Jordan and Sarah Armentrout 

 

Thousand Oaks, CA-May 27, 2013- Horse Radio Network’s once-a-month Para-Equestrian Show featured Maine neighbors Mary Jordan and Sarah Armentrout on episode #208. Host Lindsay McCall from the United States Para-Equestrian Association and guest co-host Paralympian Hope Hand, covered the 2013 Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposium, the integrated Carlisle Academy equestrian facility, the 2012 London Paralympics, and education for future Para-Equestrian trainers.To view episode #208 visit http://dressageradio.horseradionetwork.com/2013/05/24/dressage-radio-episode-208-the-maine-event/ .

Mary Jordan and Sebastian Photo(C) Lindsay McCall

Guest Mary Jordan of Wells, Maine, was a U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team member at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. She also earned the 2012 London Paralympics reserve spot for the  United States. Jordan, diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, is an advocate for the Para-Equestrian discipline and serves as the Chair of the USEF Eligible Athlete’s Committee for the Para-Equestrian discipline. As the 2014 World Equestrian Games approaches she has already earned her qualifying scores for the 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Selection Trials.

 

Guest Sarah Armentrout of Lyman, Maine, is the Founder and Head of Carlisle Academy for Integrative Equine Therapy and Sports . Carlisle Academy is a comprehensive organization offering equestrian hippotherapy, adaptive Sarah Armentroutprograms, Para-Equestrian sport, and traditional training opportunities for educators, practitioners and riders alike. The mission of Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy and Sports is to transform lives through horses through its distinctive services within an inclusive environment that fosters learning, growth and overall well-being. For more information please visit: www.carlisleacademymaine.com; call 207-985-0374; email info@carlisleacademymaine.com.

 

About Co-Host Hope Hand, President of the United States Para-Equestrian Association.Hope Hand Hope serves on the board of directors of the United States Equestrian Federation, is chair of the USEF High Performance Committee and has been a long time supporter of the United States Pony Club. Hope has had a successful and exciting competitive career. She was first alternate to the Atlanta Paralympic Team in 1996 and competed at the British Invitational in 1997, earning gold, silver and bronze medals. In 1998 at the USEF Festival of Champions, she was one of four disabled riders where each para-dressage rider competed on four separate teams with their able-bodied peers. At the 1999 World Dressage Championships as a member of Team USA she earned a bronze medal. Hope competed at the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney, Australia, finishing 5th in the overall standings. Hope has received numerous awards for her leadership roles in promoting sport for athletes with disabilities.

 

List of Para-Equestrian Radio Shows:

 

May 24, 2013-Para-Equestrian Show #208

http://dressageradio.horseradionetwork.com/2013/05/24/dressage-radio-episode-208-the-maine-event/  

 

April 4, 2013-Para-Equestrian Show #204

http://dressageradio.horseradionetwork.com/2013/04/25/dressage-radio-episode-204-kristi-wysocki-and-gil-merrick-discuss-judging-the-team-approach/

 

March 27, 2013-To listen to the the first Para-Equestrian show #200:

 

 

Once a month the Dressage Radio Show becomes the Para-Equestrian Show Hosted by Lindsay McCall, of the United States Para-Equestrian Association, focusing on Lindsay Yosay McCallinternational FEI discipline Para-Dressage. Although Para-Dressage is the main event, listeners have the opportunity to learn more about the skillful U.S. Para-Driving Team, the Para-Reining discipline, Para-Vaulting, and the future of Para-Jumping. The para-equestrian dressage show will feature a line-up of guests including olympians, paralympians, trainers, coaches, professionals, amateur riders, young riders, and equine enthusiasts. The intention of the radio show is to educate, inform, and entertain listeners on the para-equestrian Dressage discipline.

 

 

To learn more about the USPEA please visit www.USPEA.org or e-mail President Hope Hand at hope@uspea.org. You may also e-mail the host of the para-equestrian segment Lindsay McCall at Lindsay@uspea.org.

 

To learn more about the Horse Radio Network visit www.horseradionetwork.com or to contact Glenn the Geek go to http://www.horseradionetwork.com/contact/ or leave a voicemail at 270-803-0025.

 

About the Horse Radio Network:

 

The Horse Radio Network is the voice of the horse world with listeners in over 40 countries. Eight different entertaining shows cover all aspects of the horse world and you can listen any time on your computer, MP3 player or smart phone.

 

We believe that people own horses for fun and entertainment. Why else would you

put up with the early morning feedings, stall cleaning, vet bills, long trips to shows,

empty bank accounts and everything else that goes with being a horse owner.

 

Our goal with these shows is to help your chores go a little faster and to put a smile

on your face!  Learn more at www.HorseRadioNetwork.com

 

 

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Horse Tip Daily at www.horsetipdaily.com

Western Radio Show at www.westernradioshow.com

 

 

 

About 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/category/recent-uspea-press-news/

Margaret McIntosh

Gigi broke her neck in the spring of 1999 while riding in an event, resulting in incomplete quadriplegia.

Initially paralyzed from the chest down, she is eternally grateful for having the opportunity to regain her mobility!

Gigi had extensive riding experience before her accident:
1970-1976 Working student for May and Denny Emerson

1976-1979 Working student and barn manager for Gunnar Ostergaard and Ellin Dixon

1979-1983 Working student/groom George Theodorescu in Sassenberg, W. Germany

From 1987 through 1999 Gigi evented several lovely horses with lots of help from Bruce Davidson, culminating in completing the CCI*** and CCI**** at Rolex Kentucky 3-Day in 1997 and 1998!

Six months after her accident, she started to ride with Jane Cory, the owner of the Cort Center for Therapeutic Riding at Pleasant Hollow Farm in Pleasant Valley, PA.
She initially asked Missy and Jessica Ransehousen for help just before the WEG in 2010 and has been lucky enough to enjoy their expertise ever since. This past year has been a whirlwind of qualifications for the London 2012 selection trials, including successful trips at back-to-back CPEDI ***s in Wellington, FL, as well as shows at Morven Park and Dressage at Saratoga.
Married, since 1983, with two grown children, Charlotte (27) and Cameron (25), her husband, Brian, is a retired Banker.

May 22, 2013-U.S. Para-Dressage National Training Symposium Hosted by Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports

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U.S. Para-Dressage National Training Symposium
Hosted by Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports

Carlisle partners with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the United States Para Equestrian Association (USPEA) and SmartPak to bring world-class education and training opportunities to U.S Para-Dressage riders and coaches May 29-June 1
  

CarlisleAcademy Lyman, Maine – May 22, 2013- Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports, a premier organization offering comprehensive equestrian educational services, is proud to organize, host and partner with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the U.S Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) and SmartPak, the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States,  to offer the first national joint U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposium and Trainers’ Forum. Entitled “A Team Approach”, the symposium will take place May 29-June 1 at Spring Creek Farm in Lyman, Maine. Offered in two parts, May 29-30 is the “Train the Trainer” program with the “SmartPak Coaches’ Forum” will be offered to trainers and instructors. A total of twelve high performance and developing riders,y will then participate in the riding symposium May 30-June 1. The event is open to the public and auditors are welcome.
                   
The panel of experts for the symposium will include: Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Para-Dressage “O” Judge and Olympic Technical Delegate Hanneke Gerritsen of Holland; Gold Medal Para-Dressage Coach Clive Milkins from Great Britain; USA international dressage competitor and trainer Catherine Haddad Staller; and Gil Merrick, former USEF High Performance Dressage Director and National Clinician.  In addition, there will be a panel of symposium lecturers and specialists including: USPEA President Hope Hand; Lora Dow, a fundraising and marketing expert; Tina Wentz, a national classifier and USPEA board member; Susan Grant, OTR/L, HPCS, licensed occupational therapist and hippotherapy clinical specialist; and Janet Smaldone, PT, HPCS licensed physical therapist and hippotherapy clinical specialist.

The focus of this symposium is collaboration between the national governing body and national affiliate on the best ways to develop a team approach to prepare riders and coaches for the rigors of international competition including the upcoming 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) in Normandy, France.

Carlisle Academy is the first facility in the country to serve an educational role as a training center for Para-Equestrian Dressage. The educational model they have developed will be a “gold standard” for future USPEA programming transferred to other geographic locations in the country moving forward, including a symposium in California in the Fall of 2013.

“We have a deep commitment to Para-Equestrian sport in the United States and made a concerted effort to include Para-Equestrian training opportunities into our programming back in 2011,” said Sarah Armentrout, Head of Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports, “The sport has grown so much; we saw and seized the opportunity to get involved with this exciting group of athletes and trainers. It has been wonderful to partner with our national equestrian federation and national affiliate to take performance and education to the next level.”

USEF LOGO Laureen K. Johnson, High Performance Director of Para-Equestrian and Vaulting Assistant to Driving at the United States Equestrian Federation agreed, “The USEF is very excited about having the opportunity to synergistically work alongside the USPEA and Carlisle to support the Developing and High Performance athletes by offering this upcoming training clinic at Carlisle.”

Johnson continued, “One of the goals of the USEF’s Para-Equestrian High Performance Plan is to work more closely with the national affiliates and grass root athletes in order to better prepare them into becoming High Performance athletes capable of winning medals at future World Equestrian and Paralympic Games.  It will be an invaluable tool for the developing riders and High Performance athletes to learn from some of the world’s top clinicians.”

SmartPak is also delighted to become involved in this premier Smartpak educational initiative for Para-Equestrian Dressage.

“At SmartPak we are committed to supporting equestrians from all disciplines and backgrounds and we’re thrilled to be working in conjunction with the U.S. National Para-Dressage Training Symposium and Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports to bring world-class riders, trainers, judges and coaches together for what should be a highly engaging and educational event,” Donnie Steele, Chief Marketing Officer at SmartPak, said.

The event will kick-off with a symposium banquet at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport with a Keynote address by Gil Merrick on “A Team Approach.” Trainers will then be immersed in educational lectures on how to work with Para-Dressage athletes to maximize performance with compensating adaptive equipment pertinent to their grade levels. There will also be a Coach’s Forum to discuss issues related to high performance coaching. Several coaches who attended the 2012 Paralympics in London will be in attendance including: Team USA Para-Dressage coaching veteran Missy Ransehousen, Wes Dunham, Kai Handt, and three-time Olympian in Dressage Jessica Ransehousen.

USPEA Logo “The important distinction here is that this is not therapeutic riding,” Hope Hand, Executive Director of the USPEA said. “We need to educate trainers on the unique aspects of this sport and what adaptations will allow these athletes to perform at their peak. Our seasoned coaches will be an invaluable resource to provide feedback and insights into their international coaching experiences.”

The following Para-Equestrian Dressage Riders will participate in the symposium:

Laura Goldman, Grade 1A, Ohio
Derrick Perkins, Grade 1A, Texas
Donna Ponessa, Grade 1A, New York
Sydney Collier, Grade 1B, Michigan
Margaret McIntosh, Grade 1B, Pennsylvania
Roxanne Trennell, Grade 1B, Washington
Benjamin Harper, Grade 2, Virginia
Ellie Brimmer, Grade 3, Minnesota
Holly Jacobson, Grade 3, Massachusetts
Lara Oles, Grade 3, Utah
Elle Woolley, Grade 3, California
Mary Jordan, Grade 4, Wells, Maine

Equestrians, trainers and coaches who have questions and who would like more information on the symposium can contact Carlisle’s Training & Leadership Program Director Joyce Brown  jbrown@carlisleacademymaine.com, or at 207.985.0374. Questions can also be directed to USPEA President Hope Hand at  Hope@uspea.org

About Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports:

Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports is a comprehensive organization offering our hallmark equestrian hippotherapy and adaptive programs; new offerings of Para-Equestrian sport; and traditional equestrian training opportunities for educators, practitioners and riders alike. The mission of Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy and Sports is to transform lives through horses through its distinctive services – rehabilitative through recreational – within an inclusive environment that fosters learning, growth and overall well-being. For more information please visit: www.carlisleacademymaine.com; call 207-985-0374; email info@carlisleacademymaine.com; or check us out on Facebook.

Carlisle Academy’s charitable partner, the Carlisle Charitable Foundation, is enabling athlete participation via scholarships. For more information on scholarships contact Deb Whitney at 207.467.3242 info@carlislecharitablefoundation.org or visit their website at: http://www.carlislecharitablefoundation.org/.     

About SmartPak:      

From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness. With the success of this simple and convenient feeding system, SmartPak has continued to expand its offering of quality products, including its own line of more than 60 supplement formulas called SmartSupplements, and a wide variety of tack, equipment, and supplies. The company has grown rapidly each year and is now the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States. SmartPak’s success has been powered by a passion for delivering an unbeatable customer experience, and the company has been recognized with a Bizrate Circle of Excellence Platinum award as well as an “Excellent” rating from STELLAService. An eight-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc. 500 list.

Photographs of a few of the Para-Equestrians attending the clinic:
Eleanor Brimmer and Carino H by Lindsay Y McCall
Eleanor Brimmer and Carino H by Lindsay Y McCall
Sydney Collier and Wentworth (USA) Photo(C) Lindsay McCall
Sydney Collier and Wentworth (USA) Photo(C) Lindsay McCall
LauraGoldman and NTEC Willi Wesley by Lindsay Y McCall
Laura Goldman and NTEC Willi Wesley by Lindsay Y McCall
Donna Ponessa (USA) and Western Rose (owned by Wes Dunham) photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Donna Ponessa (USA) and Western Rose (owned by Wes Dunham) photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Margaret McIntosh and Idalgo by Lindsay Y McCall
Margaret McIntosh and Idalgo by Lindsay Y McCall
Holly Jacobson
Holly Jacobson
Mary Jordan and Sebastian  by Lindsay Y McCal
Mary Jordan and Sebastian by Lindsay Y McCall

 

 

About 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/category/recent-uspea-press-news/

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