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June 27, 2013- Horse Radio Network Features Para-Driving and Para-Dressage

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Written by: Lindsay McCall

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Media Contact: Hope Hand
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E-mail: Wheeler966@aol.com
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Horse Radio Network Features Para-Driver Diane Kastama, Driver Keady Cadwell, and Evin Rattner of DevonWood Equestrian Center 

 

Thousand Oaks, CA-June 27, 2013- Horse Radio Network’s once-a-month Para-Equestrian Show featured both Para-Dressage and Para-Driving on Thursday, June 27. Lindsay McCall from the USPEA co-hosted the show with Para-Equestrian Driver Diane Kastama. Evin Rattner, who helped run the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Selection Trials and has worked multiple Para-Dressage shows, spoke with Kastama and McCall about his experiences with Para-Dressage and what we may expect in the future.  Internationally known Driver Keady Cadwell visited the show to talk about the 2012 Para-Equestrian Driving World Championships. Cadwell was the Chef d’Equipe for the U.S. Team and has been working with the Para-Drivers since 1998. To view episode #213 visit http://dressageradio.horseradionetwork.com/2013/06/27/dressage-radio-episode-213-para-week-goes-driving/

Co-Host Diane Kastama of Arroyo Grande, CA:  In 1991 a car crash left Kastama paralyzed from the waist down. Although a lifelong horse person and dressage enthusiast, riding without the use of her legs was not much fun and she soon turned to driven dressage and Diane Kastama then the exciting sport of combined driving. Her relatives and friends thought she was crazy for taking on a sport that involves sitting atop a tall carriage, pulled by a horse going “hell-bent” for speed.

Kastama, Grade I, started competing with her home bred Appaloosa’s but now Diane competes with a pair of Section D Welsh Cobs, Rupert and George. She drives them single, pair and tandem. She competes against able-bodied drivers all over the Western United States and occasionally on the East Coast at the Intermediate and Advanced level. Kastama has also demonstrated her skills at Rolex, KY, Horse Expo in Sacramento, the “Night of the Horse” in Del Mar, and the Equine Affair and various therapeutic horse programs throughout California. She has also participated in the closing ceremonies at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. Kastama is always willing to share her skills and knowledge and bring driving to the forefront of equine sports.  Diane has been very successful in international Para-Equestrian competition, coming home with an Individual Silver and Team Bronze driving a borrowed Welsh Cob Stallion in 2002 Greven, Germany.  In 2004 she place 5th with a borrowed Welsh cob in Endinburg, Scotland.  In 2006 she came home with Individual Gold driving her own Welsh cob gelding Jasper.  In 2008 Kastama and Jasper earned Individual Bronze and Team Silver.

 

When she is isn’t competing or driving, Kastama is very involved with the United States Driving for the Disabled (USDFD) organization which helps to foster and grow the sport of Para-Driving. To learn more about the USDFD please go to www.usdfd.org or contact President Bev White at usdfdpresident@gmail.com.

 

 

Guest Evin Rattner: Evin Rattner is the Strategic Officer for DevonWood Equestrian Centre in Sherwood, Oregon. He’s responsible for the company’s technical development,

Kim Keenan and Evin Rattner by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Evin Rattner and Kim Keenan at the 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships and 2012 Parlympic Selection Trials for the U.S. Team. Photo by: Lindsay McCall

including network operations and show services. Evin is also co-director of DevonWood Competition Services, the show management and scoring service that is a product of the facility’s premium show services group that started in 2000. To date, Evin has served as secretary for the USEF Paralympic Selection Trials & National Championships at the 2012 Festival of Champions in Gladstone, New Jersey, as well as a long-running involvement with popular CDI 3*’s, The Dressage Affaire and the Del Mar Classic in San Diego. Today, Evin joins us from Portland, Oregon where is he currently preparing DevonWood for it’s 14th annual running of the popular Dressage at DevonWood show. To learn more about DevonWood Equestrian Center please go to http://devonwoodec.com/ .   

 

Guest Keady Cadwell of Southern Pines, North Carolina started her riding career as an eventer, and began driving competitively in 1990. Cadwell has represented the U.S. at three World Championships in the pairs; she was part of the U.S. teams in 1993 and 2007. In 2007, she also competed at Windsor (England), Riesenbeck (Germany) and Beekbergen (The Netherlands). At Riesenbeck, Cadwell had a tremendous dressage test, where they placed third out of 50 pairs in dressage.

Cadwell and her pairs team had a remarkable year in 2008, taking home wins at the

Keady Cadwell
Keady Cadwell
Sunshine State CAI, Live Oak CAI, Southern Pines and the Kentucky Horse Park CDE.

 

In 2009, Cadwell took home the blue ribbon at the Sunshine State CAI in February, and placed second at the Live Oak CAI in March.
Since 1998, Cadwell has been involved with the U.S. Para-Equestrian Driving Team. She has participated primarily as a coach or chef d’equipe at nearly every World Championship for Para-Driving in the last 10 years. Cadwell assists fellow World Championship driver and sister, Miranda Cadwell, running the family’s Tremont Farm in Southern Pines, NC. To learn more about Keady please go to www.tremontfarm.com. 

 

List of Para-Equestrian Radio Shows:

 

June 27, 2013-Para-Equestrian Show #213

http://dressageradio.horseradionetwork.com/2013/06/27/dressage-radio-episode-213-para-week-goes-driving/

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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Annie Floramo

AnnieFloramoGilmore2Name: Annie Floramo
DOB: November 24, 1964
Discipline: Para-Dressage
Classification: Grade 2
Region: Region 3
Address:  Ocala, Florida
E-Mail: Drsgdiva@yahoo.com

Annie Floramo did not ride for the first time until she was 42.  After looking for something new to try, a neighbor encouraged her to go and meet her horse one day.  That barn did not have a horse for a new rider to sit on, so, after a few weeks of investigation into riding lessons, Annie was fortunate to have found Debbie Lockemeyer, owner of Pegasus Dressage in Shortsville, New York.  As an accomplished rider, trainer, instructor and contributor to Dressage Today, Debbie was willing to take on an adult with no riding experience, who also had a neuromuscular disease, Charcot Marie-Tooth. “When I met Debbie, I had never heard of Dressage, and knew absolutely nothing about horses beyond that they liked apples and carrots.  Her infinite patience, inspiration and encouragement taught me the importance of good horsemanship, a good seat and quiet hands.  I was a very timid and anxious rider.  Debbie kept chipping away at my fears on the end of the lunge line until I began to gain more and more confidence.  Most important, she laid the foundation that I could continue to build upon.”  “I remember the day in the arena, when mounting Artisan, I admitted to Debbie that it was my dream to be able to show someday.  She assured me it could happen with dedication and a lot of time in the saddle. “

After moving to Ocala, Florida in 2010, Annie was once again fortunate to find Pat Eidel-Schmoll, owner of Broad Meadow Farm in Ocala.  Pat is also an accomplished dressage rider, trainer and coach.  The transition from working with Debbie to working with Pat was seamless.  Pat began building upon the foundation that was formed working with Debbie, and within a few months, Pat was looking for a mount that would become a true partner.  Enter Red Desert Grit, also known as Teddy. Teddy is a wild mustang registered with the bureau of land management from Nevada owned by Carol Reeve of Lake Worth, Florida.  Carol was gracious enough to allow this sweet horse, with an excellent work ethic to become Annie’s new partner. “Under the coaching of Pat, I have continued to grow as a rider and a horseman.  Pat’s ability to “think outside the box” has allowed us to find ways to compensate for the deficits I have and the challenges it brings.  I am no longer an anxious rider, and have learned a lot about the care and training of horses from Pat. She is always willing to have me come along as she trains both horses and students, and is always looking for new things and ideas to advance my riding abilities.”   Annie and Pat are continuing to work on new movements and gymnastics to keep the training fresh and interesting, and working toward goals.  Pat also invites other trainers to come out and run small clinics for her students.  “Sometimes, hearing the same thing framed differently becomes a light bulb moment”.

While my horse Teddy and my trainer Pat make up most of the team, without my husband Paul, none of it could come together.  While you would not likely find him ringside, you will always find him exactly where I need him the most.  Beside me always, supporting my dream and goals, behind me when I need a little push, and waiting at the door when I tumble in at the end of a tough training day with a smile, a kiss, and a high five!

I am really looking forward to becoming more competitive within the Para Dressage Discipline.  Currently my scores are in the low 70%.  As most of us, I also struggle the most with funding issues to travel to other areas of the country to move up the ranks.  I have the horse, the ability, the coach and the desire to compete at the National and International levels.  Should you have sponsorship/scholarship/donations available, please contact me at the above e-mail address.

Lara Oles

Lara Oles

Lara Oles

Lara Oles

Grade: III

Website: www.lope.org

About Lara:
Age: 47 years old
Contact/Home: Utah; lara.n.dan@gmail.com

Personal:  Lara sustained a spinal cord injury from a skiing accident in 2006.  Lara works full time and lives with her husband, Dan and lots of furry kids.

Riding History:  Lara was a rider in high school and took lessons in dressage and jumping.  Her first horse was an OTTB that Lara trained for dressage.  An injury to her horse sidelined her dressage competitions and she spent the next 18 years trail riding.  In 2010 Lara attended the WEG in Kentucky and was so inspired by the athletes she decided to start riding again.  This led her to the National Abilities Center, a therapeutic riding program in Utah.  After a year of riding, the NAC staff nominated Lara and she won the 2011 PATH, Intl Independent Adult Equestrian of the Year.

In 2012, Lara focused her goals on competitive riding.  She attended Carlisle Academy’s 2012 Para-Dressage Camp, and the Dressage Affaire CPEDI3* in California where she was classified as a Grade III rider.  She discovered a great dressage facility in Heber City, Utah and started training with Annie Sweet.  Lara was lucky to find and buy Slate, a great moving, sensible Quarter Horse who has adjusted well to Lara using one hand.  She and her husband both got new jobs and relocated to be closer to Slate and Annie.

Goals:
Lara started showing Slate in the spring of 2013 at a USEF recognized Dressage show, and won 3 of her first 4 classes.  She plans to get as much experience as possible at local recognized shows so that she can be ready for the 2014 CPEDI3* WEG qualifier in California.  She would love to represent the United States in Normandy, or in Rio at the 2016 Paralympics.

For more information on Lara visit www.lope.org
 Lara Oles on Bella along with her trainer, Annie Sweet

Utah Para Equestrian Wins at the Idaho Dressage Festival

Nampa, Idaho – May 18, 2014- Lara Oles, Utah’s first internationally classified para equestrian competed at the 10th Annual Idaho Dressage Festival, bringing home two first places and a high point championship. This included a 68.3% in Training Level Test 3, which is a qualifying score for Regionals.  Because there were no para classes at the show, Lara competed against able-bodied competitors, so winning both of her classes is remarkable.

Lara purchased Bella, her Canadian Warmblood mare, in February of this year.  This was their first show together, and they wowed those in attendance. “Bella has been perfectly behaved even though the last time she showed was in 2008. We couldn’t be happier!” said Oles.
Lara was in a freak skiing accident in 2006 that damaged her spinal cord, leaving her right arm permanently paralyzed and stroke- like symptoms in her right leg.

Lara and Bella will continue competing throughout the 2014 season and will start riding the International Grade III para dressage tests. Her ultimate goal is to represent the United States at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Lara Oles and Bella June 21 2014
Many Firsts for Two Utah Para Equestrians
Heber, Utah – June 21, 2014-  Lara Oles and Cambry Kaylor, Utah’s only internationally classified Para Equestrians competed at the Sage Creek Equestrian II Dressage Show on Saturday. Both rode well and earned high scores towards their United States Equestrian Federation ranking.
While Oles competed on her other horse last year, this was her first time showing the FEI Grade III Para Dressage tests on her new horse, a Canadian Warmblood mare named Bella. Her highest score of the day was a 68.2%, which was good enough to win the high point championship for the adult amateur division.
Kaylor made her debut as a Grade 1B Para Dressage rider, but this was not her horse’s first competition. Kaylor’s horse, Markgards Donnewind, a Danish Warmblood, had competed in many Para Dressage shows in Europe with his previous owner. Kaylor and Donnewind’s first competition together resulted in a score of 62.5%.
Coincidentally, Saturday was the ninth anniversary of the equestrian vaulting accident that severed Kaylor’s spinal cord and left her without the use of her legs. Oles was in a freak skiing accident in 2006 that damaged her spinal cord, leaving her right arm permanently paralyzed and stroke- like symptoms in her right leg.
For both riders the competition at Sage Creek Equestrian provided experience to accomplish their ultimate goal of representing the United States at the 2016 Summer Paralympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

June 16, 2013- Two-Time Paralympian Barbara Grassmyer (USA) and Horse Mibis Retire from International Para-Dressage

United States Para-Equestrian AssociationUSPEA
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Written by: Lindsay McCall

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Media Contact: Hope Hand
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 Two-Time Paralympian Barbara Grassmyer (USA) and Horse Mibis Retire from International Para-Dressage

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Photos and Article  by: Lindsay McCall

Rancho Murieta, CA-June 16, 2013– The final chapter on international para-dressage competition has ended for two-time Paralympian Barbara Grassmyer and her Royal Dutch Warmblood Mibis. At the 2013 Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3*, held at the Rancho Murieta Equestrian Center, Grassmyer took the stage one last time as a Para-Equestrian Dressage rider. Over three days she competed in front of FEI judges in the Individual, Team, and Freestyle competition. Although this was her last competition her Grade III performances earned her a qualifying score for the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy. In a grand ceremony, Mibis walked forward carrying a garland around her neck and one of her many championship coolers. With her long-time partner Grassmeyer by her side both took one last walk into the FEI competition ring. The Rancho Murieta Equestrian Center was one of the first locations Grassmyer ever showed and it will be the last place she competed as a Para-Equestrian. Although she is retiring as a Para-Dressage rider and retiring the 19 year-old Paralympic horse, Grassmyer’s commitment to the high-performance sport will continue for years to come.

Barbara Grassmyer and Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall
Barbara Grassmyer and Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall

 

As a young child Barbara Grassmyer was as horse crazy as any little girl. Her father passed down the love for horses to herself and sister Jennifer. At 10 years old Grassmeyer began riding at All Season’s Riding Academy in Calif. where she competed at horse shows for the disabled. After many years of riding and a brief jumping history, her love for a Dressage horse and athletic ability led her to competitive Dressage. In 2000, Grassmyer served as an alternate for the U.S. Paralympic Team competing in Sydney, Australia. During that time riders were catch-riding horses around the world. In 2001 and 2002 she was the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion. However, Grassmyer desired a partner of her own which is where Paralympic coach Missy Ransehousen stepped in to find her a horse for the 2004 Athens Paralympics. Mibis was found in Holland and it was love at first sight for Grassmyer. The year 2004 would begin the long term partnership and the duo would represent the U.S. Para-Dressage Team in Athens that same year. In 2006, Mibis and her rider earned the Gold Medal at the Pacific Rim Para-Equestrian Paralympic Qualifier in Vancouver, Canada. She was also Reserve Champion that year at the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship.s In 2007, Grassmyer was a member of the U.S. Team at the Para-Dressage World Championships in Hartpury, England, followed by the 2007 Reserve Champion at the USEF Para-Equestrian National Championships. In 2008, the duo would once again make the U.S. Team where they flew to Hong Kong for the Beijing Paralympics.

 

Since the moment she became involved in the Para-Dressage discipline Grassmyer was an ambassador for the sport. In her retirement from international competition, Grassmyer plans on continuing her dedication to Para-Dressage. Grassmyer is currently a member of the USEF High Performance Para-Equestrian Eligible Athlete Committee and the High Performance Para-Equestrian Committee. She is also very active within the California Dressage community.

 

Barbara Grassmyer and her mom and dad with and Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall
Barbara Grassmyer and her mom, dad, and Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall

Grassmyer noted, “I want to thank everyone who has helped me get to this point. I especially want to thank my trainer Mike Steele. I wish we had found him right away when we bought Mibis. I also want to thank my mom and dad for this amazing journey, and my sister for her support.”

 

Grassmyer hopes to continue to compete nationally at USDF recognized competitions within Third and Second Level.

Barbara Grassmyer  and Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall
Barbara Grassmyer and Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall
Barbara Grassmyer  and Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall
Barbara Grassmyer and Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall

 

Barbara Grassmyer  and Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall
Barbara Grassmyer and Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall
Barbara Grassmyer  and Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall
Barbara Grassmyer and Mibis at the 2010 World Equestrian Games Selection Trials  photo by Lindsay McCall
Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall
Mibis in 2010 photo by Lindsay McCall

Photo Credit: Barbara Grassmyer and Mibis 2013 at the Golden State Dressage Cliassic CPEDI3*. Photographs © Lindsay McCall. This photo may be used in relation to this press release.
About United States Para-Equestrian Association:

   

The USPEA is a network of riders, trainers, judges, sponsors, 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/

June 16, 2013- Susan Treabess (USA) and Kamiakin Top Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3*

United States Para-Equestrian Association

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For Immediate Release:
Written by: Lindsay McCall

Photos:Copyright Lindsay McCall

United States Para-Equestrian Assoc.:
www.USPEA.org

 

Media Contact: Hope Hand
3940 Verde Vista Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
E-mail: Wheeler966@aol.com
(610) 356-6481
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Susan Treabess (USA) and Kamiakin Top Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3*

Developing Riders Earn Their Qualifying Scores for the 2014 World Equestrian Games   

  Photos and Article by: Lindsay McCall 

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  Golden State DressageRancho Murieta, CA-June 16, 2013

As the Pura Raza Espanol, Kamiakin, made its way down to X on the centerline, Susan Treabess (USA) cracked a smile. The Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* crowd erupted in cheering for the stallion and his Grade IV rider who had just completed an outstanding freestyle. After three days of Para-Dressage competition in front of judges Alison King (HK) FEI 4*, David Schmutz (USA) FEI 4* and Lorraine Stubbs (CAN) FEI 4*, Susan knew she was ready and excited for the years to follow. In 2010, Treabess represented the USA at the World Equestrian Games (WEG). In 2014, she hopes to have this opportunity again. During the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* multiple riders both developing and veterans achieved their qualifying scores for WEG. Those riders include Angela Peavy and two-time Paralympian Barbara Grassmyer, both in Grade III. Grade II rider Ashleigh Flores-Simmons and Grade Ib Roxanne Trunnel. From Canada, Paralympian Jody Schloss of Grade Ia executed exceptional tests while Robyn Andrews followed with her outstanding test scores. After three days of international team, individual, and freestyle tests riders can now reflect and build upon this learning experience for the next major competition year in 2014.

 

 

Susan Treabess (USA) and Kamiakin  photo by Lindsay McCall
Susan Treabess (USA) and Kamiakin photo by Lindsay McCall

Susan Treabess was unsure of what to expect when she entered her 8 year-old into his first international competition. “What I am taking away from this show is that Kamiakin is a super horse,” smiled Treabess.” He has to get more experience but he is THE horse for me. He is going to be my partner for a very long time. I am happy with my overall performance this weekend. Of course there were mistakes but I know that in the future I can surpass 70% on this horse. If I don’t, it’s going to be my fault. I know that now; I have my work cut out for me but I have the right team of people ready to help me get there.”

 

After a conservative team test ride, Treabess pushed Kamiakin during the individual test. That extra push resulted in more expression and a higher percentage score however, it also created a little tension that will be polished out as they gain experience together. During the freestyle test, Treabess executed a well-choreographed and artistic test. Treabess noted, “That was our first clean-run of our freestyle. The music lit Kamiakin up a little bit but that will disappear as he gains experience. With the freestyle being 25% of the final selection score, any rider knows they can gain some major points with a great freestyle. However, you can’t have that as your major focus. As I work with Kamiakin over the next year, I plan on perfecting our technique giving this horse more experience along the way.”

 

For an international rider like Treabess, getting to the top takes a team. That includes, trainers, farriers, veterinarians, therapists, and so many more supporters. “We have a strong support team,” added Treabess. “I want to thank Denny Callin of Holland for giving me his time this week, Ellen Eckstein, and I have to thank Katie and Scott Hill. I would not be in this position without Kamiakin’s owners Scott and Katie Hill. They have entrusted me with this horse and chose not to sell him when they could have. I am so thankful I have this opportunity and I am excited for the future.”

 

Both Treabess and Grade III two-time Paralympian Barbara Grassmyer (USA) have been on the international stage. They have experienced what it is like to compete against the best Para-Dressage riders in the world. For developing riders like Roxanne Trunnell (USA), Ashleigh Flores-Simmons (USA), Angela Peavy (USA), and Katie Passerotti (USA) the excitement of what the future will hold is what drives them to succeed.

Barbara Grassmyer and Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall
Barbara Grassmyer and Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall

 

“This CPEDI3* has been an amazing experience,” commented Grade Ib rider Roxanne Trunnell. “I learned what it takes to compete at an international show including the paperwork and process for this level of competition. Even the jog was a new experience and it reminded me of my pony club days but with added pressure. This was our first international show for my girl, Nice Touch and me. I rode two solid rides and we earned our qualifying score. I learned a lot from the judge’s remarks and they were right about what I need to work on. Now it’s time to go home and train.”

Roxanne Trunnell and Nice Touch photo by Lindsay McCall
Roxanne Trunnell and Nice Touch photo by Lindsay McCall

 

Grade Ib young rider, Ashleigh Flores-Simmons agreed, ” This weekend has been a really good experience, very educational, and positive because I got out there in front of FEI judges. This is a really great starting point.”

 

She continued, “I was happy with my tests over the weekend. I nailed down the geometry and saw consistencies within the remarks that the judges made. Many of the comments were things I knew I had to work on but they also pointed out details that made me realize I had performed certain moves better than I had originally thought. It makes me feel like I am on the right track and the hard work payed off. I still have a lot to learn and a lot of work ahead. I am willing to do it, I want to do it, and I do this because I love it.”

Ashleigh Flores Simmons and Athena photo by Lindsay McCall
Ashleigh Flores Simmons and Athena photo by Lindsay McCall

 

 

Competitive as a national rider, the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* was the first Para-Equestrian Dressage competition Flores-Simmons had ever entered. “I was excited to be around other people with disabilities because I have been so mainstreamed.” said Flores-Simmons. “I am eternally grateful for my experience. It’s exciting to have the ability to ride against able-bodied people and still be successful but it’s really cool to see other people, like myself, get out there and not let their disabilities stop them but let their ability speak.”

 

For Connecticut rider Angela Peavy and her new horse Leandro, the 2013-2014 competition year will be full of excitement. Peavy has gained notable status as a Young Rider and is quickly developing as an international rider. With her talented Westphalian, a strong support team, a WEG qualifying score, and the desire to work to the top, Angela has combined the pieces to create the ultimate product.

AngelaPeavyand Leandro photo by Lindsay McCall
Angela Peavy and Leandro photo by Lindsay McCall

 

Continued interest in the sport of Para-Equestrian Dressage, more Para-Dressage classifications, and new developing riders promises the United States of America that Para-Dressage is holding it’s own in the high-performance world. When riders like Katie Passerotti of Pennsylvania travel across the United States to accomplish a dream, shows what the equestrian sport as a whole does for lovers of the horse.

 

Katie Passerotti and Luck Dragon photo by Lindsay McCall
Katie Passerotti and Luck Dragon photo by Lindsay McCall

 

For more information about the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* please visit http://www.goldenstatedressage.com or contact Connie Davenport at davenport@saber.net.

 

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.

 

RESULTS:

 

FREESTYLE TEST COMPETITION June 16, 2013

Judges H: Stubbs (CAN) C: King (HK) B: Schmutz (USA)

 

Placing, Name of Rider, Country, Name of Horse, H, C, B, Total %

 

Grade Ia:

1. Jody Schloss, CAN, Inspector Rebus, 68.000%, 68.250%, 66.750%, 67.667%

2. Robyn Andrews, CAN, Fancianna, 63.500%, 64.000%, 70.750%, 66.083%

 

Grade II:

1. Ashleigh Flores-Simmons, USA, Athena, 68.000%, 60.500%, 64.750%, 64.417%

 

Grade III:

1. Angela Peavy, USA, Leandro, 65.500%, 65.0%, 66.750%, 65.750%

2. Barbara Grassmyer, USA, Mibis, 65.250%, 64.750%, 60.000% 63.333%

 

Grade IV:

  1. Susan Treabess, USA, Kamiakin 69.250%, 71.000%, 73.750%, 71.333%
  2. Katie Passerotti, USA, Luck Dragon, 61.250%, 60.250%, 60.500%, 60.667%

 

RESULTS:

 

INDIVIDUAL TEST COMPETITION June 15, 2013

Judges H: Schmutz (USA) C: Stubbs (CAN) B: King (HK)

 

Placing, Name of Rider, Country, Name of Horse, H, C, B, Total %

 

Grade Ia:

1. Jody Schloss, CAN, Inspector Rebus, 70.870%, 66.522%, 66.957%, 68.116%

2. Robyn Andrews, CAN, Fancianna, 66.957%, 66.087%, 63.478%, 65.507%

 

Grade Ib:

1. Roxanne Trunnell, USA, Nice Touch, 64.483%, 64.138%, 63.621%, 64.080%

 

Grade II:

1. Ashleigh Flores-Simmons, USA, Athena, 59.571%, 60.714%, 58.571%, 59.619%

 

Grade III:

1. Angela Peavy, USA, Leandro, 60.122%, 65.488%, 65.488%, 63.699%

2. Barbara Grassmyer, USA, Mibis, 60.122%, 59.390%, 57.561% 59.024%

 

Grade IV:

  1. Susan Treabess, USA, Kamiakin, 69.643%, 65.952%, 66.786%, 67.460%
  2. Katie Passerotti, USA, Luck Dragon, 53.929%, 55.238%, 50.238%, 53.135%

 

 

TEAM TEST COMPETITION: Judges H: King (HK) C: Schmutz (USA) B: Stubbs (CAN)

Placing, Name of Rider, Country, Name of Horse, H, C, B, Total %

 

Grade Ia:

1. Jody Schloss, CAN, Inspector Rebus, 71.087%, 67.826%, 72.391%, 70.435%

2. Robyn Andrews, CAN, Fancianna, 66.739%, 68.261%,71.087%, 68.696%

 

Grade Ib:

1. Roxanne Trunnell, USA, Nice Touch, 64.6%, 61.6%, 63.6%, 63.267%

 

Grade II:

1. Ashleigh Flores-Simmons, USA, Athena, 56.765%, 62.059%, 63.676%, 60.833%

 

Grade III:

1. Angela Peavy, USA, Leandro, 63.158%, 62.632%, 65.263%, 63.684%

2. Barbara Grassmyer, USA, Mibis, 56.579%, 64.868%, 61.579% 61.009%

 

Grade IV:

1. Susan Treabess, USA, Kamiakin, 66.190%, 67.024%, 69.048%, 67.421%

2. Katie Passerotti, USA, Luck Dragon, 56.190%, 57.619%, 64.405%, 59.405%

 

Photo Credit: All photographs ©Lindsay McCall and may be used in relation to this press release.

  

 

Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus photo by Lindsay McCall
Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus photo by Lindsay McCall

Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus photo by Lindsay McCall
Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus photo by Lindsay McCall

 

 

Angela Peavy  photo by Lindsay McCall
Angela Peavy photo by Lindsay McCall
Canada Team with Judge  photo by Lindsay McCall
Canada Team with Judge Lorraine Stubbs photo by Lindsay McCall
Robyn Andrews and Fancianna photo by Lindsay McCall
Robyn Andrews and Fancianna photo by Lindsay McCall
Robyn Andrews and Fancianna photo by Lindsay McCall
Robyn Andrews and Fancianna photo by Lindsay McCall

    photo by lindsay mccall

Rancho Murieta Cowboys photo by Lindsay McCall
Rancho Murieta Cowboys photo by Lindsay McCall

 

 

 

About United States Para-Equestrian Association:

   

The USPEA is a network of riders, trainers, judges, sponsors, 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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