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September 25, 2013- Horse Radio Network Features Paralympian Rebecca Hart & Coach Missy Ransehousen

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For Immediate Release:
Written by: 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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Horse Radio Network Features Paralympian Rebecca Hart & Coach Missy Ransehousen    

 

Thousand Oaks, CA-September 25, 2013- Horse Radio Network’s once-a-month Para-Equestrian Show featured Paralympian Rebecca Hart and Coach Missy Ransehousen on September 24, 2013. Lindsay McCall from the USPEA co-hosted the show with Paralympian Dr. Dale Dedrick. Hart and Ransehousen expanded upon finding a new horse for an international Para-Dressage equestrian. Ransehousen explained what the future of Para-Dressage may look like while Dedrick lent her expertise as a veteran of the sport.

To view episode #226
http://dressageradio.horseradionetwork.com/2013/09/24/dressage-radio-episode-226-becca-hart-and-missy-ransehousen-on-the-future-of-para/

 

  About Rebecca Hart: Hart is a two-time Paralympian and Grade II Para-Dressage equestrian. She was born with a rare genetic disease called Familial Spastic Paraplegia (FSP). As an adult, it primarily affects her muscles and joints from the waist down. Rebecca began riding at the age of ten and as a young rider found herself intrigued with Dressage eventually leading her to Para-Dressage. Hart has been the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012. In 2004, she was the first alternate for the Athens Paralympic Dressage Team. In 2008, she was a member of the United States Paralympic Equestrian Team, competing in Hong Kong with her horse, Norteassa, the duo took 4th place in the freestyle. She was on the 2010 World Equestrian Games U.S. Para-Dressage Team and in 2012 she represented the U.S. once again on the Paralympic Equestrian Team. Hart rides with Missy Ransehousen of Blue Hill Farm in Unionville, Pennsylvania.   

   

About Missy Ransehousen: Ransehousen has been involved in the equestrian world since she was a child.  Growing up with an Olympic Dressage rider as a mom she knew the dedication it took to get to the top.  Ransehousen was a talented Young Rider bringing home the Gold Medal in 1988. Her love for the sport would lead her to multiple wins as an Eventer. Highlights in Ransehousen’s career include, representing the U.S. on the 1995 Pan American Games Team and riding at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. In 1998 Ransehousen began working in the Para-Dressage discipline leading her to be selected as the the 2000 Sydney Paralympics U.S. Team Coach. Since 2000, Ransehousen has served as Chef d’Equipe over four consecutive Paralympics and the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Ransehousen is located out of Blue Hill Farm in Unionville, Pennsylvania.

  

About Dale Dedrick: Dedrick is an Orthopedic Surgeon by trade and a daughter of two talented athletes. Diagnosed with Lupus during her orthopedic residency Dedrick’s interest in Dressage began to evolve. Dale competed in Grand Prix from 1985-1987 and competed at the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1986. As a Grade II Para-Equestrian, she earned the 2011 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Reserve National Championship. In 2012, she represented the U.S. on the Paralympic Dressage Team in London. Dedrick rides with Roz Kinstler in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

  

List of Para-Equestrian Radio Shows:

 

September 25, 2013- Para-Equestrian Show #226

http://dressageradio.horseradionetwork.com/2013/09/24/dressage-radio-episode-226-becca-hart-and-missy-ransehousen-on-the-future-of-para/  

 

August 28, 2013- Para-Equestrian Show #222
http://dressageradio.horseradionetwork.com/2013/08/28/dressage-radio-episode-222-set-up-before-you-trot-up/

 

July 31, 2013- Para-Equestrian Show #218

http://dressageradio.horseradionetwork.com/2013/07/31/dressage-radio-episode-218-developing-para-dressage-young-riders/

 

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.

 

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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Fantastic weekly shows:

Driving Radio Show at www.drivingradioshow.com

Equestrian Legends at www.equestrianlegends.com

Stable Scoop Radio Show at www.stablescoop.com.

Eventing Radio Show at www.eventingradio.com.

Dressage Radio Show at www.Dressageradio.com.

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.

 

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Roxanne Trunnell

LYM_1898RoxanneRoxanne Trunnell

Washington State

Grade 1A,

Roxanne rode as an able bodied rider in dressage until her illness in 2009.  She had earned her Bronze medal  and was one ride short of her silver medal when she became ill .  After a long recovery she slowly began to learn to ride again.  She also started and  finished a Masters program in Psychology, her focus being Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and  graduted 9/2013. As graduation neared she was ready to begin preparation for competitive dressage, she just not sure where she fit in, as clearly she was not capable at this time of riding as an able bodied rider.  Enter Para.  Roxanne learned of the program in the summer of 2012 and proceeded to apply for classification.

In November of 2012 she was classified as a para rider and by  May 2013, rode in her first CPEDI  receiving  qualifying scores at the Golden State Dressage Show in Rancho Murieta, California.  While locating a backup horse she competed under a 3-star para judge at the Houston Dressage show in August 2014 and delivered scores in the 70% range.  Her goal is to compete successfully and represent the USA in Normady France for the 2014 World Equestrian Games and in 2016 for the Para-Olympic games in Rio.
She is now training with  Kai Handt from Dallas, Texas and together they will be preparing her mare Touche (Nice Touch) 1995 old Dutch mare and Richie (Richielieu) a 2002 Hanovarian gelding for international competition.

September 17, 2013-Golden Opportunity to Train with Gold Medal Coach Clive Milkins

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For Immediate Release:
Written by: Carlisle Academy

Photos by: 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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Golden Opportunity to Train with Gold Medal Coach Clive Milkins

Lyman, Maine –September 17, 2013- This Fall, para-dressage, dressage, and show jumping riders will have a limited opportunity to train with Great Britain Coach Clive Milkins. This Gold Medal coach will be available for lessons November 15,

Clive Milkins. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Clive Milkins. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall

16, 17 and November 25, 26, 27, 2013. The day rate per rider is $175 while the 3-day clinic cost is $500. Both options include a 1-hour private lesson each day, auditing, and lunch lectures. Equestrians from all countries are invited and riders from all levels are welcome. To register for this “Trainer-in-Residence” at Carlisle Academy of Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports, please call Joyce Brown at 207-985-0374, or email jbrown@carlisleacademymaine.com. The double weekend with Cive Milkins is hosted by Carlisle Academy at Spring Creek Farm in Lyman, Maine. Scholarships are available through Carlisle Charitable Foundation. Clive Milkins will also be available on the West Coast at the 2013 Para-DressageSymposium November 19-24, in Winters, CA. The Symposium is open to U.S. riders/trainers only.

To register for the November 15, 16, 17, 2013 Download the Form Here

To register for the November 25, 26, 27, 2013 Download the Form Here

About Clive Milkins: Clive Milkins is the personal trainer to three-time 2012 Paralympic Gold Medal winner Sophie Christansen of Great Britain. He is a leading para-equestrian dressage coachfrom Great Britain and has since coached riders competing at Paralympic Games (Athens and Beijing), European Championships and World Championships. Milkins excels in working with para-equestrians but also trains able-bodied riders in dressage and show jumping.

Clive Milkins Flyer 2013
Open to all riders, any country, and all levels
 

CarlisleAcademy About Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports:
Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports is a comprehensive organization offering 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. In 2013, Carlisle Academy became the educational branch of the USPEA with direction from founder Sarah Armentrout. The Carlisle Academy/USPEA relationship will provide educational opportunities for the Para-Equestrian discipline from grass roots initiatives to advanced international preparation. For more information please visit: www.carlisleacademymaine.com; call 207-985-0374; email info@carlisleacademymaine.com; or check us out on Facebook.
 

About United States Para-Equestrian Association:

   

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation 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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Sept. 7, 2013-Reserve your spot for U.S. Para-Dressage Symposium

 

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For Immediate Release:
Written by: Lindsay McCall

Photos by: Lindsay McCallUnited States Para-Equestrian Assoc.:
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Media Contact: Hope Hand
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Reserve Your Spot!
U.S. Para-Dressage National Training Symposium
November 20-23, 2013
West Coast Region
 

 

 
Thousand Oaks, CA – September 7, 2013- Back by popular demand is the U.S. Para-Dressage National Training Symposium scheduled November 20-23, 2013 featuring Train the Trainer and the Rider’s Symposium. During Fall 2013, the West Coast weekend activities will occur at Somerset Farm in Winters, California. Train the Trainer Workshop will be November 20, while the Rider Symposium is November 21-23.  Trainers and riders of all levels that are interested in Para-Dressage are welcome to attend the symposium however, limited spots are available. The symposium is held in conjunction with Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports (the education branch for the USPEA), the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the United States Para Equestrian Association (USPEA). Clinicians and lecturers include: 2012 Paralympic Gold Medal Team Coach for Great Britain, Clive Milkins; international coach and rider Dennis H. Callin; Dressage and FEI Para-Equestrian 4* Judge David Schmutz, Former USEF High Performance Dressage Director Gil Merrick; FEI Veterinarian Dr. Mike Tomlinson; Para-Equestrian classifiers Joann Benjamin and Tina Wentz; and a panel of experts in multiple areas of Para-Dressage sport. For more information please contact Joyce Brown, Carlisle Academy, e-mail jbrown@carlisleacademymaine.com or call 207-985-0374.
Gold Medal Para-Dressage Coach Clive Milkins from Great Britain
Gold Medal Para-Dressage Coach Clive Milkins from Great Britain at the May 2013 East Coast Symposium working with Roxanne Trunnell. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Laureen K. Johnson, High Performance Director of Para-Equestrian and Vaulting Assistant to Driving at the United States Equestrian Federation commented about the May 2013 East Coast USEF LOGO clinic, “One of the goals of the USEF’s Para-Equestrian High Performance Plan is to work closely with the national affiliates and grass root athletes in order to better prepare them into becoming High Performance athletes. We want our riders capable of winning medals at future World Equestrian and Paralympic Games.  These symposiums are an invaluable tool for developing riders and High Performance athletes to learn from some of the world’s top clinicians.”
Information on clinicians, daily schedules, and topics will be given to the public in a few weeks. Please Reserve Your Spot for this amazing opportunity.
U.S. Para-Dressage National Training Symposium Fast Facts:
What: U.S. Para-Dressage National Training Symposium featuring a Train the Trainer Workshop and Rider Symposium. The weekend activities will include clinic sessions with top equestrian professionals, lectures, and multiple educational opportunities for riders and trainers.
When: November 20- Train the Trainer Workshop
November 21-23 Rider Symposium
Where: Somerset Farm, Winters, California
For more information please contact: Joyce Brown, Carlisle Academy, Email: jbrown@carlisleacademymaine.com
Phone: 207-985-0374
Somerset Farm Barn
Somerset Farm Barn in Winters, CA. Photo provided by Susan Treabess

 

CarlisleAcademy About Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports:
Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports is a comprehensive organization offering 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. In 2013, Carlisle Academy became the educational branch of the USPEA with direction from founder Sarah Armentrout. The Carlisle Academy/USPEA relationship will provide educational opportunities for the Para-Equestrian discipline from grass roots initiatives to advanced international preparation. For more information please visit: www.carlisleacademymaine.com; call 207-985-0374; email info@carlisleacademymaine.com; or check us out on Facebook.
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/

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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September 3, 2012-Jonathan Wentz Memorial Scholarship Fund

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For Immediate Release:
Written by: USPEA/ Lindsay McCall

Photos by: Lindsay McCall

United States Para-Equestrian Assoc.:
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Media Contact: Hope Hand
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Announcing the Jonathan Wentz Memorial Scholarship Fund and Jonathan Wentz Memorial Trophy

Jonathan Rides On Logo of Jonathan Wentz Memorial Scholarship Fund Thousand Oaks, CA- September 3, 2013- Just one year ago, on September 3, 2012, Jonathan Wentz had his final ride aboard NTEC Richter Scale at the London Paralympics. The United States Equestrian Team including Jonathan Wentz, Rebecca Hart, Donna Ponessa, and Dale Dedrick earned top team accolades among the best in Para Dressage. Individually, Wentz was points away from standing on the Paralympic award podium that final day when he earned the Individual 4th place ribbon in Grade Ib Freestyle with horse NTEC Richter Scale. Tragedy would strike at the end of September when Jonathan Wentz, 21, passed away from an uncommon heart condition which occurs in young athletes. Wentz was not only a role-model in the ring but he was an ambassador for the Para Dressage sport. One of Wentz’s goals in life was to grow the Para-Equestrian discipline through encouraging young disabled athlete’s to participate in the sport he loved. In 2013, the Jonathan Wentz Memorial Scholarship Fund was created so young Para Equestrians may continue to fulfill their own dreams in the equestrian sport. Scholarship funds awarded will help offset competition expenses up to $1,000.00 per competition to help cover entry and other fees including stabling and/or shipping (must be greater than 500 miles one way) costs for competition. To apply for the Jonathan Wentz Memorial Scholarship Fund please download the application here. CLICK HERE. The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Trophy was established to honor Jonathan’s achievements in his sport and inspire Para-Equestrians in dressage, driving, reining, vaulting or jumping. The trophy recipient will be a Para Equestrian athlete who has competed and excelled in multiple international competitions and received scores that contributed to the Individual and/or Team ranking on the FEI ranking list during the competition year. This individual has also served as a role model in advancing the sport in the U.S. and educating the public on the discipline. The trophy will be awarded each year at the USEF Annual Convention.

Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale by Lindsay Y McCall

“There could not be a better way to commemorate Jonathan than to establish a scholarship fund in his name,” noted Tina Wentz. “His desire was to have a Para Equestrian Young Rider Program that worked to grow and improve the current U.S. program. Creating a perpetual trophy gives Para Equestrian athlete’s a high goal to aspire to and will serve to honor; as well as keep Para Equestrian sport in the public eye. Our goal in establishing the trophy and the scholarship is to continue Jonathan’s legacy of hard-work, dedication and love for his sport. It will honor his Paralympic and International athletic achievements to “ride on” and hopefully inspire others toward achieving their goals of being world class para equestrian athletes. We are so proud of the athlete, ambassador, young man he was and that he achieved his dream of being a Paralympian.”

She continued, “I would like to thank everyone involved with creating the scholarship fund and memorial trophy including the USPEA. Thank you to Martha McKibben of Martha Designs (www.marthamck.com) for her contributions in finalizing the logo “Jonathan Rides On” fund and trophy. I also want to thank Olva Stewart Pharo for donating her time and artistic talents in creating this beautiful trophy.”

Trophy in a clay form.  The bronze trophy goes through phases of production before it reaches the final bronzed look.
Jonathan Wentz Memorial Perpetual Trophy

This trophy is in a clay form. The bronze trophy goes through phases of production before it reaches the final bronzed look.

Trophy artist information:
Olva Stewart Pharo
http://www.olvastewartpharo.com
281-373-9304
email: portraits@texhorseman.com

To make a tax-deductible donation to the USPEA Jonathan Wentz Scholarship Fund or Memorial Trophy: 

Mail donations to:
USPEA, c/o Tina Wentz, 701 N. Waterview Dr., Richardson, TX 75080

Make your checks payable to:
USPEA and designate: “JW Trophy” in the memo

Use your Credit Card or PayPal by going to www.uspea.org.
Click on the “Donate Now” button and designate “JW Trophy” in the message section.

Receive a free “JONATHAN RIDES ON” bracelet with a donation of $25 of more!

The Jonathan Wentz Scholarship Fund was established to continue the dream of Paralympian Jonathan Wentz; to advance High Performance Para Dressage in the USA by supporting and encouraging Para Dressage Young Riders to set the goal of International competition.

At age 13, Jonathan set the goal of riding for the USA in the Paralympics. At age 16, he
established a plan and budget to achieve his dream. At the age of 21, Jonathan was able to
achieve his dream of riding for Team USA in the 2012 London Paralympics earning the highest placing of all USA equestrians that competed in London. Another goal of Jonathan’s was to develop a Para Dressage Young Rider program to help grow and improve Para Dressage in the USA. His scholarship fund will be used to offset the cost of YR Championships and International competition for Para Dressage Young Rider’s and to encourage their participation enabling them to excel in their sport.

Scholarship funds will go toward assisting Para Dressage High Performance Young Riders
(ages 16-25 within the competition year), who are actively competing in 3* and above
International Para Dressage competitions, and have qualified for the YR Para Championships.

Funds shall be awarded to help offset competition expenses up to $1,000.00 per competition to help cover entry and other fees including stabling and/or shipping (must be greater than 500 miles one way) costs for competition.

Guidelines for Application of Jonathan Wentz Scholarship fund:

Athletes must submit a Jonathan Wentz Memorial Scholarship Application with expenses itemized, along with a copy of completed entry forms, invoices and/or receipts for consideration of scholarship funds, along with a list of their competition highlights, competition goals and competition plan/schedule for the current and future 2 years. (Example; 2013- 2014, 2015 -2016)

Scholarship funds are intended for direct payment of specific competition expenditures, entry fees, stabling, and/or shipping only. Checks made out to athlete or immediate family for reimbursement will require a completed W-9, and will be subject to approval. Scholarship funds may be awarded for a maximum of two CPEDI3* events per competition year or the YR Para Championships & one CPEDI3* with a maximum of $1,000.00 awarded per competition. Grants are subject to the approval of the USPEA board. Funds will be awarded based on “own horse” (according to FEI Para definition), distance to competition, number of competitions athlete is planning to attend in 2-year competition period, competition record, number of applicants and/or funds available.

Jonathan Wentz Memorial Perpetual Trophy

This trophy was established in memory of Paralympian Jonathan Wentz, to recognize a Para Equestrian ATHLETE (includes Para Dressage, Para Driving, Para Vaulting, Para Jumping, and Para Reining) who has competed and excelled in multiple international competitions and received scores that contributed to the Individual and/or Team ranking on the FEI ranking list during the competition year. This individual has also served as a role model in advancing the sport in the US and educating the public on the discipline.

Paralympian Jonathan Wentz, at the age of sixteen, established a plan to achieve his goal of representing his country at the Paralympics. Toward that goal he tirelessly trained and competed as a high performance Para Dressage athlete.  He tenaciously pursued his goal while working to improve his sport through serving on USEF committees, giving riding demonstrations, public speaking and mentoring new riders. Jonathan felt it was extremely important for the growth of the sport for Para Equestrian High Performance athletes, to be recognized as athletes without regard to their disability, to be viewed parallel to Olympians. To achieve this level a Para Equestrian must be committed to training & competing consistently at the highest level, like their Olympic counterparts. It also requires a commitment to improving the sport and educating the public on all Para Equestrian disciplines.

The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Perpetual Trophy recognizes the Athlete’s excellence in competitive Para Equestrian sport at the International level. This award honors athletes who serve as a role model for their sport and it commends those equestrians who help to advance Para Equestrian sport in the United States.

(This trophy was established by the USPEA to be given annually** at the USEF annual convention. There will be a perpetual trophy created for the names of the recipients. Disciplines not yet established are listed looking toward future growth in Para Equestrian High Performance disciplines. **The award will be given annually, if there is an athlete that meets the criteria.)

 

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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