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November 27, 2013- U.S. Equestrians Impressed with Coaches Clive Milkins (GBR) and Dennis Callin (USA)

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U.S. Equestrians Impressed with Coaches Clive Milkins (GBR) and Dennis Callin (USA) at 2013 U.S. Para-Dressage Symposium West Coast

Written by: Lindsay Y McCall
Photography by: Lindsay Y McCall

Winters, CA-November 27, 2013- The terms camaraderie, team, collaboration, and community were continuously noted throughout the 2013 U.S. National Para-Dressage Training Symposium West Coast. Scheduled November 20-23, 2013, trainers, riders, and auditors had an opportunity to dive into the world of para-equestrian dressage, build upon fundamentals, develop themselves and their horses, and move to the next level. Between the “Train the Trainer” session and the “Rider Symposium” attendees were educated within the classroom and interactive demonstrations. Equestrians rode their own or borrowed first-class horses in individual and collaborative coaching sessions with gold medal para-dressage coach from Great Britain, Clive Milkins, and high-performance U.S. Grand Prix rider Dennis Callin, who is currently competing in Europe. Educational instructors besides Milkins and Callin, included David Schmutz, FEI 4* Para-Equestrian Judge and USEF ‘S’ Dressage Judge; Gil Merrick, Former High-Performance Dressage Director; Hope Hand, Paralympian and United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) President; Mike Tomlinson, DVM, MBA, FEI 5* Veterinarian; Tina Wentz, Physical Therapist and Para-Equestrian Classifier; Joann Benjamin, Physical Therapist and Para-Equestrian Classifier; and Lindsay McCall who is the Public Relations Manager for the USPEA and other equestrian clientele. The 2013 Para-Dressage Symposium took place at Somerset Farm in Winters, CA. The four-day event was organized by Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports (The education partner of the USPEA) and sponsored by the USPEA and United States Equestrian Federation.

Susan Treabess and Kamiakin 2005 PRE Stallion owned by Susan Treabess in partnership with Katie and Scott Hill of the Netherlands Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Susan Treabess and Kamiakin 2005 PRE Stallion owned by Susan Treabess in partnership with Katie and Scott Hill of the Netherlands Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Clive Milkins talks to the audience about Susan Treabess and her horse Kamiakin's techniques. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Clive Milkins talks to the audience about Susan Treabess and her horse Kamiakin’s techniques. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall

FEI Para-Dressage equestrian Susan Treabess who was also a 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games rider took part in the rider symposium with her own Kamiakin. He is a 2005 PRE Stallion, owned by Susan Treabess in partnership with Katie and Scott Hill of the Netherlands. Treabess commented, “This event was inspirational. As a rider I really felt the camaraderie, the sense of community and the feeling that we are all in this together. All of the trainers that accompanied their riders felt welcome and there was a lot of back and forth between clinician and trainer. It was truly about the riders. In addition, the coach collaboration sessions were exactly what we needed for our U.S. athletes. It was great to have a top-shelf grand prix rider who is competing in Europe (Dennis Callin) and a top-shelf British para-dressage coach (Clive Milkins) training gold medal riders, working together with all of the different grades. There were riders that want to be Paralympians in 10 years and there were riders trying for the World Equestrian Games in 2014. The collaboration between the two was a balance that I could not have imagined. It’s really inspiring! Some of the borrowed horse owners were watching their horses during the symposium and they were blown away with what was being done. If something like this was available when I started six years ago, I would have had a very different impression about para-dressage. When I began this sport, I had to learn all of the information provided over the week, on my own. This was like law school in four days for para-dressage riders. We are fast tracking people but providing them the tools they need to succeed in the correct environment.”

 

Clive Milkins instructs Ashley Flores-Simmons aboard Verite Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Clive Milkins instructs Ashley Flores-Simmons aboard Verite, owned by Dana Williams. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall

 

 

Ashley Flores-Simmons aboard Verite, owned by Dana Williams. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Ashley Flores-Simmons aboard Verite, owned by Dana Williams. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall

 

For 22 year-old Ashleigh Flores-Simmons of Elk Grove, CA the symposium was beneficial for her and her mount Verite, owned by Dana Williams. Flores-Simmons explained, “Clive and Dennis were great to ride with. Each sees things that the other one may or may not have seen. This was beneficial because I got great feedback on my riding. With Clive we worked on getting the quality to come out of our gaits. We even worked on simple things like my breathing while I was riding. It was really cool because it doesn’t occur to you as a rider to use your breath as a tool but it works. Clive is very knowledgeable and it was nice to have someone like that around to pick his brain. I really enjoyed working with him.”

She continued, “Dennis was good because he pushes me and my horse to see how much we can

Ashley Flores-Simmons aboard Verite at the 2013 U.S. Para-Dressage Symposium. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Ashley Flores-Simmons aboard Verite at the 2013 U.S. Para-Dressage Symposium. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall

do. Each coach had really valuable things to take away. I am excited for the future and thankful to Dennis, Verite’s owner Dana Williams and Susan (Treabess). I couldn’t have done this clinic without each person. Having someone like Susan there to support and help me is phenomenal. Dana is also supportive and so wiling to give up her horse for me to ride. She is there with me one-hundred percent. 

Flores-Simmons is aiming to qualify for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. Her long-term goal is to represent the U.S.A. at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

A new para-dressage equestrian that is on a fast track to a hopeful qualification for the 2014 World Equestrian Games is 26 year-old Cambry Kaylor of Lehi, Utah. Kaylor rode Martinelli, owned by Julie Young, during the symposium due to her horse being unavailable that same week. Kaylor noted, “I was hesitant and nervous coming out, especially since my own horse couldn’t come out. After meeting everyone and being at the clinic I felt completely different, I am really happy I attended and I have learned so much. Everyone was welcoming and the symposium felt like it built camaraderie between athletes. That camaraderie will make the competitive edge within the U.S. better, elevating the U.S. Para-Dressage Team.

Paralyzed 8 years ago, Kaylor, a past top vaulter, is enjoying the high-performance para-dressage

Cambry Taylor on rode Martinelli, owned by Julie Young. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Cambry Taylor on rode Martinelli, owned by Julie Young. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall

journey. Kaylor came to the symposium wanting to attain tools to take back to her trainer David MacMillan. Kaylor explained, “When you are paralyzed, you have to have trust in your partner. Just by spending that time with Clive, learning the horse’s buttons and what to do to gain the control and trust quickly is crucial. 

Kaylor headed back to Utah after the symposium where she is studying to be an Occupational Therapist at the University of Utah, while working with her brand new international para-dressage horse.

“Thank you to Julie Young, my parents, my trainer, and everybody that put the symposium on,” said Kaylor. “I was not able to attend the one in Maine and I was fortunate to attend this one on the west coast with Dennis and Clive.”

U.S. Grand Prix equestrian Dennis Callin was impressed with the symposium he explained, “I thought this event was a very good idea and a well-executed format. I was not sure about working with Clive and it worked out better than I ever thought it could have. We compliment each other really well. I learned from him and hopefully he learned from me. It was easy and fun and we produced a lot of successful moments. The horses were brilliant, the riders learned so much, and we did a lot of hard work without stressing anyone out. It raised the bar for everyone, was educational, and humbling for me. If the able-bodied U.S. Dressage Team does this with Robert Dover, then they will win gold medals.”

Clive Milkins, Great Britain para-dressage gold medal coach, agreed, “I hadn’t realized Dennis was as apprehensive as I was working with a stranger. I am surprised how easily we dovetailed into each other. It could have very easily gone horrible wrong. This was phenomenal and interesting as an auditor, coach, and rider.”

Milkins continued, “With two coaches the riders learned so much and the audience did not get left out. There were times where I could do some work with the rider and Dennis could talk to the audience about his philosophy. We would then swap over and everybody from the outside learned far more than just a lesson. That worked really great.”

 

Collaborative Coaching: (Left to Right) Clive Milkins, Annie Sweet, and Dennis Callin work together while instructing Annie Sweet's Para-Dressage rider, Lara Oles. Sweet, Milkins, And Callin worked together and discussed how to use specific training techniques. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Collaborative Coaching: (Left to Right) Clive Milkins, Annie Sweet, and Dennis Callin work together while instructing Annie Sweet’s Para-Dressage rider, Lara Oles. Sweet, Milkins, And Callin worked together and discussed how to use specific training techniques. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall

 

Milkins, coach of multiple gold medal para-dressage rider Sophie Christansen, has seen the United States Para-Dressage Team over the past years. He believes, “All though there have been some challenges in the past for the U.S. Team I think they are on the right track. The riders must be the center of what we are doing. The rest of us need to push and help the riders in their achievements.”

Susan Treabess agreed, “We have new riders that are going to be future stars. I am really motivated by what we did at this symposium. It makes me happy to have hosted this event and I feel proud to have given the environment to produce this amazing experience. I think a symposium like this is critical to all riders as long as we can reproduce it again and again.”

During the four-day event riders enjoyed the collaborative coaching sessions between Dennis and Clive. Clive Milkins also gave the riders and auditors important educational lectures. Those sessions included talking about three main riding techniques; rhythm, straightness, and shoulders. Those three points were emphasized throughout the week. Milkins also discussed his five stages of training which takes a rider from a beginning para-dressage rider to a high-performance international athlete.

For Nathan Asby of Portland, Oregon, the symposium was his chance to learn about the discipline of para-dressage and showcase his skills in front of both coaches. Asby rode Luke Skywalker, owned by Gundi Younger, during the experience. “I had a great time riding,” exclaimed Asby. “At first I was a little nervous but as I became more relaxed I could concentrate on my riding. I enjoyed working with Clive on my seat and establishing control. I wish he was my regular trainer at home. I want to thank everyone for putting on this symposium. I really enjoyed it.”

 

Nathan Asby aboard Luke Skywalker, owned by Gundi Younger, gets aid ideas from Clive Milkins. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Nathan Asby aboard Luke Skywalker, owned by Gundi Younger, gets aid ideas from Clive Milkins. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall

 

Lara Oles abord her own, Slater. Photo by Lindsay McCall.
Para-Dressage rider Lara Oles abord her own, Slater. Photo by Lindsay McCall.

 

This was Lara Oles’ third para-dressage symposium. “The connections and education you make at these symposiums are amazing,” stated Oles. “You get to talk to other people and find out how they have done things in the past, you learn about compensatory aids, you hear how other people found their horses, and you make new friends. We are a community and when you attend a symposium you know it is about the team. I attend these to improve myself but it is also fun to get validated by people that know the sport.”

Lara Oles received rave reviews about her partner American Quarter Horse Slater (AQHA registered name CD Request). Oles is looking forward to continuing her training with Annie Sweet at home in Utah. She is also hoping to qualify for the 2014 World Equestrian Games.

For beginning para-equestrian Emily Sheffield of Utah, the symposium was a chance to jump-start herself as an amateur rider. “I have enjoyed the experience and I have learned a lot about how my riding,” noted Sheffield. “I have learned how to move forward in my riding and the next stepping stone on that path. I enjoyed riding with both coaches and liked their various styles. I thought each had different personalities and unique ways of training, and I loved that. I also enjoyed riding Seth, owned by Jan Oakes. I wanted to thank her for allowing me to ride her adorable yet experienced horse.”

 

Emily Sheffied aboard Seth owned by Jan Oakes. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Emily Sheffied aboard Seth owned by Jan Oakes. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall

 

 

Pam Hardin aboard George, owned by Debbie Ross. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Pam Hardin aboard George, owned by Debbie Ross. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall

 

“I also want to thank the owner of George, who is Debbie Ross,” added rider Pam Hardin of Evans, Georgia. “George was an excellent ride and I could not have done this clinic without Debbie. I was overwhelmed when I first arrived at this symposium and I didn’t know what to expect. I was so blown away by the sport and coaches Clive and Dennis. I look forward to my future within the discipline.”

The 2013 U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposium West Coast was hosted by Somerset Farm in Winters, CA. Attributions to “Train the Trainer” included

Hanneke Gerritsen 5* ‘O’ Judge 5 * PE technical delegate 3* PE steward.

on behalf of the Carlisle Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3).

The event was organized by Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports and Sponsored by USPEA & USEF. For more information about Para-Dressage please visit www.USPEA.org. Select riders attended the clinic on behalf of the USPEA and the Carlisle Charitable Foundation.

 

About Carlisle Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3):

The mission of the Carlisle Charitable Foundation is to raise scholarships for students with disabilities who participate at Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports.   Additionally, the Foundation supports ongoing research, promotion of medical reimbursement, and professional education in the field of equine-assisted therapy.

The Foundation is able to fulfill this mission through donations from individuals, foundations, corporations and the building of its endowment fund. Carlisle Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in Maine. All gifts are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. For more information please visit www.carlislecharitablefoundation.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 the 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 Paralympic Games, the USPEA provides Para-Equestrians the knowledge and resources needed to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), USA Reining, and USEF which provide 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: hope@uspea.org 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/

A Few Candid Photographs from the 2013 U.S. Para-Dressage Symposium (West Coast)

Ashley Flores-Simmons and Verite, owned by Dana Williams. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Ashley Flores-Simmons and Verite, owned by Dana Williams. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall


Gil Merrick of HorseShow.com videos the riders. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Gil Merrick of HorseShow.com videos the riders. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Clive Milkins (GBR) Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Clive Milkins (GBR) Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
David Schmutz watches the demo rides for each Para-Dressage Ride. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
FEI Judge David Schmutz watches the demo rides for each Para-Dressage ride. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Ashley Flores-Simmons aboard Verite, owned by Dana Williams. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Ashley Flores-Simmons aboard Verite, owned by Dana Williams. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Audience talks with Clive Miklins abotu the 5 stages of Para-Dressage training at the international level. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Audience talks with Clive Miklins about the 5 stages of Para-Dressage training at the international level. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Susan Treabess and Kamiakin. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Susan Treabess and Kamiakin. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Susan Treabess and Kamiakin. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Susan Treabess and Kamiakin. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
(Left to right) Lara Oles, Emily Sheffield, Clive Milkins, and Cambry Taylor. All three para-dressage riders are from UTAH. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
(Left to right) Lara Oles, Emily Sheffield, Clive Milkins, and Cambry Taylor. All three para-dressage riders are from UTAH. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Cambry Taylor and Lara Oles. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Cambry Taylor and Lara Oles. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Lara Oles, Clive Milkins, and Annie Sweet. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Lara Oles, Clive Milkins, and Annie Sweet. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Dennis Callin talking with the riders and auditors. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Dennis Callin talking with the riders and auditors. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Clive Miklins talks with Cambry Taylor. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Clive Miklins talks with Cambry Taylor. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Clive Milkins speaks with the auditors and riders while Dennis Callin coaches Susan Treabess. Collaborative Coaching. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Clive Milkins speaks with the auditors and riders while Dennis Callin coaches Susan Treabess. Collaborative Coaching. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Dennis Callin talks with Emily Sheffield about aids she could use as a Para-Dressage rider. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Dennis Callin talks with Emily Sheffield about aids she could use as a Para-Dressage rider. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Nathan Asby. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Nathan Asby. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall

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November 21, 2013- 2013 U.S. National Para-Dressage Symposium West Coast Region Energizes Trainers & Riders

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2013 U.S. National Para-Dressage Symposium
West Coast Region Energizes Trainers & Riders

Written by: Lindsay Y McCall
Photography by: Lindsay Y McCall
Clive Milkins (U.K.) mid sentance discussing the importance of straightness no matter what type of ring you are in. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Clive Milkins (U.K.) mid sentence discussing the importance of straightness no matter what type of ring the rider is in. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Winters, CA – November 21, 2013-
The West Coast region 2013 U.S. National Para-Dressage Training Symposium commenced with excitement and anticipation from the participants. On November 20, the Train the Trainer Workshop was conducted to educate current and future Para-Equestrian coaches on Para-Dressage subjects. Classroom topics included Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) rules, compensating aids, and the classification process defined. Trainers, auditors, and riders were given the opportunity to view demonstrations of Grades I-IV Para-Dressage tests from the judge’s perspective. Lectures included gold medal coach Clive Milkins (U.K.); FEI 4* Para-Dressage judge, David Schmutz; classifiers Tina Wentz and Joann Benjamin; FEI 5* Veterinarian Mike Tomlinson, DVM, MBA; and trainer Cherylin Von AldenBruck. Gil Merrick, former USEF High Performance Dressage Director, gave the keynote address detailing the importance of building a successful team in, “A Team Approach”. On November 21, symposium attendees
begin a full day of private lessons at Somerset Farm with Clive Milkins and Dennis Callan with accompanying classroom lectures. The 2013 U.S. National Para-Dressage Training Symposium, is organized by Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports and sponsored by the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) and United States Equestrian Federation.
Hope Hand, President of the USPEA, noted, “Education is the key to our success and growth in the Para-Equestrian movement. It was exciting to see the energy in the room and the enthusiasm from the many new faces.”
The West Coast region 2013 U.S. National Para-Dressage Training Symposium continues through November 23 at Somerset Farm in Winters, California. For more information please contact Hope Hand at Hope@uspea.org. For media information please contact Lindsay McCall Lindsay@uspea.org.
David Schmutz FEI4* PE Judge watches the Grade Ia-IV team tests and give his critique to the audience. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
David Schmutz FEI 4* PE Judge watches the Grade Ia-IV demonstration tests and gives his professional critique to the audience. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall


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 the 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 Paralympic Games, the USPEA provides Para-Equestrians the knowledge and resources needed to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), USA Reining, and USEF which provide 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: hope@uspea.org 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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November 18, 2013- Para-Reining Debut at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show Proves Successful

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Para-Reining Debut at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show Proves Successful for the Discipline’s Future

 

Written by: Lindsay Y McCall

Photography by: Lindsay Y McCall

Oklahoma City, OK – November 18, 2013- The 2013 American Quarter Horse (AQHA) World Championship Show featured 3,401 entries, a total purse more than $2.4 million, riders from 49 states and 7 countries, and the best Reiners in the business. From November 8-23, equestrians competed in halter, english, and western disciplines. For the first time in history, on November 15, the Para-Equestrian discipline Para-Reining was demonstrated in the Performance Arena at the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. USA Reining and the United States Para-Equestrian Association, in cooperation with the AQHA and National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) made the unprecedented Para-Reining demonstration possible. Debuting the discipline were three Para-Equestrians that have made their mark in the Para-Dressage world. Those athletes included two-time Paralympian Rebecca Hart, U.S. Air Force veteran Derrick Perkins, and Para-Dressage rider Frederick Win. Alongside these equestrians was experienced AQHA rider Reyna Nicole Taylor. All four riders were judged by FEI 4* Reining judge Joe Carter from Canada. The Para-Reining demonstration was a chance for spectators, organizers, and current and potential athletes to experience Para-Reining on an international platform. This event was the launch pad for the 2014 development year and 2015 and beyond international Para-Reining competition.

Rebecca Hart, Derrick Perkins, and Frederick Win were invited into the Reining discipline never experiencing the sport in their life. World-class trainers and athletes donated their time and their high-performance Reining horses over two days to educate, coach, and develop the three dressage riders into competitive reining horses. As the Quarter Horse breed is known for, or as trainer Josh Visser put it, “The Labrador Retriever of the horse world,” these top equines showcased their athletic skill, intelligence, and ability to adapt.

 

In Grade Ia, U.S. Air Force veteran Derrick Perkins and Gallo del Poco Tivio, owned by Luke and Caleb Kelley, tried their hand at the walk pattern. The crowd went wild on Perkins’ execution of the back at the end of the pattern. “What an awesome opportunity,” said Perkins. “Being in the Performance Arena, riding my pattern after my name announced, and hearing the audience really get into my ride was great.”

U.S. Air Force veteran Derrick Perkins and Gallo del Poco Tivio, owned by Luke and Caleb Kelley competing in the Para-Reining competition at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show

Fellow Para-Dressage rider, Rebecca Hart has excelled in the Dressage world both in able-bodied and as a Para-Dressage athlete. The moment she sat on 4 year-old Zins Smart Wrangler, donated by Pete and Tamara Kyle and owned by Pat Moore, she was ready. Within 15 minutes 2010 FEI #1 Ranked Reiner, Hart’s coach for the event, Lisa Coulter of Canada, was

Rebecca Hart and Zins Smart Wrangler, donated by Pete and Tamara Kyle and owned by Pat Moore

impressed with Hart’s natural Reining ability.

Hart appreciated working with a talented individual like Coulter and the feeling was returned on demonstration day. Coulter noted, “I loved working with Rebecca. She made me feel inspired. I felt the importance of this event was revealed when Rebecca’s face lit up when she did her spins. I was thinking, ‘Now that’s what it’s all about.’ It’s that feeling you can’t replace. There is a certain thrill to Reining which includes power and yet control.”

 

On demonstration day Hart took the reins and dominated the Level 3 Reining pattern . Hart’s highlights within the pattern were her variations of speed on her right lead circles, her roll backs, and her spins both right and left.

 

Hart commented, “I had a blast during the demonstration. I loved how the audience really got into my performance and they were very supportive. In fact, the whole Reining community has been supportive, which is a wonderful feeling. I enjoyed riding Pete Kyle’s 4 year-old; he was lovely. He never even thought about my legs on him and was a fantastic athlete. There was a lot to think about coming from Dressage. Each discipline is similar in some aspects but fundamentally different in others.”

 

She continued, “I really want to thank Pete and Tamara Kyle and Pat Moore for Zins Smart Wrangler. They had no idea who I was and brought this wonderful four year-old that they have been training. Without them, their team, Lisa Coulter and everyone involved with Pete, this would not have gone as well. Finally, I want to thank everyone at the 2013 AQHA World Championships including the entire staff at USA Reining. This show is well organized, Brad Ettleman is amazing, and I really want to thank USA Reining, AQHA and NRHA for including us. If this opportunity arises again in the future it is definitely something I would be game to do again. What a great trip to Oklahoma City.”

 

Para-Dressage rider Frederick Win also enjoyed being in Oklahoma and he could not wait to try reining aboard This Rose Will Shine, owned by Bill and Wendy Rhoads. Win was born missing a knee and thigh on his right leg. His lower leg and foot are attached at the hip but the hip bones are only joined to the pelvis by the muscle.

 

Frederick Win and This Rose Will Shine, owned by Bill and Wendy Rhoads
Frederick Win and This Rose Will Shine, owned by Bill and Wendy Rhoads

Over two days Josh Visser worked with Win to get him comfortable with the Level 4 Reining pattern. “This was my first time on a Reining horse,” smiled Win. “Josh [Visser] really understood me as a Para-Equestrian. “When we got in the ring I was surprised how well this horse was trained. He knew exactly what to do. I tried to maneuver all of the required movements within the pattern and felt my slide and roll back were really good. When I finished I was ready to do it again.”

 

Win added, “It was wonderful to see how many people supported us and it was fun to be right in the middle of everything. I wanted to thank Bill and Wendy Rhoads for letting me borrow this amazing horse. They were kind enough to let me use their horse with full confidence and trust in us as riders. I really want to thank the trainer Josh and his wife. Without each person we couldn’t have done this for the USA Reining community.”

 

The final rider of the afternoon was Reyna Nicole Taylor. As an experienced rider within the AQHA, Reyna was delighted to help bring forward the sport of Para-Reining. Taylor rode Gallo del Poco Tivio during the demonstration, completing the Level 4 Para-Reining pattern.

Reyna Nicole Taylor and Gallo del Poco Tivio

 

From National Para-Reiners to International competitors, this new program has already seen interest from countries outside of the U.S.

 

Canadian Reiner Lisa Coulter concluded, “I feel that all Para-Equestrians need to work with these Reining horses because it is the perfect mix. The horses are so precise, broke, and talented that they are just going to feel that level of thrill. I am really keen on getting Equine Canada within the Para-Reining program. I envision we could have even more international Para-Reining events in Canada than CRI’s.”

 

With the proven success of the 2013 Para-Reining debut USA Reining is looking forward to working with the AQHA and NRHA to grow this Para-Equestrian discipline into an international sport.

 

For the 2014 competition year, USA Reining will use the newly adapted Para-Reining rules. The new rules are a collaboration of AQHA Equestrians with Disabilities, NRHA and USA Reining. The adapted rules will be specialized, revised, and collated with the FEI Para-Equestrian rules for the following 2015 competition year. Members are encouraged to provide feedback for integration of the 2015 rules.

 

For more information about USA Reining, please visit www.USA-Reining.com. If you are interested in the Para-Reining program or would like to provide member feedback please contact Brad Ettleman at Brad@HPowerInc.com.

 

For more information about the American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show: http://www.aqha.com/Showing/World-Show/Schedule.aspx

Rebecca Hart and Zins Smart Wrangler, donated by Pete and Tamara Kyle and owned by Pat Moore
Rebecca Hart and Zins Smart Wrangler with Pete Kyle
Frederick Win and Josh Visser
Frederick Win and This Rose Will Shine, owned by Bill and Wendy Rhoads
Reyna Nicole Taylor and Gallo del Poco Tivio
About the 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 Paralympic Games, the USPEA provides Para-Equestrians the knowledge and resources needed to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), USA Reining, and USEF which provide 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: hope@uspea.org or by phone: (610)356-6481.

 

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November 14, 2013- Watch the Live Feed of the First-Ever Para-Reining Demonstration at the AQHA World Championship Show

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Media Contact: Lindsay McCall -Lindsay@uspea.org -USPEA, 3940 Verde Vista Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360- www.USPEA.org

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Watch the Live Feed of the First-Ever Para-Reining Demonstration at the AQHA World Championship Show

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E-mai: Lindsay@uspea.org

Oklahoma City, OK – November 14, 2013- Para-Reining will debut at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show Friday, November 15, 2013 . Para-Dressage athletes Rebecca Hart, Frederick Win, and Derrick Perkins will saddle up for a day of  Para-Reining. Viewers who are unable to attend in person may watch the Live Broadcast of the Para-Reining Debut by clicking here.(https://replays.robertsstream.com/racereplays/cust/aqha/wcs/vidcast/)  The live stream costs only $4.95 for 24 hours of viewing. Para-Reining will follow the Senior Reining – CRI* which begins at 9:00 a.m. central time. The reining CRI* is a preliminary event to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

Paralympian Rebecca Hart trains for Friday’s competition on 4-year-old Zins Smart Wrangler. Zins Smart Wrangler was donated by Pete and Tamara Kyle and owned by Pat Moore for the Para-Reining Demonstration.

 

The Para-Reining demonstration is the launching of efforts to bring the discipline online as a fully recognized sport in 2014. USA Reining and USPEA together with the AQHA and NRHA are proud to welcome an American hero to our ranks of Para-Reining competitors.

For more information about he USA Reining/USPEA Para-Reining Clinic and Demonstration Class at the AQHA World Championship Show, including schedule, entry form and more, email:  Brad@HPowerInc.com
For more information about USA Reining, click on www.USA-Reining.com
For more information about the American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show: http://www.aqha.com/Showing/World-Show/Schedule.aspx

Kai and Derrick
Para-Dressage Coach Kai Handt works with U.S. Air Force veteran and developing Para-Dressage rider Derrick Perkins. Perkins is aboard Gallo del Poco Tivio who is owned by Luke & Caleb Kelly
Frederick Win lives his American Dream aboard This Rose Will Shine
Frederick Win lives his American Dream aboard This Rose Will Shine. This Rose Will Shine is owned by Bill and Wendy Rhoads.
Rebecca Hart and Canadian FEI Reining athlete discuss reining techniques for Friday’s demonstration
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 Paralympic Games, the USPEA provides para-equestrians the knowledge and resources needed to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), USA Reining, and USEF which provide 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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November 7, 2013-Horse Radio Network Features FEI Para-Dressage Trainer Wes Dunham and Olympian Michael Poulin

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Horse Radio Network Features FEI Para-Dressage Trainer Wes Dunham and Olympian Michael Poulin

 

Thousand Oaks, CA-November 7, 2013- Horse Radio Network’s once-a-month Para-Equestrian Show featured Trainers Wes Dunham and Mike Poulin on November 1. Lindsay McCall from the USPEA hosted the show with co-host guest Regina Cristo. Wes Dunham and Olympian Mike Poulin talked about horse ownership and training within the Para-Dressage discipline. To view episode #231 http://dressageradio.horseradionetwork.com/2013/11/01/dressage-radio-episode-231-para-dressage-horse-ownership-and-training/

 

WesDunhamandWesternRose ridden by Donna Ponessa United States photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Wes Dunham and Western Rose at the 2012 London Paralympic Equestrian Jog. Photo (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall

About Wes Dunham: Born and raised in Western New York, FEI rider and trainer Wes Dunham began his life-long love of horses at the age of 6. He competed in Western Pleasure classes before turning his attention to Eventing, Show Jumping and ultimately Dressage which he currently coaches and trains.

While completing his Master’s in Education, Wes dedicated himself full-time to a career in the sport. Wes has been awarded his USDF Bronze and Silver medals, and is currently working towards his Gold. Most recently, he coached an FEI para-equestrian athlete and student on his own mare “Western Rose,” helping the pair to earn a spot on the U.S. Paralympic Team competing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Wes trains in Millbrook, New York, at Woodstock Stables.

 About Mike Poulin: Michael Poulin was inducted into the United States Dressage

Michael Poulin. Photo Courtesy of Mike Poulin

Association Hall of Fame in 2012. He trained and rode two horses – Graf George and Bombadier – to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics earning a Team Bronze alongside his long-time student Carol Lavell. In addition to his own competitive career, Michael’s horses and students have succeeded at the very highest levels of dressage, including the Pan Am Games and the Olympics. Among them are Lendon Gray, Mary Howard, Larry Poulin and Michael Barisone.

Michael is committed to the education and development of top U.S. athletes and horses. He created the USDF’s National Dressage Symposium and Trainer’s Conference, developed the USDF’s Instructor Certification Program, and founded the Olympic Dream Program for Young Riders. He sits on the Board of The Dressage Foundation, and travels extensively as a coach and FEI “I” judge.  In 2013, Michael began training para-dressage rider, Mary Jordan.

Co-Host Regina Cristo. Photo Courtesy of Regina Cristo

List of Para-Equestrian Radio Shows: 

November 1, 2013- Para-Equestrian Show #231

http://dressageradio.horseradionetwork.com/2013/11/01/dressage-radio-episode-231-para-dressage-horse-ownership-and-training/ 

 

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

 

 

HORSES IN THE MORNING live M-F at 9am Eastern at www.horsesinthemorning.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 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 Paralympic 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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