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January 29, 2015- USOC Awards World Equestrian Games Para-Dressage Athlete Roxanne Trunnell the William E. Simon Olympic Endowment for the Support of Athletes

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USOC Awards World Equestrian Games Para-Dressage Athlete Roxanne Trunnell the William E. Simon Olympic Endowment for the Support of Athletes

Rowlett, TX – January 29, 2015- The United States Olympic Committee recently selected Para-Dressage athlete Roxanne Trunnell, 29, of Rowlett, Texas, for the William E. Simon

Roxanne Trunnell aboard Nice Touch at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Also in the photo is U.S. Chef D'Equipe Kai Handt. Photo (c) SusanJStickle.com
Roxanne Trunnell aboard Nice Touch at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Also in the photo is U.S. Chef D’Equipe Kai Handt. Photo (c) SusanJStickle.com

Olympic Endowment for the Support of Athletes.

The William E. Simon Olympic Endowment for the Support of Athletes was established in 1998 by Mr. William E. Simon, Sr., former U.S. Olympic Committee President and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Grants for training and competition are awarded to athletes showing financial need. By creating this fund, Mr. Simon recognized the importance and many personal benefits of participating in sports. Awards are made once a year.

Roxanne Trunnell began her Dressage journey as an athlete when she first started her own business as a teenager to finance the purchase of her dream Warmblood horse. That dream came true in 2003 when she purchased Nice Touch (Touché). With a top-notch horse and a full riding schedule, Trunnell began making her way through the able-bodied Dressage ranks, earning her Bronze medal along the way. On October 31, 2009, life as she knew it changed forever when Trunnell awoke that evening unable to stand up without falling over. After a series of events and the best medical specialists around, the official diagnoses was inconclusive. In 2013, Trunnell got back in the saddle and started competing as a Para-Dressage rider. In less than a year she went from developing rider to internationally ranked para-dressage athlete. In 2014, Roxanne Trunnell was named to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Para-Dressage Team. Trunnell competed with her own horse Nice Touch during the Normandy, France, Games.  As a high-performance international Para-Dressage rider Trunnell is aiming for a spot on the U.S. Paralympic Equestrian Team at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

Roxanne and Sid Trunnell at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Photo (C) Jennifer Bryant.
Roxanne and father Sid Trunnell at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Photo (C) Jennifer Bryant.
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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January 27, 2015 – USPEA Remembers Nathan Asby

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USPEA Remembers Nathan Asby

Portland, Oregon – January 27, 2015 –  Nathan “Nate” Asby unexpectedly passed away Jan. 11, 2015.

He was born in San Gabriel, Calif., September 25, 1967. He moved to Lake Oswego with his family in 1974. He graduated from Lake Oswego High School in 1986, attended College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif. for two years and received an AA degree in electronics engineering from ITT Technical Institute in 1991. He worked for Pinnacle Workforce Logistics.

Even though Nathan was born with mild cerebral palsy, he did not let that interfere with any physical activity. Starting at a young age he enjoyed skiing with his family on Mt. Hood and cycling throughout the area. Family ski trips included trips to Canada and Switzerland. He also enjoyed karate and received his black belt in 2013. He enjoyed riding his horse Benny and traveled on several equestrian holidays in Spain, Northern Arizona and Costa Rica. Nathan competed and earned multiple accolades in the Arabian Horse Association horse shows. Recently he was getting ready for his first national para-dressage competition.

Nathan Asby

Nathan received his Advanced Amateur Radio License while in high school and enjoyed communicating with other hams around the world.

Nathan was a member of the Multnomah Athletic Club, Arabian Horse Association, Oregon Dressage Society and the Yudanskai (black belt group) of the Japanese Karate Federation. He was a volunteer instructor at Happy Trails Horse Therapy Center in West Linn, Ore.

Nathan is survived by his mother, Sarah Asby, father, Dennis Asby, sister Carrie Asby, grandmother Bette Asby of Westminster, Colo. and horse, Benny.

A celebration of Nate’s life will be Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon St., Portland, Ore. from 1 to 4 p.m. All are welcome to come and share any special memories of Nate.

Memorial contributions in Nate’s name can be made to the United States Para-Equestrian Association (www.uspea.org) or the Challenged Athletes Foundation (www.challengedathletes.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.

 

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January 27, 2015- Horse Radio Network Features Trainer Brendan Curtis and a Wrap-Up of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival with Ellie Brimmer

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Horse Radio Network Features Trainer Brendan Curtis and a Wrap-Up of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival with Ellie Brimmer   

 

Jupiter, FL –January 27, 2015- Horse Radio Network’s once-a-month Para-Equestrian Show featured Horse Radio Network Features Trainer Brendan Curtis and Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* Wrap-Up with Ellie Brimmer.

Lindsay McCall from the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) hosted the show with co-host Regina Cristo. To listen to episode #296 please visit http://dressageradio.horseradionetwork.com/2015/01/27/dressage-radio-episode-296-para-dressage-trainer-brendan-curtis-and-global-dressage-festival-wrap/ 

 

Ellie Brimmer and London Swing at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* in Welling, FL in January. Photo (c) Lindsay Y. McCall
Brendan Curtis

 

About Brendan Curtis: Brendan Curtis is accomplished as a rider and trainer. He has been developing his talent since he began training seriously with Felicitas Von Neumann-Cosel in Woodbine, Maryland.

 

After building a solid foundation in classical dressage with Felicitas he relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina to become an assistant trainer with Jim Koford. Currently, Curtis is riding and training in the Mid-Atlantic region with his own business. Brendan is an United States Dressage Federation bronze, silver and gold medalist. He is experienced starting young horses and working

with them as they develop their careers.

 

Curtis was invited to participate in the inaugural forum of the USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development in Massachusetts and he also attended the Young Horse Trainer Symposium 2013 at Hassler Dressage. He has been a clinician in the Potomac Valley Dressage Association Junior/Young Rider Clinic. He is accomplished handling foals and young horses at breed shows, breed inspections and National Championships.

 

Curits was named Handler of the Year at Dressage at Devon in 2012. Brendan trained in Florida this year, with Michael Barisone, Kathy Connelly, and Chris Hickey. He also began his 2014 show season there. In 2013 he competed at first, second and third levels.

 

Brendan’s students also competed and had a successful season. In addition to competing and training, Brendan attends clinics and lessons with Robert Dover, Scott Hassler, Christoph Hess, Silva Martin, Heather Mason, Ulf Moeller, Lars Peterson, Oded Shimoni, Axel Steiner, and Morten Thomsen. Brendan Curtis is located at barns in Mt Joy and Lititz, Pennsylvania. He is currently training Para-Equestrian Dressage athlete Elle Woolley who is aiming for the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

 

 

 

List of Para-Equestrian Radio Shows:


Para-Equestrian Show #296

http://dressageradio.horseradionetwork.com/2015/01/27/dressage-radio-episode-296-para-dressage-trainer-brendan-curtis-and-global-dressage-festival-wrap/   

 

Para-Equestrian Show #283

 

Para-Equestrian Show #278

http://dressageradio.horseradionetwork.com/2014/09/25/dressage-radio-episode-278-para-dressage-wraps-2014-weg-with-sydney-collier-and-coach-wes/  

 

Para-Equestrian Show # 270   

 
Para-Equestrian Show # 265

 

Para-Equestrian Show # 259

 

Para-Equestrian Show #248

 

Para-Equestrian Show #244

 

Para-Equestrian Show #235

http://dressageradio.horseradionetwork.com/2013/11/25/dressage-radio-episode-235-reining-into-para-dressage/

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 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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January 23, 2015 – Thank You for the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*

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Thank You for the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

Wellington, FL – January 23, 2015 – On behalf of all para-dressage athletes, their families, and supporters, the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) would like to thank everyone involved who made the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* a success. In particular, the USPEA acknowledges Lloyd Landkamer, Manager of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Thomas Baur, International Coordinator of the Wellington, FL, horse show, and Susan Guinan and the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center for their donation of the mounting ramp. From January 7-11, 2015, Para-Equestrians from Canada and the United States competed in The Van Kampen covered arena at the Global Dressage Festival. This was the first international CPEDI3* of the show season and a qualifier for the 2016 USEF Paralympic Equestrian Selection Trials. The Paralympic Equestrian competition in Rio Di Janeiro, Brazil, is scheduled for September 7-18, 2016.

U.S. Air Force Veteran Derrick Perkins uses the mounting ramp provided by Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* January in Wellington, FL. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
U.S. Air Force Veteran Derrick Perkins uses the mounting ramp provided by Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* January in Wellington, FL. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall

This international show was important for riders aiming for the Paralympics. It was also a great opportunity to showcase elite para-dressage horses, skillful athletes, and new horse rider combinations in front of FEI International dressage judges. Being a part of the Dressage community at the world’s best Dressage facilities is also imperative. The Para-Dressage sport shares many top sponsors, trainers, judges, spectators, and experts in the Dressage community. This is not only convenient and economical but it also creates the best atmosphere for this international equestrian discipline to grow. In 2016, the U.S. is looking for medals in Eventing, Show Jumping, Dressage and Para-Dressage. This Wellington horse show is a great place to prepare future Paralympic Medal teams and individuals.

Para-Equestrian Dressage athlete Rebecca Hart acknowledged, “I want to give a huge thank you for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival being put on. Having a CPEDI in the states is so important to our sport. I am so thankful to all of the volunteers and everybody that supports this show.”
 

U.S. Riders, sponsors, trainers, and support staff at the. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
U.S. Riders, sponsors, trainers, and support staff at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* in Wellington, FL January 7-11. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
The 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* is managed by Lloyd Landkamer. The FEI Ground Jury includes Mr. Freddy Leyman (BEL),
Mr. Kjell Myhre (NOR), and Ms. Kristi Wysocki (USA). Global Dressage Festival I CDI W/1*/Y/J/P/U25 / CPEDI 3* January 7-11, 2015 is presented by Adequan. It features over $50,000 in prize money and is official qualifying competition for: The 2015 Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North; the 2015 USEF Pony Rider Dressage National Championship; 2015 AGCO/USEF Junior and Young Rider Dressage National Championships; and the 2015 USEF Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup’ Dressage National Championship. It’s also the official qualifying competition for the 2015 Markel/USEF Young and Developing Horse Dressage Championships, the Great American/USDF Regional Championships and USDF/Dover Adult Amateur Medal Program. The Adequan Global Dressage Festival is the world’s largest international and national dressage circuit featuring 8 CDIs, including five CDI-Ws, one 4* and one 5*, the only non-championship CDIO Nations’ Cup in the Western Hemisphere, as well as weekly U.S. National events.

About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:

The Adequan Global Dressage Festival is the world’s largest international and national dressage circuit featuring 8 CDIs, including five CDI-Ws, one 4* and one 5*, the only non-championship CDIO Nations’ Cup in the Western Hemisphere, as well as weekly U.S. National eventsThe Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center facility includes the Van Kampen covered arena (made possible by Kimberly and Frederic Boyer and family) and four outdoor arenas with world-class footing, 200 permanent stalls, and a VIP seating area for the International Arena fully catered for relaxing and having an enjoyable experience.
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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January 14, 2015 – USEF High Performance Southeast Para Equestrian Dressage Symposium a Success

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USEF High Performance Southeast Para Equestrian Dressage Symposium a Success
Photos and Article by: Lindsay Y. McCall

Wellington, FL-  January 14, 2015 – Following the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* select U.S. Para-Dressage athletes and coaches had an opportunity to attend the USEF High Performance Southeast Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposium. This symposium took place January 12-13, 2014,  at the Global Dressage Festival show grounds in Wellington, Florida. Over two days U.S. High Performance and developing Para-Dressage coaches and riders were immersed in the international equestrian discipline of Para-Dressage. Topics included Para-Dressage theory, scales of training, para-dressage test riding, quality of horse, freestyles, preparation for international competition, and much more. Demonstrations were given from international athletes in each of the five para-dressage grades. Attendees were given a deeper understanding of requirements and challenges that occur in international competitions such as the Paralympics and World Equestrian Games. Riders and coaches took part in lectures and demonstrations from international Para-Equestrian Dressage judge and trainer Kjell Myhre. Coaches participated in collaborative coaching working together to bring out the best in their Para-Dressage athlete. Day One of the Symposium was formatted as private sessions with Kjell Myhre helping riders to improve challenging movements of each grade level FEI test. U.S. Chef d’ Equipe Kai Handt simultaneously offered training feedback to Para-Dressage coaches in order to help prepare high performance athletes for International Level Para-Dressage Competition. Day Two of the symposium included demonstration rides, test review and more collaborative coaching opportunities.

Kjell Myhre talks to riders at the 2015 USEF High Performance Southeast Para Equestrian Dressage Symposium in Wellington, FL, January 12-13. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
Participants included 2014 WEG U.S. athlete Sydney Collier and her own Wentworth, 2014 WEG U.S. athlete  Roxie Trunnell and NTEC Royal Dancer (owned by Julia Handt), U.S. Air Force Veteran Derrick Perkins and Gracias Juan, Debbie Stanitski and Biara G., Ellie Brimmer and London Swing,  2014 WEG U.S. athlete Annie Peavy and Ozzy Cooper, Pam Hardin and NTEC Roulette (owned by Kai Handt),  2010 WEG U.S. athlete Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75 (owned by Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center), and two-time Paralympian (2008, 2012), two-time World Equestrian Games athlete (2010, 2014), six -time USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion Rebecca Hart with Schroeter’s Romani (owned by Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolos, and Will and Sandy Kimmel), and 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Reserve Champion Margaret McIntosh and Delorean MF (owned by Sierra Keasler).
Margaret McIntosh who rides her own Rio Rio participated in the symposium on Sierra Keasler’s horse Delorean MF. Delorean MF was bred by Marydell Farms and is a 6 year-old son of Don Principe. McIntosh appreciated getting to know this horse and working on many technical aspects that she can take home to her horse Rio Rio. She commented, “Caroline Roffman and I went to school together and this fall we went to the equestrian hall of fame. I knew I couldn’t bring Rio Rio to Florida and e-mailed Caroline about borrowing a horse for the symposium. She was

Delorean MF and Margaret McIntosh. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
Delorean MF and Margaret McIntosh at the 2015 USEF High Performance Southeast Para Equestrian Dressage Symposium in Wellington, FL, January 12-13.. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall

enthusiastic about the whole thing and her working student Sierra Keasler jumped in with both feet right away. I am so thankful to Sierra, Andrea and Shawn Keasler and Caroline Roffman of Lionshare Dressage for making this horse available for me to ride in the symposium. He’s a fantastic ride and has a super walk. I enjoyed the symposium and thought Kjell was so nice and positive. I really wanted to work on the halt. My trainer Missy (Ransehousen) says to not over analyze it. I tend to over think the halt not only on this horse but on Rio Rio. We really nailed the halt with Kjell when he said just sit down in the saddle. I also practiced my 5 meter serpentines including the preparation for them. I really enjoyed this symposium.”

International Dressage Judge Kjell Myhre also enjoyed conducting the symposium. He noted, “I was asked to come to this symposium and talk about how to prepare for international dressage competitions and goals for training. I started working with the riders on the theoretical part and talked about scales of training. As a trainer, judge, or rider it is important to know basic 3 stages of riding including rhythm, suppleness, and contact. Then you have too look at each gait. In a test if there’s good contact, is supple, and the rider and horse are physically and mentally ready then the rider will get at least a 6 or 7. Then you look at the pace and the technical execution. IS the circle too big, small, crooked? If you are precise and accurate then the rider will go up to an 8. I am not a para-dressage coach, I am a para-dressage judge. I am not used to telling the riders what they should do but I can say you need more activity, bend, or flexion. That is when Kai (Handt) came in and worked with the riders to figure out what they can try to get those items I mentioned.”
He continued, “I have enjoyed judging these riders this weekend, “I think they have really nice quality horses and they fit the riders. What I see is they need more fine

Kjell Myhre. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
Kjell Myhre at the 2015 USEF High Performance Southeast Para Equestrian Dressage Symposium in Wellington, FL, January 12-13.. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall

tuning. Some have new combinations and they need the time to get to know each other. They have a lot to gain on practicing the test, being aware of what we look for, and learning how to prepare for each movement. Riders lose points because they are not accurate and do not prepare. We worked on the serpentine, how to prepare the serpentine, how to prepare a turn on the haunches, and even in the freestyle the halt should be on centerline. I suggested to the riders that they should read more about each movement. For example, what is a run on the haunches, what is a halt, why do we do that movement? A halt is not stoping. You should be ready for the next step. In the bigger classes you go from a halt to a canter or piouffe.”

Myhre concluded, “It’s great to be here. It’s a lovely location and great show. I hope they manage to keep this para-dressage competition and I hope there will be more participants. This is the first time I stayed behind after the show and it’s nice to get to know the riders a little better because you never get to talk to them, you only see them from a distance.”
About Kjell Myhre: Kjell has a BA Hons Degree in Business Studies from University of Stirling, Scotland, UK. He started his career working for the City Council of Oslo, Department of Education. In 1998 he was offered a position as consultant for training and education at the Norwegian Equestrian Federation, and from 2000 to 2010 he had the position as Secretary General at the Federation. In 2011 he stepped down as Secretary General, and left the federation.
After three years working for a small NGO called Hest og Helse (Horses and Health), Kjell Is now back in the equestrian federation working as development consultant, mainly dealing with the riding clubs and their ability to contribute to the main objectives of the federation –  Equestrian sport for everyone!
Kjell started riding at the age of 12 and has competed nationally up to Intermediate I. He has been a dressage judge since 1990, and became a 4 * FEI judge in 2007. In addition to being a FEI dressage judge, Kjell is a 5* FEI Para-dressage judge, and has judged the last 4 Paralympics.  Some of his highlights as a 4* FEI judge have been to judge two World Cup qualifiers, as well as the US Championships for junior and young riders in 2011, and the European Championships for junior and young riders in 2013.
About U.S. Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt
Kai Handt was the individual coach for one or more riders at the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 USEF National Para-Equestrian Dressage Championships earning

U.S. Chef D’Equipe Kai Handt talks to the riders about preparing the turn at the 2015 USEF High Performance Southeast Para Equestrian Dressage Symposium in Wellington, FL, January 12-13. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall

2011 USEF National Para-Equestrian Dressage Champion, 2012 USEF National Para-Equestrian Dressage Reserve Champion.He was an individual coach at numerous CPEDI3* from 2009-2014 for multiple riders earning multiple grade championships, overall championships, and as part of the U.S. Team, several Team Championships. Handt was also an individual coach and sponsor at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY. Served as Chef d’Equipe at 2012 CEPDI3* in Wellington for the Japanese Team, coaching their rider to their first Paralympic Equestrian qualifying score. Served as Chef d’Equipe at 2011 CPEDI3* in Mexico City, flying to the location prior to the competition to select horses for the U.S. Team. Held daily strategy meetings with riders and their coaches, and offered coaching assistance as needed resulting in a U.S. Team Nation’s Cup win, overall individual reserve champion, and individual Grade 1a and Grade Ib champions. Individual coach and sponsor at 2012 Paralympics to the highest placing U.S. equestrian overall at the Paralympics and Olympics. Handt also assisted riders and their coaches with equipment and horse training as requested by the rider and coach at the 2012 Paralympic training camp in Gladstone and in London at the Paralympics. In 2013, Handt became the individual coach for Derrick Perkins; the first Para-Dressage rider from the United States Veteran’s Assistance Program. Handt provided individual training sessions in 2013 with new Para Dressage riders Benjamin Harper, Roxanne Trunnell, and Ashleigh Flores-Simmons; at North Texas Equestrian Center Also in 2013, Handt was the individual coach for Para-Dressage riders Benjamin Harper, Roxanne Trunnell, and Derrick Perkins; as well as selector of appropriate horses for each individual at each show. All individuals achieved top scores ranging from 63.478%-73.478% during that show season. Most Recently, Handt served as USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Chef d’Equipe at the 2014 World Equestrian Games held in Normandy, France.

For more information about the symposium please contact Laureen Johnson, High Performance Director, Para Equestrian & Vaulting, United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. Phone: (908) 326-1155 Email: lkjohnson@usef.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.

 

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