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November 16, 2014 – PARA-REINING RETURNS TO AQHA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW IN OKLAHOMA CITY TO APPLAUSE FROM CROWD, ENTHUSIASM FROM RIDERS

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PARA-REINING RETURNS TO AQHA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW IN OKLAHOMA CITY TO APPLAUSE FROM CROWD, ENTHUSIASM FROM RIDERS

 

By: Larri Jo Starkey for The American Quarter Horse Journal

Oklahoma City, Ok – November 16, 2014 - Para-reining returned November 15 to the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show as a demonstration sport.

 

Six high-level para-dressage riders changed saddles and took a spin on American Quarter Horses in the Jim Norick Coliseum at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

Along with a standing ovation from the crowd of reining enthusiasts in Oklahoma City, U.S. Air Force veteran Derrick Perkins received the high score of the night, a 74, from international judge Joe Carter.

 

Perkins was injured in 1988 while on active duty and the crowd was on its feet to honor both his service and his riding.

 

For the demonstration at the World Show, the para-reiners were matched with top-notch professionals who coached them on their rides and helped mount them on American Quarter Horses donated for the day.

 

Perkins’ coaches were reining’s double-gold medalist and the National Reining Horse Association’s only $5 million rider, Shawn Flarida of Springfield, Ohio, and AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates of Pueblo, Colorado, one of the best ropers in the world.

 

Perkins’ horse was Mr Fritz Wood, a 2008 buckskin stallion by Mr Junewood and out of Fritz Lovelady by China Fritz. He was bred by 20-year breeders Sam Shoultz and Ken Matzner of Fort Collins, Colorado, and was donated by his owner, Lincoln Figueiredo of Brazil, who was world champion in amateur heeling and amateur tie-down roping at the World Show. Figueiredo and the stallion were also reserve champions in the AQHA Farnam All-Around Amateur standings.

 

Other competitors included Katie Shoemaker, who won the reserve national title in both the team test and freestyle competitions for Grade III at the United States Equestrian Federation Para-Dressage National Championship. She was selected for the United States Equestrian Team short list for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Shoemaker studies at Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine and has served in several leadership roles with the United States Dressage Federation.

 

Shoemaker was coached by Josh Visser of Visser Reining Horses in Whitesboro, Texas, and she rode See Stevies Dream, a 2011 gelding by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Kalico Whiz by Topsail Whiz. He was bred by Lyle, Sondra and Josh Visser of Whitesboro and is owned by Visser’s wife, Carri.

 

Frederick Win rode Shiners Little Spark, a 2008 palomino gelding by Shining Spark and out of Smart Little Betty by Smart Little Lena. He was bred by Blair Visser of Agassiz, British Columbia, and was donated by his owner, Christina Riley of Battle Ground, Washington.

 

Win started learning dressage in 2011 and successfully competed at the United States Dressage Federation national level and FEI international level shows. Win competed at the Kentucky Reining Cup and at the World Show in 2013. He is coached by reining trainer Josh Visser, who also serves on the NRHA executive committee and was the 2013 NRHA professional horseman of the year.

 

Elinor Switzer traveled from Europe to participate in the para-reining demonstration at the World Show. Switzer is a founding member and past chairwoman of the Para-Western Riders of Germany and has an extensive show record in AQHA Equestrians With Disabilities classes. Switzer is a para-equestrian FEI Grade 4 rider.

 

AQHA Professional Horseman Shane Brown, a winning freestyle reiner from Elbert, Colorado, coached Switzer through her ride on Little Dual Dunnit, a 2001 bay gelding by Hollywood Dun It and out of Little Dual Missie by Dual Pep. He was bred by Tim and Colleen McQuay of Tioga, Texas, and is owned by Marc Jenkins of Colorado Springs, who generously donated him for the demonstration.

 

Paralympian Rebecca Hart was among the riders who competed at the World Show in 2013 and returned for more in 2014. She represented the United States in para-dressage at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy. Her coach was Martin Muehlstaetter, a respected reining trainer and a member of Team Austria at the 2014 World Equestrian Games. Hart rode Spookanne, a homebred mare donated by Rosanne Sternberg of Sterling Ranch. Spookanne is a 2006 mare by Smart Spook and out of Annieote Freckles by Colonel Freckles.

 

Holly Jacobson of Ipswich, Massachusetts, grew up in Connecticut riding hunters. Jacobson has been pursuing para-dressage the last four years and now para-reining. For the second time, Jacobson rode Zins Smart Wrangler, a 2011 gelding donated by Reed Kyle of Whitesboro, Texas. Jacobson was third on “Wrangler” at the para-reining event during the Kentucky Reining Cup in April. Jacobson’s coach for the day was Fred Thomsson, a champion reining trainer who represented Sweden at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky and the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy.

 

Para-reining made its debut during the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show, and interest in the sport continues to grow. For 2014, AQHA adopted para-reining rules in collaboration with USA Reining and NRHA. Those rules will be revised after this test year and with the cooperation of the United States Para-Equestrian Association with the goal of making para-reining a nationally recognized sport in 2015.

 

 

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Rebecca Hart and Martin Muehlstaetter, a respected reining trainer and a member of Team Austria at the 2014 World Equestrian Games. Hart rode Spookanne, a homebred mare donated by Rosanne Sternberg of Sterling Ranch. Spookanne is a 2006 mare by Smart Spook and out of Annieote Freckles by Colonel Freckles.
Frederick Win and Josh Visser Win rode Shiners Little Spark, a 2008 palomino gelding by Shining Spark and out of Smart Little Betty by Smart Little Lena. He was bred by Blair Visser of Agassiz, British Columbia, and was donated by his owner,
Christina Riley of Battle Ground, Washington
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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Novemner 15, 2014 – 2014 American Quarter Horse World Championship Show Para-Reining Demonstration Today November 15

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2014 American Quarter Horse World Championship Show Para-Reining Demonstration Today November 15

Photos and article by: Lindsay Y. McCall

Oklahoma City, OK – November 15, 2014 - The American Quarter Horse (AQHA) World

Two-time Paralympian (2008 and 2012) and 2010/2014  Alltech FEI WOrld Equestrian Games Athlete athlete Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Pa.) with Pete Kyle and his horse Zins Smart Wrangler, donated by Pete and Tamara Kyle and owned by Pat Moore
Two-time U.S. Paralympian (2008 and 2012) and 2010/2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Athlete athlete Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Pa.) with Pete Kyle and his horse Zins Smart Wrangler, donated by Pete and Tamara Kyle and owned by Pat Moore at the 2013 Para-Reining Demonstration. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall

Championship Show November 7-22, will once again feature a para-equestrian reining demonstration today, November 15, 2014. The demonstration will take place in The Jim Norick Arena at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City after the Senior Reining CRI 3*. The 2014 AQHA World Championship Show features english, western, and halter disciplines including the best Reiners in the business. Riders include U.S. Air Force Veteran Derrick Perkins, Two-time U.S. Paralympian (2008 and 2012) and 2010/2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games athlete Rebecca Hart,
Freddie Win, Holly Jacobson, Eleanor Switzer, and Kate Shoemaker.

This para-reining demonstration will be the third opportunity for spectators, organizers, and current and potential athletes to experience para-reining on an international platform. The 2013 event was the launch pad for the 2014 development year and 2015 and beyond international para-reining competition. Each reiner will perform specific patterns that are part of the newly adapted para-reining rules. Riders will be judged today by FEI 4* Reining jury and given accolades based on their performance. USA Reining and the United States Para-Equestrian Association, in cooperation with the AQHA and National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), make this event possible.

The popularity of the first para-reining demonstration began at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show in November. The second installment was during the Kentucky Reining Cup April 26, 2014, held at the Kentucky Horse Park and was titled the Cargill’s Nutrena® brand Para-Reining Event. The April demonstration was a feature during the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Reining Selection Trial and the 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Para-Reiners (front row) Two-time U.S. Paralympian (2008 and 2012) and 2010/2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games athlete Rebecca Hart, U.S. Air Force Veteran Derrick Perkins, USPEA President and Paralympian Hope Hand, (back row) Holly Jacobson, Eleanor Switzer, and Kate Shoemaker. at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, OK.. Photo by Larri Jo Starkey
Holly Jacobson, Zins Smart Wrangler donated by Pete and Tamara Kyle and owned by Pat Moore. Photo Courtesy of Tina Wentz. 2014 AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, OK.
Derrick Perkins and World Champion Team Roping Mr. Fritz Wood (2008 out of Mr. Junewood and Fritz Lovelady). 2014 AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, OK.
Freddie Win at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, OK. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
Derrick Perkins and U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Chef D’ Equipe Kai Handt 2013 AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, OK. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
Para-Reining riders, owners, horses, sponsors at the 2013 Para-Reining Demonstration during the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, OK. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall

With the proven success of the 2013 and 2014 Para-Reining demonstrations USA Reining is looking forward to continuing to work with the AQHA and NRHA to grow this para-equestrian discipline into an international high performance sport. It has already received numerous praises from international athletes, coaches, and judges, interested in participating in this future high-performance para-equestrian discipline.

During the 2014 competition year, USA Reining is using 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 continually specialized, revised, and collated with the FEI para-equestrian rules for the 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.

To view more about the American Quarter Horse (AQHA) World Championship Show November 7-22, 2014, please visit

To view the 2013 Para-Reining Demonstration Press Release and photographs please click here:

You may also view the Para-Reining discipline information and potential patterns on the USPEA website at http://uspea.org/para-reining/
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 14, 2014- Sarah Chappell Armentrout Elected to the USEF Para- Equestrian High Performance Committee

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 Sarah Chappell Armentrout Elected to the USEF Para- Equestrian High Performance Committee

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

Lexington, KY  – November 14, 2014- This Fall 2014, Sarah Chappell Armentrout was elected to the USEF Para- Equestrian High Performance Committee. This position is a four-year appointment effective retroactively to December 3, 2012.  The Committee meets USEF LOGO throughout the year to discuss both high performance and national level matters affecting the Para-Equestrian discipline.  The Para-Equestrian High Performance Committee’s responsibilities are outlined in Bylaw 504, Section 1. https://www.usef.org/documents/ruleBook/2012/02-bylaws.pdf.

“I am honored to serve on the USEF Para-Equestrian High Performance Committee,” expressed Sarah Armentrout “It is an exciting time for Para-Equestrians, and I look forward to working with a team committed to creating high-value training and competitive opportunities for the pipeline of riders within this growing sport.”

Armentrout has worked closely with the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) creating programs to further educate both new and current riders and trainers. These symposia have been a large part of growing the para-dressage sport from the grassroots. Armentrout is involved not only with the Para-Equestrian discipline but the Therapeutic and Adaptive programs as the Head of School at the Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports in Lyman, Maine. Her expertise and background makes her a welcome addition to the High Performance Committee.

About Sarah Chappell Armentrout:

Sarah Armentrout co-founded Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports with her husband Nick Armentrout on their farm in Lyman, Maine. A Premier Accredited Center of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH, Intl.) in operation since 1998, Carlisle is an inclusive riding school offering a full range of clinical, adaptive and recreational equine programs, as well as a specialty in para-equestrian grassroots training programs. As Head of School, Sarah combines her passion for horses and learning with a desire to serve her community with quality onsite and national

Sarah Chappell Armentrout, her husband Nick and three children, Jacob, Hazel, and Ivy. Photo courtesy of Sarah Armentrout

education.

Sarah is involved in all aspects of managing the Academy, from organizational oversight and curriculum development to fiscal and strategic planning. She has been in the field of equine-assisted therapy for 20 years and is a PATH, Intl. Advanced Riding Instructor as well as a PATH, Intl. Mentor.  In the early 90′s, Sarah benefitted from working at the National Center for Equine-Facilitated Therapy in Woodside, California under the tutelage of the late Barbara Heine, early visionary and founder of the America Hippotherapy Association. Sarah first became certified as a therapeutic riding instructor in 1995 during a three-year management term at the Sagebrush Equine Training Center for the Handicapped in Hailey, ID. While in Idaho, she also became a working student for Connected Riding Founder, Peggy Cummings.

Prior to Carlisle Academy, Sarah was the Group Team Leader of Corporate Communications at Tom’s of Maine, managing the team involved in brand identity, legal regulations, marketing and corporate giving. Past work experience also includes donor stewardship, grant writing, and non-profit management.  Currently Sarah serves as Vice Chair of the York County Committee of the Maine Community Foundation.
Sarah graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Trinity College in Hartford, CT with a B.A in Religion. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys her own dressage and eventing pursuits on her mounts Braveheart and Tupelo Honey, as well as family activities with her husband and three children, Jacob, Hazel, and Ivy.

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 11, 2014 – Honoring All Who Served This Veterans Day

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Honoring All Who Served This Veterans Day

Thousand Oaks, CA-November 11, 2014- We salute our veterans

this Veterans Day. Thank you for protecting our freedoms. On this day we ask you to take a moment to think about those that have served our country. We would like to salute our disabled veterans who are part of not only the equestrian sport but all Paralympic sports.

Thank you,

-USPEA

Derrick Perkins U.S Air Force Veteran
Derrick Perkins U.S Air Force Veteran. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
History of Veterans Day

-From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:
Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday-a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

On that same day, President Eisenhower sent a letter to the Honorable Harvey V. Higley, Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), designating him as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee.

In 1958, the White House advised VA’s General Counsel that the 1954 designation of the VA Administrator as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee applied to all subsequent VA Administrators. Since March 1989 when VA was elevated to a cabinet level department, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has served as the committee’s chairman.

The Uniform Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) was signed on June 28, 1968, and was intended to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. It was thought that these extended weekends would encourage travel, recreational and cultural activities and stimulate greater industrial and commercial production. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holidays on their original dates.

The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971. It was quite apparent that the commemoration of this day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of our citizens, and so on September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. This action supported the desires of the overwhelming majority of state legislatures, all major veterans service organizations and the American people.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
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 4, 2014- USPEA Recently Awarded the USEF Affiliate Grant

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USPEA Recently Awarded the USEF Affiliate Grant   

By: Lindsay Y. McCall 

 

 Lexington, KY – November 4, 2014 - The United States Para-Equestrian Association  (USPEA) would like to thank the United States Equestrian Federation ( USEF) for their support of the Para-Dressage Young Rider Program. As a USEF International Discipline Association the USPEA fosters the Para-Equestrian sport from the grassroots to the high performance level. The USPEA was recently awarded a USEF Affiliate Grant. Through this awarded USEF Affiliate Grant, the USPEA is able to further support the discipline at the young rider level. Offering high-level opportunities to young rider para-dressage athletes benefits not only the para-dressage spoUSEF LOGOrt and future international teams but the equestrian discipline as a whole. Those benefits include the new Para-Dressage Young Rider Championships.  With the collaborative efforts of USEF and USPEA, the FEI fully embraced inclusion for the Para-Dressage Discipline to be re

Sydney Collier and her dog Journey. Collier's dog Journey became a media sensation at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Photo copyright SusanJStickle.com
U.S. WEG Team Athlete Sydney Collier and her dog Journey. Journey became a media sensation at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Photo copyright SusanJStickle.com

presented at the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships, starting in 2015.

President of the USPEA, Hope Hand, noted, “I am excited to finally have the opportunity to showcase these talented Young Riders at the 2015 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships. With the support of the USEF grant programs, the USPEA and our collaborative USEF coaching staff, we were able to successfully campaign two of our young riders all the way to Normandy, France, to represent us at the World Equestrian Games. We thank our ambassador and nominee for the USEF Youth Sportsmanship Award, Sydney Collier. Sydney and her dog Journey have tirelessly campaigned across the globe, spreading awareness about the high performance sport of Para-Dressage. We are proud to have Sydney on our USEF Team.”

 

Sydney Collier agreed, “”I would like to thank USEF for their incredible support of the USPEA Young Riders Program.  The continued growth and development of the program has allowed my education as an equestrian to advance both in and out of the saddle.  Carrying on my mentor and friend Jonathan Wentz’s dream of a thriving Young Rider program in the USPEA is a very important part of my mission, and continues to be possible because of this support.   A huge thank you to everyone at USEF from all the young riders of past, present, and future as we work towards our goals of becoming the best equestrians we can be for our country, and our horses. ”

The USPEA is grateful to the USEF for providing this grant for the education and support of the young athletes in this sport.

 

 

Willi Wesley trots to a thirteenth-place finish and a score of 65.960 percent in the Grade Ib team test with rider Sydney Collier.
Willi Wesley and Sydney Collier at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Photo copyright SusanJStickle.com
Para-Dressage Young Rider Annie Peavy at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Photo copyright SusanJStickle.com

 

 

List of Para-Equestrian Radio Shows about the Para-Dressage Young Rider Program 

 

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 #248

 

July 31, 2013- Para-Equestrian Show #218

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

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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