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April 15, 2014- The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage Established by Margaret H. Duprey and The Barnfield Foundation

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For Immediate Release:
The USET Foundation
The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage
Established by Margaret H. Duprey and
The Barnfield Foundation
Gladstone, NJ – April 16, 2014 - The United States Equestrian Team Foundation is pleased to announce an exciting new fundraising initiative, The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage, made possible through the generosity of Margaret H. Duprey and The Barnfield Foundation. The goal of the initiative is to raise $800,000 for High Performance Para Dressage. Mrs. Duprey and the Barnfield Foundation have each pledged up to $200,000. They will each match, dollar for dollar, every gift commitment of $4,000 and above made by April 1, 2015.
The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage

offers an incredible opportunity for those who share a passion and interest in increasing support for these most inspiring and deserving athletes, and their quest to represent this country in international competition including the World Equestrian Games and Paralympics.
“Our family is so excited and honored that Jonathan is being recognized in this way. His dream was to not only be a world class equestrian, but to also help develop a world class United States Para Dressage Team. This as you know, not only takes dedication, sacrifice, training and skill of the athletes, but also the funds to compete nationally & internationally. My hope is that The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge will raise awareness and the funds needed to carry on his dream of developing a world class team!,” said Tina Wentz (Jonathan’s mother).
Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale at the 2012 London Paralympics. Photo (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall
Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale at the 2012 London Paralympics.
Photo (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall
The financial need for Para Dressage athletes at the High Performance international level can be quite significant. Unlike in most countries, the United States Equestrian Teams do not receive any government subsidies. The main source of funds for our athletes to participate in international competition comes through the USET Foundation from individuals and foundations whose interest and commitment to equestrian sport motivates them to make generous charitable contributions.
In addition to shipping horses to Europe and making sure that the correct support staff is in place, such as veterinarians and farriers, additional support staff is also needed for the riders as well so that they can function at the highest level both physically and emotionally when they are competing.
While traveling, especially overseas, wheelchair accessibility can be limited, and an individual benefits from having a personal care assistant to help the athlete not only move through low accessibility areas but they can also monitor the rider’s physical well-being. Other supplementary support staff may include a person who is physically capable of helping a rider to mount their horse before competition and a physical therapist to work the rider’s muscles. Many athletes who are paralyzed or have muscle spasticity can have muscle spasms, muscle soreness, and physical issues that may need a licensed physical therapist to monitor and address.
The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage will require extraordinary commitment and the support of those in the equestrian community who love the sport and desire to see our athletes, both equine and human, compete and win at the highest levels of international competition.
“This amazing opportunity to establish new levels of support and success for the United States High Performance Dressage program is thanks to Margaret H. Duprey and The Barnfield Foundation, both long time loyal supporters of equestrian sport. I thank them for their true leadership and applaud their commitment in making The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage possible,” said Bonnie B. Jenkins, USET Foundation Executive Director.
For more information on the USET Foundation and The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage, please call Bonnie B. Jenkins, Executive Director or Sara Ike, Major Gifts Officer at (908) 234-1251.
The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.
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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April 9, 2014- U.S. Para-Dressage Athletes Successful Overseas at CPEDI3* in Deauville, France

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U.S. Para-Dressage Athletes Successful Overseas at CPEDI3* in Deauville, France

Press Release and photos by Lindsay McCall

Deauville, France – April 9, 2014 – As the U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage riders prepare for the upcoming Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy, France, a few American athletes have headed overseas where they are competing among the best in the para-dressage world. Those USA riders include two-time Paralympian and 2010 WEG rider Rebecca Hart (Grade II) , Margaret McIntosh (Grade Ib), and 2010 WEG Indiviudal rider and 2012 London Paralympic U.S. Team reserve rider Mary Jordan (Grade IV).

Rebecca Hart (USA) is riding the 12 year-old Danish Mare Schroeters Romani recently purchased from Straight Horse in Denmark in partnership with Hart’s family, Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo’s, and Will and Sandy Kimmel. Margaret McIntosh(USA) is riding her own Rheinland-Pfalz-Saar Mare Rio Rio who is 8 years of age. Mary Jordan of Wells, Maine, is riding a new mount Rubicon 75, owned by Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center of Loxahatchee, Florida, and formally owned and ridden by Catherine Haddad Staller of International Dressage.

Over the April 4-6, 2014, weekend Hart and McIntosh both competed at the CPEDI3* in Deauville, France. All three riders plan on attending the Moorsele, Belgium, CPEDI3* scheduled April 25-27, 2014, and the  51st “Maimarkt-Turnier” CPEDI3* in Mannheim, Germany, scheduled May 2-6, 2014.

Results below
Rebecca Hart and Schroeters Romani at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* in Wellington, FL. Photo by Lindsay McCall
Margaret McIntosh and Rio Rio at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*  in Wellington, FL. Photo by Lindsay McCall
Mary Jordan and her own Sebastian at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* in Wellington, FL. Photo by Lindsay McCall

Excerpt of Results from the CPEDI*** DE DEAUVILLE, France, April 4-6, 2014.
**note not all grades are listed **    

CPEDI-14-RÉSULTATS-IND.-CHAMPIONSHIP-GRADE-IB                
Rank    Rider    Nation    Horse    Score
1    PEARSON Lee    GBR    ZION    78,241
2    BALSHAW Ricky    GBR    LJT ENGAARDS SOLITAIRE    74,207
3    KAASTRUP Stinna Tange    DEN    STEFFI GRAF    69,621
4    ROYON Anne-Frédérique    FRA    J’ADORE    69,103
5    ROSENBERG Alina    GER    MAGELLAN 26    68,448
6    BERNIE Breda    IRL    MASTER MEXICO    67,379
7    DEN DULK Nicole    NED    FIFTY FIFTY    66,724
8    MCINTOSH Margaret    USA    RIO RIO    66,448
9    FERNANDES ALVES Marcos    BRA    WIN DU VIEUX LOGIS    66,103
10    SALLES Valérie    FRA    DIAMOND DU LOING    64,000
11    ROSENBERG Alina    GER    PICACHU 3    63,276
12    GOWANLOCK Ashley    CAN    SWEET COLLEGIATE LEILANI    61,034
13    MILNER Lee Sophie    HKG    SHADOW    59,069
14    SALAZAR PESSOA MESQUITA Davi    BRA    BALTHASAR    EL

CPEDI-14-RÉSULTATS-IND.-CHAMPIONSHIP-GRADE-II                
Rank    Rider    Nation    Horse    Score
1    BAKER Natasha    GBR    CABRAL    75,371
2    VAN DER HORST Rixt    NED    UNIEK    71,600
3    BARWICK Lauren    CAN    OFF TO PARIS    70,400
4    SALVADE Francesca    ITA    MUGGEL 4    68,886
5    BARWICK Lauren    CAN    FERDONIA 2    67,971
6    ROLING Annemarieke    NED    RICOCHET    67,200
7    SALVADE Francesca    ITA    COME ON    66,943
8    VAN TILL Céline    CHE    AMANTA    66,543
9    HART Rebecca    USA    SCHROETERS ROMANI    66,143
10    KERR HORAN Kate    IRL    ARLANDE    65,286
11    MELARANCI Elisa    BRA    ZABELLE    65,057
12    MELARANCI Elisa    BRA    STUPENDO    63,486
13    MISLIN Cloé    FRA    OURS DE B’NEVILLE    61,914
14    MEIJER Anni    DEN    ZION B    59,686
15    NIELSEN Caroline Cecilie    DEN    LEON    58,714
16    LAZCOZ LACUEY Claudia    ESP    AFORTUNADO VII    58,543
17    TSANG Tin Chi Timothy    HKG    SHADOW    58,114
18    QUINTANA PLAGARO Natalia    ESP    LIGUSTER    57,771

CPEDI-14-RÉSULTATS-TEAM-TEST-GRADE-IB                
Rank    Rider    Nation    Horse    Score
1    PEARSON Lee    GBR    ZION    78,280
2    BALSHAW Ricky    GBR    LJT ENGAARDS SOLITAIRE    69,920
3    DEN DULK Nicole    NED    FIFTY FIFTY    69,440
4    ROYON Anne-Frédérique    FRA    J’ADORE    68,280
5    KAASTRUP Stinna Tange    DEN    STEFFI GRAF    68,120
6    BERNIE Breda    IRL    MASTER MEXICO    67,480
7    SALAZAR PESSOA MESQUITA Davi    BRA    BALTHASAR    65,160
8    ROSENBERG Alina    GER    MAGELLAN 26    65,120
9    MCINTOSH Margaret    USA    RIO RIO    64,240
10    ROSENBERG Alina    GER    PICACHU 3    63,760
11    FERNANDES ALVES Marcos    BRA    WIN DU VIEUX LOGIS    63,240
12    SALLES Valérie    FRA    DIAMOND DU LOING    63,040
13    MILNER Lee Sophie    HKG    SHADOW    60,680
14    GOWANLOCK Ashley    CAN    SWEET COLLEGIATE LEILANI    59,880
15    PUCH Pepo    AUT    GRANDEZZA P    59,400
16    MILNER Lee Sophie    HKG    RED DAWN    �

CPEDI-14-RÉSULTATS-TEAM-TEST-GRADE-II                
Rank    Rider    Nation    Horse    Score
1    BAKER Natasha    GBR    CABRAL    74,235
2    VAN DER HORST Rixt    NED    UNIEK    71,588
3    BARWICK Lauren    CAN    OFF TO PARIS    71,029
4    HART Rebecca    USA    SCHROETERS ROMANI    69,412
5    VAN TILL Céline    CHE    AMANTA    68,912
6    SALVADE Francesca    ITA    MUGGEL 4    68,647
7    ROLING Annemarieke    NED    RICOCHET    68,353
8    BARWICK Lauren    CAN    FERDONIA 2    67,882
9    MELARANCI Elisa    BRA    STUPENDO    66,294
10    MELARANCI Elisa    BRA    ZABELLE    65,176
11    SALVADE Francesca    ITA    COME ON    65
12    KERR HORAN Kate    IRL    ARLANDE    63,088
13    MEIJER Anni    DEN    ZION B    62,441
14    MISLIN Cloé    FRA    OURS DE B’NEVILLE    59,647
15    LAZCOZ LACUEY Claudia    ESP    AFORTUNADO VII    59,176
16    NIELSEN Caroline Cecilie    DEN    LEON    58,265
17    QUINTANA PLAGARO Natalia    ESP    LIGUSTER    57,794
18    TSANG Tin Chi Timothy    HKG    SHADOW    57

CPEDI-14-RÉSULTATS-FREESTYLE-GRADE-II                
Rank    Rider    Nation    Horse    Score
1    BAKER Natasha    GBR    CABRAL    78,450
2    VAN DER HORST Rixt    NED    UNIEK    73,300
3    BARWICK Lauren    CAN    OFF TO PARIS    72,250
4    VAN TILL Céline    CHE    AMANTA    71,700
5    HART Rebecca    USA    SCHROETERS ROMANI    69,750
6    SALVADE Francesca    ITA    MUGGEL 4    66,700
7    ROLING Annemarieke    NED    RICOCHET    66,700

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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April 7, 2014- Final U.S. Para-Dressage World Equestrian Games Qualifier Completed at the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3*

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Final U.S. Para-Dressage World Equestrian Games Qualifier Completed at the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3*

Press Release by Lindsay McCall

Rancho Murieta, California – April 7, 2014- The pressure was on at the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* for many U.S. para-dressage athletes looking to qualify for the World Equestrian Games. From April 4-6, 2014, riders from Grade Ia, II, III, and IV competed for top scores in the international arena at the Murieta Equestrian Center. The FEI ground jury included Alison King (HK) FEI 4*, David Schmutz (USA) FEI 4*, Kathy Amos-Jacob (FRA) FEI 4*. After a top showing just weeks prior at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* in Wellington, Florida, riders were ready to give it their all in their final qualifier held in the United States for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ Selection Trial and U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship. With all U.S. events completed there are 14 U.S. riders qualified for the selection trials including a U.S. Air Force Veteran. Many of these riders will also compete at the Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships, which coincide with the trials.

USA Riders at the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3*
(Left to Right) Elizabeth Traband, Holly Bergay, Deborah Stanitski, Kate Shoemaker, Susan Treabess, Ashleigh Flores-Simmons, Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt, and up front is U.S. Air Force Veteran Derrick Perkins. Photo by John Stevenson.

Para-Dressage Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt is looking forward to the June 2014 trials because he has spent the year watching, encouraging, and applauding the many talented U.S. horse and rider combinations. The Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* was his last opportunity to see how each rider has progressed. Handt commented, “The U.S. para-dressage team had a great showing at the this CPEDI3*. Our new riders performed well in their first CPEDI and everyone earned their qualifying scores for the trials. The seasoned riders had quality rides creating a great outlook for the future. There were small technical errors in a few tests but those should be easily ironed out. All of the riders look forward to their next performance at selection trials for the 2014 WEG. Overall, the show was a great success and we are thankful to the entire show for the great support of our para-dressage riders. We are also grateful to our sponsors for the team dinner that was provided.”

2010 World Equestrian Games (WEG) U.S. rider Susan Treabess, Grade IV, understands the position each of the athletes are in right now. Almost one year ago, Winters, California, equestrian and trainer Susan Treabess debuted the now 9 year-old Pura Raza Espanol Kamiakin, owned by Scott and Katie Hill. Treabess was happy about the duo’s first international show but was looking forward to preparing for 2014. As a 2010 WEG U.S. rider Treabess knows what it takes to get to that arena in Normandy, France. At the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* Treabess and Kamiakin brought their best and earned solid team and individual scores. On the final day of competition Treabess earned an exciting 72.417% freestyle score. Although riders must qualify with the team or individual score, the freestyle scores will be taken into account for the selection trials.

Susan Treabess and Kamiakin at the 2013 Golden State Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Photo by Lindsay McCall.
Susan Treabess and Kamiakin at the 2013 Golden State Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Photo by Lindsay McCall.

Treabess explained, “In 2010, my freestyle score was what put me over the top for WEG. For some reason the freestyle really clicks with my horses and me. Of course I am working hard on the other tests but the freestyle has always been my strongest. It was the first time we rode this freestyle and we received some great feedback to work on before Gladstone.”

She continued, “This show was a bit of an experiment for Kam and I. After our one CPEDI in June 2013 we worked this last year on gate development. We have been working hard, training, showing, and we decided to try a few things at this show. It was great to get that perspective from the judges before selection trials. We took some risks that paid off and some that didn’t.”

This show was the first time Treabess was able to work with the new Para-Dressage Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt. She commented, “You never know with a new coach and new system but I have to say that Kai wants the same thing we do which is to become more competitive as a team. He knows his job is to make this team in a solid team and that will take some time. On a coaching level I appreciated his support this weekend. He recognized what Dennis and I have been working on, he knows we are doing everything we can, he reinforced our training this weekend and had that open communication we desire from a Chef d’Equipe. I am excited for what the future holds.”

For fellow Grade IV rider Holly Bergay, this show was a chance to step back into the international arena. In 2010 Bergay was named to the World Equestrian Games U.S. team. Unfortunately lameness in her mount would cause her to withdraw from the competition. Since that time period Bergay has been actively competing and topping the ranks in the small tour for para-dressage. The Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* was Bergay’s opportunity to qualify once again for the 2014 World Equestrian Games. The judges were impressed with the duo of Bergay and Rubino Bellissimo who earned the top score of the competition of a 73.083% in their freestyle. Everyone was excited to see the accomplished para-dressage athlete back in the spotlight and earning top ranking international scores.

Holly Bergay and Rubino Bellissimo at the 2012 Rancho Valencia Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Photo by Lindsay McCall
Holly Bergay and Rubino Bellissimo at the 2012 Rancho Valencia Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Photo by Lindsay McCall

Rounding out the Grade IV tests was brand new para-dressage rider Elizabeth Traband and Ucari, owned by Helene Bergstrom. Just weeks prior Traband and her mount were in Wellington, Florida, at their first CPEDI3*. Traband, a talented hunter/jumper athlete, transitioned into the para-dressage world and was immediately a force to be reckoned with. After a near miss of a WEG qualification score in Florida, Traband packed her bags and traveled to Rancho Murieta in hopes of obtaining a qualifying score for the WEG and some important feedback from the ground jury. Traband and Ucari will now head back to the east coast where they will rendezvous with the 13 other U.S. para-dressage riders qualified for the WEG selection trials and national championships.

Elizabeth Traband and Ucari at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Photo by Lindsay McCall
Kate Shoemaker and Arpeggio 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Photo by Lindsay McCall

Following Traband’s trek across the country, Kate Shoemaker left Wellington, Florida, and headed to the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3*. Shoemaker brought her own Pacifec M to the competition and their hard work paid off when they earned their qualification score. The para-dressage world takes commitment, hard work, and sacrifices. For both Traband and Shoemaker the trip to California may have seemed long but in the end, it was worth the miles. From the value of the feedback from the FEI 4* judge’s to the international show exposure, the experience was immeasurable.

Ashleigh Flores-Simmons and Verite at the 2013 U.S. Para-Dressage National Symposium in Winters, CA. Photo by Lindsay McCall

Ashleigh Flores-Simmons, Grade II rider, can understand how these riders felt as they approached X on the first day. Only 9 months ago, she was trotting down centerline with a registered Arabian at her first CPEDI3*. Not even a full year later and Flores-Simmons has become the complete para-dressage package.

“She worked her tail off this year,” commented Flores-Simmons’ mentor and national coach Susan Treabess. “We pushed her and pushed her and she really stepped up to the plate this weekend. It was emotionally challenging but the judges gave her fantastic feedback. Verite and Ashleigh make a beautiful pair and we were all ecstatic about where she is right now. I know this partnership has a really strong future.”

Winterhaven Dressage and Horsemanship, owned by Susan Treabess, have given Flores-Simmons a borrowed horse sponsorship. This relationship has allowed Flores-Simmons and Treabess to work together on developing Flores-Simmons as an international athlete. It has also provided Flores-Simmons the opportunity to work with international renowned dressage trainer Dennis Callin.

Flores-Simmons was excited about her performance. She expressed, “This was an amazing weekend and I am so thankful for this opportunity. Verite and I had a great first CPEDI together and she was absolutely fantastic. I couldn’t ask for a better partner in the ring and I am so proud of what we were able to accomplish this weekend. I would like to thank Dennis Callin and Susan Treabess for their great coaching and support, without them this would definitely not be possible. I would also like to thank Dana Williams for providing me with the opportunity to ride such an awesome horse and for all of her help and support. Also, without the support of the whole Winterhaven Dressage and Horsemanship team this would not be possible. To all of the friends and family that support Verite, I am greatly appreciative for all that they do and for the endless encouragement they provide. In addition, I want to thank USPEA and everyone who played a part in making this event possible and ensured it ran smoothly. I really valued the opportunity to receive feedback from the judges and I appreciated the time they took to offer their insights so that we can improve. I can’t wait for what the future holds.”

Competing against Flores-Simmons in Grade II was Dr. Deborah Stanitski and her own Tiramisu. Stanitski, like Traband and Shoemaker, shipped out of Florida and headed to California in search of a qualification score and a chance to ride at another CPEDI3*. The trip paid off when Stanitski earned the scores she needed and the welcome feedback she desired.

Dr. Deborah Stanitski and Tiramisu at the
2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Photo by Lindsay McCall
Derrick Perkins and NTEC Hans at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Photo by Lindsay McCall

Earning a clean sweep in the Grade Ia competition was wounded U.S. Air Force veteran Derrick Perkins and Kai Handt’s NTEC Hans. The pair had an exciting showing at the Adequan Global Dressage CPEDI3* in Florida and they are continuing to develop their partnership together. Perkins noted, “This was a real learning experience. Each test I made improvements and my final ride was my best.”

Perkins has been working with Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt over the last year and he has already become a top ranking U.S. Grade Ia athlete.

Perkins and each of the qualified athletes will head to Gladstone, New Jersey, in June where they will compete at the 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship and 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Selection Trials for the U.S. Team.

Treabess remarked, “I am looking forward to New Jersey. It is going to be competitive. On one hand it’s nerve racking because it is a lot of time and money and you really want to make the team, and if you don’t it’s disappointing. But, it’s so exciting for U.S, para-dressage. We are going to have a really tight competition, which is great for us as a country. The competition is going to be day to day and no one will know who is on that team till that final freestyle and ranking calculation.”

2014 Para-Equestrian National Championship/Selection Trial

What: The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship will be held June 2-5, 2014 at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, N.J. This championship will also serve as the Selection Trial for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team. At the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship and Selection Trial all horse-and-rider combinations will complete the FEI Individual Championship Test, the FEI Team Test, and FEI Musical Freestyle in their respective grade.

Date: June 2-5, 2014

Location: USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, New Jersey

Criteria to Determine Eligibility to Compete in the 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship may be found at: https://www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsdisciplines/discipline/allparaequestrian/hpparaEquestrian.aspx.

Qualification Criteria for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy, France:

1.    Qualification Period: Start January 1, 2013 End: xxxx 2014 (TBD) in addition to the 2012 London Paralympics
2.    Qualifying Events: Any CPEDI3* or 4* event during the qualification period in addition to the Paralympic Games in London 2012
3.    Qualification Score: All Athlete/horse combinations must have attaned (as a combination) a minimum 60% score attributed by the Ground Jury in a Team test or Individual Championship test one time.
4.    Judges: Minimum of 3 FEI PE5* or 4*- judges of different nationalities

For more information about World Equestrian Games criteria please visit:
https://www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsdisciplines/discipline/allparaequestrian/hpparaEquestrian.aspx

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

For questions about the2014 Para-Equestrian Dressage season please contact the USEF High Performance Director of the Para-Equestrian Discipline Laureen K. Johnson at (908) 326 – 1155 or e-mail lkjohnson@usef.org.
For more questions about Para-Equestrian Dressage please contact Hope Hand at Hope@uspea.org or (610) 356-6481.

RESULTS:

April 4, 2014- Team Test Competition

Grade Ia
1. Derrick Perkins and NTEC Hans (owned by Kai Handt)   58.623%

Grade II
1.    Ashleigh Flores-Simmons and Verite SF (owned by Dana Williams) 65.539%
2.    2. Deborah Stanitski and Triamisu (owned by Deborah Stanitski) 63.725%

Grade III
1.    Kate Shoemaker and Pacifec M (0wned by Kate Shoemaker) 66.184%

Grade IV
1. Susan Treabess and Kamiakin (owned by Kathryn Hill) 68.373%
2. Holly Bergay and Rubino Bellissimo (owned by Violet Jen) 67.897%
3. Elizabeth Traband and Ucari (owned by Helene Bergstrom) 61.627%

April 5, 2014- Individual Test Competition

Grade Ia
1. Derrick Perkins and NTEC Hans (owned by Kai Handt)  57.246%

Grade II
1. Ashleigh Flores-Smmons and Verite SF (owned by Dana Williams) 68.238%
2. Deborah Stanitski and Triamisu (owned by Deborah Stanitski) 60.524%

Grade III
1. Kate Shoemaker and Pacifec M (0wned by Kate Shoemaker) 60.813%

Grade IV
1. Holly Bergay and Rubino Bellissimo (owned by Violet Jen) 67.619%
2. Susan Treabess and Kamiakin (owned by Kathryn Hill) 65.873%
3. Elizabeth Traband and Ucari (owned by Helene Bergstrom) 63.929%

April 6, 2014- Freestyle Test Competition

Grade II
1.    Ashleigh Flores-Smmons and Verite SF (owned by Dana Williams) 71.5%
2. Deborah Stanitski and Triamisu (owned by Deborah Stanitski) 68.083%

Grade III
1. Kate Shoemaker and Pacifec M (0wned by Kate Shoemaker) 68.063%

Grade IV
1. Holly Bergay and Rubino Bellissimo (owned by Violet Jen) 73.083%
2. Susan Treabess and Kamiakin (owned by Kathryn Hill) 72.417%
3. Elizabeth Traband and Ucari (owned by Helene Bergstrom) 67.733%

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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April 2, 2014 – U.S. Air Force Veteran and Para-Dressage Athlete Derrick Perkins Nominated for USOC Athlete of the Month for March 2014

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U.S. Air Force Veteran and Para-Dressage Athlete Derrick Perkins Nominated for USOC Athlete of the Month for March 2014

VOTE NOW!

Wellington, FL – April 2, 2014 – Derrick Perkins, U.S. Air Force Veteran and Para-Dressage athlete was recently nominated for the USOC Athlete of the Month. Perkins and Marilyn Little represented the equestrian sport among many accomplished U.S. athletes. Perkins recently qualified for the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Selection Trials for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. The Trials will be held at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ, June 2-4, 2014.

You may vote through this Twitter poll:

Voting is open until 12:00 p.m. eastern on April 3, 2014.

Derrick Perkins and NTEC Hans, owned by Kai Handt. Photo by Lindsay McCall.
Derrick Perkins and NTEC Hans, owned by Kai Handt. Photo by Lindsay McCall.
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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March 29, 2014- Horse Radio Network Features Dressage/ Para-Dressage Trainers Heather Blitz and Jim Koford

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Horse Radio Network Features Dressage/ Para-Dressage Trainers Heather Blitz and Jim Koford 

 

Wellington, FL-March 29, 2014- Horse Radio Network’s once-a-month Para-Equestrian Show featured dressage and para-dressage trainer Heather Blitz and Jim Koford. Each trainer talked about their experience working with an international high-performance para-dressage athlete. They spoke of the parallel comparison between able-bodied dressage and para-dressage. Both had their athletes on the show including Angela Peavy (USA), a grade III, rider who trains with Blitz and 2010 World Equestrian Games athlete Mary Jordan (USA), Grade IV, who trains with Jim Koford. Episode #252 was hosted by Paralympian Hope Hand and dressage rider Regina Cristo.

 

To view and listen to episode #252 please visit:

 

About Heather Blitz:

Heather Blitz. Photo courtesy of HeatherBlitz.info
Heather Blitz of Wellington, FL is the 2012 U.S. Olympic Dressage Team reserve rider, and 2011 Pan American Games Team Gold Medalist and Individual Silver Medalist. Blitz’s love for horses started in Kansas where she grew up on her parents farm. Blitz began competing in dressage competitions in 1994 and has won numerous regional and national titles on an array of horses. Her career-changing horse came in the form of Danish Warmblood stallion Rambo DVE 373, whom she began training as a 12-year-old. The pair showed at the CDI Grand Prix level throughout Florida and at the prestigious Dressage at Devon where they placed third. Blitz is currently working with Paragon, an 18-hand Danish Warmblood bred by Oak Hill Ranch.

Top Accolades:

-Blitz and Paragon claimed the Reserve Championship in the USEF National Intermediaire I Dressage Championships at the 2011 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Festival of Champions.
-Represented the U.S. at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico winning Team Gold and Individual Silver medals.
-Blitz and Paragon finished second in both the Grand Prix CDI3* and the Grand Prix Special at the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach CDI4* presented by International Polo Club Palm Beach.
-WEF Dressage Classic, Blitz and Paragon won the Grand Prix Freestyle and finished third in the Grand Prix Test.
-The 2012 year also saw Blitz and Paragon in Gladstone, New Jersey for the 2012 USEF Dressage Festival of Champions and Selection Trials for the U.S. Dressage Team in June. After four rounds of competition over two weekends, Blitz finished sixth overall with a combined total of 70.384%.

Angela Peavy and Lancelot Warrior Photo by Lindsay McCall.
Angela Peavy and Lancelot Warrior Photo by Lindsay McCall.

James Koford. Photo courtesy of Jim Koford of koforddressage.com. Photo taken by Shelley Paulson Photography.

About Jim Koford: (excerpt from KofordDressage.com)
James has been immersed in the dressage community for the last 35 years. He was catapulted into the FEI dressage ring aboard the Pinto Dutch Warmblood stallion, Art Deco. James started showing Art Deco as a 4- year- old and advanced him to Grand Prix. This popular duo became one of the most recognizable FEI combinations on the East Coast.

As a competitor, James enjoys tremendous success on a wide variety of horses. He has competed in the Grand Prix on six different mounts and has guided over twenty horses to the FEI levels. James’s horses have won numerous regional and national awards from Training Level to Grand Prix. Some of his most successful horses include the stallions Donatelli II winning at Grand Prix with scores to 72% (2007) and Don Principe winning thirteen straight PSG and I1 classes in 2008.

James distinguishes himself as one of the very few riders in the world to compete at both Four Star eventing and Grand Prix dressage. James trained and competed the horses Bank On It and Max Motoring at Essex**, Bromont**, Fair Hill*** and Rolex****. James continues his commitment to the eventing community as a highly sought after dressage coach, for eventing riders at the national and international levels.

In 2009, Koford had success with a number of horses. Aboard Don Principe, Koford took home top honors in the Grand Prix Freestyle at the WEF Dressage Classic, the Grand Prix Test at the KDA Spring Warm-Up Show, and the Grand Prix Test and Freestyle at the KDA 23rd Annual Dressage Show. Koford, aboard Rhett, was awarded the Anne Barlow Ramsay grant from The Dressage Foundation to travel to Germany to train and compete. Koford and Rhett trained with Michael Klimke in Germany and competed in the small tour at national shows in Germany.

2010 led Rhett and Koford back to Germany where they successfully competed in Open Grand Prix classes at national shows. The pair also competed in the  Medien Cup classes for young Grand Prix horses. The same year they secured two wins at the USDF Region 1 Dressage Championships.
Koford and Rhett made their debut at the CDI Grand Prix level in 2011. In Wellington, they capped off a great season with a win in the International Horse Sport Champions Cup Grand Prix. They had another win that year in the Grand Prix Test at Dressage at Devon. In addition, they finished out the year with two more Grand Prix wins at the USDF Region 1 Dressage Championships. Also in 2011, Koford also won two Grand Prix classes at Dressage at Lexington aboard Pharaoh.

2012 began with a win aboard Pharaoh in the Grand Prix Freestyle at the Wellington Dressage show. Koford finished second with Rhett in the Grand Prix Special at the Wellington Dressage show as well. Koford and Pharaoh finished second at the Florida Dressage Classic with a exceptional freestyle performance. In June of 2012, Koford and Rhett were selected to compete in the 2012 USEF Dressage Festival of Champions and Selection Trials for the U.S. Dressage Team. They finished 12th with an overall score of 67.858%. Rhett and Koford continued their success in 2013 with a second place finish the Grand Prix Special at the World Dressage Masters.

Mary Jordan and Sebastian. Photo by Lindsay McCall
Mary Jordan and Sebastian. Photo by Lindsay McCall

List of Para-Equestrian Radio Shows:

 

Para-Equestrian Show #252

 

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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