All Systems Go for US Para-Equestrians After Veterinary Inspection
By: Jennifer O. Bryant for the USPEA
CAEN, FRANCE, August 24, 2014 – Before riders in an International Equestrian Federation (FEI)-recognized competition can enter at “A,” they must clear one crucial hurdle: the veterinary inspection, aka “the jog” or “the trot-up.”
In the jog, the appointed veterinary committee for that discipline examines each horse visually and watches him trot in hand, in order to determine his fitness to compete. As heartbreaking as it must be for a rider to hear that a mount will not be permitted to compete, the veterinary inspection is a critical measure to help ensure the horses’ welfare.
So it is always with some nervousness that each national federation’s competitors, chefs
Hope Hand watching the jog. Photo by Jennifer O. Bryant for the USPEA
d’équipe, and other officials look on during the jog. One who breathed a sigh of relief was United States Para-Equestrian Association President and former Paralympian Hope Hand, of Newtown Square, Penn., who was among the spectators at this morning’s para-equestrian dressage veterinary inspection at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
Athletes, family, friends, and federation representatives gathered at La Prairie Racecourse in Caen, the WEG para-equestrian dressage venue, as the horses were stood up in hand and then jogged on a short track just outside the main competition arena. Team USA riders Sydney Collier, Rebecca Hart, Angela Peavy, Susan Treabess, and Roxanne Trunnell looked on as their horses were jogged, and an enthusiastic US contingent let out cheers at each “pass” verdict.
|Susan Treabess (Winters, Calif.) and Kathryn Hill’s Kamiakin. Kamiakin is a 2005 PRE stallion. (Grade IV). Photo by Jennifer O. Bryant for the USPEA
On Deck: Team Competition
The 2014 WEG para-equestrian dressage competition kicks off tomorrow, August 25, with the first of two consecutive days of team competition. Immediately following are two consecutive days of individual tests. The para-dressage competition culminates with individual freestyle competition Friday, August 29. A total of 100 horse/rider combinations from 33 nations will take part, with 19 nations fielding teams.
Riding for Team USA will be: Sydney Collier, grade Ib, on Willi Wesley, a 2000 Hessen gelding owned by Victoria Dugan; Rebecca Hart, grade II, on Schroeter’s Romani, a 2003 Danish Warmblood mare owned by owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo’s, and Will and Sandy Kimmel; Susan Treabess, grade IV, on Kamiakin, a 2005 PRE stallion owned by Kathryn Hill; and Roxanne Trunnell, grade Ia, on Nice Touch, a 1995 Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Sidney Trunnell.
Angela Peavy, grade III, on Ozzy Cooper, a 2006 Trakehner gelding owned by Rebecca Reno, will compete as an individual.
2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team
The following horse-and-athlete combinations have been named to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team (in alphabetical order):
Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan’s Willi Wesley.
Willi Wesley is a 2000 Warmblood gelding. (Grade Ib)
Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Pa.) and Schroeter’s Romani, owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo’s, and Will and Sandy Kimmel.
Schroeter’s Romani is a 2003 Danish Warmblood mare. (Grade II)
Angela Peavy (Avon, Conn.) and Rebecca Reno’s Ozzy Cooper.
Ozzy Cooper is a 2006 Trakehner gelding. (Individual athlete Grade III)
Susan Treabess (Winters, Calif.) and Kathryn Hill’s Kamiakin.
Kamiakin is a 2005 PRE stallion. (Grade IV)
Roxanne Trunnell (Rowlett, Texas) and her own Nice Touch.
Nice Touch is a 1995 Dutch Warmblood mare. (Grade Ia)
Click here to see the Selection Procedures for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team.
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