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August 27, 2014- Crossing Over (2014 U.S. WEG Para-Dressage riders compete in France)

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Crossing Over

By: Jennifer O. Bryant for the USPEA

CAEN, NORMANDY, August 27, 2014 – There’s quite of bit of interplay between the para-dressage and the able-bodied dressage communities.

Not only do many trainers coach both able-bodied and para-dressage students; some para-equestrians compete in the able-bodied divisions, as well.

Take Angela “Annie” Peavy, for instance. The eighteen-year-old from Avon, Conn., is at

A poised, balanced canter by Angela Peavy on Ozzy Cooper at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Credit: SusanJStickle.com
A poised, balanced canter by Angela Peavy on Ozzy Cooper at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Credit: SusanJStickle.com

the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games competing as an individual in the Grade III para-equestrian dressage division. But in three weeks, she’ll be at the New England Dressage Association Fall Festival and the Great American/USDF Region 8 Dressage Championships in Saugerties, N.Y., contesting the (able-bodied) FEI Juniors.

Peavy’s trainer is Heather Blitz, who with her horse Paragon was the reserve rider for the US dressage squad at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

“I train in Boston with her. I’ve been with her for a year and a half,” Peavy said of Blitz. And at the WEG Peavy is getting a two-fer: Not only Blitz but also one of Blitz’s coaches, the international clinician and author Mary Wanless (Ride with Your Mind), are in Caen assisting the young para-equestrian, Peavy said.

Peavy is the first para-equestrian Blitz has coached, and “I’ve learned so much from her,” Peavy said. “She’s good at keeping me focused in the show ring.”

Blitz doesn’t cut her student any slack, either. “Heather trains me how she would train any other of her students. If I can’t do something with my left side, she’ll figure out another way.” (The left side of Peavy’s body is affected by cerebral palsy.)

Blitz, who lived and trained in Denmark for many years, also found Peavy’s two current mounts there: her 2014 WEG mount, Ozzy Cooper; and Lancelot Warrior, a twelve-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Londonderry x Waroness), both owned by Rebecca Reno. Peavy has been paired with both horses since January, she said.

Although Lancelot Warrior outscored Ozzy Cooper at the US WEG selection trials, when the gelding sustained a corneal ulcer the decision was made that Ozzy Cooper would go to Normandy instead. Ozzy Cooper is an eight-year-old Trakehner gelding (Hibiskus x Arrak)-and yes, he’s named for heavy-metal rock stars Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper, Peavy said.

“I asked his old owner” about the name, Peavy said. As a young horse he was called Orca, but the owner disliked the name and rechristened him, she said.

Angela Peavy beams aboard Ozzy Cooper after her Grade III Individual test.  Credit: Jennifer Bryant
Angela Peavy beams aboard Ozzy Cooper after her Grade III Individual test. Credit: Jennifer Bryant

Peavy was attracted to Ozzy Cooper’s “wanting to go, and his work ethic, and his gaits. His attitude-he has a great mind, very steady,” she said.

These 2014 Games are Peavy’s first world championships. “It’s amazing,” she said. “The venue is beautiful. It’s an experience like no other.”

Today, in the Grade III Individual test, Peavy earned a respectable score of 63.561%.

“I thought it went really well,” she said afterward. “He was really focused with me, and more energetic and powerful. I was more relaxed than the first day. We were in our own little bubble.”

Riding and competing as a para-equestrian is “definitely a great learning experience. It’s changed my life so much. It’s really fun,” Peavy said. She admitted that “It’s a lot of work; you’ll miss a lot of school.” The rising high-school senior returns from France to the U.S. this Saturday, and Monday-jet lag or no-she’ll be back in class.

Fellow US para-equestrian Sydney Collier, Ann Arbor, Mich., also competed today, scoring an impressive 68.103 percent in the Grade Ib Individual test for a ninth-place finish. Collier’s WEG mount is Willi Wesley, a fourteen-year-old Hessen gelding (Wolkenstein x Kokoschka) owned by Victoria Dugan.
Willi Wesley walks steadily toward a Grade Ib Individual score of 68.103 percent with rider Sydney Collier. Credit: SusanJStickle.com
Willi Wesley walks steadily toward a Grade Ib Individual score of 68.103 percent with rider Sydney Collier. Credit: SusanJStickle.com

 

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)

USA WEG Team  by Lindsay Y. McCall Photos by Sue Stickle

Learn more about the Para-Dressage discipline at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy, France:

Support the Team and it’s future to the 2016 Paralympics in Rio with the USET Foundation’s Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge:

Learn more about the U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage discipline or give a tax-deductible donation to support the development of the sport with the USPEA 501(c)(3)t:

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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August 26, 2014 – For U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Riders, It’s All About the Horse

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For U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Riders, It’s All About the Horse

By: Jennifer O. Bryant for the USPEA

CAEN, NORMANDY, August 26, 2014 – The para-equestrian dressage competitors representing the USA at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ are in all age ranges, grades, and types of physical disability. But they have one very strong bond in

Dynamic movement and an unmistakable presence are the PRE stallion Kamiakin's hallmarks, shown here in his Grade IV Team test with owner/rider Susan Treabess. Photo copyright SusanJStickle.com
Dynamic movement and an unmistakable presence are the PRE stallion Kamiakin’s hallmarks, shown here in his Grade IV Team test with owner/rider Susan Treabess. Photo copyright SusanJStickle.com

common.

Each of the three riders who competed today-in the Grade IV Team test, the Grade II Team test, and the Grade Ia Team test-expressed the joy they take in their horses. No matter the scores, the competitors were all smiles as they discussed their tests and their pride in their mounts’ performances.

Susan Treabess, 37, of Winters, Calif., was the first to compete Tuesday. Riding hernine-year-old PRE stallion, Kamiakin (by Kianto), Treabess earned a score of 65.833 percent in the Grade IV Team test, which put them in tenth place individually.

“It is a big relief to just get one [test] under the belt,” Treabess said afterward. Her horse had some moments of tension, she said, but added: “This is the first time he is competing internationally. It is the first time he traveled [abroad].”

Sophie Wells, the 2012 Paralympic Games team gold and individual silver medalist from Great Britain, won the Grade IV Team test aboard Valerius with a score of 74.595 percent.

Next up for the USA, in the Grade II Team test, was Rebecca Hart, 30, of Unionville, Penn., this year’s United States Equestrian Federation para-equestrian dressage national champion. Riding her new horse, the eleven-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare Schroeter’s Romani (Lobster x Come Back II), Hart handled a few moments of tension well and showed the elegant mare’s expressive gaits to good advantage. They earned a score of 67.971 percent, good enough for seventh place individually.

“I was really happy with how she warmed up,” Hart said afterward. “It’s a big atmosphere out there [in the arena], and she felt it when we went in; but what I was really happy with was the way she came back to me and focused.”

“We’ve come a long way from where we started,” said Hart, who’s been paired with Schroeter’s Romani only since November 2013. “I’m really excited to continue the partnership from here.” The mare, whom Hart and her supporters and sponsors found in Denmark, had belonged to one owner all of her life-an able-bodied woman who had trained her through Intermediate II and was schooling Grand Prix, Hart said. But the pair clicked-Hart claimed the mare “sized me up, shrugged her shoulders, and said, ‘Eh, I can work with this”-and Hart loves her mare’s big yet “soft” gaits, which she says don’t aggravate the spasticity that is the hallmark of her disability, familial spastic paraplegia.

Another British Paralympic veteran, the 2012 London double gold medalist Natasha Baker, took the Grade II win with a score of 73.657 percent aboard Cabral.

Grade II rider Rebecca Hart was all smiles during her team test aboard her mare, Schroeter's Romani. Photo copyright SusanJStickle.com
Grade II rider Rebecca Hart was all smiles during her team test aboard her mare, Schroeter’s Romani. Photo copyright SusanJStickle.com

Grade Ia rider Roxanne Trunnell had to warm up in a drenching downpour, but the skies cleared just in time for her team test aboard her longtime partner, the nineteen-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare Nice Touch (by Grundstein). The pair was eighth individually on a score of 68.087 percent. The class winner, with a score of 75.783 percent, was Sara Morganti of Italy riding Royal Delight.

“She was a good girl,” Trunnell said of the mare she’s been partnered with since the age of thirteen. Now 29, Trunnell hails from Rowlett, Tex. Although this is Nice Touch’s first WEG, Trunnell wasn’t worried: “She’s always been good,” she said.

Trunnell plans to retire Nice Touch after the WEG, and she’s just started looking for her next mount. What does Trunnell hope to find? “One like her,” of course.

Grade Ia rider Roxanne Trunnell is ending Nice Touch's career on a high note: the 19-year-old mare will retire after this, her first World Equestrian Games. Photo copyright SusanJStickle.com
Grade Ia rider Roxanne Trunnell is ending Nice Touch’s career on a high note: the 19-year-old mare will retire after this, her first World Equestrian Games. Photo copyright SusanJStickle.com
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)

USA WEG Team  by Lindsay Y. McCall Photos by Sue Stickle

Learn more about the Para-Dressage discipline at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy, France:

Support the Team and it’s future to the 2016 Paralympics in Rio with the USET Foundation’s Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge:

Learn more about the U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage discipline or give a tax-deductible donation to support the development of the sport with the USPEA 501(c)(3)t:

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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August 25, 2014 – Top-15 Finishes for First Two U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Competitors at WEG 2014

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Top-15 Finishes for First Two U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Competitors at WEG 2014

By: Jennifer O. Bryant for the USPEA

CAEN, NORMANDY, August 25, 2014 – The USA got off to a strong start in day 1 of para-equestrian dressage competition at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™.

First up was individual competitor Angela Peavy, 18, of Avon, Conn., who earned a tenth-place finish in the Grade III team test on a score of 65.421 percent. Peavy’s mount for the Games is Ozzy Cooper, an eight-year-old Trakehner gelding (Hibiskus x Arrak) owned by Rebecca Reno.

“It was great; he was a really good boy,” Peavy said of her mount afterward. “He was good, nice, and very focused. It was a very clean test.”

Individual US para-equestrian dressage competitor Angela Peavy finished tenth with Ozzy Cooper in the Grade III team test on a score of 65.421 percent.
Individual US para-equestrian dressage competitor Angela Peavy finished tenth with Ozzy Cooper in the Grade III team test on a score of 65.421 percent. CREDIT: SusanJStickle.com

This WEG is Peavy’s first international competition, as it is likewise for her teammate Sydney Collier, 16, of Ann Arbor, Mich. Collier’s story-she is the youngest para-dressage competitor at these Games, and the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) fact-checkers are busy trying to confirm their hunch that she may be the youngest competitor in all of the disciplines at this event-has charmed the media, as have Collier’s accounts of her service dog, a white Poodle named (appropriately) Journey, who is the first dog to receive a proper WEG accreditation, credential and all.

Aboard Willi Wesley, a fourteen-year-old Hessen gelding (Wolkenstein x Kokoschka) owned by Victoria Dugan, Collier earned a score of 65.960 percent in the Grade Ib team test, which put her in thirteenth place.

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 trots to a thirteenth-place finish and a score of 65.960 percent in the Grade Ib team test with rider Sydney Collier. CREDIT: SusanJStickle.com

“It was an incredible experience to be riding with such amazing other riders,” Collier said afterward. “For my first time, my horse was super-well-behaved; and thankfully I don’t get nervous, because of my stroke,” she said, referring to the incident that changed her life at age 11.

WEG para-equestrian team dressage competition continues tomorrow, August 26. First up for Team USA will be 2010 WEG athlete Susan Treabess, who will ride Kamiakin in the Grade IV team test. Reigning six -time USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion, two-time Paralympian (2008 and 2012) and 2010 WEG athlete Rebecca Hart will contest the Grade II team test aboard her new mount, Schroeter’s Romani. And Roxanne Trunnell will ride Nice Touch in the Grade Ia team test.

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)

USA WEG Team  by Lindsay Y. McCall Photos by Sue Stickle

Learn more about the Para-Dressage discipline at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy, France:

Support the Team and it’s future to the 2016 Paralympics in Rio with the USET Foundation’s Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge:

Learn more about the U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage discipline or give a tax-deductible donation to support the development of the sport with the USPEA 501(c)(3)t:

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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August 22, 2014- 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Leave Aachen for France

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

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2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Leave Aachen for France

By: Lindsay Y. McCall
Photos Courtesy: John Stevenson

Caen, France – August 22, 2014 –  The 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team and Chef d’ Equipe Kai Handt left Aachen and Training Camp for Caen, France, August 22. Riders had a successful week working with Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt, their coaches, and the U.S. support staff. Horses and riders will now settle in at La Prairie Racecourse in Caen, France, at the Para-Dressage facilities before their August 24, trot-up. The U.S. Team and Individual athletes include: Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan’s Willi Wesley; two-time Paralympian (2008 and 2012) and 2010 WEG athlete 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; Angela Peavy (Avon, Conn.) and Rebecca Reno’s Ozzy Cooper; 2010 WEG athlete Susan Treabess (Winters, Calif.) and Kathryn Hill’s Kamiakin; and Roxanne Trunnell (Rowlett, Texas) and her own Nice Touch. August 25-27, begins the Para-Dressage competition with the the Team Test, followed by August 27-28 Individual Test, finishing with the exciting Freestyle competition on August 29. All five grades will be participating at the Games Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV.

Susan Treabess, Roxanne Trunnell, Sydney Collier, Angela Peavy, Rebecca Hart  . Photo by John Stevenson
2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ Para-Dressage Team and Individual (Left tor right)Susan Treabess, Roxanne Trunnell, Sydney Collier, Angela Peavy (Ind.), and Rebecca Hart.  Photo by John Stevenson

A few training camp candids from Aachen:

 two-time Paralympian (2008 and 2012) and 2010 WEG athlete 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
U.S. Para-Dressage WEG Team athlete Two-time Paralympian (2008 and 2012) and 2010 WEG athlete 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 Photo by John Stevenson.
2010 WEG athlete Susan Treabess (Winters, Calif.) and Kathryn Hill's Kamiakin
U.S. Para-Dressage WEG Team athlete and 2010 WEG athlete Susan Treabess (Winters, Calif.) and Kathryn Hill’s Kamiakin. Photo by John Stevenson.
U.S. Para-Dressage WEG Team athlete Roxanne Trunnell (Rowlett, Texas) and her own Nice Touch. Photo by John Stevenson.
2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ Para-Dressage Team and Individual (Left to Right) Rebecca Hart, Susan Treabess, Roxanne Trunnell, Sydney Collier, Angela Peavy (Ind.), Chef D’Equipe Kai Handt, and Team Veterinarian Duncan Peters
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.

USA WEG Team  by Lindsay Y. McCall Photos by Sue Stickle

Learn more about the Para-Dressage discipline at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy, France:

Support the Team and it’s future to the 2016 Paralympics in Rio with the USET Foundation’s Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge:

Learn more about the U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage discipline or give a tax-deductible donation to support the development of the spor with the USPEA 501(c)(3)t:

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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August 15, 2014- 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Arrive in Aachen for Training Camp

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

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2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Arrive in Aachen for Training Camp

By: Lindsay Y. McCall
Candid Photos Courtesy: Sydney Collier

Aachen, Germany – August 15, 2014 –  The 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™

Team USA and support staff in Aachen having a team meeting during training camp. Photo courtesy of Sydney Collier
2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team and support staff in Aachen having a team meeting during training camp. Photo courtesy of Sydney Collier

(WEG) U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team and Chef d’ Equipe Kai Handt arrived in Aachen and began their training camp this week. The U.S. Team and Individual athletes include: Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan’s Willi Wesley; two-time Paralympian (2008 and 2012) and 2010 WEG athlete 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; Angela Peavy (Avon, Conn.) and Rebecca Reno’s Ozzy Cooper; 2010 WEG athlete Susan Treabess (Winters, Calif.) and Kathryn Hill’s Kamiakin; and Roxanne Trunnell (Rowlett, Texas) and her own Nice Touch. All five riders, horses, coaches and support staff arrived comfortably, thanks to transport by The Dutta Corporation, and they have already started their riding sessions. The U.S. athletes will stay in Aachen through August 22, when they will travel to France for the August 24, trot-up. August 25-27, begins the Para-Dressage competition with the the Team Test, followed by August 27-28 Individual Test, finishing with the exciting Freestyle competition on August 29. All five grades will be participating at the Games Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV.

2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team member Sydney Collier and Willi Wesley, owned by Victoria Dugan. Photo courtesy of Sydney Collier

During the last few weeks riders have experienced all types of excitement associated with traveling and preparing to compete for their country. For example, while Susan Treabess’ mount Kamiakin was on his way overseas he was awarded the International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association (IALHA) Purebred Horse of the Year accolade. Para-Dressage team member Sydney Collier has enjoyed every moment of her trip overseas with horse and service dog alongside her.

2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team member Sydney Collier and Willi Wesley, owned by Victoria Dugan. Photo courtesy of Sydney Collier

Collier recounts this week’s events, “We have arrived in Aachen Germany at our training camp. It was a long trip from Gladstone, New Jersey, to Aachen and it involved lots of teamwork and a series of planes trains and automobiles along the way.  Everyone including horses, humans, and service dogs alike have traveled wonderfully and it feels so good to be settled for 10 days so that we can begin team building skills and training under saddle. We have an incredible team this year for WEG that is filled with talented riders, great support staff and the best grooms around. It amazes me when I think how far we have traveled around the globe, how much planning and attention to detail was required to move so much equipment, horses, and staff. It has gone so smoothly that our horses wake up happy and ready to go to work every day. Our days have fallen into a routine which helps reset our clocks that got thrown off a bit as we have traveled. We all get up in the morning, do our workouts and get breakfast at our hotel. Then we head over to the barn for our daily

Sydney Collier’s service dog Journey enjoying the sights and sounds of travel. Photo courtesy of Sydney Collier

team meeting in the observation area of the barn. We discuss our plans for the day as well as get updates on our travels to France and the competition schedule.  It’s amazing how much paperwork and adjustments are being done everyday to put on a show the size and caliber of WEG. In Para-Dressage alone there are over 100 horses that will be attending the initial jog. Each afternoon we have a training session while our teammates observe and help highlight our strengths and weakness to focus on for the next day. We wrap up our day with a recap and figure out our dinner plans. Then it’s time to tuck into bed and get ready to do it again. What a wonderful and blessed life I am living. A million thanks to all my family, friends, and sponsors for making this incredible journey possible.”

The U.S. athletes will stay in Aachen through August 22 and will head to France for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ Para-Dressage competition taking place at La Prairie Racecourse in Caen, France.

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.

USA WEG Team  by Lindsay Y. McCall Photos by Sue Stickle

Learn more about the Para-Dressage discipline at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy, France:

Support the Team and it’s future to the 2016 Paralympics in Rio with the USET Foundation’s Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge:

Learn more about the U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage discipline or give a tax-deductible donation to support the development of the spor with the USPEA 501(c)(3)t:

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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