United States Para-Equestrian Association
Explore the USPEA!

Archive for the Jon Wentz Memorial Challenge Category

The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge

Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge

If you are interested please view the donation letter of intent from the USET Foundation by clicking here:

The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage
Established by Margaret H. Duprey and
The Barnfield Foundation

 Gladstone, NJ РApril 16, 2014 РThe 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 by Lindsay Y. 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.

Charity Navigator USET Foundation

 

UPDATE June 30, 2014

 

If you are interested please view the donation letter of intent from the USET Foundation by clicking here:

The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage More Than Half Way to Goal!

 Gladstone, NJ -June 30, 2014 РAs Para Dressage riders are training and preparing for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage continues to gain momentum and bring in new pledges, having raised $585,000 towards the $800,000 goal.

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation announced the new fundraising initiative in April, which has been made possible through the generosity of Margaret H. Duprey and The Barnfield Foundation. The purpose of this Challenge is to establish a base of funding for each of the next four years, which will provide for a High Performance program that will include training sessions, coaching and international competition opportunities leading up to and including the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Duprey and The Barnfield Foundation have each pledged up to $200,000 and will match, dollar for dollar, every gift commitment of $4,000 and above made by April 1, 2015. Just as an example, a gift of $5,000 will provide $15,000 in funding with the match.

The initial response has been encouraging and generous. Parents, trainers and philanthropists have all come forward and pledged their support to help these athletes in their quest to represent the United States on the world stage.

Heather Blitz, an alternate for the 2012 London Olympics Dressage team knows what it takes to compete at the highest levels of equestrian sport, and she was eager to be a part of The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage.

“It’s hard not to contribute when Margaret Duprey and the Barnfield Foundation have offered to match two dollars for ever dollar,” explained Blitz. “It’s very generous of them, and it’s very necessary for the Para riders to develop a stronger program. I have a Para student now, and I am learning more about the sport and what they need. I wanted to help, and this presented a wonderful opportunity.”

The two for one match from Margaret H. Durprey and The Barnfield Foundation has made this Challenge an opportunity that everyone will hopefully consider. A gift of $10,000, payable over four years for $5,000 a year, will provide $30,000 in funding. The USET Foundation hopes to meet its goal before the end of this year, so that the Para Dressage program will have the funding available for programs in 2015.

Bonnie B. Jenkins, USET Foundation Executive Director said, “Without the commitment of Margaret and The Barnfield Foundation as well as the incredible individuals who have come forward, none of this would be happening. On behalf of the USET Foundation and the athletes who will benefit I extend my sincere appreciation and thanks to those who have already made a pledge: Margaret H. Duprey, The Barnfield Foundation, Janet Richardson-Pearson, Cauleen Glass, Gwynne McDevitt, Becky Reno and Ed Peavy, Heather Blitz, Annis Buell, Nancy and Bob Peavy, Sarah and Nicholas Armentrout and Deecie McNelly Denison”.

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.

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 or visit www.uset.org.

Twitter Facebook