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Katie Jackson

Katie Jackson

FEI World Ranked Para-Dressage Rider Katie Jackson Earns Top Accolades in 2017


Cancer Survivor.  Amputee.   High Performance Para-Equestrian
In the summer of 2015 the path of Katie’s my life changed dramatically when she was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of soft tissue cancer.  Amputation of her right leg, above her knee, was the only option to make sure all of the cancer was gone from the area.  This left Katie facing a new life with a permanent disability.   Never one to back down to a challenge, she has adapted to my new life and overcome numerous challenges along the way.  She is now proudly riding as a para-equestrian in her beloved sport of dressage.  Katie’s current goals include representing the United States at the 2018 World Equestrian Games and 2020 Paralympic Games.    With just over one year of riding and competition under her belt, she has already been a part of two Nation’s Cup events, helping to win the gold medal of Team USA at both competitions, and is currently long listed for the World Equestrian Games team.  She continues to work hard every day to achieve her goals!

2017 Highlights
FEI World Cup Finals Omaha, NE- March 2017- Dressage Showcase Performance representing US Para-Equestrian Dressage
• Adequan Global Dressage Festival International CPEDI 3* Wellington, FL -March –riding Julia Handt’s Royal Dancer
◦ Team Gold Medal- Deloitte United States Para-Equestrian  Dressage Team
◦ Grade V Champion Overall- Individual 67.872%, Team 69.921%, and Freestyle Competition 74.458%
• Adequan Global Dressage Festival International CPEDI3* Wellington, FL- January -riding her own, Wembley
◦ Team Gold Medal- Deloitte United States Para-Equestrian Dressage Team
◦ 1st place in the Grade V Individual, Team, and Freestyle Competition
2016 Highlights:
• United Stated Dressage Federation (USDF) Grade IV Para Equestrian National Champion– #1 Rider of the Year : Riding my horse,  Wembley  71%
• United Stated Dressage Federation (USDF) Grade IV Para Equestrian National Reserve Champion- #2 Rider of the Year; Riding Rachel Handt Zent’s horse, Giovanni
• Two-time Dover Dressage Medal winner (against able-bodied riders) 71.951%
• United States Dressage Federation Region 9 Championships (competition against able-bodied riders)
◦ State (SWDC) Champion- Third Level
◦ Regional (GAIG) Reserve Champion- Third Level
◦ Overall Show High Percentage Reserve Champion- Second Level
◦ Adult Amateur Overall Champion
• US Para Equestrian Dressage National Championship Show
◦ Grade IV National Reserve Champion
◦ United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Lloyd Kramer Annual Sportsmanship Trophy

David Botana

David Botana, age 15, is a Grade 1 para-dressage athletes he was introduced to the sport by Clive Milkins at Carlisle Academy’s COE.  David has severe challenges in his arms, trunk, pelvis and legs due to congenital malformations related to a condition called VACTER.  David can walk, but uses a wheel chair for long distances; and standing causes back pain so David is often sitting down.  Like so many Grade 1 athletes, David has had many surgical procedures and set-backs, and lots of occupational and physical therapy, which have no doubt contributed to his level of grit and zest for life.
David competed 8 times this year in Para Test of Choice classes in New England, and will be competing at two CPEDI’s in Wellington Florida in January 2018 with his trainer, Susanne Hamilton.  David is very grateful to both Susanne Hamilton and Meg Stevens for their lease of Lord Locksley, a magnificent16 year-old Trakehner stallion.

As a child, David attended Camp No Limits each summer with his family. This camp experience helped instill a “no-limits” mindset.  When David is not training, he is a typical sophomore in High School.  David attends Casco Bay High School in Portland, Maine. After school, he attends additional classes at University of Southern Maine and Stanford Online High School.  David was recognized by the Stanford Online High School as a Malone Scholar and earned a merit and need based scholarship, and access to the Malone Schools Online Network.
While David is strong in all academic areas, he especially loves writing and science.  David is a first generation Hispanic, of Cuban descent, and plans on finishing his Spanish proficiency with an immersion trip to Spain in the future.   David aspires to attend a highly selective college where he will study biomedical engineering.


Riley Garrett

Riley Garrett

Date of Birth:  July 11, 2000
Birthplace:  West Chester, PA
Hometown:  Chester Springs, PA
Height:  5’9
Parents:  Ellen & John Garrett
Siblings:  Kendall(1998), Chandler (2003)
Education:  Junior at Downingtown East High School, Exton, PA
Sport:  Para-Dressage Grade III

Riley Garrett was born with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy, Bethlem Myopathy. Bethlem Myopathy is a rare disease affecting the skeletal muscles and connective tissue.  The disease is characterized by progressive muscle weakness and joint stiffness(contractures) in the fingers, wrists, elbows and ankles.  Riley’s contractures prevent her from straightening her arms and the contractures prevent her from bending to touch her toes.  What began as a type of “physical” therapy for Riley evolved into her life long passion for riding.

Riley’s enthusiasm for riding began at the age of 6.  It was in Saratoga Springs, NY that Riley sat on her first thoroughbred.  From that moment on, Riley would never be without a horse in her life.  With the encouragement from long time family friend and President of the Para-Equestrian Association,  Hope Hand, Riley began taking lessons at Thorncroft Equestrian Center.  At Thorncroft, Riley learned how to accommodate her disability, strengthen her muscles and to use braces to give her more support.  At the age of 12, Riley competed in her first schooling show and fell in love with the drive to compete and succeed.  In September of  2017, at Tryon Fall Dressage Para-Equestrian National Championship, Riley won 2nd place on Friday and Saturday, First place on Sunday and 5th place overall for the whole competition.   In addition to placing,
Riley also received the Lloyd Landkamer Memorial Para-Dressage Sportsmanship award.


2015-2016: Riley trained under Rolex Eventer Missy Ransehousen and Olympian Jessica Ransehousen at Blue Hill farm, developing her technique in Classical Dressage. It was at Blue Hill farm that Riley participated in Clinics held by Clive Milkins from Canada.

2016: November, participated in a clinic at Kai Handt  Northern Texas Equestrian Center, in Tyler Texas, under the guidance of David Amager, of Denmark.



2017: April, Riley participated in a clinic at Hassler Dressage at Riverdale in Chesapeake City, Maryland  with Susanne Von Dietze Pollak.
2017: May, Trained at Carlisle Academy and Para-Dressage Center of Excellence Para Dressage Symposium, clinic with Michel Assouline, USEF Head of Para-Equestrian Coach Development and High Performance Consultant.
2017: July, participated in clinic at Straight Forward Dressage, in Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, with Jeanne McDonald, Anne Moss and Cara Klothe.
2017: September, clinic at Nationals, Tryon, North Carolina.  Michel Assouline, USEF Head Para Equestrian Coach.  Focused on technique and performance at Nationals.
2017: October, clinic at USET Training Facility in Gladstone, New Jersey. Training with Michel Assouline, Head of Para-Equestrian Coach
Development and High Performance Consultant.

6/3/16- Para Nationals, Waterloo Hunt Club in Michigan
2016 Grade 2.  Winner in National division.
5/27/17-New Jersey Horse Park
ESDCTA Memorial Weekend Dressage Competition
Grade 3 Team Test, IND, CHAMP Freestyle.  Scored in high 60’s.  First Place.
6/24/17-PVDA Ride for Life Show
Upper Marlboro, Maryland.  Scored high 60’s.  Grade 3.
First Place

7/14/17-Dressage at Lexington, VA. Scored in high 60’s.  Grade 3.  First Place.
8/18/17-Centerline Events at Hits on the Hudson, Saugerties, New York. Scored 71.  Grade 3.  First Place.
9/14/17-Tryon Fall Dressage, Para-Equestrian National Championship, Tryon, North Carolina.  CPEDI ✮✮✮ event.  Won 2nd place, Friday and Saturday.  First place on Sunday.  Won 5th place overall for entire competition.

10/23/17-  Adequan/USDF Final Award, Para-Dressage Rider of the Year Award.

Current Competition Horse:
2003 Canadian Warmblood gelding.

In Riley’s spare time she can be found working at La Chic Boutique,  the local clothing store.  Riley is also a wonderful student and maintains a high grade point average.  Riley hopes to continue her education by attending college someday.

Riley’s Coach, Angie Bean had this to say about Riley:  “I have been working with Riley since Spring of 2016, and despite her young age, she has proven to have an excellent mind for the sport of dressage.   Riley’s strong dedication to the techniques, and her solid work ethic have created significant progress in her riding.  Additionally, she is a team player, helping out everyone in the barn, and is right there to celebrate or commiserate with anyone in our group.  In short, she is not only a quality rider, but is growing into a well rounded young lady.”

November 17, 2016 – USPEA is a USEF Recognized Affiliate Association For Another Year

United States Para-Equestrian Association

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


USPEA is a USEF Recognized Affiliate Association For Another Year

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

Lexington, Kentucky – November 17, 2016 – Once again, for the 2017 competition year, the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) is a United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Recognized Affiliate Association.  In a letter to USPEA President Hope Hand USEF noted the important Role the USPEA plays within the Para-Equestrian sport selecting them as a Recognized Affiliate.

Hope Hand, President of the USPEA expressed, “We are a small discipline but that doesn’t mean we are not an important discipline. Para Dressage is the only equestrian discipline recognized at the Paralympics. The Paralympics is the second largest sporting event in the World which is ‘Parallel’ to the Olympics. Our Equestrian Paralympians are proud to be represented by The United States Equestrian Federation and we want you to know that we all work for a common cause to make the United States a ‘World Class Horse Nation’.”

For more information about the Para-Equestrian sport please visit USEF at https://www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsDisciplines/discipline/allpara.aspx or USPEA at www.USPEA.org.

About the United States Para-Equestrian Association:

The United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) includes every recognized equestrian discipline that is practiced by athletes with an eligible physical impairment with a focus on Paralympic Equestrian Sports. . The USPEA is a network of current and past athletes, owners, officials, event organizers, and equestrian enthusiasts. The Association assists athletes to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Disciplines of Para-Equestrian.

USPEA was created to fill a need to assist Para Equestrian disciplines when they came under the governance of the FEI.  While Para Equestrian disciplines were originally segregated, they now are integrated in international sport.  As each individual Para Equestrian discipline develops, it is USPEA’s mission to always serve as an advisory resource with the ultimate goal that the established able-bodied discipline affiliate will integrate within their organization.

In 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status and became a recognized International affiliate association of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) working together to grow the FEI recognized disciplines by helping to provide press, educational information, symposiums and competition opportunities for athletes with eligible physical impairments.

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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Clive Milkins, Para-Dressage/Dressage Clinic May 28, 29, 2016

Clive Milkins, Para-Dressage/Dressage Clinic
May 28, 29, 2016 Rain or Shine !!

Location: Wodloe Park and Willis Arena, Vinita OK (Covered arena and bleacher area)

24683 S. 4400 Rd. Vinita OK 74301
Green Country Chapter Of The Oklahoma Dressage Assoc.

For Information: Call, Text Marsha Cullen Cell # 918-805-3760

or e-mail > marshagcc@gmail.com

Clinic with Clive Milkins. Download the information PDF here.

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