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April 11, 2017 – Para-Dressage Receives Overwhelming Response at 2017 LONGINES FEI World Cup Jumping & FEI Dressage Finals

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Para-Dressage Receives Overwhelming Response at 2017 LONGINES FEI World Cup Jumping & FEI Dressage Finals
United States athletes Annie Peavy and Katie Jackson demonstrate Paralympic Dressage Sport for the masses.

Omaha, Nebraska – April 11, 2017 – Strategically placed following German Dressage

Katie Jackson and NTEC Royal Dancer at the 2017 LONGINES FEI World Cup Jumping & FEI Dressage Finals Para-Dressage Demonstration held March 27-April 2, 2017, at the CenturyLink Center Omaha. Photo by Susan J. Stickle. Ellie Brimmer announces above the banner during the demonstration.

Olympian and record medal winner, Isabell Werth, Para-Dressage received its moment in the limelight at the 2017 LONGINES FEI World Cup Jumping & FEI Dressage Finals. World Equestrian Games’ and Paralympian Annie Peavy, along with Para-Dressage rider Katie Jackson, gave the Omaha crowd a look at the competitive international sport of Para-Dressage. Spectators erupted in a roar watching each athlete demonstrate the difficult movements from their FEI Para-Dressage Grade Tests. Although Para-Dressage has received more acceptance in the United States it is still a discipline that is unfamiliar to the masses. The 2017 LONGINES FEI World Cup Jumping & FEI Dressage Finals were held March 27-April 2, 2017, at the CenturyLink Center Omaha. The demonstration classes were an opportunity to showcase the beauty and agility of the equine athlete.

“It was brilliant,” stated Paralympian and United States Para-Equestrian Association President, Hope Hand. “Para-Dressage was in the spotlight in front of the biggest crowd ever. I was so proud of our riders for representing the US at this prestigious event. The crowd roared and applauded like never before because they recognized real talent and were anxious to learn more about Para-Dressage. I am still getting emails from around the World, saying how wonderful the demo was. Stay tuned for big things to come in the future for Para-Dressage.”
Hand continued, “I want to thank Thomas Baur, Monica Fritzgerald, Becky Reno, and Ellie Brimmer for helping us organize this event. They took a big chance and we picked the right riders to represent us.”
World Equestrian Games’ and Grade IV Paralympian Annie Peavy rode her 2002 Hanoverian Gelding Lancelot Warrior in the demonstration. Peavy explained, “It was very exciting. Lance lit up as we went into the arena because it was so electric. The crowd was cheering during my test, which I’d never had before, but both Lance and I enjoyed their enthusiasm. The venue was wonderful and the show was done very well. I want to thank Thomas Baur and all the show managers, staff, and volunteers for including the Para-Equestrian discipline and for putting together such a great World Cup.”
Katie Jackson rode NTEC Royal Dancer, a 12-year-old Westphalian gelding owned by Julia Handt and Rachel Zent Handt of Wylie, Texas in the FEI World Cup’s Dressage Showcase. Jackson commented, “The entire event, including our showcase performance, was a truly incredible experience. The Century Link Center in Omaha was a wonderful venue and getting to ride in the main arena is an experience I will never forget. I am deeply grateful to Thomas Baur and the World Cup for inviting us to be a part of their event.”
Jackson continued, “The atmosphere was quite electric with the big, bright jumbotron above us and the crowd very close to the arena. The crowd’s response was really fantastic. They cheered throughout our ride, which is something that most Dressage horses (and riders) are not used to, but it was so much fun. Royal was such a good boy, he stayed listening to me the whole time and I think he even enjoyed the applause. A big thank you to Hope Hand of USPEA and to US Equestrian for making a live stream of our rides available to the world. It is wonderful to see the huge positive response that US Para-Dressage has received from it.”
Jackson acknowledged, “Leading up to the World Cup, Royal Dancer and I stayed in Florida after the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* March 9-12, to prepare for our performance. Royal and I really got to know each other during this time and I am thankful and honored to have also learned a lot from my fellow para-equestrian riders Annie Peavy and Ellie Brimmer who I joined in the World Cup performance. Thank you so much to Heather Blitz and Becky Reno for making me feel so welcome during my stay and thank you to Kai Handt, Julia Handt, and Rachel Zent for trusting me with Royal Dancer.”
For more information about Para-Dressage please visit www.USPEA.org.
About the 2017 LONGINES FEI World Cup Jumping & FEI Dressage Finals:
First held in 1986, the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final features the world’s best dressage horses and riders. A total of 31 Finals have been held through 2016, and the United States has won the championship twice –  in 2003 (Debbie McDonald with Brentina) and 2009 (Steffen Peters with Ravel). The Final has been held in the U.S. in Los Angeles (1995) and Las Vegas (2005, 2007, 2009, 2015).
Started in 1979, the FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final is an annual international showdown among the world’s best show jumping horses and riders. In the 38 Finals held through 2016, Germany (10) and the United States (9) have emerged with the most titles. Previous FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals held in the United States include Baltimore (1980), Tampa (1989), Del Mar, CA (1992) and Las Vegas (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2015).
The FEI World Cup™ Finals Omaha 2017 are produced by the Omaha Equestrian Foundation (OEF), a certified 501(c)3 not-for-profit foundation.  The focus of this foundation is to foster and develop international caliber athletes within equestrian sport and to support and educate the local community in the process. Since 2013, The Omaha Equestrian Foundation has donated tickets to local charities and created field trips for over 6,000 elementary school students, veterans and local military families. The OEF also produces the International Omaha, a world-class equestrian jumping and dressage experience. Their highly successful 2016 event was the prelude to the FEI World Cup™ Finals Omaha 2017. For more information about OEF, visit www.OmahaEquestrian.com.
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.
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March 24, 2017 – Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports Announces Educational Opportunities and Schooling Shows with Dressage Experts Michel Assouline, Hanneke Gerritsen, and Driving Coach Scott Monroe

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Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports Announces Educational Opportunities and Schooling Shows with Dressage Experts Michel Assouline, Hanneke Gerritsen, and Driving Coach Scott Monroe
Lyman, ME – March 24, 2017 – Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports is
 excited to announce a line-up of clinics, symposia, and schooling shows for 2017. Educators include Dressage Trainers Michel Assouline and Hanneke Gerritsen for two spring clinics, and in Driving Scott Monroe for a four-clinic series. Additional onsite schooling shows will be offered, one judged by Hanneke Gerritsen and two others by Jane Tremlett. The Academy is recognized as one of the nation’s three USEF/USPEA National Para-Equestrian Dressage Centers of Excellence as well as a Paralympic Sport Club. Carlisle Academy is located in Lyman, Maine and is a national leader in grassroots education and training for emerging and high-performance para-equestrian athletes and coaches. Their focus is in the sport development of Para-Dressage and Para-Driving. Scholarship support will be available through the Carlisle Charitable Foundation, and thanks to a grant from the Veterans Administration, all admission is free to any of these events for eligible veterans.  Auditors and coaches are welcome.
Calendar of Events:
Para-Dressage & Dressage:
Symposium with Michel Assouline, Friday and Saturday, May 5-6 (See Attached PDF)
Symposium with Hanneke Gerritsen, Friday & Saturday, June 2-3 (See Attached PDF)
In Para-Driving/Adaptive Driving:
Adaptive/Para-Driving Clinic Series with Scott Monroe (see attached PDF), Fridays, March 31, June 9, August 18 & Nov 10
Schooling Shows:
Dressage & Para-Dressage Schooling Show at Carlisle Academy judged by Hanneke Gerritsen, Sunday, June 4
Dressage & Para-Dressage Schooling Show at Carlisle Academy judged by Jane Tremlett, Saturday, August 5
Dressage & Para-Dressage Schooling Show at Carlisle Academy judged by Jane Tremlett, Saturday, October 21
For more information about dates, activities, or biographies please visit http://carlisleacademymaine.com/programs/sports-education/para-dressage-education-training/ or contact Sarah Armentrout, Head of School, at sarmentrout@carlisleacademymaine.com or 207-985-0374.
BIOS of Clinicians/Judges
Hanneke Gerritsen, FEI 5* Paralympic Dressage Judge and Deputy Chair FEI Technical Committee
Hanneke began her career with horses at her father’s farm. She has bred several talented dressage horses and is a trainer and coach to many high-performance athletes in Holland. Hanneke gives clinics all over the world. As a 5* Paralympic Dressage Judge, she performs a number of executive functions in the Para-Equestrian (PE) disciplines. She currently is serving as the Deputy Chair of the FEI Technical Committee, is Chair of the FEI Compensating Aids Panel, and is a Technical Deputy at the 2017 European Championships. She was a member of the Ground Jury at the 2008 Hong Kong Paralympics, a Technical Delegate at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, and most recently the Head of the Ground Jury at the 2016 Rio Paralympics . In addition to judging international competitions worldwide, Hanneke coached the Dutch Para-Equestrian Team from 2000 to 2004. Outside of her Para-Equestrian pursuits, Hanneke is a Grand Prix judge and a selector and trainer for new dressage judges at all levels.
Michel Assouline, International Dressage/Para-Dressage Trainer
Michel is a graduate of the French National Equestrian School, home of the Cadre Noir in Saumur and gained a vast international experience in the USA, France, Germany and the United Kingdom as an international dressage rider and trainer. Michel was long-listed to represent France at the Seoul Olympics and won the French National Championships in 2000. He has also scored numerous successes at International and National level. Michel was voted in 1995 UK Dressage Trainer of the Year, and is a member of the International Dressage Trainers Club. He is also currently on the British Dressage panel of trainers eligible to judge Potential International Dressage Horse classes and officiated several times at the Championships for four, five and six-year-old horse. In 2005 Michel became the British Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Coach and has led Team GBR riders to win Team Gold medals at the 2005 European Championships, the 2007 World Championships, the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, the 2009 European Championships, the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games, the 2011 FEI Europeans, the 2012 London Paralympic Games, the 2013 FEI Europeans, the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games, the 2015 FEI Europeans and the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games! At the Rio Games his athletes came back with a total of four silver and seven gold medals, medaling in all their classes contested. In November 2012 Michel was awarded the UK Sports Coach Medal and inducted in the Coaching Hall of Fame at the UK Coaching Awards ceremony. Later that year at the London Olympia International he received the prestigious British Equestrian Federation Medal of Honor. At the 2016 UK Coaching awards Michel Assouline along with Carl Hester, Angela Weiss, Lisa Hopkins and Helen Burt were awarded the Mussabini Medal – a sports award recognizing Coaches of British sports people and teams, and were inducted in the UK Coaching Hall of Fame. Michel recently successfully completed the inaugural intake of UK Sport’s Elite Coaching Program.
Scott Monroe, Para-Driving Coach, Level 2 PATH Driving Instructor & USEF National Combined Driving Single Horse Champion
Scott Monroe, three-time National Combined Driving Single Horse Champion, has represented the United States three times at the USET level as well as once for Canada as a navigator. Honored with Horse of the Year (HOTY) twice as well as Reserve HOTY twice with Shadow, a stunning black Morgan, Scott brings 20 years of driving experience and training of athletes, including para-driving competitors. Scott recently coached Grade 1a Para-Driver Stephanie Putman to finish 5th internationally in the 2016 FEI World Para-Driving Championships in the Netherlands. Scott is a Combined Driving Judge and Combined Driving Technical Delegate and achieved PATH Level 2 Therapeutic Driving Instructor Certification. Scott looks forward to utilizing his skills to continue working with para-driving athletes, and combined with his Marine Corps background, has a keen interest in helping disabled veterans. With his recent move to Portland, Maine, he is available as an adjunct instructor at Carlisle Academy for able-bodied, adaptive, and para-driving clinics and lessons.
Jane Tremlett, USDF “L” Graduate, USDF Bronze & Silver Medalist, Professional Dressage Instructor
Jane joined Carlisle Academy in 2011. She is a CHA Level 3 Instructor; USDF Bronze & Silver medalist; and USDF “L” Graduate. As an accomplished dressage rider Jane divides her time between training her own two horses Lyra and Corina, teaching dressage at Carlisle Academy, and judging dressage schooling schools. Jane enjoys teaching recreational students of all ages and abilities, and her focus on technical skills allows her students to progress quickly.  Jane has been involved with Carlisle’s Para-Dressage Program since the beginning and looks forward to continuing her coaching and judging involvement in the para-equestrian community.
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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March 22, 2017 – United States Riders Have Successful Symposium with Team Great Britain Para Equestrian Dressage Coach Michel Assouline

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United States Riders Have Successful Symposium with Team Great Britain Para Equestrian Dressage Coach Michel Assouline

Wellington, FL – March 22, 2017 – Team Great Britain Para Equestrian

U.S Para-Dressage Technical Advisor/ Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt and Team Great Britain Para Equestrian Dressage Coach Michel Assouline

Dressage Coach Michel Assouline flew to Wellington, FL, to conduct a Para-Dressage Symposium March 12-14, 2017. The symposium followed the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. For United States Para-Dressage riders this was a unique opportunity to work on the new FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Tests following an international competition. Both Assouline and U.S Para-Dressage Technical Advisor and Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt worked with each athlete and their home coaches in the Van Kampen Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The focus of the symposium was finding the appropriate competitive horse for each athlete’s Grade and working on what the judges are looking for in the new Tests.

Michel Assouline noted, “I had the pleasure to work with riders and coaches at the Wellington International Equestrian Center, during the USEF Para-Equestrian Symposium. Horses had quality and true potential to progress with the aim to gain consistent marks in competition. It was a question of seeing what they can be rather than what they were, repeating good habits in their training routine which will be more easily replicated in competition. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. Training sessions were fragmented in building blocks to identify blockers in detail, which were then shared with coaches, as attention to detail is everything in any winning culture. A really exciting pool of good rider-horse combinations.”

Team Great Britain Para Equestrian Dressage Coach Michel Assouline speaks to symposium attendees

Para-Dressage rider Katie Jackson took part in the symposium with Assouline, she expressed, “I really enjoyed having the opportunity to learn from Michel Assouline.  The symposium was a fantastic opportunity for all of us to learn from one of the best in our sport.  On the first day Michel shared valuable insight about developing the para-dressage athlete,  giving us his perspective on how to grow as individual riders and as a team.  He also spoke on the key areas that have created the success of Team Great Britain, including having a strong foundation for riders, coaches, and their support teams to grow and develop from.   During my rides I appreciated Michel’s attention to detail. I especially liked his patience and focus on correct basics such as straightness and connection to improve the horses’ gaits.   He gave helpful suggestions on how Royal and I can improve as a team and I felt that we made some big improvements over the two days of riding.  A big thank you to USEF/USPEA and our sponsors for making this symposium possible.”

Katie Jackson and NTEC Royal Dancer at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O_Riley,  Mission Control, Adequan, and Nutrena March 9-12, 2017, in Wellington,FL . Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall

For more information about future U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposiums please contact Laureen Johnson, High Performance Director, Para Equestrian & Vaulting, United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. Email: lkjohnson@usef.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/

March 12, 2017 – U.S. Equestrian Annie Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate Top the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*

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U.S. Equestrian Annie Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate Top the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*

U.S. Team Earns Gold in the CPEDI3* Nations Cup

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

Wellington, FL – March 12, 2017 – Paralympian and World Equestrian

Annie Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan, and Nutrena March 9-12, 2017, in Wellington, FL . Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall

Games’ athlete Annie Peavy showcased a brand new partnership at the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* March 9-12. The nine-year old Oldenburg Royal Dark Chocolate and Grade IV rider Peavy dominated over the weekend earning the overall high score award. The duo was one of four combinations on the Gold Medal U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team presented by Deloitte which included Peavy’s teammates Laurietta Oakleaf (Grade II), Katie Jackson (Grade V), Mary Jordan (Grade V), and Chef d’ Equipe/U.S. Para-Dressage Technical Advisor Kai Handt. Equestrians from both Canada and the United States competed in The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in front of Ground Jury members Carlos Lopes (POR), Adrienne Pot (USA), and Elke Ebert (GER). The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* was presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan®, and Nutrena.

Chef d’ Equipe Kai Handt was pleased with the U.S. Team’s performance he explained, “This was a really good show with severalscores in the 70’s. We are finally getting people coming up and aiming at the high performance division and aiming to the levels we want them at. We had a bunch of new horse and rider combinations and they all did very well for showing for the first time. Overall it was a great CPEDI3*.”

U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team presented by Deloitte Left to Right: Katie Jackson, Mary Jordan, Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt, Annie Peavy, and Laurietta Oakleaf (Sitting)at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan, and Nutrena March 9-12, 2017, in Wellington, FL . Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall

Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate were consistent over three days earning an average score of 71.894%. Peavy looked comfortable on the mare that arrived only five weeks before the international show. Peavy commented, “This weekend was great with Cocoa. She is such a joy to ride. I was so used to Lance (Lancelot Warrior) and knowing him in the show ring, so getting to know Cocoa has been an exciting new adventure. She’s so light in my hand and elastic. I have been enjoying her canter especially her expressive medium canter.”

Following the CPEDI3* Peavy will continue to show at the Global Dressage National shows. Peavy continued, “Following this show season we are talking about heading to Europe with Cocoa this summer, but it’s still in the works. I look forward to our future together and I am thankful to my mom Rebecca Reno, my trainer Heather Blitz, and my groom Alex Philpin for all of their hard work and support. I am also thankful to all the volunteers, show managers, and show staff at Global. Thank you for letting us ride in The Stadium. It’s important as a Para-Dressage athlete that competes internationally to show in an international venue like Global.”

Also on a new mount at the CPEDI3* was U.S. Grade V rider Katie Jackson. Jackson topped Grade V with NTEC Royal Dancer. Jackson had only one week to work with Royal and after two days of great results the duo earned a 74.458% in the freestyle.

“I am having so much fun getting to know Royal Dancer,” said Jackson.  “He is a kind and powerful horse and I am really benefiting from all of his experience in the show ring.”  The Team Test was our first time down centerline together and overall I was pleased with our ride. I was also happy with the improvements we made in the individual test.  Although it is a more challenging test, our score improved and we received very positive feedback from the judges.  I am extremely grateful for Julia Handt and Rachel Zent for trusting me with this amazing horse and to Kai Handt to his coaching and generous support.”

Katie Jackson and NTEC Royal Dancer at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan, and Nutrena March 9-12, 2017, in Wellington, FL . Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall

Jackson continued, “This is only my second CPEDI3* so being named to Team USA was a huge honor.  Everyone had really nice rides both days. I’ve been on quite a journey over this past year and to be able to represent our country alongside such talented teammates is incredible. I am very thankful for the valuable experience I have gained riding in The Stadium at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival.  It takes an amazing amount of time and tireless dedication to our sport by so many people to make these shows possible. I am very thankful to the show organizers, our delegates and judges, USEF, USPEA, and our fantastic sponsors Deloitte, Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan®, and Nutrena and our Chef d’ Equipe Kai Handt.”

Charlotte Merle – Smith and Firewalker at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan, and Nutrena March 9-12, 2017, in Wellington, FL . Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall

Following the CPEDI3* Jackson will ride in the Para-Equestrian Symposium with Michel Assouline. She will focus next on U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships in Tryon, NC in September.

Grade III top rider was U.S. athlete Charlotte Merle-Smith. Merle-Smith rodeFirewalker to three blue accolades.”The weekend went great,” said Merle-Smith. “I am really happy because each test was better than the last. I finally got that feeling that everything is coming together. I have a horse that does everything I tell him to do but I don’t always ask him the right way so it’s cool when I ask him correctly and feel the connection. In the freestyle I could feel my body smiling and I was really having fun.”

Dominating Grade II was U.S rider Laurietta Oakleaf and Niekele Fan Busenitz. “I am very happy with Nikki’s achievements and progress this year,” smiled Oakleaf. ” We have much to improve on but we are going in the right direction.  Thanks to Missy Ransehousen and my other sponsors: Limelight Saddlery, Pat Myers, Horse Tech, Cheval International, Core Pilates, Equissentials,  and John Hammrick. It was a beautiful weekend at

Laurietta Oakleaf and Niekele Fan Busenitz  at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan, and Nutrena March 9-12, 2017, in Wellington, FL . Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall

wonderful show grounds. All the riders rode beautifully. Thanks to Deloitte for their team sponsorship, the judges and technical staff, US Equestrian, and USPEA.”

Grade I top rider was Jody Schloss of Canada and her partner Lieutenant Lobin. This is Schloss’ second year on Lieutenant Lobin. Schloss explained, “Lobin has really started to enjoy his job as a Para-Dressage horse. Last year we were still getting to know each other – this year we are really a team, we trust each other and are working together. I’ve been focusing on the accuracy and flow of the new tests in training at home and that really paid off this weekend. We were able to show a steady tempo and harmony thru the movements. I’m looking forward to competing in September at the CPEDI3* in Tryon and seeing the venue for the 2018 World Equestrian Games.”

2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* was the second of two CPEDI3* events held in Wellington. Para-Dressage riders will head to the West Coast for the June 15-18, CPEDI3* in Rancho Murieta, Calif. and then to Tryon, NC for the September 14-17, CPEDI1*, CPEDI2*, CPEDI3* and USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Championship Sponsored by Deloitte.

Adequan® Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan®, and Nutrena

Team Results March 10-12, 2017

USA Gold
Name and Horse, Grade, Team Score, Individual ,Total

Laurietta Oakleaf and Niekele Fan Busenitz (USA) (Grade II)  67.879, 70.784, 69.332
Angela Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate (USA) (Grade IV) 72.250, 71.057, 71.654
Katie Jackson and Royal Dancer (USA) (Grade V) 67.872, 69.921, 68.897
Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75 (USA) (Grade V)

Total=209.882

CANADA Silver
Jody Schloss and Lieutenant Lobin (CAN) (Grade I) 69.524, 71.250, 70.387
Robyn Andrews and Fancianna (CAN) (Grade I) 68.274, 69.286, 68.780
Laura Hall and Boo Sinclair (CAN) (Grade IV) 65.750, 65.203, 65.477

Total= 204.644

Friday, March 10, 2017 Team Test Results
Judges E:  Adrienne Pot (USA) C: Carlos Lopes (POR)  M: Elke Ebert (GER)
Name and horse (Country), Judge E, Judge C, Judge M, Total Overall

Grade V
1. Katie Jackson and Royal Dancer (USA), 67.640, 66.593, 69.384, 67.872
2. Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75 (USA), 68.140,66.047, 69.302, 67.829

Grade IV

1. Angela Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate (USA)72.125, 72.125, 72.500, 72.250
2. Pamela Hardin and Quaterjack (USA)67.375, 69.250,65.625, 67.417
3. Laura Hall and Boo Sinclair (CAN) 63.875, 66.625, 66.750, 65.750
4. Eleanor Brimmer and London Swing (USA)63.500, 58.125, 61.375, 61.000

Grade III
1. Charlotte Merle-Smith and Firewalker (USA) 63.824, 62.941, 64118, 63.627

Grade II
1.Laurietta Oakleaf and Niekele Fan Busenitz (USA)66.212, 68.939, 68.485, 67.879
2. Dale Dedrick and Bardondales Ultrasuede (USA)66.970, 66.818, 67.273, 67.020

Grade I
1. Jody Schloss and Lieutenant Lobin (CAN)68.214, 70.357, 70.0, 69.524
2. Robyn Andrews and Fancianna (CAN) 67.679, 67.321, 69.821, 68.274

Saturday, March 11, 2017 Individual Test Results
Judges E:Elke Ebert (GER) C:Adrienne Pot (USA)  M: Carlos Lopes (POR)

Name and horse (Country), Judge E, Judge C, Judge M, Total Overall

Grade V
1. Katie Jackson and Royal Dancer (USA), 67.738, 70.119, 71.905, 69.921
2. Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75 (USA), 65.714, 67.143, 67.500, 66.786

Grade IV

1. Angela Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate (USA)74.756, 69.634, 68.780, 71.057
2. Pamela Hardin and Quaterjack (USA)68.159, 67.671,66.939, 67.589
3. Laura Hall and Boo Sinclair (CAN) 67.439, 63.415, 64.756, 65.203
4. Eleanor Brimmer and London Swing (USA)63.890, 60.720, 63.768, 62.793

Grade III
1. Charlotte Merle-Smith and Firewalker (USA) 62.441, 65.235, 65.088, 64.255

Grade II
1.Laurietta Oakleaf and Niekele Fan Busenitz (USA)70.0, 72.5, 69.853, 70.784
2. Dale Dedrick and Bardondales Ultrasuede (USA)67.353, 68.824, 66.912, 67.696

Grade I
1. Jody Schloss and Lieutenant Lobin (CAN)69.643, 70.536, 73.571, 71.250
2. Robyn Andrews and Fancianna (CAN) 69.643 68.214, 70, 69.286

Sunday, March 12, 2017 Freestyle Test Results
Judges E:Carlos Lopes (POR) C:Elke Ebert (GER)  M:Adrienne Pot (USA)
Name and horse (Country), Judge E, Judge C, Judge M, Total Overall

Grade V
1. Katie Jackson and Royal Dancer (USA), 74.750, 72.125, 76.5, 74.458
2. Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75 (USA), 67.125, 67.5, 69.5, 68.042

Grade IV
1. Pamela Hardin and Quaterjack (USA) 74.125, 71.750, 74.5, 73.458
2. Angela Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate 74.125, 71.375, 71.625, 72.375
3. Eleanor Brimmer and London Swing (USA)63.875, 65.750, 68.250, 65.958

Grade III
1. Charlotte Merle-Smith and Firewalker (USA) 72.167, 69.167, 65.833, 69.056

Grade II
1.Laurietta Oakleaf and Niekele Fan Busenitz (USA)72.167, 70.5, 69.833, 70.833
2. Dale Dedrick and Bardondales Ultrasuede (USA)69.5, 70.667, 70, 70.056

Grade I
1. Robyn Andrews and Fancianna (CAN) 73.333, 72.833, 73.500, 73.222
2. Jody Schloss and Lieutenant Lobin (CAN)70.833, 71.167, 69.0, 70.333

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.
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March 9, 2017 – Para-Equestrian Dressage Returns To Palm Beach for the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan®, and Nutrena

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Para-Equestrian Dressage Returns To Palm Beach for the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan®, and Nutrena

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

Wellington, FL – March 9, 2017 – Para-Dressage riders returned to the Palm

U.S. Chef d’ Equipe Kai Handt and NTEC Royal Dancer, ridden by Katie Jackson at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan, and Nutrena March 9-12, 2017, in Wellington, FL . Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall

Beach International Equestrian Center at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival for the second international para-equestrian dressage competition in Wellington, Florida. Eleven horse and rider combinations from the United States and Canada will compete over the March 10-12, weekend at Week nine of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan®, and Nutrena. Athletes from Grade I through Grade V include multiple World Equestrian Games’ riders and Paralympians. The CPEDI3* kicked-off Thursday with the FEI Jog with Ground Jury members Carlos Lopes (POR), Adrienne Pot (USA), and Elke Ebert (GER) viewing each horse as they jogged. Dale Dedrick won the Best Dressed Award presented by Show Chic. Rides begin in The Stadium on Friday with the Team Test, followed by Saturday’s Individual Tests, and ending with the Freestyle on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Competition includes both team and individual divisions. The U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team presented by Deloitte includes Laurietta Oakleaf (Grade II), Annie Peavy (Grade IV), Katie Jackson (Grade V), and  Mary Jordan (Grade V). The team is led by Chef d’ Equipe and U.S. Para-Dressage Technical Advisor Kai Handt. Equine Canada Team includes Laura Hall and Boo Sinclair (Grade IV), Jody Schloss and Lieutenant Lobin (Grade I) and Robyn Andrews and Fancianna (Grade I) with Chef d’Equipe and Para Canada’s technical director Clive Milkins.

Canadian Chef d’ Equipe Clive Milkins and Boo Sinclair, ridden by Laura Hall,at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan, and Nutrena March 9-12, 2017, in Wellington, FL. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
Roz Kinstler and Dale Dedrick’s horse Bardondales Ultrasuede at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan, and Nutrena March 9-12, 2017, in Wellington, FL. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
FEI Veterinarian talking to Heather Bliss who is jogging Annie Peavy’s horse Royal Dark Chocolate at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan, and Nutrena March 9-12, 2017, in Wellington, FL. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
Pam Hardin’s Quaterjack at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan, and Nutrena March 9-12, 2017, in Wellington, FL. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
Charlotte Merle-Smith’s Firewalker at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan, and Nutrena March 9-12, 2017, in Wellington, FL. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
Robyn Andrews’ Fancianna at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan, and Nutrena March 9-12, 2017, in Wellington, FL. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
Jody Schloss’ Lieutenent Lobin at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan, and Nutrena March 9-12, 2017, in Wellington, FL. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
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Ellie Brimmer(USA) Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall


Annie Peavy (USA) Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall


Katie Jackson
Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall



Elle Faulkner and Rebecca Hart Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
FEI Veterinarian Mike Tomlinson at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan, and Nutrena March 9-12, 2017, in Wellington, FL. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall


Robyn Andrews and team. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall



Friday, March 10, 2017 Ride Times for Team Test

Grade V
10:00 AM Katie Jackson and Royal Dancer (USA)
10:06 AM Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75 (USA)

Grade IV
10:15 AM Laura Hall and Boo Sinclair (CAN)
10:23 AM Eleanor Brimmer and London Swing (USA)
10:31 AM Pamela Hardin and Quaterjack (USA)
10:39 AM Angela Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate
10:47 AM Break

Grade I
11:25 AM Jody Schloss and Lieutenant Lobin (CAN)
11:33 AM Robyn Andrews and Fancianna (CAN)

Grade II
11: 45 AM Laurietta Oakleaf and Niekele Fan Busenitz (USA)

11:53 AM Dale Dedrick and Bardondales Ultrasuede

Grade III
12:05 PM Charlotte Merle-Smith and Firewalker (USA)

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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