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

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

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

Austin, TX – November 13, 2017 – International Para-Dressage athlete Katie Jackson fromAustin, Texas, has been working hard in 2017 topping Grade V Para-Dressage with scores in the mid 70’s and recently earning her USDF Silver Medal and High Point Award in the Fourth Level Open Division in able-bodied Dressage. Only two years ago Jackson was just out of surgery and barely even walking after 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 removed from the area. Jackson made a commitment to herself to

Katie Jackson and Royal Dancer. Photo by Ryan Russ

continue to do the sport she loved and aim for the world stage. With talent, hard work, and a strong support system Jackson and Royal Dancer, now owned by Jackson and her husband Yancy thanks to the generosity of Rachel and Julia Handt, have become a top duo on the Para-Dressage stage. Jackson’s list of accomplishments in two years include earning the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Lloyd Kramer Annual Sportsmanship Trophy, United Stated Dressage Federation (USDF) Grade IV Para Equestrian National Champion Number One Rider of the Year, helping to win four gold medals at each Nation’s Cup for Team USA in Florida and California, Awarded Women’s Sports Foundation 2017 Travel & Training Grant, and currently she is the third ranked FEI World Para-Dressage Grade V athlete. In September, Jackson topped Grade V at the US Equestrian 2017 Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships and CPEDI3* in Tryon, NC. In October 2017, Jackson rode at the GAIG/USDF Region 9 Championships, Southwest Dressage Championships and Houston Dressage Society Autumn Classic where she earned her USDF Silver Medal and High Point Award in the 4th Level Open Division. Finishing off the year, Jackson was presented the Grade V 2017 Adequan®/ USDF Para-Dressage Grade V Rider of the Year in addition to the All Breeds Para-Dressage Rider of the Year from the Westfalen Horse Association, for her accomplishments with Royal Dancer.

In Summer 2015, Jackson could only imagine where she would be weeks, months, and years down the road. In 2016, she was a brand new Para-Dressage rider and one year amputee competing at her first international Dressage competition. Jackson stated, “It has been an incredible year and I am so thankful to be able to be on this journey.  I have learned so much about myself, my riding, and what it takes to be a top competitor.  It is very rewarding to challenge my body and my mind to see what I can accomplish, especially now, as an amputee.”

Jackson has been a horse woman and athlete since she began riding at six years of age focusing on Dressage. She continued her riding even after graduating from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor in Arts and then from the UCLA School of Dentistry, beginning her dental practice in Austin, TX in 2007. She noted, “Earning my silver medal

Katie Jackson and Royal Dancer. Photo by Susan J Stickle

has been on my bucket list of goals. Even as a little girl I always dreamed about getting to wear the pretty shadbelly coat and riding at the FEI level.  I just never imagined I would be earning it so soon.  Earning this medal now, as a para-equestrian, makes it even more meaningful and special for me.”

Jackson is thankful to all of her support including her husband Yancy. She is also thankful to Austin Prosthetic Center who have helped to tell her story and keep her mobile so Jackson can continue living a life without limits. Jackson added, “I am extremely grateful to Kai Handt of North Texas Equestrian Center as well for believing in me and challenging me to ride at this level.   Kai’s support and coaching have aligned me for these successes and I am very thankful to be able to ride under someone with his knowledge and experience.”

Jackson is now aiming at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina, and the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

For more about Jackson’s story please visit

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.

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October 29, 2017 – Congratulations to the Adequan®/ United States Dressage Federation 2017 Para-Dressage Riders of the Year

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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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Congratulations to the
Adequan®/ United States Dressage Federation
2017 Para-Dressage Riders of the Year

Grade I 2017 Adequan®/ USDF Para-Dressage Rider of the Year

Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Daytona Beach Median Score 71.607%

Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Daytona Beach
Grade II 2017 Adequan®/ USDF Para-Dressage Rider of the Year

1. Laurietta Oakleaf and Niekele Fan Busenitz – Median Score 72.829
2. Dale Dedrick and Bardondales Ultrasuede – Median Score  68.162
3. Alanna Flax-Clark and Real Erbeo – Median Score 67.306
Laurietta Oakleaf and Niekele Fan Busenitz
Grade III 2017 Adequan®/ USDF Para-Dressage Rider of the Year
1. Riley Garrett and Piston – Median Score 67.647
2. Ashleigh Flores-Simmons and Binero – Median Score 66.765
3. Charlotte Merle-Smith and Firewalker – Median Score 65.882
4. Meghan Benge and Zoey – Median Score 65.294
Riley Garrett and Piston
Grade IV 2017 Adequan®/ USDF Para-Dressage Rider of the Year
1. Annie Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate – Median Score 69.749
2. Kate Shoemaker and Solitaer 40 – Median Score 68.313
3. Michele Bandinu and Skagen 5- Median Score 67.439
4. Pamela Hardin and Quaterjack- Median Score 67.417
5. Michele Bandinu and Soulman13 – Median Score 67.4
6. Lara Oles and Wolkenpiper – Median Score 65.365
7. Beth Levine and Miscellaneous- Median Score 64.695
Annie Peavy and Royal Dark Choclate
Grade V 2017 Adequan®/ USDF Para-Dressage Rider of the Year
1. Katie Jackson and Royal Dancer – Median Score 69.921
2. Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75 – Median Score 68.101
Katie Jackson and Royal Dancer

October 28, 2017 – Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75 head to U.S. Dressage Finals November 9-12

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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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Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75 head to
U.S. Dressage Finals November 9-12

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

Lexington, KY  – October 28, 2017 –  2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) athlete Mary Jordan of Wells, Maine, will head to the 2017 US Dressage Finals, presented by Adequan®, November 9-12, held in Lexington, Kentucky. Jordan and her own Rubicon 75 (Royal-Hit x Edelkarin/Absinthe) will be competing in the Third Level Open Freestyle at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park. The duo earned their wild card spot with a score of 71.483% in a class of twenty top horses. Jordan will represent Para-Dressage at this Able-bodied championship which she has done prior in 2014.

For Jordan and Rubicon 75, the Fall schedule has included many miles of travel and hard work. The pair recently competed September 14-17, at 2017 US Equestrian Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships and CPEDI3*, sponsored by Deloitte, held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Tryon, NC. They also headed to the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 4 Dressage Championships September 28-October 1, at the Maffitt Lake Equestrian Center in Cummings, IA. Jordan is looking forward to her next endeavor in November at the U.S. Dressage Finals.

Jordan commented, “This is our second trip to US Finals as an able-body Dressage and Para Dressage athlete. Life has been a blessed whirlwind this Fall including the US Equestrian Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships, Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 4 Dressage Championships, Multiple Sclerosis Patient Program in Kansas City, our 28th wedding anniversary, and lots of work. We’ve driven from Maine, to North Carolina, Ohio, Iowa, and every point in between. This has been a deeply rewarding season of team building and score building (up to 77% in the Para Tests and 75% in the freestyles,) great learning, camaraderie, new friends, old friends, layers of experience and just the joy of riding Rubicon across the country. I am so proud of Rubicon, for blossoming into the amazing partner we knew he could be; it is a joy to see how happy he is, and the expression and joy he puts into every ride. I am grateful to our team at Williams Dressage for their inspiration, expertise and commitment to developing Rubicon and I”

Jordan continued, “I am deeply grateful to my family, particularly Alan, Tristan and Anne; my coaches at Williams Dressage, all of whom are so special to me and believers in Rubicon; the magnificent Michael DeLuna; The Nonantum Resort, for being the most patient and wonderful employers; Ben Fitzpatrick/Fitz’s Forge, for his amazing talents; Ruby’s vets; friends at Snapping Turtle Hall; USEF, with a special nod to our discipline director Laureen Johnson; and show organizers in Region 8/4 and 3; the MS Community; the Para Dressage Community; and a slew of family and friends across the country and world, with a special pod in New York who have been amazing supporters. I could not have come so far without your friendship and support. I also want to recognize Clinton Central School District of New York. In 2015 I was inducted into the Kirkland Sports Hall of Fame in Central New York, from Clinton Central School District, for my contributions as an athlete and coach/advocate in the sport of Para Dressage. I strive to advocate as an athlete for the Para-Dressage/ Dressage sport and the MS community. We are truly looking forward to the US Finals and the future in 2018 toward WEG.”

Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall

 

October 28, 2017 – Wheatland Farm Hosts Incredible Annual Gala

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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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Wheatland Farm Hosts Incredible Annual Gala

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

Purcellville, VA – October 28, 2017 – In 1999, Irish Tenor Mark Forrest and his wife,  Muriel started the Faith & Family Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization to help families just  like theirs. Owners of Wheatland Farms and parents of eight boys – one who passed away as a baby – three of whom have profound disabilities – Mark and Muriel know only too well the challenges of raising children with serious illness. Working to create a balanced home life for their special needs boys, and their very active, typically developing ones, Mark and Muriel realized that programs and services for families like theirs were few and far between. Each year the beautiful Wheatland Farm, located in Purcellville, VA, hosts their Annual Gala Dinner. This year, the evening was dedicated to their recently deceased son Johnny. Each fall the Gala is held at the Great Upper Barn and is an elegant and inspiring evening featuring a seated dinner, keynote speakers, live and silent auctions and musical entertainment. This October 2017, the “Dinner at Downton” did not disappoint as each patron was swept into Downton Abbey of 1924, complete with silver candelabra, white linens and a fabulous English dinner. This dinner showcased the collective abilities of Wheatland Farm for the disabled and able-bodied community. In 2017, Wheatland Farm was recognized as a US Equestrian / USPEA Para-Dressage Center of Excellence in addition to being a PATH International member therapeutic riding and equine assisted activities and therapies program. Wheatland is also a fully inclusive traditional English riding program; provides adaptive and traditional aquatics, an adaptive hair salon, a wheelchair lending and detailing program and fun outdoor activities. All programs are designed to include siblings and typically developing children in an all-inclusive environment, and are provided by The Faith & Family Foundation at Wheatland Farm throughout the year.  As a Center of Excellence, Wheatland Farm will continue to grow as they become an Elite Training Center for Para-Dressage. Mr. and Mrs. Forest’s goal is to have available quality dressage horses & instruction for Para Dressage riders to give them a strong foundation to learn & excel in the sport.

USPEA President Hope Hand and Board Officer Tina Wentz were both in attendance at the

Brian Tiboni, Hope Hand, Mark and Muriel Forrest. Photo courtesy Wheatland Farm Gala

gala. Hope Hand was honored and celebrated for her vision and expertise with integration of Para-Dressage. Hand reflected, “The Annual Gala included Incredible people at an incredible event. We are already enjoying the partnership between Wheatland Farm and the US Equestrian/ USPEA . Mark and Muriel Forrest have created a wonderful farm and between them, their staff, and volunteers, we are so thankful for their tireless work to enhance Para Equestrian Sporting excellence.”

For more information about the Center of Excellence’s please visit https://www.usef.org/compete/disciplines/para-equestrian/para-dressage-programs-forms/centers-of-excellence

For more information about Wheatland Farm please visit

October 21, 2017 – Michel Assouline Para-Dressage/ Dressage Clinic December 2-3, 2017

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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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Michel Assouline Para-Dressage/ Dressage Clinic
December 2-3, 2017
Hosted by
Healing Strides of Virginia
 

Boones Mill, VA – October 21, 2017 – Healing Strides of Virginia is hosting a two-day clinic with Michel Assouline, December 2-3, 2017. Located in Boones Mill, VA, Healing Strides of Virgina is a USEF/USPEA International Para-Equestrian Dressage Center of Excellence, a Paralympic Sport Club, and a Premier Accredited PATH Center. The clinic will include a Coach Development Program and athlete training. For more information and for registration please call 540-334-5825. 

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