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August 9, 2017 – USA Paralympians Annie Peavy and Margaret McIntosh Earn Top Results at Bishop Burton CPEDI3*

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USA Paralympians Annie Peavy and Margaret McIntosh Earn Top Results at Bishop Burton CPEDI3*

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

Avon, Connecticut – August 9, 2017 – 2016 USA Paralympian and 2014 World Equestrian

Annie Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate at the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall

Games athlete Annie Peavy (Avon, Connecticut) and Paralympic teammate Margaret “Gigi” McIntosh (Reading, Pennsylvania) headed to Europe this summer to compete in two international Para-Dressage competitions. Peavy rode at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage CPEDI3* July 5-9, 2017, with her Paralympic mount Lancelot Warrior and her new partner Royal Dark Chocolate. Peavy and her horses had an outstanding first show in Hartpury giving them a valuable education of what to expect at Bishop Burton CPEDI3* July 25-29.  McIntosh joined the trio at Bishop Burton with her new, 13 year old Danish Warmblood mare, Heros. Both equestrians had top finishes. Peavy brought home the Grade IV Championship earning a 1st in the Team Test on Lancelot Warrior with a 68.325% and 2nd with Royal Dark Chocolate earning a 68.275%.  Peavy came back the second day for the Grade IV Individual Test earning a 70.049% for 1st place with Royal Dark Chocolate and garnering 2nd with Lancelot Warrior with a 68.415%. Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate dominated the Grade IV Freestyle earning a 72.3% for the blue. McIntosh took home 5th place in the Grade I Team Test with a 63.964%, a 3rd place in the Grade I Individual with a 64.536%, and a 2nd place in the Freestyle with 68%. The FEI Ground Jury at the Bishop Burton CPEDI3* held at Bishop Burton College in Bishop Burton, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, included Sue Petty GBR3*, Jane McGarrell Groves GBR 3*, Bo Ahans SWE 4*, David Schmutz USA 4*, and Wendy Barker AUS 4*. Peavy and McIntosh will join USA Para-Dressage athletes from around the country in September at the USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Championship Sponsored by Deloitte, September 14-17, held at Tryon International Equestrian Center in Tryon, North Carolina, site of the 2018 World Equestrian Games competition.

With so many medaling athletes based in Europe traveling overseas to compete can be very beneficial for a United States rider. Not only does the rider compete alongside their international counterparts, but they are seen by more international judges in international venues. These along with other elements can prepare our horses and riders for future competition at world events. Peavy came out of Hartpury learning more about her new horse Royal Dark Chocolate and strengthening her relationship with both horses. Peavy commented, “Bishop Burton’s CPEDI3*  was a great finish for me. It was the first time I won a competition in England. Both Lance and Cocoa gave me their best. Cocoa is still a fairly new partnership and with each competition our connection and my love of riding her grows. She has such a kind heart and is always willing in the arena. It felt great to represent America and I am happy to finish in a top position. I could not have done this without my generous parents, Ed Peavy and Rebecca Reno. I’m so thankful to have my trainer, Heather Blitz, bringing me to the top and my super groom Alex Philpin for caring to Lance and Cocoa.”

Heros with Margaret McIntosh

For Peavy’s teammate Margaret McIntosh Bishop Burton was the first time she would show her new horse Heros in international Para-Dressage competition. After hearing a resounding endorsement of horse-hunting talent of Michel Assouline’s wife and classical dressage trainer Mette (she found both British Grade I team horses), McIntosh asked Mette to help her find a Grade I horse. McIntosh and her USA trainer Missy Ransehousen met Mette in Denmark in May where they found Heros. McIntosh trained with Mette at her farm in Colne Engaine, Essex, U.K. for the month of July before heading to the CPEDI3* at Bishop Burton. McIntosh explained, “By the time of Bishop, I had Heros for less than one month, I had no idea what to expect at our first show. I managed to make every common mistake in our first outing, going off course, pausing to poop, and whinnying. Our subsequent tests showed steady improvements culminating in a lovely freestyle for second place behind London Paralympic medal winner, Laurentia Tan. Despite my mistakes, our new USA Team coach, Michel Assouline, liked what he saw in the first test, stating, ‘The pieces are all there.’ He and Missy (Ransehousen) were both delighted with our freestyle performance and we are all looking forward to the CPEDI3* in Tryon in September.”

Margaret McIntosh at the Bishop Burton Arena with her groom Ellen Beardsley, Michel Assouline, Missy Ransehousen and her daughter, Charlotte McIntosh Tarr

McIntosh added, “I want to thank Missy and Jessica Ransehousen, Mette and MichelAssouline, Charlotte McIntosh, Ellen Beardsley, Alex Philpin and Becky Reno for all their great help in making this wonderful trip happen.”

Both riders and their horses will head to Tryon, North Carolina, in September for the USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Championship Sponsored by Deloitte, September 14-17, held at Tryon International Equestrian Center, site of the 2018 World Equestrian Games competition.

July 22, 2017 – U.S. Para-Dressage Athletes Continue Successful Summer 2017

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U.S. Para-Dressage Athletes Continue Successful Summer 2017

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

Thousand Oaks, California – July 22, 2017 – Summer 2017 began with an impressive

Annie Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate at the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall

international showcase from the United States Para-Dressage riders. The United States Para-Dressage Team dominated at the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* held at the Rancho Murieta Equestrian Center in Rancho Murieta, Calif. June 15-18. The Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* was followed by an exciting Para-Dressage Symposium with Michel Assouline and US Equestrian Para-Dressage Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt, all sponsored by US Equestrian. Across the pond, 2016 Paralympian (USA) and 2014 World Equestrian Games athlete Annie Peavy headed to Europe this summer riding at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage July 5-9, located at the Hartpury College in Hartpury, Gloucestershire, England . Peavy rode her Paralympic mount Lancelot Warrior and her new mount Royal Dark Chocolate. Peavy and her 2008 Oldenburg mare, Royal Dark Chocolate, owned by Rebecca Reno, scored a 72.425% in the Grade IV Freestyle competition. Their outstanding first show has prepared them for their next journey to the Bishop Burton CPEDI3* July 25-29, held at Bishop Burton College in Bishop Burton, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. Fellow Paralympic teammate Margaret “Gigi” McIntosh (USA) will join Peavy at Bishop Burton with her new partner, 13 year old Danish Warmblood mare, Heros . Finally, United States riders in both National and International will close out the summer competition at the USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Championship Sponsored by Deloitte, September 14-17, held at Tryon International Equestrian Center in Tryon, North Carolina, site of the 2018 World Equestrian Games competition.

The Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* held at the Rancho Murieta Equestrian Center in Rancho Murieta, Calif. June 15-18, showcased veteran para-dressage riders and many new horse and rider combinations. The U.S. Team led by Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt included Katie Jackson and NTEC Royal Dancer (Grade V); Roxanne Trunnell with NTEC Daytona Beach (Grade I), Michele Bandinu with Soulman 13 (Grade IV); and Kate Shoemaker and Solitaire 40 (Grade IV). World Equestrian Games (2014) and Paralympian (2016) Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Daytona Beach topped Grade I over the three days. “The first day was wonderful,” said Trunnell. “She pranced to a 69.571% the highest score of the day. Since Daytona is a big girl it takes her a little bit longer to get her back supple for that nice, swingy, forward walk that the judges want to see in the Grade I tests compared to the more compact horses. So to aid with this situation I did a lot of lateral work with her. Even with 100 degree temperatures Daytona was a soldier. Since Daytona has a long giraffe neck I’ve been playing around with her frame. She starts to get tense in the back when I have her really up in the bridle but when I warm her up where she is reaching for the bit and let her frame become more relaxed and natural to her, she rounds up nicely in her back and gets a relaxed swingy forward walk. I was happy how consistent she was that whole weekend.”

Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Daytona Beach. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall

Trunnell added, “My coach and Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt has been helpful for not only the U.S. Team but for Daytona and I as a pair. An example of this is how Kai speaks about keeping a horse forward. He said, ‘a horse is like a Porsche, the engine is in the back. You ride a horse from the back first.’ Daytona is a horse that needs to be ridden from behind and that requires a tremendous amount of half-halts. Knowing that she is trained this way has helped me keep her responsive and pretty in the show ring by giving her little “wake-up calls” in the form of half-halts from my seat during a test.”

Other notable rides at the CPEDI3* included new para-equestrian partnership Alanna Flax-Clark and Real Erbeo in Grade II; Ashleigh Flores-Simmons and Binero in Grade III; new rider Michele Bandinu and Soulman 13 in Grade IV; and Katie Jackson and NTEC Royal Dancer in Grade V.

Equestrians were able to move from the CPEDI3* to the US Equestrian Para-Dressage Symposium with Michel Assouline and US Equestrian Para-Dressage Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt that same week.  Michel Assouline was recently named the US Equestrian Head of Para-Dressage Coach Development and High Performance Programs. This symposium opportunity included lectures, collaborative coaching, and intensive work on what the judges are looking for in the new FEI Para-Dressage Tests.

Michel Assouline commented, ” I was pleasantly surprised to find an overall good standard of riders and horses. The facilities were really stunning and well organized in Rancho Murieta. I liked the concept of mixing para-dressage and able-bodied dressage competitions which generates broader crossway interest. The horse and rider combinations looked good indeed with room for improvement. I felt the riders and their coaches all had the ability to enhance the skill sets needed to develop their horses’ performance. Everyone was so keen to learn.”

Assouline and Handt conducted this similar symposium on the East Coast just months prior. Assouline said, “I am happy to say there are equally good quality riding and horses on both sides. The depth on the East coast is obviously greater. In California we worked on Improving their horses’ way of going including throughness, connection, contact and

Kai Handt and Michael Assouline at the 2017 US Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposium in Wellington_ Florida. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall

activity. We also worked on test presentation and outline awareness; accuracy. In addition to picking up marks where it’s easy.”

Assouline concluded, “I enjoyed working with Kai very much. I was able to bring different approaches and structures to the established system which Kai seemed to have embraced. Riders benefited from a daily test review with video analysis which is an important step forward and aid in the way we should up our game. I also included videos of recent top European riders in action to create an awareness of where riders are at present, and where they have to go and surpass themselves eventually. In the US, para-dressage riders tend to compare themselves against one another because it’s the only option with the lack of international competitors, so we need to offer them European exposure in the form of videos for the moment, being the cheapest option. I intend to monitor progress through an online competition system too which is being set-up by Laureen Johnson and the USEF IT Team. In the meantime several riders have been regularly sending video links for advice.”

Understanding what each athlete’s counterparts are showcasing in the international arena may be the key to the US riders earning medals at the world championships. Each year a handful of US Para-Dressage riders head overseas to immerse themselves within European competition. Annie Peavy headed to the Hartpury Festival of Dressage July 5-9, with Lancelot Warrior and Royal Dark Chocolate. Peavy explained, “Hartpury was great exposure with my new horse Cocoa. We learned a lot as a team, the more I get to know her, the more I love riding her. Both Cocoa and Lance traveled to England well, I am grateful to have two strong competitors. Our plans are to stay in England the rest of July and compete at Bishop Burton. I am thankful for my parents endless support along with my groom, Alex Philpin and trainer, Heather Blitz.”

2016 Paralympian Margaret McIntosh will join Peavy in Bishop Burton this July. Along her side will be Michel Assouline’s wife and classical dressage trainer Mette. McIntosh said, “After hearing a resounding endorsement of her horse-hunting talent (she found both British Grade I team horses), I asked Mette Assouline to help me find a Grade I horse. Missy (Ransehousen) and I met her in Denmark in May, where we found Heros, a 13 year old, 16.1, dark brown Danish Warmblood mare. I am training with Mette at her farm in Colne Engaine, Essex, U.K. for the month of July with the CPEDI3* at Bishop Burton and Tryon in September as our goals. My regular coach Missy Ransehousen will be here at the end of July to help me at the show. I am so excited to have the opportunity to ride and train in Great Britain, the Mecca of Para Equestrian Dressage. Many thanks to my great support group, including Missy and Jessica Ransehousen, my family, especially Brian, and Assouline Dressage for helping me make this incredible journey happen.”

US Para-Dressage athletes will finish the summer off with the USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Championship Sponsored by Deloitte in Tryon, NC. The Para-Dressage show is scheduled for September 14-17, 2017.

The United States Para-Equestrian Association would also like to mention four para-dressage horses that have passed this year. Rider Lara Oles lost her Bella earlier in the year, Katie Jackson lost her horse Wembley in April, Elle Faulkner lost Flash Dance in June, and Ashleigh Flores-Simmons lost Binero in July. The USPEA would like to express their sincere sympathy for each of these riders.

Results from the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* held at the Rancho Murieta Equestrian Center in Rancho Murieta, Calif. June 15-18, 2017

TEAM TEST                            Judge H    Judge C    Judge B    Total
Grade I    1    Roxanne Trunnell     USA    Ntec Daytona Beach             72.679    68.571    68.571    69.571
GradeII    1    Alanna Flax-Clark     USA    Real Erbeo             58.485    63.788    62.879    61.5
Grade III    1    Ashleigh Flores- Simmons     USA    Binero     DWB        67.059    63.088    61.765    64.706
Grade IV    1    Michele Bandinu     USA    Soulman 13             68    67.25    70.5    67.4
2    Kate Shoemaker     USA    Solitaer 40     HANN        72.875    65.875    69.375    67.275
3    Michele Bandinu     USA    Skagen 5             64.375    65    69    64.6
4    Lara Oles     USA    Wolkenpiper     OLDBG        60.5    63    64    61.425
Grade V    1    Katie Jackson     USA    Royal Dancer     WESTF        70.93    70.465    64.302    69
INDIVIDUAL
Grade I    1    Roxanne Trunnell     USA    Ntec Daytona Beach             67.679    67.321    68.393    67.25
GradeII    1    Alanna Flax-Clark     USA    Real Erbeo             62.353    62.059    60.882    61.5
Grade III    1    Ashleigh Flores- Simmons     USA    Binero     DWB        64.118    62.941    67.059    64.912
Grade IV    1    Michele Bandinu     USA    Soulman 13             66.341    67.561    64.634    65.28
2    Kate Shoemaker     USA    Solitaer 40     HANN        64.146    67.927    61.22    65.085
3    Michele Bandinu     USA    Skagen 5             62.439    65.732    66.341    64.061
4    Lara Oles     USA    Wolkenpiper     OLDBG        64.756    63.659    63.902    63.378
Grade V    1    Katie Jackson     USA    Royal Dancer     WESTF        71.429    66.667    67.381    68.31
FREESTYLE
Grade I    1    Roxanne Trunnell     USA    Ntec Daytona Beach             66.667    68.333    68    68.42
GradeII    1    Alanna Flax-Clark     USA    Real Erbeo             64.333    63.333    61.333    65.44
Grade III    1    Ashleigh Flores- Simmons     USA    Binero     DWB        66.333    70    65.333    67.447
Grade IV    1    Michele Bandinu     USA    Soulman 13             72.5    69.25    69.75    71.4
2    Kate Shoemaker     USA    Solitaer 40     HANN        70.25    66.75    64    70.23
3    Lara Oles     USA    Wolkenpiper     OLDBG        64.25    65.5    64.25    67.38
Grade V    1    Katie Jackson     USA    Royal Dancer     WESTF        67    67.75    73    69.43

TEAM OVERALL

Katie Jackson     USA    Royal Dancer     WESTF        0    0    0    68.655
1    Roxanne Trunnell     USA    Ntec Daytona Beach             0    0    0    68.411
1    Michele Bandinu     USA    Soulman 13             0    0    0    66.34
1    Kate Shoemaker     USA    Solitaer 40     HANN        0    0    0    66.18

July 8, 2017 – United States Dressage Judge Kristi Wysocki Earns FEI Five Star Para-Dressage Judge Promotion

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United States Dressage Judge Kristi Wysocki Earns FEI Five Star Para-Dressage Judge Promotion

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

Thousand Oaks, California – July 8, 2017 – Kristi Wysocki, of the United States, was

United States Dressage Judge Kristi Wysocki Earns FEI Five Star Para-Dressage Judge Promotion

recently promoted as a Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) 5* Para-Dressage judge. A 5* accreditation is the highest rank given to international judges. Wysocki is the only US FEI 5* Para-Dressage judge joining only a handful of experts in the world with this level of expertise.

Wysocki was first introduced to the Para-Dressage discipline at the 2008 Unites States Equestrian Federation Para-Equestrian Dressage Selection Trials for the 2008 Paralympic Team. Her next exposure to the sport was at the CPEDI3* held at N.E.D.A. Fall Show in 2009. Watching the athletes and horses and speaking with the international panels of judges during these competitions drew her attention to the value of the sport. She recognized the minimal funding the Para-Dressage riders had so in the spring of 2010, Wysocki organized a fundraising event for the U.S. Para-Dressage riders in Loxahatchee, Florida. She also attended the U.S. Para-Dressage training camp for the 2010 World Equestrian Games held in Lexington, Kentucky. Each of these experiences made Wysocki more interested in becoming further actively involved in the sport. In 2011 Wysocki became a FEI 3* Para-Dessage judge. In 2012 she served on the Selection Committee for the U.S. Paralympic Equestrian Team. She was promoted to an FEI 4* Para-Dressage judge in July 2013 and obtained her Technical Delegate status in the spring of 2014. She has served on the U. S. Equestrian Para-Dressage Committee since the spring of 2011 and currently serves as the chair of that committee. She now sits on the U.S. Equestrian International Disciplines Council as a representative for the Para-Dressage sport.

Wysocki is a lifelong horsewoman in addition to her past career as an engineer. Her engineering background and degree in Metallurgical Engineering has always given her a keen interest in both horse and rider biomechanics. Wysocki noted, “It was not until she became involved in the Para-Dressage branch of Dressage that she really started to see just how much the two can become one, despite many physical hurdles.” Wysocki feels her experience in this division has helped her learn so much more about this most important aspect of riding. She stated, “Para-Dressage has only enhanced my life-long love and bond to the horse. I really feel my experiences in Para-Dressage have made me more aware of the relationship between the two athletes (horse and rider).  I truly believe it has made me not only a worthy Para-Dressage judge but also a much better Dressage judge, trainer and rider than I would have been without.”

Hope Hand, President of the USPEA, noted, “The US is extremely proud of Kristi’s accomplishments and her dedication and commitment to the Para-Dressage Program.”

Wysocki concluded, “I am honored and humbled to be promoted to an FEI 5* Para-Dressage judge.”

June 29, 2017- Journey to WEG from US Equestrian July 2017

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May 22, 2017 – US Equestrian Sponsored Para-Dressage Symposium with Michel Assouline and Kai Handt June 19 – 20

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US Equestrian Sponsored Para-Dressage Symposium  with Michel Assouline and Kai Handt
June 19 – 20

Featuring Michel Assouline, recently named the US Equestrian Head of Para-Dressage Coach Development and High Performance Programs, and US Equestrian Para-Dressage Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt.

Rancho Murieta, CA – May 22, 2017 –  Following the 2017 Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* held at the Rancho Murieta Equestrian Center in Rancho Murieta, Calif. June 15-18, 2017, will be a US Equestrian Sponsored Para-Dressage Symposium with Michel Assouline and US Equestrian Para-Dressage Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt. Michel Assouline was recently named the US Equestrian Head of Para-Dressage Coach Development and High Performance Programs. The lecture will be held over two days and will include lecture, collaborative coaching, and intensive work on what the judges are looking for in the new FEI Para-Dressage Tests. For more information about the symposium please contact Laureen Johnson, High Performance Director, Para Equestrian & Vaulting, US Equestrian, Inc. Email: lkjohnson@usef.org. Download the registration form

Michel Assouline, International Dressage/Para-Dressage Trainer, U.K. Coach Hall of Fame, U.K. Sport’s Elite Coaching Program Graduate: 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 to 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 U.K. Sport’s Elite Coaching Program.

Kai Handt, owner and head trainer at North Texas Equestrian Center, Inc. (NTEC), and US Equestrian Para-Dressage Chef d’Equipe has been competing and training horses for nearly forty years. A native of Kassel, Germany, Kai’s early training was based on the traditional German system, a systematic and disciplined approach to horse training. He received a rigorous and diverse education in the disciplines of dressage, show jumping and three day eventing while working with such well known masters as Hermann Schridde, Eugen Wahler, and Richard Krause.

An avid competitor throughout his adolescent and teen years, Kai was awarded his German bronze, silver, and gold medals before reaching the age of 18. After earning his Bereiter, FN license in 1981, he apprenticed at Nord Hessisches Lands Leistungszentrum fuer den Reitsport under Richard Krause. Kai then spent five years employed at Prestiges Verein fuer Reitsport which was, at the time, one of Germany’s most respected training facilities. Soon after relocating to the United States in 1985, Kai purchased NTEC. Over the last twenty years, Kai has built North Texas Equestrian Center into a well-respected boarding and training center and has become a leading importer of quality warmbloods for the equestrian disciplines.
Kai continues to be active in the show ring, although his competitive pursuits in recent years have been increasingly focused on dressage. Earning his USDF bronze, silver, and gold medals as well as his silver and gold freestyle bars, Kai competes and trains horses at all levels and is the winner of numerous regional championships titles each year. His riding pursuits have taken him to the highly competitive CDI venues of Pebble Beach Dressage, the Palm Beach Dressage Derby, the WEF Dressage Classic, the Kentucky Dressage Association Dressage Show, and Dressage at Lamplight.

Kai’s students are always top contenders for regional championship titles from training level through FEI. He has had USDF/Dover National Merit Award winners in the adult amateur division and currently has junior and young rider students who have competed at the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, the USEF National Dressage Championships and the USEF Dressage Seat Equitation Medal Finals. In addition, Kai has sponsored and coached a para-equestrian rider, Jonathan Wentz with great success. Jonathan competed as a US team member at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, was the 2011 US Para Equestrian National Champion, and earned a spot on the US Paralympic Team that competed in London in August of 2012.  USEF secured Mr. Handt as the Para-Dressage Chef d’Equipe where he has led the Para Dressage team at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio and will serve as Chef d’Equipe at the 2018 World Equestrian Games, Tryon, NC.

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