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February 22, 2017 – Renowned International Dressage Rider and Team GB Para Equestrian Dressage Coach Michel Assouline Conducts Para-Dressage Symposium March 12-14, in Wellington, Florida

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Renowned International Dressage Rider and Team GB Para Equestrian Dressage Coach Michel Assouline Conducts Para-Dressage Symposium March 12-14, in Wellington, Florida

Wellington, FL – February 22, 2017 – Michel Assouline will conduct a Para-Dressage Symposium March 12-14, 2017, following the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* in Wellington, Florida, March 9-12. The symposium will take place at the Van Kampen Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Riders will begin working with Assouline on March 12, and will continue to ride over two full days March 13 and 14. The cost of the symposium is $500 for riders and $200 for auditors. The focus of the symposium will be finding the appropriate competitive horse for each athlete’s Grade, working on what the judges are looking for in the new FEI Para-Dressage Tests. Assouline will work in collaboration with the U.S Para-Dressage Technical Advisor and Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt. For more information on the details of this symposium, please contact Laureen Johnson, High Performance Director, Para Equestrian & Vaulting, United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. Email: lkjohnson@usef.org

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About Michel Assouline

Michel Assouline (credit www.assoulinedressage.com)
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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!

Michel Assouline and Lee Pearson Photo credit www.assoulinedressage.com
In March 2009 Michel was awarded the PDTT Coaching Award, and 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 Honour. Team GBR made the following statement at the time: ‘Michel has been the British Paralympic team coach for eight years, during which time the GB team have remained unbeaten at major team championships, amassing 85 medals in total, including the 2012 Paralympic haul of 11.

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 Programme.

Michel Assouline (credit www.assoulinedressage.com)
For more information on the details of this symposium, 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.
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January 28, 2017 – FEI 3* Dressage and FEI 4* Para Dressage Judge Kristi Wysocki Conducts International Para-Dressage Symposium in Wellington in Collaboration with U.S.Technical Advisor Kai Handt

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FEI 3* Dressage and FEI 4* Para Dressage Judge Kristi Wysocki Conducts International Para-Dressage Symposium in Wellington in Collaboration with U.S.Technical Advisor Kai Handt

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

Wellington, FL – January 28, 2017 – Following a successful Adequan® Global DressageFestival CPEDI3* in Wellington, Florida,  FEI 3* Dressage and FEI 4* Para

FEI 3_ Dressage and FEI 4_ Para Dressage Judge Kristi Wysocki talks about shoulder in.

Dressage Judge Kristi Wysocki conducted an international Para-Dressage Symposium in Collaboration with U.S.Technical Advisor Kai Handt. The symposium ran over three days January 22-24, 2017, and it included demonstration rides of the new tests given by top level Dressage riders. The focus of the symposium was to talk about and work on technical aspects of the FEI tests that were recently released.  Kristi Wysocki was able to give her recent experience judging the new tests at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* and explain to the riders what they should aim for in each Para-Dressage Grade. Kai Handt worked with the riders and spoke to them about horse preparation and expectations in the ring. The format of the symposium included both riding intensive and sit down discussions.

Each FEI Para-Dressage Grade Test was demonstrated by top Dressage athletes those included Shelly Francis, Noel Williams, Rebecca Waite, Roz Kinstler, and Jessica Rhinelandar. During the Grade V test demonstration by Grand Prix rider Noel Williams with horse Caprice, owned by Hampton Meadows Farm, Wysocki spoke about the importance of geometry.

“It’s important to make sure your geometry is perfect,” stated Wysocki. “If you don’t get the geometry correct you get in trouble with balance and gait. If you know a particular movement is difficult for your horse, you can use certain preparations or movements on the geometry to get the best score.”

Demonstration athlete Grand Prix rider Noel Williams with horse Caprice, owned by Hampton Meadows Farm
FEI 3* Dressage and FEI 4* Para Dressage Judge Kristi Wysocki (Right) conducted an international Para-Dressage Symposium in Collaboration with U.S.Technical Advisor Kai Handt (Left)

She also spoke about transitions, “Don’t throw your transition score away. Even if you have trouble in the lengthening for example, make sure the transition is done well.”

Hope Hand, President of the United States Para-Equestrian Association was happy with both the CPEDI3* and the participation at the symposium. Hand acknowledged, “I want to thank all those involved with both the CPEDI3* and the symposium. That includes the riders and support staff; Judges President Kristi Wysocki (USA), Carlos Lopes (POR), and Anne Prain (FRA); Show management, Thomas Baur, Monica Fitzgerald; Sponsors Mission Control and Mane Stream, Rowan O’Reilly; Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt; USEF Discipline Director Laureen Johnson; USEF; and USPEA.”

She continued, “Even with low entries, this event jump started the season off with great enthusiasm and hope for a fantastic year heading into The World Equestrian Games. The January show is a good way for our Developing Riders to get their feet wet and they did just that with promising scores that met the first step of WEG qualifications. I am excited to see new horse rider combinations coming up the ranks. I look forward to seeing our riders return in March.”

The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* in Wellington, Florida, is scheduled for March 9-12, 2017, at The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

FEI 3* Dressage and FEI 4* Para Dressage Judge Kristi Wysocki talks about Grade V Para-Dressage Test with demonstration athlete Grand Prix rider Noel Williams with horse Caprice, owned by Hampton Meadows Farm
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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January 23, 2017 – U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team presented by Deloitte Earns Blue at Adequan® Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* in Florida

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U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team presented by Deloitte Earns Blue at Adequan® Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* in Florida


Canadian Robyn Andrews and Fancianna earn the overall individual championship.

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

Wellington, FL – January 23, 2017 – Athletes from the United States and Canada competed over the January 20-22, 2017, weekend at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* presented by Mane Stream courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Mission Control, Adequan®, and Nutrena. Para-dressage riders in Grades I through V attempted the brand new FEI Para-Dressage tests in front of ground jury members President Kristi Wysocki (USA), Carlos Lopes (POR), and Anne Prain (FRA). The U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team presented by Deloitte earned the blue for the team competition. Earning the individual champion was Robyn Andrews (Grade I) of Canada with an overall total of 70.506. This was the first of two CPEDI3* events held at the The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida. Following this CPEDI3* is a Para-Dressage symposium with FEI 3* Dressage and FEI 4* Para Dressage Judge Kristi Wysocki in collaboration with U.S. Para-Dressage Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt. The second CPEDI3* is March 9-12, 2017.

The U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team presented by Deloitte showcased top tests with precision and accuracy at the CPEDI3*. The team of four horse and rider combinations included (Grade I) Roxanne Trunnell (USA) and NTEC Daytona Beach;(Grade Ib) Laurietta Oakleaf (USA) Niekele Fan Busenitz; (Grade IV) Eleanor Brimmer (USA) and London Swing; and (Grade V) Katie Jackson (USA) and Wembley.

U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team presented by Deloitte. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
U.S. Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt noted ,”We had a good nations cup team this weekend. This was the first CPEDI of the year and since we started off really early this season it prevented some of our riders from showing up. The new tests came out very late this year and some riders wanted to ride in their local shows before riding them in an international venue. However we had some great rides this weekend. The March show will be a big show with lots of new horses and riders.”

Individual athlete Robyn Andrews (Grade I) of Canada topped the competition averaging a 70.506 with Fancianna. Andrews said, “We did awesome. I find at shows Fancianna listens to me really well. I am enjoying the new tests. I find them hard but I like the challenge that each presents. I look forward to competing at the March show when there are more riders and horses.”

Also competing from Canada was Paralympian Jody Schloss and Lieutenant Lobin in Grade I. Schloss said, “I’m really happy with our progress. He was looking at everything but I’m happy with where we are at and our future together.”

Paralympian Roxanne Trunnell (USA) rounded out the Grade I competition with NTEC Daytona Beach. “Daytona acted like such a pro out in the show ring and it’s hard to believe she is coming back from a leave of absence in international showing.” stated Trunnell. “When I first started showing Daytona at our first show together she screamed her head off the entire test but this time she didn’t make a peep. I was very impressed with her. During the individual test she was a little tense but she was still a good horse.”

Robyn Andrews (CAN), Fancianna, photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
Jody Schloss (CAN), Lieutenant Lobin, photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
Roxanne Trunnell (USA), NTEC Daytona Beach photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
In Grade II Laurietta Oakleaf and her long time partner Niekele Fan Busentiz had top scores in the Team and Individual tests. Oakleaf explained, “I’m really liking the new tests. They are a little more difficult but it keeps the horses attention. I wanted to thank my trainer Missy Ransehousen because without her help I couldn’t have ridden in this show. I am honored to have shown at this CPEDI3* with all of the wonderful riders and I was pleased with my rides over both days.”

Grade IV rider Ellie Brimmer and London Swing (USA) had three consistent days at the CPEDI3* ELLIE expressed, “I really appreciate the time and effort the test writing committee put into these new tests after Rio. I find them to be riding well. In the individual test my coach Shelly Francis and I focused on a short warm up, improving the forward impulsion. I’m so happy to have been apart of Team USA for this show and I’m thankful for Deloitte’s support.”

New para-dressage athlete Katie Jackson and her own Wembley experienced their first-ever international show. “I was so happy with Wembley he really showed the potential we have together and the power he can give. He tried so hard at this show. He was really intense but with me through everything and really listened to me. This was my first time in a big nation stadium and it was an incredible experience. I was soaking it all in as the national anthem played. This was a pretty amazing experience. If you told me this a year ago that I would be doing this I wouldn’t believe you.”

Jackson added, “I want to thank all the sponsors including Mane Stream and Mission Control. I want to thank them for the lovely prizes and the support. I also want to thank Kai Handt, Laureen Johnson at USEF, and Hope Hand of the USPEA for making these shows happen.”

Laurietta Oakleaf (USA) Niekele Fan Busenitz, photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
Eleanor Brimmer (USA) London Swing photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
.Katie Jackson (USA) Wembley photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
Results:

Adequan® Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* Friday, January 21, 2017
Team Test
Judges: E – Kristi Wysocki (USA),  C –  Anne Prain (FRA), M – Carlos Lopes (POR), Total

Grade I (Previously Grade Ia)
1. Robyn Andrews (CAN), Fancianna, 72.143, 69.643, 67.321, 69.702
2. Jody Schloss (CAN), Lieutenant Lobin, 66.607, 64.643,66.607, 65.952
3. Roxanne Trunnell (USA), NTEC Daytona Beach, 62.857, 62.679, 66.250, 63.929
Grade II (Previously Grade Ib)
1. Laurietta Oakleaf (USA) Niekele Fan Busenitz, 67.879, 67.424, 67.424, 67.576
Grade IV (Previously Grade III)
1. Eleanor Brimmer (USA) London Swing, 66.125, 62, 65, 64.375
Grade V (Previously Grade IV)
1.Katie Jackson (USA)) Wembley 63.488, 63.953, 63.140, 63.527

Adequan® Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* Saturday, January 22, 2017
Individual Test
Judges: E –  Anne Prain (FRA), C – Carlos Lopes (POR), M – Kristi Wysocki (USA),  Total

Grade I (Previously Grade Ia)
1. Robyn Andrews (CAN), Fancianna,71.464, 68.250,70.393, 70.036
2. Jody Schloss (CAN), Lieutenant Lobin, 66.786, 66.786, 65.893, 66.488
3. Roxanne Trunnell (USA), NTEC Daytona Beach, 60.179, 64.464, 66.429, 63.690
Grade II (Previously Grade Ib)
1. Laurietta Oakleaf (USA) Niekele Fan Busenitz, 68.382, 72.059, 72.353, 70.931
Grade IV (Previously Grade III)
1. Eleanor Brimmer (USA) London Swing, 65.366, 64.512, 65.610, 65.163
Grade V (Previously Grade IV)
1.Katie Jackson (USA)) Wembley 65.595, 65.238, 63.929, 64.921

Adequan® Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* Sunday, January 23, 2017
Freestyle Test

Judges: E – Carlos Lopes (POR), C – Kristi Wysocki (USA),M- Anne Prain (FRA)  Total

Grade I (Previously Grade Ia)
1. Robyn Andrews (CAN), Fancianna,74, 71.667, 73.5, 73.056
2. Jody Schloss (CAN), Lieutenant Lobin, 67.167,65.833,67.833, 66.944
3. Roxanne Trunnell (USA), NTEC Daytona Beach, 61.833, 64.333, 62.167, 62.778
Grade II (Previously Grade Ib)
1. Laurietta Oakleaf (USA) Niekele Fan Busenitz, 71.667, 71.667, 69.333, 70.889
Grade IV (Previously Grade III)
1. Eleanor Brimmer (USA) London Swing, 64, 65.125, 66.375, 65.167
Grade V (Previously Grade IV)
1.Katie Jackson (USA)) Wembley 61.792

January 19, 2017 – Adequan® Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* Commences in Wellington

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Adequan® Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* Commences in Wellington

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

Wellington, FL – January 19, 2017 – The winter equestrian show season is in full swing in beautiful Wellington, Florida. At The Stadium at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival Para-Dressage riders are prepping for the 2017 CPEDI3* January 20 – 22, presented by Mission Control and Made Stream. Although a small sample of athletes will be competing at the first CPEDI3* of 2017, the list includes riders from both the United States and Canada. The CPEDI3* begins on Friday, January 20, with the Team Test, followed by the Individual Test on Saturday, and the Freestyle on Sunday.  Ground jury members include President Kristi Wysocki (USA), Carlos Lopes (POR), and Anne Prain (FRA).  Friday, will not only be the launch of the CPEDI3* but it is also the first time the judges will see these athletes ride the brand new Para-Dressage tests of 2017. It is also the first time these athletes have new Grade names.

In 2017, the five current Grade names changed from Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV to Grade I, II, III, IV, and V. Grade IV rider Ellie Brimmer will be competing over the weekend with her horse London Swing. The duo earned the Omega Alpha Healthy Horse Award during the FEI Horse inspection on Thursday. Brimmer is looking forward to the first international Para-Dressage show of 2017. She noted, “I’m looking forward to getting the opportunity to show in the International Stadium again. This CPEDI is a great opportunity to experience in a big atmosphere venue. My goal for this show is to ride these new tests with good energy and use this as a baseline to see where I need to make improvements. Working with my trainer Shelly Francis, I think my partnership with Louie continues to strengthen and I look forward to seeing what we’re able to accomplish.”

Para-Dressage competition begins at 10 AM in the The Stadium at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival.
Ellie Brimmer and London Swing by Lindsay Y. McCall
Ellie Brimmer and London Swing by Lindsay Y. McCall
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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January 11, 2017 – Three USEF/USPEA National Para-Equestrian Dressage Centers of Excellence Complete Series of Clinics

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Three USEF/USPEA National Para-Equestrian Dressage Centers of Excellence
Complete Series of Clinics

Thousand Oaks, California – January 11, 2017 – USEF/USPEA National Para-Equestrian Dressage Centers of Excellence (COE) Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports in Lyman, Maine; North Texas Equestrian Center (NTEC) in Wylie, Texas; and Ride On Therapeutic Riding Center in Chatsworth, Calif.; each completed a COE clinic this fall/winter season.
October 21-22, and November 18, 2016
Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy and Sports recently conducted two Para-Equestrian clinics for para-driving and para-dressage. The clinics ran over two weekends and took place in Lyman, Maine, on October 21-22, and November 18, 2016. The clinics, conducted by international para-equestrian coaches Clive Milkins and Scott Monroe, are part of Carlisle Academy’s ongoing efforts as a USEF/USPEA Para-Dressage Center of Excellence.
On October 21 & 22, 2016, five developing riders, including Carlisle’s own para-equestrian youth and disabled veterans, in addition to two adult riders from Virginia, and a PATH coach from New York took part in curriculum-rich para-dressage training with esteemed Paralympic Coach Clive Milkins. Participants gained new coaching networks, adaptive equipment ideas, and the fundamentals of para-dressage competition, but also received thought-provoking and empowering lessons to dive deeper into the sport.
On November 18, 2016, American Diving Society Judge and International Para-Driving Coach Scott Monroe offered an Introduction to Para-Driving. Participants from neighboring Maine riding centers included three PATH coaches, three veterans, several auditors, and one adult driver with a disability interested in the competitive sport experience. Monroe presented the foundations of para-driving while sharing his recent experience coaching international athlete Stefanie Putnum at the 2016 World Championship. Introductory lessons were given to those who were interested.
In both clinics, Carlisle’s Head of School Sarah Armentrout shared information on veterans’ funding assistance through the Department of Veterans Affairs, encouraging eligible veteran athletes to learn more about and engage in para-equestrian sports.
For more info on the Para-Equestrian Training Camps, contact Carlisle Academy Head of School, Sarah Armentrout at 207-985-0374, sarmentrout@carlisleacademymaine.com,
Carlisle Academy is a recognized PATH Premier Accredited Center and a USEF/USPEA Para-Equestrian Center of Excellence.

 
December 2-4, 2016
North Texas Equestrian Center (NTEC) of Excellence in Wylie, Texas, held its first para-dressage trainer and rider forum December 2-4, 2016. This was a brand new format for the trainer and riding forum where the successful Danish Olympic coach David Amager gave a rider clinic and theory seminar after the clinics and Kai Handt USEF National Para-Dressage Advisor and Chef d’Equipe gave a Para-Dressage coach seminar. The clinic was exceptionally well received. The very intense course attracted lots of spectators, went from 8 AM to 8 PM each day, and involved not only horse and rider training but theory sessions about how to train, prepare, and show horses in national and international competition. The trainer seminar gave in-depth information about how to school and train para-equestrian athletes and horses for competition and how to correctly evaluate riders and their mounts for safety and competition.  Representatives from USEF, USOC, and USPEA were impressed with the high level of competition and excellent facilities.
USEF National Para-Dressage Advisor and Chef d’Equipe stated, “Thanks to the United States Olympic Committee for the grant to put on the first coaching forum. The seminar was an excellent combination of having a US and top rated European coach working hand-in-hand to give our riders and especially our trainers in-depth information on how to train and prepare horse/rider pairs for competition and how to evaluate upcoming or new talent for further training for competitions. The participation of local trainers as well as a few trainers from other parts of the country show that there is a large interest in seminars of this caliber and form.  We had excellent feedback on the theory, video, and printed material from athletes, trainers, and support staff. NTEC is looking forward to running multiple seminars of this caliber with international trainers and judges in 2017 and beyond.”
He added, Just thank USOC for the Grant to put on the first coaching forum
Rider Katie Jackson added, “The clinic was a great experience. Everyone rode really well and showed significant improvements over the three days of riding. For me, this was my first dressage clinic since becoming a para-dressage rider.  David was spot on with his observations and gave me some really great tools to continue working with. The horse I rode, Wembley, worked hard for me all weekend and I enjoyed feeling the improvements in our connection and overall relaxation that David helped us achieve.  I really enjoyed meeting some new para-dressage riders and getting to know others better too. We had a very supportive and enthusiastic group. The NTEC family and Kai Handt did a wonderful job of organizing and hosting our weekend of learning and spoiled us with all kinds of delicious food.  Thanks to NTEC, USPEA, and USEF for making this symposium possible. I am already looking forward to the next one.”
For more information about the North Texas Equestrian Center clinic please contact Kai Handt at Kaihandt@yahoo.com and visit http://uswarmblood.com. Office phone number (972) 442-7544
Ride On Therapeutic Riding Center in Chatsworth, Calif.
Ride On Therapeutic Riding Center in Chatsworth, California, hosted a clinic with David Schmutz. The clinic was unfortunately cancelled after three rides due to 40 mile per hour winds.
Megan McQueeney expressed, “We couldn’t even keep the arena standing. Despite 40 plus mile an hour winds both David and the riders were extremely hearty. We managed to get in three rides before we had to cancel. Joann Benjamin also did a national classification for one rider. It was incredibly generous of Dave to offer his time to develop these riders and everyone had a great time and learned a lot despite the weather.”
She added, ” We have been very pleased with the para-dressage interest we have received over the year. We hosted an Open House Clinic and Classification last fall and that event was great. Riders from all over California came including five rider that did five classifications.

Ride On Therapeutic Riding Center in Chatsworth, Calif. will host another clinic February 5, 2017, with David Schmutz. There will also be a nationally recognized Para-Dressage show at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center May 13-14, 2017. For more information contact Megan McQueeney at jrsporthorses@gmail.com
USEF/USPEA National Para-Equestrian Dressage Centers of Excellence (COE)
 
The regional COE hubs of excellence goal are to attract new riders to the sport of para-equestrian dressage. Additionally, they work in partnership with the USEF high performance programs to develop athletes to a level where they can represent the U.S. in international competition and at the Paralympic Games and ultimately win medals
COEs play a vital role in attracting dressage trainers to the sport and helping them understand the aids and methods of training the disabled athletes in para-dressage. The COEs are the primary hosts of USEF para-dressage high performance programs and educational symposiums. In addition, COEs aim to further develop their links with the therapeutic riding community, thus exposing interested athletes to competition opportunities.
Each COE is unique in the structure of their para-dressage programs and offer opportunities independent of other COEs. The USEF/USPEA is committed to working with each COE to build plans that complement their individual strengths and opportunities. These regional hubs of excellence will attract new riders to the sport of para-equestrian dressage. Additionally, they work in partnership with the USEF high performance programs to develop athletes to a level where they can represent the U.S. in international competition and at the Paralympic Games and ultimately win medals
For more information on the COE programs, please contact USEF Director of Para Equestrian, Laureen Johnson at lkjohnson@usef.org, or 908-326-1155.
The USPEA is the USEF’s Recognized Affiliate for all para-equestrian disciplines and exists to help develop, promote, and support athletes wishing to participate in the para-equestrian sport. For more information on getting started with para-equestrian please visit www.uspea.org or contact USPEA President, Hope Hand at wheeler966@aol.com.
For more information about the USEF/USPEA Centers of Excellence please visit USEF.org or go to http://uspea.org/may-5-2016-usefuspea-names-para-equestrian-dressage-centers-of-excellence/
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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