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February 3, 2018 – Bringing Joy, Embracing Change

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Bringing Joy, Embracing Change
 
US Equestrian’s 2018 Annual Meeting spotlighted progress on the ambitious strategic plan. Bottom line: it’s working!
 
By Glenye Cain Oakford
The United States Equestrian Federation’s 2018 Annual Meeting, which took place in Lexington, Ky., Jan. 17-20, showcased how recent changes in approach are making equestrian sports’ future brighter.
Themed “Bringing Joy, Embracing Change,” this year’s convention honored champions, delivered updates on key strategies and initiatives, hosted a number of popular educational forums, and welcomed lively open discussion.
US Equestrian President Murray Kessler
Photo Credit:Taylor Pence/US Equestrian
US Equestrian President Murray Kessler’s upbeat progress report on the organization’s strategic plan was the Annual Meeting’s centerpiece. A year after launching the strategic plan-including the USEF’s consumer-facing rebranding as US Equestrian-Kessler showed how US Equestrian is rising to the challenges of its vision statement: “to bring the joy of horse sports to as many people as possible.”
“We want to be accountable for the things we say we’re going to do,” Kessler said. “At the end of the day, we have a 28% increase in membership, a $5 million revenue increase, and a whole lot more benefits and programs, and we’re having one of the winningest years that we have ever had internationally, with success across the disciplines and all levels.”
To watch the entire General Session, including Kessler’s presentation and those by senior staff across US Equestrian’s departments, visit USEF Network. To get there, visit the USequestrian.org home page, click the Network & News tab, and scroll down for the 2018 US Equestrian Annual Meeting tile.
Among the General Session highlights:
  • Membership has grown 28% to 105,000 members, including 27,000 at the new fan level
  • Revenues are projected to rise $4.7 million in 2018, which allows for greater reinvestment in sport
  • Competition Lite, a program to increase access with a pathway to USEF competition, already has signed up shows for Saddlebreds, Paso Finos, Western dressage, Connemara, Welsh Pony, and Hackney Roadster, with Morgans also in the works
  • A new Grassroots Advisory Panel is addressing the decline in B, C, and local shows
  • The new, searchable Rulebook app makes accessing rules faster and easier
  • More investment in para-equestrian and a growing rider pool in para-dressage
  • The new Learning Center launched more than 50 videos, with more to come
  • Complete redesign of US Equestrian magazine, to be mailed to all members in 2018
  • The Joy Tour visited 19 major events, with more planned in 2018
  • USEF Network offered 54 livestreams, 26 new events, and 5,400 hours of on-demand video
  • Social media drew 637,000 fans, 15 million video views, and 161 million impressions
  • New, tougher penalty guidelines and Drugs & Medications program and rules amendments show a stronger stance for a level playing field
“You gave us a $750,000 investment last year to get started,” said Kessler. “That means by the end of 2018 we will have delivered a 500% return, but we’ll have that benefit every year going forward because we’ll be at a new level. That’s huge.”
“This has been a big year,” said chief executive officer Bill Moroney, who followed Kessler onto the stage. “We’ve had a lot of major successes, and there are some challenges still to overcome. None of us take those lightly.
“It’s about getting as many people with a horse as we possibly can, regardless of the breed or discipline they end up with,” Moroney added.
SUBHEAD: A Collaborative Affiliate Roundtable
The annual Affiliate Roundtable brought US Equestrian’s 29 diverse breed and discipline affiliates together for the annual Affiliate Roundtable. Based on feedback from the affiliate organizations, the collaborative meeting promoted idea-sharing on a number of issues, from membership to marketing to support for licensed officials and ways to improve communication between US Equestrian and affiliates.
The Roundtable agenda was based on feedback from the affiliates, who submitted topics of interest they’d like to discuss. The meeting covered such subjects as
  • opportunities for collaboration, growing membership, and sponsorship
  • ways to improve communications between US Equestrian and affiliate organizations
  • support for licensed officials
  • USEF affiliate membership benefits
“Everybody in leadership at USEF is focused on growing equestrian sports and bringing the joy of horse sports to as many people as possible through every breed and discipline, and we know we can’t do that without great affiliate relations,” USEF President Murray Kessler said in opening the meeting. “This is a major priority for us. We view ourselves as the governance experts and you as the discipline and breed experts, and it doesn’t work unless we all do it together,” he added.
Affiliate representatives’ desire to see more breeds and disciplines in consumer-facing US Equestrian imagery prompted an idea to form a collaborative library of affiliate-approved, rights-free photos and video that USEF can use to promote those breeds and disciplines. This year’s FEI World Equestrian Games™ at Tryon International Equestrian Center also presents promotional possibilities for a variety of breeds and disciplines, and USEF senior staff reported that the federation is working with WEG organizers on those affiliate opportunities. Moroney suggested that the group consider a “marketing retreat” to collaborate on other marketing-related strategies.
Other topics included membership growth, sponsorship, and improving communications between US Equestrian and affiliate organizations.
The roundtable group agreed to reconvene once or twice by conference call in 2018 to follow up on discussions and continue sharing ideas, both among themselves and between affiliates and the USEF.
More Chances to Learn
The 2018 Annual Meeting’s educational opportunities included a new series of moderated forums on such topics as crisis communications with communications professional Sarah Hamilton, the SafeSport initiative with Malia Arrington of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, and a detailed discussion of a proposed Coach Register by US Equestrian’s Director of Sports Programs, Will Connell. Mark Bellissimo, the guiding force behind the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, also updated attendees on that event and the accompanying World Equine Expo.
And there was a new feature that was open to all: the Competition & Member Summit, which had a theme of “Facing Challenges Together” and covered competition calendar management, the cost of participating in equestrian sport and competition, show standards, and prize money and bonus money.
Watch Annual Meeting highlights-including Kessler’s presentation and specific departmental updates from US Equestrian’s senior staff at the General Session, as well as the Pegasus Awards dinner and videos about 2017 Equestrian of the Year McLain Ward and William Steinkraus Lifetime Achievement Award winner Joseph Dotoli-on USEF Network.

January 26, 2018- U.S. Para-Dressage Displays Readiness in Wellington CPEDI3* for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon

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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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U.S. Para-Dressage Displays Readiness in Wellington CPEDI3* for the
2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon

Wellington, FL – January 26, 2018 – U.S. Para-Dressage had one of their most successful showcases at the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF). After earning the team gold at the AGDF Week 0 CPEDI3* (Jan 4-7), U.S. riders returned to AGDF Week 2 CPEDI3* (January 18-21) for their second win. Twenty-five horse and rider combinations from the USA and Canada competed over the second week of para-dressage competition including riders from Grade I-V. Riders brought forward their best tests in front of the FEI Ground Jury including Elke Ebert (GER) Kristi Wysocki (USA), and Carlos Lopes (POR). Para-equestrians performed under unseasonable Florida weather in The Stadium attaining high scores over the three days. Team USA included Sydney Collier and Western Rose, Katie Jackson and Royal Dancer, Annie Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate, and Kate Shoemaker and Solitaer 40. The U.S.A. team was led by Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt with US Equestrian Head of Para-Dressage Coach Development and High Performance Programs Michel Assouline. Securing the high score overall individual award was Rebecca Hart with her new mount El Corona Texel. Obtaining the reserve championship individual was Annie Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate. The AGDF 2018 shows were a chance for athletes to earn their FEI certificates of capability for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018. USPEA wants to thank all of the sponsors including Deloitte, Adequan, Mission Control, Rowan O’Riley for supporting athletes in the USPEA and US Equestrian, and Cargill. They would also like to acknowledge the staff and volunteers at the AGDF and US Equestrian for their hard work to create two spectacular CPEDI3*. Finally USPEA would like to show appreciation for the US Equestrian International High Performance Programs which are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and US Equestrian Sponsors and Members.

USA Para-Dressage

Hope Hand, President of the USPEA added, “The above U.S. para-dressage team, sponsored by Deloitte speaks “Success” at all levels. With the support from US Equestrian, the USET, and USPEA, our team, which includes everyone involved, no matter how small a part you may have played, was a key contributor to the growth and success of the US. para-dressage program. Thank you all for making us proud to be a member of your team. Keep sharing the “joy” with your wonderful horses, two hearts are unbeatable.”

 

Following the successful AGDF, riders will prepare for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 Test events and CPEDI3* scheduled April 19-22, 2018, at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina (USA). Selected athletes will then head to the Invitational Event, June 28 – July 8, 2018, at Wheatland Farm in Purcellville, VA. This will prepare the U.S. team for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon September 11-23, 2018.

 

To view US Equestrian selection criteria for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 please visit:

 

https://www.usef.org/compete/disciplines/para-equestrian/para-dressage-programs-forms/2018-world-equestrian-games-forms-publications

 

 

Results of Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* January 19-21, 2018 in Wellington, Florida

 

The U.S. Team Overall-Gold Medal

Overall Individual Champion Rebecca Hart and El Corona Texel
Reserve Champion Annie Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate

Results January 21, 2018 Freestyle Test CPEDI3*:

FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Freestyle Test Grade I
E: Wysocki C:Ebert M:Lopes
Placing, Name of horse and rider, E, C , M, Total
1. Margaret McIntosh and Heros (USA) 72.667, 74, 79.167, 75.278
2. Winona Hartvikson and Ultimo (CAN) 73.5, 71.333, 75.167, 73.333
3. Laurietta Oakleaf and Niekele Fan Busenitz (USA) 72.667, 71.5, 74.5, 72.889
4. David Botana and Lord Locksley (USA) 70, 72.667, 76, 72.889
5. Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Daytona Beach (USA) 69.333, 69.333, 74.833, 71.167
6. Jody Schloss and Lieutenant Lobin (CAN) 66.167, 70.333, 69.333, 68.611
7. Sydney Collier and Western Rose (USA) 68.667, 68.333, 66.333, 67.778
8. Deborah Stanitski and Butterfinger Bonanza (USA) 62.167, 63.5, 62.833, 62.833

FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Freestyle Test Grade II
1. Alanna Flax-Clark and Captain Moonlight TG (USA) 67.667, 67.667, 67.167, 67.5

FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Freestyle Test Grade III
1.Rebecca Hart and El Corona Texel (USA) 73, 72.833, 77.5, 74.444
2. Lauren Barwick and Engelbrecht (CAN) 67, 72.667, 75.333, 71.667
3. Meghan Benge and Zoey (USA) 67.333, 68.667, 66.667, 67.556
4. Riley Garrett and Piston (USA) 66.5, 69.333, 66, 67.278
5. Charlotte Merle-Smith and Firewalker (USA) 63.667, 67, 67.667, 66.111

FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Freestyle Test Grade IV
1. Angela Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate (USA) 77.250, 73.125, 75.625, 75.333
2. Kate Shoemaker and Solitaer 40 (USA) 72.125, 74.5, 76.250, 74.292
3. Michele Bandinu and Soulman 13 (USA) 63.625, 67, 68.375, 66.333
4. Laura Hall and Wendolin (CAN) 63.625, 67, 68.375, 66.333
5. Pam Hardin and Quaterjack (USA) 62.5, 66.875, 66.75, 65.375

FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Freestyle Test Grade V
1. Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75 (USA) 64.75, 64.875, 63.875, 64.5
2. Katie Jackson and Royal Dancer (USA) Eliminated

Results January 20, 2018 Individual Test CPEDI3*

FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Individual Test Grade I
E: Lopes (POR) C: Wysocki M: Ebert
Placing, Name of horse and rider, E, C , M, Total
1. Winona Hartvikson and Ultimo (CAN) 68.75, 74.286, 70.714, 71.250
2. Margaret McIntosh and Heros (USA) 72.857, 71.607, 66.250, 70.238
3. Laurietta Oakleaf and Niekele Fan Busenitz (USA) 69.464, 68.571, 68.393, 68.810
4.Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Daytona Beach (USA) 69.286, 66.964, 68.214, 68.155
5. Deborah Stanitski and Butterfinger Bonanza (USA) 65.893, 67.143, 68.929, 67.321
6. Jody Schloss and Lieutenant Lobin (CAN) 69.107, 65.536, 66.964, 67.202
7. David Botana and Lord Locksley (USA) 64.464, 65, 67.5, 65.655
8. Roxanne Trunnell and Fendi W (USA) 64.821, 67.5, 63.214, 65.179
9. Sydney Collier and Western Rose (USA) 64.107, 66.607, 64.643, 65.119
10. Robyn Andrews and Fancianna (CAN) 64.643, 65.357, 64.464, 64.821

FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Individual Test Grade II
1. Alanna Flax-Clark and Captain Moonlight TG (USA) 65.294, 68.971, 66.324, 66.863

FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Individual Test Grade III
1.Rebecca Hart and El Corona Texel (USA) 73.529, 72.206, 69.118, 71.618
2. Lauren Barwick and Engelbrecht (CAN) 74.706, 67.941, 68.971, 70.539
3. Lauren Barwick and Off to Paris (CAN) 68.529, 68.382, 67.647, 68.186
4. Riley Garrett and Piston (USA) 64.706, 65.882, 67.353, 65.980
5. Charlotte Merle-Smith and Firewalker (USA) 64.412, 65.441, 66.912, 65.588
4. Riley Garrett and Piston (USA) 67.353, 65.588, 63.676, 65.539
6. Meghan Benge and Zoey (USA) 61.176, 65.147, 64.853, 63.725

FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Individual Test Grade IV
1. Kate Shoemaker and Solitaer 40 (USA) 69.878, 73.780, 70.732, 71.463
2. Michele Bandinu and Soulman 13 (USA) 68.171, 71.220, 71.707, 70.366
3. Angela Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate (USA) 68.171, 69.390, 69.512, 69.024.
4.Laura Hall and Wendolin 67.561, 66.585, 65.854, 66.667
5. Pam Hardin and Quaterjack (USA) 65.854, 63.780, 66.707, 65.447
6. Michele Bandinu and Skagen (USA) 59.146, 64.878, 62.805, 62.276

FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Individual Test Grade V
1. Katie Jackson and Royal Dancer (USA) 63.214, 66.786, 65, 65
2. Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75 (USA) 61.071, 65.714, 62.857, 63.214

Results January 19, 2018 Team Test CPEDI3*

FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test Grade I
E: Ebert (GER) C:Lopes (POR) M:Wysocki
Placing, Name of horse and rider, E, C , M, Total
1. Winona Hartvikson and Ultimo (CAN) 71.607, 67.143, 75.714, 71.488
2. Margaret McIntosh and Heros (USA) 68.750, 71.429, 73.036, 71.071
3.Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Daytona Beach (USA) 71.429, 73.571, 67.857, 70.952
4. Laurietta Oakleaf and Niekele Fan Busenitz (USA) 73.036, 67.857, 66.607, 69.167
5. Deborah Stanitski and Butterfinger Bonanza (USA) 69.643, 68.214, 66.429, 68.095
6. Jody Schloss and Lieutenant Lobin (CAN) 68.929, 68.393, 66.429, 67.917
7. Sydney Collier and Western Rose (USA) 66.250, 64.286, 69.286, 66.607
8. Robyn Andrews and Fancianna (CAN) 65.357, 64.286, 66.786, 65.476
9. David Botana and Lord Locksley (USA) 70, 61.786, 63.571, 65.119
10. Roxanne Trunnell and Fendi W (USA) 59.107, 63.214, 61.786, 61.369

FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test Grade II
1. Alanna Flax-Clark and Captain Moonlight TG (USA) 62.576, 65.152, 65.606, 64.444

FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test Grade III
1.Rebecca Hart and El Corona Texel (USA) 70.735, 71.912, 73.088, 71.912
2. Lauren Barwick and Engelbrecht (CAN) 67.059, 68.235, 66.912, 67.402
3. Charlotte Merle-Smith and Firewalker (USA) 67.353, 65.588, 66.765, 66.569
4. Riley Garrett and Piston (USA) 67.353, 65.588, 63.676, 65.539
5. Lauren Barwick and Off to Paris (CAN) 65.294, 63.971, 65, 64.755
6. Meghan Benge and Zoey (USA) 63.088, 61.618, 64.412, 63.039

FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test Grade IV
1. Angela Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate (USA) 71.750, 72.5, 74.250, 72.833
2. Michele Bandinu and Soulman 13 (USA) 70.625, 70.750, 71.125, 70.833
3. Kate Shoemaker and Solitaer 40 (USA) 67.250, 71.5, 70.375, 69.708
4. Pam Hardin and Quaterjack (USA) 65.5, 65.125, 63.875, 64.833
5. Laura Hall and Wendolin 63.500, 64.375, 65, 64.292
6. Michele Bandinu and Skagen (USA) 61.375, 64, 66, 63.792

FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test Grade V
1. Katie Jackson and Royal Dancer (USA) 66.279, 60.581, 63.023, 63.295
2. Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75 (USA) 58.023, 55.814, 59.535, 57.791

CPEDI1*
Grade IV
Cecily Byrd and Sudden Eclipse (USA) 63.983, 60.190, 62.776, 62.316

January 8, 2018 – Deloitte U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Earns Gold at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*

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Deloitte U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Earns Gold at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*
Margaret McIntosh and Heros Top International Para-Dressage Competition followed by Annie Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate
By: Lindsay Y. McCall
Wellington, FL – January 8, 2018 – United States Para-Dressage riders ended a fantastic weekend earning an unprecedented number of scores over 70. Top Grade I rider and 2016 Paralympian from Reading, Penn., Margaret McIntosh, rode Heros to the overall highest individual score. Equestrians from the USA and Canada competed at the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) CPEDI3* Week 0, January 4-7, sponsored by By Mission Control, Rowan O’Riley supporting athletes in the USPEA and US Equestrian, and Cargill. It was an exciting three days in Wellington with unseasonably cold temperatures and high winds but the importance of this international show could be seen from the outstanding scores. For Para-Dressage athletes in Grade I-V, the AGDF shows (Week 2 is January 18-21) are two of only three stateside opportunities left to secure their FEI certificates of capability for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018. These shows are also a chance to showcase their rides in front of the FEI Ground Jury consisting of Dr Jan-Holger Holtschmit (GER), Kristi Wysocki (USA), and Sarah Leitch (GBR). The Deloitte U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team earned Gold with USA Teammates Margaret McIntosh, Roxanne Trunnell, Michele Bandinu, and Katie Jackson . The USA Team was led by Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt with US Equestrian Head of Para-Dressage Coach Development and High Performance Programs Michel Assouline.
Margaret McIntosh and Heros. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
The Deloitte U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team earned Gold with USA Teammates Margaret McIntosh, Roxanne Trunnell, Katie Jackson, and Michele Bandinu . Also photographed Rebecca Reno from Mission Control, FEI Judge Dr Jan-Holger Holtschmit (GER),  Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt, and Allyn Mannof Adequan.
Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall

It was a weekend of record breaking with the largest amount of US Entries in a CPEDI and the greatest amount of riders earning over a 70 or even the high 70’s in a CPEDI.
Kai Handt commented, “We had a very large competition and we will do it again in another week. It was a great weekend that began with some inclement weather on the first day of schooling. A lot of people got a little nervous in the beginning but our riders are used to dealing with all types of atmospheres and weather and their scores in the show ring showed that. We had some new team members this week and our system changed where our selection committee picks the team instead of the Chef.

Kai Handt and Michele Assouline. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall

Our team did great and overall and the competition went well. We have some top elite riders that are on the right path to superb tests, our riders scores can be seen improving from the outside resources including the online judging program and the additional Center of Excellence symposiums and Coach Development Programs. I hope we can see some more consistency at the next show and get even more athletes in the mid 70 range.”

Michel Assouline confirmed, “It’s interesting because we have the same two top riders that we had last September in Tryon at the CPEDI3*. I am seeing a great deal of improvement especially with the unprecedented amount of scores in the 70’s. The riders had some challenges including the wind and distractions but the high performance riders made it work. Overall the quality of the performances are improving. I can see they are benefitting from the online judging each month helping each rider raise the bar. I have only been in this job for half the year and I already see changes. Gigi (Margaret McIntosh) has moved up by 3% and Annie Peavy has moved up by 2%. We still need more depth, more riders, and more quality horses.”
Before working for the US Equestrian Team, Assouline was with the British Team for 12 years. Assouline explained, ” I love the U.S. and I love the challenge of having another project. We have good athletes and immense support but we need more horses. The structure is there and a lot of people are willing to help. America has a great culture in Equestrianism and the horses are brilliant here. But it seems that para-equestrian has been a little behind compared to the European sport. So now we need to push everyone that is on board. It’s nice to see US Equestrian, Murray Kessler, and many other individuals and organizations pushing forward and getting the wheels in motion. A para-equestrian athlete isn’t just an athlete with basic athlete requirements for their sport. A para-equestrian is not only competing and getting that opportunity but we are giving them a better life overall.”
Assouline was instrumental in 2017 with his wife Mette and Margaret McIntosh’s Coach Missy Ransehousen finding McIntosh her new horse Heros. The duo dominated the CPEDI at Global posting scores in the high 70’s over the weekend solidifying their partnership for the 2018 year.
McIntosh explained, “We’ve been working really hard since Tryon so I was pleasantly surprised to see that everything we have been working on with Missy came together this weekend. It was nice having done so well in the Team Test that we could relax, concentrate, and really ride my horse for the Individual Test. Taking a step back and experimenting with the warm-up, Missy road her a little bit deeper and rounder and changed things up to the next higher level.”
McIntosh added, “When I looked at my scores I was delighted to have Sara Leitch’s judging feedback because Michele speaks very highly of her as a ground jury member. So when I was received the highest score in the individual test that was vindication that we are on the right track. I am thankful to my Coach Missy, my family and to all the US support staff for their hard work this weekend.”
McIntosh was one of the four members of the US Team which included fellow Grade I rider Roxanne Trunnell (Rowlett, Texas). Trunnell, a 2014 WEG rider and 2016 Paralympian had a consistent week with NTEC Daytona Beach. “I am very happy with Daytona and our tests went really well,” said Trunnell. “We have been working on Daytona’s stretching to the bit and keeping her walks the same tempo. She was quite precise this weekend overall and I enjoyed being a part of the U.S. Team.”
Trunnell rides with Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt at the North Texas Equestrian Center along with Grade V top rider and U.S. teammate Katie Jackson. Only one year ago, Jackson was looking at her first CPEDI competition in The Stadium, and in October 2017 Jackson took over the ownership of this high performance horse Royal Dancer.
Roxanne Trunnell and Daytona Beach. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
Katie Jackson and Royal Dancer. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
Jackson stated, “It’s wild in some ways because it seems like a long journey in a short amount of time. It’s exciting to be back here. It’s my favorite place to show, Royal is happy here, and the arena is great. There isn’t anywhere else I would want to show. I was really pleased with how Royal performed this weekend. He was with me and listening to me. We have been working really hard this fall and it is rewarding to see it all come together in the ring. I am thankful for Kai for helping me focus on each detail of our test. I am also thankful for the clinics with Michele (Assouline). We have plenty to improve on but I am happy with how far we have come. It’s beyond my wildest dreams to own a horse like Royal and we are getting to know each other better and better. He tries his heart out and he just wants to please. There is so much more in him that I haven’t even tapped. I get these glimpses of what the possibilities could be and it’s riveting.”
Michele Bandinu (Santa Barbara, Calif.) rounded out the team of four for the U.S.. Bandinu, a grade IV rider drove his two horses Soulman 13 and Skagen from California for the CPEDI3* shows. “It was an honor being a part of the U.S. Team. There is definitely a lot of support with Michele (Assouline) and Kai (Handt). I am also thankful to my coach Ryan Torkelli and trainer Albrecht Heidemann. As a West Coast Para-Dressage rider I wish there were a few more opportunities on the West Coast since the logistics and mileage can be hard on the horses.”
Also from the West Coast was Alanna Flax-Clark (Los Angelas, Calif.) who flew out to the East Coast to work with Sara Schmitt Dressage LLC. Flax-Clark secured the Grade II win with Captain Moonlight TG. This was her first CPEDI3* and first time in Wellington, FL.
“It was a great show,” stated Flax-Clark. “I have only been riding him a few weeks but he is fantastic. He had to learn a lot for our partnership to work and he learned quickly. He’s a smaller horse with big gates and as soon as he enters the show ring he knows to turn it on. I enjoyed the ride this weekend and I am thankful for all of the support from California, New Jersey, and here in Florida.
Michele Bandinu and Soulman 13. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
Alanna Flax-Clark and Captain Moonlight TG. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
Rebecca Hart and El Corona Texel. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
In Grade III Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Penn.) finished the weekend with a 74.167 in the Freestyle competition and obtained the Grade III championship. As a Three-time Paralympian (2008, 2012, 2016) and two-time WEG athlete (2010, 2014), Hart is comfortable with the electric atmosphere of The Stadium at AGDF. So when Hart and her new mount El Corona Texel paraded down centerline Hart showcased her horse’s power and finesse.
“He’s kind of a unicorn,” smiled Hart. “I am so blessed and I can’t thank Rowan O’Riley enough for helping me with him and backing me. It’s been a true pleasure to experience a horse of such quality and character. Without Rowan it would not have been possible. It has been an amazing four months and I am really looking forward to the future.”
Hart continued, “This weekend has been an incredible event. I have missed getting in the CDI ring and it’s been a lot of fun to go down centerline again with a new horse and new programs. Tex is an extremely talented young horse. He continued to listen, focus, and do his job even when it was windy and cold, which shows his talent as a high performance horse.”
Hart concluded, “I personally want to thank Melissa MacLaren Felix, Sara Mullins, Rowan O’Riley, and my groom Alexandra Philpin for helping us in and out of the dressage ring. I also want to thank all of the managers, sponsors and volunteers, that make Global a first-class event.”
Annie Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
In Grade IV Annie Peavy, 2014 WEG athlete and 2016 Paralympian, performed outstanding with Royal Dark Chocolate. Peavy (Avon, Connecticut) and Royal Dark Chocolate overtook Grade IV with scores in the middle 70’s. Together they were the reserve champion high point rider.
Following the AGDF CPEDI3* will be the US Equestrian/USPEA Para-Dressage Symposium and Coach Development Program The symposium includes Michele Assouline and Kai Handt scheduled January 14-15, at Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center. Riders will be back to Global January 18-21, for the AGDF Week 2 CPEDI3*.
Results of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) CPEDI3* Week 0, January 4-7, sponsored by By Mission Control, Rowan O’Riley supporting athletes in the USPEA and US Equestrian, and Cargill
USA TEAM OVERALL GOLD MEDAL Total Score 420.622
Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Daytona Beach
Margaret McIntosh and Heros
Michele Bandinu and Soulman 13
Katie Jackson and Royal Dancer
Top Rider Overall Margaret McIntosh and Heros (USA)
Results January 7, 2018 Freestyle Test CPEDI3*
FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Freestyle Test Grade I
E: Leitch C:Wysocki M:Holtschmit
Placing, Name of horse and rider, E, C , M, Total
1. Margaret McIntosh and Heros (USA) 75.633, 74.667, 78.5, 76.267
2. Winona Hartvikson and Ultimo (CAN) 75.533, 71, 74.333, 73.622
3. Sydney Collier and Western Rose (USA) 72.967, 73, 66.833, 70.933
4. Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Daytona Beach (USA)68.433, 69.167, 72.833, 70.144
5. Robyn Andrews and Fancianna (CAN) 68.833, 69, 70.5, 69.444
6. Jody Schloss and Lieutenant Lobin (CAN) 67.067, 66.667, 71.333, 68.356
FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Freestyle Test Grade II
E
FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Freestyle Test Grade III
1.Rebecca Hart and El Corona Texel (USA) 75.667, 72.833, 74, 74.167
2. Charlotte Merle-Smith and Firewalker (USA) 68.133, 66.5, 66.667, 67.1
3. Meghan Benge and Zoey (USA) 67.5, 67.833, 62.333, 65.889
FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Freestyle Test Grade IV
1. Kate Shoemaker and Solitaer 40 (USA) 72.125, 71.375, 74.875, 72.792
2. Michele Bandinu and Soulman 13 (USA) 69.85, 77.875, 69.5, 72.408
3. Angela Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate (USA) 71.425, 73.375, 72.375, 72.392
FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Freestyle Test Grade V
1. Katie Jackson and Royal Dancer (USA)66.786, 72.381, 69.881, 69.683
2. Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75 (USA) 63.571, 64.405, 62.857, 63.611
Results January 6, 2018 Individual Test CPEDI3*
FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Individual Test Grade I
E: Leitch C:Holtschmit M:Wysocki
Placing, Name of horse and rider, E, C , M, Total
1. Margaret McIntosh and Heros (USA) 73.750, 70, 73.393, 72.381
2. Winona Hartvikson and Ultimo (CAN) 70.536, 75, 67.857, 71.131
3. Sydney Collier and Western Rose (USA) 67.5, 67.143, 70.55, 68.398
4. Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Daytona Beach (USA) 70.357, 66.250, 66.607, 67.738
5. Robyn Andrews and Fancianna (CAN) 68.75, 63.929, 67.679, 66.786
6. Jody Schloss and Lieutenant Lobin (CAN)64.464, 63.036, 65, 64.167
FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Individual Test Grade II
1. Alanna Flax-Clark and Captain Moonlight TG (USA) 63.176, 63.176, 63.912, 63.422
2. Deborah Stanitski and Butterfinger Bonanza (USA) 57.5, 61.029, 56.618, 58.382
FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Individual Test Grade III
1.Rebecca Hart and El Corona Texel (USA) 69.118, 67.647, 66.471, 67.745
2. Charlotte Merle-Smith and Firewalker (USA) 63.824, 63.382, 63.676, 63.627
3. Meghan Benge and Zoey (USA) 61.765, 55.735, 63.382, 60.294
FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Individual Test Grade IV
1. Angela Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate (USA)69.268, 73.293, 74.634, 72.398
2. Kate Shoemaker and Solitaer 40 (USA) 67.073, 67.927, 67.195, 67.398
3. Michele Bandinu and Soulman 13 (USA) 64.256, 65.720, 69.5, 66.492
4. Michele Bandinu and Skagen (USA) 64.488, 64.488, 64.976, 64.650
5. Beth Levine and Miscellaneous (USA) 64.488, 64.488, 64.976, 64.650
5. Pam Hardin and Quaterjack (USA) E
FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Individual Test Grade V
1. Katie Jackson and Royal Dancer (USA)66.786, 72.381, 69.881, 69.683
2. Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75 (USA) 63.571, 64.405, 62.857, 63.611
Results January 5, 2018 Team Test CPEDI3*
FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test Grade I
E: Wysocki C:Leitch M:Valkenburg
Placing, Name of horse and rider, E, C , M, Total
1. Margaret McIntosh and Heros (USA) 73.750, 69.286, 78.214, 73.750
2. Sydney Collier and Western Rose (USA) 69.464, 69.107, 72.857,70.476
3. Winona Hartvikson and Ultimo (CAN) 69.107, 69.643, 69.107, 69.286
4. Robyn Andrews and Fancianna (CAN) 71.250, 65.536, 70.536, 69.107
5. Jody Schloss and Lieutenant Lobin (CAN)66.786, 66.786, 72.857, 68.810
6. Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Daytona Beach (USA) 66.071, 68.214, 68.750, 67.679
FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test Grade II
1. Alanna Flax-Clark and Captain Moonlight TG (USA) 65.758, 65.606, 67.121, 66.162
2. Deborah Stanitski and Butterfinger Bonanza (USA) 58.939, 59.091, 60.909, 59.646
FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test Grade III
1.Rebecca Hart and El Corona Texel (USA) 68.235, 68.529, 67.059, 67.941
2. Charlotte Merle-Smith and Firewalker (USA) 63.676, 64.559, 66.176, 64.804
3. Meghan Benge and Zoey (USA) 66.029, 63.235, 64.412, 64.559
FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test Grade IV
1. Angela Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate (USA) 75, 68, 71.625, 71.542
2. Kate Shoemaker and Solitaer 40 (USA) 68.5, 70.75, 70, 69.75
3. Michele Bandinu and Soulman 13 (USA) 70.125, 66.375, 67.5, 68
4. Michele Bandinu and Skagen (USA)68, 65.625, 68.875, 67.5
5. Pam Hardin and Quaterjack (USA) 62.125, 65.375, 64.875, 64.125
6. Beth Levine and Miscellaneous (USA) 55.250, 54.625, 56.375, 55.417
FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test Grade V
1. Katie Jackson and Royal Dancer (USA) 69.302, 68.023, 69.884, 69.070
2. Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75 (USA) 68.605, 66.744, 65.698, 67.016
 

United States Para-Equestrian Association Mission Statement
To Help Develop, Promote, Support, and Sustain all USA Para Equestrian Athletes for Regional, National, and International Competition with a focus on Paralympic Equestrian Sport.

United States Para-Equestrian Association Vision Statement
The vision of the United States Para Equestrian Association (USPEA) is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America for athletes with an eligible physical impairment, promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the Paralympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national Para Equestrian Association in the world.

About USPEA
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 4, 2018 – 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* Kicks Off Friday in Wellington

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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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2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* Kicks Off Friday in Wellington

Wellington, Florida – January 4, 2018 – Nineteen horse and rider combinations braved the unusual cold weather at the FEI Horse Inspection at Week 0 of the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) CPEDI3*. Kicking off the winter season at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida, these pairs will make their way down centerline through Sunday, January 7. Riders from the USA and Canada can expect a second chilly day on Friday as they showcase their Team Tests for FEI Ground Jury Dr Jan-Holger Holtschmit (GER), Kristi Wysocki (USA), and Sarah Leitch (GBR). The 2018 AGDF CPEDI3* January 4-7, is the first of two (Week Two is January 18-21) international Para-Dressage shows held in Wellington this season. Both shows are sponsored by By Mission Control, Rowan O’Riley supporting athletes in the USPEA and US Equestrian, and Cargill. Para-Dressage riders are using these multiple opportunities to prepare for the exciting FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 held in Mill Spring, North Carolina, U.S. at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, from September 11-September 23.

Schedule January 4, 2018 Team Test CPEDI3*

FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test Grade I

AM
10:00 Robyn Andrews and Fancianna (CAN)
10:08 Margaret McIntosh and Heros (USA)
10:16 Jody Schloss and Lieutenant Lobin (CAN)
10:24 Sydney Collier and Western Rose (USA)
10:32 Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Daytona Beach (USA)
10:40 Winona Hartvikson and Ultimo (CAN)

FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test Grade II
10:48 Deborah Stanitski and Butterfinger Bonanza (USA)
10:56 Alanna Flax-Clark and Captain Moonlight TG (USA)

FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test Grade III
11:05 Meghan Benge and Zoey (USA)
11:13 Charlotte Merle-Smith and Firewalker (USA)
11:21 Rebecca Hart and El Corona Texel (USA)

FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test Grade IV
11:50 Michele Bandinu and Skagen (USA)
11:58 Beth Levine and Miscellaneous (USA)
PM
12:06 Angela Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate (USA)
1:10 Michele Bandinu and Soulman 13 (USA)
1:18 Kate Shoemaker and Solitaer 40 (USA)
1:26 Pamela Hardin and Quaterjack (USA)

FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test Grade V
1:35 Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75 (USA)
1:41 Katie Jackson and Royal Dancer (USA)

Katie Jackson and Royal Dancer competing at the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Jackson will compete Jan 4-7, 2018 at the Global Dressage Festival showgrounds alongside 18 other horse and rider combinations.
Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
 

United States Para-Equestrian Association Mission Statement
To Help Develop, Promote, Support, and Sustain all USA Para Equestrian Athletes for Regional, National, and International Competition with a focus on Paralympic Equestrian Sport.

United States Para-Equestrian Association Vision Statement
The vision of the United States Para Equestrian Association (USPEA) is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America for athletes with an eligible physical impairment, promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the Paralympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national Para Equestrian Association in the world.

About USPEA
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 3, 2018 – Media Outlets Help Needed for the LIVE 2018 WEG Parathon Benefiting Para Dressage and Para Driving

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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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Media Outlets Help Needed for the LIVE 2018 WEG Parathon Benefiting Para Dressage and Para Driving

Wellington, FL – January 3, 2018 – All Equestrian Media Outlets, we need your help!  Horse Radio Network (HRN) will host the 2018 World Equestrian Games (WEG) Parathon January 11, 2018. The live video event will include Paralympians, WEG athletes, coaches, and international riders will give viewers an in-depth look into their sport, their horses, and their personal stories.  The WEG Parathon will run from 7 PM- 9 PM Eastern. Funds raised through the HRN Parathon will benefit the Para Equestrian disciplines of Para Dressage and Para Driving through USPEA, a 501(c)(3).

Media outlets or personal websites that would like to help support the Equestrian Para Community can do so easily by carrying the video feed on their website (YouTube embed) and promoting through social media. For all the details and instructions please visit

The WEG Parathon will be an entertaining and exciting two-hour fast paced event. With hosts Samantha Clark and Reese Koffler Stanfield at the wheel, the fundraiser will feature an assembly of the finest Para-Equestrians. With the help of the Equestrian Media HRN hopes to help raise thousands of dollars for the athletes in this WEG year.

To learn more about the WEG Parathon please visit

About Horse Radio Network:
The Horse Radio Network (HRN) is proud to be the “Voice of the Horse World” and home of the most entertaining equine radio shows/podcasts on the Internet. HRN currently produces a multitude of  different shows and just passed 6,400 episodes. Their lively interviews and fun segments by horse industry experts and professionals have generated millions of downloads, and fans from all corners of the globe.  HRN’s unique format is a mix of entertainment and education that engages listeners in a friendly and dynamic way.

For more information visit HorseRadioNetwork.com, call (859) 951-2022, or email Glenn@horseradionetwork.com

.  HRN can also be found on Twitter (@horseradio) and Facebook.
 

United States Para-Equestrian Association Mission Statement
To Help Develop, Promote, Support, and Sustain all USA Para Equestrian Athletes for Regional, National, and International Competition with a focus on Paralympic Equestrian Sport.

United States Para-Equestrian Association Vision Statement
The vision of the United States Para Equestrian Association (USPEA) is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America for athletes with an eligible physical impairment, promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the Paralympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national Para Equestrian Association in the world.

About USPEA
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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