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January 2, 2018 – U.S. Para-Dressage Symposium with Michel Assouline January 14-15

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U.S. Para-Dressage Symposium with Michel Assouline January 14-15

Loxahatchee, Florida – January 2, 2018 – Athletes and their coaches are invited to participate in the U.S. Para-Dressage Symposium and Coach Development Program with Michel Assouline January 14-15, 2018. Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, a US Equestrian/ USPEA Center of Excellence is hosting the symposium at their facilities in Loxahatchee, Florida. The symposium lies in between the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) CPEDI3* shows scheduled January 4-7, and January 18-22. The symposium is sponsored by the United States Equestrian Federation as a part of the Center of Excellence Program. Download the program guide and application here. For more information please contact Susan Guinan at 561 792 9900 or email info@vinceremos.org.

U.S. Para-Dressage Symposium and Coach Development Program
Date: January 14 – 15, 2018
Location:Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center
13300 Sixth Court North
Loxahatchee, Florida 33470

The center is located on 15 acres just off Southern Blvd. It has a beautiful covered arena, quality footing, and 12 x 12 matted box stalls. Limited turn out is available by arrangement. The center is fully accessible including wheelchair accessible mounting ramps and a hover lift for comfortably moving riders from wheelchair to horse and back. Dry stalls are available in the main barn or in a smaller more private barn. For more information on pricing and availability please call Susan Guinan at 561 792 9900. To view more about the facility please visit https://vinceremos.org/. More information about the upcoming symposium will be a available soon.

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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December 29, 2017 – Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center Offers Equine Accommodations for Florida Bound Para-Dressage Athletes Symposium with Michel Assouline January 14 – 15

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Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center Offers Equine Accommodations for Florida Bound Para-Dressage Athletes
Symposium with Michel Assouline January 14 – 15

Wellington, FL – December 29, 2017 – Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, located in Loxahatchee, Florida, is offering equine accommodations for athletes needing lodging before, between, or after the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) CPEDI3* shows held in Wellington, FL, by Mission Control, Rowan O’Riley/USPEA, Cargill. Riders will be showing at the AGDF 0 on January 4-7, and the AGDF 2 January 18-22, 2018. Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center is a USEF/USPEA Center of Excellence (COE) and as a COE, Vinceremos is hosting a symposium January 14-15, with Michel Assouline.

The center is located on 15 acres just off Southern Blvd. It has a beautiful covered arena, quality footing, and 12 x 12 matted box stalls. Limited turn out is available by arrangement. The center is fully accessible including wheelchair accessible mounting ramps and a hoyer lift for comfortably moving riders from wheelchair to horse and back. Dry stalls are available in the main barn or in a smaller more private barn. For more information on pricing and availability please call Susan Guinan at 561 792 9900. To view more about the facility please visit https://vinceremos.org/. More information about the upcoming symposium will be a available soon.

December 9, 2017 – Two-time World Equestrian Games athlete Susan Treabess is throwing her hat in the ring for the 2018 WEG

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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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Two-time World Equestrian Games athlete Susan Treabess is throwing her hat in the ring for the  

2018 WEG

Davis, Calif. – December 9, 2017 -Two-time World Equestrian Games athlete (2010 and  2014) Treabess (Winters, Calif.) has had to sit the past four years out of the international Para-Dressage ring focusing on her horse training business and family. “We’ve been busy since 2014 WEG in France,” laughed Treabess, “my husband and I bought a 20 acre 40 horse training facility, remodeled it and then we had our second son.”

No stranger to the international dressage ring, earlier this year Treabess and her 2014 WEG mount Kamiakin became the first US Para Dressage duo to cross over to Small Tour International able-bodied Dressage. Five months pregnant with her second son, Susan entered the CDI ring in the Prix St George’s and I1 classes at the Golden State Dressage Festival placing in the top five with an impressive field of professionals and international horses. An

Susan Treabess and Kamiakin. Photo courtesy of Susan Treabess

unprecedented day for US Para Dressage, Treabess was ecstatic as to how this could help promote Para Dressage in the United States, “I’m very proud of the fact the “Para’s” have broken yet another glass ceiling. I’ve been an advocate for the expansion of the Para Dressage sport here in the US for the past 10 years and would love to see it included in the major CDIs and shows in Southern California. It’s important to remain tied to the able-bodied Dressage world for those of us who can do it not only for the promotion of the Para Dressage sport but also as a reminder of its importance in inspiring riders with disabilities as well as those without.”

Although Treabess has had to take the past few years off of international Para-Dressage competition, she has remained involved through coaching, mentoring and sponsoring up-and-coming Grade III rider Ashleigh Flores-Simmons. “The support and sponsorship that I’ve received from Susan has been paramount to my success as a rider in both Able-Bodied and Para-Dressage,” said Flores-Simmons. “Her guidance as a coach has enabled me to progress leaps and bounds in the four years that I have been riding with her. Susan is a wonderful mentor and I am so grateful to have her as an essential part of my team.”

Treabess is looking forward to getting back in to the game. She plans to campaign Kamiakin in Florida for the Para Dressage WEG qualifiers in January then head back to California and campaign within the Small Tour for the spring.

Susan Treabess became involved in U.S. Para Dressage in 2007 and has had her own training business since 2010. Born without her left hand Treabess has competed as a Grade V Para-Dressage rider in addition to riding in able-bodied Dressage. Treabess and Kamiakin, a 2005 PRE stallion owned in partnership with Katie and Scott Hill of the Netherlands, have been partners since 2011 when Kamiakin came to her as a Training Level six-year-old. In 2014, Kamiakin became the first PRE horse to represent the United States in a World Games and was recognized as Horse of the Year for their accomplishments.

Susan Treabess and Kamiakin. Photo courtesy of Susan Treabess

November 28, 2017 – #GivingTuesday Support an International Athlete Today

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

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

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

Austin, TX – November 13, 2017 – International Para-Dressage athlete Katie Jackson fromAustin, Texas, has been working hard in 2017 topping Grade V Para-Dressage with scores in the mid 70’s and recently earning her USDF Silver Medal and High Point Award in the Fourth Level Open Division in able-bodied Dressage. Only two years ago Jackson was just out of surgery and barely even walking after she was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of soft tissue cancer. Amputation of her right leg, above her knee, was the only option to make sure all of the cancer was removed from the area. Jackson made a commitment to herself to

Katie Jackson and Royal Dancer. Photo by Ryan Russ

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

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

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

Katie Jackson and Royal Dancer. Photo by Susan J Stickle

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

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

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

For more about Jackson’s story please visit

About the United States Para-Equestrian Association:

The United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) includes every recognized equestrian discipline that is practiced by athletes with an eligible physical impairment with a focus on Paralympic Equestrian Sports. . The USPEA is a network of current and past athletes, owners, officials, event organizers, and equestrian enthusiasts. The Association assists athletes to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Disciplines of Para-Equestrian.

USPEA was created to fill a need to assist Para Equestrian disciplines when they came under the governance of the FEI.  While Para Equestrian disciplines were originally segregated, they now are integrated in international sport.  As each individual Para Equestrian discipline develops, it is USPEA’s mission to always serve as an advisory resource with the ultimate goal that the established able-bodied discipline affiliate will integrate within their organization.

In 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status and became a recognized International affiliate association of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) working together to grow the FEI recognized disciplines by helping to provide press, educational information, symposiums and competition opportunities for athletes with eligible physical impairments.

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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