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October 7, 2015 – 2015 USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Championship and Katy, Texas CPEDI3* Closing Deadline October 12

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Media Contact: Lindsay McCall -Lindsay@uspea.org -USPEA, 3940 Verde Vista Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360- www.USPEA.org

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2015 USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Championship and Katy, Texas CPEDI3* Closing Deadline October 12

Entries may be submitted through www.showsecretary.com

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

Katy, Texas – October 7, 2015 –  Closing deadline for the Houston Dressage Society Logo 2015 USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Championship and Katy, Texas CPEDI3* October 30 – November 1, 2015, presented by the Houston Dressage Society, is October 12.  Both events will run simultaneously and are held at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. Para-Dressage Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV will be included in both events. The 2015 USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Championship is by invitation only. The CPEDI ground jury includes President David Schmutz 4* USA , Eva Maria Bachinger 5* AUS, Gudrun Hofinga 5* GER,  Sarah Leitch 5* GBR, and Kristi Wysocki 4* USA. The National judges include David Schmutz, “S”, Kristi Wysocki, “S”, and Susan Mandas, “S”.  Entries may be submitted through  www.showsecretary.com. Equestrians will present their horses at the FEI Jog on October 29. Following the Jog is the Welcome Reception sponsored by Paralympian Dr. Dale Dedrick. The prize list may be viewed through this link

Katy, Texas CPEDI3* and 2015 USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Championship Fast Facts

Schedule

Dale Dedrick and Bonifatius by Lindsay Y McCalll
Paralympian Dr. Dale Dedrick at the 2012 Paralympics. Dr. Dale Dedrick is sponsoring the Welcome Reception at the Katy, Texas CPEDI3* and 2015 USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Championship

October 29, 2015 – FEI Jog Time: 5:00 pm
October 29, 2015: Welcome Reception (Sponsored by Paralympian Dr. Dale Dedrick)
October 30, 2015 – Team Test
October 31, 2015 – Individual Test
November 1, 2015 – Freestyle Test

Show Manager: Ed Lavalle

Show Secretary: Susan Peacock

Licensee Contact: Leslie Rohrer

Prize List: 

Location: Great Southwest Equestrian Center, 2501 South Mason Road, Katy, TX 77450
Phone: (281) 578-7669 www.gswec.com

USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Championship:
The 2015 USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Championship is by invitation only. Riders competing in the Championship High Performance Division will compete in the CPEDI3* and riders in the Championship National Division will compete in the CPEDI1*. One ride each day will count for both the CPEDI awards and the USEF National Championship awards. A separate award ceremony will be held for the 2015 USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Championships each day. USEF awards will be dismounted with no horses. Participation to 6th place is mandatory.

Definite Entries:  Close October 12, 2015.

All CPEDI riders are also required to submit entries through

Entries have to be sent to: www.showsecretary.com . All accommodations and meals for competitors and grooms are at competitor’s expense. Facility has bathrooms and showers. Competitors are responsible for all transportation for people and horses. See Class List for fees and class requirements. Hotels listed elsewhere in this document. Withdrawals after the date of definite entries or no-shows will be held liable to the OC for all fees as stated in schedule and elsewhere in prize list.

FEI VETERINARY TROT UP INSPECTION (JOG): October 29, 2015 Time: 5:00 pm Where: North side of Arena 2 Warm-up
SECURITY Quarantine will begin immediately after the jog.
DRAW FOR THE ORDER OF STARTING: October 29, 2015 Time: 1/2 hour following the jog

STARTING ORDER:There must be a separate draw for each (Grade Ia to IV) Competition, conducted in order of the Competition. For CPEDI3* and below, it is recommended that a draw is prepared in advance (a pre-draw) by the Organizer and Technical Delegate and/or the President of the Ground Jury and preferably the Athletes’ representative. It shall be published and presented at a meeting that includes the President or a Member of the Ground Jury, the Technical Delegate the Chief Classifier, and the Chef d’Equipes (or responsible persons). Unauthorized persons should not be admitted to this meeting.

FREESTYLES At CPEDI 3*: Only the best one third of the Athlete/Horse combinations per Grade of the total number of Athletes are qualified to participate in the Freestyle (based on the total result of the Team and Individual tests). However, all participants must have reached a minimum score of 58% as an average of the team and individual tests. Where one third of the class is less than seven (7) Athletes, then seven (7) will be allowed to compete. Athletes may only compete with one (1) Horse in the Freestyle Competition and for those with more than one (1) Horse qualified; they must participate on the highest placed Horse (based on qualification results).

VENUE : The event will take place at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, Ring Number 1 (main indoor). See attached map of facility.

For more information please visit

About the United States Para-Equestrian Association:

 

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation members, and equestrian enthusiasts.  The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages Para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the Para-Equestrian umbrella.

 

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport.  This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage Para-Equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

 

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the Para-Equestrian discipline.  From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved.  From local horse shows to international Paralympic Games, the USPEA provides Para-Equestrians the knowledge and resources needed to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), USA Reining, and USEF which provide Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

 

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation(USEF). 

 

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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October 5, 2015 – 2015 USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Championship and Katy, Texas CPEDI3* October 30-November 1

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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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2015 USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Championship and Katy, Texas CPEDI3*
October 30-November 1
By: Lindsay Y. McCall

Katy, Texas – October 5, 2015 –  Para-Equestrian Dressage riders can look forward to the Houston Dressage Society Logo 2015 USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Championship and Katy, Texas CPEDI3* October 30 – November 1, 2015, presented by the Houston Dressage Society.  Both events will run simultaneously and are held at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. Para-Dressage Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV will be included in both events. The 2015 USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Championship is by invitation only. The CPEDI ground jury includes President David Schmutz 4* USA , Eva Maria Bachinger 5* AUS, Gudrun Hofinga 5* GER,  Sarah Leitch 5* GBR, and Kristi Wysocki 4* USA. The National judges include David Schmutz, “S”, Kristi Wysocki, “S”, and Susan Mandas, “S”.  Entry deadline is October 27, 2015 and entries may be submitted through  www.showsecretary.com. The prize list may be viewed through this link

Katy, Texas CPEDI3* and 2015 USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Championship Fast Facts

Schedule:

Six-Time National Champion Rebecca Hart and Schroeter’s Romani at the 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships. Photo (C) SusanJStickle.com

October 29, 2015 – FEI Jog Time: 5:00 pm
October 30, 2015 – Team Test
October 31, 2015 – Individual Test
November 1, 2015 – Freestyle Test

Show Manager: Ed Lavalle

Show Secretary: Susan Peacock

Licensee Contact: Leslie Rohrer

Prize List: 

Location: Great Southwest Equestrian Center, 2501 South Mason Road, Katy, TX 77450
Phone: (281) 578-7669 www.gswec.com

USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Championship:
The 2015 USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Championship is by invitation only. Riders competing in the Championship High Performance Division will compete in the CPEDI3* and riders in the Championship National Division will compete in the CPEDI1*. One ride each day will count for both the CPEDI awards and the USEF National Championship awards. A separate award ceremony will be held for the 2015 USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Championships each day. USEF awards will be dismounted with no horses. Participation to 6th place is mandatory.

Definite Entries:  Close October 27, 2015. The last date for substitution is October 29, 2015 prior to jog.

All CPEDI riders MUST be submitted through the FEI Entry System

US CPEDI Riders Please see:

All CPEDI riders are also required to submit a normal entry through

Entries have to be sent to: www.showsecretary.com . All accommodations and meals for competitors and grooms are at competitor’s expense. Facility has bathrooms and showers. Competitors are responsible for all transportation for people and horses. See Class List for fees and class requirements. Hotels listed elsewhere in this document. Withdrawals after the date of definite entries or no-shows will be held liable to the OC for all fees as stated in schedule and elsewhere in prize list.

FEI VETERINARY TROT UP INSPECTION (JOG): October 29, 2015 Time: 5:00 pm Where: North side of Arena 2 Warm-up
SECURITY Quarantine will begin immediately after the jog.
DRAW FOR THE ORDER OF STARTING: October 29, 2015 Time: 1/2 hour following the jog

STARTING ORDER:There must be a separate draw for each (Grade Ia to IV) Competition, conducted in order of the Competition. For CPEDI3* and below, it is recommended that a draw is prepared in advance (a pre-draw) by the Organizer and Technical Delegate and/or the President of the Ground Jury and preferably the Athletes’ representative. It shall be published and presented at a meeting that includes the President or a Member of the Ground Jury, the Technical Delegate the Chief Classifier, and the Chef d’Equipes (or responsible persons). Unauthorized persons should not be admitted to this meeting.

FREESTYLES At CPEDI 3*: Only the best one third of the Athlete/Horse combinations per Grade of the total number of Athletes are qualified to participate in the Freestyle (based on the total result of the Team and Individual tests). However, all participants must have reached a minimum score of 58% as an average of the team and individual tests. Where one third of the class is less than seven (7) Athletes, then seven (7) will be allowed to compete. Athletes may only compete with one (1) Horse in the Freestyle Competition and for those with more than one (1) Horse qualified; they must participate on the highest placed Horse (based on qualification results).

VENUE : The event will take place at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, Ring Number 1 (main indoor). See attached map of facility.

For more information please visit

About the United States Para-Equestrian Association:

 

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation members, and equestrian enthusiasts.  The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages Para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the Para-Equestrian umbrella.

 

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport.  This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage Para-Equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

 

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the Para-Equestrian discipline.  From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved.  From local horse shows to international Paralympic Games, the USPEA provides Para-Equestrians the knowledge and resources needed to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), USA Reining, and USEF which provide Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

 

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation(USEF). 

 

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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September 30, 2015 – The U.S. Para-Equestrian Community Remembers Lloyd Landkamer

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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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 The U.S. Para-Equestrian Community Remembers Lloyd Landkamer

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

Lloyd Landkamer at the 2010 World Equsetrian Games. Photo by Mike Tomlinson.

Hamel, MN – September 30, 2015 – Lloyd Landkamer, a visionary in the dressage and para-dressage community passed away on September 25, 2015, after a battle with colon cancer . Landkamer was 60 years old and died at his home, Brandywine Farm in Hamel, Minnesota, with his life partner of 32 years Bill Solynties by his side. Lloyd was born in Lawrence, Kansas, the son of Dale J. and Lorna Nolte Landkamer, both now deceased. Lloyd is also survived by two younger brothers and a sister,  Landkamer was instrumental in the growth of Para-Equestrian Dressage around the world.

Landkamer was known in the horse community by his first name. Known for show management, he was also a dressage rider earning his USDF bronze medal before making show management his full-time career. In the beginning, Landkamer was known in the Midwest for managing dressage competitions including the Lamplight Equestrian Center shows in Wayne, Illinois. His ability to keep a show running smoothly, keep competitors happy, and create a first-class event quickly made him a notable name around the country. He was a multitasking genius serving as secretary, manager, steward, and so much more. A longtime supporter of the disabled community, the para-dressage community welcomed him as Discipline Manager of Dressage and Para-Dressage at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky. Landkamer helped make the debut of the Para-Dressage discipline at the 2010 World Games a major international success. Following the Games, Landkamer continued to include the para-dressage sport within his shows. His support for para-equestrians encouraged the dressage community to include para-dressage parallel to able-bodied competitions around the country.

USPEA President Hope Hand remembers, “Lloyd played a key roll in getting show management across the United States to include para-dressage within their recognized and International events. He set the example for others to follow and was instrumental in adapting the USEF Dressage Rules to accommodate and to include specific Para-Dressage Rules by following the FEI regulations. Lloyd was the first chair of the Para-Equestrian Technical Committee that established many firsts for para-dressage. We owe a lot to Lloyd and learned so much under his guidance. Para-dressage continues to be the fastest growing discipline within the USEF today.”

In 2013, Landkamer was the Manager/ Entry Secretary at the first Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* event. Participants and coaches enjoyed his “to-the-point” managing style and efficiency he exhibited. He continued to manage the Wellington, Florida, shows through 2015. Landkamer was show manager for numerous regional, national, and international events around the globe including NAJYRC, USEF Festival of Champions, and USEF Young Horse Championships to name a few.

Not only was Landkamer a show manager but he supported and served the equestrian community on the USDF Executive Board, USEF Dressage Committee,  USEF Para Technical Committee, USEF Steward, USEF Technical Delegate and FEI Chief Dressage Steward. Recently he was named on the stewarding team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

In Landkamer’s passing he was honored with a tribute at the The Rolex Central Park Horse Show on September 26, 2015, before the U.S. Open $75,000 Dressage Freestyle, presented by Axel Johnson Group. For the 2016 show season the Adequan Global Dressage Festival has named the first international show The Lloyd Landkamer Memorial CDI-W. The event takes place from January 14-17, 2016.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Lloyd’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society. Contact information for the society is 1-800-227-2345, P. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 and earmarked for colon cancer research.

Photo Credit: Photo taken of Lloyd Landkamer at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Photo by Mike Tomlinson. This photo may only be used in relation to this press release.
About the United States Para-Equestrian Association:

 

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation members, and equestrian enthusiasts.  The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages Para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the Para-Equestrian umbrella.

 

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport.  This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage Para-Equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

 

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the Para-Equestrian discipline.  From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved.  From local horse shows to international Paralympic Games, the USPEA provides Para-Equestrians the knowledge and resources needed to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), USA Reining, and USEF which provide Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

 

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation(USEF). 

 

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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September 24, 2015 – Drivers Complete USEF High Performance Para-Driving Clinic in California

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Drivers Complete USEF High Performance Para-Driving Clinic in California

ESPN and Disabled Sports USA Provide Free Para-Driving Clinic October 5-6, in Kentucky

By: USDFD and Lindsay Y. McCall

Lexington, KY – September 24, 2015- United States Driving for the Disabled (USDFD) Para-Equestrian drivers attended the USEF High Performance Para-Driving clinic August 31, 2015. The clinic took place in Newcastle, Calif. at Whispering Oaks Performance Horses (WOPH). Drivers had the opportunity to work with top level

Stefanie Putnam (Left) drives during the USEF High Performance Para-Driving clinic August 31, 2015 . Photo by Tom Muehleisen.

Swedish clinician Olof Larsson from Florida. Leslie Berndl, owner of WOPH, graciously hosted the clinic at her facility. USDFD would like to thank USEF for such a memorable event and important educational day for High Performance drivers.Following the August 31, West Coast clinic is a free Para-Equestrian Driving Clinic Oct 5-6, 2015.

The October clinic will be held at the Gayla Driving Center in Georgetown, Kentucky. Thanks to Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) and Disabled Sports

USA, individuals who are members of USDFD (or potential members) are invited to participate in one and/or two days of driving. The clinic will consist of discussions on competing with a disability, adaptive equipment, and dispensations. Experts include internationally recognized para-driver Diane Kastama with individual instruction from Sara Schmitt. Schmitt is a Grand Prix dressage rider, trainer, instructor, USEF ‘S’ judge, ADS ‘r’ judge and international combined driving competitor. Existing competitive and recreational para-drivers and new drivers are welcomed. Use of borrowed horse or stabling can be arranged. This clinic occurs just before the 2015 National Drive scheduled October 6 – 11, 2015, at The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

For more information about Sara Schmitt please visit http://www.saraschmitt.com/.

For more information about  Diane Kastama please visit http://www.grandmeadows.com/tag/diane-kastama

Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) and Disabled Sports USA video: http://www.disabledsportsusa.org/espn/.

For more information about The 2015 National Drive please visit http://www.nationaldrive.net

Location:
Para-Equestrian Driving Clinic Oct 5, 6 – FREE
Gayla Driving Center
3329 Cynthiana Road
Georgetown, KY 40324

Sherry Miller receives instruction from Olof Larsson at the USEF High Performance Para-Driving clinic August 31, 2015 . Photo by Tom Muehleisen.
Diane Kastama (driver) works with Olof Larsson at the USEF High Performance Para-Driving clinic August 31, 2015 . Photo by Tom Muehleisen.

United States Driving For the Disabled, Inc. Application
Para Driving Clinic Date: Oct 5, 6, 2015
Location: Gayla Driving Center, Georgetown, KY

Driver Information
Name of Driver: ____________________________________________________________
Signature of Driver:___________________________________________________________
Address: __________________________________________________________________
Telephone # : ____________________________
Cell #: _________________________________
Email #: ________________________________
USDFD Member (circle one) Yes No
New Driver, Recreational Driver, or Competition Driver (circle one)
Level Currently Competing at (if applicable):   ______________________________
Skill level: (circle one) Novice Beginner Intermediate Advanced

Horse Information (if you need to borrow a horse please contact Diane Kastama)
Name: ___________________________________________
Sex: ___________ Breed:_______________ Height ______________
Horse’s owner: __________________________________
Stabling required (circle one) : Yes No

Auditor:
Name of Auditor: ____________________________________________________________
Signature of Auditor:___________________________________________________________
Address: __________________________________________________________________
Telephone # : ____________________________
Cell #: _________________________________
Email #: ________________________________
USDFD Member (circle one) Yes No

Please return application to
Diane Kastama
dkastama@verizon.net
620 Matilija Lane
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
805-458-2428

About the United States Para-Equestrian Association:

 

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation members, and equestrian enthusiasts.  The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages Para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the Para-Equestrian umbrella.

 

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport.  This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage Para-Equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

 

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the Para-Equestrian discipline.  From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved.  From local horse shows to international Paralympic Games, the USPEA provides Para-Equestrians the knowledge and resources needed to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), USA Reining, and USEF which provide Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

 

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation(USEF). 

 

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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September 17, 2015- Open Letter to all interested in Para-Equestrian Dressage from United States Equestrian Federation

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Open Letter to all interested in Para-Equestrian Dressage from United States Equestrian Federation

Press Release via USEF


Lexington, Kentucky,
September 17th, 2015,
Dear Supporter of Para-Equestrian Dressage,

USEF AND USPEA PARA-EQUESTRIAN DRESSAGE CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE

I am writing this Open Letter as it appears, from some of the feedback we have received, that we have not been completely successful in communicating the aim of the Centers of Excellence (COEs) or what we are asking facility owners to commit to.

The primary aim of COEs is that they are the focus for the development of Para-Equestrian Dressage in the U.S. As a Federation, we cannot reach out to all potential para-equestrian athletes, we need Centers around the U.S. that are recognized and promoted as the primary “referral” point for athletes and for support staff, especially coaches.

We are certainly not asking COEs to fund USEF High Performance courses; quite
the opposite – we want to, where possible, channel resources in to COEs, we want to run High Performance courses at COEs (of course we hope for preferential rates!), we want to use the COEs as our High Performance development centers across the U.S. We want to work with COEs in order to help them attract investment, whether that is through sponsorship or through philanthropic donations. We also want to use the full range of the Federation’s media and marketing resources to promote COEs. We have asked for a small admin fee from COEs ($3,000) to be paid over three years and in order to seal a two way commitment but we plan that our investment back in to COEs will be far in excess of $3,000.

We also hope that through the COE scheme we will encourage Centers that may, currently, only specialize in dressage to reach in to the para-equestrian dressage world and promote the development of para-equestrian dressage athletes.

In summary, we have to grow the athlete numbers in Para-Equestrian Dressage, we have to up the professionalism of the support we provide as a Federation and the support athletes receive. We have to show those that enjoy therapeutic riding that there is also a competition pathway that could lead to them representing their Country at the Paralympic Games. In order to do this we need enthusiastic and driven training center owners and managers who we can promote and support and who will be at the epicenter of growing the sport in the U.S.

If you have any questions about the COE program or suggestions as to how it can grow or be better communicated, please contact Laureen Johnson (lkjohnson@usef.org) or myself.

Kind regards,

Will Connell
Director of Sport
United States Equestrian Federation
wconnell@usef.org

 

About the United States Para-Equestrian Association:

 

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation members, and equestrian enthusiasts.  The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages Para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the Para-Equestrian umbrella.

 

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport.  This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage Para-Equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

 

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the Para-Equestrian discipline.  From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved.  From local horse shows to international Paralympic Games, the USPEA provides Para-Equestrians the knowledge and resources needed to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), USA Reining, and USEF which provide Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

 

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation(USEF). 

 

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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