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October 2, 2017 – Para-Dressage and FEI Dressage Coaching and Riding Clinic with Michel Assouline and Kai Handt November 17-19

September 29, 2017 – USPEA Acknowledges the Staff and Volunteers at the 2017 US Equestrian Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships and CPEDI3*, CPEDI1*, Sponsored by Deloitte

USPEA Acknowledges the Staff and Volunteers at the
2017 US Equestrian Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships and CPEDI3*, CPEDI1*,
Sponsored by Deloitte

Annie Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate win 2017 Championship while Margaret McIntosh and Heros earn Reserve
By: Lindsay Y. McCall

Mill Spring, NC – September 29, 2017- The 2017 US Equestrian Para-Equestrian

USA Team (left to right) Michele Bandinu_ Annie Peavy, Chef d_Equipe Kai Handt, Katie Jackson, sitting Roxanne Trunnell. Photo courtesy of Hope Hand

Dressage National Championships and CPEDI3*, CPEDI1*, were one of the most successful Para-Dressage championships to date.  Held at the beautiful 1,400 acre Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina, this international Para-Dressage show was a world-class event. This was also a fantastic opportunity for riders to test drive the facilities that will host the 2018 World Equestrian Games. Equestrians from the USA and Canada filled the FEI stables with their top mounts riding over the September 14-17, weekend. FEI Ground Jury included Elke Ebert (GER), Carlos Lopes (POR), Christel Carlson (USA), Kristi Wysocki (USA), and Adrienne Pots (USA). The National Show and CPEDI3*/CPEDI1** was presented by Adequan® while the US Equestrian Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships were sponsored by Deloitte. The United States Para-Equestrian Association would like to thank everyone involved with this outstanding event. That includes Mark & Katherine Bellissimo, Sharon Decker (COO) and the staff of the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). This was the first Para-Dressage event held at the TIEC. USPEA would also like to thank US Equestrian for their hard work to create a memorable Para-Dressage show and providing a Live Feed ofthe international show.

U.S. Equestrian 2017 Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion Annie Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall

USPEA President Hope Hand acknowledged, “This was the largest CPEDI/National Championship we have ever had. We are so thankful to how US Equestrian has stepped up for our discipline providing superb staff, media, and marketing for us. We also want to thank the riders, coaches, grooms, ground jury, volunteers, and spectators that made the 2017 championships a top show. We are so proud of how everyone contributed to puttingour sport in the limelight.”

The United States Para-Dressage Team, led by Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt and Head of Para-Dressage Coach Development and High Performance Programs, Michele Assouline, garnered the win over Canada and the U.S. athletes continued to earn the blue in each grade. Both Michel Assouline and Kai Handt worked together in all aspects of theCPEDI3*.

Finally a special congratulations goes to the U.S. Equestrian 2017 Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion Annie Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate. The duo dominated the competition earning the tricolor ribbon and accolades. In Reserve Champion was Margaret McIntosh and her new mount Heros. Equestrians will next prepare for the winter season with shows in Wellington, Florida.

U.S. Equestrian 2017 Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion Annie Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate. Photo courtesy of Annie Peavy.
Margaret McIntosh U.S. Equestrian 2017 Para-Equestrian Dressage National Reserve Champion with her horse Heros. Photo of Margaret McIntosh and FEI Ground Jury Member Kristi Wysocki. Photo courtesy of Margaret McIntosh.

Results from the US Equestrian 2017 Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships and CPEDI3*, CPEDI1*, Sponsored by Deloitte are as follows:

US Equestrian 2017 Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships and CPEDI3*, CPEDI1*, Sponsored by Deloitte
September 14-17, 2017
Tryon International Equestrian Center
Tryon, NC

Team Overall
1. USA
2. CANADA

Team Test

Grade I Team Test CPEDI3*

1. Margaret McIntosh (USA), Heros, 70.476
2. Winona Hartvikson (USA), Ultimo, 69.226
3. Roxanne Trunnell (USA), NTEC Daytona Beach, 68.571
4. Jody Schloss (CAN), Lieutenant Login, 67.857
5. Robyn Andrews (CAN), Fancianna, 65.893

Grade II Team Test CPEDI3*
1. Laurietta Oakleaf (USA), Nickel Fan Busenitz, 69.899
2. Sharon Buffitt, (USA) Elektra II, 63.838
3. Jason Surnoski, (CAN) Bella de la Noche, 63.838
4. Deborah Stanitski (USA), Butterfinger Bonanza, 60.157

Grade III Team Test CPEDI3*
1. Rebecca Hart (USA), El Corona Texel 68.039
2. Riley Garrett (USA), Piston, 67.941
3. Meghan Benge, (USA) Zoey, 61.863

Grade IV Team Test CPEDI3*

1. Angela Peavy (USA), Lancelot Warrior, 70.583
2. Angela Peavy (USA), Royal Dark Chocolate, 69.375
3. Michele Bandinu (USA) , Soulman 13, 66.750
4. Kate Shoemaker(USA), Solitaer 40, 66.417
5.Pamela Hardin (USA),, Quaterjack, 65.417
6. Laura Hall,(CAN) Odessa M, 64.833
7. Kebbie Cannon,(USA) Just In Time, 51.0

Grade V Team Test CPEDI3*
1. Katie Jackson (USA),, Royal Dancer, 67.093
2.Mary Jordan (USA),, Rubicon 75, 66.318

Individual Championship Test

Grade I Individual Championship Test CPEDI3*
1. Roxanne Trunnell (USA), NTEC Daytona Beach, 70.655
2. Margaret McIntosh (USA), Heros, 70.476
3. Winona Hartvikson (USA), Ultimo, 69.286
4. Jody Schloss (CAN), Lieutenant Login, 68.750
5. Robyn Andrews (CAN), Fancianna, 64.583

Grade II Individual Championship  Test CPEDI3*
1. Laurietta Oakleaf (USA), Nickel Fan Busenitz, 68.529
2. Sharon Buffitt, (USA) Elektra II, 66.225
3. Jason Surnoski, (CAN). Bella de la Noche, 64.755
4. Deborah Stanitski (USA), Butterfinger Bonanza, 61.392

Grade III Individual Championship Test CPEDI3*
1. Rebecca Hart (USA), El Corona Texel 68.275
2. Riley Garrett (USA), Piston, 66.716
3. Meghan Benge (USA), Zoey, 62.108

Grade IV Individual Championship Test CPEDI3*
1. Angela Peavy (USA), Royal Dark Chocolate, 70.122
2. Kate Shoemaker(USA), Solitaer 40, 69.350
3. Angela Peavy (USA), Lancelot Warrior, 67.480
4.Pamela Hardin (USA), Quaterjack, 65.191
5. Laura Hall, (CAN) Odessa M, 64.350
6. Michele Bandinu (USA) , Soulman 13, 64.106
7. Kebbie Cannon, (USA), Just In Time, 54.390

Grade V Individual Championship Test CPEDI3*
1. Katie Jackson (USA), Royal Dancer, 66.746
2.Mary Jordan (USA), Rubicon 75, 65.714

Freestyle Test

Grade I Freestyle Test CPEDI3*
1. Margaret McIntosh (USA), Heros, 72.889
2.. Jody Schloss (CAN), Lieutenant Lobin, 71.278
3. Winona Hartvikson (CAN), Ultimo, 70.778
4. Roxanne Trunnell (USA), NTEC Daytona Beach, 69.556
5. Robyn Andrews (CAN), Fancianna, 68.167

Grade II Freestyle Test CPEDI3*
1. Laurietta Oakleaf (USA),, Nickel Fan Busenitz, 71.389
2. Sharon Buffitt (USA), Elektra II, 67.556
3. Jason Surnoski, (CAN) Bella de la Noche, 61.500
4. Deborah Stanitski (USA),, Butterfinger Bonanza, 59.222

Grade III Freestyle Test CPEDI3*
1. Riley Garrett (USA), Piston, 69.778
2. Meghan Benge (USA), Zoey, 65.667
1. Rebecca Hart (USA), El Corona Texel ELIM

Grade IV Freestyle Test CPEDI3*
1. Angela Peavy (USA), Royal Dark Chocolate, 76.458
2.Pamela Hardin (USA), Quaterjack, 72.708
3. Michele Bandinu (USA) , Soulman 13, 67.042
4. Laura Hall, (CAN) Odessa M, 66.542
5. Kate Shoemaker(USA), Solitaer 40, 64.667

Grade V Freestyle Team Test CPEDI3*
1.Mary Jordan (USA), Rubicon 75, 70.458
2. Katie Jackson (USA), Royal Dancer, 70.167

CPEDI1*
Para Novice Test A Grade V CPEDI1*
1. Robert Bezzeg, Bedroom Pal, 60.156

Para Team Test Grade V CPEDI1*
1. Robert Bezzeg, Bedroom Pal, 60.934

About the United States Para-Equestrian Association:

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

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

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

For more information about the USPEA please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President: Hope Hand by e-mail: hope@uspea.org or by phone: (610)356-6481.
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September 28, 2017 – Para-Dressage Symposium with Michel Assouline in October at Carlisle Academy

September 27, 2017 Ride On Para-Dressage Symposium in November

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

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

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

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

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

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

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

Heros with Margaret McIntosh

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

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

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

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

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