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June 12, 2012 Rain Fails to Dampen Rider’s Spirits at United States Equestrian Federation Paralympic Selection Trials

Rebecca Hart and Lord Ludger ride in the rain at the 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Selection Trials/Paralympic Trials

Rebecca Hart and Lord Ludger ride in the rain at the 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Selection Trials/Paralympic Trials photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Rain Fails to Dampen Rider’s Spirits at United States Equestrian Federation Paralympic Selection Trials

Written by: Lindsay Yosay McCall

Photographs by: Lindsay Yosay McCall

Gladstone, NJ –June 12, 2012 – The weather report for Tuesday, June 12, 2012 predicted 80% chance of rain at the United States Equestrian Team Foundation headquarters. Within an hour of competition at the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Paralympic Selection Trials/Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships, rain began to crash upon the trees. Rider’s did not waiver from the schedule and welcomed the rain as a variable to take advantage of. As the second day concluded Rebecca Hart (Unionville, PA) inched ahead of Donna Ponessa (New Windsor, NY), and 2011 National Champion Jonathan Wentz (Richardson, TX). With only the Freestyle competition left to secure four spots on the United States Paralympic Team headed to London, riders hope to continue earning supreme scores. Currently Rebecca Hart, Donna Ponessa, Jonathan Wentz, and Dale Dedrick (Ann Arbor, MI) have remained in the top four of the standings.

Rebecca Hart, 26, and Lord Ludger excelled in the Grade II Team Test earning a 73.968% aboard the Holsteiner gelding. Hart showcased her test when the rain became a downpour but Hart remained determined and relaxed. “I owe my grippy gloves to sticky spray,” chuckled Hart. “The reins get quite slippery in a rain like this and with two whips, and two reins it gets difficult to hold onto everything if it’s wet. However, the rain was not a factor on how LoLu performed.”  Having all types of situations occur within an atmosphere like the Selection Trials gives the riders experiences they can grow from before heading to a large show like the Paralympics.”

Under Blue Hill Farm’s instruction with Missy and Jessica Ransehousen, Hart has achieved four National Champions, represented the U.S. at the 2008 Paralympics and 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, and she has traveled the world including a trip to Australia for international Para-Equestrian competition. Riding continues to help Rebecca strengthen and condition her body against a rare genetic disease called Familial Spastic Paraplegia.

“Riding makes a huge difference with my disability,” Hart explained. “Doctors call me an “upside down paraplegic” because based on my scans they cannot see how I could even walk, let alone ride. However my physical therapy, training with a personal trainer, and constantly riding helps to strengthen and condition my muscles.”

Donna Ponessa added, “I am way ahead of the curve with my disease progression like Rebecca and Doctors say it is because of riding and my determination.”

Ponessa has gone from a wide-eyed brand new Para-Equestrian in March 2011 to one of the top Para-Equestrians in the United States. Alongside FEI rider and trainer Wes Dunham, Ponessa has climbed the ranks to achieve supreme scores in the Grade Ia division.

On the first day of competition at the USET Headquarters Ponessa went one-two with Western Rose, owned by Wes Dunham. Western Rose was followed by PG Ganda, on loan from Vinceremos Thereaputic Riding Center. On the second day of competition the ex-Canadian show jumper, PG Ganda and Ponessa secured a 73% to take home the first place followed by Western Rose.

In Grade II, Jonathan Wentz ,21, replicated Ponessa on day one securing a one-two placing with Silvano, owned by Dr. Michele Miles in one and NTEC Richter Scale in second. During the individual competition NTEC Richter Scale, owned by Kai Handt, earned the win with a 72.899% followed by the ex-World Cup jumper, Silvano.

To be competing at the 2012 Paralympic Selection Trials is a goal Jonathan Wentz decided to capture from 13 years of age. After growing out of the therapeutic riding programs Wentz found Kai Handt and North Texas Equestrian Center. Handt and his wife run a successful Dressage barn in Wylie, TX and compete on the FEI level around the world.  Handt enjoyed challenging Wentz each week when they began working together and he never went easy on 6’3” young rider. Wentz has emulated Handt’s desire strive for the best results and not accept an average performance.

Daled Dedrick has accompanied Wentz as a US Team Member as they campaigned over the 2011 year. Dedrick’s mount Bonifatius has been essential to the United States Para-Equestrian Team. Dedrick has been a lifelong horsewoman and was even part of the 1986 U.S. Olympic Festival Team. Dedrick joined the Para-Equestrian competition in June 2011 as a Grade II rider and hit the ground running earning the 2011 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Reserve National Championship. Dedrick trains her grey 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding in Michigan with Rosalind Kinstler “Roz”. Dedrick is currently ranked fourth among her competitors and has a very good chance she may earn a spot on the 2012 Paralympic Team.

In Grade III, Wendy Fryke of Parker, CO and Lateran achieved top scores during Tuesday’s competition.  The 2010 World Equestrian Games member continues to excel in front of the international judges. Fellow 2010 World Equestrian Games teammate Mary Jordan of Wells, ME and Deecie Denison’s gelding, Sebastian, earned the top placing in Grade IV.  Jordan went one-two riding her mare P. Sparrow Socks to a second place finish.

The 2012 Paralympic Selection Trials and 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships finalize competition on Wednesday with the exciting Freestyle Tests.  Each horse and rider combination will complete their Grade’s technical requirements using a previous selected piece of music.  The Freestyle Test is the last 20% of each rider’s overall score and will be evaluated by FEI Ground Jury members, Carlos Lopes (5*) POR, Anne Prain (5*) FRA, and Marc Urban (5*) BEL. An awards ceremony will follow Wednesday’s competition at the USET Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ.

Recent USPEA Press News

Mary Jordan and Sebastian by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Mary Jordan and Sebastian by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Below are the dates of each press release followed by a link to the URL and a link to the PDF so you may save it to your computer and/or print it.  If you have news about the USPEA that you would like to add to this site please send an e-mail to Hope Hand atwheeler966@aol.com.

 September 7, 2012 United States Paralympic Equestrian Team Earns Top Scores at Largest Attended Paralympics (PDF)

September 3, 2012 Equestrian Jonathan Wentz (USA) Triumphs in Stiff Competition at 2012 London Paralympic Games (PDF)

August 31, 2012 Donna Ponessa (USA) Secures U.S. Scores While Great Britain Maintains Team Medal Lead at 2012 Equestrian Paralympics (PDF)

August 30, 2012 First Day of 2012 Paralympic Equestrian Team Competition Reveals Leading Countries (PDF)

 August 29, 2012 2012 London Paralympic Equestrian Competition Begins at Greenwich Park (PDF)

August 20, 2012 London is Calling the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Equestrian Team (PDF)

July 28, 2012 Meet the 2012 United States Paralympic Equestrian Team (PDF)

July 27, 2012  Announcing the 2012 United States Paralympic Equestrian Team (PDF)

July 26, 2012 United States Para-Equestrian Driving Team Prepares for 2012 World Driving Championships (PDF)

July 22, 2012  Para-Equestrian Dressage Athlete Mary Jordan Leaves Lasting Impression at Official USA Olympic Day (PDF)

July 3, 2012 USPEA Acknowledges the Combined Efforts of Individuals and Organizations at the 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Selection Trials  (PDF)

June 26, 2012 Ann Romney Awards Rebecca Hart and Lord Ludger 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship Trophy at USEF Dressage Festival of Champions (PDF)

June 19, 2012 USEF Names Nominated Entry for US Para-Equestrian Team (PDF)

June 13, 2012 – Rebecca Hart and Lord Ludger Win 2012 USEF
Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship (PDF)

June 12, 2012-  Rain Fails to Dampen Rider’s Spirits at United States Equestrian Federation Paralympic Selection Trials   (PDF)

June 11, 2012 –Para-Equestrians Rise to the Top on Inaugural Day of 2012 USEF Paralympic Selection Trials and National Championships(PDF)

June 10, 2012- Twenty-Three Duos Pass Veterinary Inspection for 2012 United States Equestrian Federation Paralympic Selection Trials    (PDF)

June 6, 2012- Announcing Riders for 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Paralympic Selection Trials and National Championships  (PDF)

June 2, 2012- Athletes Prepare for the 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Paralympic Selection Trials and National Championships (PDF)

May 25, 2012- Nominations for Olympic Torch and Rings of Gold(PDF)

2012 Olympic Torch Nomination(PDF)

2012 Rings of Gold Nomination Individual(PDF)

2012 Rings of Gold Nomination Program(PDF)

052412 Assembly Awards Nomination Memo(PDF)

May 24, 2012 – Final 100 Days To Paralympics (PDF)

May 22, 2012- FEI Award Nominations 2012 (PDF)

April 29, 2012 Lauren Barwick (CAN) and Donna Ponessa (USA) Earn
High Point Awards at Houston Dressage Society CPEDI3* (PDF)

April 28, 2012 Donna Ponessa Triumphs at Houston Dressage Society
Spring Classic I & II CPEDI3* (PDF)

April 27, 2012 –  Para-Equestrians from the U.S. and Canada Earn Top Scores at Houston Dressage Society Spring Classic I & II CPEDI3* (PDF)

April 26, 2012-  Houston Dressage Society Spring Classic I & II CPEDI3* Kicks-Off at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center (PDF)

April 25, 2012 Para-Equestrians Prepare for Houston Dressage Society Spring Classic I & II CPEDI3*(PDF)

April 11, 2012- Save the Date: 2012 USEF Paralympic Selection Trials and National Championship to be held in Gladstone, NJ (PDF)

April 6, 2012- Register  for Train The Trainer April 20 and 21, 2012 (PDF)

March 20, 2012 -USPEA Acknowledges 2012 Dressage Affaire for Successful CPEDI3* (PDF)

March 19, 2012- 2012 Paralympic Games Registration (PDF)

March 13, 2012- Mette Rosencrantz Clinic(PDF)

March 12, 2012-Para-Equestrians Perform Energizing Freestyles on Final Day of 2012 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire (PDF)

March 10, 2012- Para-Dressage Riders Impress Judges at 2012 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CPEDI3* (PDF)

March 8, 2012 –Para-Equestrian Dressage Riders Launch into Competition at 2012 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CPEDI3* (PDF)

March 2, 2012-Exciting Week Approaches for the 2012 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CDI-W, CDI-YJ3*, CPEDI3*(PDF)

February 28, 2012- Clinic with Mette Rosencrantz March 12-13 Following the 2012 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CPEDI3*  (PDF)

February 27, 2012- Train the Trainer April 20 & 21, 2012 Held at Carlisle Academy, Lyman, Maine Sponsored by USPEA(PDF)

February 25, 2012-FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Steward Course and Judges Course at 2012 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire Still Open to Applicants (PDF)

February 10, 2012-  200 DAYS TO GO TO LONDON 2012 PARALYMPIC GAMES (PDF)

February 10, 2012 International Judges Prepare to Attend FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Judge Course (PDF)

February 8, 2012- Rancho Valencia becomes Event Sponsor of The Dressage Affaire (PDF)

February 2, 2012- TWENTY-THREE NATIONS QUALIFY FOR LONDON 2012 PARALYMPIC GAMES  (PDF)

January 31, 2012- FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Judge Course March 9-11, 2012 in Del Mar, California  (PDF)

January 29, 2012-Para-Equestrian Dressage CPEDI3* Freestyles Finalize Two
Exciting Weeks at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center (PDF)

January 28, 2012 –   United States Para-Equestrian Team Clinched the Win at Wellington Classic Sunshine Challenge CPEDI3*  (PDF)

January 26, 2012 United States Takes Early Lead in Team Competition at 2012 Wellington Classic Sunshine Challenge CPEDI3* (PDF)

January 25, 2012  Gear Up For 2012 Wellington Classic Sunshine Challenge CPEDI3* Commencing January 26  (PDF)

January 25, 2012 Prepare for 2012 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CPEDI3* (PDF)

January 24, 2012 Announcing 2012 Paralympic Qualifier Houston Dressage Society (PDF)

January 22, 2012- Gold Coast Dressage Association Opener Festival CPEDI3*   (PDF)

January 21, 2012-Gold Coast Dressage Association Opener Festival CPEDI3* (PDF)

January 19, 2012- Gold Coast Dressage Association Opener Festival CPEDI3* (PDF)

December 16, 2011- United States Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Brings Home the Gold at 2011 Melbourne CPEDI3* in Australia (PDF)

December 1, 2011 United States Para-Equestrians Take to the Air for 2011 Melbourne CPEDI3* in Australia (PDF)

November 15, 2011 United States Para-Equestrian Team Wins Gold at
2011 CPEDI3*in Mexico City (PDF)

November 15, 2011 United States Para-Equestrian Team Talks 2012 on Dover’s World November 15, 2011 (PDF)

September 25, 2011- USPEA Acknowledges NEDA Fall Festival of Dressage For Hosting the 2011 USEF National Championship and CPEDI3*  (PDF)

September 18, 2011-2011 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships and NEDA Fall Festival of Dressage CPEDI3* (PDF)

September 17, 2011-2011 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships and NEDA Fall Festival of Dressage CPEDI3* (PDF)

September 16, 2011-2011 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships and NEDA Fall Festival of Dressage CPEDI3* (PDF)

September 15, 2011- 2011 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships and NEDA Fall Festival of Dressage CPEDI3* JOG (PDF)

January-February 2011 Warmblood Magazine..Article on Jennifer Baker and Kranak URL

April 5, 2011- The Results Are In for Round 1 of America’s Favorite Equestrian!(PDF)

March 28, 2011- Only Four Days to Vote for America’s Favorite Para Dressage Equestrian (PDF)

March 26, 2011-USPEA Recognizes 2011 Dressage Affaire Sponsors(PDF)

March 15 ,2011- Horse Girl TV Interview with Eleanore Brimmer and Jonathan Wentz: (courtesy of Horse Girl TV)

Click this link to listen to the radio show: http://www.horsegirltv.com/weekly/25-HorseGirlTVPodcast-Para-Dressage.mp3

Click this link for the transcript of the show: http://www.horsegirltv.com/?p=3046

March 14, 2011-USPEA President Hope Hand Live on Dover’s World March 15, 2011–(PDF)

March 14, 2011- Debbie McDonald and Hanneke Gerritsen Give Para-Equestrian Dressage Riders Clinic at the Del Mar Horsepark (PDF)

March 13, 2011- Canada and U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Teams Go One-Two at 2011 Dressage Affaire CPEDI3* (PDF)__Loaded as the original word document

March 12, 2011-Canada and U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Teams Vie for Championship at 2011 Dressage Affaire CPEDI3*(PDF)

March 11, 2011– U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Riders Attain Qualifying Scores in Team Test at 2011 Dressage Affaire CPEDI3*(PDF)

March 10, 2011– The 2011 Dressage Affaire CPEDI3* is Underway for Para-Equestrian Dressage Riders(PDF)

December 10, 2010–Vote for your favorite equestrian through The Equus Foundation (link)

October 11, 2010  (link) (PDF)–Para-Equestrians Wrap-Up Incredible Week with Freestyle Performances

October 8, 2010 (link) (PDF)–Germany, Great Britain Para-Riders Harvest Freestyle Gold

October 7, 2010 (link) (PDF)–Para-Dressage Makes History at 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

October 5, 2010 (link) (PDF)–Para-Dressage Gets Underway at Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

October 1, 2010 (link) (PDF)–USEF Names the Kentucky Equine Research U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

September 29, 2010 (link) (PDF)–United States Para-Equestrians Prepare for WEG Debut at Kentucky Equine Research

September 24, 2010 (link) (PDF)–Kentucky Equine Research Hosts Open House In Honor of the Kentucky Equine Research/U.S. Para-Equestrian Team for 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™

September 13, 2010 (link) (PDF)–Interview With United States Para-Equestrian Trainer Kai Handt

August 23, 2010 (link) (PDF)–United States Para-Equestrian Association Recognizes Para-Equestrian Horse Owners of 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™

July 21, 2010 (link) (PDF)–Announcing the USEF Para-Dressage Team Nominated Entries for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™

July 13, 2010 (link) (PDF)–Journey To The Games Benefit Concert for the US Para-Equestrian Team

July 7, 2010 (link) (PDF)–Lloyd Landkamer to Serve as Dressage and Para-Equestrian Discipline Manager at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™

June 28, 2010 (link) (PDF)–USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships Awarded and the Long List for the USEF Para-Dressage Team for 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ Announced

June 27, 2010 (link) (PDF)–Day Two of USEF Para-Dressage Selection Trials for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ Concludes

June 26, 2010 (link) (PDF)–Day One of USEF Para-Dressage Selection Trials for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ Concludes

June 25, 2010 (link) (PDF)–FAST FACTS: USEF Para-Dressage Selection Trials Begins for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™

June 21, 2010 (link) (PDF)–United States Para-Equestrian Association Announces Riders for 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games’™ Selection Trials

June 14, 2010 (link) (PDF)–The United States Para-Equestrian Association Thanks Everyone For a Successful Para-Webathon

June 7, 2010 (link) (PDF)–The United States Para-Equestrian Association Announces 501(c)(3) Status

June 4, 2010 (link) (PDF)–Fast Facts: Journey to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ First Ever Para-Webathon June 8, 2010

June 2, 2010 (link) (PDF)–The United States Para-Dressage Riders Earn Top Honors at WindReach International Para-Dressage CPEDI3*

May 19, 2010 (link) (PDF)–The United States Para-Dressage Team Thanks Kentucky Equine Research for Housing Before World Equestrian Games

May 10, 2010 (link) (PDF)–The United States Para-Equestrian Association Hosts First Ever Para-Webathon

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