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December 23, 2014 – Dressage Community Remembers Nora Grassmyer

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 Dressage Community Remembers Nora Grassmyer
Photos and article by: Lindsay Y. McCall

El Dorado Hills, CA – December 23, 2014 – On December 19, 2014, the Dressage Community lost friend, volunteer, and parent Nora Grassmyer after a three year battle with bladder cancer. Nora was heavily involved with the Dressage and Para-Dressage disciplines both internationally and at the national level. She was also a longtime volunteer at the California Dressage shows managed by Connie Davenport. Nora was a driving force behind her daughter and Paralympian Barbara Grassmyer. She was there at every moment for Barbara including when Barbara served as an alternate for the U.S. Paralympic Team in 2000, competing in Sydney, Australia; in 2001 and 2002 when Barbara was the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion;in 2004 when Barbara was selected for the Athens Paralympics; in 2006, when Barbara and her own horse Mibis earned the Gold Medal at the Pacific Rim Barbara was a member of the U.S. Team at the Para-Dressage World Championships in Hartpury, England; in 2008, when Barbara was on the U.S. Para-Dressage Team for the Beijing Paralympics; and in 2013 when Barbara retired her long partner Mibis at the Rancho Murieta Dressage Show. Nora and her husband Bob were strong supporters of the Para-Dressage discipline and they were important in the furthering of the Para-Equestrian sport.

Nora Grassmyer, Mibis, Barbara Grassmyer, and Bob Grassmyer/ Photo (c) Lindsay Y. McCall
Nora Grassmyer, Mibis, Barbara Grassmyer, and Bob Grassmyer. Photo (c) Lindsay Y. McCall.

Hope Hand, Paralympian, President of The USPEA, and friend expressed, “Nora was our Para Equestrian Mom and volunteered tirelessly by supporting all of our competitions at home and abroad. Nora liked to work behind the scenes scoring our tests because it made her too nervous to watch her daughter compete. Nora, along with her husband Bob were our biggest fans. Thank you Barb for letting us share your Mom. We all loved and respected her commitment to  her family and the contributions she made to further the sport of Para Dressage. I will really miss my good friend, but I will hold on to the memories and the good times we had.”

Nora passed away at her home in El Dorado Hills, CA, surrounded by family. She is survived by her husband Bob, daughters Barbara, Jennifer, and Margy and 6 grandchildren. Nora will be buried at St. Mary’s Catholic Mortuary in Sacramento, CA.

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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