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January 11, 2015 – United States Para-Dressage Athletes Earn Team Championship at Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*

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United States Para-Dressage Athletes Earn Team Championship at Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*

Grade II Rider Rebecca Hart  and Schroeter’s Romani Top Para-Equestrian Competition

Photos and Article by: Lindsay Y. McCall

Wellington, FL – January 11, 2015- Thirteen Para-Dressage horse and rider combinations made their way to Wellington, Florida, this January for the first CPEDI3* of the 2015 show season. Para-Equestrians from Canada and the United States in Grades Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV,  competed at the spectacular Global Dressage venue in the Van Kampen Arena. FEI Ground Jury members Mr. Freddy Leyman (BEL), Mr. Kjell Myhre (NOR), and Ms. Kristi Wysocki (USA) were on hand to offer their expertise for each Para-Dressage duo. This CPEDI3* is one of the qualifiers for the 2015 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships, 2016 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships, and 2016 Paralympic Equestrian Selection Trials. The 2016 Paralympic Equestrian competition takes place in Rio Di Janeiro, Brazil, scheduled September 7-18, 2016.

The United States brought forward four out of the five 2014 World Equestrian Games (WEG) athletes for this competition. Those riders included Grade II rider, Two-time Paralympian (2008, 2012), two-time World Equestrian Games athlete (2010, 2014), and six -time USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion Rebecca Hart with Schroeter’s Romani, owned by Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolos, and Will and Sandy Kimmel;  2014 WEG U.S. athlete Sydney Collier riding her own Wentworth.This is the first time in two years that Wentworth has stepped into International competition. Collier also rode NTEC Roulette, owned by Kai Handt. Riding a new horse was 2014 WEG team member Roxanne Trunnell aboard Westphalian NTEC Royal Dancer, owned by Julia Handt; and individual WEG athlete Angela Peavy rode Ozzy Cooper in addition to Lancelot Warrior, both owned by Rebecca Reno.

USA Team (Sydney Collier, Annie Peavy, Rebecca Hart, U.S. Chef D' Equipe Kai Handt, and Roxanne Trunnell. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
USA Team (Left to right )Sydney Collier, Annie Peavy, Rebecca Hart, U.S. Chef D’ Equipe Kai Handt, and Roxanne Trunnell. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall

These United States riders, led by Chef d’equips Kai Handt, earned a top score of 415.438 to capture the team championship over Canada teammates Lauren Barwick and her own Ferdonia 2, Robyn Andrews and her own Fancianna, and Jody Schloss and her own Inspector Rebus. Canada was led by Chef d’equips Elizabeth Quigg. The team scores are calculated by combining each team athlete’s team test score and individual test score. Each of those tests took place on January 9 and 10.

U.S. Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt commented, “The team did excellent this weekend. The horses look a whole lot better this year compared to last year and the horses look fitter this year. We still have a really young team but they are a great group of riders that get along well. Their performances this weekend is a result of the showing paying off. We also have a great group of riders. Some with new horses, some new classified riders, and some new developing athletes. It’s early in the season for many of them but I hope they are all getting out there, getting their rides in, and earning their qualifying scores. We have new qualifying criteria this year for the national championships including two divisions. We hope having these two divisions will get more riders out showing, increasing our Para-Dressage program and helping the future of our discipline.”

Not only did Rebecca Hart and Schroeter’s Romani contribute to the top team ranking but she also earned the highest scores overall at the  2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Hart garnered the blue accolades on both the individual and team championships tests in addition to scoring a 77.917% on her freestyle test.  “I was really happy with my tests,” said Hart. “Compared to the team test, the individual test is a harder test for me because it has the walk pirouettes in it. We tried to add a little more oomph to her trot in that test. We were going for a little more and it still came out in the same place. I was happy she let me push her a little bit. I was really happy with the entrance on my individual test and the turns for the first part of the test with the half circle.I was able to maintain her rhythm throughout those and keep her consistent though those circles. Usually on the first part of the test I kind of like to rush the turn because I am excited to get into the test it was nice to have the confidence in ourselves as a pair to relax and really flow through that first turn. With the freestyle I just love doing it. We are changing her freestyle and hope to bring out the new one next year. We have changed as a pair this year and really want to highlight all of those changes. But for this weekend we did our WEG freestyle which was a great freestyle.”

Rebecca Hart and Schroeter's Romani . Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
Rebecca Hart and Schroeter’s Romani . Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall

Less than one year ago, Hart was debuting her new partnership with Schroeters Romani. After multiple international competitions and a World Equestrian Games, Hart is on her way to competing at the 2016 Paralympic Selection Trials.

Hart added, ” I am really pleased with where we are going as a pair because I can push Romani in the ring now where as before I couldn’t really do that. I can now ask for more and she’ll let me push those buttons a little which is exciting to see. It’s been a wonderful collaboration between Blue Hill Farm and Cherry Knoll Farm to figure out what the new program needed to be and I am glad it’s working out so well.”

Canadian Grade II competitor Lauren Barwick also had top scores over the weekend with her past partner Ferdonia 2.  Barwick expressed, ”
Im supposed to be on a break. The plan was to take 10 months off so I didn’t ride for 3 months and the horses were lightly schooled. I even retired Fergie in 2014. Then at the beginning of December I was offered a sponsorship to come to the show. Canada had 2 riders coming so to have a 3rd rider come whose only 4 hours away, required no thought. So I pulled Fergie out of the field, clipped her up, and did pretty well. This year was so intense with every point being so important. So this was a great opportunity to enjoy my horse and have some fun. I retired Fergie because the international travel was pretty hard on her. I was going to let her be a horse at home, maybe have a baby, and teach students. But she has come out so well, even at 17. If Canada has another rider they want to use for her, then absolutely. Paris is still my number one. She did six international shows last year and I didn’t think it was fair to bring her out at this point.

Lauren Barwick and Ferdonia 2. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
Lauren Barwick (CAN) and Ferdonia 2. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall

Barwick added, “I am excited to see the future of our team. We have some new riders that were recently classified, as a team we are in a regrouping position. We have a lot of riders whose horses are retiring so we have some new horses in the works. However with new partnerships comes learning. I am excited to see the future of our team and I am hopeful.”

Canada team member Robyn Andrews had a great show over the weekend capturing two blue ribbons in Grade Ia. Armed with new coach Amanda Kalvoda Andrews is looking forward to the 2015-2016 show season. Other riders in Grade Ia include Paralympian and WEG athlete Jody Schloss (CAN) and Inspector Rebus; Roxanne Trunnell and her new partner Westphalian NTEC Royal Dancer, owned by Julia Handt; and U.S. Air Force Veteran Derrick Perkins and Hanoverian Gracias Juan, owned by Stephanie Dubicki.

Robyn Andrews and Fancianna. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
Robyn Andrews (CAN) and Fancianna. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
Jody  Schloss and Inspector Rebus. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Royal Dancer. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Royal Dancer. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
Derrick Perkins and Gracias Juan. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
Derrick Perkins and Gracias Juan. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall

Grade Ib athletes competing included 2014 WEG team member Sydney Collier and Wentworth, Collier and NTEC Roulette, owned by Kai Handt, and Mr. Bockman ridden and owned by Paralympian Dale Dedrick. Dedrick did not compete in the freestyle test.

Sydney Collier and Wentworth. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
Sydney Collier and Wentworth. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
Sydney Collier and NTEC Roulette. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
Sydney Collier and NTEC Roulette. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
Dale Dedrick and Mr. Bockman. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
Dale Dedrick and Mr. Bockman. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall

U.S. Grade III athlete Annie Peavy captured multiple top placings this weekend with Ozzy Cooper. Peavy rode both Lancelot Warrior and Ozzy Cooper for the team and individual test. Peavy rode only Ozzy Cooper in the freestyle.

Angela Peavy and Lancelot Warrior. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
Angela Peavy and Lancelot Warrior. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
Annie Peavy and Ozzy Cooper. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
Annie Peavy and Ozzy Cooper. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall

Peavy noted, “This show felt great. It was our first show in Wellington and both my horses have changed and improved so much this year. They listened to me very well and they did everything I asked of them.  It was a great start and we still have room to grow this season. Overall I am very happy with it. In December 2014, I moved down to Wellington and since then we have been working on our young rider movements and practicing some of the para-dressage movements as well. Since showing at WEG I am not nearly as nervous now. WEG was such a learning experience and everyone was so helpful and supportive and Ozzy was amazing for me. I am proud of how far Ozzy has come. He has more muscle, strength, and confidence in himself. I can tell he’s gone from a 7 year-old to a 9 year-old since we bought him. My tests have been pretty good this weekend. On Saturday’s individual test, I enjoyed that he was very forward. Although he was excited he payed attention to me very well. I also enjoy noting the face that he goes well in a snaffle now. With Lancelot I have enjoyed his canter work. It is his stronger gate and because of that he felt very steady. He’s a great horse calm in mind and body.”

Peavy continued, “My horses have been so wonderful and I look forward to competing with them more this season. I would love to thank my parents, my trainer Heather Blitz, and my groom Krystal Johnstone for everything they did for me and my horses. I am enjoying every moment.”

In the Grade III freestyle test, Ellie Brimmer and London Swing earned the first place ribbon on Sunday, January 11.

Ellie Brimmer and London Swing. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
Ellie Brimmer and London Swing. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
MAry Jordan and Runicon 75. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall
Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75. Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall

Grade IV athlete and 2010 WEG rider Mary Jordan (USA) and Rubicon 75, owned by Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, completed their first U.S. CPEDI3* event together. Less than a year ago, Jordan and Rubicon 75 became a pair. The duo traveled to Europe and back before competing at the 2014 WEG Selection Trials and National Championships. Jordan explained,” This weekend has been really exciting for me and my coach Jim Koford. I have had many people who are in key positions tell me I am sitting on world class horse and because of that he is larger than life on a number of different levels. He is a developing horse, a young horse, and I think people forget that when they see his stature and his talent. He ‘s actually pretty green. I am very proud of him. in such a short amount of time we have gone to London, Europe, Kentucky, and Saugerties and we have had some good results and some results that our less than what I am hoping for.  I know we are on the right track and we will absolutely get there this is a building block as much as anything else. When we get it right it’s like something we have never felt before. When you unlock it it’s magical. I feel the same partnership with him psychological that I did with Sebastian and Paxton. I am very grateful to Vinceremos and Catherine Haddad for sharing this gift with me. These types of horses don’t grow on trees. You want to be a custodian of the gift and represent your country and your organizations well.”

Following the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival riders will be continuing to put miles on their partnerships. From around the country to Europe, U.S. Para-Dressage athletes will be competing towards the exciting 2016 Paralympic Equestrian Selection Trials. For more information about the U.S. Para-Dressage calendar for 2015 please visit www.USPEA.org or the United States Equestrian Federation.

The 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* is once again managed by Lloyd Landkamer. The FEI Ground Jury includes Mr. Freddy Leyman (BEL), Mr. Kjell Myhre (NOR), and Ms. Kristi Wysocki (USA). Global Dressage Festival I CDI W/1*/Y/J/P/U25 / CPEDI 3* January 7-11, 2015 is presented by Adequan. It features over $50,000 in prize money and is official qualifying competition for: The 2015 Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North; the 2015 USEF Pony Rider Dressage National Championship; 2015 AGCO/USEF Junior and Young Rider Dressage National Championships; and the 2015 USEF Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup’ Dressage National Championship. It’s also the official qualifying competition for the 2015 Markel/USEF Young and Developing Horse Dressage Championships, the Great American/USDF Regional Championships and USDF/Dover Adult Amateur Medal Program. The Adequan Global Dressage Festival is the world’s largest international and national dressage circuit featuring 8 CDIs, including five CDI-Ws, one 4* and one 5*, the only non-championship CDIO Nations’ Cup in the Western Hemisphere, as well as weekly U.S. National events.

TEAM RESULTS January 9-11, 2015
Name of rider and horse, Team Score, Individual Score, Total

1. USA
Rebecca Hart and Schroeters Romani 73.284, 72.857, 146.141
Angela Peavy and Ozzy Cooper 68.070,68.008, 136.078
Sydney Collier and Wentworth 66.667, 66.552, 133.219
Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Royal Dancer 66.304, 64.928, 131.232
415.438

2. CANADA
Lauren Barwick and Ferdonia 2 72,157, 70.048, 142.205
Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus 68.333, 60.072, 128.405
Robyn Andrews and Fancianna 65.145, 66.304, 131.449
402.059

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS:

Sunday, January 11, 2015 FREESTYLE TEST

Grade Ia
1. Robyn Andrews and Fancianna 67.917
2. Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus 65.250
3. Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Royal Dancer 65.000
4. Derrick Perkins and Gracias Juan  58.917

Grade Ib
1. Sydney Collier and Wentworth 66.417

Grade II
1. Rebecca Hart and Schroeter’s Romani  77.917
2. Lauren Barwick and Ferdonia 2  75

Grade III
1. Eleanor Brimmer and London Swing  65.250
2. Angela Peavy and Ozzy Cooper  63.750

Grade IV
1. Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75  66.583

Saturday, January 10, 2015 INDIVIDUAL TEST CHAMPIONSHIP

Grade Ia
1. Robyn Andrews and Fancianna 66.304
2. Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Royal Dancer 64.928
3. Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus 60.072
4. Derrick Perkins and Gracias Juan  58.623

Grade Ib
1. Sydney Collier and Wentworth 66.552
2. Dale Dedrick and Mr. Bockman 66.379
3. Sydney Collier and NTEC Roulette 61.839

Grade II
1. Rebecca Hart and Schroeter’s Romani  72.857
2. Lauren Barwick and Ferdonia 2  70.048

Grade III
1. Angela Peavy and Ozzy Cooper  68.008
2. Angela PEavy and Lancelot Warrior  67.805
3. Eleanor Brimmer and London Swing  60.894

Grade IV
1. Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75  61.349

Friday, January 9, 2015 TEAM TEST CHAMPIONSHIP

Grade Ia
1. Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus 68.333
2. Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Royal Dancer 66.304
3. Robyn Andrews and Fancianna 65.145
4. Derrick Perkins and Gracias Juan  58.768

Grade Ib
1. Dale Dedrick and Mr. Bockman 69.333
2. Sydney Collier and Wentworth 66.667
3. Sydney Collier and NTEC Roulette 59.267

Grade II
1. Rebecca Hart and Schroeter’s Romani  73.284
2. Lauren Barwick and Ferdonia 2  72.157

Grade III
1. Angela Peavy and Ozzy Cooper  68.070
2. Angela PEavy and Lancelot Warrior  67.237
3. Eleanor Brimmer and London Swing  63.465

Grade IV
1. Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75  63.730

About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:

The Adequan Global Dressage Festival is the world’s largest international and national dressage circuit featuring 8 CDIs, including five CDI-Ws, one 4* and one 5*, the only non-championship CDIO Nations’ Cup in the Western Hemisphere, as well as weekly U.S. National eventsThe Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center facility includes the Van Kampen covered arena (made possible by Kimberly and Frederic Boyer and family) and four outdoor arenas with world-class footing, 200 permanent stalls, and a VIP seating area for the International Arena fully catered for relaxing and having an enjoyable experience.

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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