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January 4, 2018 – 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* Kicks Off Friday in Wellington

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2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* Kicks Off Friday in Wellington

Wellington, Florida – January 4, 2018 – Nineteen horse and rider combinations braved the unusual cold weather at the FEI Horse Inspection at Week 0 of the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) CPEDI3*. Kicking off the winter season at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida, these pairs will make their way down centerline through Sunday, January 7. Riders from the USA and Canada can expect a second chilly day on Friday as they showcase their Team Tests for FEI Ground Jury Dr Jan-Holger Holtschmit (GER), Kristi Wysocki (USA), and Sarah Leitch (GBR). The 2018 AGDF CPEDI3* January 4-7, is the first of two (Week Two is January 18-21) international Para-Dressage shows held in Wellington this season. Both shows are sponsored by By Mission Control, Rowan O’Riley supporting athletes in the USPEA and US Equestrian, and Cargill. Para-Dressage riders are using these multiple opportunities to prepare for the exciting FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 held in Mill Spring, North Carolina, U.S. at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, from September 11-September 23.

Schedule January 4, 2018 Team Test CPEDI3*

FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test Grade I

10:00 Robyn Andrews and Fancianna (CAN)
10:08 Margaret McIntosh and Heros (USA)
10:16 Jody Schloss and Lieutenant Lobin (CAN)
10:24 Sydney Collier and Western Rose (USA)
10:32 Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Daytona Beach (USA)
10:40 Winona Hartvikson and Ultimo (CAN)

FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test Grade II
10:48 Deborah Stanitski and Butterfinger Bonanza (USA)
10:56 Alanna Flax-Clark and Captain Moonlight TG (USA)

FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test Grade III
11:05 Meghan Benge and Zoey (USA)
11:13 Charlotte Merle-Smith and Firewalker (USA)
11:21 Rebecca Hart and El Corona Texel (USA)

FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test Grade IV
11:50 Michele Bandinu and Skagen (USA)
11:58 Beth Levine and Miscellaneous (USA)
12:06 Angela Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate (USA)
1:10 Michele Bandinu and Soulman 13 (USA)
1:18 Kate Shoemaker and Solitaer 40 (USA)
1:26 Pamela Hardin and Quaterjack (USA)

FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test Grade V
1:35 Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75 (USA)
1:41 Katie Jackson and Royal Dancer (USA)

Katie Jackson and Royal Dancer competing at the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Jackson will compete Jan 4-7, 2018 at the Global Dressage Festival showgrounds alongside 18 other horse and rider combinations.
Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall

United States Para-Equestrian Association Mission Statement
To Help Develop, Promote, Support, and Sustain all USA Para Equestrian Athletes for Regional, National, and International Competition with a focus on Paralympic Equestrian Sport.

United States Para-Equestrian Association Vision Statement
The vision of the United States Para Equestrian Association (USPEA) is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America for athletes with an eligible physical impairment, promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the Paralympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national Para Equestrian Association in the world.

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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