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June 16, 2013- Two-Time Paralympian Barbara Grassmyer (USA) and Horse Mibis Retire from International Para-Dressage

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 Two-Time Paralympian Barbara Grassmyer (USA) and Horse Mibis Retire from International Para-Dressage

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Photos and Article  by: Lindsay McCall

Rancho Murieta, CA-June 16, 2013– The final chapter on international para-dressage competition has ended for two-time Paralympian Barbara Grassmyer and her Royal Dutch Warmblood Mibis. At the 2013 Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3*, held at the Rancho Murieta Equestrian Center, Grassmyer took the stage one last time as a Para-Equestrian Dressage rider. Over three days she competed in front of FEI judges in the Individual, Team, and Freestyle competition. Although this was her last competition her Grade III performances earned her a qualifying score for the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy. In a grand ceremony, Mibis walked forward carrying a garland around her neck and one of her many championship coolers. With her long-time partner Grassmeyer by her side both took one last walk into the FEI competition ring. The Rancho Murieta Equestrian Center was one of the first locations Grassmyer ever showed and it will be the last place she competed as a Para-Equestrian. Although she is retiring as a Para-Dressage rider and retiring the 19 year-old Paralympic horse, Grassmyer’s commitment to the high-performance sport will continue for years to come.

Barbara Grassmyer and Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall
Barbara Grassmyer and Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall

 

As a young child Barbara Grassmyer was as horse crazy as any little girl. Her father passed down the love for horses to herself and sister Jennifer. At 10 years old Grassmeyer began riding at All Season’s Riding Academy in Calif. where she competed at horse shows for the disabled. After many years of riding and a brief jumping history, her love for a Dressage horse and athletic ability led her to competitive Dressage. In 2000, Grassmyer served as an alternate for the U.S. Paralympic Team competing in Sydney, Australia. During that time riders were catch-riding horses around the world. In 2001 and 2002 she was the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion. However, Grassmyer desired a partner of her own which is where Paralympic coach Missy Ransehousen stepped in to find her a horse for the 2004 Athens Paralympics. Mibis was found in Holland and it was love at first sight for Grassmyer. The year 2004 would begin the long term partnership and the duo would represent the U.S. Para-Dressage Team in Athens that same year. In 2006, Mibis and her rider earned the Gold Medal at the Pacific Rim Para-Equestrian Paralympic Qualifier in Vancouver, Canada. She was also Reserve Champion that year at the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship.s In 2007, Grassmyer was a member of the U.S. Team at the Para-Dressage World Championships in Hartpury, England, followed by the 2007 Reserve Champion at the USEF Para-Equestrian National Championships. In 2008, the duo would once again make the U.S. Team where they flew to Hong Kong for the Beijing Paralympics.

 

Since the moment she became involved in the Para-Dressage discipline Grassmyer was an ambassador for the sport. In her retirement from international competition, Grassmyer plans on continuing her dedication to Para-Dressage. Grassmyer is currently a member of the USEF High Performance Para-Equestrian Eligible Athlete Committee and the High Performance Para-Equestrian Committee. She is also very active within the California Dressage community.

 

Barbara Grassmyer and her mom and dad with and Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall
Barbara Grassmyer and her mom, dad, and Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall

Grassmyer noted, “I want to thank everyone who has helped me get to this point. I especially want to thank my trainer Mike Steele. I wish we had found him right away when we bought Mibis. I also want to thank my mom and dad for this amazing journey, and my sister for her support.”

 

Grassmyer hopes to continue to compete nationally at USDF recognized competitions within Third and Second Level.

Barbara Grassmyer  and Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall
Barbara Grassmyer and Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall
Barbara Grassmyer  and Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall
Barbara Grassmyer and Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall

 

Barbara Grassmyer  and Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall
Barbara Grassmyer and Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall
Barbara Grassmyer  and Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall
Barbara Grassmyer and Mibis at the 2010 World Equestrian Games Selection Trials  photo by Lindsay McCall
Mibis photo by Lindsay McCall
Mibis in 2010 photo by Lindsay McCall

Photo Credit: Barbara Grassmyer and Mibis 2013 at the Golden State Dressage Cliassic CPEDI3*. Photographs © Lindsay McCall. This photo may be used in relation to this press release.
About United States Para-Equestrian Association:

   

The USPEA is a network of riders, trainers, judges, sponsors, 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 Olympic Games, the USPEA will provide para-equestrians the knowledge of what they need to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), and USEF which provides 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: Wheeler966@aol.com or by phone: (610)356-6481.

 

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