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March 13, 2014- Para-Dressage FEI Trot Up Initiates Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*

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 Para-Dressage FEI Trot Up Initiates Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*

Photos and Article by: Lindsay McCall

Wellington, Florida – March 13, 2014- Para-Equestrian Dressage riders and their mounts stepped forward for the FEI Veterinary Inspection at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 10 (AGDF) CPEDI3*. Athletes from the United States of America and Canada were part of the 24 horse/rider combinations. Earning the “Best Dressed Award” of the FEI Trot Up, sponsored and presented by Show Chic, was Deborah Stanitski of the USA. Pressure is on for these riders to perform their very best in front of FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Ground Jury Kjell Myhre (NOR), Marc Urban (BEL), and Kristi Wysocki (USA) over the March 14-16 weekend. International competition begins at 10:00 a.m. in The Stadium on Friday, March 14, with the Team Test competition. Individual Test occurs Saturday, March 15, followed by the exciting Freestyle competition on Sunday, March 16. Equestrians will compete within the five Para-Dressage Grades including Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV. On Friday at 6:45 p.m. spectators will enjoy a Para-Dressage demonstration scheduled in the Main Arena prior to the FEI CDI Freestyle. Team members from the USA and Canada will be showcasing their horses including a special performance by wounded U.S. Air Force veteran Derrick Perkins. The AGDF CPEDI3* is one of the last two 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) qualifiers held in the U.S. for the United States Para-Dressage athletes.

Elizabeth Traband and Ucari. Photo by Lindsay McCall
Elizabeth Traband (USA) and Ucari, owned by Helene Bergstrom. Photo by Lindsay McCall
The first rider in the ring on March 14, is Grade III rider Angela Peavy of Avon, Connecticut and Ozzy Cooper, owned by Rebecca Reno. Peavy, who trains with Heather Blitz, has been gearing up for this CPEDI3*. Armed with two new mounts Peavy noted, “I am very excited to show this weekend. This is my second CPEDI3* but my first with my two new horses. This is a great opportunity to see where my horses are at and where I am at before the USEF Para-Dressage WEG Selection Trials in June.”

Following Peavy in Grade III is Elle Wooley (USA) and her own P. Sparrow Socks. Eleanor Brimmer (USA) and her new horse London Swing will enter the ring next, followed by Kate Shoemaker (USA) and Arpeggio, and finally rounding out Grade III will be Peavy once again with the Hanoverian Lancelot Warrior.

Roz Kinstler with Ellie Brimmer's London Swing. Photo by Lindsay McCall
Roz Kinstler with Ellie Brimmer’s London Swing. Photo by Lindsay McCall
Chef d'Equipe Kai Handy and Roxanne Trunnell's Nice Touch. Photo by Lindsay
USA Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt and Roxanne Trunnell’s Nice Touch. Photo by Lindsay
Grade Ia will begin at 11:20 a.m. with Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Richelieu. Trunnell will be showing two horses including her own Nice Touch. “I am so excited to be here and begin my journey on my gentle giant Richie,” said Trunnell. “It’s also nice to continue competition with my special girl Touché. Together we will begin our qualifications for WEG.”

Grade Ia will also feature U.S. Air Force Veteran Derrick Perkins and NTEC Hans, owned by Kai Handt, and fellow USA rider Laura Goldman and Buckeye. From Canada Paralympian Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus will be competing in addition to Robyn Andrews and Fancianna.
Canadian Paralympian Ashley Gowanlock and Collegiate Sweet Leilani will initiate the Grade Ib competition which includes Margaret McIntosh (USA) and her new mare Rio Rio, and young rider Sydney Collier (USA). Collier will be riding two horses including NTEC Cuplee, owned by Patricia Mendenhall and Willi Wesley, owned by Victoria Dugan. “I have my two new mounts and I am super excited to show them,” smiled Collier. “I am sad that I don’t have Wentworth down here but I think these two are going to do him proud and he will definitely be back soon. I want to thank Patricia Mendenhall who has been so awesome in letting me ride her amazing horse. Sadly she couldn’t be down in Florida. I also want to thank my trainer Wes Dunham and for everyone that has been a part of this team.”

Wes Dunham and Willi Wesley. Photo by Lindsay McCall
Wes Dunham and Sydney Collier’s Willi Wesley, owned by Victoria Dugan. Photo by Lindsay McCall
Missy Ransehousen and Schroeters Romani Photo by Lindsay McCall
Missy Ransehousen and Rebecca Hart’s Schroeters Romani Photo by Lindsay McCall
Grade II includes two Paralympians Lauren Barwick of Canada and Rebecca Hart of the U.S.A. Grade II also features Para-Dressage rider Deborah Stanitski and Tiramisu who is excited for their first ever CPEDI3*. Lauren Barwick of Canada will be riding Off To Paris, owned by Equine Canada and her own Ferdonia 2. Rebecca Hart (USA) will be riding Schroeters Romani. Schroeters Romani was recently purchased from prestigious Straight Horse in Denmark in immediate conjunction with Hart’s family, Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo’s, and Will and Sandy Kimmel. Hart rides with Missy Ransehousen in Unionville, Penn. and has enjoyed the process of building a new partnership with Schroeters Romani. Hart explained, “Romani settled in beautifully to the Global Dressage Festival venue. This is her first time showing here and our first CPEDI3* together. I want to thank all the sponsors that have made this happen. It has been a huge endeavor and it is great to be here. I am excited to see what she is going to do over the weekend and I am excited to show her off. We are still learning each other and every time we are out there we learn something new. Those teachings will be very valuable in the show ring.”

The final Grade of the day is Grade IV beginning at 4:25 p.m. with Canadian Lynne Poole and her own Vasco E. Poole will also be showing Cruiser. USA Grade IV athletes include Pamela Hardin and Freemont; talented hunter/jumper rider Elizabeth Traband and Ucari; and top 2013 CPEDI3* rider Mary Jordan (USA) and her trusty gelding Sebastian.

The Adequan Global Dressage Festival 10 CDI-W/CDI-1*/CDIY/CDIJ/CDI-U25/CDI-P/CPEDI 3* and National Show is sponsored by Today’s Equestrian & GF Enterprise LLC and Mike and Roz Collins. The CPEDI3* runs from March 13-16, 2014 in Wellington, Florida.

About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:

The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) is one of the world’s largest international and national dressage circuits featuring 8 FEI Dressage events, including a 5* and the only FEI Nations’ Cup Series CDIO in the Western Hemisphere. The AGDF offers more than $400,000 in prize money for the six international competitions, making it one of the richest circuits in the world. The 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.


Kai Handt and Elle Woolley's P. Sparrow Socks. Photo by Lindsay McCall
Kai Handt and Elle Woolley’s P. Sparrow Socks. Photo by Lindsay McCall
Angela Peavy's Lancelot Warrior. Photo by Lindsay McCall
Angela Peavy’s Lancelot Warrior, owned by Rebecca Reno. Photo by Lindsay McCall
Kai Handt and NTEC Hans, ridden by Derrick Perkins. Photo by Lindsay McCall
Kai Handt and NTEC Hans, ridden by Derrick Perkins. Photo by Lindsay McCall
Jody Schloss' Inspector Rebus. Photo by Lindsay McCall
Jody Schloss’ (CAN) Inspector Rebus. Photo by Lindsay McCall
Robyn Andrews horse Fancianna. Photo by Lindsay McCall
Robyn Andrews’ (CAN) horse Fancianna. Photo by Lindsay McCall
Lauren Barwick's horse Ferdonia 2 Photo by Lindsay McCall
Lauren Barwick’s (CAN) horse Ferdonia 2.  Photo by Lindsay McCall
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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