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May 5, 2016 – USEF/USPEA Names Para-Equestrian Dressage Centers of Excellence

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USEF/USPEA Names Para-Equestrian Dressage Centers of Excellence

Lexington, Ky. – May 5, 2016 – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) are excited to announce the first USEF/USPEA National Para-Equestrian Dressage Centers of Excellence (COE). USPEA LogoThese regional hubs of excellence will attract new riders to the sport of para-equestrian dressage. Additionally, they will work in partnership with the USEF high performance programs to develop athletes to a level where they can represent the U.S. in international competition and at the Paralympic Games and ultimately win medals.

The USEF Selection Committee carefully scrutinized each application and upheld the highest  standards when bestowing the prestigious COE title to the following facilities:
Contact: Sarah Armentrout, sarmentrout@carlisleacademymaine.com
Contact: Kai Handt, Kaihandt@yahoo.com
– Lexington, Ky.
Contact: Gillian Vallis, pineknollfarm@aol.com
– Chatsworth, Calif.
Contact: Megan McQueeney, jrsporthorses@gmail.com
Additional COE applicants are currently being evaluated and will be announced shortly.
COEs will play a vital role in attracting dressage trainers to the sport and helping them understand the aids and methods of training the disabled athletes in para-dressage. The COEs will be the primary hosts of USEF para-dressage high performance programs and educational symposiums. In addition, COEs will aim to further develop their links with the therapeutic riding community, thus exposing interested athletes to competition opportunities.
Each COE is unique in the structure of their para-dressage programs and may offer opportunities independent of other COEs. The USEF/USPEA is committed to working with each COE to build plans that complement their individual strengths and opportunities.
For more information on the COE programs, please contact USEF Director of Para Equestrian, Laureen Johnson at lkjohnson@usef.org, or 908-326-1155.
The USPEA is the USEF’s Recognized Affiliate for all para-equestrian disciplines and exists to help develop, promote, and support athletes wishing to participate in the para-equestrian sport. For more information on getting started with para-equestrian please visit www.uspea.org or contact USPEA President, Hope Hand at wheeler966@aol.com.
The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members.
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.

 

To view an online version of this press release please visit: http://uspea.org/category/recent-uspea-press-news/

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