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May 6, 2013-Annoucing the Veteran Assistance Program



Announcing the United States Olympic Committee and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Veteran Assistance Program for

Para-Equestrian Dressage Athletes



  USEF LOGO Lexington, KY- May 6, 2013- The U.S. Olympic Committee supports Paralympic-eligible military veterans in their efforts to represent the USA at the upcoming Paralympic Games and other International competitions.  Veterans who demonstrate exceptional sport skills and the commitment necessary to pursue elite-level competition are given guidance on securing the training, support, and coaching needed to qualify for Team USA and achieve their Paralympic dreams.

Through a partnership with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the VA Paralympic Program Office helps to provide a monthly assistance allowance for disabled Veterans of the Armed Forces, as authorized by section 703 of the Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2008.

Through the program, the VA will pay a monthly allowance to a Veteran with a service-connected or non-service-connected disability if the Veteran meets the minimum military standard or higher (i.e. Emerging, Talent Pool, National Team) in his/her respective sport at a recognized competition.


In addition to meeting the military standard, athletes must:

  • Be 17 years or older as of December 1, 2012.
  • Be a U.S. citizen/Veteran.
  • Must be a current member in good standing of USEF at the time that the Required Scores are achieved.
  • Be medically eligible in accordance with the FEI Classification Manual for Para-Equestrian Competitions, 3rd Edition, 2012 and Article 8422 of the Rules for FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Events to compete in Para-Equestrian dressage competitions. To do so, riders shall have either a national or international Para-Equestrian classification and be assigned a Grade. For more information regarding classification, visit the FEI website at http://www.fei.org/disciplines/dressage/about-para-equestrian-dressage. To schedule a national or international classification, contact Laureen Johnson at the USEF at 908-326-1155.
  • Ride independently (without side aides).



  • Must comply with all USOC requirements.



  • A total of one score for each must be submitted as follows for the current competition year:
    • One “Championship Team” test score;
    • One “Individual” test score;
  • The minimum score of any Individual or Championship test submitted must be 60% or higher;
  • Scores may be submitted from any horse/rider combination;
    • Submit one score of 60% or better from the current competition year;
    • Scores shall be achieved at the championship test of the rider’s Grade level or at any test which is above the rider’s Grade level. These levels are as follows:
      • For Grade I riders – USDF Walk Trot Test
      • For Grade II riders – USDF Walk Trot Test
      • For Grade III riders – First Level Test 4 or above
      • For Grade IV riders – Third Level Test 1 or above
  • All test scores (both rider and/or horse) must be achieved at USEF or FEI Para-Equestrian licensed competitions. FEI PE tests must be scored by a USEF “R” rated judge or above, or an FEI PE recognized judge.


  • Athletes are required to submit legible copies of all qualifying tests, clearly indicating the name of the judge and competition at which the scores were achieved to Laureen Johnson, USEF High Performance Director of Para-Equestrian Programs at the address below.



P.O. Box 83

Gladstone, NJ 07934


Attention: Laureen Johnson, High Performance Director of Para Equestrian & Vaulting Programs

            USEF Fax: 908-719-7588


Once received by the USEF, the scores will be recorded and added to the USEF Para-Equestrian Ranking List. Scores will then be forwarded to Kallece Quinn at the USOC for consideration to the Veterans Assistance Program.


To learn more about the Para-Equestrian monthly assistance allowance, contact Kallie Quinn, Associate Director of the Emerging Sport Program at the U.S. Paralympics Sport Performance division at 719-866-2088 or Kallece.quinn@usoc.org.

About United States Para-Equestrian Association:


The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation board 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 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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