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December 2, 2014- Giving Tuesday Has Just About Ended But Your Donation Will Last a Lifetime

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Giving Tuesday Has Just About Ended But Your Donation Will Last a Lifetime

Support the High Performance programs and United States Equestrian Teams with the USET Foundation
 


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The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage

The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge is an exciting fundraising initiative that was launched in April thanks to the incredible generosity of Margaret H. Duprey and The Barnfield Foundation. Duprey and The Barnfield Foundation have each pledged up to $200,000, matching dollar for dollar, gift commitments of $4,000 and above, payable over a four-year period made by April 1, 2015. Just as an example, a gift of $5,000 will provide $15,000 in funding with the match. “The opportunity that we have right now, to literally triple the amount of funding, is something people need to recognize and understand what a tremendous impact they can make for these most deserving athletes”, said Bonnie B. Jenkins, USET Foundation Executive Director.The purpose of this Challenge is to establish a base of funding for each of the next four years, which will provide for a High Performance program that will include training sessions, coaching and international competition opportunities leading up to and including the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage will require extraordinary commitment and the support of those in the equestrian community who love the sport and desire to see our athletes, both equine and human, compete and win at the highest levels of international competition.
For more information on the USET Foundation and The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage, please call Bonnie B. Jenkins, Executive Director or Sara Ike, Major Gifts Officer at (908) 234-1251 or visit www.uset.org.
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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November 26, 2014- Announcing the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* January 7-11

Announcing the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* January 7-11

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

Wellington, Florida – November 26, 2014 - Entries are now being accepted at www.equestrianentries.com through December 22, 2014, for the 2015 Adequan Global

Wes Dunham and Willi Wesley. Photo by Lindsay McCall
Trainer Wes Dunham and WEG athletes Sydney Collier’s mount Willi Wesley at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* horse inspection . Photo by Lindsay McCall

Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes kick-off the show season with their their first international show of the year January 7-11, 2015, in Wellington, FL, in the Van Kampen covered arena. This show will include FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes in Grades Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV.  Thursday, January 8, is the Horse inspection at approximately 5:30 PM. Friday, January 9, is the FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test, followed by Saturday’s FEI Para-Dressage Individual Championship Test, and finally the FEI Para-Dressage Freestyle Test on Sunday, January 11. Para-Dressage riders are looking towards qualifying for the 2016 Paralympic Equestrian competition in Rio Di Janeiro, Brazil, September 7-18, 2016.

The Prize List is availablehere:

 

The 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* is once again managed by Lloyd Landkamer. The FEI Ground Jury includes Mr. Freddy Leyman (BEL),
Mr. Kjell Myhre (NOR), Mr. Marc Urban (BEL), Ms. Kristi Wysocki (USA), and Ms. Adrianne Pot (USA). Global Dressage Festival I CDI W/1*/Y/J/P/U25 / CPEDI 3* January 7-11, 2015 is presented by Adequan. It features over $50,000 in prize money and is official qualifying competition for: The 2015 Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North; the 2015 USEF Pony Rider Dressage National Championship; 2015 AGCO/USEF Junior and Young Rider Dressage National Championships; and the 2015 USEF Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup’ Dressage National Championship. It’s also the official qualifying competition for the 2015 Markel/USEF Young and Developing Horse Dressage Championships, the Great American/USDF Regional Championships and USDF/Dover Adult Amateur Medal Program. The Adequan Global Dressage Festival is the world’s largest international and national dressage circuit featuring 8 CDIs, including five CDI-Ws, one 4* and one 5*, the only non-championship CDIO Nations’ Cup in the Western Hemisphere, as well as weekly U.S. National events.
The Prize List is available here:
Closing Date: Received by December 22, 2014 midnight Eastern Time
International Coordinator Thomas Baur 561-727-0229
Co-Manager and Secretary John Hoppman 612-799-6381
Co-Secretaries: Teresa Griner, Deb Landon, Peggy Warren, Angela Goodwin-Volpert
Veterinarian on grounds: Palm Beach Equine 561-793-1599
Farrier on grounds: Tony Bucci 561-798-8500
Competition Licensee: Equestrian Sport Productions LLC
Announcers: Nicho Meredith and Cyndi Kurth
Photographers: Susan Stickle at www.dressagephotos.com or susanjstickle.com
Location: The Stadium in Wellington, Florida
About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:
The Adequan Global Dressage Festival is the world’s largest international and national dressage circuit featuring 8 CDIs, including five CDI-Ws, one 4* and one 5*, the only non-championship CDIO Nations’ Cup in the Western Hemisphere, as well as weekly U.S. National eventsThe 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.

Para-Dressage athletes at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*  Photo by: Lindsay Y. 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.

 

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

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November 26, 2014- Para-Dressage Riders Peavy, Brimmer, and Jordan Finish a Successful 2014 Competition Year

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 Para-Dressage Riders Peavy, Brimmer, and Jordan Finish a Successful 2014 Competition Year
By: Lindsay Y. McCall

Lexington, KY – November 26, 2014 - The 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) concluded on August 29, and within two weeks Individual U.S. WEG Para-Dressage Grade III rider Annie Peavy of Avon, Connecticut, headed to Saugerties, NY, for the Great American Insurance Group/ United States Dressage Federation Region 8 Championships presented by New England Dressage Association (NEDA). The Championships were held September 18-21. Also riding at the Region 8 Championships in

Annie Peavy and Lancelot Warrior
Annie Peavy and Lancelot Warrior at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*

Saugerties was Grade IV athlete Mary Jordan of Wells, Maine, and Rubicon 75 (Royal-Hit x Edelkarin/Absinthe), owned by Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center of Loxahatchee, Florida. Rubicon 75 was formally owned and ridden by Catherine Haddad Staller of International Dressage. Peavy, a Grade III Para-Dressage Junior rode her WEG partner eight-year-old Trakehner gelding Ozzy Cooper (Hibiskus x Okka – Arrak) and 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding Lancelot Warrior (Londonderry x Waroness – Warkant). Both horses were qualified for WEG but Ozzy Cooper had to replace Lancelot Warrior just before heading to France. Peavy became the Region 8 FEI Junior Reserve Champion riding Ozzy Cooper and tied with Lancelot Warrior on a score of 66.35%. Peavy, 18, trains with Heathe

r Blitz at Cutler Farm. Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75 won the 3rd Level Championship out of a field of 23 competitors. Rubicon also placed 5th in the 2nd Level Region 8 Championship. Her championship accolade earned her an invitation to the second U.S. Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® held November 6-9, in Lexington, KY. Unprecedented, Jordan and Rubicon 75 became the first horse and rider combination as the only Para-Equestrian Dressage duo to win an able-bodied Regional Championship to go to the Finals. Jordan trains with Jim Koford. Also at the Lexington Finals was U.S. Para-Dressage Grade III rider Ellie Brimmer’s horse London Swing ridden by trainer Roz Kinstler.

Individual U.S. para-equestrian dressage competitor Angela Peavy with Ozzy Cooper in the Grade III team test at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. Photo copyright SusanJStickle.com

Annie Peavy rode two exceptional tests while in France at the WEG. It was a great endeavor with a wonderful outcome to fly back to the U.S. and show at Region 8 Championships within weeks. Peavy explained, “I showed both Lance and Ozzy in the Region 8 FEI Junior Team Championship Test. My rides on both of them were very smooth. I was extremely happy with them. They went into the ring confident and did everything I asked of them. It was a bit of a rush getting home from France and going straight to Saugerties, but worth it. Ozzy traveled extremely well and was ready to compete again. Overall I was extremely proud of our partnerships.” Peavy plans on continuing to show Internationally as an able-bodied and Para-Equestrian Dressage Junior athlete in 2015.

Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75 at the Great American Insurance Group/ United States Dressage Federation Region 8 Championships presented by New England Dressage Association (NEDA) September 18-21, 2014 ©Amy E. Riley/STUDIO EQUUS

Mary Jordan headed back to Maine after the Saugerties Region 8 Championships then on to the Kentucky Horse Park in November. “Rubicon qualified for NEDA Fall and Regionals at one show in August 2014, our first stateside competition,” recalled Jordan. “I rode four tests at 2nd and 3rd level over two days and got my qualifying scores at Vermont Dressage Days in Essex Junction, VT. There, Rubicon earned high score of the show and won the Blue Seal Amateur Cup on a score of 69+%. His scores in Saugerties went up to 72.9%. Rubicon is our hopeful for Rio 2016.”

Jordan continued, “I was incredibly excited to compete in Kentucky with this extremely wonderful horse along with the nation’s best riders and horses from around the country. A sincere thanks to my family, friends, Coach James Koford, Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, Catherine Haddad Staller, and sponsors for their support and encouragement with our new partnership.” Jordan like Ellie Brimmer will head South for the winter to train and compete in Wellington, FL.

Brimmer’s partnership was also new in 2014 with their debut ride in Wellington, FL, in Spring 2014. The duo has been enjoying solidifying their partnership while competing in both able-bodied and Para-Dressage competition. Brimmer noted, “The USDF Dressage Finals was not a planned goal for us this year, though I had attended the Finals last year as a volunteer and greatly enjoyed seeing all the quality horses and riders compete head to head from across the country. This summer I had an injury to my hand so my trainer Rosalind Kinstler took over the ride on my International Para-Dressage horse London Swing “Louie” to give him some more miles as he was only shown lightly in Germany. Roz did an excellent job presenting him at the Region Two Finals for the Third Level Open Championship where he placed fourth and earned a wild card for Nationals. At the Kentucky Finals he held his own winning the warm up class for 3-3 Open on Thursday , placing fourth in the Finals Championship class with a total score of 69.359%. I’m so happy for Roz and Louie and I think this journey to the Finals will only help me as I continue to pursue International Para-Dressage competition.”

Ellie Brimmer and London Swing Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Ellie Brimmer and London Swing at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
It is at these larger Dressage Championships where the parallel lines are crossed in the Dressage world. Brimmer explained, “I think what made having a horse in the Finals so special was that I got to see Para-Equestrian friends from all over the country, I was stabled across the aisle from Heather Blitz from Massachusetts who coaches my fellow Grade III rider Annie Peavy and the next aisle over was Michelle Folden and her husband David. Michelle is from South Carolina and coaches Grade II rider Debbie Stanitski. I was also able to cheer on Grade IV rider Mary Jordan from Maine in the Amateur Third Level Championship and see her exciting new Para-Dressage prospect Rubicon 75. In the future I would like to return to the finals to ride my own horse and I hope this event becomes a long standing tradition.”Spectators can expect to see these three and many more Para-Dressage athletes in Wellington, FL, in January at the first 2015 CPEDI3* which is a qualifier for the 2012 Rio Paralympics.

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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November 16, 2014 – PARA-REINING RETURNS TO AQHA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW IN OKLAHOMA CITY TO APPLAUSE FROM CROWD, ENTHUSIASM FROM RIDERS

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PARA-REINING RETURNS TO AQHA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW IN OKLAHOMA CITY TO APPLAUSE FROM CROWD, ENTHUSIASM FROM RIDERS

 

By: Larri Jo Starkey for The American Quarter Horse Journal

Oklahoma City, Ok – November 16, 2014 - Para-reining returned November 15 to the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show as a demonstration sport.

 

Six high-level para-dressage riders changed saddles and took a spin on American Quarter Horses in the Jim Norick Coliseum at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

Along with a standing ovation from the crowd of reining enthusiasts in Oklahoma City, U.S. Air Force veteran Derrick Perkins received the high score of the night, a 74, from international judge Joe Carter.

 

Perkins was injured in 1988 while on active duty and the crowd was on its feet to honor both his service and his riding.

 

For the demonstration at the World Show, the para-reiners were matched with top-notch professionals who coached them on their rides and helped mount them on American Quarter Horses donated for the day.

 

Perkins’ coaches were reining’s double-gold medalist and the National Reining Horse Association’s only $5 million rider, Shawn Flarida of Springfield, Ohio, and AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates of Pueblo, Colorado, one of the best ropers in the world.

 

Perkins’ horse was Mr Fritz Wood, a 2008 buckskin stallion by Mr Junewood and out of Fritz Lovelady by China Fritz. He was bred by 20-year breeders Sam Shoultz and Ken Matzner of Fort Collins, Colorado, and was donated by his owner, Lincoln Figueiredo of Brazil, who was world champion in amateur heeling and amateur tie-down roping at the World Show. Figueiredo and the stallion were also reserve champions in the AQHA Farnam All-Around Amateur standings.

 

Other competitors included Katie Shoemaker, who won the reserve national title in both the team test and freestyle competitions for Grade III at the United States Equestrian Federation Para-Dressage National Championship. She was selected for the United States Equestrian Team short list for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Shoemaker studies at Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine and has served in several leadership roles with the United States Dressage Federation.

 

Shoemaker was coached by Josh Visser of Visser Reining Horses in Whitesboro, Texas, and she rode See Stevies Dream, a 2011 gelding by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Kalico Whiz by Topsail Whiz. He was bred by Lyle, Sondra and Josh Visser of Whitesboro and is owned by Visser’s wife, Carri.

 

Frederick Win rode Shiners Little Spark, a 2008 palomino gelding by Shining Spark and out of Smart Little Betty by Smart Little Lena. He was bred by Blair Visser of Agassiz, British Columbia, and was donated by his owner, Christina Riley of Battle Ground, Washington.

 

Win started learning dressage in 2011 and successfully competed at the United States Dressage Federation national level and FEI international level shows. Win competed at the Kentucky Reining Cup and at the World Show in 2013. He is coached by reining trainer Josh Visser, who also serves on the NRHA executive committee and was the 2013 NRHA professional horseman of the year.

 

Elinor Switzer traveled from Europe to participate in the para-reining demonstration at the World Show. Switzer is a founding member and past chairwoman of the Para-Western Riders of Germany and has an extensive show record in AQHA Equestrians With Disabilities classes. Switzer is a para-equestrian FEI Grade 4 rider.

 

AQHA Professional Horseman Shane Brown, a winning freestyle reiner from Elbert, Colorado, coached Switzer through her ride on Little Dual Dunnit, a 2001 bay gelding by Hollywood Dun It and out of Little Dual Missie by Dual Pep. He was bred by Tim and Colleen McQuay of Tioga, Texas, and is owned by Marc Jenkins of Colorado Springs, who generously donated him for the demonstration.

 

Paralympian Rebecca Hart was among the riders who competed at the World Show in 2013 and returned for more in 2014. She represented the United States in para-dressage at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy. Her coach was Martin Muehlstaetter, a respected reining trainer and a member of Team Austria at the 2014 World Equestrian Games. Hart rode Spookanne, a homebred mare donated by Rosanne Sternberg of Sterling Ranch. Spookanne is a 2006 mare by Smart Spook and out of Annieote Freckles by Colonel Freckles.

 

Holly Jacobson of Ipswich, Massachusetts, grew up in Connecticut riding hunters. Jacobson has been pursuing para-dressage the last four years and now para-reining. For the second time, Jacobson rode Zins Smart Wrangler, a 2011 gelding donated by Reed Kyle of Whitesboro, Texas. Jacobson was third on “Wrangler” at the para-reining event during the Kentucky Reining Cup in April. Jacobson’s coach for the day was Fred Thomsson, a champion reining trainer who represented Sweden at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky and the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy.

 

Para-reining made its debut during the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show, and interest in the sport continues to grow. For 2014, AQHA adopted para-reining rules in collaboration with USA Reining and NRHA. Those rules will be revised after this test year and with the cooperation of the United States Para-Equestrian Association with the goal of making para-reining a nationally recognized sport in 2015.

 

 

Candids:

Rebecca Hart and Martin Muehlstaetter, a respected reining trainer and a member of Team Austria at the 2014 World Equestrian Games. Hart rode Spookanne, a homebred mare donated by Rosanne Sternberg of Sterling Ranch. Spookanne is a 2006 mare by Smart Spook and out of Annieote Freckles by Colonel Freckles.
Frederick Win and Josh Visser Win rode Shiners Little Spark, a 2008 palomino gelding by Shining Spark and out of Smart Little Betty by Smart Little Lena. He was bred by Blair Visser of Agassiz, British Columbia, and was donated by his owner,
Christina Riley of Battle Ground, Washington
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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November 15, 2014 – 2014 American Quarter Horse World Championship Show Para-Reining Demonstration Today November 15

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2014 American Quarter Horse World Championship Show Para-Reining Demonstration Today November 15

Photos and article by: Lindsay Y. McCall

Oklahoma City, OK – November 15, 2014 - The American Quarter Horse (AQHA) World

Two-time Paralympian (2008 and 2012) and 2010/2014  Alltech FEI WOrld Equestrian Games Athlete athlete Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Pa.) with Pete Kyle and his horse Zins Smart Wrangler, donated by Pete and Tamara Kyle and owned by Pat Moore
Two-time U.S. Paralympian (2008 and 2012) and 2010/2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Athlete athlete Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Pa.) with Pete Kyle and his horse Zins Smart Wrangler, donated by Pete and Tamara Kyle and owned by Pat Moore at the 2013 Para-Reining Demonstration. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall

Championship Show November 7-22, will once again feature a para-equestrian reining demonstration today, November 15, 2014. The demonstration will take place in The Jim Norick Arena at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City after the Senior Reining CRI 3*. The 2014 AQHA World Championship Show features english, western, and halter disciplines including the best Reiners in the business. Riders include U.S. Air Force Veteran Derrick Perkins, Two-time U.S. Paralympian (2008 and 2012) and 2010/2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games athlete Rebecca Hart,
Freddie Win, Holly Jacobson, Eleanor Switzer, and Kate Shoemaker.

This para-reining demonstration will be the third opportunity for spectators, organizers, and current and potential athletes to experience para-reining on an international platform. The 2013 event was the launch pad for the 2014 development year and 2015 and beyond international para-reining competition. Each reiner will perform specific patterns that are part of the newly adapted para-reining rules. Riders will be judged today by FEI 4* Reining jury and given accolades based on their performance. USA Reining and the United States Para-Equestrian Association, in cooperation with the AQHA and National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), make this event possible.

The popularity of the first para-reining demonstration began at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show in November. The second installment was during the Kentucky Reining Cup April 26, 2014, held at the Kentucky Horse Park and was titled the Cargill’s Nutrena® brand Para-Reining Event. The April demonstration was a feature during the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Reining Selection Trial and the 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Para-Reiners (front row) Two-time U.S. Paralympian (2008 and 2012) and 2010/2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games athlete Rebecca Hart, U.S. Air Force Veteran Derrick Perkins, USPEA President and Paralympian Hope Hand, (back row) Holly Jacobson, Eleanor Switzer, and Kate Shoemaker. at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, OK.. Photo by Larri Jo Starkey
Holly Jacobson, Zins Smart Wrangler donated by Pete and Tamara Kyle and owned by Pat Moore. Photo Courtesy of Tina Wentz. 2014 AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, OK.
Derrick Perkins and World Champion Team Roping Mr. Fritz Wood (2008 out of Mr. Junewood and Fritz Lovelady). 2014 AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, OK.
Freddie Win at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, OK. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
Derrick Perkins and U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Chef D’ Equipe Kai Handt 2013 AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, OK. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
Para-Reining riders, owners, horses, sponsors at the 2013 Para-Reining Demonstration during the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, OK. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall

With the proven success of the 2013 and 2014 Para-Reining demonstrations USA Reining is looking forward to continuing to work with the AQHA and NRHA to grow this para-equestrian discipline into an international high performance sport. It has already received numerous praises from international athletes, coaches, and judges, interested in participating in this future high-performance para-equestrian discipline.

During the 2014 competition year, USA Reining is using newly adapted para-reining rules. The new rules are a collaboration of AQHA Equestrians with Disabilities, NRHA and USA Reining. The adapted rules will be continually specialized, revised, and collated with the FEI para-equestrian rules for the 2015 competition year. Members are encouraged to provide feedback for integration of the 2015 rules.

For more information about USA Reining, please visit www.USA-Reining.com.
If you are interested in the para-reining program or would like to provide member feedback please contact Brad Ettleman at Brad@HPowerInc.com.

To view more about the American Quarter Horse (AQHA) World Championship Show November 7-22, 2014, please visit

To view the 2013 Para-Reining Demonstration Press Release and photographs please click here:

You may also view the Para-Reining discipline information and potential patterns on the USPEA website at http://uspea.org/para-reining/
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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