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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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The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge

Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge

If you are interested please view the donation letter of intent from the USET Foundation by clicking here:

The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage
Established by Margaret H. Duprey and
The Barnfield Foundation

 Gladstone, NJ – April 16, 2014 - The United States Equestrian Team Foundation is pleased to announce an exciting new fundraising initiative, The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage, made possible through the generosity of Margaret H. Duprey and The Barnfield Foundation. The goal of the initiative is to raise $800,000 for High Performance Para Dressage. Mrs. Duprey and the Barnfield Foundation have each pledged up to $200,000. They will each match, dollar for dollar, every gift commitment of $4,000 and above made by April 1, 2015.

The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage offers an incredible opportunity for those who share a passion and interest in increasing support for these most inspiring and deserving athletes, and their quest to represent this country in international competition including the World Equestrian Games and Paralympics.

“Our family is so excited and honored that Jonathan is being recognized in this way. His dream was to not only be a world class equestrian, but to also help develop a world class United States Para Dressage Team. This as you know, not only takes dedication, sacrifice, training and skill of the athletes, but also the funds to compete nationally & internationally. My hope is that The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge will raise awareness and the funds needed to carry on his dream of developing a world class team!,” said Tina Wentz (Jonathan’s mother).
Jonathan Wentz by Lindsay Y. McCall
The financial need for Para Dressage athletes at the High Performance international level can be quite significant. Unlike in most countries, the United States Equestrian Teams do not receive any government subsidies. The main source of funds for our athletes to participate in international competition comes through the USET Foundation from individuals and foundations whose interest and commitment to equestrian sport motivates them to make generous charitable contributions.

In addition to shipping horses to Europe and making sure that the correct support staff is in place, such as veterinarians and farriers, additional support staff is also needed for the riders as well so that they can function at the highest level both physically and emotionally when they are competing.

While traveling, especially overseas, wheelchair accessibility can be limited, and an individual benefits from having a personal care assistant to help the athlete not only move through low accessibility areas but they can also monitor the rider’s physical well-being. Other supplementary support staff may include a person who is physically capable of helping a rider to mount their horse before competition and a physical therapist to work the rider’s muscles. Many athletes who are paralyzed or have muscle spasticity can have muscle spasms, muscle soreness, and physical issues that may need a licensed physical therapist to monitor and address.

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.

“This amazing opportunity to establish new levels of support and success for the United States High Performance Dressage program is thanks to Margaret H. Duprey and The Barnfield Foundation, both long time loyal supporters of equestrian sport. I thank them for their true leadership and applaud their commitment in making The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage possible,” said Bonnie B. Jenkins, USET Foundation Executive Director.

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.

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.

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UPDATE June 30, 2014

 

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The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage More Than Half Way to Goal!

 Gladstone, NJ -June 30, 2014 - As Para Dressage riders are training and preparing for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage continues to gain momentum and bring in new pledges, having raised $585,000 towards the $800,000 goal.

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation announced the new fundraising initiative in April, which has been made possible through the generosity of Margaret H. Duprey and The Barnfield Foundation. 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.

Duprey and The Barnfield Foundation have each pledged up to $200,000 and will match, dollar for dollar, every gift commitment of $4,000 and above made by April 1, 2015. Just as an example, a gift of $5,000 will provide $15,000 in funding with the match.

The initial response has been encouraging and generous. Parents, trainers and philanthropists have all come forward and pledged their support to help these athletes in their quest to represent the United States on the world stage.

Heather Blitz, an alternate for the 2012 London Olympics Dressage team knows what it takes to compete at the highest levels of equestrian sport, and she was eager to be a part of The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage.

“It’s hard not to contribute when Margaret Duprey and the Barnfield Foundation have offered to match two dollars for ever dollar,” explained Blitz. “It’s very generous of them, and it’s very necessary for the Para riders to develop a stronger program. I have a Para student now, and I am learning more about the sport and what they need. I wanted to help, and this presented a wonderful opportunity.”

The two for one match from Margaret H. Durprey and The Barnfield Foundation has made this Challenge an opportunity that everyone will hopefully consider. A gift of $10,000, payable over four years for $5,000 a year, will provide $30,000 in funding. The USET Foundation hopes to meet its goal before the end of this year, so that the Para Dressage program will have the funding available for programs in 2015.

Bonnie B. Jenkins, USET Foundation Executive Director said, “Without the commitment of Margaret and The Barnfield Foundation as well as the incredible individuals who have come forward, none of this would be happening. On behalf of the USET Foundation and the athletes who will benefit I extend my sincere appreciation and thanks to those who have already made a pledge: Margaret H. Duprey, The Barnfield Foundation, Janet Richardson-Pearson, Cauleen Glass, Gwynne McDevitt, Becky Reno and Ed Peavy, Heather Blitz, Annis Buell, Nancy and Bob Peavy, Sarah and Nicholas Armentrout and Deecie McNelly Denison”.

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.

2014 WEG

USEF 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team

Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Pa.) and her own Schroeter’s Romani.
Schroeter’s Romani is a 2003 Danish Warmblood mare.

Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan’s Willi Wesley.
Willi Wesley is a 2000 Warmblood gelding.

Roxanne Trunnell (Rowlett, Texas) and her own Nice Touch.
Nice Touch is a 1995 Dutch Warmblood mare.

Susan Treabess (Winters, Calif.) and Kathryn Hill’s Kamiakin.
Kamiakin is a 2005 PRE stallion.

Individual:

Angela Peavy (Avon, Conn.) and Rebecca Reno’s Lancelot Warrior.
Lancelot Warrior is a 2002 Hanoverian gelding.

 

Announcing the USEF 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team

Press Release by: USEF/  USPEA
Photographs Copyright SusanJStickle.com

Lexington, KY – June 6, 2014- The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named 10 horse-and-athlete combinations to the Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team. The top four ranked horse-and-athlete combinations will serve as the Team and the fifth ranked combination will serve as the self-funded Individual, the remaining combinations will serve as ranked alternates.

The following 10 horse-and-athlete combinations have been named to the Short List (in ranked order):

Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Pa.) and her own Schroeter’s Romani.
Schroeter’s Romani is a 2003 Danish Warmblood mare.

Roxanne Trunnell (Rowlett, Texas) and her own Nice Touch.
Nice Touch is a 1995 Dutch Warmblood mare.

Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Patricia Mclean Mendenhall’s NTEC Cuplee.
NTEC Cuplee is a 2008 Mecklenburg gelding.

Susan Treabess (Winters, Calif.) and Kathryn Hill’s Kamiakin.
Kamiakin is a 2005 PRE stallion.

Angela Peavy (Avon, Conn.) and Rebecca Reno’s Lancelot Warrior.
Lancelot Warrior is a 2002 Hanoverian gelding.

Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan’s Willi Wesley.
Willi Wesley is a 2000 Warmblood gelding.

Angela Peavy (Avon, Conn.) and Rebecca Reno’s Ozzy Cooper.
Ozzy Cooper is a 2006 Trakehner gelding.

Ashleigh Flores-Simmons (Elk Grove, Calif.) and Dana Williams’ Verite SF.
Verite SF is a 2002 KWPN mare.

Mary Jordan (Wells, Maine) and Deecie Denison’s Sebastian.
Sebastian is a 1993 Hanoverian gelding.

Kate Shoemaker (Edmond, Okla.) and her own Arpeggio.
Arpeggio is a 2001 Oldenburg gelding.

About the 2014 U.S. Para-Dressage WEG Team Selection:

The 2014 U.S. Para-Dressage Team will be led by U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Technical Advisor Kai Handt and it will consist of four athletes and four horses or three athletes and three horses. One team member must be classified either Grade Ia, Ib, or II. A team may not include more than two athletes from any one Grade. Positions one through three on the Short List/FEI Nominated Entry will be filled by the first through third ranked horse/athlete combination from the Selection Trial. If an athlete competes in the Selection Trial on more than one horse and ranks in the first through third placings at the Selection Trial with both horses, the athlete will be named to the FEI Nominated Entry in that athlete’s highest placed position with both horses. The positions that follow will be taken by the next highest ranking athlete/horse combination from the Selection Trial. Position four on the FEI Nominated Entry will be filled either by the next ranked athlete/horse combination from the Selection Trial or by an athlete/horse combination(s) named as a discretionary choice by the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Selectors. If a discretionary choice is utilized for position four then all athletes following the position filled by the discretionary choice will move down one place in the ranking from the Selection Trial up to the maximum number able to be nominated under FEI rules. If a discretionary choice is not used for position four then the remaining positions on the Short List/Nominated Entry will be filled by athlete/horse combinations in order of their ranking from the Selection Trial.

Results from June 2-5, 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship and Selection Trial

USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship and Selection Trial Overall Scores and Rankings

Place. FEI Grade, Rider, Horse, Team Test, Individual Test, Freestyle, Overall
1. II, Rebecca Hart, Schroeter’s Romani, 75.098%, 73.048%, 76.917, 74.642
2. Ia, Margaret McIntosh, Rio Rio, 72.391%, 69.928%, 73.5, 71.628
3. Ia, Roxanne Trunnell, Nice Touch, 71.304%, 70.652%, 74, 71.582
4. Ib, Sydney Collier, NTEC Cuplee, 70.067%, 71.322%, 74.167, 71.389
5. IV, Susan Treabess, Kamiakin, 69.444%, 71.627%, 73.5, 71.128
6. III, Angela Peavy, Lancelot Warrior, 71.228%, 68.293%, 73.167, 70.442
7. Ib, Sydney Collier, Willi Wesley, 70.667%, 71.609%, 66.667, 70.244
8. Ia, Roxanne Trunnell, NTEC Royal Dancer, 70.652%, 69.855%, 70.167, 70.236
9. III, Angela Peavy, Ozzy Cooper, 67.982%, 69.228%, 74.333, 69.751
10. II, Ashleigh Flores-Simmons, Verite SF, 69.118%, 67.905%, 70.333, 68.876
11.III, Kate Shoemaker, Pacifec M, 68.553%, 66.382%, 73.5, 68.674
12. IV, Mary Jordan, Sebastian, 67.937%, 67.698%, 71.083, 68.471
13. III, Kate Shoemaker, Arpeggio, 68.289%, 67.358%, 69.333, 68.125
14. IV, Elizabeth Traband, Ucari, 66.587%, 63.968%, 70.5, 66.322
15. II, Elle Woolley, Noble Baron            , 64.657%, 66.667%,68, , 66.13
16. III. Eleanor Brimmer, London Swing, 66.316%, 64.837%, 66.833, 65.828
17. IV, Holly Bergay, NTEC Royal Dancer, 66.151%, 64.206%, 68.25, 65.793
18. III, Pamela Hardin, GM Major Soho. 66.316%, 64.959%, 66.333, 65.777
19. II, Deborah Stanitski, Tiramisu, 64.902%, 64.000%, 65.25, 64.611
20. III, Pamela Hardin, Freemont, 64.211%, 65.000%, 64.167, 64.518
21. Ia, Kim Decker, Dashers Destiny, 64.130%, 65.797%            , 58.417, 63.654
22. II, Marsha Cullen, Latte’, 61.863%, 62.286%, 64, 62.46
23. Ia, Derrick Perkins, NTEC Hans, 60.435%, 60.725%, 60.167, 60.497

Combined Overall Test Results at the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship and Selection Trial

Name of Athlete, Name of Horse (Breed), Name of Owner, Final Score

Grade IV:
Susan Treabess and Kamiakin (PRE), owned by Scott and Katie Hill, 71.128%
Mary Jordan and Sebastian (Hannoverian), owned by Deecie Denison, 68.471%
Elizabeth Traband and Ucari (Westphalian), owned by Helene Bergstrom, 66.322%
Holly Bergay and NTEC Royal Dancer (Westphalian), owned by Kai Handt, 65.793%(National Only)
Grade III:
Angela Peavy and Lancelot Warrior (Hannoverian), owned by Rebecca Reno, 70.442%
Angela Peavy and Ozzy Cooper (Trak), owned by Rebecca Reno, 69.751%
Kate Shoemaker and Pacifec M (KWPN), owned by Kate Shoemaker, 68.674%
Kate Shoemaker and Arpeggio (Oldenburg), owned by Kate Shoemaker, 68.125%
Eleanor Brimmer and London Swing (Hannoverian), owned by Eleanor Brimmer, 65.828% (National Only)
Pamela Hardin and GM Major Soho (Arabian), owned by Pamela Hardin, 65.777% (National Only)
Pamela Hardin and Freemont (Hannoverian), owned by Nadege Soubassis, 64.518% (National Only)
Grade II:
Rebecca Hart and Shroeter’s Romani, (Danish Warmblood) , owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo’s, and Will and Sandy Kimmel, 74.642%
Ashleigh Flores-Simmons and Verite SF (NAWPN), owned by Dana Williams, 68.876%
Elle Wooley and Noble Baron (Oldenburg), owned by Francine Gentile, 66.130% (National Only)
Deborah Stanitski and Tiramisu (HOLST X), owned by Deborah Stanitski, 64.611%
Marsha Cullen and Latte (Draft X), owned by Marsha Cullen, 62.460% (National Only)

Grade Ib
Sydney Collier and NTEC Cuplee (Mecklenburg), owned by Patricia Mendenhall, 71.389%
Sydney Collier and Willi Wesley (Warmblood), owned by Victoria Dugan 70.244%
Grade Ia:
Margaret McIntosh and Rio Rio (Rheinland Pfalz-saar International), owned by Margaret McIntosh, 71.628%
Roxanne Trunnell and Nice Touch (Dutch), owned by Roxanne Trunnell, 71.582%
Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Royal Dancer (Westphalian), owned by Kai Handt, 70.236% (National Only)
Kim Decker and Dasher’s Destiny (Hannoverian), owned by Kim Decker, 63.654% (National Only)
Derrick Perkins and NTEC Hans (Oldenburg), owned by Kai Handt, 60.497%

June 5, 2014, FEI Musical Freestyle Test Results at the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship and Selection Trial

Name of Athlete, Name of Horse (Breed), Name of Owner, Final Score

Grade IV:
Susan Treabess and Kamiakin (PRE), owned by Scott and Katie Hill, 73.5%
Mary Jordan and Sebastian (Hannoverian), owned by Deecie Denison, 71.083%
Elizabeth Traband and Ucari (Westphalian), owned by Helene Bergstrom, 70.500%
Holly Bergay and NTEC Royal Dancer (Westphalian), owned by Kai Handt, 68.250%(National Only)
Grade III:
Angela Peavy and Ozzy Cooper (Trak), owned by Rebecca Reno
, 74.333%
Kate Shoemaker and Pacifec M (KWPN), owned by Kate Shoemaker, 73.500
Angela Peavy and Lancelot Warrior (Hannoverian), owned by Rebecca Reno, 73.167%
Kate Shoemaker and Arpeggio (Oldenburg), owned by Kate Shoemaker, 69.333%
Eleanor Brimmer and London Swing (Hannoverian), owned by Eleanor Brimmer, 66.833% (National Only)
Pamela Hardin and GM Major Soho (Arabian), owned by Pamela Hardin, 66.333% (National Only)
Pamela Hardin and Freemont (Hannoverian), owned by Nadege Soubassis, 64.167% (National Only)
Grade II:
Rebecca Hart and Shroeter’s Romani, (Danish Warmblood) , owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo’s, and Will and Sandy Kimmel, 76.917%
Ashleigh Flores-Simmons and Verite SF (NAWPN), owned by Dana Williams, 70.333%
Elle Wooley and Noble Baron (Oldenburg), owned by Francine Gentile, 68.00% (National Only)
Deborah Stanitski and Tiramisu (HOLST X), owned by Deborah Stanitski, 65.250%
Marsha Cullen and Latte (Draft X), owned by Marsha Cullen, 64.00% (National Only)
Grade Ib
Sydney Collier and NTEC Cuplee (Mecklenburg), owned by Patricia Mendenhall, 74.167%
Sydney Collier and Willi Wesley (Warmblood), owned by Victoria Dugan 66.667%
Grade Ia:
Roxanne Trunnell and Nice Touch (Dutch), owned by Roxanne Trunnell, 74.000%
Margaret McIntosh and Rio Rio (Rheinland Pfalz-saar International), owned by Margaret McIntosh, 73.500%
Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Royal Dancer (Westphalian), owned by Kai Handt, 70.167% (National Only)
Kim Decker and Dasher’s Destiny (Hannoverian), owned by Kim Decker, 65.797% (National Only)
Derrick Perkins and NTEC Hans (Oldenburg), owned by Kai Handt, 60.167%
Laura Goldman and Buckeye (Dutch X), owned by Kristen Ropp, 58.417% (National Only)

June 4, 2014, FEI Individual Test Results at the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship and Selection Trial

Name of Athlete, Name of Horse (Breed), Name of Owner, Final Score

Grade IV:
Susan Treabess and Kamiakin (PRE), owned by Scott and Katie Hill, 71.627%
Mary Jordan and Sebastian (Hannoverian), owned by Deecie Denison, 67.698%
Holly Bergay and NTEC Royal Dancer (Westphalian), owned by Kai Handt, 64.206% (National Only)
Elizabeth Traband and Ucari (Westphalian), owned by Helene Bergstrom, 63.968%
Grade III:
Angela Peavy and Ozzy Cooper (Trak), owned by Rebecca Reno, 69.228%
Angela Peavy and Lancelot Warrior (Hannoverian), owned by Rebecca Reno, 68.293%
Kate Shoemaker and Arpeggio (Oldenburg), owned by Kate Shoemaker, 67.358%
Kate Shoemaker and Pacifec M (KWPN), owned by Kate Shoemaker, 66.382%
Pamela Hardin and Freemont (Hannoverian), owned by Nadege Soubassis, 65.000% (National Only)
Pamela Hardin and GM Major Soho (Arabian), owned by Pamela Hardin, 64.959%% (National Only)
Eleanor Brimmer and London Swing (Hannoverian), owned by Eleanor Brimmer, 64.837%% (National Only)

Grade II:
Rebecca Hart and Shroeter’s Romani, (Danish Warmblood) , owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo’s, and Will and Sandy Kimmel, 73.048%
Ashleigh Flores-Simmons and Verite SF (NAWPN), owned by Dana Williams, 67.905%
Elle Wooley and Noble Baron (Oldenburg), owned by Francine Gentile, 66.667% (National Only)
Deborah Stanitski and Tiramisu (HOLST X), owned by Deborah Stanitski, 64.000%
Marsha Cullen and Latte (Draft X), owned by Marsha Cullen, 62.286% (National Only)
Grade Ib
Sydney Collier and Willi Wesley (Warmblood), owned by Victoria Dugan 71.609%%
Sydney Collier and NTEC Cuplee (Mecklenburg), owned by Patricia Mendenhall, 71.322%
Grade Ia:
Roxanne Trunnell and Nice Touch (Dutch), owned by Roxanne Trunnell, 70.652%
Margaret McIntosh and Rio Rio (Rheinland Pfalz-saar International), owned by Margaret McIntosh, 69.928%
Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Royal Dancer (Westphalian), owned by Kai Handt, 69.855% (National Only)
10.Kim Decker and Dasher’s Destiny (Hannoverian), owned by Kim Decker, 65.797% (National Only)
11.Derrick Perkins and NTEC Hans (Oldenburg), owned by Kai Handt, 60.725%
12.Laura Goldman and Buckeye (Dutch X), owned by Kristen Ropp, 58.043% (National Only)

June 3, 2014, FEI Team Test Results at the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship and Selection Trial

Name of Athlete, Name of Horse (Breed), Name of Owner, Final Score

Grade IV:
Susan Treabess and Kamiakin (PRE), owned by Scott and Katie Hill, 69.444%
Mary Jordan and Sebastian (Hannoverian), owned by Deecie Denison, 67.937%
Elizabeth Traband and Ucari (Westphalian), owned by Helene Bergstrom, 66.587%
Holly Bergay and NTEC Royal Dancer (Westphalian), owned by Kai Handt, 66.151% (National Only)
Grade III:
Angela Peavy and Lancelot Warrior (Hannoverian), owned by Rebecca Reno, 71.228%
Kate Shoemaker and Pacifec M (KWPN), owned by Kate Shoemaker, 68.553%
Kate Shoemaker and Arpeggio (Oldenburg), owned by Kate Shoemaker, 68.289%
Angela Peavy and Ozzy Cooper (Trak), owned by Rebecca Reno, 67.982%
Pamela Hardin and GM Major Soho (Arabian), owned by Pamela Hardin, 66.316% (National Only)
Eleanor Brimmer and London Swing (Hannoverian), owned by Eleanor Brimmer, 66.316% (National Only)
Pamela Hardin and Freemont (Hannoverian), owned by Nadege Soubassis, 64.211% (National Only)
Grade II: (Finalized on June 4, 2014)
Rebecca Hart and Shroeter’s Romani, (Danish Warmblood) , owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo’s, and Will and Sandy Kimmel, 75.098%
Ashleigh Flores-Simmons and Verite SF (NAWPN), owned by Dana Williams, 69.118%
Deborah Stanitski and Tiramisu (HOLST X), owned by Deborah Stanitski, 64.902%
Elle Wooley and Noble Baron (Oldenburg), owned by Francine Gentile, 64.657% (National Only)
Marsha Cullen and Latte (Draft X), owned by Marsha Cullen, 61.863% (National Only)
Grade Ib
Sydney Collier and Willi Wesley (Warmblood), owned by Victoria Dugan 70.667%
Sydney Collier and NTEC Cuplee (Mecklenburg), owned by Patricia Mendenhall, 70.067%
Grade Ia:
Margaret McIntosh and Rio Rio (Rheinland Pfalz-saar International), owned by Margaret McIntosh, 72.391%
Roxanne Trunnell and Nice Touch (Dutch), owned by Roxanne Trunnell, 71.304%
Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Royal Dancer (Westphalian), owned by Kai Handt, 70.652% (National Only)
Kim Decker and Dasher’s Destiny (Hannoverian), owned by Kim Decker, 64.130% (National Only)
Derrick Perkins and NTEC Hans (Oldenburg), owned by Kai Handt, 60.435%
Laura Goldman and Buckeye (Dutch X), owned by Kristen Ropp, 57.246% (National Only)

For more information about the 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship and the Selection Trial for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ please go to USEF.org.

WEG Selection Procedure:

https://www.usef.org/documents/highPerformance/paralympic/WEGSelectionProcedures.pdf

For more information about World Equestrian Games criteria please visit:

https://www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsdisciplines/discipline/allparaequestrian/hpparaEquestrian.aspx

For questions about the 2014 Para-Equestrian Dressage season please contact the USEF High Performance Director of the Para-Equestrian Discipline Laureen K. Johnson at (908) 326 – 1155 or e-mail lkjohnson@usef.org.

For more questions about the Para-Equestrian discipline please contact Hope Hand at Hope@uspea.org at the USPEA, or (610) 356-6481.

Photographs taken by Susan J. Stickle at SusanJStickle.com at the 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship/ Selection Trial for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) June 2-5, 2014 at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ.

June 30, 2014-U.S. Para-Driving Team Clinches Bronze at 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships

United States Para-Equestrian Association

Media Contact: Lindsay McCall -Lindsay@uspea.org -USPEA, 3940 Verde Vista Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360- www.USPEA.org

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U.S. Para-Driving Team Clinches Bronze at 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships

Press Release by:United States Driving for the Disabled (USDFD) adapted by Lindsay Y. McCall for the USPEA
Photographs by: Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

 

Sandringham, England- June 30, 2014-  The 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships concluded on June 29 at The Royal Estate in Sandringham, England. Germany held on to their overnight lead to take Team Gold, The Netherlands captured Silver, and the USA clinched Bronze with a mere 3.29 penalties behind The

Veteran Robert Giles at the closing ceremony of the   Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd
Veteran Robert Giles with his Silver medal at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Netherlands. Finally, Great Britain finished in fourth place. Individually, Veteran Robert Giles (USA) and Solo, owned by Koos and Marie de Ronde, won the Grade 2 Silver medal with Virginia (Boo) Fitch (USA) and her own Kiko earning the Grade 2 fourth place finish. Diane Kastama earned an 11th place in Grade I and Mary Gray earned a 10th place in Grade 2. Marie De Ronde served as Chef d’Equipe for the USA Team and Sara Schmitt served as coach.

The U.S. Para-Driving Team for the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships occurred June 27-29, with the three U.S. team members including Diane Kastama with her own Rupert, Virginia Fitch with her own Kiko, and Vietnam Veteran Bob Giles driving Koos De Ronde’s Solo. The first day included driven dressage, followed by the marathon & obstacles course, and the final day concluded with cones and the awards presentation.

It was the first time that these championships were hosted in England. Para-equestrian drivers from eight nations competed in a fiercely fought contest for world supremacy. Four of the nations, including the USA, fielded a team of at least three competitors required for the team awards; the other countries were represented by individual competitors.  Individual medals are awarded by “Grade” which is a classification by the FEI according to level of disability (with Grade I being more severely disabled than Grade II). Sixty percent of the competitors were Grade I.

Veteran Robert Giles at the closing ceremony of the .S. Para-Driving Team for the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd
USA Para-Driving Team (Left to Right) Virginia Fitch, Diane Kastama and Veteran Robert Giles at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

United States Driving for the Disabled acknowledged, ” A heartfelt thanks go to Coach Sara Schmitt and Chef d’Equipe Marie de Ronde-United States Driving for the DisabledOudemans who each went above and beyond in their help to the team. We would also like to extend our utmost appreciation to all of the individuals and groups over the past many months who have given us their encouragement, backing and support. They have truly been the ones who have made this possible. Thank you all for being a part of this wonderful accomplishment.”

he 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd
USA Team, Individuals, Coaches and support staff at the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Results from the 2014 FEI World Para Equestrian Driving Championships:

1st Germany 227.07
2nd Netherlands 244.74
3rd USA 248.03
4th Great Britain 264.91

Grade I:
1st Jacques Poppen (Ned) 107.18
2nd Heiner Lehrter (Ger) 118.46
3rd Markus Beerhues (Ger) 124.25
4th Lucy Barclay (GBR) 131 73

Grade II:
1st Alexandra Roeder 111.61
2nd Robert Giles (USA) 125.21
3rd Mick Ward (GBR) 127.25
4th Virginia Fitch (USA) 131.82

Team Members for the 2014 FEI World Para Equestrian Driving Championships:
Diane Kastama  Grade 1
Virginia (Boo) Fitch  Grade 2
Vietnam Veteran Bob Giles  Grade 2

Alternates
1st Alternate: Theresa (Ginny) Leal   Grade 2
2nd Alternate: Mary Gray   Grade 2

Representing the U.S. as an Individual at the 2014 FEI World Para Equestrian Driving Championships for Singles:

Mary Gray (Brunswick, Maine) will drive Nick Hammond’s Leyeswick the Rooster. Leyeswick the Rooster is a 2006 Welsh gelding.

Veteran Robert Giles at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd
Veteran Robert Giles at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd
closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd
Team USA at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd
closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd
Team USA at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

For further detailed scores see:

Additional news is at:

Germany holds overnight lead to take Team Gold at the 2014 Para-Equestrian World Championships

 2012 FEI Para-Equestrian Driving World Championships in Breda, the Netherlands.   Driver is Diane Kastama, Horse is Ruby KWPN , Groom is Jody Cutler  Picture taken by Marie de Ronde.
2012 FEI Para-Equestrian Driving World Championships in Breda, the Netherlands. Driver is Diane Kastama, Horse is Ruby KWPN , Groom is Jody Cutler Picture taken by Marie de Ronde.

About Diane Kastama: Diane Kastama, Arroyo Grande, CA Grade I.  In 1991 a car crash left Diane paralyzed from the waist down. Although a lifelong horse person and dressage enthusiast, riding without the use of her legs was not much fun and she soon turned to driven dressage and then the exciting sport of combined driving. Her relatives and friends thought she was crazy for taking on a sport that involves sitting atop a tall carriage, pulled by a horse going “hell-bent” for speed.

Diane started competing with her home bred Appaloosa’s but now Diane competes with a pair of Section D Welsh Cobs, Rupert and George. She drives them single, pair and tandem. She competes against able-bodied drivers all over the Western United States and occasionally on the East Coast at the Intermediate and Advanced level. Diane has also demonstrated her skills at Rolex, KY, Horse Expo in Sacramento, the “Night of the Horse” in Del Mar. The Equine Affair and various therapeutic horse programs throughout California. She has also participated in the closing ceremonies at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. Diane is always willing to share her skills and knowledge and bring driving to the forefront of equine sports.  Diane has been very succesful in international Para-Equestrian competition, coming home with an Individual Silver and Team Bronze driving a borrowed Welsh Cob Stallion in 2002 Greven, Germany.  2004 she place 5th with a borrowed Welsh cob in Endinburg, Scotland.  In 2006 she came home with Individual Gold driving her own Welsh cob gelding Jasper.  In 2008 Diane earned Individual Bronze and Team Silver driving Jasper once again. Kastama will drive Rupert at the Championships who is a 1996 Welsh Cob gelding.

Vietnam War Veteran and Purple Heart recipient Bob Giles. Photo courtesy of Brenda Giles

About Bob Giles: Bob Giles (Morriston, Fla.) is a well known driving horse trainer and clinician who has dedicated his life to the sport of driving. His selection to the USEF Para-Equestrian Driving Team is a dream come true for this accomplished competitor, Vietnam War veteran, and Purple Heart recipient.

Giles was in combat within the the Vietnam War resulting in the loss of 90% of his hearing, a fused elbow and only partial use of his right hand. As a combat-wounded Purple Heart recipient, Bob is dedicating his drive to the memory of the 58,000 + men and women who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.

Giles enthusiasm and determination for the thrilling sport of Combined Driving has driven him to the 2014 World Driving Championships in Sandringham, England, June 27-29, 2014. Giles will drive Koos De Ronde’s Solo and Olando.


About Virgina (Boo) Fitch:
Virginia (Boo) Fitch is from Pennhook, Va. Fitch grew up fox hunting and showing hunters. She attended Lynchburg College and rode on their intercollegiate riding team as well as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Team. After graduating, she rode jumpers

Virginia (Boo) Fitch

for a prominent family in Quebec Canada. It was during this time that Fitch developed Rheumatoid Arthritis. It came on suddenly and strongly. Within two years she had a hip replacement at the age of 26. By the year 2000, she was having considerable problems with her feet and ankles and it just so happened that she owned a school horse that drove and had a good friend that competed in Combined Driving. Between the safe horse and her friend she started driving and loved it. After five surgeries and three joint replacements over the course of 10 years from 2000 to 2010, teaching children just became too difficult and she was finding herself competing in Combined driving more often. Fitch has become a prominent competitor in the para-equestrian driving world and she looks forward to her recent appointment as a member of the 2014 Team. Fitch will drive Kiko, a 2003 Irish Sport Horse Mare at the Championships.

For more information about United States Driving for the Disabled please go to www.USDFD.org.

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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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June 30, 2014- The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage More Than Half Way to Goal!

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For Immediate Release:
The USET Foundation

The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage More Than Half Way to Goal!

Written by: Rebecca Walton for the USET Foundation

Gladstone, NJ -June 30, 2014 - As Para Dressage riders are training and preparing for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage continues to gain momentum and bring in new pledges, having raised $585,000 towards the $800,000 goal.

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation announced the new fundraising initiative in April, which has been made possible through the generosity of Margaret H. Duprey and The Barnfield Foundation. 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.

Duprey and The Barnfield Foundation have each pledged up to $200,000 and will match, dollar for dollar, every gift commitment of $4,000 and above made by April 1, 2015. Just as an example, a gift of $5,000 will provide $15,000 in funding with the match.

The initial response has been encouraging and generous. Parents, trainers and philanthropists have all come forward and pledged their support to help these athletes in their quest to represent the United States on the world stage.

Heather Blitz, an alternate for the 2012 London Olympics Dressage team knows what it takes to compete at the highest levels of equestrian sport, and she was eager to be a part of The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage.

“It’s hard not to contribute when Margaret Duprey and the Barnfield Foundation have offered to match two dollars for ever dollar,” explained Blitz. “It’s very generous of them, and it’s very necessary for the Para riders to develop a stronger program. I have a Para student now, and I am learning more about the sport and what they need. I wanted to help, and this presented a wonderful opportunity.”

The two for one match from Margaret H. Durprey and The Barnfield Foundation has made this Challenge an opportunity that everyone will hopefully consider. A gift of $10,000, payable over four years for $5,000 a year, will provide $30,000 in funding. The USET Foundation hopes to meet its goal before the end of this year, so that the Para Dressage program will have the funding available for programs in 2015.

Bonnie B. Jenkins, USET Foundation Executive Director said, “Without the commitment of Margaret and The Barnfield Foundation as well as the incredible individuals who have come forward, none of this would be happening. On behalf of the USET Foundation and the athletes who will benefit I extend my sincere appreciation and thanks to those who have already made a pledge: Margaret H. Duprey, The Barnfield Foundation, Janet Richardson-Pearson, Cauleen Glass, Gwynne McDevitt, Becky Reno and Ed Peavy, Heather Blitz, Annis Buell, Nancy and Bob Peavy, Sarah and Nicholas Armentrout and Deecie McNelly Denison”.

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.

Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale at the 2012 London Paralympics. Photo (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall
Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale at the 2012 London Paralympics.
Photo (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall
The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.
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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