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January 15, 2014- Para-Equestrian Ellie Brimmer Prepares for 16th Annual Key West Half Marathon and 5K Run to Raise Money for The Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor

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Para-Equestrian Ellie Brimmer Prepares for 16th Annual Key West Half Marathon and 5K Run to Raise Money for The Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor

Photos and article by: Lindsay Y McCall   Wellington, Florida – January 15, 2014- Born three months premature and weighing only 2 pounds Eleanor Brimmer (Ellie) and her twin sister were in a rush to take on the world. From the moment Ellie arrived her family knew she would have multiple obstacles to overcome in her future. At 27 years old Ellie has met those challenges head-on giving other children and adults with Cerebral Palsy a hero to look up to. She has learned through her struggles and accomplishments that it takes hard work to meet high goals and along the way a person must give back to the community that influenced their life or shaped their everyday world. Her humanitarianism combined with a goal to become a healthy and active athlete has led her to compete in the 16th Annual Key West 5k Run in Key West, Florida, January 19, 2014, in benefit of The Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor. She empathizes with those who have been diagnosed with Cancer, especially young children. She hopes that her support for this organization can help raise awareness and benefit many of those diagnosed with the life-threatening disease. The Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor holds an additional special meaning to Ellie as her Grandmother Joan Scott had a long battle with bladder cancer. Joan Scott spent much of her time mentoring other bladder cancer patients before she lost her flight with the disease. When Ellie isn’t on the road she resides Ann Arbor, Mich., where she trains as a Para-Equestrian Dressage athlete and hopeful future Paralympian. She has been working with a trainer, losing weight, and constantly exercising to get herself in top shape for the 5k run.

Ellie Brimmer and horse Carino H at the 2013 Para-Equestrian Dressage CPEDI3* competition in Wellington, FL. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall/ PhotoLyte.com
Ellie Brimmer and horse Carino H at the 2013 Para-Equestrian Dressage CPEDI3* competition in Wellington, FL. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall/ PhotoLyte.com

From birth through adulthood Ellie had to work through the physical issues including muscle spasticity, strength and balance problems that occur with her disability. Her years have consisted of physical therapy, multiple surgeries, visits to the hospital, and constant monitoring of her body. Her daily life from childhood through her adult life consists of weakness in her leg, stiff joints, and continually working to improve her strength and suppleness. Her perseverance and discipline transfers from her everyday life to the high-performance international sport she competes in year round.   As a 4th generation horsewoman, Ellie always felt a connection to the equestrian sport. She enjoyed the freedom of being on top of a horse and she loved the skill and discipline it took to work collectively with an animal to succeed. Originally, Ellie began riding show hunter and jumpers however, a purchase of a talented horse that was experienced in Dressage led her to pursue the discipline and everything it had to offer.   In 2010, the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, showcased the sport of Para-Dressage in the United States for the first time in history. Although Paralympic equestrians had competed in the Paralympics since 1996, most of the American public did not know about this unique sport. With a horse that would help Ellie learn the intricate world of Dressage and a solid goal to become a Paralympian, Ellie had her future set. For the final stages of becoming a Para-Dressage rider Ellie was internationally classified in Grade III. There are five grades include Grade Ia which includes subjects with severe impairment, Grade Ib, II, III, and IV with the least impairment. Impairments are problems in body function or structure such as a significant deviation or loss.   With hard work Ellie became the 2011 Para-Equestrian Dressage Grade III Reserve Champion. She would attain this title once again in 2012. Her top scores earned her a spot as a long- listed rider for the 2012 London Paralympics. Although she did not make the 4 person U.S. Paralympic Team she supported her fellow riders and traveled to London to assist the team and their affiliate, the United States Para-Equestrian Association.   Ellie’s experience and defeats have brought her to the 2014-year with aspirations to qualify for the 2014 World Equestrian Games held in Normandy, France. With her busy schedule and constant travel for the equestrian discipline, Ellie always finds time to give back. On January 19, 2014 Ellie will run the 5k in Key West to raise money for The Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor. To donate to this organization prior to the event on Ellie’s behalf please visit http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/erbrimmer_kw5k/keywesthalfmarathon

Ellie Brimmer and Carino H Photo(C)Lindsay McCall
Ellie Brimmer and Carino H competing at the 2013 Para-Equestrian Dressage CPEDI3* competition in Wellington, FL. Photo(C)Lindsay Y McCall/ Photolyte.com
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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December 28, 2013- USET Foundation Hosts “Soirée du Cheval” to Benefit the United States Equestrian Teams

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USET Foundation Hosts “Soirée du Cheval” to Benefit the United States Equestrian Teams at the 2014 World Equestrian Games 

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Wellington, FL – December 28, 2013 - The United States Equestrian Team Foundation is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a World Equestrian Games benefit event on Friday, January 24, 2014 at The Pavilion at the International Polo Club in Wellington, FL. “Soirée du Cheval,” co-chaired by Bruce Duchossois, S. Tucker S. Johnson and Robin Parsky, will help raise funds for the USET Foundation to further support the United States Equestrian Team riders as they prepare to compete at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.
This celebratory evening will include awarding two of the USET Foundation’s most coveted awards, the prestigious Lionel Guerrand-Hermes Trophy and the Whitney Stone Cup, as well as the launch of its Campaign for Continuing Our Competitive Excellence. Guests will enjoy cocktails at 7:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 8:00 p.m., a live auction that will had guests enthusiastically bidding for some incredible items followed by dancing.
Mark your calendars and make your reservations to attend today! This wonderful evening is always a sell out and you do not want to miss this fun and important event recognizing the USET Foundation’s generous supporters and this country’s top athletes while continuing to raise funds for the 2014 World Equestrian Games. For further information please contact: Nancy Little, USET Foundation (908) 234-1251, or nlittle@uset.org. Please mention you are with the the United States Para-Equestrian group.
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.
For more information on the USET Foundation, please call (908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at 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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December 15, 2013- United States Olympian and Paralympian Association Donates $1,000 to the Jonathan Wentz Memorial Scholarship Fund

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United States Olympian and Paralympian Association Donates $1,000 to the Jonathan Wentz Memorial Scholarship Fund

Photos and Article by: Lindsay McCall
Richardson, Texas – December 15, 2013 - In November 2013, the United States Olympian and Paralympian Association, Southwest Chapter, donated $1,000 to the United States Para-Equestrian Association’s Jonathan Wentz Memoria Scholarship Fund. The large check was presented by 1984 Olympian Joan Hansen and 2002 Paralympian Gold Medal Sled Hockey Team and Marine Pat Sapp. Joan Hansen is also the Vice President of the United States Olympian and Paralympian Association. Both Hansen and Sapp visited the late Jonathan Wentz’s home in Richardson, Texas, to speak with Wentz’s family and friends and deliver the donation. Parents Tina Wentz and James Wentz, sister Christin Wentz, and United States Para-Equestrian Association President and Paralympian Hope Hand accepted the endowment in Jonathan’s honor.

“The profound way that Jonathan Wentz lived and performed personified the Olympic Spirit,” noted Joan Hansen. “His ability to encourage other competitors, mentor students and demonstrate capability instead of disability consistently in front of spectators and behind the scenes are the very reasons the United States Olympian and Paralympian Association, Southwest feels honored to donate to The Jonathan Wentz Scholarship Fund”

2002 Paralympian Gold Medal Sled Hockey Team and Marine Patt Sapp; James Wentz; Christin Wentz; Tina Wentz; Vice President of the United States Olympian and Paralympian Association and 1984 Olympian Joan Hansen; and USPEA's President and Paralympian Hope Hand Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
2002 Paralympian Gold Medal Sled Hockey Team and Marine Patt Sapp; James Wentz; Christin Wentz; Tina Wentz; Vice President of the United States Olympian and Paralympian Association and 1984 Olympian Joan Hansen; and USPEA’s President and Paralympian Hope Hand Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
The United States Olympian and Paralympian Association (USOPA) was established on October 11, 2013 to partner and integrate Paralympians and Olympians into every facet of the Olympic and Paralympic Movement. In support of the United States Olympic Committee, twenty-two chapters of USOPA strive to foster the spirit of Paralympism/Olympism in each community, to motivate and encourage youth and to develop camaraderie among those who have shared the unique experience of representing their nation at the Olympic/Paralympic Games.

The mission of the USOPA is to create opportunities for local Paralympians and Olympians to become friends, united within neighborhoods, improving communities and inspiring youth to pursue their dreams. These local connections provide the greatest opportunity for breaking stereotypes and promoting Olympism, Paralympism and inclusiveness within regional settings.

Joan Hansen continued, “We encourage Paralympians to join their local USOPA chapters, become involved with sponsored events and help to shape inclusive policy as engaged decision-makers within each chapter’s Board of Directors.”

Jonathan Rides On Logo of Jonathan Wentz Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Jonathan Wentz Scholarship Fund was established to continue the dream of Paralympian Jonathan Wentz; to advance High Performance Para Dressage in the USA by supporting and encouraging USA Para Dressage Young Riders to set the goal of International competition.

At age 13, Jonathan set the goal of riding for the USA in the Paralympics. At age 16, he
established a plan and budget to achieve his dream. At the age of 21, Jonathan was able to
achieve his dream of riding for Team USA in the 2012 London Paralympics earning the highest placing of all USA equestrians that competed in London. Another goal of Jonathan’s was to develop a Para Dressage Young Rider program to help grow and improve Para Dressage in the USA. His scholarship fund will be used to offset the cost of YR Championships and International competition for Para Dressage Young Rider’s and to encourage their participation enabling them to excel in their sport.

Scholarship funds will go toward assisting USA Para Dressage High Performance Young Riders (ages 16-25 within the competition year), who are actively competing in 3* and above International Para Dressage competitions, and have qualified for the U.S. YR Para Championships.

Funds shall be awarded to help offset competition expenses up to $1,000.00 per competition to help cover entry and other fees including stabling and/or shipping (must be greater than 500 miles one way) costs for competition.

Guidelines for Application of Jonathan Wentz Scholarship Fund:
USA athletes must submit a Jonathan Wentz Memorial Scholarship Application with expenses itemized, along with a copy of completed entry forms, invoices and/or receipts for consideration of scholarship funds, along with a list of their competition highlights, competition goals and competition plan/schedule for the current and future 2 years. (Example; 2013- 2014, 2015 -2016)

Scholarship funds are intended for direct payment of specific competition expenditures, entry fees, stabling, and/or shipping only. Checks made out to athlete or immediate family for reimbursement will require a completed W-9, and will be subject to approval. Scholarship funds may be awarded for a maximum of two CPEDI3* events per competition year or the YR Para Championships & one CPEDI3* with a maximum of $1,000.00 awarded per competition. Grants are subject to the approval of the USPEA board. Funds will be awarded based on “own horse” (according to FEI Para definition), distance to competition, number of competitions athlete is planning to attend in 2-year competition period, competition record, number of applicants and/or funds available.

Jonathan Wentz leaving the ring at the 2012 London Paralympic ring photo (C)Lindsay Yosay McCall

Jonathan Wentz Memorial Perpetual Trophy

This trophy was established in memory of Paralympian Jonathan Wentz, to recognize a USA Para Equestrian ATHLETE (includes Para Dressage, Para Driving, Para Vaulting, Para Jumping, and Para Reining) who has competed and excelled in multiple International Competitions and received scores that contributed to the USA Individual and/or Team ranking on the FEI ranking list during the competition year. This individual has also served as a role model in advancing the sport in the USA, and educating the public on the discipline.

Paralympian Jonathan Wentz, at the age of sixteen established a plan to achieve his goal of representing his country at the Paralympics. Toward that goal he tirelessly trained and competed as a high performance Para Dressage athlete for the USA. He tenaciously pursued his goal while working to improve his sport through serving on USEF committees, giving riding demonstrations, public speaking and mentoring new riders. Jonathan felt it was extremely important for the growth of the sport for Para Equestrian High Performance athletes, to be recognized as athletes without regard to their disability, to be viewed parallel to Olympians. To achieve this level a Para Equestrian must be committed to training & competing consistently at the highest level, like their Olympic counterparts. It also requires a commitment to improving the sport and educating the public on all Para Equestrian disciplines.

The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Perpetual Trophy recognizes the USA Athlete’s excellence in competitive Para Equestrian sport at the International level. This award honors USA athletes who serve as a role model for their sport and it commends those equestrians who help to advance Para Equestrian sport in the United States.

(This trophy was established by the USPEA to be given annually** at the USEF annual convention. There will be a perpetual trophy created for the names of the recipients. Disciplines not yet established are listed looking toward future growth in Para Equestrian High Performance disciplines. **The award will be given annually, if there is an athlete that meets the criteria.)

To make a tax-deductible donation to the USPEA Jonathan Wentz Scholarship Fund or Memorial Trophy:

Mail donations to:
USPEA, c/o Tina Wentz, 701 N. Waterview Dr., Richardson, TX 75080

Make your checks payable to:
USPEA and designate: “JW Trophy” in the memo

Use your Credit Card or PayPal by going to www.uspea.org.
Click on the “Donate Now” button and designate “JW Trophy” in the message section.
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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December 6, 2013- Horse Radio Network Features British Gold Medal Coach Clive Milkins and USA Reining Executive Brad Ettleman

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Horse Radio Network Features British Gold Medal Coach Clive Milkins and USA Reining Executive Brad Ettleman 

 

Thousand Oaks, CA-December 6, 2013- Horse Radio Network’s once-a-month Para-Equestrian Show featured Great Britain Gold Medal Coach Clive Milkins and USA Reining Executive Brad Ettleman. Lindsay McCall from the USPEA hosted the show with co-host guest Regina Cristo.  To view episode #235 http://dressageradio.horseradionetwork.com/2013/11/25/dressage-radio-episode-235-reining-into-para-dressage/  

 

About Clive Milkins:

Clive Milkins is a leading para-equestrian dressage coach from Great Britain. He began work with the RDA (Riding for the Disabled) in the late 1980s after volunteering at Moreton Hall Group while at Warwickshire College. Clive was the trainer for the British team at the 1990 World Championship and Games for disabled riders. He has since coached riders competing at Paralympic Games(Athens and Beijing), European Championships and World Championships. Clive coached triple gold medal winning rider, Sophie Christansen, at the 2012 Paralympics. Clive has been nominated for numerous awards since his career began: Groom of the year, 2005; The Queen’s Award for Equestrianism, awarded for ‘Outstanding Services to Equestrianism’; and the Kuster BEF Groom of the Year in 2006. Milkins currently travels around the world working with both able-bodied equestrians and para-dressage riders.

Clive Milkins (Right) with Sophie Christansen at the 2012 London Paralympics Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Clive Milkins (Right) with Sophie Christansen at the 2012 London Paralympics Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall

About Brad Ettleman:

Brad is the President of HorsePower, Inc. a US-based western horse sport event production firm

Brad Ettleman at the 2013 AQHA World Reining Championships.  Brad stands with Para-Dressage rider Freddie Win after the Para-Reining Demonstration. Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall
Brad Ettleman at the 2013 AQHA World Reining Championships. Brad stands with Para-Dressage rider Freddie Win after the Para-Reining Demonstration. Photo by Lindsay Yosay McCall

based in Denver, CO. HorsePower, Inc. conducts national championships around the globe for nine different nations in the sport of Reining. Brad Ettleman is also board member and Acting Executive Director of USA Reining.

Ettleman’s past includes the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Reining Discipline Director and the Reining Discipline Manager for the North American Junior & Young Rider Championships since the sport was introduced to the championships in 2008. Brad has also served as President of the Organizing Committee for the majority of international FEI Reining championship events since 2006, including the Kentucky Reining Cup, held during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Brad’s resume includes FEI Technical Delegate for the sport of Reining and Member of the Board of Directors at the United States Equestrian Federation. Brad is a graduate of the Equine Sciences program from Colorado State University.

Co-Host Regina Cristo. Photo Courtesy of Regina Cristo

List of Para-Equestrian Radio Shows:  

 

Para-Equestrian Show #235

http://dressageradio.horseradionetwork.com/2013/11/25/dressage-radio-episode-235-reining-into-para-dressage/

November 1, 2013- Para-Equestrian Show #231

http://dressageradio.horseradionetwork.com/2013/11/01/dressage-radio-episode-231-para-dressage-horse-ownership-and-training/ 

 

September 25, 2013- Para-Equestrian Show #226

http://dressageradio.horseradionetwork.com/2013/09/24/dressage-radio-episode-226-becca-hart-and-missy-ransehousen-on-the-future-of-para/  

 

August 28, 2013- Para-Equestrian Show #222
http://dressageradio.horseradionetwork.com/2013/08/28/dressage-radio-episode-222-set-up-before-you-trot-up/

 

July 31, 2013- Para-Equestrian Show #218

http://dressageradio.horseradionetwork.com/2013/07/31/dressage-radio-episode-218-developing-para-dressage-young-riders/  

 

June 27, 2013-Para-Equestrian Show #213

http://dressageradio.horseradionetwork.com/2013/06/27/dressage-radio-episode-213-para-week-goes-driving/  

 

May 24, 2013-Para-Equestrian Show #208

http://dressageradio.horseradionetwork.com/2013/05/24/dressage-radio-episode-208-the-maine-event/  

 

April 4, 2013-Para-Equestrian Show #204

http://dressageradio.horseradionetwork.com/2013/04/25/dressage-radio-episode-204-kristi-wysocki-and-gil-merrick-discuss-judging-the-team-approach/

 

March 27, 2013-To listen to the the first Para-Equestrian show #200:

 

 

Once a month the Dressage Radio Show becomes the Para-Equestrian Show Hosted by Lindsay McCall, of the United States Para-Equestrian Association, focusing on Lindsay Yosay McCallinternational FEI discipline Para-Dressage. Although Para-Dressage is the main event, listeners have the opportunity to learn more about the skillful U.S. Para-Driving Team, the Para-Reining discipline, Para-Vaulting, and the future of Para-Jumping. The para-equestrian dressage show will feature a line-up of guests including olympians, paralympians, trainers, coaches, professionals, amateur riders, young riders, and equine enthusiasts. The intention of the radio show is to educate, inform, and entertain listeners on the para-equestrian Dressage discipline.

 

 

To learn more about the USPEA please visit www.USPEA.org or e-mail President Hope Hand at hope@uspea.org. You may also e-mail the host of the para-equestrian segment Lindsay McCall at Lindsay@uspea.org.

 

To learn more about the Horse Radio Network visit www.horseradionetwork.com or to contact Glenn the Geek go to http://www.horseradionetwork.com/contact/ or leave a voicemail at 270-803-0025.

 

About the Horse Radio Network:

 

The Horse Radio Network is the voice of the horse world with listeners in over 40 countries. Eight different entertaining shows cover all aspects of the horse world and you can listen any time on your computer, MP3 player or smart phone.

 

We believe that people own horses for fun and entertainment. Why else would you

put up with the early morning feedings, stall cleaning, vet bills, long trips to shows,

empty bank accounts and everything else that goes with being a horse owner.

 

Our goal with these shows is to help your chores go a little faster and to put a smile

on your face!  Learn more at www.HorseRadioNetwork.com

 

 

HORSES IN THE MORNING live M-F at 9am Eastern at www.horsesinthemorning.com

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Fantastic weekly shows:

Driving Radio Show at www.drivingradioshow.com

Equestrian Legends at www.equestrianlegends.com

Stable Scoop Radio Show at www.stablescoop.com.

Eventing Radio Show at www.eventingradio.com.

Dressage Radio Show at www.Dressageradio.com.

Horse Tip Daily at www.horsetipdaily.com

Western Radio Show at www.westernradioshow.com

 

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 27, 2013- U.S. Equestrians Impressed with Coaches Clive Milkins (GBR) and Dennis Callin (USA)

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U.S. Equestrians Impressed with Coaches Clive Milkins (GBR) and Dennis Callin (USA) at 2013 U.S. Para-Dressage Symposium West Coast

Written by: Lindsay Y McCall
Photography by: Lindsay Y McCall

Winters, CA-November 27, 2013- The terms camaraderie, team, collaboration, and community were continuously noted throughout the 2013 U.S. National Para-Dressage Training Symposium West Coast. Scheduled November 20-23, 2013, trainers, riders, and auditors had an opportunity to dive into the world of para-equestrian dressage, build upon fundamentals, develop themselves and their horses, and move to the next level. Between the “Train the Trainer” session and the “Rider Symposium” attendees were educated within the classroom and interactive demonstrations. Equestrians rode their own or borrowed first-class horses in individual and collaborative coaching sessions with gold medal para-dressage coach from Great Britain, Clive Milkins, and high-performance U.S. Grand Prix rider Dennis Callin, who is currently competing in Europe. Educational instructors besides Milkins and Callin, included David Schmutz, FEI 4* Para-Equestrian Judge and USEF ‘S’ Dressage Judge; Gil Merrick, Former High-Performance Dressage Director; Hope Hand, Paralympian and United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) President; Mike Tomlinson, DVM, MBA, FEI 5* Veterinarian; Tina Wentz, Physical Therapist and Para-Equestrian Classifier; Joann Benjamin, Physical Therapist and Para-Equestrian Classifier; and Lindsay McCall who is the Public Relations Manager for the USPEA and other equestrian clientele. The 2013 Para-Dressage Symposium took place at Somerset Farm in Winters, CA. The four-day event was organized by Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports (The education partner of the USPEA) and sponsored by the USPEA and United States Equestrian Federation.

Susan Treabess and Kamiakin 2005 PRE Stallion owned by Susan Treabess in partnership with Katie and Scott Hill of the Netherlands Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Susan Treabess and Kamiakin 2005 PRE Stallion owned by Susan Treabess in partnership with Katie and Scott Hill of the Netherlands Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Clive Milkins talks to the audience about Susan Treabess and her horse Kamiakin's techniques. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Clive Milkins talks to the audience about Susan Treabess and her horse Kamiakin’s techniques. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall

FEI Para-Dressage equestrian Susan Treabess who was also a 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games rider took part in the rider symposium with her own Kamiakin. He is a 2005 PRE Stallion, owned by Susan Treabess in partnership with Katie and Scott Hill of the Netherlands. Treabess commented, “This event was inspirational. As a rider I really felt the camaraderie, the sense of community and the feeling that we are all in this together. All of the trainers that accompanied their riders felt welcome and there was a lot of back and forth between clinician and trainer. It was truly about the riders. In addition, the coach collaboration sessions were exactly what we needed for our U.S. athletes. It was great to have a top-shelf grand prix rider who is competing in Europe (Dennis Callin) and a top-shelf British para-dressage coach (Clive Milkins) training gold medal riders, working together with all of the different grades. There were riders that want to be Paralympians in 10 years and there were riders trying for the World Equestrian Games in 2014. The collaboration between the two was a balance that I could not have imagined. It’s really inspiring! Some of the borrowed horse owners were watching their horses during the symposium and they were blown away with what was being done. If something like this was available when I started six years ago, I would have had a very different impression about para-dressage. When I began this sport, I had to learn all of the information provided over the week, on my own. This was like law school in four days for para-dressage riders. We are fast tracking people but providing them the tools they need to succeed in the correct environment.”

 

Clive Milkins instructs Ashley Flores-Simmons aboard Verite Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Clive Milkins instructs Ashley Flores-Simmons aboard Verite, owned by Dana Williams. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall

 

 

Ashley Flores-Simmons aboard Verite, owned by Dana Williams. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Ashley Flores-Simmons aboard Verite, owned by Dana Williams. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall

 

For 22 year-old Ashleigh Flores-Simmons of Elk Grove, CA the symposium was beneficial for her and her mount Verite, owned by Dana Williams. Flores-Simmons explained, “Clive and Dennis were great to ride with. Each sees things that the other one may or may not have seen. This was beneficial because I got great feedback on my riding. With Clive we worked on getting the quality to come out of our gaits. We even worked on simple things like my breathing while I was riding. It was really cool because it doesn’t occur to you as a rider to use your breath as a tool but it works. Clive is very knowledgeable and it was nice to have someone like that around to pick his brain. I really enjoyed working with him.”

She continued, “Dennis was good because he pushes me and my horse to see how much we can

Ashley Flores-Simmons aboard Verite at the 2013 U.S. Para-Dressage Symposium. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Ashley Flores-Simmons aboard Verite at the 2013 U.S. Para-Dressage Symposium. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall

do. Each coach had really valuable things to take away. I am excited for the future and thankful to Dennis, Verite’s owner Dana Williams and Susan (Treabess). I couldn’t have done this clinic without each person. Having someone like Susan there to support and help me is phenomenal. Dana is also supportive and so wiling to give up her horse for me to ride. She is there with me one-hundred percent. 

Flores-Simmons is aiming to qualify for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. Her long-term goal is to represent the U.S.A. at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

A new para-dressage equestrian that is on a fast track to a hopeful qualification for the 2014 World Equestrian Games is 26 year-old Cambry Kaylor of Lehi, Utah. Kaylor rode Martinelli, owned by Julie Young, during the symposium due to her horse being unavailable that same week. Kaylor noted, “I was hesitant and nervous coming out, especially since my own horse couldn’t come out. After meeting everyone and being at the clinic I felt completely different, I am really happy I attended and I have learned so much. Everyone was welcoming and the symposium felt like it built camaraderie between athletes. That camaraderie will make the competitive edge within the U.S. better, elevating the U.S. Para-Dressage Team.

Paralyzed 8 years ago, Kaylor, a past top vaulter, is enjoying the high-performance para-dressage

Cambry Taylor on rode Martinelli, owned by Julie Young. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Cambry Taylor on rode Martinelli, owned by Julie Young. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall

journey. Kaylor came to the symposium wanting to attain tools to take back to her trainer David MacMillan. Kaylor explained, “When you are paralyzed, you have to have trust in your partner. Just by spending that time with Clive, learning the horse’s buttons and what to do to gain the control and trust quickly is crucial. 

Kaylor headed back to Utah after the symposium where she is studying to be an Occupational Therapist at the University of Utah, while working with her brand new international para-dressage horse.

“Thank you to Julie Young, my parents, my trainer, and everybody that put the symposium on,” said Kaylor. “I was not able to attend the one in Maine and I was fortunate to attend this one on the west coast with Dennis and Clive.”

U.S. Grand Prix equestrian Dennis Callin was impressed with the symposium he explained, “I thought this event was a very good idea and a well-executed format. I was not sure about working with Clive and it worked out better than I ever thought it could have. We compliment each other really well. I learned from him and hopefully he learned from me. It was easy and fun and we produced a lot of successful moments. The horses were brilliant, the riders learned so much, and we did a lot of hard work without stressing anyone out. It raised the bar for everyone, was educational, and humbling for me. If the able-bodied U.S. Dressage Team does this with Robert Dover, then they will win gold medals.”

Clive Milkins, Great Britain para-dressage gold medal coach, agreed, “I hadn’t realized Dennis was as apprehensive as I was working with a stranger. I am surprised how easily we dovetailed into each other. It could have very easily gone horrible wrong. This was phenomenal and interesting as an auditor, coach, and rider.”

Milkins continued, “With two coaches the riders learned so much and the audience did not get left out. There were times where I could do some work with the rider and Dennis could talk to the audience about his philosophy. We would then swap over and everybody from the outside learned far more than just a lesson. That worked really great.”

 

Collaborative Coaching: (Left to Right) Clive Milkins, Annie Sweet, and Dennis Callin work together while instructing Annie Sweet's Para-Dressage rider, Lara Oles. Sweet, Milkins, And Callin worked together and discussed how to use specific training techniques. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Collaborative Coaching: (Left to Right) Clive Milkins, Annie Sweet, and Dennis Callin work together while instructing Annie Sweet’s Para-Dressage rider, Lara Oles. Sweet, Milkins, And Callin worked together and discussed how to use specific training techniques. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall

 

Milkins, coach of multiple gold medal para-dressage rider Sophie Christansen, has seen the United States Para-Dressage Team over the past years. He believes, “All though there have been some challenges in the past for the U.S. Team I think they are on the right track. The riders must be the center of what we are doing. The rest of us need to push and help the riders in their achievements.”

Susan Treabess agreed, “We have new riders that are going to be future stars. I am really motivated by what we did at this symposium. It makes me happy to have hosted this event and I feel proud to have given the environment to produce this amazing experience. I think a symposium like this is critical to all riders as long as we can reproduce it again and again.”

During the four-day event riders enjoyed the collaborative coaching sessions between Dennis and Clive. Clive Milkins also gave the riders and auditors important educational lectures. Those sessions included talking about three main riding techniques; rhythm, straightness, and shoulders. Those three points were emphasized throughout the week. Milkins also discussed his five stages of training which takes a rider from a beginning para-dressage rider to a high-performance international athlete.

For Nathan Asby of Portland, Oregon, the symposium was his chance to learn about the discipline of para-dressage and showcase his skills in front of both coaches. Asby rode Luke Skywalker, owned by Gundi Younger, during the experience. “I had a great time riding,” exclaimed Asby. “At first I was a little nervous but as I became more relaxed I could concentrate on my riding. I enjoyed working with Clive on my seat and establishing control. I wish he was my regular trainer at home. I want to thank everyone for putting on this symposium. I really enjoyed it.”

 

Nathan Asby aboard Luke Skywalker, owned by Gundi Younger, gets aid ideas from Clive Milkins. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Nathan Asby aboard Luke Skywalker, owned by Gundi Younger, gets aid ideas from Clive Milkins. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall

 

Lara Oles abord her own, Slater. Photo by Lindsay McCall.
Para-Dressage rider Lara Oles abord her own, Slater. Photo by Lindsay McCall.

 

This was Lara Oles’ third para-dressage symposium. “The connections and education you make at these symposiums are amazing,” stated Oles. “You get to talk to other people and find out how they have done things in the past, you learn about compensatory aids, you hear how other people found their horses, and you make new friends. We are a community and when you attend a symposium you know it is about the team. I attend these to improve myself but it is also fun to get validated by people that know the sport.”

Lara Oles received rave reviews about her partner American Quarter Horse Slater (AQHA registered name CD Request). Oles is looking forward to continuing her training with Annie Sweet at home in Utah. She is also hoping to qualify for the 2014 World Equestrian Games.

For beginning para-equestrian Emily Sheffield of Utah, the symposium was a chance to jump-start herself as an amateur rider. “I have enjoyed the experience and I have learned a lot about how my riding,” noted Sheffield. “I have learned how to move forward in my riding and the next stepping stone on that path. I enjoyed riding with both coaches and liked their various styles. I thought each had different personalities and unique ways of training, and I loved that. I also enjoyed riding Seth, owned by Jan Oakes. I wanted to thank her for allowing me to ride her adorable yet experienced horse.”

 

Emily Sheffied aboard Seth owned by Jan Oakes. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Emily Sheffied aboard Seth owned by Jan Oakes. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall

 

 

Pam Hardin aboard George, owned by Debbie Ross. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Pam Hardin aboard George, owned by Debbie Ross. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall

 

“I also want to thank the owner of George, who is Debbie Ross,” added rider Pam Hardin of Evans, Georgia. “George was an excellent ride and I could not have done this clinic without Debbie. I was overwhelmed when I first arrived at this symposium and I didn’t know what to expect. I was so blown away by the sport and coaches Clive and Dennis. I look forward to my future within the discipline.”

The 2013 U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposium West Coast was hosted by Somerset Farm in Winters, CA. Attributions to “Train the Trainer” included

Hanneke Gerritsen 5* ‘O’ Judge 5 * PE technical delegate 3* PE steward.

on behalf of the Carlisle Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3).

The event was organized by Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports and Sponsored by USPEA & USEF. For more information about Para-Dressage please visit www.USPEA.org. Select riders attended the clinic on behalf of the USPEA and the Carlisle Charitable Foundation.

 

About Carlisle Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3):

The mission of the Carlisle Charitable Foundation is to raise scholarships for students with disabilities who participate at Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports.   Additionally, the Foundation supports ongoing research, promotion of medical reimbursement, and professional education in the field of equine-assisted therapy.

The Foundation is able to fulfill this mission through donations from individuals, foundations, corporations and the building of its endowment fund. Carlisle Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in Maine. All gifts are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. For more information please visit www.carlislecharitablefoundation.org.


About Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports:
Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports is a comprehensive organization offering our hallmark equestrian hippotherapy and adaptive programs; new offerings of Para-Equestrian sport; and traditional equestrian training opportunities for educators, practitioners and riders alike. The mission of Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy and Sports is to transform lives through horses through its distinctive services – rehabilitative through recreational – within an inclusive environment that fosters learning, growth and overall well-being. For more information please visit: www.carlisleacademymaine.com; call 207-985-0374; email info@carlisleacademymaine.com; or check us out on Facebook.

Carlisle Academy’s charitable partner, the Carlisle Charitable Foundation, is enabling athlete participation via scholarships. For more information on scholarships contact Deb Whitney at 207.467.3242 info@carlislecharitablefoundation.org or visit their website at: http://www.carlislecharitablefoundation.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.

 

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

A Few Candid Photographs from the 2013 U.S. Para-Dressage Symposium (West Coast)

Ashley Flores-Simmons and Verite, owned by Dana Williams. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Ashley Flores-Simmons and Verite, owned by Dana Williams. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall


Gil Merrick of HorseShow.com videos the riders. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Gil Merrick of HorseShow.com videos the riders. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Clive Milkins (GBR) Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Clive Milkins (GBR) Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
David Schmutz watches the demo rides for each Para-Dressage Ride. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
FEI Judge David Schmutz watches the demo rides for each Para-Dressage ride. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Ashley Flores-Simmons aboard Verite, owned by Dana Williams. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Ashley Flores-Simmons aboard Verite, owned by Dana Williams. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Audience talks with Clive Miklins abotu the 5 stages of Para-Dressage training at the international level. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Audience talks with Clive Miklins about the 5 stages of Para-Dressage training at the international level. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Susan Treabess and Kamiakin. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Susan Treabess and Kamiakin. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Susan Treabess and Kamiakin. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Susan Treabess and Kamiakin. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
(Left to right) Lara Oles, Emily Sheffield, Clive Milkins, and Cambry Taylor. All three para-dressage riders are from UTAH. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
(Left to right) Lara Oles, Emily Sheffield, Clive Milkins, and Cambry Taylor. All three para-dressage riders are from UTAH. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Cambry Taylor and Lara Oles. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Cambry Taylor and Lara Oles. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Lara Oles, Clive Milkins, and Annie Sweet. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Lara Oles, Clive Milkins, and Annie Sweet. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Dennis Callin talking with the riders and auditors. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Dennis Callin talking with the riders and auditors. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Clive Miklins talks with Cambry Taylor. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Clive Miklins talks with Cambry Taylor. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Clive Milkins speaks with the auditors and riders while Dennis Callin coaches Susan Treabess. Collaborative Coaching. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Clive Milkins speaks with the auditors and riders while Dennis Callin coaches Susan Treabess. Collaborative Coaching. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Dennis Callin talks with Emily Sheffield about aids she could use as a Para-Dressage rider. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Dennis Callin talks with Emily Sheffield about aids she could use as a Para-Dressage rider. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Nathan Asby. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall
Nathan Asby. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall

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