United States Para-Equestrian Association
Explore the USPEA!

Posts Tagged US Paralympic Equestrian Team

September 7, 2012 United States Paralympic Equestrian Team Earns Top Scores at Largest Attended Paralympics

United States Paralympic Equestrian Team Earns Top Scores at Largest Attended Paralympics

 Photos and Article by Lindsay Yosay McCall

To view this press release with photographs please click here: (PDF)

London, England – September 7, 2012 – “It has been exciting to compete at the home of Para-Dressage,” was the phrase echoed among athletes at the 2012 Paralympic Equestrian Games. It was Great Britain that developed Para-Dressage from the grass roots first and created an entire Para-Equestrian culture. It was Great Britain who aligned with their able-bodied Equestrian association, and it was Great Britain who earned Team Gold every year since the first inclusion of Para-Dressage at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics. The growth within Great Britain is an example of the growth around the world and in the United States for the high performance discipline of Para-Equestrian Dressage. Taking risks, riding infallible tests, and suffering unexpected losses were all pieces to their success at the London Paralympics.

 

The Great Britain team was noted for saying how impressed they were with the other countries. They explained that everyone really stepped-up their game since the 2008 Paralympics and it was unexpected that they would have to work so hard to earn the Gold.  With teams like the United States clicking the heels of historically supreme athletes, it is only time before the competition becomes more than just an accurate test.

 

With a sold-out equestrian venue at Greenwich Park in London, the United States fielded a team of four Para-Dressage riders who were chosen within the most successful year for Para-Dressage in history. The team included Chef d’Equipe Missy Ransehousen, equestrians Jonathan Wentz of Richardson, TX; Rebecca Hart of Unionville, Penn.; Donna Ponessa of New Windsor, NY; and Dale Dedrick of Ann Arbor, Mich.. The United States successfully marched down the centerline each day, which was subsequently the Prime Meridian, from August 30-September 4th completing one of the most successful Para-Equestrian years in history.

 

The first day of Team Test competition for Para-Dressage competitors was a day of nerves, new sights and sounds, and sold-out seats for spectators. Riders had familiarized themselves and their horses with the venue the prior day before competition, but nothing would prepare them for the ambiance and pressure of the first day of competition. Over six days 78 horse and rider combinations from 26 nations would compete at the 2012 London Paralympic Equestrian Games. The ante had been upped since the 2008 Beijing Games and included impressive horses, well-prepared teams, and top scores that were only differentiated by a thousandth of a point at times. The United States had a thrilling week with riders just missing the chance to step onto the podium for a Paralympic Games Medal.

 

The Team Test was the first competition followed by the Individual Test. Both of these scores were counted and combined towards the Team Overall score. The top three rides of each team would be added together and compared to the other countries for a Team Medal score. The final day of competition included the Freestyle Test to music. Dr. Dale Dedrick was the first U.S. rider in the ring and drew an early spot in the start order on the first day. Her mount Bonifatius was a little uneasy at times but Dedrick took a breath and finished her Grade II Team Test. Dedrick took her notes from the judging panel and used them to create an even better Individual Test. Dedrick noted about her Individual Test, “It was a much more forward and obedient test. We still had a lot of Erik’s, ‘Oh, no what’s happening now?’. But I was much more prepared for it today, I knew he was going to pull and I was ready to attack the minute he tried that and I said, ‘no, no get in there, get in there, get going.’” Dedrick’s last medium trot was the highlight of her Test finishing down centerline to an abrupt halt.

 

On the final day of competition Dale and Bonifatius put forth their best freestyle and earned their highest score of the week. “It’s just horse showing,” explained Dedrick. “You have good days and bad days. None of us get a lot of opportunities to practice at this level or ride in front of an audience this huge.”

 

She continued, “The final day was a dedication to my amazing trainer Roz Kinstler, who without her I would not have competed, my groom Meagan Szarek who got a dirty horse sparking white, and to the British people who brilliantly put together a fantastic Paralympics. I am also thankful to Missy our Chef d’Equipe who was that extra-educated eye tweaking items we may have looked over in everyday training.”

 

Past Paralympian and Captain of the United States Team, Rebecca Hart was second to complete the Team Test in Grade II with Jessica Ransehousen’s Lord Ludger.  The duo performed a 69.095% on the Team Test placing them in the fourth place position overall. When Rebecca entered the arena for her Individual test she explained, “I lost his focus a bit when we were doing our tour but I was able to get him back and refocus on me. I was happy that I was able to take him back from the brink.” Hart focused on the walk during her Individual Test due to the judge’s commenting that she needed a little more impulsion. “I needed a little more in the walk which was the comment on the first day which we tried to remedy, but we just weren’t able to get there, so that was a little disappointing.”

 

Jonathan Wentz and Kai Handt’s Richter Scale were the third U.S. pair to ride for the red, white, and blue in Grade Ib. Wentz and Richter Scale scored a 70.364% on the Team Test placing them in the fifth position overall for Grade Ib. Although they had a solid test they were given lower scores than desired on specific elements of his test. When Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale trotted down the Prime Meridian for his Individual Test the pair was energized. Wentz explained, “During the Team Test we got hit for being too conservative but during the Individual Test we went too much the other way and hit too hard on the accelerator. We got way too wobbly in the trot-work but on the walk-work we finally scored the way we were hoping. Unfortunately the trot work hurt us; We did have great turn on the haunches and an accurate halt.”

 

Wentz ended the week with his most accurate, expressive, and technically difficult Freestyle he had ever performed. Just before the Paralympics Wentz and Kai Handt (trainer and horse owner) went back to the drawing board to develop a new freestyle with new music. “ We wanted something that highlighted each of the movements,” smiled Wentz. “A little more organized, a little more grandiose for Richter. It is the Paralympics and it needed to be perfect. We made it technically difficult with a lot of 10-meter circles and extensions in to a 10 meter circle. An extension into a 10-meter circle is a movement that is really hard to do even for able-bodied riders.”

 

Jonathan made history for the United States Equestrian Team as the highest placed equestrian athlete while in London. Out of the Show Jumping, Eventing, Dressage Team, and Para-Dressage Team, Wentz earned the highest ranking of all U.S. athletes.

 

“It’s a dream come true,” noted Wentz. “I started riding horses for therapy at age two then began riding horses for sport. At age 12 I was told that horses were part of the Paralympics and that may be something I would be interested in for the future. From that day on I set a goal and it has taken eight years to get here. It’s an achievement, we are the best in the country, we are blessed to represent our country, especially here in London where the Paralympics movement is huge. Richter was amazing and I want to thank my mom and my trainer/horse owner Kai Handt for getting me here. We came to him, he said he would get me here, and he delivered better than I ever expected. I never thought I would be in the top five at the second largest sporting event in the world.”

 

Donna Ponessa and Wes Dunham’s horse Western Rose were the last U.S. combination to compete. Donna performed a fifth place Team Test at 70.235% and then completed an Individual Test scoring a 69.200 placing her in sixth in the Grade Ia competition. “We gave it our all but it could have been a lot better,” declared Ponessa. “There was some improvement over the Team Test and some things we didn’t do as well,” said Ponessa. “It’s a learning process.”

 

Ponessa and Western Rose, owned by Wes Dunham, were the only Grade Ia pair to include trot music within their freestyle. Ponessa commented, “Rosie is a really smart mare and she gets bored with walking. The walk has no natural impulsion to it so I can feed off of the trot work because she is using her back-end. That makes my walk a little more fluid with more impulsion. She has an effortless trot and she is one of the few horses can actually trot on. I also learned a lot from the judge’s comments including the idea that my test is not a race and the accuracy needs to be spot on. I took my trainer Wes Dunham’s advice that faster doesn’t not mean bigger; ‘Go for the big without rushing,’ said dunham. At last when I entered that ring Wes looked at me and said, ‘Make this the best ride of your career and enjoy every second of it.’ I was shocked how relaxed I was and how much fun I had in my freestyle.”

 

The United States had one of their best years in history at the Paralympics. With the intense competition from all of the countries, everyone had to work hard to achieve top scores in front of international FEI judges President Kjell Myhre (NOR), Lillian Iannone (ARG), Freddy Leyman (BEL), Anne Prain (FRA), Gudrun Hofinga (GER), Sarah Rodger (GBR), Carlos Lopes (POR), and Kathy Amos-Jacob (FRA) as the reserve member. Chef d’Equipe Missy Ransehousen touched on how she felt about the U.S. Team, “I think they were quite good. Each of the riders really rode to their best ability. Overall they are going to come out of this as stronger athletes, a stronger country, and come out of this ready to prepare for the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy.”

 

The United States Paralympic Team finished in seventh place behind Great Britain who earned Gold, Germany for Silver, underdog Ireland who took home the Bronze only tenths of a percentage ahead of fourth place, The Netherlands. Belgium and Denmark would follow for fifth and sixth place with the United States in seventh ahead of Canada and France. This was an important year for Para-Dressage not only because Para-Dressage came full circle but because of the intense competition. Lee Pearson, nine-time, Gold Medal winner who earned both a Silver and Bronze noted, “I really did think 11 medals were possible for our team. I was hoping for all Gold Medals but I didn’t know the game play was at such a high level. I am happy we have the quality and did how we did.”

 

Deborah Criddle agreed, “The horse power and level has certainly gone up. This is something we are going to have to really look at. Sophie Wells concurred, “The other nations have put a lot of money into their horse power and I think from my point of view most of us brought younger horses to compete here against high-level horses.”

 

Wells added, “This Games shows the world-class program a lot of us have come through thanks to the funding form U.K. Sports. This is something we need to look at to try and stay ahead of the game.”

 

With the Paralympic movement coming home Lee Pearson remarked, “It’s been wonderful to have the sport come home. We’ve always been a satellite location where people travel specifically to see us. Location wise, having this Games in the middle of London really shows the amount of equestrianism in our country. Equestrian is a difficult sport, unique, and we work hard, It’s been great to be this close to London and show the world our sport. The temporary facility that was created, we would never have dreamed of. We wish we could split this place into five so each of us, Natasha, Sophie (Wells), myself, Deborah, and Sophie (Christansen) could have a piece of this brilliant facility.”

 

James Dwyer, who competed as one of the four team members for Ireland and earned a 74.4% on his freestyle with Orlando remarked, “It is absolutely super that we won a Bronze Medal. We are over the moon. This is our first team to ever come to the Paralympics and to go home with a bronze medal is amazing; This will be really good for Ireland.  I actually think we are the only Irish Team to receive a Medal at this games so our team that heads to Rio definitely has something to live up to.”

 

As the Paralympic Summer Games comes to a close this week the memories created and lessons learned will forever impact each one of these Para-Equestrian athletes. The teams will head back to their countries, celebrate their wins and begin preparing for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy, France. Equestrians from Show Jumping, Eventing, Dressage, Para-Equestrian Dressage, Vaulting, Combined Driving, Endurance, and Reining will compete at the largest Equestrian event in the world August 24-September 7, 2014.

 

 

 

USA RESULTS:

(#)- denotes placing within division

 

Grade Ia

USA 014 PONESSA Donna WESTERN ROSE 70.235 (5) 69.200 (6) 70.750 (8)

Grade Ib

USA 115 WENTZ Jonathan RICHTER SCALE 70.364 (5) 70.348 (4) 73.000 (5)

Grade II

USA 223 HART Rebecca LORD LUDGER 69.095 (4) 68.286 (11) 73.250 (5)

USA 222 DEDRICK Dale BONIFATIUS 60.286 (19) 64.619 (17) 69.150 (10)

 

USA – United States 417.528

Number, Name (Last, First), Name of Horse, Grade, Team Test Score, Ind. Championship Test Score, Total Points

 

115 WENTZ Jonathan, RICHTER SCALE, Grade Ib 70.364, 70.348 140.712

223 HART Rebecca, LORD LUDGER Grade II 69.095, 68.286 137.381

014 PONESSA Donna, WESTERN ROSE, Grade Ia 70.235, 69.200, 139.435

222 DEDRICK Dale, BONIFATIUS Grade II 60.286, 64.619, 124.905

223 HART Rebecca, LORD LUDGER Grade II 69.095, 68.286 137.381

 

OVERALL RESULTS:

 

TEAM MEDAL

 

GOLD GBR – Great Britain

 

CHRISTIANSEN Sophie JANEIRO 6

CRIDDLE Deborah LJT AKILLES

PEARSON Lee GENTLEMAN

WELLS Sophie PINOCCHIO

 

SILVER GER – Germany

BRENNER Hannelore WOMEN OF THE WORLD

NAPEL Britta AQUILINA 3

TRABERT Angelika ARIVA-AVANTI

ZEIBIG Steffen WALDEMAR

 

BRONZE IRL – Ireland

BYRNE Eilish YOURI

DWYER James ORLANDO

KEARNEY Helen MISTER COOL

SAVAGE Geraldine BLUES TIP TOP TOO

 

 

MEDALIST BY EVENT

Event Name, Grade, Date,

Medal Ride (Last, First) Horse NPC

 

 

Ind. Championship Test Grade Ia 2 SEP 2012

GOLD CHRISTIANSEN Sophie JANEIRO 6 GBR

SILVER KEARNEY Helen MISTER COOL IRL

BRONZE TAN Laurentia RUBEN JAMES 2 SIN

 

Ind.Championship Test Grade Ib 1 SEP 2012

GOLD FORMOSA Joann WORLDWIDE PB AUS

SILVER PEARSON Lee GENTLEMAN GBR

BRONZE PUCH Pepo FINE FEELING AUT

 

Ind. Championship Test Grade II 1 SEP 2012

GOLD BAKER Natasha CABRAL GBR

SILVER NAPEL Britta AQUILINA 3 GER

BRONZE TRABERT Angelika ARIVA-AVANTI GER

 

Ind. Championship Test Grade III 2 SEP 2012

GOLD BRENNER Hannelore WOMEN OF THE WORLD GER

SILVER CRIDDLE Deborah LJT AKILLES GBR

BRONZE DALSKOV Annika AROS A FENRIS DEN

 

Ind. Championship Test Grade IV 2 SEP 2012

GOLD GEORGE Michele RAINMAN BEL

SILVER WELLS Sophie PINOCCHIO GBR

BRONZE HOSMAR Frank ALPHAVILLE NED

 

Freestyle Test Grade Ia 4 SEP 2012

GOLD CHRISTIANSEN Sophie JANEIRO 6 GBR

SILVER TAN Laurentia RUBEN JAMES 2 SIN

BRONZE KEARNEY Helen MISTER COOL IRL

 

Freestyle Test Grade Ib 3 SEP 2012

GOLD PUCH Pepo FINE FEELING AUT

SILVER KARJALAINEN Katja ROSIE FIN

BRONZE PEARSON Lee GENTLEMAN GBR

 

Freestyle Test Grade II 3 SEP 2012

GOLD BAKER Natasha CABRAL GBR

SILVER NAPEL Britta AQUILINA 3 GER

BRONZE TRABERT Angelika ARIVA-AVANTI GER

 

Freestyle Test Grade III 4 SEP 2012

GOLD BRENNER Hannelore WOMEN OF THE WORLD GER

SILVER CRIDDLE Deborah LJT AKILLES GBR

BRONZE DALSKOV Annika AROS A FENRIS DEN

 

Freestyle Test Grade IV 4 SEP 2012

GOLD GEORGE Michele RAINMAN BEL

SILVER WELLS Sophie PINOCCHIO GBR

BRONZE HOSMAR Frank ALPHAVILLE NED

 

 

 

Grade Ia COUNTRY, NUMBER, NAME(LAST, First), Horse’s Name, TEAM SCORE%, INDIVIDUAL%, FREESTYLE%, Overall ranking

 

NOTE* Overall Ranking is not reflective of the individual medals or team medals this is just an overall ranking based on all scores.

 

 

Grade Ia (TEAM SCORE, INDIVIDUAL, FREESTYLE)

GBR 005 CHRISTIANSEN Sophie JANEIRO 6 83.765 (1) 82.750 (1) 84.750 (1)

SIN 012 TAN Laurentia RUBEN JAMES 2 74.235 (2) 73.650 (3) 79.000 (2)

IRL 007 KEARNEY Helen MISTER COOL 72.235 (3) 76.700 (2) 78.450 (3)

ITA 009 MORGANTI Sara ROYAL DELIGHT 69.824 (6) 68.650 (8) 73.900 (4)

IRL 008 SAVAGE Geraldine BLUES TIP TOP TOO 68.000 (10) 68.800 (7) 72.300 (5)

LAT 010 SNIKUS Rihards CHARDONNAY 68.118 (9) 70.400 (4) 72.050 (6)

BRA 002 FROES RIBEIRO DE OLIVA Sergio EMILY 71.353 (4) 67.700 (10) 71.150 (7)

USA 014 PONESSA Donna WESTERN ROSE 70.235 (5) 69.200 (6) 70.750 (8)

AUS 001 OAKLEY Rob STATFORD MANTOVANI 57.588 (14) 67.300 (12) 68.550 (9)

SWE 013 JOHNSSON Anita DONAR 67.941 (11) 68.050 (9) 66.800 (10)

 

Grade Ib (TEAM SCORE, INDIVIDUAL, FREESTYLE)

AUT 102 PUCH Pepo FINE FEELING 73.636 (2) 75.043 (3) 79.150 (1)

FIN 106 KARJALAINEN Katja ROSIE 70.909 (4) 69.739 (5) 74.250 (2)

GBR 109 PEARSON Lee GENTLEMAN 74.682 (1) 75.391 (2) 74.200 (3)

AUS 101 FORMOSA Joann WORLDWIDE PB 71.955 (3) 75.826 (1) 73.700 (4)

USA 115 WENTZ Jonathan RICHTER SCALE 70.364 (5) 70.348 (4) 73.000 (5)

CAN 105 GOWANLOCK Ashley MAILE 67.955 (8) 69.304 (6) 68.800 (6)

FIN 107 KIVIMAKI Jaana GRIVIS 63.727 (14) 65.957 (10) 68.700 (7)

NOR 111 DOKKAN Jens Lasse LEOPOLD 65.409 (12) 69.000 (7) 68.450 (8)

FRA 108 SALLES Valerie MENZANA D’HULM 69.500 (6) 68.087 (8) 67.900 (9)

BRA 103 FERNANDES ALVES Marcos LUTHENAY DE VERNAY 65.682 (11) 62.609 (14) 67.800 (10)

 

Grade II

GBR 207 BAKER Natasha CABRAL 76.095 (1) 76.857 (1) 82.800 (1)

GER 208 NAPEL Britta AQUILINA 3 72.571 (2) 76.048 (2) 77.400 (2)

GER 209 TRABERT Angelika ARIVA-AVANTI 67.143 (9) 76.000 (3) 76.150 (3)

IRL 210 BYRNE Eilish YOURI 67.714 (7) 73.429 (5) 75.250 (4)

USA 223 HART Rebecca LORD LUDGER 69.095 (4) 68.286 (11) 73.250 (5)

BEL 203 MINNECI Barbara BARILLA 68.571 (5) 70.095 (8) 73.100 (6)

NED 217 BOLMER Gert VORMAN 66.143 (11) 70.143 (7) 71.650 (7)

CAN 205 BARWICK Lauren OFF TO PARIS 72.095 (3) 71.857 (6) 71.500 (8)

RSA 221 MOLLER Wendy FIRST LADY VAN PRINS 64.429 (13) 66.000 (15) 69.900 (9)

USA 222 DEDRICK Dale BONIFATIUS 60.286 (19) 64.619 (17) 69.150 (10)

 

Grade III

GER 307 BRENNER Hannelore WOMEN OF THE WORLD 75.741 (1) 73.467 (1) 81.700 (1)

GBR 306 CRIDDLE Deborah LJT AKILLES 72.926 (2) 71.267 (2) 78.550 (2)

DEN 302 DALSKOV Annika AROS A FENRIS 72.889 (3) 71.233 (3) 76.950 (3)

NED 310 VOETS Sanne VEDET PB 72.037 (4) 68.767 (5) 75.400 (4)

DEN 303 SUNESEN Susanne THY’S QUE FAIRE 71.333 (5) 69.700 (4) 73.550 (5)

FRA 304 LETARTRE Jose WARINA 69.370 (6) 67.800 (6) 72.600 (6)

FRA 305 VINCHON Vladimir FLIPPER D’OR 69.333 (7) 67.433 (7) 68.300 (7)

GER 308 ZEIBIG Steffen WALDEMAR 67.667 (8) 66.233 (8) 67.150 (8)

NZL 312 STOCK Rachel RIMINI PARK EMMERICH 65.481 (9) 65.733 (9) 66.850 (9)

ARG 301 GUGLIALMELLI LYNCH Patricio NIRVANA PURE INDULGENCE 59.519 (12) 60.200 (11) 62.050 (10)

 

 

Grade IV

BEL 403 GEORGE Michele RAINMAN 72.906 (2) 77.065 (1) 82.100 (1)

GBR 408 WELLS Sophie PINOCCHIO 75.906 (1) 76.323 (2) 81.150 (2)

NED 412 HOSMAR Frank ALPHAVILLE 71.781 (3) 73.097 (3) 78.600 (3)

DEN 406 JORGENSEN Line DI CAPRIO 69.406 (5) 70.258 (5) 76.800 (4)

BEL 404 VERMEULEN Ciska WHOONEY TUNES 66.750 (9) 71.613 (4) 75.000 (5)

IRL 410 DWYER James ORLANDO 69.719 (4) 68.516 (6) 74.400 (6)

FRA 407 BIZET Nathalie RUBICA III 67.281 (8) 67.581 (10) 73.500 (7)

GER 409 WEIFEN Lena DON TURNER 68.281 (7) 67.581 (9) 72.100 (8)

BEL 402 DEKEYZER Ulricke CLEVERBOY VAN D’ABEL 68.625 (6) 68.000 (8) 69.550 (9)

CAN 405 ELSTONE Eleonore ZARENO 66.688 (10) 68.226 (7) 68.750 (10)

 

 

 

 

THE UNITED STATES PARALYMPIC EQUESTRIAN TEAM NOMINATED BY THE UNITED STATES EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION

Rebecca Hart, 27, of Unionville, Penn. and Jessica Ransehousen’s Holsteiner gelding Lord Ludger

Jonathan Wentz, 21, of Richardson, Texas and Kai Handt’s 18 year-old NTEC Richter Scale

Donna Ponessa, 51, of New Windsor, N.Y. and Wesley Dunham’s Oldenburg mare Western Rose

Dale Dedrick, 56, of Ann Arbor, Mich. and her 14 year-old grey Hanoverian Bonifatius

 

Team Staff:

Missy Ransehousen (Unionville, PA)- Chef d’Equipe

Jim Wolf (Lebanon, NJ)- Chef de Mission

Pam Lane (Gladstone, NJ)- Team Leader

Stacey Kent (Cochranville, PA)- Team Veterinarian

 

For more information about the United States Equestrian Federation please visit www.USEF.org

 

For more information about the Para-Equestrians heading to London please visit http://www.fei.org/events/games/paralympic-games/london-2012

 

To view more about the London 2012 Paralympics please visit the official Paralympic website at http://www.london2012.com/

 

 

ABOUT THE EQUESTRIAN PARALYMPICS (courtesy of FEI)

Host nation Great Britain, Germany, Denmark and Canada have qualified the maximum number of riders and will each be represented by a team of four and one individual.

 

Nine countries – USA, The Netherlands, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Belgium, South Africa, Australia and France – have qualified four riders.

 

The National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) of Singapore and Mexico, which had originally qualified four riders, returned one qualification slot each and will be represented by three-rider teams. The unused slots were re-allocated to Norway and Israel on the basis of the Individual Para-Equestrian Rankings of athletes not already qualified with a team. As a result, Norway, which had already qualified two individual riders, will be fielding a composite team consisting of three members.

 

New Zealand and Finland will be represented by two individual riders apiece. Bermuda, Argentina, Japan, Hong Kong and Austria have each been allocated one individual slot.

 

Three Bipartite Commission invitations have been issued to Thomas Haller of Austria, Lee Frawley of the Virgin Islands and Anita Johnsson of Sweden.

 

A total of 78 Para-Equestrian riders will be battling it out for the 11 sets of medals available.

 

 

SUMMARY:

26 nations – ARG, AUS, AUT, BEL, BER, BRA, CAN, DEN, FIN, FRA, GBR, GER, HKG, IRL, ISR, ISV, ITA, JPN, MEX, NED, NOR, NZL, RSA, SIN, SWE, USA

 

TEAMS

4 nations with 5 riders (team + 1 individual): CAN, DEN, GBR, GER

9 nations with 4 riders (team): AUS, BEL, BRA, FRA, IRL, ITA, NED, RSA, USA

3 nations with 3 riders (team): MEX, NOR, SIN

 

NATIONS REPRESENTED ONLY BY INDIVIDUALS

2 nations with 2 individuals: FIN, NZL

6 nations with 1 individual: AUT, ARG, BER, ISR, JPN, HKG

3 Bipartite Commission invitations: AUT, ISV, SWE

 

 

PHOTO CREDIT: All photographs taken by Lindsay Yosay McCall for the USPEA 2012

 

About the United States Para-Equestrian Association:

 

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation board members, and equestrian enthusiasts.  The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the para-equestrian umbrella.

 

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport.  This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage para-equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

 

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the para-equestrian discipline.  From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved.  From local horse shows to international Olympic Games, the USPEA will provide para-equestrians the knowledge of what they need to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), and USEF which provides Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

 

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

 

For more information about the USPEA please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President: Hope Hand by e-mail: Wheeler966@aol.com or by phone: (610) 356-6481.

 

To view an online version of this press release please visit: http://uspea.org/?cat=13

September 3, 2012 Equestrian Jonathan Wentz (USA) Triumphs in Stiff Competition at 2012 London Paralympic Games

Equestrian Jonathan Wentz (USA) Triumphs in Stiff Competition at 2012 London Paralympic Games

(Wrap-up of Individual Test competition from Sunday and Monday September 1-2, 2012)

Photos and Article by Lindsay Yosay McCall: 

London, England-September 3, 2012-Over the last four days Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes have had their opportunity to place their best foot forward in the Greenwich Park arena. Riders were able to show-off what they have worked towards over the last few years. The first two days of the 2012 Paralympic Equestrian competition consisted of the Team Test where Great Britain dominated four of the five grade levels. Over the last two days during the Para-Dressage Individual Test competition however, individual powerhouses overthrew Great Britain’s reign. One of those athletes working towards capturing a medal was Jonathan Wentz (USA) and NTEC Richter Scale, owned by Kai Handt.

Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Jonathan Wentz has traveled around the country gaining experience for himself and his horses before qualifying for London and heading to the Paralympics. In 2010 at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ Wentz came close to winning a medal with NTEC Richter Scale at his first World Equestrian Games. With his hunger for more, Wentz, his trainer Kai and his support team set off to prepare for the 2012 London Games. As they prepped Richter and multiple back-up horses Wentz began winning the Grade Ib championships at many international competitions. These wins placed him in the top ten of the FEI World Rankings where he maintained his position throughout the 2012 show season. Nothing could stand in Wentz’s way as he armed himself with a stellar horse and the support of the United States Equestrian Federation’s Para-Dressage team.

For the Individual Test at the London Paralympics, Wentz drew an early spot in the order just in front of Lee Pearson of Great Britain. As the horse and rider combination of Richter and Wentz executed each technical requirement the judge’s scores began to increase. Although Wentz had a test that was respectable, moments of imperfection would earn him a score of 70.348%. Jonathan’s position would first be moved by Lee Pearson and horse Gentleman with a 75.391%. Then Australian athlete Joann Formosa and Worldwide PB would perform a 75.826% knocking the nine-time Gold Medal athlete Lee Pearson from his podium. With only two horses to go Pepo Puch of Austria and horse Fine Feeling would push Wentz into fourth place.

“We are proud of Jonathan,” noted horse owner and trainer Kai Handt. Out of the United States Equestrian Federation’s Eventing, Show Jumping, able-bodied Dressage, and Para-Dressage placing thus far Wentz has the highest placing of any of the United States Equestrian Team members.

“There’s still way more to come,” smiled Wentz. “During the Team Test we got hit for being too conservative but today we went too much the other way and hit too hard on the accelerator. We got way too wobbly in the trot-work and the walk-work. We finally scored the way we were hoping in other parts of the test but the trot work hurt us. I was happy with the turn on the haunches and my walk work since it was a place we improved upon within our test.”

Although Wentz did not stand on the podium for the Individual Test it gave him that much more desire to be there next time. The question will remain as the 2012 London Paralympics comes to an end if we will see the handsome eighteen year-old at the World Equestrian Games in Rio, or if a retirement is in his future.

As the Grade Ib Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal winners stepped up to the podium for the Individual Test Australian Joann Formosa (AUS), Lee Pearson (GBR), and Pepo Puch (AUT) exchanged a congratulatory embrace.

Lee Pearson (GBR) SILVER Joann Formosa (AUS) GOLD Pepo Puch (AUT) BRONZE

Lee Pearson (GBR) SILVER Joann Formosa (AUS) GOLD Pepo Puch (AUT) BRONZE

“I came here to win and I wanted gold,” exclaimed Formosa. “This has been my goal my entire life. I love this sport, I love my horses, and when I am aboard my horse there is a feeling of freedom. I couldn’t be happier to have won this medal and I couldn’t have earned this without my support team, fundraising, family, friends, and fans.”

Pearson genuinely noted, “I am really happy with earning Silver, believe me. It has been a tough competition and Joann rode beautifully. I am actually over the moon; It would have been amazing to win a gold but I am happy to place this medal up on the wall with my past medals.”

Lee Pearson (GBR) with Silver medal by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Lee Pearson (GBR) with Silver medal by Lindsay Yosay McCall

He continued, “Of course I will be back in Rio to redeem myself. I love horses and I love this sport. Although I wouldn’t be able to do this sport without the help of everyone on Team Great Britain, our sponsors and staff, our country, and of course the United Kingdom Lottery.”

Results Individual Championship Test – Grade Ib

1.  Joann Formosa (AUS) and Worldwide PB           75.826%

2. Lee Pearson (GBR) and Gentleman                        75.391%

3. Pepo Puch (AUT) and Fine Feeling                         75.043%

4. Johnathan Wentz (USA) and Richter                      70.348%

5. Katja Karjalainen  (FIN) and Rosie                          69.739%

Results Individual Championship Test – Grade Ia

  1. Sophie Christiansen (GBR) and Janiero 6         82.750%
  2. Helen Kearney (IRL) and Mister Cool                   76.700%
  3. Laurentia Tan  (SIN) and Ruben James 2      73.650%
  4. Rihards Snikus (LAT) and Chardonnay       70.400%
  5. Liselotte Rosenhart (DEN) and Prior Lady’s Rawage  70.000%

Great Britain added another Gold Medal to their accolades when Grade Ia Para-Equestrian Sophie Christiansan and Janiero 6 earned an 82.750%. Earning the Silver was Helen Kearney of Ireland and Mister Cool, and winning the Bronze was Laurentia Tan and Ruben James 2 of Singapore. United States Para-Equestrian Donna Ponessa and Western Rose, owned by Wes Dunham earned the sixth position for their Individual Test.

“We gave it our all but it could have been a lot better. There was some improvement from the Team Test and some things we didn’t do as well,” said Ponessa. “It’s a learning process.”

Lee Pearson (GBR) SIlver Medal

Lee Pearson (GBR) SIlver Medal

In the Grade II competition USA Team Captain and 2008 Paralympian Rebecca Hart was positive as always for the entire team despite her individual placing with Lord Ludger, owned by Jessica Ransehousen. “This was his first international on this scale,” noted Hart. “It was not what I hoping for but it’s good to get him out here and get the experience. Obviously we were hoping for a little bit more especially for the team but it was ok. There are definitely ups and downs to every event for each one of us.  We have what we need we just need to do it.”

Dale Dedrick who rode Bonifatius in Grade II for the U.S.A concurred, “We have a great team and I am proud to be a part of it. Our preparation for this event has been superb. From the work my trainer Roz Kinstler of Ann Arbor, Mich. and I have done at home and on the road to the preparation of Meagan Szarek my groom.”

Gold Medal winner of Grade II was Natasha Baker (GBR) and horse Cabral. Baker expressed her excitement, “This is the most incredible feeling in the world. Coming to my first Games here in Great Britain and to come home with a Gold Medal is brilliant; I get a postbox and stamp!”

She continued, “Since the age of 10 I said I would compete in the Paralympics and win a Gold Medal. Since my first games I never expected this in a million years but I couldn’t have done this without my horse. He is a dream, I am so proud of him, I really am.”

 

 

 

Pepo Puch (AUT) Bronze and Family by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Pepo Puch (AUT) Bronze Grade Ib Winner and Family by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Sophie Christiansen by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Sophie Christiansen by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Sophie Christiansen by Lindsay Yosay McCall

 

Results Individual Championship Test – Grade II

1.                  Natasha Baker (GBR) and Cabral                        76.857%

2.                  Britta Napel (GER) and Aquilina 3                      76.048%

3.                  Angelika Trabert  (GER) and Ariva-Avanti       76.00%

4.                  Petra  van de Sande (NED) and Valencia Z       74.476%

5.                  Eilish Byrne (IRL) and Youri                                          73.429%

 

Natasha Baker and GBR Flag by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Natasha Baker and GBR Flag by Lindsay Yosay McCall

 

Results Individual Championship Test – Grade III

1.                  Hannelore Brenner (GER) and Women of the World     73.467%

2.                  Deborah Criddle (GBR) and LJT Akilles                    71.267%%

3.                  Annika Dalskov  (DEN) and Aros a Fenris       71.233%

4.                  Susanne Sunesen (DEN) and Thys Que Faire      69.700%

5.                  Sanne Voets (NED) and Vedet PB                                          68.767%

Hannelore Brenner (GER) by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Hannelore Brenner (GER) by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Deborah Criddle by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Deborah Criddle by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Results Individual Championship Test – Grade IV

1.                  Michele George (BEL) and Rainman     77.065%

2.                  Sophie Wells (GBR) and Pinocchio                    76.323%%

3.                  Frank Hosmar  (NED) and Alphaville       73.097%

4.                  Ciska Vermeulen (BEL) and Whooney Tunes      71.613%

5.                  Line Jorgensen (DEN) and Di Caprio                                          70.258%%

 

Michele George by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Michele George by Lindsay Yosay McCall

The 2012 London Paralympics continues through September 9 and the equestrian competition concludes on September 4 with the last of the Individual Freestyle competition. Following the Freestyle competition on Tuesday will be indivudal ceremonies for Grade Ia, III, and IV and the Medal Ceremony for the Team Results. The 2012 London Paralympic Equestrian compeition includes seventy-eight horses from 26 nations. Horse and rider combinations are judged on technical requirements in front of international FEI judges President Kjell Myhre (NOR), Lillian Iannone (ARG), Freddy Leyman (BEL), Anne Prain (FRA), Gudrun Hofinga (GER), Sarah Rodger (GBR), Carlos Lopes (POR), and Kathy Amos-Jacob (FRA) as the reserve member.

 

THE UNITED STATES PARALYMPIC EQUESTRIAN TEAM NOMINATED BY THE UNITED STATES EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION

Rebecca Hart, 27, of Unionville, Penn. and Jessica Ransehousen’s Holsteiner gelding Lord Ludger

Jonathan Wentz, 21, of Richardson, Texas and Kai Handt’s 18 year-old NTEC Richter Scale

Donna Ponessa, 51, of New Windsor, N.Y. and Wesley Dunham’s Oldenburg mare Western Rose

Dale Dedrick, 56, of Ann Arbor, Mich. and her 14 year-old grey Hanoverian Bonifatius

 

Team Staff:

Missy Ransehousen (Unionville, PA)- Chef d’Equipe

Jim Wolf (Lebanon, NJ)- Chef de Mission

Pam Lane (Gladstone, NJ)- Team Leader

Stacey Kent (Cochranville, PA)- Team Veterinarian

August 31, 2012 Donna Ponessa (USA) Secures U.S. Scores While Great Britain Maintains Team Medal Lead at 2012 Equestrian Paralympics

Donna Ponessa (USA) Secures U.S. Scores While Great Britain Maintains Team Medal Lead at 2012 Equestrian Paralympics

 Article and Photographs by Lindsay Yosay McCall

To view this press release with photographs please click on the PDF version (PDF)

London, England, United Kingdom–August 31, 2012 – Seventy-eight Para-Equestrian Dressage riders entered the ring at Greenwich Park on August 30th and 31st for the Team Test competition. Seventy-eight horses trotted down centerline moving one step closer to earning the 2012 London Paralympic Equestrian Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals. Those seventy-eight horses engage, suspend, and perform technical requirements in front of international FEI judges President Kjell Myhre (NOR), Lillian Iannone (ARG), Freddy Leyman (BEL), Anne Prain (FRA), Gudrun Hofinga (GER), Sarah Rodger (GBR), Carlos Lopes (POR), and Kathy Amos-Jacob (FRA) as the reserve member. As the last United States Para-Equestrian to enter the venue, Donna Ponessa (USA) and Western Rose excelled in the Grade Ia Team Test earning the United States an increase to their overall percentage score. Great Britain turned up the heat Friday and brought in three of their final riders for Grade Ia, III, and IV Team Test competition. Earning the Grade Ia win was Sophie Christiansen (GBR) and Janeiro 6. The pair earned an 83.765% overall and even had one judge’s score at 93.824%. In Grade III, German Para-Dressage rider Hannelore Brenner brought home the win with a 75.741% as the overall percentage.  In Grade IV Great Britain did it again capturing the highest percentage score in Grade IV with a 75.906%. These final scores cemented the Team Test scores that will combine with the individual Test scores for a final calculation.

 

Each country is judged under a random selection of five judges for their Grade test. If a country is competing for the Team competition, they will have three or four riders that they choose to contribute to the Team scores. The top three scores of each the Team Test and Individual Test will combine to produce an overall Paralympic Medal winner. The Team Test competition for Grade Ia, Ib, II , III, IV was also a warm-up for individual countries that will be competing in the Individual Championship over the weekend. Saturday September 1st begins the Individual Test for Grade II and Ib followed by Sunday’s Grade Ia, III, and IV championship tests.

 

The United States is looking to improve upon their scores so they may reach their top ranking for the Team Medal.  Improving the United States team ranking was on the mind of Donna Ponessa during the entire morning before she showed.

 

Ponessa noted, “I had a little bit of an advantage being a spectator on the first day of competition. With that advantage I was able to settle in and convince myself it was just another show. I have to admit that the weight I was bearing was a little much. So when I started to feel the pressure of the Team depending on my scores I tried to find busy things to do.”

 

She continued, “Riding for my country has been an amazing experience. At first I was a little overwhelmed and the mare was a little tense when I walked in the ring but, all of my teammates agree, it’s another show with an Opening Ceremony and you can’t be thinking about anything else. It’s about each footfall and your job ahead. Once I got that centered, everything seemed to flow better.”

 

Ponessa’s horse Western Rose, owned by Wes Dunham, maintains two performance traits making her a superb Grade Ia horse. Her strong walk including the free walk across the diagonal scored a high mark pulling Ponessa’s score up into 70 percent. During the working walk Western Rose began to increase her steps. Ponessa explained, ”Rosie kept trying to stop and look. I am not noted for the subtlety of my aids so when I felt her go to stop all I could think was, ‘Not here mare, no.’ So I sat a little too hard and she let me know it is not going to fly when you sit on me that hard.”

 

Ponessa earned the fifth position in the Grade I a Team Test where 25 year-old Sophie Christiansen (GBR) earned the highest score of the day aboard Janeiro 6. Christiansen commented, “I was quite nervous at the beginning of my test considering the fact that other members of the team have been posting very good scores. I couldn’t have asked for a better score at the end of this test.”

 

Christansen earned a 93.824% percent during her ride resulting in a score that most Dressage riders have never heard announced. Christiansen explained, “I usually get above 80% in training, but to get it in the Team Test was something special.”

 

Results Grade Ia:

  1. Sophie Christiansen (GBR) and Janeiro 6—-83.765%
  2. Laurentina Tan (SIN) and Ruben James 2—-74.235%
  3. Helen Kearney (IRL) and Mister Cool—-72.235%
  4. Sergio Froes Ribieriro de Olivia (BRZ) and Emily—-71.353%
  5. Donna Ponessa (USA) and Western Rose—-70.235%

 

Grade III is a unique Grade due to the fact that the test includes walk, trot, and canter and yet the ring is smaller making each moment appear faster. Hannelore Brennar of Luneburg, Germany explained her exquisite performance, “When I entered the arena my mare was a little excited. She is a sensitive mare and can be hysterical at times but after two rounds in my warm-up she was perfect..”

 

Hannelore and Women of the World have been together for seven years. “Every year our partnership gets better and better and we come together more each time, she expressed.”

 

Hannelore also competes in able-bodied Dressage and has competed through ‘S’ Dressage in Germany, the highest level of Dressage. In 1986 Hannelore was competing in Eventing and was injured in a riding accident on course.  Although Hannelore did not compete at a high level of Dressage before her accident, she is now competing at the highest level of the sport.

 

Results Grade III:

  1. Hannelore Brenner (GER) and Women of the World—-75.741%
  2. Deborah Criddle (GBR) and LJT Akilles—-72.926%
  3. Annika Dalskov (DEN) and Aros A Fenris—-72.889%
  4. Sanne Voets and Vedet PB (NED)—-72.037%
  5. Susanne Sunesen (DEN) and Thy’s Que Faire—-71.333%

 

The final Para-Dressage rider to achieve the top score in the Team Test competition was Sophie Wells of Great Britain aboard Pinocchio. When Wells qualified for the British Dressage Association Para-Equestrian Team in 2008 she was unable to travel due to her horse’s laminitis. So for the 2012 year Sophie had one goal in mind, “Great Britain has never lost a Gold Medal and I don’t want to be on the first team that fails to win gold,” smiled Wells. “We’re all doing our best to retain the record but a Gold would mean everything.”

 

Results Grade IV:

  1. Sophie Wells (GBR) and Pinocchio—-75.906%
  2. Michele George and Rainman (BEL)—-72.906%
  3. Frank Hosmar (NED) and Alphaville—-71.781%
  4. James Dwyer (IRL) and Orlando—-69.719%
  5. Line Jorgensen (DEN) and DiCaprio—-69.406%

 

Preliminary Team Medal Country:

 

  1. Great Britain
  2. Germany
  3. Denmark
  4. Netherlands
  5. Belgium
  6. Ireland
  7. United States of America

 

On Saturday the Grade II Individual Championship Test will commence at 9:00 a.m. The Medal ceremony for the individual championship will occur at 12:30 p.m followed by the Grade Ib Championship Test at 2:30 p.m. The 2012 London Paralympics continues through September 9th, 2012.  The Paralympic Equestrian competition will finish on September 4, 2012.

 

 

THE UNITED STATES PARALYMPIC EQUESTRIAN TEAM NOMINATED BY THE UNITED STATES EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION

Rebecca Hart, 27, of Unionville, Penn. and Jessica Ransehousen’s Holsteiner gelding Lord Ludger

Jonathan Wentz, 21, of Richardson, Texas and Kai Handt’s 18 year-old NTEC Richter Scale

Donna Ponessa, 51, of New Windsor, N.Y. and Wesley Dunham’s Oldenburg mare Western Rose

Dale Dedrick, 56, of Ann Arbor, Mich. and her 14 year-old grey Hanoverian Bonifatius

 

Team Staff:

Missy Ransehousen (Unionville, PA)- Chef d’Equipe

Jim Wolf (Lebanon, NJ)- Chef de Mission

Pam Lane (Gladstone, NJ)- Team Leader

Stacey Kent (Cochranville, PA)- Team Veterinarian

 

2012 Paralympic Equestrian Schedule at Greenwich Park

 

 

September 1, 2012

Grade II Mixed Individual Championship Test 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade II 12:30 PM-12:45 PM

Grade Ib Mixed Individual Championship Test  2:30 PM-5:30 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade Ib   5:45 PM -6:00 PM

 

September 2, 2012

Grade IV Mixed Individual Championship Test  9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade IV  11:45 AM-12:00 PM

Grade III Mixed Individual Championship Test  1:45 PM-4:14 PM

Grade Ia Mixed Individual Championship Test 4:15 PM-6:45 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade III  7:00 PM-7:15 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade Ia  7:15 PM-7:30 PM

 

September 3, 2012

Grade II Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade II

Grade Ib Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 2:15 PM-5:00 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade Ib 5:15 PM-5:30 PM

 

September 4, 2012

Grade IV Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade IV 11:45 AM-12:00 PM

Grade III Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 1:45 PM-3:45 PM

Grade Ia Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 3:45 PM-6:00 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade III 6:15 PM-6:30 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade Ia 6:30 PM-6:45 PM

TEAM MEDAL CEREMONY 6:45 PM-7:15 PM

 

September 9, 2012

Closing Ceremony

 

 

Information on Live Streaming Paralympic Coverage at Paralympic.org and Television Coverage at NBC Sports Network (information about coverage below was provided by the International Paralympic Committee and was not written by USPEA)

 

By creating original video content for the US Paralympics YouTube channel, YouTube.com/USParalympics, while also partnering with NBCUniversal and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), US Paralympics will provide the American public with more coverage of the US Paralympic Team than any previous year.

 

Beginning on 29 August and continuing through the conclusion of the Games on 9 September, US Paralympics will provide 10 daily video highlights packages via its US Paralympics YouTube channel.

 

In addition to the online content, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will air one-hour highlight shows on 4, 5, 6 and 11 September at 7 p.m. EDT. Following the Paralympic Games, on 16 September, NBC will broadcast a 90-minute special from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT. All NBC and NBC Sports Network Paralympic highlight shows and specials will re-air on Universal Sports Network and UniversalSports.com.

 

During the Games, which start on 29 August, the IPC’s website will have five channels broadcasting live sport each day. Four channels will have English commentary whilst a fifth channel will be available in Spanish.

 

The website will also feature a revolutionary new SMART player which has been developed by the IPC’s worldwide IT partner Atos. The player uses innovative technology that will enable those watching live swimming and wheelchair basketball on www.paralympic.org to view real-time results tickers, statistics, biographies, news and social media – all in one integrated and synchronized window. It also simplifies the user’s interests and gives specific and relevant results per sport, similar to the ones available to commentators inside the venues.

 

Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/paralympicsporttv

U.S. Paralympics website (http://www.usparalympics.org),

U.S. Paralympics Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/usparalympics/)

U.S. Paralympics Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/usparalympics/).

 

 

For more information about the United States Equestrian Federation please visit www.USEF.org

 

For more information about the Para-Equestrians heading to London please visit http://www.fei.org/events/games/paralympic-games/london-2012

 

To view more about the London 2012 Paralympics please visit the official Paralympic website at http://www.london2012.com/

 

 

ABOUT THE EQUESTRIAN PARALYMPICS (courtesy of FEI)

Host nation Great Britain, Germany, Denmark and Canada have qualified the maximum number of riders and will each be represented by a team of four and one individual.

 

Nine countries – USA, The Netherlands, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Belgium, South Africa, Australia and France – have qualified four riders.

 

The National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) of Singapore and Mexico, which had originally qualified four riders, returned one qualification slot each and will be represented by three-rider teams. The unused slots were re-allocated to Norway and Israel on the basis of the Individual Para-Equestrian Rankings of athletes not already qualified with a team. As a result, Norway, which had already qualified two individual riders, will be fielding a composite team consisting of three members.

 

New Zealand and Finland will be represented by two individual riders apiece. Bermuda, Argentina, Japan, Hong Kong and Austria have each been allocated one individual slot.

 

Three Bipartite Commission invitations have been issued to Thomas Haller of Austria, Lee Frawley of the Virgin Islands and Anita Johnsson of Sweden.

 

A total of 78 Para-Equestrian riders will be battling it out for the 11 sets of medals available.

 

 

SUMMARY:

26 nations – ARG, AUS, AUT, BEL, BER, BRA, CAN, DEN, FIN, FRA, GBR, GER, HKG, IRL, ISR, ISV, ITA, JPN, MEX, NED, NOR, NZL, RSA, SIN, SWE, USA

 

TEAMS

4 nations with 5 riders (team + 1 individual): CAN, DEN, GBR, GER

9 nations with 4 riders (team): AUS, BEL, BRA, FRA, IRL, ITA, NED, RSA, USA

3 nations with 3 riders (team): MEX, NOR, SIN

 

NATIONS REPRESENTED ONLY BY INDIVIDUALS

2 nations with 2 individuals: FIN, NZL

6 nations with 1 individual: AUT, ARG, BER, ISR, JPN, HKG

3 Bipartite Commission invitations: AUT, ISV, SWE

 

 

PHOTO CREDIT: All photographs taken by Lindsay Yosay McCall for the USPEA 2012

 

About the United States Para-Equestrian Association:

 

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation board members, and equestrian enthusiasts.  The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the para-equestrian umbrella.

 

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport.  This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage para-equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

 

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the para-equestrian discipline.  From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved.  From local horse shows to international Olympic Games, the USPEA will provide para-equestrians the knowledge of what they need to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), and USEF which provides Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

 

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

 

For more information about the USPEA please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President: Hope Hand by e-mail: Wheeler966@aol.com or by phone: (610) 356-6481.

 

To view an online version of this press release please visit: http://uspea.org/?cat=13

August 30, 2012 First Day of 2012 Paralympic Equestrian Team Competition Reveals Leading Countries Despite the Variable Weather

First Day of 2012 Paralympic Equestrian Team Competition Reveals Leading Countries Despite the Variable Weather

Photos/Article by Lindsay Yosay McCall

To view the PDF Version with photographs please click here (PDF)

London, England, United Kingdom–August 30, 2012 – In London, there is always one conversational topic that a stranger can depend on to relieve an awkward situation, the weather.  On Thursday August 30th, at the 2012 Paralympic Equestrian venue in Greenwich Park, the weather transitioned from rain, to wind, on to more rain, and brisk temperatures. As the opening day of the Para-Dressage Team Test competition transpired the weather became accommodating to some riders and unpleasant to others.

 

Grade II and Grade Ib performed their Team Test’s over the course of the day setting the tone for the Team Medal competition.  Although there are still Grade Ia, III, and IV riders to compete in Friday’s Team Tests, Canada, The Netherlands, and The United States of America have already earned multiple high scores. Great Britain had two riders compete Thursday but only nine-time decorated Gold Medalist Lee Pearson was nominated as one of the four members of Team Great Britain.  Pearson and horse Gentleman topped the Grade Ib competition even with a minor blunder through his test. Fellow British rider Natasha Baker also prevailed in her Grade II rivalries giving her a test she can depend on for the Individual and Freestyle competition. As a five-star Para-Equestrian competition the ground jury consists of a random combination of five of these judges, President Kjell Myhre (NOR), Lillian Iannone (ARG), Freddy Leyman (BEL), Anne Prain (FRA), Gudrun Hofinga (GER), Sarah Rodger (GBR), Carlos Lopes (POR), and Kathy Amos-Jacob (FRA) as the reserve member. Under these judges top riders include: Jonathan Wentz (USA) and NTEC Richter Scale (owned by Kai Handt); Rebecca Hart (USA) and Lord Ludger (owned by Jessica Ransehousen); Lauren Barwick (CAN) and Off to Paris; Ashley Gowanlock (CAN) and Maile; Pepo Puch (AUT) and Fine Feeling; Joann Formosa (AUS) and Worldwid PB; Katja Karjalainen (FIN) and Rosie; Britta Napel (GER) and Aquilina 3; and Barbara Minneci (BEL) and Barilla.

 

 

 

The Team Test Results for Grade Ib:

  1. Lee Pearson and Gentleman (GBR)—-74.682%
  2. Pepo Puch (Individual AUT)—-73.636
  3. Joann Formosa (AUS)—-71.955
  4. Katja Karjalainen and Rosie (individual FIN)—-70.909%
  5. Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale (USA)—-70.364%
  6. Valerie Salles and Menzana D’Hulm (FRA)—-69.500%

 

 

 

The Team Test Results for Grade II:

  1. Natasha Baker and Cabral (individual of GBR)—–76.095%
  2. Britta Napel and Aquilina 3 (GER)—-72.571%
  3. Lauren Barwick and Off To Paris (CAN)—-72.095%
  4. Rebecca Hart and Lord Ludger (USA)—-69.095%
  5. Barbara Minneci and Barilla (BEL)—-68.571%
  6. Petra Van de Sande and Valencia Z—-68.095%

 

The first United States Team membe in the ring was Dale Dedrick and Bonifatius of Ann Arbor, Mich. With the amount of experience Dedrick has gained over the years showing internationally, in front of large crowds, she commented, “When you go overseas you don’t think the ring is going to be the same, but it is. It is the same white fence, the same arena at your feet, and the same letters on the perimeter. This is just a horse show with a lot of people, flags, and an opening ceremony. I like to remember that when Erik and I travel down to X.” Dedrick is looking forward to another opportunity to ride for the U.S.A. in the Grade II Individual Test on Saturday.

 

Within an hour of Dedrick’s ride Grade II Para-Equestrian Rebecca Hart (USA) of Unionville, Penn. and Lord Ludger trotted down centerline. Within that hour the weather turned fickle bringing wind and rain in all types of patterns. “Let it rain,” exclaimed the U.S.A. Team Captain Rebecca Hart before her Team Test. Hart enjoys the focus and muting that the rain brings for Lord Ludger and her during her execution of the test. ““We prefer sunshine but he’s just as happy to go in the rain. It actually kind of puts us into our own little bubble and we focus on each other more than what’s going on. It gives you one more thing to block out but I look at it as an aid and it actually helped us.”

 

Jonathan Wentz (USA) responded, “I’ll take the wind Richter could care less of where he is. He could ride in a war zone or in a field and neither would affect him during a Dressage Test. You can ride him anywhere in the world, that’s why he’s such a great Para-Dressage horse and a great horse to have at a competition like this. You can always count on a certain level of score, it may fluctuate a little, but he always produces a ride that is similar to any ride he has given his whole career.”

 

Wentz earned pulled up the lead for the United States Team during his Grade Ib Team Test. ““We’re in a really good position, it will come down to tomorrow but the team is sitting quite nice. We earned good scores today and we’ll just have to go through the tests tonight and read over the judge’s comments for ways to improve. Of course there’s lots of room for improvement, there always should be, that’s what Dressage is all about.”

 

Friday will bring forward the last of the four riders for the United States Para-Equestrian Team when Donna Ponessa of New Windsor, NY and Western Rose, owned by Wes Dunham, compete in Grade Ia Team Test competition.

 

Canadian Para-Equestrian Team Lauren Barwick and Off To Paris completed a guarded third place ride in the Team Test competition behind German rider Britta Napel, and Natasha Baker from Great Britain.

 

Barwick explained, “My horse has been really good with crowds and weather but the speakers were bothering her a little bit. I know how she can perform so I was proud of her when she decided to trust me and do her job. I had to be very conservative due to the new environment of the ring but I rode today for tomorrow. If I would have blown her up today and asked for too much she wouldn’t have trusted me in our next test. So the good thing today was to put in a good performance, ride today for tomorrow, and tomorrow will be an even better day. I was super proud of my mare today because halts have been our biggest challenge and she nailed all three of them. I was also proud at the end, For her to let me walk out of the arena on a free walk with a long rein that moment said a lot about her and a lot about our partnership.”

 

Barwick continued, “I don’t mind a challenge like we experienced today. We are all dealing with the same challenge and we are on the same playing field. This is where Great Britain will have an advantage because they got to do the test run in this arena.”

As the day approached 4:00 PM the skies began to darken and the rain set in. The stadium began to fill up as famous British Paralympian Lee Pearson entered the ring. Pearson would complete a quality test with moments of brilliance and yet a moment of hesitation. As Pearson and horse Gentleman approached the 5 meter circle away from center line on the left rein he proceeded to track right and bauble for a moment before correcting and moving on to the next requirement. Pearson expressed, “It was not our best test in the world. I warned everyone about Gentleman’s sense of humor. He warmed up perfect and he came in the arena and said, ‘Eww thousands of people watching.’ then he Blocked all of his energy and I had to nurse him around the arena. If the engine is working I can keep contact but when the engine dropped out I had to release the contact on Gentleman and move him forward. It is all in his head really, physically he can go fantastic, but he gets a bit cheeky sometimes when he goes in the arena, when so many people are watching. It wasn’t our worst test but it wasn’t our best test.”

Pearson continued, “I have been reading the test for days now and I got rider error. I knew we would do something stupid at the Paralympic games. When you are losing ingredients as an athlete, you are kind of over focused. Rider error I am not fool proof!”

 

Pearson was impressed with the amount of talented riders and horses that have come to the 2012 London Paralympics. He has also noted that he is looking forward to cheering on his competitors and teammates.

 

 

The 2012 London Paralympic Equestrian Competition continues at 9:00 a.m. Friday August 31st, with the Grade IV, III, and Ia Team Test. The final horse enters the ring at 6:15 p.m. Donna Ponessa will enter the ring at 4:33 p.m. behind Canadian Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus.

 

 

THE UNITED STATES PARALYMPIC EQUESTRIAN TEAM NOMINATED BY THE UNITED STATES EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION

Rebecca Hart, 27, of Unionville, Penn. and Jessica Ransehousen’s Holsteiner gelding Lord Ludger

Jonathan Wentz, 21, of Richardson, Texas and Kai Handt’s 18 year-old NTEC Richter Scale

Donna Ponessa, 51, of New Windsor, N.Y. and Wesley Dunham’s Oldenburg mare Western Rose

Dale Dedrick, 56, of Ann Arbor, Mich. and her 14 year-old grey Hanoverian Bonifatius

 

Team Staff:

Missy Ransehousen (Unionville, PA)- Chef d’Equipe

Jim Wolf (Lebanon, NJ)- Chef de Mission

Pam Lane (Gladstone, NJ)- Team Leader

Stacey Kent (Cochranville, PA)- Team Veterinarian

 

2012 Paralympic Equestrian Schedule at Greenwich Park

 

August 31, 2012

Grade IV Mixed Team Test 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Grade III Mixed Team Test 1:15 PM-3:45 PM

Grade Ia Mixed Team Test 3:45 PM-6:15 PM

 

September 1, 2012

Grade II Mixed Individual Championship Test 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade II 12:30 PM-12:45 PM

Grade Ib Mixed Individual Championship Test  2:30 PM-5:30 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade Ib   5:45 PM -6:00 PM

 

September 2, 2012

Grade IV Mixed Individual Championship Test  9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade IV  11:45 AM-12:00 PM

Grade III Mixed Individual Championship Test  1:45 PM-4:14 PM

Grade Ia Mixed Individual Championship Test 4:15 PM-6:45 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade III  7:00 PM-7:15 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade Ia  7:15 PM-7:30 PM

 

September 3, 2012

Grade II Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade II

Grade Ib Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 2:15 PM-5:00 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade Ib 5:15 PM-5:30 PM

 

September 4, 2012

Grade IV Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade IV 11:45 AM-12:00 PM

Grade III Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 1:45 PM-3:45 PM

Grade Ia Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 3:45 PM-6:00 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade III 6:15 PM-6:30 PM

Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade Ia 6:30 PM-6:45 PM

TEAM MEDAL CEREMONY 6:45 PM-7:15 PM

 

September 9, 2012

Closing Ceremony

 

 

Information on Live Streaming Paralympic Coverage at Paralympic.org and Television Coverage at NBC Sports Network (information about coverage below was provided by the International Paralympic Committee and was not written by USPEA)

 

By creating original video content for the US Paralympics YouTube channel, YouTube.com/USParalympics, while also partnering with NBCUniversal and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), US Paralympics will provide the American public with more coverage of the US Paralympic Team than any previous year.

 

Beginning on 29 August and continuing through the conclusion of the Games on 9 September, US Paralympics will provide 10 daily video highlights packages via its US Paralympics YouTube channel.

 

In addition to the online content, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will air one-hour highlight shows on 4, 5, 6 and 11 September at 7 p.m. EDT. Following the Paralympic Games, on 16 September, NBC will broadcast a 90-minute special from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT. All NBC and NBC Sports Network Paralympic highlight shows and specials will re-air on Universal Sports Network and UniversalSports.com.

 

During the Games, which start on 29 August, the IPC’s website will have five channels broadcasting live sport each day. Four channels will have English commentary whilst a fifth channel will be available in Spanish.

 

The website will also feature a revolutionary new SMART player which has been developed by the IPC’s worldwide IT partner Atos. The player uses innovative technology that will enable those watching live swimming and wheelchair basketball on www.paralympic.org to view real-time results tickers, statistics, biographies, news and social media – all in one integrated and synchronized window. It also simplifies the user’s interests and gives specific and relevant results per sport, similar to the ones available to commentators inside the venues.

 

Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/paralympicsporttv

U.S. Paralympics website (http://www.usparalympics.org),

U.S. Paralympics Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/usparalympics/)

U.S. Paralympics Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/usparalympics/).

 

 

For more information about the United States Equestrian Federation please visit www.USEF.org

 

For more information about the Para-Equestrians heading to London please visit http://www.fei.org/events/games/paralympic-games/london-2012

 

To view more about the London 2012 Paralympics please visit the official Paralympic website at http://www.london2012.com/

 

 

ABOUT THE EQUESTRIAN PARALYMPICS (courtesy of FEI)

Host nation Great Britain, Germany, Denmark and Canada have qualified the maximum number of riders and will each be represented by a team of four and one individual.

 

Nine countries – USA, The Netherlands, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Belgium, South Africa, Australia and France – have qualified four riders.

 

The National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) of Singapore and Mexico, which had originally qualified four riders, returned one qualification slot each and will be represented by three-rider teams. The unused slots were re-allocated to Norway and Israel on the basis of the Individual Para-Equestrian Rankings of athletes not already qualified with a team. As a result, Norway, which had already qualified two individual riders, will be fielding a composite team consisting of three members.

 

New Zealand and Finland will be represented by two individual riders apiece. Bermuda, Argentina, Japan, Hong Kong and Austria have each been allocated one individual slot.

 

Three Bipartite Commission invitations have been issued to Thomas Haller of Austria, Lee Frawley of the Virgin Islands and Anita Johnsson of Sweden.

 

A total of 78 Para-Equestrian riders will be battling it out for the 11 sets of medals available.

 

 

SUMMARY:

26 nations – ARG, AUS, AUT, BEL, BER, BRA, CAN, DEN, FIN, FRA, GBR, GER, HKG, IRL, ISR, ISV, ITA, JPN, MEX, NED, NOR, NZL, RSA, SIN, SWE, USA

 

TEAMS

4 nations with 5 riders (team + 1 individual): CAN, DEN, GBR, GER

9 nations with 4 riders (team): AUS, BEL, BRA, FRA, IRL, ITA, NED, RSA, USA

3 nations with 3 riders (team): MEX, NOR, SIN

 

NATIONS REPRESENTED ONLY BY INDIVIDUALS

2 nations with 2 individuals: FIN, NZL

6 nations with 1 individual: AUT, ARG, BER, ISR, JPN, HKG

3 Bipartite Commission invitations: AUT, ISV, SWE

 

 

PHOTO CREDIT: All photographs taken by Lindsay Yosay McCall for the USPEA 2012

 

About the United States Para-Equestrian Association:

 

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation board members, and equestrian enthusiasts.  The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the para-equestrian umbrella.

 

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport.  This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage para-equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

 

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the para-equestrian discipline.  From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved.  From local horse shows to international Olympic Games, the USPEA will provide para-equestrians the knowledge of what they need to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), and USEF which provides Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

 

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

 

For more information about the USPEA please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President: Hope Hand by e-mail: Wheeler966@aol.com or by phone: (610) 356-6481.

 

To view an online version of this press release please visit: http://uspea.org/?cat=13

London is Calling the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Equestrian Team

London is Calling the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Equestrian Team
Written by: Lindsay Yosay McCall
Photos by Lindsay Yosay McCall

London, England, United Kingdom-August 20, 2012 –Passports in hand and the final tack box loaded, the United States Paralympic Equestrian Team is on their way to London. Chef d’Equipe Missy Ransehousen and equestrians Rebecca Hart, top ten FEI Paralympian Jonathan Wentz, Donna Ponessa, and Dale Dedrick will shortly accompany their horses when they arrive in the United Kingdom. From the logistics of international travel to the intense competition, the

Aerial view of Greenwich Park showing the test event set up 04/07/2011

Aerial view of Greenwich Park showing the test event set up 04/07/2011

United States Para-Equestrian Dressage Team has a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks.

As the only athlete in the Paralympics that has four legs, these high-performance horses will be traveling first-class aboard a FedEx Express MD-11 with the finest of luxuries. The amenities include, groom accompaniment, social interaction when necessary, their own team veterinarian, and a large box stall for each horse.

Once landed the horses will be stabled in Surrey where they will convene with their riders until August 24th when they make their way to Greenwich Park. The horses, grooms, and trunks will go through a strict screening process, which includes detection canines and a full sweep of all compartments within the lorry and trailer. Horses are allowed to begin arriving at the Greenwich Park Equestrian facilities starting August 24, 2012 with the FEI Horse Inspection on August 29, 2012. Seventy-eight horses are expected to arrive at the Paralympic Stables flying, driving, and arriving by water transportation from 26 nations around the world.

Each nation, their staff, and Chef d’Equipe will promptly get into competition mode as they approach the August 30th 9:00 AM start time for Grade II Team Test in front of the sold-out equestrian venue. For Great Britain this is an opportunity to defend their reigning title. Since the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta where Para-Dressage was included, Great Britain has won the Gold Team Medal at each Paralympics and in 2010 they earned thirteen medals at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. Their team includes Lee Pearson who is a nine-time Paralympic Games Gold medalist including the Sydney, Athens and Beijing Paralympics. Pearson’s teammates include veterans Sophie Wells, Debbie Criddle, and Sophie Christiansen. After a successful 2012 year the United States pulled in to fifth place behind number one Great Britain, number two Germany, third ranked Denmark, and number four Canada. The United States hopes to pull into the top three at the 2012 Paralympics to medal both individually and as a team.

Another equestrian that will be defending her individual Gold medal is Lauren Barwick of Canada. At the 2008 Beijing Paralympics Barwick earned a Silver Medal for her Individual Test and a Gold Medal for her outstanding Freestyle. The Canadian team has had a remarkable year as a whole and has put forth their top four Para-Dressage athletes for the London Games. The team: anchored by Chef d’Equipe Elizabeth Quigg, Para-Equestrian Barwick in Grade II, Eleonore Elstone in Grade IV, Ashley Gowanlock in Grade II, and Grade Ia rider Jody Schloss with horse Inspector Rebus.

Lauren Barwick (CAN) and Off to Paris by Lindsay Y McCall

Lauren Barwick (CAN) and Off to Paris by Lindsay Y McCall

Eleonore Elstone (CAN) and Why Not G at 2011 Del Mar CPEDI3* by Lindsay Y McCall

Eleonore Elstone (CAN) and Why Not G at 2011 Del Mar CPEDI3* by Lindsay Y McCall

Ashley Gowanlock (CAN) and Ferdonia 2 by Lindsay Y McCal

Ashley Gowanlock (CAN) and Ferdonia 2 by Lindsay Y McCal

Jody Schloss (CAN) and Inspector Rebus by Lindsay Y McCall

Jody Schloss (CAN) and Inspector Rebus by Lindsay Y McCall

The nominated 78 horse and rider combinations will compete for Team Gold, Silver and Bronze which will be calculated based on the top three percentage scores for each country with mixed Grades. The Team calculation will include the Individual and Team Test scores. There will be five sets of medals for each Grade’s Individual test scores in Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV and five sets of medals for each Grade’s Freestyle Test scores.

Past Paralympian Hope Hand who is also President of the United States Para-Equestrian Association will be on the grounds in London rooting on the team and assisting the team when needed. Hope noted, “I am very proud of our Team and know that they will represent the United States honorably. The riders and horses have just completed a weeklong training camp in preparation of the stiff competition they will be facing in London. I wish them great success along with having the time of their lives. At the conclusion of the Games, they will all walk away as proud, Paralympians, an honor that will be theirs forever.”

THE UNITED STATES PARALYMPIC EQUESTRIAN TEAM
Rebecca Hart, 27, of Unionville, Penn. and Jessica Ransehousen’s Holsteiner gelding Lord Ludger
Jonathan Wentz, 21, of Richardson, Texas and Kai Handt’s 18 year-old NTEC Richter Scale
Donna Ponessa, 51, of New Windsor, N.Y. and Wesley Dunham’s Oldenburg mare Western Rose
Dale Dedrick, 56, of Ann Arbor, Mich. and her 14 year-old grey Hanoverian Bonifatius
Team Staff:
Missy Ransehousen (Unionville, PA)- Chef d’Equipe
Jim Wolf (Lebanon, NJ)- Chef de Mission
Pam Lane (Gladstone, NJ)- Team Leader
Stacey Kent (Cochranville, PA)- Team Veterinarian

Rebecca Hart and Lord Ludger by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Rebecca Hart and Lord Ludger by Lindsay Y McCall

Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Dale Dedrick and Bonifatius by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Dale Dedrick and Bonifatius by Lindsay Y McCall

Donna Ponessa and Western Rose by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Donna Ponessa and Western Rose by Lindsay Y McCall

Information on Live Streaming Paralympic Coverage at Paralympic.org and Television Coverage at NBC Sports Network (information about coverage below was provided by the International Paralympic Committee and was not written by USPEA)

By creating original video content for the US Paralympics YouTube channel, YouTube.com/USParalympics, while also partnering with NBCUniversal and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), US Paralympics will provide the American public with more coverage of the US Paralympic Team than any previous year.

Beginning on 29 August and continuing through the conclusion of the Games on 9 September, US Paralympics will provide 10 daily video highlights packages via its US Paralympics YouTube channel.

In addition to the online content, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will air one-hour highlight shows on 4, 5, 6 and 11 September at 7 p.m. EDT. Following the Paralympic Games, on 16 September, NBC will broadcast a 90-minute special from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT. All NBC and NBC Sports Network Paralympic highlight shows and specials will re-air on Universal Sports Network and UniversalSports.com.

During the Games, which start on 29 August, the IPC’s website will have five channels broadcasting live sport each day. Four channels will have English commentary whilst a fifth channel will be available in Spanish.

The website will also feature a revolutionary new SMART player which has been developed by the IPC’s worldwide IT partner Atos. The player uses innovative technology that will enable those watching live swimming and wheelchair basketball on www.paralympic.org to view real-time results tickers, statistics, biographies, news and social media – all in one integrated and synchronized window. It also simplifies the user’s interests and gives specific and relevant results per sport, similar to the ones available to commentators inside the venues.

Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/paralympicsporttv
U.S. Paralympics website (http://www.usparalympics.org),
U.S. Paralympics Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/usparalympics/)
U.S. Paralympics Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/usparalympics/).

View the Sidelines Magazine Paralympic Blogs Here and keep up to date with the Paralympics:

August 20
Para-Dressage Primer Part 2: How to make the team.
http://sidelinesnews.com/blogs/olympicsidelines/para-dressage-primer-part-2-how-to-make-the-team.html

August 16
Paralympic Summer Update
http://sidelinesnews.com/blogs/olympicsidelines/paralympic-summer-update.html

August 13
Paralympic Dressage Primer by Ellie Brimmer
http://sidelinesnews.com/blogs/olympicsidelines/paralympic-dressage-primer.html

July 30
2012 LONDON PARALYMPIC MEDIA COVERAGE FOR THE UNITED STATES PARA-EQUESTRIAN TEAM
http://sidelinesnews.com/blogs/olympicsidelines/u-s-para-equestrian-dressage-at-london-paralympics.html

2012 Paralympic Equestrian Schedule at Greenwich Park

August 29, 2012
Opening Ceremony
Horse Inspection 10:00 AM -11:30 AM

August 30, 2012
Grade II Mixed Team Test 9:00 AM -12:15 PM
Grade Ib Mixed Team Test 2:00 PM -5:00 PM

August 31, 2012
Grade IV Mixed Team Test 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Grade III Mixed Team Test 1:15 PM-3:45 PM
Grade Ia Mixed Team Test 3:45 PM-6:15 PM

September 1, 2012
Grade II Mixed Individual Championship Test 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade II 12:30 PM-12:45 PM
Grade Ib Mixed Individual Championship Test 2:30 PM-5:30 PM
Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade Ib   5:45 PM -6:00 PM

September 2, 2012
Grade IV Mixed Individual Championship Test 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade IV 11:45 AM-12:00 PM
Grade III Mixed Individual Championship Test 1:45 PM-4:14 PM
Grade Ia Mixed Individual Championship Test 4:15 PM-6:45 PM
Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade III 7:00 PM-7:15 PM
Medal Ceremony Individual Championship Grade Ia 7:15 PM-7:30 PM

September 3, 2012
Grade II Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade II
Grade Ib Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 2:15 PM-5:00 PM
Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade Ib 5:15 PM-5:30 PM

September 4, 2012
Grade IV Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade IV 11:45 AM-12:00 PM
Grade III Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 1:45 PM-3:45 PM
Grade Ia Mixed Individual Freestyle Test 3:45 PM-6:00 PM
Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade III 6:15 PM-6:30 PM
Medal Ceremony Individual Freestyle Grade Ia 6:30 PM-6:45 PM
TEAM MEDAL CEREMONY 6:45 PM-7:15 PM

September 9, 2012
Closing Ceremony

For more information about the United States Equestrian Federation please visit www.USEF.org

For more information about the Para-Equestrians heading to London please visit http://www.fei.org/events/games/paralympic-games/london-2012

To view more about the London 2012 Paralympics please visit the official Paralympic website at http://www.london2012.com/

ABOUT THE EQUESTRIAN PARALYMPICS (courtesy of FEI)
Host nation Great Britain, Germany, Denmark and Canada have qualified the maximum number of riders and will each be represented by a team of four and one individual.

Nine countries – USA, The Netherlands, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Belgium, South Africa, Australia and France – have qualified four riders.

The National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) of Singapore and Mexico, which had originally qualified four riders, returned one qualification slot each and will be represented by three-rider teams. The unused slots were re-allocated to Norway and Israel on the basis of the Individual Para-Equestrian Rankings of athletes not already qualified with a team. As a result, Norway, which had already qualified two individual riders, will be fielding a composite team consisting of three members.

New Zealand and Finland will be represented by two individual riders apiece. Bermuda, Argentina, Japan, Hong Kong and Austria have each been allocated one individual slot.
Three Bipartite Commission invitations have been issued to Thomas Haller of Austria, Lee Frawley of the Virgin Islands and Anita Johnsson of Sweden.

The definite Para-Equestrian entries will be published on 6 August. A total of 78 Para-Equestrian riders will be battling it out for the 11 sets of medals available.

SUMMARY:
26 nations –
ARG, AUS, AUT, BEL, BER, BRA, CAN, DEN, FIN, FRA, GBR, GER, HKG, IRL, ISR, ISV, ITA, JPN, MEX, NED, NOR, NZL, RSA, SIN, SWE, USA

TEAMS
4 nations with 5 riders (team + 1 individual): CAN, DEN, GBR, GER
9 nations with 4 riders (team): AUS, BEL, BRA, FRA, IRL, ITA, NED, RSA, USA
3 nations with 3 riders (team): MEX, NOR, SIN

NATIONS REPRESENTED ONLY BY INDIVIDUALS
2 nations with 2 individuals: FIN, NZL
6 nations with 1 individual: AUT, ARG, BER, ISR, JPN, HKG
3 Bipartite Commission invitations: AUT, ISV, SWE

PHOTO CREDIT: All photographs taken by Lindsay Yosay McCall for the USPEA 2012

All logos and trademarks in this press release are copyright of their respective owners. All references to London 2012 Paralympics, Olympics, or London 2012 are copyright the 2012 London Olympic Games Organizing Committee. All references to Team USA are copyright the United States Olympic Committee.

Page 1 of 212
Twitter Facebook