Rancho Murieta, CA - Para-Dressage riders from North America united at the Rancho Murieta Equestrian Center for the 2013 Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* weekend. Horse and rider combinations turned out for the FEI Horse Inspection on Thursday, June 13, in front of FEI Veterinary Delegate Dr. Mike Tomlinson, DVM (USA); FEI Ground Jury President Alison King (HK) FEI 4*; and FEI Ground Jury members David Schmutz (USA) FEI 4* and Lorraine Stubbs (CAN) FEI 4*. Friday, June 14, begins the FEI Para-Equestrian Team Test competition for Grades Ia-IV, followed by the Individual Test on Saturday and Freestyle Tests on Sunday, June 15. Pressure is on for Para-Dressage athletes looking to attain their qualifying scores for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ located in Normandy, France.
With only one year before equestrians head to France, the United States continues to grow the number of Para-Dressage participants, while solidifying their veteran horse and rider combinations. Over the weekend, spectators should expect to see 2010 World Equestrian Games (WEG) Grade IV rider Susan Treabess of Winters, Calif. aboard her new mount Kamiakin. Two-Time Paralympian and fellow 2010 WEG teammate, Barabara Grassmyer (Grade III) stepped back into the stirrups aboard her experienced gelding Mibis. For many U.S. riders this will be their first opportunity in front of international Para-Dressage judges. Those riders include Ashleigh Flores-Simmons with horse Athena (Grade II), Roxanne Trunnel of Washington State and her own Nice Touch (Grade Ib). U.S. riders traveling long-distances were Angela Peavy and Leandro (Grade III) of Connecticut and Katie Passerotti (Grade IV) aboard Lucky Dragon from Pennsylvania.
Katie Passetori is looking forward to three days of international competition at the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3*. She noted, " I am excited to be here. It was a very difficult journey to coordinate but this is something I really want and this is something I want to experience. It hasn't been easy but I look forward to what the weekend brings.
She explained, "It's really cool to be here with Lucky Dragon. I bought him as an eventer originally and he has made a great transition to Dressage. I never expected him to be Second or Third Level material and the fact that he has stepped up to the plate, is amazing. I am really proud of our partnership because I have been the one who has worked with him and brought him to this point."
Journeying across the United States similar to Passetori and Peavy were two experienced Canada individual representatives both representing Grade Ia. Those accomplished equestrians include Jody Schloss aboard Inspector Rebus and Robyn Andrews with horse Fancianna.
Competition begins in the Main Arena Friday with the Team Test for Grades Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV, followed by Saturday's Individual Team Test, and Sunday's Freestyle Tests. For more information about the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* please visit http://www.goldenstatedressage.com or contact Connie Davenport at email@example.com
For questions about the 2013-2014 Para-Equestrian Dressage season please contact the USEF High Performance Director of the Para-Equestrian Discipline Laureen K. Johnson at (908) 326 - 1155 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For more questions about Para-Equestrian Dressage please contact Hope Hand at Hope@uspea.org or (610) 356-6481.
All photos Lindsay McCall