Avon, CT- Para-Equestrian Annie Peavy, 19, wrapped up a successful season by winning the 2015 USEF High Performance National Championships Reserve Champion title at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Houston, Texas on November 1, 2015 with her 2014 World Equestrian Games partner; the nine year old Trakehner gelding Ozzy Cooper (Hibiskus x Okka - Arrak).
The partnership began their campaign at these championships on October 30th by scoring 70.86% in the Grade III Team Test, which was followed up with 69.85% in the Individual Test a day later. But it was their Freestyle performance which was rewarded with a personal best for this partnership of 74.95% that secured them the title of 2015 USEF High Performance Reserve National Champion.
It was a fitting conclusion to the summer/fall season to underscore their goal of making the squad for the 2016 Rio Paralympics under the watchful eye of Coach Heather Blitz.
Peavy commented on how the weekend unfolded for her: "I had a fun time in Texas as I always do when I get to see my good friends and fellow competitors. When Lance ended up with a fever in Texas I knew Ozzy would step up to the plate. Ozzy once again proved to me that he is more than a willing partner. Ours is a partnership that continues to develop every single day. It was in Lance's best interest to rest and get well. He recovered under the watchful eye of Dr Stone at Katy Equine Clinic. I do admit to sneaking over to the clinic for lots of walks and talks with Lance."
Peavy has now arrived in Wellington, Florida for the winter season to continue her campaign with Ozzy Cooper and the 12 year old Hanoverian gelding Lancelot Warrior (Londonderry x Waroness - Warkant) "...where we will continue to work hard under Heather's guidance," continued Peavy. "We are truly looking forward to two CPEDI's in January as I think it is important for me to keep heading down centerline. And work on the feedback from this show to continue to improve our odds for being on the team in Rio. A big Texas thank you to everyone who helped to make this event great, show management, judges, volunteers, grooms, coaches and families."
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