Thousand Oaks, CA - Lloyd Landkamer has been active in the equestrian community for years. His list of accomplishments are plentiful, including owning DressageShowInfo.com, managing dressage at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL, managing dressage at The Florida Horse Park, and he is Owner and Operator of Brandywine Farm, a dressage facility in Hamel, MN. Landkamer has won the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Horse of the Year award, has bred multiple nationally ranked horses, served as secretary at the Pan American Games and North American Junior/Young Rider Championships and is a "R" rated Technical Delegate for the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) along with being a C1 and C2 steward. Lastly, the United States Dressage Federation has awarded Landkamer as show Secretary of the Year, Manager of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year.
During the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™, Landkamer will be wearing many hats. As a discipline manager for both Dressage and Para-Dressage, Landkamer will be responsible for ensuring the success of both discipline's events leading up to the games and over the multiple days of competition. Landkamer will be working hard to eliminate any unnecessary problems and he will also be the liaison to the High Performance Committee for Dressage and Para-Equestrian. Landkamer's experience with managing, planning, and facilitating these disciplines will guarantee each discipline's time at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ will be spectacular.
Landkamer has already been working hard to ensure that both the Dressage and Para-Dressage competitions are flawless. As he looks towards the next few months, the history of how Landkamer became involved in the Para-discipline has been revealed.
Landkamer explained, "I started doing secretary work for the Young Riders years ago and at that time they had Para-equestrian classes that were held in conjunction with the Young Rider competition. I was motivated to really get involved to assist the Para-equestrians in the future of their discipline. In the beginning we had to reorganize a few rules because you cannot compare Grand Prix riders like Steffen Peters to a Para-dressage rider competing in a walk-trot FEI test in the same classes. It was not a level playing field, so we started writing the rules from a management point of view, making it easier and beneficial for all Para-Equestrians. We then worked with USEF to be included with the federation and from then on it was history. Para-classes are now included all over the country."
During the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) Landkamer will serve as discipline manager for both Para-dressage and Dressage. "This is the first time that the Para-Equestrians will be included at WEG, so there is a lot of back and forth between the FEI and the Foundation on how to incorporate everything," noted Landkamer. "There is a bit of a learning curve for everyone because at the Olympics the Para-Equestrians compete in the Paralympics. At WEG they will compete alongside the other disciplines. My job is to coordinate all of the activities for each discipline from volunteers, to the schedule, exam rooms, and many other details."
The 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Lexington, KY begins with an opening ceremony on September 25, 2010, and will run through October 10, 2010. The Dressage competition begins September 27, 2010, and will end October 1, 2010, in the Main Stadium. The Para-Dressage competitions will take place in the Covered Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park starting on October 5, 2010, and ending October 10, 2010. Starting on October 5, 2010, the Individual Team Tests are scheduled, and riders will compete with their horses for four days, ending with Individual Freestyle Tests on October 10, 2010.
About the United States Para-Equestrian Association:
The USPEA includes every equestrian discipline that is practiced by athletes with physical disabilities. Each rider or driver competes under the eighth discipline, The Para-Equestrian discipline, of the United States Equestrian Federation. This year, at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™, the Para-Equestrian discipline will make history. The USEF High Performance Para-Equestrian Dressage team will compete as an FEI sport for the first time at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ held in Lexington, KY.
The USPEA provides programs, clinics, and competition opportunities for athletes with physical disabilities. Riders compete under the USEF rules during their competitions and many of the athletes compete at the highest level of their sport.
For more information about the USPEA or for donation opportunities, please contact Hope Hand, President of the USPEA, email Wheeler966@aol.com or by phone: (610)356-6481.
To view online information about the USPEA please visit http://www.USPEA.org.
Photo Credit: Lloyd Landkamer discipline manager of Dressage and Para-Dressage at 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™. Photo © 2010 Mike Tomlinson.