Lynn Seidemann of Coppell, TX won the individual Gold Medal in the International Paralympic Equestrian Committee (I.P.E.C.) Dressage World Championships in Moorsele, Belgium.
Competing in the Grade I-B division, Seidemann, a member of the U.S. team at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, received a score of 73.89% in the individual final. Her final score was more than a full point better than the 72.63 turned in by Silver Medalist Jens Dokkan of Norway. Birgit Dreiszis of Germany won the Bronze Medal with a score of 72.11. In the first day’s opening round, Seidemann scored 67.47%.
In the team competition, the U.S. finished sixth out of 22 teams. The U.S. team included Seidemann, who competed in Grade I-B on Phoenix B; Robin Brueckmann of Summerfield, NC who competed in Grade IV on Richmond; Barbara Grassmyer of Placerville, CA who competed in Grade III on Polonius Millesine; and Rebecca Hart of Erie, PA who competed in Grade III also on Phoenix B. They received a team score of 396.89. Great Britain won the team Gold with a score of 436.25. Germany won the Silver with 428.12 and Norway won the Bronze with 413.47.
The U.S. team was selected by the National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA) and fielded by the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET). In addition to the four riders on the team, the squad also included Kathryn Groves of Winter Garden, FL and Cynthia Ruiz of Houston, TX who were competing in the Championships as individuals.
The U.S. riders were among more than 125 riders with similar disabilities from 35 countries at the four-day World Championships. Participants competed in Individual Championship tests and Musical Freestyles as well as the Team test. In addition to the prestige of winning medals and championships, top-finishing teams and individuals at the I.P.E.C. World Championships earn places for their country’s athletes to participate in the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens.
Rebecca Hart and Barbara Grassmyer Finish One-Two in “Small” Final
Lynn Seidemann of Coppell, TX added a second individual medal when she won the individual Silver in the Freestyle at the International Paralympic Equestrian Committee (I.P.E.C.) Dressage World Championships in Moorsele, Belgium.
Seidemann, who won the individual Gold for the Grade I-B division, added the Silver in the Freestyle which was held as a separate competition. A member of the U.S. team at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Seidemann, riding Phoenix B, received a score of 73.19% in the freestyle to trail only the 77.75 turned in by 2000 Sydney Paralympic Gold Medalist Lee Pearson of Great Britain. The Bronze Medal went to Jens Dokkan of Norway who had a score of 71.00.
In the Grade III Freestyle “Small” Final, Rebecca Hart of Erie, PA finished first with a score of 67.68%. She also competed on Phoenix B. Barbara Grassmyer of Placerville, CA finished second with a score of 67.30 on Polonius Millesine. Jennifer McKenzie of Canada was third with a score of 65.72.
The U.S. team was selected by the National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA) and fielded by the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET). The U.S. finished sixth in the team competition and earned a place in the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.
The NDSA is the national governing body for equestrian sport for riders with disabilities. The non-profit organization is responsible for the development and selection of riders for national championships and international competitions, including World Championships and the Paralympic Games, and provides training, competition and advocacy for riders of all levels with physical disabilities. For more information about NDSA and opportunities to support the programs, please visit our website at www.ndsaequestrian.org or contact Denise Avolio at (914) 949-8166 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Official Website with Scores: 2003 I.P.E.C. World Championships
U.S. Team Named for 2003 I.P.E.C. Dressage World Championships for Riders With Disabilities
Kathy Groves on the Road to Belgium