Aachen, Germany - The 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team and Chef d' Equipe Kai Handt arrived in Aachen and began their training camp this week. The U.S. Team and Individual athletes include: Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan's Willi Wesley; two-time Paralympian (2008 and 2012) and 2010 WEG athlete Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Pa.) and Schroeter's Romani, owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo's, and Will and Sandy Kimmel; Angela Peavy (Avon, Conn.) and Rebecca Reno's Ozzy Cooper; 2010 WEG athlete Susan Treabess (Winters, Calif.) and Kathryn Hill's Kamiakin; and Roxanne Trunnell (Rowlett, Texas) and her own Nice Touch. All five riders, horses, coaches and support staff arrived comfortably, thanks to transport by The Dutta Corporation, and they have already started their riding sessions. The U.S. athletes will stay in Aachen through August 22, when they will travel to France for the August 24, trot-up. August 25-27, begins the Para-Dressage competition with the the Team Test, followed by August 27-28 Individual Test, finishing with the exciting Freestyle competition on August 29. All five grades will be participating at the Games Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV.
Collier recounts this week's events, "We have arrived in Aachen Germany at our training camp. It was a long trip from Gladstone, New Jersey, to Aachen and it involved lots of teamwork and a series of planes trains and automobiles along the way. Everyone including horses, humans, and service dogs alike have traveled wonderfully and it feels so good to be settled for 10 days so that we can begin team building skills and training under saddle. We have an incredible team this year for WEG that is filled with talented riders, great support staff and the best grooms around. It amazes me when I think how far we have traveled around the globe, how much planning and attention to detail was required to move so much equipment, horses, and staff. It has gone so smoothly that our horses wake up happy and ready to go to work every day. Our days have fallen into a routine which helps reset our clocks that got thrown off a bit as we have traveled. We all get up in the morning, do our workouts and get breakfast at our hotel. Then we head over to the barn for our daily team meeting in the observation area of the barn. We discuss our plans for the day as well as get updates on our travels to France and the competition schedule. It's amazing how much paperwork and adjustments are being done everyday to put on a show the size and caliber of WEG. In Para-Dressage alone there are over 100 horses that will be attending the initial jog. Each afternoon we have a training session while our teammates observe and help highlight our strengths and weakness to focus on for the next day. We wrap up our day with a recap and figure out our dinner plans. Then it's time to tuck into bed and get ready to do it again. What a wonderful and blessed life I am living. A million thanks to all my family, friends, and sponsors for making this incredible journey possible."
- Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan's Willi Wesley, a 2000 Warmblood gelding. (Grade Ib)
- Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Pa.) and Schroeter's Romani, owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo's, and Will and Sandy Kimmel. Schroeter's Romani is a 2003 Danish Warmblood mare. (Grade II)
- Angela Peavy (Avon, Conn.) and Rebecca Reno's Ozzy Cooper. Ozzy Cooper is a 2006 Trakehner gelding. (Individual athlete Grade III)
- Susan Treabess (Winters, Calif.) and Kathryn Hill's Kamiakin. Kamiakin is a 2005 PRE stallion. (Grade IV)
- Roxanne Trunnell (Rowlett, Texas) and her own Nice Touch. Nice Touch is a 1995 Dutch Warmblood mare. (Grade Ia)