2011 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships Commence in Saugerties
Friday, September 16, 2011
The event of the weekend to watch will be the 2011 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships which will coincide with the international CPEDI 3* Saugerties. The FEI Jog began just after 5:00 p.m. on Thursday for the Para-Equestrians. Riders from the U.S.A., Canada, Bermuda, Ireland, and Mexico showcased their mounts in front of a gathering of spectators. The jog was the first event for the Grade Ia through Grade IV riders. Friday begins the Team Test, followed by Saturday's Freestyle, and finishing with Sunday's Individual Championship and the crowning of the 2011 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion.
Within the jog were many familiar faces including Rebecca Hart who has earned the National Championship over multiple years including capturing the 2010 title. There was also 2010 WEG team members, 2010 National Championship competitors, and new faces in the crowd. United States competitors include Laura Goldman, Jonathan Wentz, Wendy Fryke, Kim Decker, Laurietta Oakleaf, Kim Jones, Eleanor Brimmer, and Mary Jordan to name a few. Many of the riders have brought multiple mounts including Jonathan Wentz who will once again challenge the competitors with his trusty gelding, NTEC Richter Scale who competed at WEG. In addition to NTEC Richter Scale, Wentz will be showing NTEC Jabriel. Wentz noted, "I am looking forward to showing Gabe this year. He is a 12 year-old Bavarian Warmblood who shows third and fourth level dressage. We are hoping to groom him for London this year." This will be the first time NTEC Jabriel has entered a CPEDI3* event with Jonathan.
For more information about the 2011 NEDA Festival of Dressage please visit http://www.NEDA.org.
For more information about the 2011 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship please visit http://www.USEF.org.
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