Final U.S. Para-Dressage World Equestrian Games Qualifier Completed at the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Posted by Lindsay McCall
Treabess explained, "In 2010, my freestyle score was what put me over the top for WEG. For some reason the freestyle really clicks with my horses and me. Of course I am working hard on the other tests but the freestyle has always been my strongest. It was the first time we rode this freestyle and we received some great feedback to work on before Gladstone."
She continued, "This show was a bit of an experiment for Kam and I. After our one CPEDI in June 2013 we worked this last year on gate development. We have been working hard, training, showing, and we decided to try a few things at this show. It was great to get that perspective from the judges before selection trials. We took some risks that paid off and some that didn't."
This show was the first time Treabess was able to work with the new Para-Dressage Chef d'Equipe Kai Handt. She commented, "You never know with a new coach and new system but I have to say that Kai wants the same thing we do which is to become more competitive as a team. He knows his job is to make this team in a solid team and that will take some time. On a coaching level I appreciated his support this weekend. He recognized what Dennis and I have been working on, he knows we are doing everything we can, he reinforced our training this weekend and had that open communication we desire from a Chef d'Equipe. I am excited for what the future holds."
Ashleigh Flores-Simmons, Grade II rider, can understand how these riders felt as they approached X on the first day. Only 9 months ago, she was trotting down centerline with a registered Arabian at her first CPEDI3*. Not even a full year later and Flores-Simmons has become the complete para-dressage package.
"She worked her tail off this year," commented Flores-Simmons' mentor and national coach Susan Treabess. "We pushed her and pushed her and she really stepped up to the plate this weekend. It was emotionally challenging but the judges gave her fantastic feedback. Verite and Ashleigh make a beautiful pair and we were all ecstatic about where she is right now. I know this partnership has a really strong future."
Flores-Simmons was excited about her performance. She expressed, "This was an amazing weekend and I am so thankful for this opportunity. Verite and I had a great first CPEDI together and she was absolutely fantastic. I couldn't ask for a better partner in the ring and I am so proud of what we were able to accomplish this weekend. I would like to thank Dennis Callin and Susan Treabess for their great coaching and support, without them this would definitely not be possible. I would also like to thank Dana Williams for providing me with the opportunity to ride such an awesome horse and for all of her help and support. Also, without the support of the whole Winterhaven Dressage and Horsemanship team this would not be possible. To all of the friends and family that support Verite, I am greatly appreciative for all that they do and for the endless encouragement they provide. In addition, I want to thank USPEA and everyone who played a part in making this event possible and ensured it ran smoothly. I really valued the opportunity to receive feedback from the judges and I appreciated the time they took to offer their insights so that we can improve. I can't wait for what the future holds."
Earning a clean sweep in the Grade Ia competition was wounded U.S. Air Force veteran Derrick Perkins and Kai Handt's NTEC Hans. The pair had an exciting showing at the Adequan Global Dressage CPEDI3* in Florida and they are continuing to develop their partnership together. Perkins noted, "This was a real learning experience. Each test I made improvements and my final ride was my best."
Perkins and each of the qualified athletes will head to Gladstone, New Jersey, in June where they will compete at the 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship and 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Selection Trials for the U.S. Team.
Treabess remarked, "I am looking forward to New Jersey. It is going to be competitive. On one hand it's nerve racking because it is a lot of time and money and you really want to make the team, and if you don't it's disappointing. But, it's so exciting for U.S, para-dressage. We are going to have a really tight competition, which is great for us as a country. The competition is going to be day to day and no one will know who is on that team till that final freestyle and ranking calculation."
2014 Para-Equestrian National Championship/Selection Trial
What: The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship will be held June 2-5, 2014 at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, N.J. This championship will also serve as the Selection Trial for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team. At the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship and Selection Trial all horse-and-rider combinations will complete the FEI Individual Championship Test, the FEI Team Test, and FEI Musical Freestyle in their respective grade.
Date: June 2-5, 2014
Location: USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, New Jersey
Criteria to Determine Eligibility to Compete in the 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship may be found by clicking here
Qualification Criteria for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy, France:
- 1. Qualification Period: Start January 1, 2013 End: xxxx 2014 (TBD) in addition to the 2012 London Paralympics
- 2. Qualifying Events: Any CPEDI3* or 4* event during the qualification period in addition to the Paralympic Games in London 2012
- 3. Qualification Score: All Athlete/horse combinations must have attaned (as a combination) a minimum 60% score attributed by the Ground Jury in a Team test or Individual Championship test one time.
- 4. Judges: Minimum of 3 FEI PE5* or 4*- judges of different nationalities
For more information about World Equestrian Games criteria please click here
For questions about the 2014 Para-Equestrian Dressage season please contact the USEF High Performance Director of the Para-Equestrian Discipline Laureen K. Johnson at (908) 326 - 1155 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more questions about Para-Equestrian Dressage please contact Hope Hand at Hope@uspea.org or (610) 356-6481.
April 4, 2014- Team Test Competition
- 1. Derrick Perkins and NTEC Hans (owned by Kai Handt) 58.623%
- 1. Ashleigh Flores-Simmons and Verite SF (owned by Dana Williams) 65.539%.
- 2. Deborah Stanitski and Triamisu (owned by Deborah Stanitski) 63.725%
- 1. Kate Shoemaker and Pacifec M (0wned by Kate Shoemaker) 66.184%
- 1. Susan Treabess and Kamiakin (owned by Kathryn Hill) 68.373%
- 2. Holly Bergay and Rubino Bellissimo (owned by Violet Jen) 67.897%
- 3. Elizabeth Traband and Ucari (owned by Helene Bergstrom) 61.627%
April 5, 2014- Individual Test Competition
- 1. Derrick Perkins and NTEC Hans (owned by Kai Handt) 57.246%
- 1. Ashleigh Flores-Smmons and Verite SF (owned by Dana Williams) 68.238%
- 2. Deborah Stanitski and Triamisu (owned by Deborah Stanitski) 60.524%
- 1. Kate Shoemaker and Pacifec M (0wned by Kate Shoemaker) 60.813%
- 1. Holly Bergay and Rubino Bellissimo (owned by Violet Jen) 67.619%
- 2. Susan Treabess and Kamiakin (owned by Kathryn Hill) 65.873%
- 3. Elizabeth Traband and Ucari (owned by Helene Bergstrom) 63.929%
April 6, 2014- Freestyle Test Competition
- 1. Ashleigh Flores-Smmons and Verite SF (owned by Dana Williams) 71.5%
- 2. Deborah Stanitski and Triamisu (owned by Deborah Stanitski) 68.083%
- 1. Kate Shoemaker and Pacifec M (0wned by Kate Shoemaker) 68.063%
- 1. Holly Bergay and Rubino Bellissimo (owned by Violet Jen) 73.083%
- 2. Susan Treabess and Kamiakin (owned by Kathryn Hill) 72.417%
- 3. Elizabeth Traband and Ucari (owned by Helene Bergstrom) 67.733%
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