Hurry! Deadline for Entries - February 17th! Prepare for the 2012 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CPEDI3* March 8-11

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Posted by Lindsay McCall for the USPEA


Del Mar, CA - In 2010, Kim Keenan Stordahl and the team at Keenan Productions Events Inc. added to their outstanding horse show the first CPEDI3* at the Del Mar Horsepark in Del Mar, CA. In 2012 the Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CPEDI3*, will once again host the international para-equestrian dressage riders March 8-11. Adding to the excitement this year for the CPEDI3* will be $1,000 divided among the top five riders in the freestyle competition in each of the five Grade divisions. Para-equestrian teams and individuals will have the opportunity to showcase their best Team Test, Individual Test, and Freestyle in front of the CPEDI3* Jury Hanneke Gerritsen 5* (NED), Kathy Amos Jacob 5* (FRA), and Ulf Wilken 5* (SWE). There are only two CPEDI3* events left in the in United States for riders to earn their individual 60% Certificate of Capability for the 2012 London Paralympics. This is the first horse show followed by the Houston Dressage Society CPEDI3* April 26-29. In addition to the horse show there will be a rider's clinic with dressage trainer Mette Rosencrantz and an F.E.I Para-Equestrian Dressage judge course.

Kim Keenan Stordahl's positive attitude and dynamo work ethic has produced one of the finest international dressage shows in the United States. She noted, "Having the para-equestrians back to the Dressage Affaire is like family coming home! It has been a pleasure to be part of the para-equestrian sport. We hope to have riders representing many countries so that we may hold a true team competition. We are excited to be able to offer $1,000 for the freestyle competitions and we are delighted that 20% of our grandstand ticket sales that day and 20% of the proceeds of a special auction will be donated to the USPEA. We are also looking forward to co-hosting the clinic with Mette Rosencrantz after the CPEDI3*."

USPEA President Hope H, Coach Kai Handt, and Grade Ib winner at the 2011 Dressage Affaire CPEDI3*Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale (Photo: Lindsay Y McCall for USPEA)
USPEA President Hope H, Coach Kai Handt, and Grade Ib winner at the 2011 Dressage Affaire CPEDI3*Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale (Photo: Lindsay Y McCall for USPEA)
President of the USPEA, Hope Hand responded, "We look forward to the Del Mar competition every year, but it is especially important this year to encourage not only United States participation, but riders from other countries. This will give para-equestrian dressage riders the opportunity to ride in one of the last competitions prior to the 2012 London Paralympic Selection Trials."

Entries for the Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CPEDI3* close on February 17, 2012 and can be completed online at www.dressageevents.com.

Clinician Mette Rosencrantz

Clinician Mette Rosencrantz has been based out of the Mill Creek Equestrian Center in Topanga, CA since 1992. Mette is from Sweden where she was a member of the Swedish National Dressage Team twice. She was the youngest rider ever allowed to enter Strömsholm, Sweden's prestigious school for instructors, and eventually became the head dressage instructor there in 1980. Mette has shown at the Grand Prix Level on several horses including Basquewille who won the Grand Prix Invitational at the World Cup in 2007 and she continues to compete at the highest levels. Mette's clinic will give riders the opportunity to work on specific parts of their tests and sharpen skills needed to advance to the Selection Trials.
F.E.I. Para-Equestrian Dressage Judge Course

During the horse show, March 9-11, will be an F.E.I. Para-Equestrian Dressage Judge Course. The course will be directed by Hanneke Gerritsen (NED) and Assistant Course Director Sue Curry Shaffer (USA). The course is open to 'S' Dressage Judges for promotion to FEI 3* Para-Equestrian Dressage Judge (with exams) and to FEI 3* Para-Equestrian Dressage Judges for continuing education. Judges for promotion to 4* (with exams) and a refresher seminar for license maintenance as FEI Para-Equestrian Judge (without exams). Attendance is limited to 20 participants. Discount registration deadline is February 17, 2012.
To apply for the course or for more information please click here!
To download the 2012 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CPEDI3* Prize list please Click Here
For questions or comments contact President Kim Keenan Stordahlkkeenan@dressageevents.com or Show Secretary Bettina Longaker at blongaker@dressageevents.com or (866) 933-SHOW.