Jonathan Wentz Honored with the Becky Grand Hart Trophy at the 2012 Pegasus Awards
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
In honor of Jonathan's nominations and winning the 2012 Becky Grand Hart Trophy Tina Wentz noted, "Jonathan would have been thrilled and honored to receive this award. One of Jonathan's greatest hopes was to be recognized as an elite dedicated athlete who excelled in his sport. He never thought of himself as disabled and certainly didn't want others to view him in those terms. He worked tirelessly to promote and educate the public on what Para-Olympic meant, parallel to the Olympics. Paralympians are first and foremost, athletes giving their all to represent their country and their sport to the utmost best of their ability. They are athletes, who have the added challenge of a physical disability. Becoming a Paralympian and achieving the highest placing of all US Olympic and Paralympic Equestrians this year at London with NTEC Richter Scale was a great joy and honor and validation of all his hard work. It also made him more determined to bring home a medal next time out. Jonathan and his coach, Kai Handt had already begun putting together their game plan for Normandy and Rio and were looking for Jonathan's next Equine Teammate. Jonathan was deeply grateful for his coach and sponsor, Kai Handt and North Texas Equestrian Center for believing in him and for finding NTEC Richter Scale, who took him into the top ten on the FEI Ranking list and just short of a medal in London."
Note: Wentz's sudden passing was due to cardiac hypertrophy unknown etiology. Sudden death related to cardiac hypertrophy is a rare occurrence. Approximately 1/400,000 in young athletes are affected between the ages of 18-30 and this mostly affects young male athletes.
A scholarship in Jonathan Wentz's name has been created at the United States Para-Equestrian Association.
For donations please mail to:
United States Para-Equestrian Association
Jonathan Wentz Scholarship Fund
3940 Verde Vista Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
*The USPEA is a 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax-deductible.
You may also donate through the USPEA website at www.USPEA.org by clicking the red "Donate Now" button at the bottom of the page. Or click the direct link here. Please specify that the donation is for Jonathan Wentz Scholarship Fund. Any questions about donating can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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