Lauren Barwick (CAN) and Jonathan Wentz (USA) Earn High Point Awards at Houston Dressage Society CPEDI3*
Monday, April 30, 2012
For Canada the HDS CPEDI3* was an additional environment where they could polish their three tests before heading to Canada to prepare for the 2012 London Paralympics. As the High Point Champion of the HDS CPEDI3* Lauren Barwick dominated the Grade II division with her elegant mare, Off To Paris. The duo consistently achieved scores over 71% to earn the High Point Champion award. As of January 31, 2012, Barwick was ranked 5th on the FEI World Para-Equestrian Individual Ranking List. Her accomplishments as a Gold and Silver Medalist and Four-Star Parelli Professional have given her the confidence and determination to continue to work hard as a Para-Dressage athlete.
Richter is the steadiest rock in the world; I love Richter and I know him. As soon as I sit in that saddle I know I don't have to worry about the horse I just have to focus on myself. With Richter I can control every foot fall and that assurance, especially this close to the Paralympics, is a great plan. Of course I would have loved to bring Richter but we needed to look at what we have in the pipeline and see what changes need to be made before Selection Trials. I am looking forward to the Trials, we have been working Richter constantly and I don't know if even the judges are going to recognize the new Richter. Finally, I am excited for the United States Team, we really have a chance to earn a medal this year."
Wentz is currently ranked 10th on the FEI World Rankings and continues to climb the charts. For the next month, Wentz will be working with NTEC Richter Scale, NTEC Jabriel, Silvano and his coach Kai Handt as they prepare for the 2012 Paralympics Selection Trials.
Donna's trainer Wes Dunham noted, "This partnership of Silvano and Donna has been astounding. I had an inkling when we tried the horse a month ago, and we realized we were right on with that impression that this horse and Donna would work well together. I am grateful for the guidance of Kai Handt in helping us to make that choice, Jonathan Wentz for allowing us to share this spectacular horse, and for Dr. Michele Miles who has generously let us borrow Silvano. In addition, we would not be here if it wasn't for Sue and Kevin Niblo and Donna's sponsors and support."
With her recent Selection Trials qualification on Andrea Hart's Nicolai, Olympian Courtney King-Dye will also be making the trip to Gladstone. The duo achieved their highest score of the weekend in Sunday's Freestyle with a 69.415%. Courtney expressed, "I was thrilled this weekend; Each day I rode him progressed from the day before and I continued to get to know Nicolai better."
She continued, "The Freestyle I rode on Nicolai is designed for my new horse at home because it contains a lot of lateral work and zig-zag patterns. I had a lot of fun riding my freestyle on Nicolai. After the first day I figured out that my reins were too short which inhibited his movement. I noticed that adding the longer rein, although it may look a little sloppy, gives Nicolai a better top line, a better frame, and it makes him relax. I am now looking forward to taking what I learned in Houston and applying it to my work with my new horse, Buddy."
Courtney continues to express how thankful she has been to everyone including Andrea Hart, Koryn Staehling, Rebekah Wesatzke of Hearthstone Stables, Lendon Grey, Kathy Jones, and the multiple people that have continued to support Courtney thoughout her journey.
Andrea Hart responded, "There were so many people involved who pulled together in the community of Houston to make this dream happen for both Courtney and Sydney, especially Rebekah who wanted these girls to have this opportunity. I really enjoyed watching the girls ride this weekend, I am impressed by their athleticism, and I was happy to be a part of it."
As a high performance athlete the financial burden to compete and travel can be extensive. With support from sponsors like Leslie Rohrer of The COR Group, Para-Equestrians are able to earn their scores to qualify for the Paralympics or World Equestrian Games. Hope Hand of the United States Para-Equestrian Association expressed, "I am very thankful to Leslie Roher and The COR Group for Sponsoring the CPEDI3*. I am also grateful to the sponsors of each individual class. The rewards were beautiful that were presented to the riders including two fabulous coolers, a large basket of gifts, and monetary awards. Supporters continue to help grow the Para-Equestrian discipline and create awareness about the high performance discipline Para-Equestrian Dressage. I would also like to thank the volunteers at the horse show, the entire management including Kathy Jones, and the multiple sponsors who made the Houston Dressage Society CPEDI3* a wonderful venue for Para-Equestrian competitions. We look forward to working with the Houston Dressage Society in the future."
North Texas Equestrian Center, The COR Group, Arbor Gate Farm, The Reserve at, Lake Travis Equestrian Center, Cavalor, Charles Saltzer, Windy Knoll Farm, Jody, Wilson Dressage, Back on Track, Yelow Rose Dressage, Cynthia Ruiz, Bruce Buskirk, Steinhausers, Equestrian Portraits, The Bridal Suite, Campbell Family, Roseate Dressage
The United States Para-Equestrians Association and riders would like to thank the following horse owners for their contributions to the Para-Equestrians at the Houston Dressage Society CPEDI3*:
Andrea Hart for Nicolai ; Kathleen Jones for Rondo Del Rey; Dr. Michele Miles for Silvano; Rachel Zent for NTEC Jabriel; Raul Armendariz for Isleno Arm and Farol; Kai Handt for NTEC Manchada; Nancy Hinz for Madoc Dylan; and Patrick Truxillo for VPRH Pegasus vom Niehaus - HOF
Scheduled for June 10-13, 2012 are the USEF London Paralympics Selection Trials and USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships. Since the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games the number of United States Para-Equestrian riders has grown exponentially. At Gladstone, NJ in June the competition is expected to be tough and exciting.
All photos by Lindsay McCall
Name, Horse, Owner, Country, Score%
1. Courtney King-Dye, Nicolai, owned by Andrea Hart, USA, 69.415%
2. Jody Schloss, Inspector Rebus, owned by Jody Schloss, CAN, 68.915%
3. Laura Goldman,VPRH Pegasus Vom Niehaus-HOF,owned by Patrick Truxillo, USA,64.585%
4. Donna Ponessa, Silvano, owned by Dr. Michele Miles, USA 64.415%
5. Laura Goldman, NTEC Manchada, owned by Kai Handt, USA, 62.085%
Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus by Lindsay Y McCall
1.Jonathan Wentz, Silvano, owned by Dr. Michele Miles, USA, 72.415%
2.Jonathan Wentz, NTEC Jabriel, owned by Rachel Zent, USA, 66%
1. Lauren Barwick, Off To Paris, owned by Equine Canada, CAN, 73.5%
2. Kim Jones, Madoc Dylan, owned by Nancy Hinz, USA, 66.415%
3. Barbara Adside, NTEC Manchada, owned by Kai Handt, USA, 65.415%
4. Sydney Collier, Nicolai, owned by Andrea Hart, 56.25%
1. Wendy Fryke, Lateran, owned by Wendy Fryke, USA, 69.915%
1. Jennifer Baker, Rondo Del Ray, owned by Kathy Jones, USA, 64.835%
2. Iana Gonzalez, Isleno Arm, owned by Raul Armendariz, USA, 61.335%
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