Para-Dressage Riders Kick-Off $10,000 CPEDI3* Paralympic Qualifier in Wellington

Friday, January 22, 2016
Posted by Lindsay Y. McCall


Wes Dunham, Western Rose, Sydney Collier, USA

Wellington, FL - Nineteen horse and rider combinations presented themselves on Thursday at the FEI Jog for the $10,000 CPEDI3* occurring January 22-24, 2016, at Week Two of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF). The $10,000 CPEDI3* is presented by Mission Control, Mane Stream, courtesy of Rowan O'Riley, Adequan®, and Nutrena. Para-Dressage riders from both Canada and the USA will step into The Stadium on Friday for their Team Test competition, followed by the Individual Test on Saturday, and the Freestyles on Sunday. Athletes in Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV will be competing in front of FEI ground jury of Sarah Leitch (GBR), Marc Urban (BEL), and Dr Jan Holger Holtschmit (GER). This is the final part of the 2016 Para-Equestrian Dressage Tour and the last opportunity in the United States to qualify for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The USA dominated during the January 8-10 $10,000 CPEDI3* and a repeat performance would be crucial for the USA Team and individuals.

U.S. Chef d'Equipe Kai Handt noted, "It may be a little tougher than last week. Our riders just have to keep up the momentum. This is an important show for us. I see no problem in each rider cranking it up by three or four percent. Last time was the first time these athletes were all in the big arena and now they know what to do and what to expect. There should be no problem for each of them to perform well."

Kai Handt, Julia Handt's NTEC Royal Dancer, Roxanne Trunnell (USA). (Photo: (C)Lindsay Y. McCall)

United States Equestrian Federation Director of Sport Programs Will Connell said to the riders, "Your job is to go out there and be professional athletes that is what you are. Go out and do your best."

Para-Dressage competition begins at 10 AM in the The Stadium at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival.

Para-Equestrians - January 21-24, 2016 $10,000 CPEDI2* Wellington, FL

Grade Ia:
Margaret McIntosh and Rio Rio (USA)
Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Royal Dancer (USA)
Jody Schloss and Lieutenant Lobin (CAN)
Robyn Andrews and Fancianna (CAN )

Grade Ib:
Sydney Collier and Western Rose (USA)
Sydney Collier and Wentworth (USA)
Laurietta Oakleaf and Nickel fan Busenitz (USA)
Ashley Gowanlock and Ferdonia 2 (CAN)

Grade II:
Rebecca Hart and Schroeter's Romani (USA)
Kelly Boccia and Donauwalzer CSF (USA)
Deborah Stanitski and Pilikua Koa (USA)
Charlotte Merle-Smith and Firewalker (USA)
Lauren Barwick and Onyx (CAN)  

Grade III:
Angela Peavy and Lancelot Warrior (USA)
Kate Shoemaker and Solitaer 40 (USA)
Pamela Hardin and Quaterjack (USA)
Eleanor Brimmer and London Swing (USA)

Grade IV:
Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75 (USA)
Sophie Ghedin and Remy Martin G (USA)

Quaterjack, Pam Hardin (USA)

The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival is the world's largest international and national dressage circuit featuring seven CDIs, including four CDI-Ws, one 4* and one 5*, the only non-championship CDIO Nations' Cup in the Western Hemisphere, as well as weekly U.S. National events. The AGDF offers more than $650,000 in prize money for the seven international competitions, making it one of the richest circuits in the world. The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center facility includes the Van Kampen covered arena (made possible by Kimberly and Frederic Boyer and family) and four outdoor arenas with world-class footing, 200 permanent stalls, and a VIP seating area. For more information please visit  www.globaldressagefestival.com . The AGDF takes place at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, from January 14 through April 2, 2016.

About the United States Para-Equestrian Association:
The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation members, and equestrian enthusiasts.  The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages Para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the Para-Equestrian umbrella.

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport. This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage Para-Equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

USA, Canada, FEI Jog, Para Dressage

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the Para-Equestrian discipline. From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved. From local horse shows to international Paralympic Games, the USPEA provides Para-Equestrians the knowledge and resources needed to succeed. The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), USA Reining, and USEF which provide Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation(USEF).

For more information about the USPEA please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President: Hope Hand by e-mail: hope@uspea.org or by phone: (610)356-6481.