Trot-Up Commences the 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship and the Selection Trial for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
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U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Technical Advisor Kai Handt with his own NTEC Royal Dancer, ridden by Roxanne Trunnell (Grade Ia). Photo copyright SusanJStickle.com.
U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Technical Advisor Kai Handt with his own NTEC Royal Dancer, ridden by Roxanne Trunnell (Grade Ia). Photo copyright SusanJStickle.com.
Gladstone, NJ- Twenty-four horse and rider combinations were presented for the trot-up at the 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship and Selection Trial for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG). The Trials/ National Championship are scheduled June 2-5, 2014, at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes from Grades Ia, Ib. II, III, and IV will compete over the week for their chance to secure a spot on the U.S. WEG Para-Dressage Team. Each of the 24 horse and rider combinations will be vying for the 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian National Championship as well. Tuesday, June 3, 2014, begins the FEI Team Test, followed by the Individual Test on June 4, and finally the Musical Freestyle test on June 5. All athlete/ horse combinations must complete the FEI Individual Championship Test, FEI Team Test, and FEI Musical Freestyle at the Selection Trial. The athlete/horse combinations will be ranked based on their overall performance at the Selection Trial, by weighting the FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage test scores from the Selection Trial. Those percentages include Individual Championship Test of 40%, Team Test of 40%, and Musical Freestyle Test of 20%. The ground jury includes President Kristi Wysocki (4*) USA, Adrienne Pot (3*) USA, and David Schmutz (4*) USA. The 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship and Para-Dressage Selection Trials is managed by Connie Davenport. With superb horse show management, a historical equestrian facility, and the top Para-Dressage equines in the United States, these riders have the formula they need to succeed at the Trial/ National Championship. The 2014 calendar year has been one of the most competitive Para-Dressage years in history making the Trials/ National Championship one of the most exciting events in June 2014.

The Sportsmanship Trophy
The Sportsmanship Trophy
During the week riders, sponsors, coaches and spectators have a chance to mingle with their fellow competitors outside the Dressage ring. On Monday, June 2, 2014, following the jog, the USPEA hosted a Welcome Reception to jump-start the festivities. On Wednesday, June 4, The USET Foundation is hosting a Kick Off Party for the newly established Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage. The Challenge was created in thanks and appreciation to Margaret H. Duprey and The Barnfield Foundation. The Kick Off Party begins at 5 PM at Hamilton Farm and includes Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres. On the final day, June 5, the 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion and Reserve Champion will be named following the competition. The awards ceremony will name the top horse/rider combinations in each of the five Grades in addition to the top horse/rider combinations selected for the long list for the U.S. Para-Dressage WEG Team. Also included in the final accolades will be the Sportsmanship Trophy. The Sportsmanship Trophy will be awarded to the winner of the Sportsmanship Award at the National The Richard Brown Memorial Sportsmanship Trophy The Sportsmanship Trophy Championship. The Sportsmanship Trophy is to be awarded annually to the Para-Dressage Athlete competing at the National Championship who best personifies the high standards and virtues of integrity, sportsmanship, honor, courage, team spirit, good temper and unselfishness. The organizing committee and officials of the competition shall nominate up to three competitors exemplifying the award definition the day before the final awards ceremony. The athletes participating in the event shall vote for the winner (one vote per athlete) once the slate has been announced. The winner will be presented the take-home trophy during the final awards ceremony and their name will be engraved on the Perpetual Trophy that is maintained by the USEF. June 3, 2014, FEI Team Test competition begins at 9 AM Tuesday.

List of Athlete/ Horse Combinations at the 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship and Selection Trial Trot-Up:

Name of Athlete, Name of Horse,Name of Owner

Grade Ia:

  • Derrick Perkins and NTEC Hans, owned by Kai Handt
  • Kim Decker and Dasher's Destiny, owned by Kim Decker
  • Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Royal Dancer, owned by Kai Handt
  • Roxanne Trunnell and Nice Touch, owned by Roxanne Trunnell
  • Laura Goldman and Buckeye, owned by Kristen Ropp
  • Margaret McIntosh and Rio Rio, owned by Margaret McIntosh

Grade Ib

  • Sydney Collier and Willi Wesley, owned by Victoria Dugan
  • Sydney Collier and NTEC Cuplee, owned by Patricia Mendenhall

Grade II:

  • Rebecca Hart and Shroeter's Romani, owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo's, and Will and Sandy Kimmel
  • Deborah Stanitski and Tiramisu, owned by Deborah Stanitski
  • Ashleigh Flores-Simmons and Verite SF, owned by Dana Williams
  • Marsha Cullen and Latte, owned by Marsha Cullen
  • Elle Wooley and Noble Baron, owned by Francine Gentile

Grade III:

  • Angela Peavy and Lancelot Warrior, owned by Rebecca Reno
  • Angela Peavy and Ozzy Cooper, owned by Rebecca Reno
  • Eleanor Brimmer and London Swing, owned by Eleanor Brimmer
  • Kate Shoemaker and Pacifec M, owned by Kate Shoemaker
  • Kate Shoemaker and Arpeggio, owned by Kate Shoemaker
  • Pamela Hardin and Freemont, owned by Nadege Soubassis
  • Pamela Hardin and GM Major Soho, owned by Pamela Hardin

Grade IV:

  • Mary Jordan and Sebastian, owned by Mary Jordan
  • Elizabeth Traband and Ucari, owned by Helene Bergstrom
  • Holly Bergay and NTEC Royal Dancer, owned by Kai Handt
  • Susan Treabess and Kamiakin, owned by Scott and Katie Hill

About the 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship and Para-Dressage Selection Trials:

To view the prize list please click here

Show Schedule:

12:00 PM Monday, June 2 Media Training

4:00 PM Veterinary Inspections Monday, June 2 (sign-up for jog time slot at check-in)

5:00 PM Welcome Reception Monday, June 2 - Foundation Headquarters

9:00 AM--Tuesday, June 3

  • Class 1 - FEI Grade Ia Team Test
  • Class 2 - FEI Grade Ib Team Test
  • Class 3 - FEl Grade II Team Test
  • Class 4 - FEI Grade III Team Test
  • Class 5 - FEI Grade IV Team Test

8:00 AM--Wednesday, June 4

  • Class 11 - FEI Grade Ia Individual Test
  • Class 12 - FEI Grade Ib Individual Test
  • Class 13 - FEI Grade II Individual Test
  • Class 14 - FEI Grade III Individual Test
  • Class 15 - FEI Grade IV Individual Test

4:00 PM Wednesday, June 4, USET Cocktail Party - Foundation Headquarters

8:00 AM -- Thursday, June 5

  • Class 21 - FEI Grade Ia Freestyle Test
  • Class 22 - FEI Grade Ib Freestyle Test
  • Class 23 - FEI Grade II Freestyle Test
  • Class 24 - FEI Grade III Freestyle Test
  • Class 25 - FEI Grade IV Freestyle Test