U.S. and Canada Para-Dressage Riders Execute Successful Individual Tests at 2013 WEF Dressage Classic CPEDI3*
Monday, March 18, 2013
She continued, “With Clever (P. Sparrow Socks) I couldn’t be prouder of that little horse. Every show she is getting more confident. She was on the backburner when Paxton was being prepared for the 2010 WEG. This year, I am putting some time into her and I am really excited to see how she develops. She’s young, she’s smart, and she’s a great ride. Clever was my only horse who has ever received 10′s on the walk. She has great downward transitions but she is a work in progress. We work a lot on collection, building the connection, straightness, staying centered, and relaxation.”
Hope Hand, Chef d’Equipe of the U.S Para-Equestrian Dressage riders added, “I would like to thank the officials, the owners and sponsors of Global Dressage Festival for giving us the opportunity to show here with our developing rider team and our high performance riders. It’s important to have this international experience. This venue is much like Europe because it gives the riders the same atmosphere and excitement. This show will really help us prepare for Normandy. I think this was a great experience especially for the developing riders. Many of them came to Florida and are in the process of trying new horses. Florida is a great place to find the FEI quality horse that is needed for competition. It’s also important for our sponsors to see us showing at facilities of this quality. It will truly benefit us all including our sport, the USPEA organization, USEF, and the whole Para-Equestrian discipline.”
Brimmer agreed, “I have enjoyed competing with my horse Carino in the Van Kampen Arena at the Global Dressage Festival. I am thankful to everyone at Global Dressage for putting together a wonderful CPEDI3* event. To compete at a facility that is the quality of Global Dressage is an opportunity we are all grateful for. I look forward to competing at another CPEDI on the Global Dressage show grounds in the future.”
The Canada para-dressage riders have also been thankful for this wonderful show. It is locations like Global where riders like Lauren Barwick can concentrate on the task at hand instead of worrying about logistics or venue changes.
Grade II Paralympian from Canada, Lauren Barwick, and her mare Off To Paris have been working on pulling pieces of her tests out to work on, building from those pieces, and putting them back together. Barwick noted, “I was happy today with my individual test. I was really pleased with my walk pirouettes because that movement has been a big problem. Today the walk pirouettes were there but again we lost a few things that we normally have secured within our test. Like I mentioned before, it’s important to take it all apart so you improve upon certain parts. Then, you piece it all back together. I was overall happy with my horse and she felt more connected to me as a rider. Onward and upward.”
Grade Ia Paralympian from Canada, Jody Schloss navigated Inspector Rebus to another top placing ahead of teammate Robyn Andrews and Fancianna.
Jessica Rhinelander, developing coach for Para-Dressage at Equine Canada commented about Jody Schloss’ training this year,”We stepped back after the Paralympics and took a look at how everything has been going. We made a list and tore everything apart. Then, we tried to build it all back up again to make it even better. Rebus is a very reliable horse and I am happy with how Jody and Rebus are performing.”
On Sunday, Grades Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV para-dressage freestyle tests occur in the Van Kampen Arena beginning at 11:00 a.m. Sunday. The competition will conclude with an awards ceremony unmounted where the team placings and individual placings will be awarded.
FEI Para Team Grade IV
583, Jordan, Mary R., USA, Sebastian 66.071%
585, Lawson, Madison, CAN, McGuire 64.960%
580, Poole, Lynne, CAN, Vasco E 64.524%
584, Jordan, Mary R., USA, P Sparrow Socks 60.595%
579, Poole, Lynne, CAN, Frisbee 59.008%
FEI Para Grade III Team
1. 578, Brimmer, Eleanor, USA, Carino H 58.740%
FEI Para Team Grade 1A
1. 575, Schloss, Jody, CAN, Inspector Rebus 63.913%
2. 577, Andrews, Robyn, CAN, Fancianna 63.116%
FEI Para Equestrian Team 1B
1. 587, Gowanlock, Ashley, CAN, Ferdonia 2, 67.11%
2. 582, Oakleaf, Laurietta, USA, Niekele fan Busenitz, 64.080%
3. 581, Collier, Sydney, USA, Wentworth-Re-Evaluation of Classification
FEI Para Team Grade II
1. 588, Barwick, Lauren, CAN, Off To Paris , 69.190%
For questions about the 2013-2014 Para-Equestrian Dressage season please contact the USEF High Performance Director of the Para-Equestrian Discipline Laureen K. Johnson at (908) 326 – 1155 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For more questions about Para-Equestrian Dressage please contact Hope Hand at Hope@uspea.org or (610) 356-6481.
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