U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Riders Attain Qualifying Scores in Team Test at 2011 Dressage Affaire CPEDI3*
Saturday, March 12, 2011
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Beth Levine, who suffers from a brain injury that is focused in the cerebellum, rode her ten-year-old Prince Hopeful in today's competition. Levine commented, "I feel very lucky to have such a wonderful horse. Eliza Sydnor donated Prince Hopeful to me for my use as a para-equestrian. This weekend my goal is to just do my best."
She continued, "I felt there were some places where I could have been more accurate and there were some places where he could have been more through with his body. I rode a little conservatively today since it was my first time out and I am looking forward to tomorrow. It is an opportunity and you just have to go for it."
Ponessa continued, "Otto is a very solid horse. Today I had a lot of nerves so it took me a little bit of time to settle down. Once I settled down I was able to have a nice ride. This weekend I want to have good rides and ride the tests as accurate as I can. I need to focus on being consistent and I would love to set the bar for the rest of the riders." Ponessa rides under the tutelage of Meaghan Byrne.
Tomorrow I am hoping to move him up a little bit and get him on the bit a little more. I am happy to have this experience and I could not be here without my entire team who help me behind the scenes."
Saturday's competition begins with the Para-Equestrian Dressage Individual Championship followed by Sunday's exciting Freestyle competition. On Sunday, following the freestyle competition, an award's presentation will occur. The scores from the Team Test will be combined with the scores from the Individual Championship Test to determine each country's overall team placing.
E: Hanneke Gerritsen (NED)
C: Kathy Amos-Jacob (FRA)
M: Ulf Wilkin (SWE)
Grade Ia Team Test:
Name-Horse (Country)-Judge E- Judge C- Judge M- Score%
1. Jody Schloss (CAN)-Inspector Rebus- 62.941%-62.353%-59.706%-61.667%
Grade Ib Team Test:
1. Jonathan Wentz (USA)-NTEC Ritcher Scale-65.909%-69.545%-70.000%-68.485%
2. Donna Ponessa (USA)-Otto-65.455%-67.045%-58.182%-63.561%
3.Jonathan Wentz (USA)-NTEC Daytona Beach-57.273%-65.682%59.545%-60.833%
4. Ashley Gowanlock (CAN)-DonnyMaskell-57.727%-64.091%-58.636%-60.152%
5. Laurietta Oakleaf (USA)-Pegasus vom Niehaus-60.455%-61.136%-58.636%-60.076%
Grade II Team Test:
Lauren Barwick (CAN)-Ferdonia 2-66.429%-71.905%-74.762%-71.032%
Lauren Barwick (CAN)-Off To Paris-70.952%-68.333%-70.952%-70.079%
Erika Baitenmann (MEX)-Sandor-64.762%-61.429%-64.286%-63.492%
Erika Baitenmann (MEX)-Casablanca-65.952%-64.762%-58.571%-63.095%
Grade III Team Test:
Stephanie Ross (CAN)-Wiesenblute-60.926%-62.963%-58.148%-60.679%
Eleanor Brimmer(USA)-Vadico Interagro-59.630%-60.556%-57.407%-59.198%
Beth Levine(USA)-Prince Hopefull-0%-0%0%-E
Grade IV Team Test:
Eleonore Elstone(CAN)-Why Not G-61.406%-67.188%-66.563%-65.052%
Dena Pate(USA)-Imagine That-53.125%-55.313%-55.625%-54.688%
For more information about The Dressage Affaire please contact Keenan Productions & Events by phone 866-933-SHOW, or Kim Keenan-Stordahl email@example.com or visit www.dressageevents.com.
FAST FACTS: The 2011 Dressage Affaire Para-Equestrian Dressage Competition
WHERE: Del Mar Horsepark, Del Mar, CA
WHEN: March 10-13, 2011
CPEDI3* JURY: Ulf Wilkin (SWE), Hanneke Gerritsen (NED), and Kathy Amos-Jacob (FRA)
USEF PARA-EQUESTRIAN LIASON: Pam Lane (908) 326-1153
FEI TECHNICAL DELEGATE: Ulf Wilken (SWE)
FEI CHIEF STEWARD: Sandra Rafferty
CLASSIFIERS: Joann Benjamin, Marion Slatter Blitstein
FEI VETERINARIAN: Dr. Mike Tomlinson
MANAGER/CEO: Kim Keenan Stordahl
Phone: 866-933-SHOW ext 703
March 12, 2011- Individual Championship Test
March 13, 2011 - Freestyle Test
About United States Para-Equestrian Association:
The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation board 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.
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 Olympic Games, the USPEA will provide para-equestrians the knowledge of what they need to succeed. The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), and USEF which provides 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: Wheeler966@aol.com or by phone: (610)356-6481.
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