USPEA: Announcing Riders for 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Paralympic Selection Trials and National Championships

Source:  News Release/Lindsay McCall





Announcing Riders for 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Paralympic Selection Trials and National Championships



Gladstone, NJ -Twenty-four horse and rider combinations will compete at the 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Paralympic Selection Trials and National Championships. Equestrian competition will occur June 10-13 at the United States Equestrian Team Foundation headquarters in Gladstone, New Jersey. Each horse and rider combination is vying for one of the four spots on the United States Paralympic Equestrian Team headed to London. The Paralympic Equestrian events take place in London, England at Greenwich Park August 30-September 4, 2012.

Athletes will compete under FEI Ground Jury Carlos Lopes (5*) POR, Anne Prain (5*) FRA, and Marc Urban (5*) BEL during the Selection Trials and National Championships. Competition will occur over three days in Gladstone demonstrating Team, Individual, and Freestyle Tests. The National Championship scores and Paralympic Selection Trial qualification will be calculated using 40% of the Team Test, 40% of the Individual and 20% of the Freestyle Test Scores. If there is a tie in the Final Ranking of the Selection Trials, the tie will be broken based upon the highest score earned by the athlete/horse combination in the Individual Championship Test at the Selection Trial. If a tie remains thereafter, it will be broken based upon the highest test score earned by the athlete/horse combination in the Team Test of the Selection Trial. If a tie still remains thereafter, it will be broken based upon the Musical Freestyle Test score awarded by the president of the Ground Jury to the horse/athlete combination in the Selection Trial. If a tie still remains thereafter it will be broken based on the majority vote of the Selectors.


2012 London Paralympic Selection Trials Horse & Riders

Competitor-Horse- Horse (Owner)-Grade-Hometown


Kim Decker-Dashers Destiny-Grade Ia-Centreville, Virginia

Laura Goldman-NTEC Willi Wesley (Kai Handt)-Grade Ia-Highland Heights, Ohio

Laurietta Oakleaf-Niekele fan Busenitz (Joanne Bosma)-Grade Ib-Jacksontown, Ohio

Donna Ponessa-Western Rose (Wesley Dunham)-Grade Ia-New Windsor, NY

Donna Ponessa-PG Ganda (Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center)-Grade Ia-New Windsor, New York

Jonathan Wentz-Silvano (Michele Miles)-Grade Ib-Richardson, Texas

Jonathan Wentz-NTEC Richter Scale (Kai Handt)-Grade Ib-Richardson, Texas

Wendy Fryke-Lateran-Grade III-Parker, Colorado

Dale Dedrick-Bonifatius-Grade II-Ann Arbor, Michigan

Rebecca Hart- Lord Ludger (Jessica Ransehousen)-Grade II-Erie, Pennsylvania

Rebecca Hart-Carlingsford's Taldi (Jessica Ransehousen)-Grade II-Erie, Pennsylvania

Kim Jones-Ghlenlivet (Nancy Lewis-Stanton)-Grade II-Georgetown, South Carolina

Margaret McIntosh-Carlingford JD (Trudy Phillips)-Grade Ib-Reading, Pennsylvania

Margaret McIntosh-Idalgo (owner Janis Smith) -Grade Ib-Reading, Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Pigott-Whitney's Willow (Melissa Ranseshousen)-Grade II-Downington, Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Pigott- One Night Stand (Regina Cristo)-Grade II-Downington, Pennsylvania

Erin Alberda-Sir Rocco (Melissa Mulchahey)-Grade III

Eleanor Brimmer- Carino H-Grade III-Wayazata, Minnesota

Robin Brueckmann-Radetzky-Grade IV-Summerfield, North Carolina

Mary Jordan-Sebastian (Deecie Denison)-Grade IV-Wells, Maine

Mary Jordan- P. Sparrow Socks -Grade IV-Wells, Maine

Lise Yervasi-Tailor Made-Grade IV-Baker City, Oregon

Lise Yervasi-Brendan Braveheart-Grade IV-Baker City, Oregon


*Sydney Collier- Otto-Grade II-Ann Arbor, Michigan*  

*Sydney Collier will not be competing for the Selection Trials due to the age qualification of 16-years for the London Paralympics. Sydney will be competing towards the 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship



FAST FACTS: 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Paralympic Selection Trials and National Championships


WHAT: Para-Equestrian Dressage Selection Trials for London Paralympics


WHEN: June 11-13, 2012 (jog occurs June 10)


SHOW MANAGER: Kim Keenan-Stordahl


SCHEDULE (Tentative):


3:00 p.m.-Sunday June 10th

Veterinary Inspections

(sign-up for jog time slot at check-in)

-A reception for all competitors will follow the veterinary inspection


9:00AM--Monday, June 11th

Class 11 - FEI Grade Ia Team Test

Class 12 - FEI Grade Ib Team Test

Class 13 - FEI Grade II Team Test

Class 14 - FEI Grade III Team Test

Class 15 - FEI Grade IV Team Test


8:00AM--Tuesday, June 12th

Class 21 - FEI Grade Ia Individual Test

Class 22- FEI Grade Ib Individual Test

Class 23 - FEI Grade II Individual Test

Class 24 - FEI Grade III Individual Test

Class 25 - FEI Grade IV Individual Test


8:00AM --Wednesday, June 13th

Class 31 - FEI Grade Ia Freestyle Test

Class 32 - FEI Grade Ib Freestyle Test

Class 33 - FEI Grade II Freestyle Test

Class 34 - FEI Grade III Freestyle Test

Class 35 - FEI Grade IV Freestyle Test


1:00PM --Wednesday, June 13th

Award Ceremonies directly following last class



Please visit to find out more about Live Scoring during the event. Verified scores will be posted to the website approximately every ten (10) minutes.




Host nation Great Britain, Germany, Denmark and Canada have qualified the maximum number of riders and will each be represented by a team of four and one individual.


Nine countries - USA, The Netherlands, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Belgium, South Africa, Australia and France - have qualified four riders.


The National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) of Singapore and Mexico, which had originally qualified four riders, returned one qualification slot each and will be represented by three-rider teams. The unused slots were re-allocated to Norway and Israel on the basis of the Individual Para-Equestrian Rankings of athletes not already qualified with a team. As a result, Norway, which had already qualified two individual riders, will be fielding a composite team consisting of three members.


New Zealand and Finland will be represented by two individual riders apiece. Bermuda, Argentina, Japan, Hong Kong and Austria have each been allocated one individual slot.

Three Bipartite Commission invitations have been issued to Thomas Haller of Austria, Lee Frawley of the Virgin Islands and Anita Johnsson of Sweden.


The nominated entries will be published on 18 June 2012 and definite entries on 6 August. A total of 78 Para-Equestrian riders will be battling it out for the 11 sets of medals available. The detailed list of qualified nations is available here.






4 nations with 5 riders (team + 1 individual): CAN, DEN, GBR, GER

9 nations with 4 riders (team): AUS, BEL, BRA, FRA, IRL, ITA, NED, RSA, USA

3 nations with 3 riders (team): MEX, NOR, SIN



2 nations with 2 individuals: FIN, NZL

6 nations with 1 individual: AUT, ARG, BER, ISR, JPN, HKG

3 Bipartite Commission invitations: AUT, ISV, SWE


 Rebecca Hart Brow Band from POH

Photo Credit: Rebecca Hart at the 2012 Wellington Classic Dressage CPEDI3* in Wellington, Florida. Rebecca Hart has represented the United States Para-Equestrian Team at the 2003 and 2007 Para-Equestrian World Championships, 2008 Paralympics in Hong Kong, and 2010 World Equestrian Games. Photo © Lindsay Y McCall for the United States Para-Equestrian Association.


*All logos, phrases, and words representing the Paralympics, London 2012, London Olympics, Olympics, and any combination referring to the Paralympics or Olympics are property of the United States Olympic Committee and the 2012 London Olympic Games.*

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 or contact USPEA President: Hope Hand by e-mail: or by phone: (610)356-6481.


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