USPEA: Twenty-Three Duos Pass Veterinary Inspection for 2012 United States Equestrian Federation Paralympic Selection Trials

Source:  News Release/Lindsay McCall

 

 

 

 

 

Twenty-Three Duos Pass Veterinary Inspection for 2012 United States Equestrian Federation Paralympic Selection Trials

 

 

Gladstone, NJ - In 2008, five Para-Equestrian Dressage riders competed in the United States Selection Trials for the Beijing Paralympics. Four years later twenty-three horse and rider combinations earned the right to compete at the 2012 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Paralympic Selection Trials. Dr. Stacey Kent, DVM, FEI Ground Jury member Carlos Lopes 5* (POR), and USEF Dressage Team Vet Dr. Rick Mitchell, DVM were on hand to evaluate each horse during Sunday's veterinary inspection. Each horse passed with flying colors shifting the rider's focus to the next three day's of competition. From June 11-13 Para-Equestrian athletes will compete at the United States Equestrian Team Foundation (USET) headquarters in Gladstone, New Jersey. Running simultaneously with the Selection Trials is the 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships. Overall scores for both the Paralympic Selection Trials and National Championships will be calculated using 40% of the Team Test, 40% of the Individual and 20% of the Freestyle Test Score. With only four spots on the United States Para-Equestrian Dressage Team headed to London it will be crucial that each test is precisely executed.


During the three days of competition FEI Ground Jury members, Carlos Lopes (5*) POR, Anne Prain (5*) FRA, and Marc Urban (5*) BEL will evaluate each duo on their interpretation of their respective tests. These critiques will be valuable since equestrians will see these judges again when they qualify for London. Lopes and Prain are members of the ground jury and Marc Urban is the Assistant Technical Delegate for the Paralympics.

Many of the riders competing in the Selection Trials have felt the competitive environment

Robin Brueckmann and Radetzky by Lindsay Y McCall
Robin Brueckmann and Radtezky at the 2012 Paralympic Selection Trials/ National Championships by Lindsay Y McCall

of a show of this caliber before.  2008 Paralympic Team members Robin Brueckmann and Rebecca Hart have returned for another opportunity to represent the United States. Both of these riders represented the United States in Hong Kong and once again at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) in Lexington, KY. As seasoned riders there are always new variables. In November 2011 Robin Brueckmann had her right leg removed due to Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. After years of pain and lacking motor function Brueckmann spoke to many doctors about the possibility of amputating her leg. Together they made a carefully contemplated decision to amputate her leg.  In three months she was riding in a three-star Para-Equestrian competition with her trusty horse Radetzky. Rebecca Hart will be riding Lord Ludger during the Selection Trials and National Championships.  Hart earned top scores throughout 2012 and has added a new horse for the Trials, Carlingsford's Taldi. 

 

2011 USEF Para-Equestrian National Champion and 2010 WEG rider Jonathan Wentz has had a banner year and is looking forward to riding NTEC Richter Scale and Silvano in his first Paralympic Selection Trials. His hard work and dedication has paid off in 2012 earning an Individual World Ranking of 10th overall.

Jonathan Wentz watching the jog at 2012 Paralympic Selection Trials/ National Championships by Lindsay Y McCall
Jonathan Wentz watching the jog at 2012 Paralympic Selection Trials/ National Championships by Lindsay Y McCall
Kai Handt jogging Silvano for Jonathan Wentz at 2012 USEF Paralympic Selection Trials/ National Championships by Lindsay Y McCall
Kai Handt jogging Silvano for Jonathan Wentz at 2012 USEF Paralympic Selection Trials/ National Championships by Lindsay Y McCall


In only four years the number of Para-Equestrian competitors multiplied. In 2010 Erin Alberda, Kim Decker, Wendy Fryke, Laura Goldman, Mary Jordan, Kim Jones and Elizabeth Pigott, were there when the 2010 WEG Selection Trials occurred. The WEG Trials was the first time the number of Para-Equestrians in the United States reached 20. It was also the first year Para-Equestrian Dressage became the eighth discipline represented at the World Equestrian Games.

In 2011, Eleanor Brimmer, Dale Dedrick, Laurietta Oakleaf, and Donna Ponessa joined the Para-Equestrian competition ring and climbed the ranks to earn top scores in their Grades

Donna Ponessa at 2012 USEF Paralympic Selection Trials/ National Championships by Lindsay Y McCall
Donna Ponessa at 2012 USEF Paralympic Selection Trials/ National Championships by Lindsay Y McCall

and represent the United States internationally.

In 2012, former event rider Margaret McIntosh became a Para-Equestrian and young rider Sydney Collier joined the team. These riders are just a handful of riders that have become a part of the Para-Equestrian discipline over the last few years. After four years the sport continues to grow and the exceptional competition that will be showcased in Gladstone will be a Trials to remember.  

Twenty-three horse and rider combinations will vie for four spots on the 2012 USEF Paralympic Team headed to London. Twenty-four horse and rider combinations will compete at the 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships. Riders that have made the journey to Gladstone, NJ and the Para-Dressage riders who are at home cheering their country on have made the Para-Equestrian Dressage discipline what it is today. Monday begins the Team Test competition, Tuesday follows with the Individual Test competition and Wednesday finishes with the Freestyle competition followed by an awards ceremony at the conclusion of competition.

Dr. Stacey Kent, DVM and Carlos Lopes 5* (POR) at 2012 USEF Paralympic Selection Trials/ National Championships by Lindsay Y McCall
Dr. Stacey Kent, DVM and Carlos Lopes 5* (POR) inspect horses at 2012 USEF Paralympic Selection Trials/ National Championships by Lindsay Y McCall
Ramon Morales Gomez and Eleanor Brimmer's horse Carino H at 2012 USEF Paralympic Selection Trials/ National Championships by Lindsay Y McCall
Ramon Morales Gomez dressed in USA attire jogging Eleanor Brimmer's horse Carino H at 2012 USEF Paralympic Selection Trials/ National Championships by Lindsay Y McCall
Elizabeth Pigott watching the jog at 2012 USEF Paralympic Selection Trials/ National Championships by Lindsay Y McCall
Elizabeth Pigott watching the jog at 2012 USEF Paralympic Selection Trials/ National Championships by Lindsay Y McCall
Missy Ransehousen and Elizabeth PIgott's mount One Night Stand at 2012 USEF Paralympic Selection Trials/ National Championships by Lindsay Y McCall
Missy Ransehousen and Elizabeth PIgott's mount One Night Stand at 2012 USEF Paralympic Selection Trials/ National Championships by Lindsay Y McCall



RIDE TIMES FOR THE 2012 USEF PARALYMPIC SELECTION TRIALS AND PARA-DRESSAGE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: MONDAY JUNE 11, 2012 

 

9:00 AM 44 Mary Jordan P. Sparrow Socks PE4T 

9:08 AM 42 Lise Yervasi Tailor Made PE4T  
9:16 AM ***Break*** ***Break*** **Break**
9:26 AM 23 Elizabeth Pigott Whitney's Willow PE2T
9:34 AM 30 Eleanor Brimmer Carino H PE3T
9:42 AM ***Break*** ***Break*** **Break**
9:52 AM 31 Erin Alberda Sir Rocco PE3T
10:00 AM 32 Wendy Fryke Lateran PE3T
10:08 AM 25 Kim Jones Ghlenivet PE2T
10:16 AM ***Break*** ***Break***
10:31 AM 45 Robin Brueckmann Radetzky PE4T
10:39 AM 41 Lise Yervasi Brendan Braveheart PE4T
10:47 AM 43 Mary Jordan Sebastian PE4T
10:55 AM ***Break*** ***Break*** **Break**
11:15 AM 28 Sydney Collier Otto PE2T
11:23 AM 22 Dale Dedrick Bonifatius PE2T
11:31 AM 24 Elizabeth Pigott One Night Stand PE2T
11:39 AM 14 Margaret McIntosh Idalgo PEIbT
11:47 AM ***Break*** ***Break*** **Break**
12:02 PM 12 Jonathan Wentz NTEC Richter Scale PEIbT
12:10 PM 13 Laurietta Oakleaf Niekele Fan Busenitz PEIbT
12:18 PM 27 Rebecca Hart Carlingfords Taldi PE2T
12:26 PM 4 Donna Ponessa PG Ganda PE1aT
12:34 PM ***Break*** ***Break*** **Break**
12:44 PM 2 Kim Decker Dashers Destiny PE1aT
12:52 PM 3 Laura Goldman NTEC Willi Wesley PE1aT
1:00 PM 15 Margaret McIntosh Carlingford JD PEIbT
1:08 PM ***Break*** ***Break*** **Break**
2:08 PM 26 Rebecca Hart Lord Ludger PE2T
2:16 PM 11 Jonathan Wentz Silvano PEIbT 

2:24 PM 5 Donna Ponessa Western Rose PE1aT  

 

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  

 

SHOW MANAGER: Kim Keenan-Stordahl

 

SCHEDULE (Tentative):

 

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

 

LIVE SCORING:

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

 

ABOUT THE EQUESTRIAN PARALYMPICS (courtesy of FEI Press May 21, 2012)

 

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.

 

SUMMARY:

26 nations - ARG, AUS, AUT, BEL, BER, BRA, CAN, DEN, FIN, FRA, GBR, GER, HKG, IRL, ISR, ISV, ITA, JPN, MEX, NED, NOR, NZL, RSA, SIN, SWE, USA

 

TEAMS

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

 

NATIONS REPRESENTED ONLY BY INDIVIDUALS

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

 

Photo Credit: All photographs taken at the 2012 USEF Paralympic Selection Trials and 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships. 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 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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