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 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|
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
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) inspect horses 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
|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
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
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 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.
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
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).
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