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USEF and USPEA Partner to Create International Para-Equestrian Dressage Centers of Excellence

September 16, 2015 By: Editor Category: General

Rebecca Hart and Schroeter’s Romani perform their Individual Test at the 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship & Selection Trial. Photo by Susan Stickle,

Rebecca Hart and Schroeter’s Romani perform their Individual Test at the 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship & Selection Trial. Photo by Susan Stickle,

Lexington, Ky. – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce its partnership with the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) to establish International Para-Equestrian Dressage Centers of Excellence (COE). COEs will serve as the foundation to attract new athletes to para-equestrian dressage and develop athletes and coaches for competition at the international level, including the Paralympic Games. There are many excellent centers around the U.S. that offer those with disabilities the opportunity to train and compete. The aim of COEs is to give those that want the thrill of international competition a pathway and an opportunity to learn about the sport of para-equestrian dressage. Owners of existing equestrian training facilities interested in growing the para-equestrian dressage sport are encouraged to submit their venue for consideration. Applications for this prestigious designation will be accepted August 21 – November 15, 2015.

Our goal with COEs is to increase the pool and ability of eligible para-equestrian athletes in the United States by enhancing the quality, consistency, and volume of education and training available to develop high-performance athletes for greater success in international competition. The USPEA will be a great asset to us as we go through the selection process and refine the plan for these COEs to succeed. If we want to win medals on the international stage we have to grow the sport in the U.S. and also grow the number of owners and sponsors supporting the sport. There are many enjoying the benefits of riding and we want to reach out to them and show them how, with hard work and dedication, they might be winning medals at future Paralympic and World Equestrian Games,” said Will Connell, USEF Director of Sport.

In order to identify more para-equestrian dressage athletes and coaches, the USEF and USPEA will work together to promote the COE concept to organizations who offer equestrian opportunities to athletes with disabilities. The USEF and USPEA will develop a para-equestrian coaching network and coach certification process across the U.S., as well as sport programs and services.

“Through these efforts we will bring in more athletes and more training centers to the sport. Hopefully those that run dressage centers will realize that para-equestrian dressage and dressage require very similar facilities and coaching support,” said Hope Hand, President of the USPEA.

A selection committee will review each submission and may conduct a site visit or interview with the leading facilities. The designation of the first COEs will be announced no later than January 3, 2016. Further information about COEs, the application, and selection process can be found at or by emailing Laureen Johnson, USEF Director, Para-Equestrian & Vaulting at

Long-Time Partnership Brings Para-Dressage Rider’s Dreams to Fruition

November 18, 2014 By: janwest Category: General


Rebecca Hart and Missy Ransehousen.

Photo by Lindsay McCall.

Unionville, PA – November 18, 2014 – Competing at an international level requires much more than just being a good rider; it takes a village. For para-dressage rider Becca Hart, three of the prominent members of that ‘village’ are Jessica and Missy Ransehousen and Todd Flettrich.

The support and tutelage of the three trainers has helped propel Hart to where she is today: riding down centerline at the highest levels of para-dressage competition, including two Paralymipcs and two World Equestrian Games (WEG).

Rewind back before her successful Paralympic and WEG rides in Hong Kong, London, Normandy and Kentucky, and Hart was just gearing up for the 2008 Paralympics, her first Paralympics event.

It was at that time that the Ransehousens, of Blue Hill Farm, decided to host the 2008 para-dressage riders and offer them all, including Hart, free training and board leading up to the Paralympic Games.

At that time, the training relationship that had begun to develop in 2006 between Hart and the Ransehousens continued to flourish into one that would truly help springboard Hart’s career. In Missy, Hart has a trainer well versed in teaching para-riders and in helping them compete at the highest level of the sport.

“My involvement with the para-riders started back in 1999 when Hope Hand, who lives locally in the Malvern [Pennsylvania] area, asked me to teach a clinic,” Missy said. “I had to very quickly adjust my training technique because many of the riders weren’t able to use a strong leg so they compensated in other ways. Hope was very patient with me, and she helped me gain a better understanding into coaching para-riders. While I was teaching her, she was also teaching me.”

Working with Hand further fueled Missy’s interest in the sport of para-dressage, and in 2000, she traveled to the Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia as a coach. Since that summer in 2000, Missy has traveled to the Paralympic Games in Athens, Hong Kong, and London as, not only a trainer, but also as the Chef d’Equipe of the United States Paralympic Dressage teams.


Photo by Lisa Thomas, Mid-Atlantic Equestrian Services

That background and knowledge that Missy brought to the table has proved invaluable to Hart, who continued on with Blue Hill Farm after her positive 2008 Paralympics experience and following her graduation from school. There the Ransehousens provided, and continue to provide, Hart with free board and lessons, allowing her to more easily continue to pursue her goals.

The combination of Missy and Jessica’s generosity and coaching and Hart’s talent was becoming a force to be reckoned with in the para-dressage ring, but as the 2010 World Equestrian Games approached, Missy too was competing and with conflicts in coaching Hart in Florida, she felt it was time to bring in an added reinforcement. Missy knew that longtime friend and professional international dressage rider Todd Flettrich would be just the man for the job.

“When Missy asked me, I was skeptical because I had not taught a para-rider before,” Flettrich admitted, but he was not one to say no to the Ransehousens, with whom he had been like family for some time.

“Going back to the 1980s, I met Todd, and he was my scribe when I judged a show in New Orleans,” said Jessica, a three time Olympic dressage rider herself. “It was very cute because he kept breaking in while scribing and saying that he really wanted to get to Young Riders. He pressed that he wanted to get somewhere where he could have the chance to compete on an international level.”

Jessica saw the passion that Flettrich had for the sport and offered to have him train with her at Blue Hill Farm, much like the current day situation between Hart and the Ranshousens.

“I said to him, if you get permission from your parents and have a horse to ride you can come and live with us. I can take you there. So he came to live with us, and I took him to the North American Young Rider Championship in 1989 and then again in 1990. He was the gold medal winner in 1990.”

With the unyielding generosity of Jessica and through their mutual respect, the two grew to have a wonderful relationship, and Flettrich came to be like a son to Jessica, often joking that Jessica is his other mom. The dynamic duo considers themselves to be family, as Jessica stays with Flettrich when she attends the shows in Florida.

And so, Flettrich was brought into the picture as a vital part of Hart’s growing team.

“As an FEI level rider and trainer, his is another opinion that I really respect, ” Missy said. “That is one of the reasons I thought he would do well with Hart. She needed some guidance, but she didn’t need to be talked through every second of her ride. He says a lot of encouraging words, and he is there to back you up.”


Missy Ransehousen jogs Lord Ludgar at the London Olympic Games.

Photo by Lindsay McCall.

Then, with Flettrich on board and leading up to the 2012 London Paralympics, Jessica offered Hart another exciting addition to the team: Missy’s talented PSG dressage mount, Lord Ludgar.

Hart had retired Norteassa, who had been quite competitive and helped her reach her goal of going to the Paralympics, but Jessica knew that Lord Ludgar would be the perfect next step in helping Hart be competitive in the top tier of the sport.

By the time the 2012 London Paralympics actually arrived, Hart had an outstanding selection trial at Gladstone in 2012 and had been named the national champion aboard Lord Ludgar. At the Games, with the assistance of Missy who rode Lord Ludgar every morning, Hart delivered two beautiful tests for the team, placing fourth in the first team test and fifth in the freestyle.

The time came for Lord Ludgar to retire, and a top-level horse of her own was just what Hart needed, and that is just what another vital member of Hart’s growing team, Margaret Duprey of Cherry Knoll Farm, was able to offer her.

Duprey currently backs and supports Flettrich, and she presented the opportunity to Missy to do the same for Hart.

“Margaret came to me and told me that she was interested in helping Becca [Hart] buy a horse, and that was great,” Missy said. “She definitely has done a lot for the para-dressage program, and I hope that she stays with it and continues to sponsor Becca. Margaret is upbeat and supportive, and It is really great to have her as part of the team.”


Rebecca Hart and Schroeters Romani.

Photo by Lindsay McCall

Duprey, with additional sponsors, purchased Schroeters Romani, a Danish Warmblood mare, for Hart, and it was on Schroeters Romani that Hart competed this summer at the 2014 WEG in Normandy, France. From there, their relationship has only continued to grow and improve with every ride.

“I recently went with [Hart] to a nice schooling show at Dunmovin where she rode really well and got a nice 67 percent in her third level test,” Jessica said.

With the support of the powerhouse team behind her, the future looks bright for Hart as she continues to climb the ranks as a top international competitor.

For more information about the Ransehousen family and their Blue Hill Farm click here.

To learn more about Becca Hart visit

Canadian Para-Dressage Riders Victorious in International Team Competition

March 24, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Ottawa, ON, March 15, 2014 —– Canadian Para-Dressage riders continued to post top scores during the second day of competition on their way to winning the overall team event at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 10 CPEDI3*. The annual FEI competition is being held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, March 14-16, in Wellington, FL.Using the combined scores from the Team Test, held March 14, and the Individual Test, on March 15, Canadians Robyn Andrews, Lauren Barwick, Ashley Gowanlock and Jody Schloss won the team competition with a total of 418.803%, while the host nation, United States, finished second with 410.536%.

 The Canadian Para-Equestrian Team, comprised of Ashley Gowanlock, Jody Schloss, chef d’équipe Elizabeth Quigg, Robyn Andrews and Lauren Barwick, won the overall team competition at Adequan Global Dressage Festival 10 CPEDI3*.
For the second day in a row, Barwick of Aldergrove, BC was victorious in Grade II. Riding her own 15-year-old Oldenburg mare, Ferdonia 2, Barwick won the Individual Test, scoring 71.238%. With her second horse, Equine Canada’s 13-year-old Oldenburg mare, Off to Paris, Barwick finished in third with 66.762%.”I was extremely pleased with both my horses today,” said Barwick, who is a three-time Paralympian and a 2008 Paralympic gold and silver medalist. “Ferdonia came through for me. She allowed me to push her to the next stage in her training in the competition arena, and it showed in the results. Paris’ trot work was phenomenal, but sadly I had too long of a warm-up.”

Gowanlock, of Surrey, BC rode the Grade Ib Individual Test on Collegiate Sweet Leilani, M. Kendalyne Overway’s 13-year-old Morgan mare, to a score of 70.000%, which placed the pair in second overall.

“Today was a fantastic learning day. We tested everything including warm-up times and energy levels,” said Gowanlock, who is forming a new partnership with Collegiate Sweet Leilani as this is their first FEI competition together. “I am really looking forward to the Freestyle tomorrow. I want to turn on the music and just go.”

In the Grade Ia Individual Test, Schloss of Toronto, ON finished in second place, with a score of 68.623%, riding Inspector Rebus, her 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding.

“I am so proud of my boy, Inspector Rebus,” said Schloss. “I rode my test with a lot more confidence than yesterday, and I think my horse felt it too. It’s so nice to be supported by the team, my coach Jessica Rhinelander and the team coach Mary Longden. There has also been a lot of support from the speciality staff Equine Canada brought to the competition. Today makes me proud to be Canadian.”

Also in the Grade Ia Individual Test was Andrews of St. Johns, NL. With her mare Fancianna, a 13-year-old Friesian Andalusian cross, Andrews was third with 68.551%. “Fancianna listened very well today and was much calmer during her test,” said Andrews about her horse. “Our goal tomorrow is to go in the ring with confidence and have another great ride.”

Lynne Poole of Schomberg, ON finished in second place with 63.333%, riding Vasco E, her 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, in the Grade IV Individual Test. “I would like to thank the organizers of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival for having a CPEDI competition,” said Poole. “I would also like to thank my sponsor, Bucas.”

Poole added, “It was great to come down to this Florida weather after having such a nasty winter in Canada. My horses were wonderful, and I am very pleased with them.”

“We had a great day today with all riders earning good scores,” noted chef d’équipe Elizabeth Quigg. “This was an excellent start to our season.”

The competition concludes tomorrow, March 16, with musical Freestyle tests for each Grade, which are always a rider and spectator favourite.

The ground jury members for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 10 CPEDI3* are Kjell Myhre (NOR), Marc Urban (BEL) and Kristi Wysocki (USA). For complete competition results, please visit

Supporting the team at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 10 CPEDI3* is Elizabeth Quigg, chef d’équipe; Mary Longden, team coach; Amie O’Shaughnessy, Director of Para-Equestrian; Dr. Jennifer Miller, team veterinarian; and Caroline Archambault, human/horse Registered Massage Therapist.

The Canadian riders’ participation in the competition in Florida was made possible through the Own the Podium program, a national sport technical initiative designed to help Canada’s summer and winter athletes achieve podium success at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

PHOTOS – Lindsay McCall, United States Para-Equestrian Association

Lauren Barwick and Off to Paris
Lauren Barwick and Ferdonia 2
Ashley Gowanlock and Collegiate Sweet Leilani
Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus
Robyn Andrews and Fancianna
Lynne Poole and Vasco E
About Para-Equestrian Canada
Para-Equestrian Canada is the Equine Canada committee responsible for developing programs for athletes with a physical disability, and implementing the Para-Dressage high performance program. Para-Equestrian is one of Canada’s most successful international disciplines, achieving an individual gold medal and an individual silver medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games, as well as two individual bronze medals at the 2004 Paralympic Games.

About Para-Equestrian Sport

Para-Equestrian sport provides riders with a physical disability the opportunity to compete against other riders with similar abilities. Riders are given a “Grade” based on their functional ability, and are judged on their riding skill against other athletes of the same Grade. There are five grades of competitions in dressage, with Grade 1a representing the more severely impaired riders, and Grade 4 representing the least severely impaired riders. Many Para-Equestrian athletes also compete alongside able-bodied competitors in Equine Canada competitions. At the grass roots level, Para-Equestrian encompasses a number of different disciplines, while the international stream focuses only on Para-Dressage. For more information, please

U.S. and Canada Para-Dressage Riders Execute Successful Individual Tests at 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival WEF Dressage Classic CPEDI3*

March 17, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL -March 16, 2013- Para-equestrian dressage competition at the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival WEF Dressage Classic CPEDI3* continued on Saturday with the Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV individual tests. U.S. and Canada equestrians contended for the both overall team and individual accolades. With the 2014 World Equestrian Games approaching, the 2013 calendar year will define itself as a developing year as well as a refining year for accomplished para-dressage riders. After the team tests on the first day of competition, riders took the remarks from the ground jury and applied them on the second day. Ground jury members included Carlos Lopes (POR), Bo Ahman (SWE), and Hanneke Gerritsen(NED). Top Canadian riders included Lauren Barwick in Grade II scoring a 69.190%, Ashley Gowanlock in Grade Ib, and Jody Schloss for Grade Ia. Ellie Brimmer (USA), from Wayazata, MN, topped Grade III with her own Carino H. Each equestrian’s score increased on the second day including top Grade IV rider Mary Jordan’s scores. Jordan, from the United States, not only raised her percentages but she earned her qualifying scores for the World Equestrian Games on both Sebastian, owned by Deecie Denison, and her own P. Sparrow Socks.


Mary Jordan expressed, “I am thrilled with both of my horses especially Sebastian. He is in an upswing and on each ride I feel more together with him. I adore the horse and he’s so much fun to show. When we enter the ring, I love how his ears perk up. That’s really cool when your horse is having fun at the same time you as a rider are having fun. Lately, we have been working on the simple changes since the Grade IV tests are laden with simple changes. As a rider you want collection, sensitivity, and a true walk in between the change. To accomplish this, we have continued working on getting Sebastian fit and strengthening him in each movement. At Blue Hill Farm, with Jessica Ransehousen, we have worked on the extended trot so he is sitting and using himself correctly, and we have worked on symmetry and angles on certain test movements.”


Mary Jordan and Sebastian Photo(C) Lindsay McCall

Mary Jordan and Sebastian Photo(C) Lindsay McCall


Mary Jordan and P Sparrow Socks (USA) Photo(C) Lindsay McCall

Mary Jordan and P Sparrow Socks (USA) Photo(C) Lindsay McCall


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.”


Jordan was elated by the feeling of having two of her own home-bred horses qualify for two separate World Equestrian Games. She was also proud of what she personally has accomplished. Jordan explained, “This is MS (multiple sclerosis) awareness week and there is a deep level of accomplishment for me this week. I am the 3rd person in my family with MS. When I was growing up my dad was a quadriplegic and I never saw him stand or walk. The fact that I am here during MS week, I drove 2,000 miles to Florida, I rode two horses a day and I qualified two horses for WEG, means so much to me. I couldn’t have done it without my sponsors especially Teva Neuroscience, Deecie (owner of Sebastian), Jessica and Rachel at Blue Hill, and my family who are apart of this journey. I also want to thank Global for everything; The footing, the facility, and the people have been incredible.”


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.”


She continued, “I also want to thank the show management team, Lloyd Landkamer, and Mr. Bellissimo for allowing the CPEDI3* to be a part of the Global Dressage Festival.”


Grade II para-equestrian Eleanor 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.”

Eleanor Brimmer and Carino H (USA) Photo(C) Lindsay McCall

Eleanor Brimmer and Carino H (USA) Photo(C) Lindsay McCall

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.”


Barwick’s horse Ferdonia 2, ridden by Paralympic Canadian Ashley Gowanlock once again dominated the Grade Ib division. The duo continued to power down center-line achieving a 67.11% in the individual test.


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.”


Chef d’Equipe for Equine Canada, Andrea Taylor, stepped in for Elizabeth Quigg this week at the Global Dressage Festival. She explained the 2013-2014 plan, “Aside from aiming for France we are keeping these guys looking forward to plan for their next competition. That’s our big focus for these top level riders coming out again. Back at home we are working on discovering the talent. We have three or four para-dressage riders at home that we have our eye on that have good horses already. We are trying to not keep the focus heavy on top but instead we are trying to focus on who is coming up. It’s also hard to find coaches. That is a big hole for us. I get riders who come to me and say who can you train with but they are located across the country. So that’s our plan to plan for WEG, get some coaches, and work with the up and coming riders. As for today, I was really pleased. Everybody upped their game, rode harder and took some risks. I think it paid off and the scores went up for the majority. That is always good when you gamble a little bit and are rewarded.”


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.


Lauren Barwick and off to Paris (CAN) Photo(C) Lindsay McCall



Ashley Gowanlock and Ferdonia 2 (CAN) Photo(C) Lindsay McCall



Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus (CAN) Photo(C) Lindsay McCall


U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Chef d’Equipe: Hope Hand

Team Coach: Missy Ransehousen



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%


Lynne Poole and Vasco E (CAN) Photo(C) Lindsay McCall



Madison Lawson and McGuire (USA) Photo(C) Lindsay McCall



Lynne Poole and Frisbee (CAN) Photo(C) Lindsay McCall



Laurietta Oakleaf and Niekele fan Busenitz (USA) Photo(C) Lindsay McCall



Sydney Collier and Wentworth (USA) Photo(C) Lindsay McCall



Lynne Poole and Frisbee (CAN) Photo(C) Lindsay McCall




Robyn Andrews and Fancianna (CAN) Photo(C) Lindsay McCall


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


For more questions about Para-Equestrian Dressage please contact Hope Hand at or (610) 356-6481.


2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival Show Managers:


Manager/Entry Secretary: Lloyd Landkamer phone: 612-290-8523 Fax: 866-832-8610 Secretary: Angela Goodwin-Volpert / Peggy Warren


Co-Secretary: Becky Johnston


Co- Manager/Secretary: John Hoppman 612-799-6381






Ground Jury: Carlos Lopes (POR/4*), Bo Ahman (SWE/4*), and Hanneke Gerritsen(NED)


Please check out the new FEI Tests Here (LINK)




Qualification Period:

Start: January 1, 2013

End: XXXX 2014 (TBD)


Qualifying Events:

Any CPEDI3* or CPEDI4* event during the qualification period in addition to the Paralympics Games 2012 London


Qualification Score:

All athlete/horse combinations must have attained (as a combination) a minimum 60% score attributed by the Ground Jury in a Team test or Individual Championship test one time.



Minimum of 3 FEI PE5* or 4* judges of different nationalities


About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Excerpt From


The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Adequan GDF) was created as one of the finest show grounds in the world with a calendar of events and prize money in its first year that places it in the top tier of competitions.


Five CDIs staged by a single organization are more than at any other show grounds in the world. Prize money of more than $275,000 that is the richest single circuit except for the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany, what is to horse sports what Wimbledon is to tennis.


The show grounds consists of four arenas that are equal in quality to those at the 2012 and 2008 Olympic Games, several hundred stadium seats around the main ring and the first 200 of what will be 300 permanent horse stalls and a raised courtyard at the center of the show grounds providing a panoramic view of the entire facility. One of the world’s largest covered arenas at 360 by 210 feet (110 x 64 meters), and a VIP club overlooking the main competition arena.


Dressage has replaced the billiard-table smooth grass polo fields that were the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club stadium where Prince Charles played to kick start Wellington as THE winter lifestyle destination for the world.


The dressage grounds adjoin a beautiful grass jumping derby field all part of the sprawling Palm Beach International Equestrian Center that attracts thousands of horses from about three dozen countries for jumper and hunter competitions in an calendar that has expanded from a few weeks in winter to shows from Fall through Spring, centered around the Winter Equestrian Festival and its $6 million in prize money.


To learn more about the Global Dressage Festival please visit:


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.


To view an online version of this press release please visit: