The U.S. Equestrian Federation has named Kai Handt as the U.S. para-equestrian dressage chef d'equipe/technical advisor. The search committee, chaired by Eric Straus, USEF Para-Equestrian Eligible Athlete Committee and USEF Para-Equestrian High Performance Committee recommended Handt for this position.
Handt, of Wylie, Texas, has a great depth of experience in the equestrian world as a competitor, trainer and coach. Since August 1985, Handt has owned and managed the North Texas Equestrian Center, which hosts lesson and boarding programs in addition to training equestrians of all levels in the dressage, jumping and para-equestrian dressage disciplines. Handt has had one or more of his students compete at the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship since 2009, as well as having riders he has coached and trained compete at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (Ky.) and the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
Information regarding the evolution of the U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Chef d'Equipe/Technical Advisor position can be found on the USEF website.
On Jan. 25 at 7:00 a.m. the USEF will host a breakfast forum for all potential para-equestrian 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (France) applicants and their trainers to meet with Handt for a meet-and-greet session and to begin the strategic planning for 2014. The forum will take place at the Asador Patagonia restaurant, 675 Royal Palm Beach Boulevard, Royal Palm Beach, Fla.
This opportunity to meet with Handt follows the USET Foundation's "Soirée du Cheval" on Jan. 24, where 21 individuals from para-equestrian sport will represent the discipline at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games fundraiser.
Reservations for the forum to meet Handt are required by no later than Wednesday, Jan. 22, through Laureen Johnson, USEF high performance director of para-equestrian and vaulting, 908-326-1155, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.