Meet The Para-Equestrian Finalists Vying For WEG Team Spots

Jul 9, 2018 - 1:01 PM

Purcellville, Va.—July 7

In June, eight horse-and-rider pairs were invited to the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Invitational Event, July 6-8 at Wheatland Farm in the rolling hills of Purcellville, Virginia.

The riders completed FEI individual tests, team tests and freestyles with the goal of impressing the judges and solidifying their spot on the team for this year’s FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina. The Chronicle stopped by to watch these elite riders in their element. Here are our favorite photos.

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Wheatland Farm features pastoral touches like weathered grain silos and an old horse van. All photos by Kieran Paulsen.
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Wheatland Farm was proud to host the final selection event for the 2018 Para-Equestrian World Equestrian Games team.
Margaret “Gigi” McIntosh and Heros competed in the Grade I individual test on Friday with a stormy sky as the backdrop.
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Wheatland Farm’s outdoor arena is set on a hill, overlooking the fields and forests beyond.
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Roxanne Trunnell thanked Dolton after their Grade I Individual test. They were the highest scoring pair on Friday.
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Deborah Stanitski and Butterfinger Bonanza rounded out the Grade I competition.
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Katie Jackson and Diesel were all focus for their Grade V team test.
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Kate Shoemaker and Solitaer 40 are a veteran team; they’ve been together since 2015.
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Angela Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate started off the Grade IV team competition on Saturday.
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Riders and guests concluded a day of competition with a dinner party.
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