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March 5, 2012

Road To The Olympics: Robin Brueckmann, Part 1

In this series, the Chronicle follows seven riders as they seek to fulfill their Olympic dreams in London in 2012.

Looking ahead toward London, I was really thinking outside the box. All of last year was spent preparing for getting my right leg amputated so I would be more comfortable. [Brueckmann suffers from reflex sympathetic dystrophy, a pain disorder. She was classified as a Grade IV para rider in 1998 based on the secondary paralysis in her right lower leg. RSD itself is not classifiable.]

February 2, 2012

USA Qualifies For London Paralympic Games

Following their performance at the Wellington Classic Sunshine Challenge (Fla.) CPEDI*** team qualifier for the Paralympics, held Jan. 25-29, the U.S. para-dressage team has qualified for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

"It's very exciting," says Chef d'Equipe Missy Ransehousen. "I was very pleased with not only the team but with the individuals. They are a good group of people, working hard, and going forward with a good plan in mind."

September 18, 2011

Wentz Wins USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship

Saugerties, N.Y.-Sept. 18

As he headed down centerline for his Grade 1b Individual test with NTEC Richter Scale, Jonathan Wentz knew the scores were very close. He was leading the Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship, but Dale Dedrick was right behind him with Bonifatius.

October 8, 2010

U.S. Riders Miss Out On Medals, But Look Ahead To Freestyles

Lexington, Ky., Oct. 7

The U.S. para dressage riders may not have won a medal yet at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, but their hopes are still high with one more set of medals to be awarded in the freestyle tests. Laura Goldman narrowly missed a medal in today’s individual 1a test, claiming fourth place.

October 8, 2010

It’s Great Britain Again For WEG Para Dressage Gold

Lexington, Ky., Oct. 7

Great Britain quite simply dominated the para dressage at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, clinching gold for the team and six individual medals. The press conference following the medal ceremonies was downright raucous with spontaneous applause throughout and the silver-medal German team supporters popping open bottles of champagne at regular intervals.

October 1, 2010

USEF Names the Kentucky Equine Research U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team

The following horse/rider combinations have been named to the team (in ranked order):

Rider/Age/Hometown/Horse/Age/Breed/Sex/Owner

Rebecca Hart/25/Erie, PA/Norteassa/18/Hanoverian/Gelding/Rebecca Hart

Robin Brueckmann/52/Summerfield, NC/Raison D'Etre/12/American Warmblood/Gelding/Elly Schobel

Laura Goldman/65/Highland Heights, OH/Carlingford JD/11/Irish Sport Horse/Gelding/Trudy Phillips

Susan Treabess/33/Winters, CA/Moneypenny/16/Dutch Warmblood/Mare/Katy Peterson

September 1, 2010

World Equestrian Games: Para-Dressage

When author Helen Thompson wrote, “In riding a horse, we borrow freedom,” she was probably referring to the way horses allow us to experience things we could never accomplish on our own two feet. I like to think that Ms. Thompson’s sentiment is doubly true when it comes to para-equestrian.

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