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June 19, 2012

USEF Names Nominated Entry For Para-Equestrian Team

Following the conclusion of the U.S. Equestrian Federation Selection Trials and National Para-Equestrian Championship, held June 11-13 in Gladstone, N.J., the USEF High Performance Working Group and USEF Executive Committee approved a ranked list of horses and riders for the 2012 Paralympic Games.

Four horse/rider combinations will travel to England as the U.S. team for the games.

1. Rebecca Hart on Jessica Ransehousen's Lord Ludger

2. Jonathan Wentz on Kai Handt's NTEC Richter Scale

3. Donna Ponessa on Wesley Dunham's Western Rose

May 30, 2012

Road To The Olympics: Robin Brueckmann, Part 2

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

Things have been going really well. I’m feeling much more comfortable, which makes a big difference in everything I do. [Brueckmann, who suffers from reflex sympathetic dystrophy, underwent a voluntary leg amputation in November to make herself more comfortable in and out of the saddle.]

April 11, 2012

USEF Announces Dates And Location For Paralympic Selection Trials

The 2012 U.S. Equestrian Federation Paralympic Selection Trials and National Championship will take place June 11-13 at the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, N.J. Para-equestrian athletes in grades Ia-IV will vie to represent the United States at the 2012 Paralympic Games and earn National Championship honors. Competitors will ride three different tests (team, individual and freestyle) within their grade.

This championship will take place between the two weekends of the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival Of Champions.

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.

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