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.
Rebecca Hart remained unbeaten at the Para-Equestrian Selection Trials for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and the 2010 USEF Para-Equestrian National Championships by placing first and second on Kazan and Norteassa, respectively, in today’s freestyle test for Grade I, II and III riders, and then sweeping the overall championship with Kazan (69.74%). The Para-Equestrian National Championships were held in conjunction with the Selection Trials at Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Ill.
After finishing first and second in yesterday’s Team test for Grade I, II and III riders, Rebecca Hart enjoyed a repeat performance today, June 26, in the Individual test at the Para-Equestrian Selection Trials for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. However, while Norteassa was on top yesterday and Kazan second, they switched places today, and Kazan claimed the top spot on 68.88 percent.
In the first day of competition at the 2010 USEF Para-Equestrian Selection Trials for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, today, June 25, Robin Brueckmann and Raison D’Etre’s Team Test topped the Grade IV division (65.00%). Brueckmann is borrowing Raison D’Etre (“Ralee”), a 12-year-old American Warmblood gelding, from close friend Elly Schobel for the Trials. “We have a really good relationship, Elly and I,” Brueckmann said.
The Horse Radio Network broadcasted live from Alltech Studios in Lexington, Kentucky, on June 8, 2010 for the first ever Para-Webathon. The Webathon raised over $8,000 and awareness for Para-Equestrians on their journey to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.