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September 16, 2016

Great Day At Rio Paralympics For Great Britain As Three Golds Pour In

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil—Sept. 15  

Following superb wins by British riders in the Grades II and Ia individual tests at the Olympic equestrian center in Deodoro on Thursday, Great Britain won the overall team championships of the Rio 2016 Para-Equestrian dressage competition.

The British team has won every Paralympic team competition since the sport was introduced to the Games in Atlanta 1996 and remain undefeated in European and World championships too—a total of 18 team titles.

September 15, 2016

Faces Of The Rio Paralympic Games

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil—Sept. 15  

Smiles, tears, true elation. They're all on display as the para-equestrian riders compete at the Rio Paralympics, Sept. 11-16 at the Deodoro Equestrian Complex. We put together a few favorite photos...


Dutch rider Sanne Voets, who competed in the Grade III, gave Demantur a well deserved carrot after their ride. Photo by Lizz Gregg/FEI

September 14, 2016

Tears Flow As Wells And Puch Win Medals At Rio Para-Equestrian Games

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil—Sept. 14  

There were emotional scenes at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro on Wednesday as Austria’s Pepo Puch and Great Britain’s Sophie Wells were crowned the latest winners of the Rio Para-Equestrian dressage competition.

Puch won the grade Ib Individual medal, while Wells took the grade IV Individual title.

September 14, 2016

Lübbe Claims First Gold In Rio Para-Equestrian Dressage

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil—Sept. 13  

The first gold of the Rio Para Equestrian dressage competition was won by Norway’s Ann Cathrin Lübbe at the Olympic Equestrian Center.

In a thrilling and closely contended Grade III individual test Lübbe, riding Donatello, scored 72.87 percent, just a fraction of a percentage point ahead of Denmark’s Susanne Sunesen on Que Faire.

And keeping it a neighbourly affair, Sweden’s Louise Etzner Jakobsson took the bronze at this, her first Paralympic Games, riding Zernard.

March 25, 2015

Wacky Whips And Para-Perspectives

Phew! Spring is FINALLY in the air, the iceberg known as the East Coast seems to be thawing, and I am over the moon! I am thrilled so many of you enjoyed getting to know me in my first blog.

February 9, 2015

Who Am I?

The Chronicle's newest blogger is Sydney Collier, a member of the U.S. Para-Dressage Team at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in France, and the recipient of the 2014 Junior Equestrian of the Year Award from the U.S. Equestrian Federation. She and her service dog, Journey, hit the spotlight at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

August 28, 2014

Pearson Produces Another Individual Gold For Great Britain

Aug. 28—Caen, France

Four years ago para-dresage rider Lee Pearson earned the individual Grade Ib gold medal for Great Britain, and at this year’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, he managed the same result. This time around Pearson tacked up Zion, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood by Flemming H to score a 77.31 percent.

June 30, 2014

The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage More Than Half Way to Goal!

Gladstone, NJ - June 30, 2014 -As Para Dressage riders are training and preparing for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage continues to gain momentum and bring in new pledges, having raised $585,000 towards the $800,000 goal.

January 16, 2014

Kai Handt Named U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Chef d'Equipe/Technical Advisor

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.

October 9, 2012

Paralympian Will Be Featured On Good Morning America With Ann Romney

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, ABC’s Good Morning America will feature Paralympian Rebecca Hart. Between 8-9 a.m. EDT, the morning news program will air clips of Hart and Lord Ludger.

Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, is also an equestrian with a disability—she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis—and she’ll present the footage of Hart and Lord Ludger as part of her co-hosting gig.

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