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CotHers! Let's Help This Dressage Rider Get to the Paralympics!

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  • CotHers! Let's Help This Dressage Rider Get to the Paralympics!

    Please view the inspirational video and information at the link about this dressage rider trying to get to the paralympics. Consider making a donation at the site to help her.

    http://www.indiegogo.com/Going-for-the-Gold
    "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier

  • #2
    There are a number of wonderful para riders in the US that have similar stories that also need funding.

    Perhaps donating money to the http://uspea.org in general to assist ALL who would represent the US in London?

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    • #3
      Wow, what an inspiring story. I'll help, and am trying to figure out how to post the story to Facebook to get the word out. mhjco - I'm not sure I understand your post. There's more than one way to raise money. Courtney King is raising a lot of money on her own. I'd like to think we can help the "little people" too.

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        #4
        Just copy the link I provided and paste it to your FB page.
        "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier

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        • #5
          What an amazing and inspiring woman. I sent a little $. Thanks for posting this!

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          • #6
            Thank you!

            thank you, for remembering the rest of us!
            Originally posted by Discobold View Post
            Wow, what an inspiring story. I'll help, and am trying to figure out how to post the story to Facebook to get the word out. mhjco - I'm not sure I understand your post. There's more than one way to raise money. Courtney King is raising a lot of money on her own. I'd like to think we can help the "little people" too.
            breeder of Mercury!

            remember to enjoy the moment, and take a moment to enjoy and give God the glory for these wonderful horses in our lives.BECAUSE: LIFE is What Happens While Making Other Plans

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            • #7
              What a great story. I sent some money to help out. I have such a soft spot for those in the therapeutic/para world. I'm in the process of setting up a long-term lease of my Friesian/App cross to be used by older kids in a therapeutic program. Anything to help out those who need it.
              My May boys: Beau , Neon, Criss

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              • #8
                I am privileged to know Donna personally. I can tell you that any donation you can make is worth it, because I have NO DOUBT she will win in London if we can get her there.

                Donna is without a doubt the most dedicated person to this sport I have EVER met. She had to train herself to BREATHE without a ventilator in order to ride. She works out every morning to build up the muscles to stay upright in the saddle and she rides multiple horses every day.

                Go Donna!! Do us proud

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Discobold View Post
                  Wow, what an inspiring story. I'll help, and am trying to figure out how to post the story to Facebook to get the word out. mhjco - I'm not sure I understand your post. There's more than one way to raise money. Courtney King is raising a lot of money on her own. I'd like to think we can help the "little people" too.
                  I think her story is inspiring. I hope she is able to be selected. I hope she is able to get sufficient funding to get to London.

                  But I also know several other Para riders. And I believe all of them deserve more support than what our National organization is able to give. Most of our Para riders have little to no outside support. (Unlike our other teams.)

                  There are trials at Houston next week. The selection trials are at Gladstone so ALL Para riders who want to go to London must travel there. Just like the selection trials for our Dressage team. Some from the left coast as well as those much closer.

                  The power of this board is incredible. I am just hoping that many could benefit from this power.

                  I just wish I could support all of them.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mjhco View Post
                    The power of this board is incredible. I am just hoping that many could benefit from this power.

                    I just wish I could support all of them.
                    I agree then. Thank you for the other link.

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                    • #11
                      Here's another rider looking to go to the olympics. She is on the main para site too (but with a different horse). This is the horse that she just started leasing (and it has a link to her website too).

                      http://sendonway.com/kim_jones.htm
                      Kris
                      www.edgewoodmeadowfarm.com
                      Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/edgewoodmeadowfarm

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                      • #12
                        I agree with MJHCO - ALL of the para riders need support. None are more special than others to me. Go to uspea.org - read about all the aspiring para riders trying to get to London.
                        All have to fund raise to get themselves to Gladstone for the selection trials.

                        I am sponsoring a rider by giving her a horse - but she is from Seattle and needs to raise over 10K to get the horse to Gladstone and back for the selection trials. She needs assistance too - as they all do!. You can read her blog and funding needs at the link below

                        http://www.gofundme.com/f8xec
                        RoseLane Sportponies
                        Golden State - 2012 Bundeschampion & 2014 USDF Horse of the Year
                        Golden West - 2014 & 2015 Bundeschampion Pony Stallion
                        Petit Marc Aurel- FEI Dressage Pony Stallion

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                        • #13
                          Mike, I just saw on Rebecca Yount's thread that Donna won 1a (though she only met $3000 of her $5000 fund-raising goal).
                          Last edited by Jeito; Apr. 27, 2012, 01:29 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Yes, let's be SURE to remember the "little people" too. I think that is so, so important. These people have worked very hard for a very long time.

                            If my horse was suitable I would let her be used in a second. When I had a NARHA program we used our GP horse and our PSG horse in the program, and another pony that we owned was also our main hippotherapy mount.

                            Maybe we can find Jane Clark-like sponsors for all the riders? I'm going to do what I can.

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                            • #15
                              Donna Ponessa won on Fri and Today--74.58%

                              Here are today's results (Donna won on Friday, too):

                              Class: 206< CPEDI 2010 PARA EQUESTRIAN GRADE 1A INDIV TEST > E: - H: Lopes-POR C: Amos Jacob-FRA M: - B: Wysocki-USA
                              E H C M B Total
                              0 Open SILVANO DONNA PONESSA
                              MICHELE R MILES NY Ridden 0.000 0 74.750 0 76.500 0 0.000 0 72.500 0 74.583%
                              0 Open INSPECTOR REBUS JODY SCHLOSS
                              JODY SCHLOSS Ridden 0.000 0 70.750 0 63.750 0 0.000 0 68.500 0 67.667%
                              0 Open NICOLAI COURTNEY KING-DYE
                              ANDREA R HART CT Ridden 0.000 0 64.250 0 66.500 0 0.000 0 66.250 0 65.667%
                              0 Open VPRH PEGASUS VOM NIEHAUS-HOF LAURA GOLDMAN
                              PATRICK TRUXILLO OH Ridden 0.000 0 60.750 0 62.500 0 0.000 0 62.000 0 61.75%
                              0 Open NTEC MANCHADA LAURA GOLDMAN
                              KAI HANDT OH Ridden 0.000 0 62.000 0 67.750 0 0.000 0 65.000 0 0%

                              Class: 207< CPEDI 2010 PARA EQUESTRIAN GRADE 1B INDIV TEST > E: - H: Lopes-POR C: Amos Jacob-FRA M: - B: Wysocki-USA
                              E H C M B Total
                              1 Open SILVANO JONATHAN WENTZ
                              MICHELE R MILES TX Ridden 0.000 0 69.130 0 70.000 0 0.000 0 69.783 0 69.639%
                              2 Open NTEC JABRIEL JONATHAN WENTZ
                              RACHEL ZENT TX Ridden 0.000 0 63.261 0 59.783 0 0.000 0 60.000 0 61.013%

                              Class: 208< CPEDI 2010 PARA EQUESTRIAN GRADE 2 INDIV TEST > E: - H: Lopes-POR C: Amos Jacob-FRA M: - B: Wysocki-USA
                              E H C M B Total
                              1 Open OFF TO PARIS LAUREN BARWICK
                              EQUINE CANADA Ridden 0.000 0 72.619 0 72.619 0 0.000 0 69.524 0 71.586%
                              2 Open MADOC DYLAN KIM JONES
                              NANCY HINZ SC Ridden 0.000 0 60.952 0 65.000 0 0.000 0 62.143 0 62.7%
                              3 Open NICOLAI SYNDEY COLLIER
                              ANDREA R HART MI Ridden 0.000 0 61.190 0 60.000 0 0.000 0 60.952 0 60.714%
                              4 Open NTEC MANCHADA BARBARA ADSIDE
                              KAI HANDT CA Ridden 0.000 0 59.048 0 61.905 0 0.000 0 58.095 0 59.681%

                              Class: 209< CPEDI 2010 PARA EQUESTRIAN GRADE 3 INDIV TEST > E: - H: Lopes-POR C: Amos Jacob-FRA M: - B: Wysocki-USA
                              E H C M B Total
                              1 Open LATERAN WENDY FRYKE
                              WENDY FRYKE CO Ridden 0.000 0 66.000 0 67.667 0 0.000 0 63.833 0 65.833%

                              Class: 210< CPEDI 2010 PARA EQUESTRIAN GRADE 4 INDIV TEST > E: - H: Lopes-POR C: Amos Jacob-FRA M: - B: Wysocki-USA
                              E H C M B Total
                              0 Open FAROL IANA GONZALEZ
                              RAUL ARMENDARIZ CA Ridden 0.000 0 49.194 0 51.290 0 0.000 0 52.258 0 50.914%
                              0 Open RONDO DEL REY JENNIFER J BAKER
                              KATHLEEN JONES OH Ridden 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0%
                              0 Open ISLENO ARM IANA GONZALEZ
                              RAUL ARMENDARIZ CA Ridden 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0%

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                              • #16
                                Donna Ponessa

                                Frustrated that Donna Ponessa's Indiegogo campaign has ended, and sad that it did not meet it's short term goal, I found an even
                                more inspiring video at http://better.tv/view/women-how-insp...ara-equestrian with a link to this amazing woman's website where one can help get one of the "little people" to London. Unlike Courtney
                                King, who can somehow get away with her $100 minimum demand for help...., I think the other Para competitors who
                                have worked so hard and so long for this opportunity, with no
                                financial support from the organization would be touched,grateful,and beyond appreciative of any help regardless
                                of what one can afford or what they wish to give.
                                Last edited by nyccowgirl; Apr. 30, 2012, 08:23 PM. Reason: misspelling

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                                • #17
                                  Erin Alberda (http://www.gofundme.com/f8xec - also linked in Honeylips' post) is a friend of mine and also a wonderfully deserving rider! Her dedication to this sport is absolutely incredible and inspirational. I feel so lucky to have gotten to know her and to get more familiar with para-dressage. What a bunch of amazing people/riders. I can't wait to cheer the team on from across the pond this summer!

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by nyccowgirl View Post
                                    Frustrated that Donna Ponessa's Indiegogo campaign has ended, and sad that it did not meet it's short term goal, I found an even
                                    more inspiring video at http://better.tv/view/women-how-insp...ara-equestrian with a link to this amazing woman's website where one can help get one of the "little people" to London. Unlike Courtney
                                    King, who can somehow get away with her $100 minimum demand for help
                                    ...., I think the other Para competitors who
                                    have worked so hard and so long for this opportunity, with no
                                    financial support from the organization would be touched,grateful,and beyond appreciative of any help regardless
                                    of what one can afford or what they wish to give.
                                    Why does this matter? Get out there and fund raise for the person you want to see go to the Olympics...Courtney's financial situation should have no bearings on your fund raising campaign.

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