US Equestrian Names Additional USEF/USPEA Para-Equestrian Dressage Center of Excellence | Sports Destination Management

US Equestrian Names Additional USEF/USPEA Para-Equestrian Dressage Center of Excellence

Jan 21, 2019

US Equestrian (USEF) and the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) are excited to announce the launch of an additional USEF/USPEA National Para-Equestrian Dressage Center of Excellence (COE).  The USEF Selection Committee carefully scrutinized the application and upheld the highest standards upon recommending the following facility to be named with this prestigious COE title.

Therapeutic Riding, Inc. - Ann Arbor, MI
Contact:  Jan Vescelius,

Therapeutic Riding, Inc. will join the network of previously named COEs as listed below:

Healing Strides of VA - Boones Mill, VA
Contact:  Carol Young,

Wheatland Farm Equestrian Center - Purcellville, VA
Contact:  Muriel Forrest,

Carlisle Academy - Lyman, ME
Contact:  Sarah Armentrout,

Ride On Therapeutic Riding Center, Chatsworth, CA
Contact: Megan McQueeney,

North Texas Equestrian Center (NTEC), Wylie, TX
Contact:  Kai Handt,

As each COE is unique in their own structure, they may have opportunities independent of other COEs.  The USEF and USPEA is committed to working with each COE to build plans that complement their individual strengths and opportunities.  These regional hubs of excellence will not only attract new athletes to the sport of para-equestrian dressage, but also work in partnership with the USEF High Performance Programs to develop athletes to a level where they can represent the U.S. at the International and Paralympic Games level and ultimately win medals.   
Another vital role that COEs will play is that of attracting trainers to the sport of para-equestrian dressage and helping them develop and understand the sport.  The COEs will be the primary hubs for delivering the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage High Performance Programs and Para educational symposiums.

We also hope that COEs will be able to further develop their links with the therapeutic riding community, thus providing exposure to the competition opportunities should that be of interest to riders. 

For more information on the COE programs please contact USEF Director, Dressage Performance & Event Support / COE Coordinator, Para-Equestrian, Laura Roberts at 859-225-6986

The USPEA remains the driving force of Para-Dressage by providing education and opportunities for those wishing to enter Para-Equestrian sports.  For more information on getting started with Para-Equestrian please visit or contact USPEA President, Hope Hand at  

United States Para-Equestrian Association Mission Statement: To Help Develop, Promote, Support, and Sustain all USA Para Equestrian Athletes for Regional, National, and International Competition with a focus on Paralympic Equestrian Sport.

United States Para-Equestrian Association Vision Statement: The vision of the United States Para Equestrian Association (USPEA) is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America for athletes with an eligible physical impairment, promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the Paralympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national Para Equestrian Association in the world.
About USPEA: The United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) includes every recognized equestrian discipline that is practiced by athletes with an eligible physical impairment with a focus on Paralympic Equestrian Sports. . The USPEA is a network of current and past athletes, owners, officials, event organizers, and equestrian enthusiasts. The Association assists athletes to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Disciplines of Para-Equestrian.

USPEA was created to fill a need to assist Para Equestrian disciplines when they came under the governance of the FEI.  While Para Equestrian disciplines were originally segregated, they now are integrated in international sport.  As each individual Para Equestrian discipline develops, it is USPEA's mission to always serve as an advisory resource with the ultimate goal that the established able-bodied discipline affiliate will integrate within their organization.

In 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status and became a recognized International affiliate association of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) working together to grow the FEI recognized disciplines by helping to provide press, educational information, symposiums and competition opportunities for athletes with eligible physical impairments.

For more information about the USPEA please visit or contact USPEA President: Hope Hand by e-mail: or by phone: (610)356-6481.

The USPEA is a USEF Recognized National Affiliate. The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members. For more information please visit US Equestrian at 

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