Special Needs

USA Para-Dressage Ready to Kick Off 2019 Season

16 Jan, 2019

After a very successful 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ USA Para-Dressage is excited to head to Wellington, Florida, for the kick-off of the 2019 calendar year.

The season began with a Coach & Athlete Development Seminar January 13-14, 2019, at Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center in Loxahatchee, Florida.

The seminar was a two-day USEF sanctioned event designed for athlete and coach development in para-equestrian dressage. Following the seminar para-equestrians will compete at the $10,000 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) Week 2 CPEDI3* January 17-20, 2019. Riders may stay through the winter season or return for the second CPEDI3* during AGDF Week 9 CPEDI3* running March 7-10. Scheduled June 13-16, athletes will head out West to the Golden State Dressage Classic in Rancho Murieta, Calif. The calendar year will finish in the fall at the 2019 US Equestrian Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships taking place at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Tryon, NC, September 12-15. With four international competitions in the United States and further education at the national level the 2019 year will be an exciting building year for the United States. With a little over a year left U.S. athletes have their sights on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games where Paralympic Dressage will occur August 27-29, and 31.

The first 2019 international para-equestrian dressage show in the United States begins at the $10,000 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) Week 2 CPEDI3* (sponsored by Adequan ®, Mission Control, Nutrena,and Fair Sky Farm), with the Horse inspection on Thursday, January 17, at 3 PM. Each horse and rider combination from multiple countries will enter down centerline in the Team Test on Friday, January 18, the Individual Test on Saturday, and the Freestyle Test on Sunday, January 19. The ground jury includes Carlos Lopes (POR), Monique Peutz-Vegter (NED), Adrienne Pot (USA), and Elke Ebert (GER). Para-Dressage riders in Grade I, II, III, IV, and V, will compete for the $10,000 in prize money.

The winter equestrian season in Wellington, Florida, is an exciting opportunity for riders and horses to compete at world-class facilities in front of international judges against the best athletes in their sport. USA Para-Dressage is looking forward to solidifying horse and rider duos over the 2019 year.

Lists of 2019 Para-Equestrian Dressage Events:

January 17-20, 2019
Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) Week 2 CPEDI3*
Wellington, Florida

March 7-10, 2019
Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) Week 9 CPEDI3*
Wellington, Florida

June 7-8, 2019
Para-Equestrian Symposium at Healing Strides of Virginia
Boones Mill, VA

June 9-10, 2019
Para-Equestrian Symposium at Wheatland Farm
Purcellville, VA

June 13-16, 2019
Golden State Dressage Classic & CDI2*
Rancho Murieta, California

September 1-2, 2019
Para-Equestrian Symposium Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Ann Arbor, MI

September 3-4, 2019
Para-Equestrian Symposium Carlisle Academy
Lyman, ME

September 12-15, 2019
Tryon Fall Dressage CPEDI3* and 2019 US Equestrian Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships
Tryon, NC

*For additional educational events nationally or internationally please visit https://www.usef.org/ or www.uspea.org

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 www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President: Hope Hand by e-mail: hope@uspea.org 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 https://www.usef.org/compete/disciplines/para-equestrian. 


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