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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.

September 3, 2012

Great Britain Dominates Individual Paralympic Competition, Wentz Takes Fourth

September 3—London

Over the last four days, para-equestrian dressage athletes have had the opportunity to place their best foot forward in the Greenwich Park arena at the Paralympic Games. The first two days of competition, Great Britain dominated four of the five grade levels during the team test. During the individual test competition, riders from other countries got into the mix.

August 28, 2012

Meet The U.S. Para- Dressage Team

Still have Olympic fever? Not to worry, the 2012 London Paralympics kick off today, Aug. 29, with the Opening Ceremonies. Para-dressage starts Aug. 30 with the Grade II and Grade Ib team tests, and the competition runs through Sept. 4. You can find a full schedule of the events on the London 2012 website.

June 19, 2012

USEF Names Nominated Entry For Para-Equestrian Team

Following the conclusion of the U.S. Equestrian Federation Selection Trials and National Para-Equestrian Championship, held June 11-13 in Gladstone, N.J., the USEF High Performance Working Group and USEF Executive Committee approved a ranked list of horses and riders for the 2012 Paralympic Games.

Four horse/rider combinations will travel to England as the U.S. team for the games.

1. Rebecca Hart on Jessica Ransehousen's Lord Ludger

2. Jonathan Wentz on Kai Handt's NTEC Richter Scale

3. Donna Ponessa on Wesley Dunham's Western Rose

May 30, 2012

Road To The Olympics: Robin Brueckmann, Part 2

In this series, the Chronicle follows seven riders as they seek to fulfill their Olympic dreams in London in 2012.

Things have been going really well. I’m feeling much more comfortable, which makes a big difference in everything I do. [Brueckmann, who suffers from reflex sympathetic dystrophy, underwent a voluntary leg amputation in November to make herself more comfortable in and out of the saddle.]

April 11, 2012

USEF Announces Dates And Location For Paralympic Selection Trials

The 2012 U.S. Equestrian Federation Paralympic Selection Trials and National Championship will take place June 11-13 at the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, N.J. Para-equestrian athletes in grades Ia-IV will vie to represent the United States at the 2012 Paralympic Games and earn National Championship honors. Competitors will ride three different tests (team, individual and freestyle) within their grade.

This championship will take place between the two weekends of the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival Of Champions.

March 5, 2012

Road To The Olympics: Robin Brueckmann, Part 1

In this series, the Chronicle follows seven riders as they seek to fulfill their Olympic dreams in London in 2012.

Looking ahead toward London, I was really thinking outside the box. All of last year was spent preparing for getting my right leg amputated so I would be more comfortable. [Brueckmann suffers from reflex sympathetic dystrophy, a pain disorder. She was classified as a Grade IV para rider in 1998 based on the secondary paralysis in her right lower leg. RSD itself is not classifiable.]

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