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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.