DressageDaily Introduces new Weekly Column - Perspectives, with Lynndee Kemmet

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Written by Lynndee Kemmet

Lynndee Kemmet has been covering the world of equestrian sports for more than 20 years. She started her journalism career as a daily news reporter covering local government and business. And today, when not writing about the world of horses, she writes about government and public policy.
The Internet is a fabulous thing. On a personal level, it's allowed me to morph from daily news journalist tied to a newsroom to freelance journalist writing for multiple news publications. On a broader scale, the Internet has allowed for the rapid spread of news and information around the world, helping millions to see the world for what it is and not for what their governments tell them it is or ought to be. But while the Internet can spread truth, it also easily spreads rumors and false accusations. I'll be straight from the start.

I've never been a follower of blogs and chat rooms and confess I rarely read postings in either. Maybe I'm too much of what was once called a "hard" news journalist to put much faith in what people write if posted anonymously or if lacking facts, data or research to back up statements. My mentor as a young political reporter was an old-style news editor – hard-drinking and chain-smoking – who would have shot me if I'd ever used anonymous sources in an article or couldn't back up my story with credible references.      

Hence, I've created this weekly column as an alternative. As a journalist, I recognize the need to address the tough issues facing equestrian sports, particularly dressage – debates about the rollkur, questions regarding how best to develop U.S. horses and riders for success in international competition, the issues surrounding the selection of the dressage team chef, the use of various drugs and medications, to name a few. But I don't believe debates about these issues should be played out in free-for-all formats, where serious debate so often slips into "stories" absent of fact or, worse yet, into anonymous accusations against others.

In general, I believe that the equestrian community has within it some of the most generous, hard-working, fun and intelligent people in society. But like any community, it also has its share of pettiness. And to be honest about my perspective, I admit to frequently shaking my head at the amount of time and effort expended on some topics and issues. Maybe it's because when I'm not covering equestrian sports, I'm writing about political, economic and military issues. When you spend time around military and civilian policymakers debating how best to win a war, keep soldiers alive and rebuild nations, the word "trivial" comes to mind when thinking of some of the things over which we equestrians agonize.  

Another problem with the Internet and modern technology is that we have become so connected that we expect to know things immediately. Hence, if we can't get immediate answers from our national and international equestrian federations, we're frustrated. I can tell you that the technology the military has for intelligence gathering and information sharing in "real time" – to use the military's term – is astounding. And right now, one of the problems with which the U.S. military is grappling is how to ensure the credibility of the information flying around the battlefield without slowing down the speed at which information can flow. Having been in the military, and now interacting quite frequently with soldiers coming off the battlefields, I can honestly say that there are often times when soldiers need information and they need it now in order to make decisions that could save their lives and/or win a battle. But soldiers have also learned that, very often, wrong information is more dangerous than no information.

When I was a young reporter, I worried quite a bit about being "scooped" by a reporter at a competitor newspaper covering the same beat. My crusty old mentor editor gave me some advice about that – being first on a story and being wrong was worse than being second and being accurate. Good reporting, she told me, is about finding the truth and that requires patience, because getting at the truth requires research and good research takes time. That's why daily newspapers distinguish between the daily, quick hit news items and the in-depth, investigative news features that take days, sometimes weeks, to research and write.  

Throughout my journalism career, I've often gotten some great anonymous tips that helped me uncover good stories, pointed me in the right direction when I was going the wrong way, and led me to the truth. I learned quickly that the conspiracy theories of government corruption told to me by some citizens often had within them a grain of truth worth investigating. But very often those investigations showed that what existed was not a government conspiracy, but lack of information. Both governments and citizens shared the blame. Governments for failing to provide citizens with information on government activities (information vacuums are often quickly filled with rumors and conspiracy theories) and citizens for jumping to conclusions without the facts.   

Equestrian federations are a bit like governments and hence, the relationship between them and the people they serve is not much different than that between government and citizen. Such public organizations need to be open and willing to share information with those they serve. But in return, their members need to convey a certain level of trust and keep an open mind about the information and explanations they are given. I've always felt that it's the duty of the media to keep the people informed and serve as a watchdog over public entities. But it is also the responsibility of the media to do all it can to get at the truth and gather the facts so that the information it imparts is as fair and accurate as possible. This is not to say the media never makes mistakes, because it does. Reporters do get false information but asking more questions and doing a bit of double checking does help minimize the errors.

I want to note that life is serious, but it's also humorous and if we forget that, we are doomed to depression and frustration. For that reason, I hope that while the issues we need to tackle in the equestrian world are often very serious, no one will mind if they are occasionally approached here with a bit of humor. One thing I've learned from covering politics is that laughter works much better in solving problems than does anger.

Contact Lynndee - Lynndee@harlynnfarms.com

World Equestrian Games 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 14:23
FEI Communications
Italy’s Sara Morganti has been voted the International Paralympic Committee’s best female Allianz Athlete of the Month for August following her incredible performance at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA).
 
The Tuscany-born Para-Equestrian Dressage rider scored an outstanding Freestyle Grade 1a gold medal...
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:36
Grand prix show jumper Danielle Goldstein has represented Israel in major international competitions in 2014, from Spruce Meadows and Thunderbird Horsepark in Canada to the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.  Upon returning to the United States, the dual US and Israeli citizen has been invited to compete in the Central Park Horse Show,...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 13:20
Alltech Media
[CAEN, France] – After a successful 15 days of competition and celebration, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy have come to a close this evening with a farewell ceremony in the Michel d’Ornano Stadium in Caen. A cast of close to 2,000 of the world’s best equine and human athletes, more than 570,000 on-site spectators and 3,...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 12:18
Diana DeRosa
Where to begin. I’m on the journey home with memories of Beezie Madden claiming the Individual Bronze Medal and Cortes C claiming the Best Horse title in the Final Four phase of Show Jumping at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. Chester Weber did us proud as well claiming an Individual Silver in Driving and his team was...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:54
FEI Press Release
FEI President HRH Princess Haya officially closed the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy at the D’Ornano Stadium this evening, bringing to an end two weeks of incredible sport.  The final medals of the Games were presented by IOC Member, Tsunekazu Takeda, Vice-President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Member of the...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:47
Louise Parkes
 made it double-gold at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy today when adding the individual title to last Thursday’s team victory for The Netherlands. He made his way into this afternoon’s top-four Jumping final thanks to a horse that he admitted was inexperienced at this level of the sport and which clearly surprised him...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:30
In sport, time is often the difference between victory and defeat, and in a display of supreme individual horsemanship, the Netherlands Jeroen Dubbeldam today sealed a growing reputation within the sport of Show Jumping by claiming the Individual World Champion title at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy by less than half a...

Eventing

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 10:05
Equine Canada
Ottawa, ONT, October 29, 2014 - Riding her 13-year-old German-bred gelding, Let it Bee, Kathryn Robinson, who currently resides in Kettering, UK, finished in seventh place overall at CCI 4* Les Etoiles de Pau Three Day Event, in Pau, FRA, held October 23-26, 2014. In addition to the 2014 World Equestrian Games, there are only six CCI 4*...
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 13:24
John Strassburger
Temecula, CA, Oct. 28, 2014 — British Olympic medalist Ian Stark has been then the course designer at the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event since 2007, and riders have always given rave reviews to the challenges he creates. In 2013 Stark made some major changes to the Galway Downs course’s track, especially for the CCI3*, to better...
Monday, October 27, 2014 - 09:35
Kate Green, FEI Communications
The beaming smile said it all. Ingrid Klimke (GER), one of the most popular and talented riders in Eventing, finally secured her first CCI4* victory, at Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA), the first leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/15.
 
Klimke has won six team gold medals at Olympic, World and European level, and now she looks to have found the...
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 11:32
Kate Green, FEI Communications
Ingrid Klimke (GER) is poised to win her first CCI4* after a superbly committed Cross Country round on Horseware Hale Bob at Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA), opening leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015.  The double Olympic gold medallist was cheered to the finish by the large crowd enjoying an exciting and sunny afternoon as she flew home just two...
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 16:24
Athletux
Upperville, VA - Allison Springer of Upperville, VA announced today that with the help of the Team Springer Syndicate LLC, she has purchased Mr. Sydney Rocks. Mr. Sydney Rocks is a ten year old gelding out of Lenardo, who has competed successfully through the CIC3* level. Springer, who has spent time over the past couple of years dedicated to...
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 15:21
Kate Green, FEI Communications
Two of the world’s most illustrious riders are sharing the lead after the Dressage phase at Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA), opening leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015.
 
Germany’s Ingrid Klimke, riding the 10-year-old Horseware Hale Bob, and William Fox-Pitt (GBR), with the 14-year-old Parklane Hawk, were the only two riders to score below 40...
Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:25
John Strassburger & Heather Bailey
Temecula, CA, Oct. 23, 2014 — Buck Davidson, winner of the CCI3* at the 2013 Galway Downs International Three-Day Event, will journey from his base in Pennsylvania to defend his Galway Downs title, on Oct. 30-Nov. 2. In 2013, Davidson, of Riegelsville, PA., rode Petite Flower to victory. This time he’ll try to make it two in a row on Copper Beech...

Reining and Western Riding

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 13:35
Mary Adelaide Brakenridge for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Jupiter, FL - October 30, 2014 - Steed Training's goal for their Cow Horse Extravaganza series was to put on family friendly events that brought the community out to experience the excitement of reined cow horse competition, and their success was evident at the final event of the season. Spectators, sponsors and supporters gathered on Saturday,...
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 16:18
Mary Adelaide Brakenridge Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Jupiter, FL - Don't miss the final event of the season in Steed Training and Horse Show By Appointment's popular series! Get your boots on and come out Saturday afternoon, Oct. 25, for the family friendly Western exhibition. Learn about the exciting discipline of ranch horse riding and ranch horse competitions, which demand versatility and quick...
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 11:15
Emily Riden, Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Tampa, Fl. - Quarter Horse riders, owners and trainers mark your calendars and clear your schedules now for December 27 - 31, 2014. The Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Shows is returning to the Florida State Fairgrounds' Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, and the five full days of American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) shows are not to be missed....
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 11:10
The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Center will be at the All American Quarter Horse Congress and will be providing therapies. MagnaWave and Laser Therapy will be available with special Congress pricing. They can treat your horses and your dogs. To make an appointment call or text Melissa at (352)804-6864
Monday, October 6, 2014 - 11:52
Lindsay McCall for the USPEA
Oklahoma City, OK - The American Quarter Horse (AQHA) World Championship Show November 7-22, will once again feature a para-equestrian reining demonstration on November 15, 2014. The demonstration will take place in The Jim Norick Arena at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City after the Senior Reining CRI 3*. The previous 2013 AQHA World...
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 11:10
Mary Adelaide Brakenridge for Phelps Media Group
Jupiter, FL - Steed Training and Horse Show By Appointment are making the final preparations for another exciting, family friendly Western exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 27. Spectators are welcome to the free event at Golden L Ranch in Jupiter, FL. Brothers Trevor and Rick Steed of Steed Training will lead the way in showcasing team sorting and...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 13:20
Alltech Media
[CAEN, France] – After a successful 15 days of competition and celebration, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy have come to a close this evening with a farewell ceremony in the Michel d’Ornano Stadium in Caen. A cast of close to 2,000 of the world’s best equine and human athletes, more than 570,000 on-site spectators and 3,...

Driving

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 16:13
Sarah Evers Conrad - All In Stride Marketing
  In October, the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, sees a lot of action. Thousands of people and horses come for the United States Mounted Games Association’s Bluegrass Finale, the Octoberfest Horse Trials, the Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning Event, the Certified Horsemanship Association’s International Conference, the Kentucky...
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 10:14
Revolution Sports
30 October 2014 - This year’s Olympia, The London International Horse Show takes place from 16-22 December and  boasts a star-studded equine line up, including a Medal Parade from the GBR Equestrian Teams, an appearance from record breaking racehorse, Kauto Star and Dressage Masterclasses from British riders, Michael Eilberg and Laura Tomlinson...
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 13:25
Lindsay McCall for the USPEA
Lodi, California- Four Para-Equestrian Drivers competed at the Shady Oaks CDE September 18-21, 2014, in Lodi, California. Those athletes included Tracy Bowman competing in Preliminary Single Pony; Ginny Leal competing in Training Level Single Pony; Diane Kastama competing in Preliminary Pair; and Stefanie Putnam who competed in Preliminary Single...
Monday, October 6, 2014 - 11:09
Kathleen Landwehr, USEF
Lexington, Ky. - The last USEF National Combined Driving Champions of 2014 were crowned during the final day at the Kentucky Classic CDE as drivers guided their horses and ponies through Richard Nicoll's 20-obstacle cones course at the Kentucky Horse Park.   USEF National Pairs Championship  Misdee Wrigley Miller (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.) earned her...
Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 11:23
Kathleen Landwehr, USEF
Lexington, Ky. - The exciting marathon phase took place Saturday at the Kentucky Classic CDE, the host of the final USEF National Combined Driving Championship competitions of 2014. Drivers demonstrated their skill through seven-obstacles on the marathon track at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. USEF National Pairs Championship        By...
Friday, October 3, 2014 - 09:37
Kathleen Landwehr, USEF
Lexington, Ky. - A warm and sunny afternoon at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., set the stage for the first phase of competition in the final USEF National Combined Driving Championships of 2014. Drivers entered the dressage arena at the Kentucky Classic CDE in order to take their first steps toward a National Title.  USEF National...
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:45
Helen Murray for USEF
Izsak, Hungary - The United States closed out the 2014 FEI World Driving Championships for Singles on a high note with strong performances in the cones phase. Jacob Arnold and Donna Crookston were among only seven competitors to produce clears on Sunday, while Leslie Berndl also left all the balls in place, just collecting a handful of time...

Show Jumping

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 14:25
Emily Riden, Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Lexington, KY - October 30, 2014 - It took a rocket scientist to win the Amateur-Owner 3'3" Hunter Grand Championship at the National Horse Show - literally. Kathryn Haefner is a graduate student at Stanford University, where she is completing a degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics. Thursday at the Kentucky Horse Park, she and her mount...
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 14:10
Kenneth Kraus and Kendall Bierer for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Lexington, KY - October 30, 2014 - Belgium's Olivier Philippaerts guided Armstrong Van de Kapel to victory on Thursday night at the 131st National Horse Show, topping a starting field of 42 and then a massive jump-off roster of 21 to win the marathon Copernicus Stables $75,000 International Open Jumpers, presented by the Coulter Family. In the...
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 13:12
Equi Equipe
With 15 of the top 17 riders in the world in action, Jumping Verona 2014 promises spectacular sport. Staged within the programme of the 116th Fieracavalli, the world’s greatest annual gathering of equine enthusiasts, the three-day jumping extravaganza which has long established itself as a major fixture on the international calendar has, once...
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 13:06
Rocky Mountain Show Jumping
Calgary, AB – For the first time in history, the Running Fox CET National Medal Finals were held outside of the province of Ontario; at the inaugural Royal West Tournament. Four riders from each of the four separate regions, qualified in their own circuits to compete in the National Medal Finals for a total of sixteen top equitation riders....
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 13:02
Split Rock Jumping Tour
New International Show Jumping Event to Provide an Unparalleled Experience Lexington, KY - October 30, 2014 - The Split Rock Jumping Tour, a new concept in how Show Jumping is presented in the U.S., will premiere at Split Rock Farm in Lexington, KY in 2015. The Split Rock Jumping Tour is planned as a truly entertaining sporting event to...
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:35
Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Lexington, KY - October 30, 2014 - The National Horse Show is one of the oldest shows in the history of the United States. Founded in New York in 1883, the National Horse Show was originally held at Madison Square Garden. Since then, it has expanded exponentially, finding its current home at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. During the...
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 10:14
Revolution Sports
30 October 2014 - This year’s Olympia, The London International Horse Show takes place from 16-22 December and  boasts a star-studded equine line up, including a Medal Parade from the GBR Equestrian Teams, an appearance from record breaking racehorse, Kauto Star and Dressage Masterclasses from British riders, Michael Eilberg and Laura Tomlinson...

Para Dressage

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 05:27
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75 at the USDF Region 8 Championships presented by New England Dressage Association September 18-21, 2014 (Photo: ©Amy E. Riley/STUDIO EQUUS) Lexington, KY - 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) athlete Mary Jordan of Wells, Maine is headed to the 2014 U.S. Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® scheduled for November 6-9, in Lexington, KY. Jordan qualified with Rubicon 75 (Royal-Hit x Edelkarin/Absinthe) at the GAIG/United States Dressage Federation Region 8 Championships presented by New England Dressage Association (NEDA) September 18-21, 2014. Unprecedented, this horse and rider combination is the only Para-Equestrian Dressage duo to win an able-bodied Regional Championship to go to the Finals. Jordan earned her invitation when the pair won the 3rd Le...
Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 14:23
Written By: FEI Communications
Italy’s Sara Morganti has been voted the International Paralympic Committee’s best female Allianz Athlete of the Month for August following her incredible performance at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA). The Tuscany-born Para-Equestrian Dressage rider scored an outstanding Freestyle Grade 1a gold medal with her mare Royal Delight ahead of British Paralympic and reigning world champion Sophie Christiansen and Singapore's most-decorated Paralympic athlete Laurentia Tan. Morganti, who also won Individual Grade 1a silver at the Games in Normandy, beat five champions to the top spot in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) poll from the worlds of canoeing, athletics, swimming and sailing following a bumper month of global para-sport.   Since her internationa...
Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 10:16
Written By: Lindsay McCall for the USPEA
2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team and support staff in Aachen having a team meeting during training camp. Photo courtesy of Sydney Collier Aachen, Germany  -  The 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team and Chef d' Equipe Kai Handt arrived in Aachen and began their training camp this week. The U.S. Team and Individual athletes include: Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan's Willi Wesley; two-time Paralympian (2008 and 2012) and 2010 WEG athlete Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Pa.) and Schroeter's Romani, owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo's, and Will and Sandy Kimmel; Angela Peavy (Avon, Con...
Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 10:16
Written By: Lindsay McCall for the USPEA
2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team and support staff in Aachen having a team meeting during training camp. Photo courtesy of Sydney Collier Aachen, Germany  -  The 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team and Chef d' Equipe Kai Handt arrived in Aachen and began their training camp this week. The U.S. Team and Individual athletes include: Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan's Willi Wesley; two-time Paralympian (2008 and 2012) and 2010 WEG athlete Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Pa.) and Schroeter's Romani, owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo's, and Will and Sandy Kimmel; Angela Peavy (Avon, Con...
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 16:56
Written By: USEF Communications
Sydney Collier and Willi Wesley at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named five horse-and-athlete combinations to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team. Four combinations will serve as the Team, while one combination will compete as an Individual. The following horse-and-athlete combinations have been named to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team (in alphabetical order): Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan's Willi Wesley, a 2000 Warmblood gelding. Rebecca Hart (Unionville, PA) and her own Schroeter's Romani, a 2003 Danish Warmblood mare. Angela Peavy (Avon, Conn.) and Rebecca Re...
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 16:56
Written By: USEF Communications
Sydney Collier and Willi Wesley at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named five horse-and-athlete combinations to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team. Four combinations will serve as the Team, while one combination will compete as an Individual. The following horse-and-athlete combinations have been named to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team (in alphabetical order): Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan's Willi Wesley, a 2000 Warmblood gelding. Rebecca Hart (Unionville, PA) and her own Schroeter's Romani, a 2003 Danish Warmblood mare. Angela Peavy (Avon, Conn.) and Rebecca Re...
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 12:44
Written By: Diana DeRosa
Susan Treabess. Photo by Diana DeRosa The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy are just around the corner and everyone headed to the Games is anxious for everything to start. Opening Ceremony takes place on August 23rd with the actual competition beginning on the 25th. While media and spectators are packing their bags, riders and horses competing in the first week and prepping for their journey to France. On Sunday, August 10th, the Endurance and Para-Dressage riders were sharing quarters at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. With camera in hand, it was the perfect opportunity to capture pictures and listen to the excited voices of the riders as they talked about the impending journey. The Para riders will be competing at the La Prairie Racecourse August 25...
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 12:44
Written By: Diana DeRosa
Susan Treabess. Photo by Diana DeRosa The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy are just around the corner and everyone headed to the Games is anxious for everything to start. Opening Ceremony takes place on August 23rd with the actual competition beginning on the 25th. While media and spectators are packing their bags, riders and horses competing in the first week and prepping for their journey to France. On Sunday, August 10th, the Endurance and Para-Dressage riders were sharing quarters at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. With camera in hand, it was the perfect opportunity to capture pictures and listen to the excited voices of the riders as they talked about the impending journey. The Para riders will be competing at the La Prairie Racecourse August 25...
Monday, August 11, 2014 - 12:06
Written By: Lindsay McCall for the USPEA
  Gladstone, NJ - In only 16 days the U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team will be riding down centerline at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy, France. In preparation for the trip overseas the final jog for each of the four U.S. team horses and individual horse occurred at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. Led by Chef d'Equipe Kai Handt, the four team duos include: Grade II rider Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Pa.) and Schroeter's Romani, owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo's, and Will and Sandy Kimmel; Grade Ia rider Roxanne Trunnell (Rowlett, Texas) and her own Nice Touch; Grade Ib athlete Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan's Willi W...
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:44
Ottawa, ON, - The Canadian Para-Equestrian Team were in the top placings on the first day of competition at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage CPEDI3* held July 9-11, 2014 in Gloucester, ENG. Riding Double Agent, her seven-year-old Anglo-European Studbook mare, Roberta Sheffield of Lincolnshire, UK won her Grade III team test with 69.000%, and finished in second with Evelyn Little's eight-year-old gelding Dutch Warmblood, Bindro T, with a score of 68.211%. Three-time Paralympian Lauren Barwick of Aldergrove, BC and Equine Canada's 13-year-old Oldenburg mare, Off to Paris, finished in second place in their Grade II team test, scoring 68.824%. Ashley Gowanlock of Surrey, BC and Collegiate Sweet Leilani, M. Kendalyne Overway's 13-year-old Morgan mare, earned a score of 66.360% for seventh i...
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