Lauren Barwick (CAN) and Jonathan Wentz (USA) Earn High Point Awards at Houston Dressage Society CPEDI3*

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Written by Lindsay McCall
Lauren Barwick [CAN] and Off To Paris Champion High Point Rider at HDS CPEDI3*
Lauren Barwick [CAN] and Off To Paris Champion High Point Rider at HDS CPEDI3*

Katy, TX - The final day of the Houston Dressage Society (HDS) Spring Classic I & II CPEDI3* concluded with the Freestyle Test competition and presentation of the Para-Equestrian accolades. The HDS Spring Classic I & II CPEDI3* was sponsored by The COR Group and ran concurrently with the CDI3* and CDI1* sponsored by the North Texas Equestrian Center. Over three days Para-Dressage athletes from the United States and Canada displayed dynamite FEI Para-Dressage Tests in front of international judges Kathy Amos-Jacob (FRA), David Schmutz (USA), Kristi Wysocki (USA), and Carlos Lopes (POR). Lauren Barwick (CAN) of Reddick, FL obtained the HDS Spring Classic I & II CPEDI3* Champion High Point Award and the Arbor Gate CPEDI3* award for the highest average score across the Team, Individual, and Freestyle Tests.

Jonathan Wentz (USA) garnered the Reserve Champion High Point Award for his stellar performance over the weekend and Donna Ponessa left the show grounds with the highest percentage score achieved over the weekend. For the United States, the HDS CPEDI3* was the last individual qualifier before the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) 2012 London Paralympics Selection Trials in June.

For Canada the HDS CPEDI3* was an additional environment where they could polish their three tests before heading to Canada to prepare for the 2012 London Paralympics. As the High Point Champion of the HDS CPEDI3* Lauren Barwick dominated the Grade II division with her elegant mare, Off To Paris. The duo consistently achieved scores over 71% to earn the High Point Champion award. As of January 31, 2012, Barwick was ranked 5th on the FEI World Para-Equestrian Individual Ranking List. Her accomplishments as a Gold and Silver Medalist and Four-Star Parelli Professional have given her the confidence and determination to continue to work hard as a Para-Dressage athlete.


Jonathan Wentz and Silvano Reserve Champion High Point Winner
Jonathan Wentz and Silvano Reserve Champion High Point Winner

For Jonathan Wentz (Grade Ib), Dr. Michele Miles' horse Silvano was an asset over the weekend to achieving superior scores and the Reserve Champion High Point Award. Wentz and Silvano continued to earn leading scores over Wentz's other horse NTEC Jabriel, owned by Rachel Zent. Wentz noted, "The entire weekend was great. For the Freestyle competition on Silvano I used Richter's music. I improvised a little bit since Silvano and Richter's pace are so different. I also made sure not to incorporate any high level movements and play it safe with Silvano. I did do a lot of extensions, but in a 20 X 40 ring performing an extension on a horse with a large stride like Silvano is difficult. Even the 10-meter circle was more challenging since Silvano is about the diameter of a 10-meter circle. As for Gabe (NTEC Jabriel), we worked on using different techniques. We decided to switch to a snaffle to work on control. I was happy with Jabriel but I know we still have some items to work on. During our Individual Test on Saturday Gabe had all 7's and 8's on the first half of the test. I know he is capable of top scores and I know that I also have Richter to earn great scores.

Richter is the steadiest rock in the world; I love Richter and I know him. As soon as I sit in that saddle I know I don't have to worry about the horse I just have to focus on myself. With Richter I can control every foot fall and that assurance, especially this close to the Paralympics, is a great plan. Of course I would have loved to bring Richter but we needed to look at what we have in the pipeline and see what changes need to be made before Selection Trials. I am looking forward to the Trials, we have been working Richter constantly and I don't know if even the judges are going to recognize the new Richter. Finally, I am excited for the United States Team, we really have a chance to earn a medal this year."

Wentz is currently ranked 10th on the FEI World Rankings and continues to climb the charts. For the next month, Wentz will be working with NTEC Richter Scale, NTEC Jabriel, Silvano and his coach Kai Handt as they prepare for the 2012 Paralympics Selection Trials.


Donna Ponessa and Trainer Wes Dunham
Donna Ponessa and Trainer Wes Dunham

Donna Ponessa (New Windsor, NY) solidified her partnership with Dr. Michele Miles' horse Silvano over three days. Silvano is an ideal match for Grade Ia rider, Ponessa, due to his expressive walk and elasticity of his steps. Ponessa earned the top overall percentage score of the weekend when she earned a 74.585% in the Team Test Competition.
 
Donna's trainer Wes Dunham noted, "This partnership of Silvano and Donna has been astounding. I had an inkling when we tried the horse a month ago, and we realized we were right on with that impression that this horse and Donna would work well together. I am grateful for the guidance of Kai Handt in helping us to make that choice, Jonathan Wentz for allowing us to share this spectacular horse, and for Dr. Michele Miles who has generously let us borrow Silvano. In addition, we would not be here if it wasn't for Sue and Kevin Niblo and Donna's sponsors and support."  

With her recent Selection Trials qualification on Andrea Hart's Nicolai, Olympian Courtney King-Dye will also be making the trip to Gladstone. The duo achieved their highest score of the weekend in Sunday's Freestyle with a 69.415%. Courtney expressed, "I was thrilled this weekend; Each day I rode him progressed from the day before and I continued to get to know Nicolai better."
 
She continued, "The Freestyle I rode on Nicolai is designed for my new horse at home because it contains a lot of lateral work and zig-zag patterns. I had a lot of fun riding my freestyle on Nicolai. After the first day I figured out that my reins were too short which inhibited his movement. I noticed that adding the longer rein, although it may look a little sloppy, gives Nicolai a better top line, a better frame, and it makes him relax. I am now looking forward to taking what I learned in Houston and applying it to my work with my new horse, Buddy."


Courtney King-Dye celebrates her first competition as a para equestrian
Courtney King-Dye celebrates her first competition as a para equestrian

After Houston Courtney will head back East where she will begin working with Buddy in preparation for Selection Trials. Courtney noted, "This whole journey has been amazing. I know it is unrealistic to have only one goal in mind to go to the Olympics because only four riders can go. With ever competition the stars have to align, the horse has to wake up on the right side of the stall, and I just have to do the best I can do and hope that is good enough to earn a spot."
 
Courtney continues to express how thankful she has been to everyone including Andrea Hart, Koryn Staehling, Rebekah Wesatzke of Hearthstone Stables, Lendon Grey, Kathy Jones, and the multiple people that have continued to support Courtney thoughout her journey.
 
Andrea Hart responded, "There were so many people involved who pulled together in the community of Houston to make this dream happen for both Courtney and Sydney, especially Rebekah who wanted these girls to have this opportunity. I really enjoyed watching the girls ride this weekend, I am impressed by their athleticism, and I was happy to be a part of it."


Wendy Fryke and Coach Sharon Schneidman
Wendy Fryke and Coach Sharon Schneidman

In Grade III Wendy Fryke (Parker, CO) and her Stallion Lateran maintained harmony between horse and rider as they navigated their carefully choreographed musical freestyle earning them a score of 69.915%. In Grade IV Jennifer Baker (Loveland, OH) once again piloted Rondo Del Rey, owned by Kathy Jones, to achieve an excellent score for their musical interpretation and wonderful half-passes. Both Fryke and Baker are looking forward to their next goal to compete at the USEF Paralympics Selection Trials and 2012 Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship.
 
As a high performance athlete the financial burden to compete and travel can be extensive. With support from sponsors like Leslie Rohrer of The COR Group, Para-Equestrians are able to earn their scores to qualify for the Paralympics or World Equestrian Games. Hope Hand of the United States Para-Equestrian Association expressed, "I am very thankful to Leslie Roher and The COR Group for Sponsoring the CPEDI3*. I am also grateful to the sponsors of each individual class. The rewards were beautiful that were presented to the riders including two fabulous coolers, a large basket of gifts, and monetary awards. Supporters continue to help grow the Para-Equestrian discipline and create awareness about the high performance discipline Para-Equestrian Dressage. I would also like to thank the volunteers at the horse show, the entire management including Kathy Jones, and the multiple sponsors who made the Houston Dressage Society CPEDI3* a wonderful venue for Para-Equestrian competitions. We look forward to working with the Houston Dressage Society in the future."


Jody Schloss (CAN) and Inspector Rebus
Jody Schloss (CAN) and Inspector Rebus

The United States Para-Equestrian Association and riders would like to thank the sponsors of the Houston Dressage Society CPEDI3*:
 
North Texas Equestrian Center, The COR Group, Arbor Gate Farm, The Reserve at, Lake Travis Equestrian Center, Cavalor, Charles Saltzer, Windy Knoll Farm, Jody, Wilson Dressage, Back on Track, Yelow Rose Dressage, Cynthia Ruiz, Bruce Buskirk, Steinhausers, Equestrian Portraits, The Bridal Suite, Campbell Family, Roseate Dressage
 
The United States Para-Equestrians Association and riders would like to thank the following horse owners for their contributions to the Para-Equestrians at the Houston Dressage Society CPEDI3*:
 
Andrea Hart for Nicolai ; Kathleen Jones for Rondo Del Rey; Dr. Michele Miles for Silvano; Rachel Zent for NTEC Jabriel; Raul Armendariz for Isleno Arm and Farol; Kai Handt for NTEC Manchada; Nancy Hinz for Madoc Dylan; and Patrick Truxillo for VPRH Pegasus vom Niehaus - HOF

Scheduled for June 10-13, 2012 are the USEF London Paralympics Selection Trials and USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships. Since the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games the number of United States Para-Equestrian riders has grown exponentially. At Gladstone, NJ in June the competition is expected to be tough and exciting.

All photos by Lindsay McCall

Laura Goldman and VPRH Pegasus com Niehaus-HOF
Laura Goldman and VPRH Pegasus com Niehaus-HOF

Grade Ia:
Name, Horse, Owner, Country, Score%
1. Courtney King-Dye, Nicolai, owned by Andrea Hart, USA, 69.415%
2. Jody Schloss, Inspector Rebus, owned by Jody Schloss, CAN, 68.915%
3. Laura Goldman,VPRH Pegasus Vom Niehaus-HOF,owned by Patrick Truxillo, USA,64.585%
4. Donna Ponessa, Silvano, owned by Dr. Michele Miles, USA 64.415%
5. Laura Goldman, NTEC Manchada, owned by Kai Handt, USA, 62.085%
Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus by Lindsay Y McCall

Grade Ib:
1.Jonathan Wentz, Silvano, owned by Dr. Michele Miles, USA, 72.415%
2.Jonathan Wentz, NTEC Jabriel, owned by Rachel Zent, USA, 66%

Grade II:
1. Lauren Barwick, Off To Paris, owned by Equine Canada, CAN, 73.5%
2. Kim Jones, Madoc Dylan, owned by Nancy Hinz, USA, 66.415%
3. Barbara Adside, NTEC Manchada, owned by Kai Handt, USA, 65.415%
4. Sydney Collier, Nicolai, owned by Andrea Hart, 56.25%

Grade III
1. Wendy Fryke, Lateran, owned by Wendy Fryke, USA, 69.915%

Grade IV
1. Jennifer Baker, Rondo Del Ray, owned by Kathy Jones, USA, 64.835%
2. Iana Gonzalez, Isleno Arm, owned by Raul Armendariz, USA, 61.335%

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 10:09
Written By: Helen Murray
Rebecca Hart and Schroeter's Romani (SusanJStickle.com) Gladstone, N.J. - The USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship came to a close on Thursday at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, N.J., with Rebecca Hart claiming her sixth National Title in a competition that was widely regarded as the most competitive the sport has ever seen in the United States. The day began under overcast and rainy skies, ultimately clearing at the lunchbreak to finish out the 2014 event with much more pleasant weather. All 24 entries performed their Freestyles, to earn the remaining 20% of their championship score, in front of the Ground Jury of Adrienne Pot, David Schmutz, and Kristi Wysocki. "The caliber of riding has gone through the roof," said Wysocki of the 2014 National Champion f...
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 22:40
Written By: Lindsay McCall
Susan Treabess and Kamiakin (PRE), owned by Scott and Katie Hill, earned the top Grade IV position with a 69.444%. Photo: SusanJStickle.com Gladstone, NJ- The weather began beautifully for the athletes at the Dressage National Championship/ Selection Trial for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) but as the afternoon came and Ashleigh Flores-Simmons was halfway through her test on Verite SF a downpour began. Flores-Simmons maintained a steady pace and clean test as the rain continued to drench the arena. As the weather changed an alarm went off signaling lighting right as the last ride of day, Marsha Cullen, entered the arena. After two movements Cullen was given a weather delay but the storm did not look like it would stop. After completing Grade Ia, Ib, III, and IV, Grade II...
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 05:31
Sydney Collier and Willi Wesley at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall Gladstone, NJ- In less than a week the 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship and World Equestrian Games Selection Trials will occur June 2-5, 2014. Para-Dressage athletes from around the United States will meet at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ, for their opportunity to represent the United States in Normandy, France. Over the year equestrians have prepared by traveling around the world to multiple Para-Equestrian Dressage competitions. One of those athletes includes young rider Sydney Collier (Grade Ib) of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Collier participated in the 2012 USEF National Championships but was unable to compete for the London Paralympic...
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