Mary Phelps and Tracey Scharf Visit Markel

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Written by Mary Phelps-Hathaway

Prior to leaving on her 2003 Euro-Tour, Mary Phelps flew to Richmond, VA, together with her personal assistent Tracey Scharf for a two-day training seminar at the Markel Headquarters. Mary documented this trip and tells her story:
"Since announcing our move to Markel Insurance Corporation in April, we have hit the ground running, having one of the most successful months ever in equine insurance premiums, in our very first month working for the company. I have been to the Richmond Virginia Headquarters a few times, but Tracey Scharf, our office (and life) manager, joined me on our latest trip, where we spent 2 full days training and working with the management team responsible for our success.

This was a particularly special occasion for Tracey, as her 3 year old son was recently diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, throwing her life into a whirlwind of doctors, medications, and a frantic search for a day care who would take him. With Hayden in the capable hands of Tracey’s Mom, she had the chance to get away for a couple of days getting the first full nights’ sleep in her own comfortable hotel room provided by Markel."

Our immediate success has been a team effort, here at our home base in Florida, and with the support network at Markel Headquarters in Richmond, Virginia. In the past two months we have accomplished an amazing amount of work, and it has been fun doing so. That is because the “Markel Style” is about “hard work and a zealous pursuit of excellence while keeping a sense of humor. I have always been a pretty independent type, marching to my own drummer, shunning corporate commitments. However, accepting this position with Markel has given me a true sense of what a corporation done right, can achieve. There is a feeling of camaraderie, and family at Markel. One senses this atmosphere immediately when entering the building. Markel is the only equine insurance company which has been around for 40 years.

Getting Down to Business
We met the folks in charge of Horse Mortality, and Farm Owner and Liability, housed on the 4th floor of one of 4 buildings owned by Markel and its associate companies. The marketing department, headed up by Linda Crook-Lee, whose twin and younger sister as well as a cousin and her mother all have worked for the company a collective 50 years.

Reviewing Equine Mortality and Medical/Surgical Coverages
Kelly "Do it with a smile" at MarkelDawn Denzler-Trace is the Mortality Operations Manager, who oversees the Mortality Team consisting of 9 mortality underwriters. (Dawn has been with Markel for 18 years!) Monday morning we reviewed mortality coverages. Linda Crooks and Dawn were joined by Mary Ann Kean, Director of Mortality Underwriting. Also present was Kellie Chambers, our assigned liaison at Markel for managing our clients. Mary Ann Kean has been in love with horses her entire life. As Director of Mortality Underwriting she has been employed by Markel for 15 years. With her Virginia roots in the hunter jumper and foxhunting world, she is also has been a licensed steward for USAE for 10 years. In addition, her presence at many of the major APHA, NRHA and AQHA functions is in support of Markel's successful involvement as the official insurance company of each of these associations.

The latest technologies are constantly being addressed and updated, with the support to make it work. With the assistance of the team at Markel, we now provide easy access to all applications, as well as an informative insurance tour on HorsesDaily.com, which explains mortality coverage, and allows us to respond with a personal quote in a timely manner. We will soon be able to bind coverage on-line through HorsesDaily.com, and continue to be able to facilitate the application process for our clients by having all applications in a PDF file, easily attached to an e-mail. As we got to meet many of the fine people in this department, we were welcomed with friendly smiles. Office cubicles are spacious and comfortable, and an array of photos, of family, horses and friends decorates each space. With everyone we meet, there is instant recognition. Rudy Mitchell, who works with the Mortality Team inputting new business, recognized me right away, before we were even introduced. I asked how he knew me and he replied “I’ve been seeing your name all day long on paperwork, keep it coming!”

As an agent who is on the road and on the scene, covering over 30 events in both the United States as a photographer and journalist, the support we get at Markel is the strategy that makes the Markel Equine Insurance Specialist program work. With Tracey managing our home office in Florida, and our corporate team in Virgina, there is always a a real person behind every aspect of taking care of our clients.

Markel Equine Insurance Specialist Training
John Seger, Director of Agent Development, put together a “Grass Roots Strategy” over a year ago, selecting and nurturing a small but dedicated and involved group of Insurance Agents active in the sport horse community. As a former Vice President of American Bankers Insurance Group who moved on prior to the company’s withdrawal from the equine mortality marketplace, Seger understands the need for knowledgeable agents in the equine world who are out at the shows, working, showing, volunteering and getting involved.

Markel has supported this strategy both in spirit and financially. It is not easy to get a property and casualty license, and it requires continuing education courses to keep it. It’s a good thing though, and it’s important to keep learning. What better way to continue to learn your job, than to work with smart, happy fun and sincere people. I have been a licensed agent for 15 years, and have learned more about the equine mortality and liability business in the last two months, than in all the time I have been in this business, those grueling continuing education courses included!

Farm Owner and Liability
While Tracey went on the tour of the company meeting many of the people we work with, I sat down with Chris Heavrin Markel’s Property and Casualty Underwriter, and Vice President Don Faison, to review the somewhat complex process of filling out Farm Owner and Liability applications. For those who choose a career in the equestrian world, liability is a part of the cost of doing business. Insurance is really risk management, and there are serious risks and consequences. A trained equine insurance agent not only helps you to protect your interests, but when it’s done right it is the best form of cost effective risk management you can find.

As an employee for the company, I work with the full support of this department behind me, making sure applications and coverages are thoroughly addressed. Once again, having the experience within the industry is critical to properly servicing one’s clients. Liability can be a complex issue, and coverages can be compromised if not fully disclosed and examined. What is critical is that should there be a claim, which in liability often means dealing with a lawsuit; the client has access to the finest legal protection and defense they can get, in a timely manner.

Tracey’s Birthday Surprise
In the mortality department at Markel, employees pull a name out of a hat, and are then responsible for the birthday celebration of whomever it is they get. Linda Crooks assigned herself to Tracey who’s birthday was the day following our visit. While Tracey was working the phones with Kellie, a huge ice cream cake arrived in the conference room, and about 40 employees gathered to surprise her, sing Happy Birthday, and share some cake.

What a great way to meet even more people who are part of the team behind our efforts. We are already making plans to come to Richmond for the company Christmas party, and look forward to a visit at our home office in Florida from some of the key people working with us. While we focused on two full days of a full agenda, we had fun working together and accomplished all we set out to get done.

Thank You to Our New Corporate Family
As Tracey and I headed back to the airport to return to Florida, it was with a deeper knowledge and understanding as a part of our new “family” at Markel, we were already looking forward to our next meeting. We worked hard, but we had fun, also an important part of the Markel style. We want to take this opportunity to thank all of those who made us feel so welcome, and so much a part of the team for the time and energy they continue to provide.

We are in touch daily, through the magic of the internet, but to visit our corporate headquarters, have deepened our role and commitment to the success of the opportunity we have before us. It is an honor to be a part the only company which has provided an uninterrupted protection for horses and horse related risks in the United States as well as internationally for 40 years, and we are dedicated to living up to that honor.

The Markel Style
Many companies have a mission statement, some have a vision or creed. We live the "Markel Style". Authored by our Chairman, Alan Kirshner, through the years the Markel Style has served to provide a constant rudder to employees and management alike. Markel has a Commitment to Success. We believe in hard work and a zealous pursuit of excellence while keeping a sense of humor. Our creed is honesty and fairness in all our dealings.

The Markel way is to seek to be a market leader in each of our pursuits. We seek to know our customers' needs and to provide our customers with quality products and service. Our pledge to our shareholders is that we will build the financial value of our company. We respect our relationship with our suppliers and have a commitment to our communities.

We are encouraged to look for a better way to do things…to challenge management. We have the ability to make decisions or alter a course quickly. The Markel approach is one of spontaneity and flexibility. This requires a respect for authority but a disdain of bureaucracy.

At Markel we hold the individual's right to self-determination in the highest light, providing an atmosphere in which people can reach their personal potential. Being results-oriented, we are willing to put aside individual concerns in the spirit of teamwork to achieve success.

Above all, we enjoy what we are doing. There is excitement at Markel, one that comes from innovating, creating, striving for a better way, sharing success with others…winning.

Visit the Insurance Section for more information, allpications, and to take our Equine Insurance Tour

 

Insurance Coverages

Imagine if my ponies got loose? Yikes, damage to vehicles, injuries to spectators, even if one should bite the finger of a child trying to pat them. Your horse may be one of your most important possessions, but it can also be your biggest liability. Individual horse owners place themselves and their assets at risk every time their horse comes...
 
When your business is the target of a lawsuit, money isn’t the only thing that’s at stake. Your reputation is on the line, too. Markel insurance professionals have years of experience handling equine liability claims. They’ll ensure that a claim against you is resolved fairly, with consideration for all parties involved. Equine liability...
 
Medical Surgical options are available when purchasing a mortality policy on the actual cash value of your horse. There are several options and limits to choose from. This coverage is provided for clients as a means to help with the costly expenses of medical surgical treatments due to accident, sickness or injury. Emergency Colic Surgery...
 
Special Discount for member of the American Association of Professional Farriers Mary Phelps - Markel Equine, Farm, Ranch and Liability Specialist 800-572-3286, insurance@horsesdaily.comMarkel has specially designed an...
 
Air TransitCoverage is available for horses up to 30 days while awaiting transit/air transit to the USA and to extend Mortality coverage to include new territorial limits. Full details of the facility and information on who has care, custody and control are required. Contact our office for more information.Limited Permanent Disability (Loss of...
 
Markel is the innovator of horse farm insurance. Ever since Markel brought our first package to market about 50 years ago, we’ve enhanced our products and services to meet your changing needs. Markel offers you more than superlative protection; you can depend on an unmatched record of experience, expertise and commitment that have made us the...
 
"Mary Phelps and Markel have insured my horses, including my beloved Manhatten. Mary was there when I bought him in Holland as a 4-year-old and has been with us thoroughout our entire career. We also carry all our liability coverage, and recommend Mary and Markel to all our clients." Jodie Kelly Dressage, Destin, Florida For a horse owner, the...
 

What Markel Clients Say

I have had my horses insured with Mary Phelps/Markel for years. As an Amateur competing up to Grand Prix, at the same time as having a professional career, the personal service provided by her office, availability and superior support from Markel, have provided me with peace of mind.
 
It was easy and helpful working with my long time friend Mary and her assistant Tracey when I got my equine liability coverage with Markel.
 
Mary Phelps and Markel have insured Wadamur throughout his career. It's always a comforting feeling to do business with an agent and a company who understands and knows so well the nature of our business and the unique challenges of owning and competing top level dressage horses...
 

What You Need To Know

DressageDaily's Mary Phelps is a Markel Equine Insurance Specialist. Together with CSR Tracey Scharf we are here to help manage all your equine , farm, and liability needs. Did you know….that you must notify Markel immediately if your vet has been called for anything other than routine care or maintenance? This is very important, as the sooner...
 
Imagine if my ponies got loose? Yikes, damage to vehicles, injuries to spectators, even if one should bite the finger of a child trying to pat them. Your horse may be one of your most important possessions, but it can also be your biggest liability. Individual horse owners place themselves and their assets at risk every time their horse comes...
 
When your business is the target of a lawsuit, money isn’t the only thing that’s at stake. Your reputation is on the line, too. Markel insurance professionals have years of experience handling equine liability claims. They’ll ensure that a claim against you is resolved fairly, with consideration for all parties involved. Equine liability...
 
For every threat of a mishap, there’s usually a simple safety measure that you can apply to eliminate or drastically reduce the possibility of an accident. However, you have to make sure you are looking in all the right places for possible pitfalls. Providing a safe home for your family and comfortable shelter for horses is very satisfying for...
 

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World Equestrian Games 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 08:14
Darlene Ricker
When the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy gallop across the French countryside from August 23 to September 7, the eight world championship events won’t be the only draw. “Don’t come to the Games just to see the horses,” says Games CEO Fabien Grobon. “Take some time to explore the region and experience things you don’t have at...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 15:46
International Equestrian Federation
No less than 72 National Federations (NFs) have declared their intention to participate in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, meeting the 31 March deadline for entries in principle. The number is an all-time high and represents a 10% increase compared to the entries in principle for any of the previous editions of the FEI...
Monday, March 17, 2014 - 13:35
Darlene Ricker
As preparations for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy ramp up, all eyes are on this week’s CAI 3* at Live Oak in Ocala, Florida, from March 20 to 23. The event marks the halfway point in the selection trials for the U.S. driving team of Four-In-Hand drivers that will compete in Caen, France, from September 3 to 7. Two other...
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 10:50
FEI Communications
No less than 200,000 tickets for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy go on sale today, 4 March. The majority of the newly released tickets are for single sessions in one of the FEI Olympic disciplines of Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing. Tickets for competitions in the FEI non-Olympic disciplines are also up for grabs.
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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 13:30
Darlene Ricker
Accommodations at the charming "Gites" for visitors from around the world still available still available. “Having the Games come to France is really exciting,” said Australian show jumping rider Amy Graham. Organizers of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy have made sure the event will be that and more. The excitement...
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 10:08
Jennifer Keeler
Dressage fans attending the show at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center will get their first look of the year at U.S. Team hopefuls including Steffen Peters, Guenter Seidel, Kathleen Raine, Jan Ebeling, and David Blake as they make their 2014 international competition debuts and continue their journeys toward this summer's Alltech FEI World...
Monday, February 17, 2014 - 15:24
Jennifer Ward, Starting Gate Communications
Wellington, Florida – 17-year-old Emanuel Andrade of Caracas, Venezuela, enjoyed great success in grand prix competition during Week VI of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) running January 8 through March 30 in Wellington, FL.

Andrade, who trains with Hollow Creek Farm of Aiken, SC, stepped up into the international...

Eventing

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 10:32
Amy Mathieson, H & H Acting News Editor
The popular Eventing Grand Prix will not take place at Hickstead this summer. The class — in which eventers and showjumpers go head-to-head over a range of coloured poles and fixed cross-country fences — is usually held on the Thursday of the Royal International Horse Show. But due to a change in television scheduling, Hickstead organisers have...
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 10:20
Land Rover North America, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, and the USEF
Lexington, KY - Land Rover North America is continuing its longstanding support of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and equestrian sports by returning as Presenting Sponsor of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. 

The 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in...
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 09:49
Jenni Autry for Eventing Nation
With just a few horses to go in The Fork CIC3*, Sinead Halpin and Marilyn Little were tied for the provisional lead on 49.8 after double clear trips over Tremaine Cooper’s course. Will Faudree and Pawlow and Allison Springer and Arthur, who were sitting first and second overnight, were on course at the same time as the final pairs to go in the...
Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 16:20
Niamh Flynn, Tattersalls Ireland
Tredstep Ireland, the leading designer and manufacturer of equestrian wear have joined the panel of Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair Class sponsors.  The Dublin based company have signed a three year deal to sponsor the CCIJ* Class at the International Event. The CCIJ* at Tattersalls will also be the final for the...
Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 12:31
USEF Communications Department
Lexington, KY -The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce that Tiana Coudray has been awarded a Land Rover Grant to compete at the 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover. As approved by the USEF Eventing High Performance Committee, Coudray (Ojai, CA) will ride Jatial, Inc.'s 2001 Irish Sport Horse...
Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 12:14
Equine Canada
Ottawa, ON - March 25, 2014 - It may still be too cold to feel like spring in most parts of Canada, but Canadian eventers were hot in Hamilton, GA at the Poplar Farm  Horse Trials held March 21-23, taking the three top spots on the leaderboard in the CIC3* division.

Jessica Phoenix, Canada's 2012 Olympian from Cannington ON, and...
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 11:18
Chris Stafford, Publicist
RF Demeter Returns to the U.S. in Top Form to Claim Her Season Opener. RF Quarterman Finishes Second in His Debut Event.
 
Wellington, FL - March 24, 2014 - Marilyn Little, U.S. Event Team Rider and International Show Jumper won her first event of the season at the Carolina International CIC3*, NC with Team Demeter's 12...

Reining and Western Riding

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:32
Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Wellington, FL - Members of the media are welcome at Show By Appointment's fourth South Florida reined cow horse competition. Show By Appointment (SBA), an innovative reined cow horse series experiencing unprecedented success, will host the show on April 20-21 at Bynum Farms in Indiantown, FL. A major highlight will be the Fence Run Only from 1-...
Monday, April 7, 2014 - 09:19
Marty Bauman

Lexington, Ky - For the first time, Cargill's Nutrena® brand Para-Reining Event will be part of the Kentucky Reining Cup, held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. on April 25-27. "I'm thrilled to introduce para-reining to the Kentucky Reining Cup," said Brad Ettleman, president of HorsePower, Inc., producer of the Kentucky...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 18:33
The American Quarter Horse Association - Five horses and four men will join the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2015. “These distinguished men and horses are part of the history of the American Quarter Horse, and we’re pleased to welcome them into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame,” said Don Treadway Jr., executive vice president of...
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 09:05
The FEI has signed a cooperation agreement with the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), formalising the FEI’s relationship with the NRHA and AQHA that has been in place since Reining became an FEI discipline in 2002. The agreement covers areas of common interest including horse welfare,...
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 00:00
Lexington, Kentucky - The Kentucky Reining Cup, which returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, April 25-27, is very proud to announce the addition of its newest media partner, Performance Horse Connection. Featuring coverage of the event from now through the final results, Performance Horse Connection offers unparalleled access to...
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 11:57
The American Quarter Horse Association  - The American Quarter Horse Association Executive Committee was elected at the 2014 AQHA Convention in New Orleans. This five-person committee is responsible for implementing important decisions made by AQHA members through the Association’s board of directors. President Johnny Trotter Johnny...
Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 10:12
Lexington, Kentucky - The Kentucky Reining Cup is very proud to announce the addition of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and Veterinary Pharmacy as a corporate sponsor of the 2014 event. In addition to financial support, Rood & Riddle will supply the Kentucky Reining Cup with on-site veterinary, farrier, and ambulance services as well as...

Driving

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 18:31
Helen Murray
Raeford, N.C. - The 2014 USEF National Single Horse Driving Championship came to an exciting conclusion on Sunday in the cones phase of the Southern Pines CDE. On another beautiful day at the Carolina Horse Park, 2013 Champion, Leslie Berndl, held her nerve to drive a near flawless effort over Richard Nicoll's cones course to retain the title....
Monday, April 14, 2014 - 10:12
Helen Murray for USEF
Raeford, N.C. - A talented field of 11 drivers descends upon Raeford, N.C., this weekend as they look to lay claim on the 2014 USEF National Single Horse Driving Championship. The annual championship will be held in conjunction with the Southern Pines CDE, April 11-13, at the Carolina Horse Park. Competition gets underway Friday with the...
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 09:21
Ocala, FL - With a 6.7 lead in the final phase of the FEI Single Horse Combined Driving division, Suzy Stafford entered the final test, cones. With a ball down early on in the round, she had to keep the rest of them in place, while making the nearly impossible time limit. Stafford let our a deep breath after crossing the finish line with 2.73...
Friday, March 28, 2014 - 09:33
Equine Canada
Ottawa, ON, March 28, 2014 - On March 24, 2014 the driving community lost a very active member, Ann Moody.  Equine Canada would like to extend condolences to her family and friends.

Ann lost her battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis at the age of 71.  After retirement from teaching in 1997 she was able to pursue her passion of...
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 10:33
Kathleen Landwehr for USEF
Ocala, FL - The competition came to a close Sunday afternoon for the drivers in the FEI Four-in-Hand division sponsored by Seminole Wellness at Live Oak International. Held in conjunction with the USEF National Four-in-Hand Championship, the division's results were decided following the cones phase. After meeting the challenge put forth by the...
Monday, March 24, 2014 - 11:35
Ocala, FL - From a record 11th national title for four-in-hand’s Chester Weber to two-time NFL Superbowl linebacker Max Montoya scoring a win in the Intermediate Pair Horse division, this year’s Live Oak International Combined Driving had it all. Ocala, Florida, known as the ‘Horse Capital of the World’ saw hometown hero, Chester Weber drive...
Monday, March 24, 2014 - 11:09
Kathleen Landwehr
Ocala, Fla. - The competition came to a close Sunday afternoon for the drivers in the FEI Four-in-Hand division sponsored by Seminole Wellness at Live Oak International. Held in conjunction with the USEF National Four-in-Hand Championship, the division's results were decided following the cones phase. After meeting the challenge put forth by the...

Show Jumping

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 11:09
Kendall Bierer for Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Katy, TX - Jennifer Alfano and SBS Farms, Inc. are certainly staying busy in the show ring this spring. This past week, Alfano claimed four championships and one reserve title in five different hunter divisions at the Spring Gathering Charity Horse Show in Katy, Texas.

After claiming the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Leading Rider Award...
Monday, April 14, 2014 - 11:03
Royal Windsor Horse Show
A record number of entries have been received for this year’s Royal Windsor Horse Show which takes place on Wednesday 14 – Sunday 18 May 2014, in the private grounds of Windsor Castle.

As the first major outdoor equine show of the season and the largest of its kind in the UK, it has once again seen exceptional support with a record...
Monday, April 14, 2014 - 10:23
LEG Up News
Rebecca Bruce rose to the occasion to take top honors on Cristallo (Christine Phillips, owner) in the $1,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby at Gold Coast April (Apr 4-6). With high expectations for this young horse, Rebecca guided Cristallo to a well-deserved win.  “This was Cristallo’s first derby, so I was overjoyed to have him do so well....
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 09:12
Louise Parkes, FEI Communications
The 36th FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final looks set to be a classic, and there is a body of opinion that suggests that the 2014 Longines champion could be from the host nation of France. After all, this is the country that boasts the reigning FEI European Champion - the inimitable Roger Yves Bost - and the team that won the hotly-contested inaugural...
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 14:35
USET Foundation
Gladstone, NJ - April 7, 2014 -The George H. Morris "Gladstone Program" for this country's talented show jumping riders will be returning for 2014, and it continues to grow as the program adds a second event to the list. Applications for both events are due to the USET Foundation on Thursday, April 10. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn...
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 14:27
Classic Communications
Lexington, KY - April 7, 2014 - The Show Jumping Hall of Fame held its annual induction ceremony on Saturday April 5 during the $200,000 American Invitational, presented by G&C Farm, at its new location at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, home of the Miami Dolphins NFL team. The three honored as the Hall of Fame's newest inductees were Steve...
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 14:17
Horse Shows By The Bay
The four-week Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival, July 2-27, is a United States Equestrian Federation Premier (AA) Hunter and Level 4 Jumper competition and attracts many of the country's best horses and riders.
 
Entries and stall reservations are currently being accepted on a first pay, first-served basis until the...

Para Dressage

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 12:30
Written By: Lindsay McCall
USA Riders at the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* (Left to Right) Elizabeth Traband, Holly Bergay, Deborah Stanitski, Kate Shoemaker, Susan Treabess, Ashleigh Flores-Simmons, Chef d'Equipe Kai Handt, and up front is U.S. Air Force Veteran Derrick Perkins. Photo by John Stevenson. Rancho Murieta, California - The pressure was on at the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* for many U.S. para-dressage athletes looking to qualify for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. From April 4-6, 2014, riders from Grade Ia, II, III, and IV competed for top scores in the international arena at the Murieta Equestrian Center. The FEI ground jury included Alison King (HK) FEI 4*, David Schmutz (USA) FEI 4*, Kathy Amos-Jacob (FRA) FEI 4*. After a top showing just weeks prior at the Adequan Global...
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 16:11
USA Para-Dressage Team at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* March 15, 2014. (Left to Right: Mary Jordan (Grade IV), Angelea Peavy (Grade III), Rebecca Hart (Grade II), Chef D'Equipe Kai Handt, and Roxanne Trunnell (Grade Ia). (All Photos: Lindsay McCall.) Wellington, Florida - Over three days, March 14-16, 2014, para-dressage athletes from the U.S. and Canada vied for multiple accolades at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 10 CPEDI3* in Wellington, Florida. For the United States riders this CPEDI3* was the second to last opportunity located in the U.S. to qualify for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG). For developing athletes this international show was an educational experience and a chance to gain remarks from the FEI Ground Jury. Those judges included Kj...
Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 11:35
Written By: Equine Canada
The Canadian Para-Equestrian Team, comprised of Ashley Gowanlock, Jody Schloss, chef d'équipe Elizabeth Quigg, Robyn Andrews and Lauren Barwick, won the overall team competition at Adequan Global Dressage Festival 10 CPEDI3*. (Photos: Lindsay McCall) Canadian Para-Dressage riders continued to post top scores during the second day of competition on their way to winning the overall team event at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 10 CPEDI3*. The annual FEI competition is being held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, March 14-16, in Wellington, FL. Using the combined scores from the Team Test, held March 14, and the Individual Test, on March 15, Canadians Robyn Andrews, Lauren Barwick, Ashley Gowanlock and Jody Schloss won the team competition with a total of 418.803%, wh...
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 08:33
Lexington, Ky. - The Adequan Global Dressage Festival 10 sponsored by Today's Equestrian & GF Enterprise LLC plays host to a CPEDI3* March 12-16. A total of 20 riders from Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. will compete in Team, Individual, and Freestyle tests in their respective grades in front of the judging panel of Kjell Myhre (NOR), Marc Urban (BEL), and Kristi Wysocki (USA) at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Fla. The CPEDI3* will also serve as a qualifier for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, as well as the 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship for the 14 U.S. competitors. The 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Pa.) has a new partner in Schroeters Romani, her own 2002 Danish Warmb...
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 06:21
Elizabeth Traband (USA) and Ucari, owned by Helene Bergstrom. (All Photos: by Lindsay McCall) Wellington, Florida - Para-Equestrian Dressage riders and their mounts stepped forward for the FEI Veterinary Inspection at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 10 (AGDF) CPEDI3*. Athletes from the United States of America and Canada were part of the 24 horse/rider combinations. Earning the "Best Dressed Award" of the FEI Trot Up, sponsored and presented by Show Chic, was Deborah Stanitski of the USA. Pressure is on for these riders to perform their very best in front of FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Ground Jury Kjell Myhre (NOR), Marc Urban (BEL), and Kristi Wysocki (USA) over the March 14-16 weekend. International competition begins at 10:00 a.m. in The Stadium on Friday, March 14, with the Te...
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 05:49
The USPEA invites you to join the US Para Dressage athletes for the 2014 Road to Normandy Kick Off Party on Thursday, March 13th after the jog. Meet some of the US Para Dressage Athletes vying for a spot on the 2014 US Para Dressage World Equestrian Games Team. Enjoy gourmet hors-d’oeuvres, 50/50 raffle, and door prizes in the Global Pavillion from 5:00pm - 7:00pm at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival at 13500 South Shore Blvd., Wellington Florida. A cash bar will be available. Follow extensive coverage of Para Dressage on DressageDaily.com HERE!
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 12:51
Written By: Lindsay McCall
Ellie Brimmer and London Swing at AGDF in Wellington, FL. (Photo: Lindsay Y McCall) Wellington, FL - With only a few weeks left before the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 10 CPEDI3* scheduled March 12-16, 2014, para-dressage athletes have been working hard preparing their mounts for competition. Over two weekends February 20-23 and February 28- March 2, multiple para-equestrian riders showcased their new partnerships at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) 7 and 8 in Wellington and at the Welcome Back to White Fences Show in Loxahatchee, FL February 20-23. U.S. riders included Rebecca Hart, Ellie Brimmer, Elle Woolley, Deborah Stanitski, Angela Peavy and Canadians Jody Schloss and Robyn Andrews. For many of those riders the weekend shows were the first time riders debuted their...
Monday, March 3, 2014 - 10:05
Written By: Holly Jacobson
Newcomers to the para-dressage ranks and veteran riders with newer horses have taken advantage to work their FEI Para-Equestrian tests and freestyles prior to the CPEDI3* to be held at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival March 13-16th, one of only two qualifiers for the selection trials for the 2014 Alltech/World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. Top competitor Rebecca Hart turned heads at Welcome Back to White Fences February 20-23 with the debut of her new mare, Schroeters Romani, scoring a 77.57% in the FEI Para Grade II Individual test. “It takes a village,” says Hart who is a two-time Paralympian. Rebecca Hart on Schroeters Romani rides to 77.57% at Welcome Back to White Fences Show. “I am super excited about Romani. I’m honored and humbled to be able to get to ride this horse...
Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 11:32
Written By: Lindsay McCall
United States Para-Equestrian Athletes, Chef d' Equipe Kai Handt, trainers, and their support staff (Photo by Lindsay Y McCall) Wellington, FL- For one exciting evening their boots were left in the closet and their heels and ties appeared. On January 24, 2014, The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation launched their $35 Million Campaign to Achieve Competitive Excellence at the "Soirée du Cheval" Gala. The event was held at The Pavilion at the International Polo Club Palm Beach and was a benefit for the United States Equestrian Teams headed to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy, France. Para-Dressage riders from across the country including riders from Northern California, Maine, and Texas flew to Wellington, Florida, in support of the U.S. Para-Dressage T...
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 13:33
Wellington, FL- January 19, 2014- United States Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes working towards competing at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy, France have only two U.S. CPEDI3* events left to qualify for the selection trials. The first event is the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* held March 12-16, 2014, at The Stadium in Wellington, FL. The second qualifying event is the Golden State Dressage CPEDI3* held April 3-6, 2014, at the Premiere Murieta Equestrian Center in Rancho Murieta, CA. The final event is the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship/ Selection Trial for the World Equestrian Games. The National Championship/ Selection Trial is scheduled for June 2-5, 2014, in Gladstone, New Jersey. Adequan Global Dressage Festival 10 CDI-W/CDI...
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