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.

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Insurance Coverages

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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

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World Equestrian Games 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 13:23
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 - 11:36
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 - 12:20
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 - 11:18
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 - 21:54
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 - 21:47
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 - 21:30
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

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 11:35
Jenni Autry for Eventing Nation
Grant and award recipients were honored at the USEA Annual Meeting...
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 10:37
Jenni Autry for Eventing Nation
The USEF Eventing High Performance Committee approved Coach David O’Connor’s 2015 plan for the team in a meeting yesterday, and he outlined his goals for the season in today’s third and final session with the High Performance riders at the USEA Annual Meeting...
Monday, December 8, 2014 - 11:39
USEF Communications
Lexington, KY - The USEF Eventing High Performance Committee has approved the Eventing 25 Program participants for the 2015 season. Training Session dates and locations will be finalized and announced upon the hiring of the USEF Eventing Developing Rider Coach at the end of December. The following 14 riders have been selected for the Eventing 25...
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 10:21
Classic Communications
2015 Winner to Receive $100,000 plus a Rolex Timepiece Lexington, Kentucky - November 24, 2014 - Equestrian Events, Inc., producer of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover, is increasing the prize money for America's only Four Star Event to $300,000, an increase of $50,000 over last year. Known as the "Best Weekend All Year...
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 12:13
Sally Spickard for Eventing Nation
Mary King is teaching a clinic hosted by Kelly Gage of Team EnGaged Clinics at Morven Park this week, imparting wisdom coming from many years as an international competitor. Mary did some work with younger horses and riders competing at varying levels yesterday, working on quality of gait and adjustablity with each student. Friend of EN Valerie...
Monday, November 17, 2014 - 13:51
Anna Sharpley, FEI Communications
Twenty-two-year-old Jessica Manson withstood the pressure applied by Olympian and former Adelaide champion Megan Jones, posting a super clear round aboard her 13-year-old Australian Stock Horse, Legal Star, to win the second leg of the FEI Classics™ at the Australian International 3 Day Event.
 
Manson set up her victory yesterday by...
Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 10:42
USET Foundation
Gladstone, NJ - November 13, 2014 - The United States Equestrian Team Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded the 2015 Amanda Warrington Grant to Eventing rider Kurt Martin of Middleburg, VA. The Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant is awarded through the USET Foundation Amanda Pirie Warrington Fund. Earlier this year, Martin and his...

Reining and Western Riding

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 12:26
Emily Riden, Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Jackson, MS -  When Jordan Kiker and her mare Twist would show up at barrel racing events no one wanted them there. The mare was reckless, dangerous, and what many considered to be a liability and risk to their safety. Kiker was even offered money not to run the mare, and she was about to throw in the towel and find a new barrel horse. Then a...
Monday, December 8, 2014 - 14:12
Lara Oles Para Equestrian
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Lara Oles of Heber City won the inaugural Para Reining Championship at the 2014 National Reining Horse Association Futurity in Oklahoma. She rode Western Wiz, a 12 year old quarter horse owned by Bob Thompson of Alberta, Canada. The Para Reining class featured physically disabled riders from all over the United States and...
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 14:37
NRHA News
Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 11:31
USEF Communications Department
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is now accepting bids to host the 2015 Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship and USEF Youth Reining National Championship.  Bid applications for the Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship are available here: https://www.usef.org/documents/highPerformance/reining/...
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 10:16
Emily Riden, Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Tampa, FL - The quality of a horse show's footing can make or break an exhibitor's experience and determine whether they elect to compete at the venue again. At the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Shows, competitors are returning in droves for the 2014 circuit, to be held December 27-31, thanks in part to the ESI International All Weather...
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 10:08
Kendall Bierer for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Oklahoma City, OK - The atmosphere was electrifying at the 2014 American Quarter Horse World Championship Show. On Nov. 15 the Jim Norick Arena at the Oklahoma State Fair Park welcomed not only the best reiners in the business, but also six high performance para-equestrians to demonstrate the developing discipline of para-reining, including two-...
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 09:32
Larri Jo Starkey for The American Quarter Horse Journal
Oklahoma City, Ok - Para-reining returned November 15 to the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show as a demonstration sport. Six high-level para-dressage riders changed saddles and took a spin on American Quarter Horses in the Jim Norick Coliseum at Oklahoma State Fair Park. Along with a standing ovation from the crowd of reining enthusiasts in...

Driving

Monday, December 8, 2014 - 15:14
Revolution Sports
An exceptional line-up of equestrian athletes are set to compete at this year’s Olympia, The London International Horse Show which takes place on 16-22 December, including the three FEI World No. 1s in Dressage, Show Jumping and Carriage Driving. The definite entries, which were published today, reveal Dressage supremo Charlotte Dujardin, Show...
Monday, December 1, 2014 - 12:37
Cindy Timmer, FEI Communications
Reigning FEI World Cup™ and world champion Boyd Exell (AUS) won the third leg of the FEI World Cup™ Driving held in Stockholm (SWE) last night leaving home driver Fredrik Persson and young Belgian Glenn Geerts behind.
 
The new Friends Arena in Stockholm was packed with enthusiastic equestrian fans. It was the first time that the Sweden...
Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 13:50
Cindy Timmer, FEI Communications
Dutch driver Koos de Ronde won his first FEI World Cup™ Driving qualifier of the season in Budapest (HUN) today. Thanks to his wonderful fast and clear round, De Ronde put fellow countryman IJsbrand Chardon, who was just under two seconds ahead of him, under pressure. Chardon recorded the fastest time in the Laszlo Papp Arena, but had two...
Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 09:51
Cindy Timmer, FEI Communications
Reigning FEI World Cup™ Driving champion Boyd Exell (AUS) won the series first qualifier of the season in the packed Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart (GER) after performing two thrilling rounds. IJsbrand Chardon (NED) was the runner up while third place was claimed by home driver Christoph Sandmann.
 
Too Confident
Exell drove his very...
Monday, November 3, 2014 - 07:20
Yellow Horse Marketing
The popular and innovative USEF Developing Driver Program (DDP) held its final clinic of the year on picturesque Hillcroft Farm in Paris, Ky., October 24 - 26, 2014.  Whether drivers were wrapping up their show year or getting ready for the 2015 Florida season, this intensive clinic offered up-and-coming High Performance drivers a special...
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 15:13
Sarah Evers Conrad
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 - 09:14
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...

Show Jumping

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 12:00
Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 11:56
LEG Up News
Langer Equestrian Group is pleased to announce the 2015 schedule of shows for its three California venues: Hansen Dam Equestrian Center, Los Angeles Equestrian Center, and The Horse Park at Woodside. For 43 years, LEG has been producing quality shows with choices for all levels of riders. Events range from weekend shows ideal for those who want...
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 10:17
Rolex Grand Slam PR
The "Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping" is returning to the foot of the Alps. As traditionally scheduled during the pre-Christmas period, the CHI Geneva is the third and last Major Show of the year. The most famous show-jumpers in the world meet up here at Palexpo, the legendary arena of huge dimensions, to see who will be crowned as the best of...
Monday, December 8, 2014 - 15:14
Revolution Sports
An exceptional line-up of equestrian athletes are set to compete at this year’s Olympia, The London International Horse Show which takes place on 16-22 December, including the three FEI World No. 1s in Dressage, Show Jumping and Carriage Driving. The definite entries, which were published today, reveal Dressage supremo Charlotte Dujardin, Show...
Monday, December 8, 2014 - 14:06
Véronique WASA (Point Virgule)
At 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon when the Gucci Grand Prix began there was not a seat to be had up in the Gucci Paris Masters grandstand, nor in the Masters Club, where Salvatore Sirigu, Charles Berling, Anthony Delon, Vincent Pérez and Karine Silla, Céline Sallette, Philippe Etchebest and Karine Ferri could be seen, as well as HRH the Princess...
Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 11:42
Celine Pardo, Gucci PR
The speed experts had a field day this evening in the fastest class on the circuit, cheered on by the enthusiastic spectators. “The stands were jam packed, which is amazing for a Friday evening”, gushed Christophe Ameeuw, organiser of the Gucci Paris Masters. “Seeing these 7,000 people on their feet, cheering on all the riders and experiencing...
Friday, December 5, 2014 - 16:32
Revolution Sports
Geneva, Switzerland, 11-14 December 2014 – The mark of a truly global sport is that it never sleeps. As the international tennis circuit moves around the world and from outdoor to indoor tournaments, so does the demanding world of top-level Show Jumping. It builds to an annual peak at CHI Geneva. The Swiss indoor show, situated in Rolex’s...

Para Dressage

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 06:30
Rebecca Hart and Schroeters Romani rode to the high score of 78.382% during the Polar Express Show at White Fences. Wellington, FL - Rebecca Hart and Schroeters Romani shined Saturday afternoon during the Polar Express show held at the White Fences Equestrian Center in Loxahatchee, Florida. The talented duo rode to the score of 78.382 percent for the FEI Para Team Grade II test during the national show, kick starting their season as they prepare for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in CPEDI3* in January 2015.Hart traveled to Florida in early December to work with Wellington-based international dressage trainer Todd Flettrich out of Cherry Knoll Farm, which is also a partial owner of Romani. Hart and Flettrich have worked consistently on warm-up and preparation with Romani after takin...
Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 17:41
Sydney Collier riding Willi Wesley (Photo: SusanjStickle.com) Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce Sydney Collier as the 2014 Junior Equestrian of the Year. Seventeen-year-old Collier is a talented Para-Equestrian who competed at the international level in 2014, including the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., she was diagnosed at the age of seven with a rare congenital birth defect called Wyburn-Mason Syndrome. In spite of this challenge, Collier pursued her love of riding and has become a top equestrian athlete. A prime example of courage, sportsmanship, and dedication, Collier will be awarded the Ruth O'Keefe Meredith Memorial Trophy as the 2014 Junior Equestrian of the Year. Having her biggest year to da...
Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 06:53
Trainer Wes Dunham and WEG athletes Sydney Collier's mount Willi Wesley at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* horse inspection . (Photo: Lindsay McCall) Wellington, Florida - November 26, 2014 - Entries are now being accepted at www.equestrianentries.com through December 22, 2014, for the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes kick-off the show season with their their first international show of the year January 7-11, 2015, in Wellington, FL, in the Van Kampen covered arena. This show will include FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes in Grades Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV. Thursday, January 8, is the Horse inspection at approximately 5:30 PM. Friday, January 9, is the FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test, followed by Saturday's FEI P...
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 06:18
  We salute our veterans this Veterans Day. Thank you for protecting our freedoms. On this day we ask you to take a moment to think about those that have served our country. We would like to salute our disabled veterans who are part of not only the equestrian sport but all Paralympic sports. Thank you, - USPEA. We too, at DressageDaily, would like to take a moment to thank all veterans who have served our country to protect our liberties and rights. We truly appreciate all past and current members of our military for all that you do! History of Veterans Day - From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: World War I - known at the time as "The Great War" - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versaille...
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 05:59
  Gladstone, NJ - As the end of year draws near, The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage has raised $615,000 towards its $800,000 goal, however in order to have the funding needed to implement the Para Dressage High Performance program, it needs more support from those in the equestrian community that want to see our Para Dressage riders have the opportunity to achieve competitive excellence in international competition.  The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge is an exciting fundraising initiative that was launched in April thanks to the incredible generosity of Margaret H. Duprey and The Barnfield Foundation. Duprey and The Barnfield Foundation have each pledged up to $200,000, matching dollar for dollar, gift commitments of $4,000 and above, payable over...
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 07:38
Written By: Lindsay McCall for the USPEA
U.S. WEG Team Athlete Sydney Collier and her dog Journey. Journey became a media sensation at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Photo copyright SusanJStickle.com Lexington, KY - November 4, 2014 - The United States Para-Equestrian Association  (USPEA) would like to thank the United States Equestrian Federation ( USEF) for their support of the Para-Dressage Young Rider Program. As a USEF International Discipline Association the USPEA fosters the Para-Equestrian sport from the grassroots to the high performance level. The USPEA was recently awarded a USEF Affiliate Grant. Through this awarded USEF Affiliate Grant, the USPEA is able to further support the discipline at the young rider level. Offering high-level opportunities to young rider para-dressage athletes benefits not only...
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 04:27
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 - 13:23
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 - 09:16
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 - 09:16
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...
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