Articles: Press Release
U.S Makes Solid Showing at the FEI Para Equestrian CPDI****
in Moorsele, Belgium
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 2006
U.S Riders Finish in Top Ten
(Lexington, KY) - The First International Combined Festival of Dressage
for Para Equestrian held last weekend in Moorsele, Belgium is an
important qualifying competition for the Paralympics in 2008. The
United States placed riders in the top ten in both the Grade III
Individual and the Grade III Freestyle.
Three U.S. riders and their horses traveled to Belgium, Barbara
Grassmyer from Placerville, California with Mibis, a 12 year old Dutch
Warmblood; Rebecca Hart of Erie, Pennsylvania on her Norteassa, a 14
year old Hanoverian; and Robin Brueckmann of Summerfield, North Carolina
on Richmond, a 9 year old Hanoverian.
In the Grade III Individual Hart scored a 65,120 finishing in 7th place
and Grassmyer finished 8th with a total score of 64,560. In the Grade
III Freestyle (Final), Hart took a respectable fourth place finish with
a total score of 71,834 and Brueckmann finished seventh with a total
score of 69,222. Brueckmann also scored 63,097 and finished 13th in the
Grade IV Individual.
Serving as Coach, Melissa Ransehousen said: "All the athletes did quite
well. There are always improvements to be made but overall, they were
Team Leader Denise Avolio was enthusiastic about their performance, "We
performed well as a team in front of many nations and accomplished our
goals for this competition. We also set ourselves up to perform well at
the 2007 World Championships."
While this competition served as an individual qualifier for the 2008
Olympics, a U.S. team previously qualified in Vancouver at the
Continental Championship and Paralympic Qualifier.
As the National Governing Body (NGB) of Equestrian Sport, the United
States Equestrian Federation(r), Inc. (USEF) is the regulatory body for
28 breeds and disciplines, including our country's international teams
competing in the disciplines of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing,
para-equestrian, reining, show jumping and vaulting. With over 87,000
members, it is the country's largest multi-breed organization and
annually license more than 2,800 competitions nationwide. The USEF
governs all aspects of competition, including education and licensing of
all judges, stewards, and technical delegates who officiate shows.
Vision Statement: The vision of United States Equestrian Federation(r)
is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of
America, promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grassroots to the
Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the
welfare of its horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best
national equestrian federation in the world.