Articles: Press Release
Torrential Rain Doesn't Dampen Performance of American Para Equestrians
United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2007
(Gloucestershire, Great Britain)-With the most countries ever
represented in a Para Equestrian World Championship, Hartpury College in
Gloucestershire England welcomed approximately 150 riders to the 2007
Para Dressage World Championships. The teams woke up to torrential rain
on the first day of competition, Friday July 20th. Roads into and out
of Gloutcestershire and surrounding areas were closed due to flooding
and several officials and staff trying to get here spent the night in
USA team member Barbara Grassmeyer, riding her Dutch mare "Mibis" was
the first US rider to test out the new four million pound Hartpury
College indoor arena. Barbara scored 63.154, riding at grade 3.
Rebecca Hart another grade 3 rider soon followed, riding her gelding
"Norteassa" bringing in a solid ride of 64.846. With no let up in the
rain, Robin Brueckmann braved the elements to compete her grade 4 test
in one of Hartpury's outdoor arenas. Robin and her Hanoverian gelding
"Richmond" rode a consistent test and scored 66.357. Due to an injury.
US grade 1b rider Lynn Siedmann rode as an individual on a borrowed
horse whom she sat on for the first time three days before the
competition. Lynn's experience and tactful riding paid off with a score
of 65.765. Former Paralympics rider Keith Newerla rounded off the US
team competition on his mount "Avery at Daybreak" Keith rode "Herbie" as
he's fondly known, to a score of 65.294.
Individual competitions are scheduled for Saturday and will be followed
by the Freestyle and closing ceremonies on Sunday. FEI President,
H.R.H. Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein will be in attendance at the
For more information please contact Joannie Morris, Communications
Manager, High Performance at email@example.com.
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.