Articles: Press Release
Rebecca Hart Wins 2008 USEF National Para Equestrian Championships
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2008
By Stacey Meier
Lexington, KY - After three days of competition at the Lamplight
Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL, Rebecca Hart and Norteassa claimed the
title of the United States Equestrian Federation's (USEF) 2008 National
Para Equestrian Championships.
With a final score of 72.473, twenty-four-year-old Hart from Erie, PA
couldn't stop smiling after winning the championship.
"I think he (Norteassa) was really good," said Hart. "He was really
focused and was listening to me. I could not have asked for more from
Hart and her 16-year-old Hanoverian gelding bested last year's winner of
the USEF National Para Equestrian Championships, Lynn Seidemann.
Seidemann, who is a veteran competitor at Para Equestrian events,
including the Paralympics, was Reserve Champion on her mount Phoenix B
with a final score of 71.888.
Running concurrently with the Para Equestrian National Championships,
six riders including Hart were competing for a spot on the 2008 U.S.
Paralympic Equestrian Team. The Paralympic Equestrian Team will be
announced later this week.
With Hart and Norteassa's strong showing this past weekend, she has the
potential to be asked to represent the U.S. as part of the 2008
"The official announcement comes out Thursday and I'm really, really
excited about it and I can't wait to hear," said Hart. "I'm feeling
pretty confident at this point in time and I think it would be great to
represent the United States."
This would be Hart's first Paralympics.
In addition, there was a benefit on Saturday evening during the
Freestyle portion of the competition in which Jessica Ransehousen
explained about Para Equestrian to the many people attending the event
and encouraged everyone to support the Paralympic Equestrian Team.
Co-owner of Lamplight Equestrian Center Steve Cooper pledged $5,000 and
asked for someone to match his generous donation.
For additional information about this championship or Para Equestrian,
contact Pam Lane, USEF Director of Para Equestrian and Vaulting, at
(908) 326-1153 or via email at email@example.com.
The results of the 2008 USEF National Para Equestrian Championships can
be found at http://www.dressagehorseinfo.com
The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation(r) is to provide
for equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the
of excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games, based on a
foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare
of its human and equine athletes.