Articles: Press Release
Long Island Riders to Compete at Inner
Vision Championships for Riders with a Disability
Marty Bauman (508) 698-6810, email@example.com
HUNTINGTON, NY- July 5, 2002- Three Long Island equestrians will compete at
the Inner Vision Championships for Riders with a Disability (IVC) July 9-11
at Willow Tree Farm at Caumsett State Historic Park in Huntington, NY.
Maryellen King of Uniondale, NY, is a Grade I rider, the most
physically impaired of all grades. Competing at the Walk only, King has
been riding for ten years. In 1999, she was the United States Cerebral
Palsy Athletic Association’s (USCPAA) Reserve Hi-Point rider for Grade I.
The Inner Vision Championships will be her first international competition.
Joining King at the Inner Vision Championships will be Keith
Newerla of Seaford, NY. The 19-year-old Grade II rider, who attends
Southwest State University in Marshall, MN on a Wheelchair Basketball
scholarship, has been competing in equestrian events at the local, regional
and national level for the past 9 years. He has been named to the U.S. team
for the Mills Team Challenge, a dressage competition for young riders with
disabilities, at the North American Young Riders’ Championships in
Wadsworth, IL, in August.
Jennifer Clayton, from Huntington, NY, also plans to compete at the Inner
Vision Championships. Clayton has been blind from diabetes for five years,
and started riding in
2000. She has competed in Pennsylvania and at the Long Island Invitational
Horse Show for Riders with Disabilities, and has given riding demonstrations
using "living letters" where people help blind riders be aware of where they
are in the competition arena. Clayton will be competing in the novice
Unlike any other equestrian event, the upcoming Inner Vision Championships
for Riders with a Disability (IVC) challenges physically impaired and
able-bodied riders to experience competition from the other’s point of view.
Top riders from 6 countries will also participate in the Inner Visions
Championships, an unprecedented dressage competition that has been approved
and recognized by the International Paralympic Equestrian Committee (IPEC).
Riders from Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Israel, Japan and the United
States will compete in team and individual events.
A highlight will be the compulsory freestyle competition featuring
individual tests designed by each rider and set to music. These gifted
equestrians, performing tests written specifically for riders with
disabilities, have only three days to train with borrowed horses assigned to
them by a “draw” on July 9.
Training sessions will be held July 9-11, with a warm-up competition on July
12. Individual championship competition will begin at 8 a.m., Saturday, July
13, followed by musical freestyle competition at 1 p.m. Admission is free
and the public is invited.
The IVC is co-hosted by the National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA) and
Pal-O-Mine Equestrian, Inc. Both are 501(c)3 organizations.
NDSA is responsible for the development and selection of riders for national
championship and international competitions, including the Paralympic Games.
It provides training, competition and advocacy for riders with physical
Pal-O-Mine Equestrian Inc. is a therapeutic riding program located in
Huntington, NY, that provides therapeutic, recreational and competitive
horseback riding opportunities for people with physical, emotional and
For more information on the Championships, contact Denise Avolio at (914)
949-8611 or firstname.lastname@example.org or
Lisa A. Gatti, competition manager, at (631) 427-6105 or
The web site address for the Inner Vision Championships for Riders with a
Disability is www.pal-o-mine.org .