Articles: Press Release
National Disability Sports Alliance Announces Riders for NDSA
Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, Presented by State Line Tack
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
Gladstone, NJ-June 5, 2003- The National Disability Sports Alliance
(NDSA) has announced the list of riders who have accepted invitations to
participate in the NDSA Championship for Riders with Disabilities at the
Bayer/United States Equestrian Team (USET) Festival of Champions,
presented by State Line Tack, June 19-22 at the USET Headquarters and
Olympic Training Center in Gladstone, NJ.
This year, the Championship will serve as the final selection trial for
the USA Disabled Equestrian Team that will compete at the International
Paralympic Equestrian Committee (I.P.E.C.) Dressage World Championships
being held in Moorseles, Belgium in September.
The NDSA Championship, presented by the National Horse Sports Foundation
and sponsored by Turner Construction Company, brings together this
country's top riders with physical disabilities, including several
members of the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Team.
They will compete in a Team Test, Individual Championship, and Musical
Freestyle on Friday, June 20, Saturday, June 21, and Sunday, June 22 in
the Dick and Jane Brown Arena. The overall placing of the NDSA Champion
and Reserve Champion will be based on the combined scores of the
Individual Championship and Freestyle class. The national championship
will be awarded, and the members of the 2003 World Championship U.S.A.
Team will be named, at the completion of Sunday's competition.
Riders with disabilities are "graded", Grades I through IV, which is
determined by their level of physical ability, not by their riding
skills. There are different tests for each Grade, dependent on the
level of disability. Grade I and II riders compete in Walk/Trot tests
only, but are required to perform more difficult movements, such as 10
meter circles, shoulder-in and medium trot. Grade III and IV tests
require walk, trot and canter, with the most difficult test equivalent
to approximately a fourth level test. Riders are permitted to include
higher-level movements in their musical freestyle.
The following riders have qualified and accepted invitations to
participate in this year's NDSA Championship:
Overland Park, KS
Mineral Springs, NC
Winter Garden, FL
* Denotes riders not competing for World Championship berth
This is the sixth year that riders with disabilities have the privilege
of competing at the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, presented by State
Line Tack. The first three years, riders participated in the Bradshaw
Challenge of Champions, with the NDSA Championship premiering in 2001.
This year's event is expanded to three days of competition and includes
10 of the best riders from around the country.
Turner Construction Company, sponsor of the NDSA Championship for Riders
with Disabilities, is a long time supporter of riders with disabilities.
Turner has sponsored many events with NDSA, including the 2000
Paralympic Selection Trials, which were also held at the USET Olympic
Training Center in Gladstone, and the 2002 Inner Vision Championships,
held in Huntington, New York.
In addition to the NDSA Championship at the Festival, the National
Disability Sports Alliance is also pleased to be managing the 2003 Mills
Team Challenge at Dressage at Lamplight, July 17-20 in Illinois. Four
young riders with disabilities have been invited to compete in this
event, from which one individual will emerge as "Young Rider Champion."
At the Mills Team Challenge, young riders with disabilities will join
with able-bodied competitors to form teams and compete in an overall
"Team Challenge" competition. In 2004, the Mills Team Challenge will
return to being part of the North American Young Riders Championships,
at Tempel Farm in Illinois.
Dressage at Devon has also joined with NDSA and will host the first ever
NDSA Grade IV Championship on September 26-28. Four of the country's
top Grade IV riders will be invited to compete in an overall
championship at this prestigious East Coast event.
The National Disability Sports Alliance is the national governing body
for riders with physical disabilities. NDSA Equestrian's primary goal
is ensure the competitive success of disabled riders on the national and
international level. Responsible for fielding and managing all
international teams, NDSA also sponsors training clinics and provides
competition opportunities both in the U.S. and abroad. Training and
certification is also provided for coaches, judges and other officials.
For more information on NDSA, please contact the National Office at