Articles: Press Release
U.S. Team Named for 2003 I.P.E.C. Dressage World Championships for
Riders With Disabilities
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
Kingston, RI-July 16, 2003-The National Disability Sports Alliance
(NDSA) has named the six-member team that will represent the United
States in the fifth International Paralympic Equestrian Committee
(I.P.E.C.) Dressage World Championships, September 2-7, 2003 in
Moorseles, Belgium. The team includes Robin Brueckmann of Summerfield,
NC; Barbara Grassmyer of Placerville, CA; Kathryn Groves of Winter
Garden, FL; Rebecca Hart of Erie, PA; Cynthia Ruiz of Houston, TX; and
Lynn Seidemann of Coppell, TX.
Brueckmann, a member of the U.S. Paralympic Team in Sydney in 2000,
earned two Gold Medals and a Bronze at the I.P.E.C. World Championships
in 1999. Grassmyer placed second overall in her grade at the Open
Belgian Invitational last year and is a two-time NDSA Champion at the
Bayer/U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Festival of Champions, presented by
State Line Tack.
Groves, a United States Dressage Federation Bronze Medalist, was the
Reserve Champion in the "Own Horse" division at the 2002 Inner Vision
Championships for Riders with Disabilities. Hart earned a fifth place
finish in last year's Belgian Open Championships as well as a team Gold
Medal in the Mills Team Challenge at the 2002 North American Young
Ruiz rode hunters and jumpers at the national level until a car accident
several years ago left her paralyzed. She began riding dressage three
years ago and recently tied with Seidemann for eighth place in the NDSA
Championship for Riders with Disabilities at the 2003 Bayer/USET
Festival of Champions, presented by State Line Tack. Seidemann was also
a member of the U.S. team at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney.
The U.S. riders will join the more than 125 others with similar
disabilities from 35 countries expected to compete at the four-day World
Championships. Participants will compete in Individual Championship
tests and Musical Freestyles as well as a Team test. Competitions will
be open to riders at all four recognized Grades of physical disability.
In addition to the prestige of winning at such a high-level competition,
top-finishing teams and individuals at the I.P.E.C. World Championships
will earn places for their country's athletes to participate in the 2004
Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.
The NDSA is the national governing body for equestrian sport for riders
with disabilities. The non-profit organization is responsible for the
development and selection of riders for national championships and
international competitions, including World Championships and the
Paralympic Games, and provides training, competition and advocacy for
riders of all levels with physical disabilities. For more information
about NDSA and opportunities to support the programs, please visit our
website at www.ndsaequestrian.org or
contact Denise Avolio at (914) 949-8166 or firstname.lastname@example.org.