Articles: Press Release
Barbara Grassmyer of Placerville, CA Won the
2001 NDSA Championship for Riders with Disabilities,
Held at the BAYER/USET Festival Of Champions
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810, email@example.com
Joanna Smith, (908) 234-1251, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gladtone, NJ – June 20, 2001 – Barbara Grassmyer of
Placerville, CA won the 2001 NDSA Championship for Riders with Disabilities,
at the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, presented by State Line Tack.
It was a clean sweep of both classes for Barbara, riding Bally Shannon,
owned by Trudy Phillips of Chadds Ford, PA. Barbie scored a 67.666% in the
Championship test and a 72.857% on her Freestyle for a combined average
score of 70.261%.
Rebecca Hart, 16, from Erie, PA, had received a combined average score of
64.503, to make her the reserve champion of the event. She rode Miss Jane
Marple, owned by Linda Fritsch of South Bend, IN. Their score of 65.841% in
the freestyle, placed them third.
Other participants in the Championship were: Robin Brueckmann of
Summerfield, NC, riding Figaro, owned by Colleen Mitchell of Milford, NJ.
Robin placed third overall with a combined score of 64.222%.
Hope Hand of Newtown Square, PA, riding Wunderschon, owned by
Nancy Kennedy, placed second in the freestyle with a score of 65.882%. Her
overall average score of 63.496%.
Lynn Seidemann of Coppell, TX placed fifth overall with a
combined average score of 62.532%. She rode NFH Eckman, a Norwegian Fjord
pony, also owned by Colleen Mitchell.
Kebbie Cannon, of Mineral Springs, NC rode Cavalier, owned by
Pat Reese of New Hope, PA. Their score of 61.802% placed them sixth in the
Mary Green, of Jackson, MI and Deb Lewin of Richardson, TX also
This was the first time ever that riders with disabilities competed for an
overall championship in dressage. It is the fourth year that they have
competed at the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, with the previous three
years of participation being in the Bradshaw Challenge of Champions.
Judges for this year's event were Jessica Ransehousen, Mary Ann McPhail,
Lorraine MacDonald and Carol Henkel.
Competition for riders with disabilities is governed by IPEC, the
International Paralympic Equestrian Committee. IPEC develops the rules as
well as the tests. Riders with disabilities undergo a process called
classification, and are given a Profile and Grade. The classification
process is to determine the riders’ level of physical ability, not their
riding skill. There are separate tests for each Grade that have been
developed to test the rider at the highest skill level that they should be
able to attain, due to their physical disability. In international
competition, the Grades compete and are awarded separately.
For the NDSA Championship, riders rode the tests of their Grade, but
competed against the riders from all Grades. Placings were then determined
by the overall highest percentage scores. The combined average scores from
the championship test and the musical freestyle determined the champion and
reserve champion for the division.
In conjunction with USET, the Championship was managed by NDSA, the National
Disability Sports Alliance, formerly USCPAA. In the U.S., riders with
physical disabilities are governed by NDSA. NDSA Equestrian provides
national and international competition opportunities and training, through
clinics, competitions, and sponsorship. NDSA is responsible for the
selection and administration of all international teams, including
The 2001 NDSA Championship for Riders with Disabilities has been sponsored
by the National Horse Sports Foundation. A long time supporter of riders
with disabilities, the National Horse Sports Foundation also co-hosted the
2000 Paralympic Selection Trials, which were held at USET last year. NHSF
also sponsors athlete training clinics, judge and official training, and
other events that help promote and develop the sport of dressage for riders
with disabilities in this country.
The United States Equestrian Team is a non-profit organization that selects,
trains, equips and finances equestrians of the highest possible standard to
represent our country in major international competition, including the
Olympic Games and the World Championships. To accomplish this the USET seeks
out and nurtures the development of talented athletes - riders, drivers and
horses - and provides the support and guidance they need to help them attain
their fullest potential. For more information on the USET, please call
(908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org.