Riders with Disabilities at USDF Convention
Judy Serie Nagy, ACORD 408 261 8292
The United States Dressage Federation has invited two riders to the USDF national convention in Cincinnati. Performing a pas d'deux at the Black & White Evening of Elegance fundraiser on December 1 will be Chris Lipe (Georgia) and Mary Green (Michigan). Chris recently rode Janet Brown's grand prix partner Helloh Handsome at the North American Young Riders' Championships at High Prairie. Mary will arrive home from the Paralympics in Sydney, Australia just in time for the Convention.
The dressage riders will share the spotlight in Cincinnatti with Proud Meadows Fresians and the Tempel Lipizzans, maintaining the black and white benefit theme. The performance is being organized by Carrie Schwartz, Beecher, Illinois, and horses will be provided by Linda Fritsch, South Bend, Indiana. Paxton Farms is the host facility for the benefit. ACORD Executive Director Judy Serie Nagy, San Jose, California says, "The opportunity to perform in front of a national group of dressage enthusiasts is one that is very thrilling for us. Our sport has grown so fast and our riders are becoming so very accomplished. This USDF convention will give us the opportunity to show the able-bodied world just what we can do as world-class athletes."