Press Release: USA Para-Dressage Athletes Put Their Best Foot Forward at $10,000 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* Wellington



By: Lindsay Y. McCall for USPEA


Wellington, FL - January 23, 2019 - USA athletes earned top results at the $10,000 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) Week 2 CPEDI3* January 17-20, 2019. In The Stadium at the Global Dressage Festival riders from the USA and Canada showcased many seasoned horse and rider combinations and a few new duos. Equestrians rode in front of the international ground jury including Carlos Lopes (POR), Adrienne Pot (USA), and Elke Ebert (GER). Team USA solidified the win with teammates Roxanne Trunnell and Dolton in Grade I; Deborah Stanitski (Charleston, S.C.) and Skovlunds De Nice Grade I; Rebecca Hart (Wellington, Fla.) and El Corona Texel in Grade III; and Kate Shoemaker (Peoria, Ariz.) and Solitaer 40 in Grade IV led by USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Technical Advisor and Head of Coach Development Michel Assouline. Earning the top rider championship was Roxanne Trunnell (Wellington, Fla.) and Dolton and earning the reserve championship was Kate Shoemaker and Solitaer 40. This international show was the first show held at the AGDF. Riders will return for the second show during AGDF Week 9 CPEDI3* running March 7-10. The winter equestrian season in Wellington, Florida, is an exciting opportunity for riders and horses to compete at world-class facilities in front of international judges against the best athletes in their sport. USA Para-Dressage is looking forward to solidifying horse and rider duos over the 2019 year. With a little over a year left U.S. athletes are riding towards the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games where Paralympic Dressage will occur August 27-29, and 31.
U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team (Roxanne Trunnell, Kate Shoemaker, Deborah Stanitski, Rebecca Hart) at $10,000 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) Week 2 CPEDI3* January 17-20, 2019
USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Technical Advisor and Head of Coach Development Michel Assouline commented, "We had a really good start of the season with team scores improved from last year. The three 2018 World Equestrian Games' (WEG) riders Rebecca Hart, Roxanne Trunnell, and Kate Shoemaker had great percentages at Global and Deborah Stanitski, the fourth team member at the CPEDI3*, and newly acquired Danish mare had a decent performance and consistency throughout.  Those same three WEG athletes all finished with personal bests including a 77.889% for Roxanne Trunnell. The other U.S. riders did well too improving day by day finishing with several scores in the seventies in the Freestyle. The U.S. pairs are all looking very promising."
Roxanne Trunnell and Dolton, owned by Karen Flint


Champion rider Roxanne Trunnell and Dolton, owned by Karin Flint, rode to fantastic results including earning a top freestyle score. Trunnell noted, "Dolton was such a superstar at this show. We were trying out doing the tests without a companion horse and I was happy to see that Dolton didn't seem to mind that there was no horse nearby. I was really excited to see how high the freestyle scored because the more I ride to it, the better I'm getting at it. There is a moment in the freestyle after the first halt where the music starts up again and I head over to the letter M. I arrive at the letter at the exact time I'm meant to and it always makes me smile. It's like a little victory for me. A big big thank you to Karin Flint (Dolton's owner) for trusting me to pilot her incredibly special boy to greatness. He is truly a one in a million horse."

President of the USPEA, Hope Hand concluded, "We kicked off the season with the best weather, best group of show management and Jury and to top it off with many personal best horse/rider combinations. Para Dressage in the US has the World's attention."

The USPEA would like to thank everyone involved including the show management, volunteers, athletes, support staff, USET Foundation, US Equestrian, and USOC for a memorable first show for 2019.

Following the Wellington winter Para-Equestrian Dressage shows athletes will head out West to the Golden State Dressage Classic scheduled June 13-16, in Rancho Murieta, Calif. The U.S. calendar year will finish in the fall at the 2019 US Equestrian Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships taking place at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Tryon, NC, September 12-15.

The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members.



2019 Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* Wellington, FL January 17-20, 2019
Results


Team USA Riders
Roxanne Trunnell, Dolton Grade I
Deborah Stanitski, Skovlunds De Nice Grade I
Rebecca Hart, El Corona Texel Grade III
Kate Shoemaker, Solitaer 40 Grade IV


2019 Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* Wellington, FL January 17-20, 2019
Team Test

Grade I
1. Roxanne Trunnell, Dolton, 73.690 USA
2. Laurietta Oakleaf, City Girl, 69.583 USA
3. Laurietta Oakleaf, Windsome, 67.202 USA
4. Jody Schloss, Lieutenant Lobin, 66.726 CAN
5. David Botana, Lord Locksley, 66.071, USA
6. Winona Hartvikson, Ultimo, 65.774, CAN
7. Deborah Stanitski, Skovlunds De Nice 65.238 USA
8. Sydney Collier, Fherrigamo, 63.571

Grade II
1. Alanna Flax-Clark, El Paso, 64.899 USA
2. Beatrice De Lavalette, Delegada, 62.525 USA
3. Beatrice De Lavalette, Velvet WD 0

Grade III
1. Rebecca Hart, El Corona Texel, 72.794, USA
2. Rebecca Hart, Fortune 500, 67.598 USA
3. Meghan Benge, Worth The Trip, 64.706, USA
4. Riley Garrett, Piston, 63.186 USA
5. Meghan Benge, Zoey, 61.667 USA

Grade IV
1. Kate Shoemaker, Solitaer 40, 72.333 USA

Grade V
No entries

Individual Test

Grade I
1. Roxanne Trunnell, Dolton, 73.155 USA
2. Laurietta Oakleaf, City Girl, 69.345 USA
3. Laurietta Oakleaf, Windsome, 68.929 USA
4. David Botana, Lord Locksley, 66.964, USA
5. Jody Schloss, Lieutenant Lobin, 66.607 CAN
6. Winona Hartvikson, Ultimo, 65.238, CAN
7. Sydney Collier, Fherrigamo, 65.119 USA
8.Deborah Stanitski, Skovlunds De Nice 64.286 USA

Grade II
1. Alanna Flax-Clark, El Paso, 65.735 USA
2.Beatrice De Lavalette, Delegada, 63.186 USA
3. Beatrice De Lavalette, Velvet WD 0 USA

Grade III
1. Rebecca Hart, El Corona Texel, 69.088 USA
2.Rebecca Hart, Fortune 500, 68.235 USA
3. Meghan Benge, Worth The Trip, 65.784, USA
4. Riley Garrett, Piston, 64.608 USA
5. Meghan Benge, Zoey, 56.853 USA

Grade IV
1. Kate Shoemaker, Solitaer 40, 73.252 USA

Freestyle Test

Grade I
1. Roxanne Trunnell, Dolton, 77.889 USA
2. Laurietta Oakleaf, City Girl, 72.444 USA
3. David Botana, Lord Locksley, 70.778 USA
4. Jody Schloss, Lieutenant Lobin, 69.111 CAN
5. Winona Hartvikson, Ultimo, 67.778 CAN
6. Sydney Collier, Fherrigamo, 66.944 USA
7.Deborah Stanitski, Skovlunds De Nice 66.278 USA

Grade II
1. Alanna Flax-Clark, El Paso, 68.222 USA
2.Beatrice De Lavalette, Delegada, 64.889 USA

Grade III
1. Rebecca Hart, El Corona Texel, 75.278 USA
2. Riley Garrett, Piston, 68.889 USA
3. Meghan Benge, Worth The Trip, 68.500, USA

Grade IV
1. Kate Shoemaker, Solitaer 40, 75.458 USA


United States Para-Equestrian Association Mission Statement
To Help Develop, Promote, Support, and Sustain all USA Para Equestrian Athletes for Regional, National, and International Competition with a focus on Paralympic Equestrian Sport.

United States Para-Equestrian Association Vision Statement
The vision of the United States Para Equestrian Association (USPEA) is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America for athletes with an eligible physical impairment, promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the Paralympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national Para Equestrian Association in the world.
 
About USPEA
The United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) includes every recognized equestrian discipline that is practiced by athletes with an eligible physical impairment with a focus on Paralympic Equestrian Sports. . The USPEA is a network of current and past athletes, owners, officials, event organizers, and equestrian enthusiasts. The Association assists athletes to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Disciplines of Para-Equestrian.

USPEA was created to fill a need to assist Para Equestrian disciplines when they came under the governance of the FEI.  While Para Equestrian disciplines were originally segregated, they now are integrated in international sport.  As each individual Para Equestrian discipline develops, it is USPEA's mission to always serve as an advisory resource with the ultimate goal that the established able-bodied discipline affiliate will integrate within their organization.

In 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status and became a recognized International affiliate association of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) working together to grow the FEI recognized disciplines by helping to provide press, educational information, symposiums and competition opportunities for athletes with eligible physical impairments.

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