Consistency is Key at Gold Coast Dressage Opener CPEDI3*

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Written by Lindsay McCall for the USPEA
Jody Schloss (CAN) and Inspector Rebus
Jody Schloss (CAN) and Inspector Rebus

Wellington, FL -January 21, 2012 - Consistency continues for para-equestrian dressage riders at the Gold Coast Dressage Opener CPEDI3* held at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. Saturday was the Individual Test competition and the second day to earn an individual qualifying score for the 2012 Paralympics. Para-Equestrians from Canada, Ireland, Finland, Japan, Mexico, Bermuda, and the United Sates challenged each other and themselves in front of international judges Carlos Lopes (POR), Hanneke Gerritsen (NED), and Marc Urban (BEL). Multiple riders achieved their qualifying scores above the 60% mark including a brand new para-equestrian dressage rider from the United States. 

Laurietta Oakleaf (USA)and Niekele Van Busenitz
Laurietta Oakleaf (USA)and Niekele Van Busenitz

In Grade Ia Jody Schloss of Canada and Inspector Rebus maintained her lead from the Team Test with a 70.583% on Saturday's Individual Test. Just behind Jody was the Fresian stallion Niekele fan Busenitz with Laurietta Oakleaf in the irons scoring a 65.083%. Laurietta moved from a Grade II to a grade Ia this week based on her classification evaluation. Laurietta explained, "I am happy that I was revaluated this week to a Ia however, I only had 24 hours to learn the new tests for this weekend. The change has made me less tired and I have regained my confidence." For Laurietta her goals may be a little easier to achieve now with recent sponsors Ohio Horseman's Council and Nutrena who have stepped up to make her goals achievable. Following Laurietta for the third position in Grade Ia was Kim Decker aboard Dasher's Destiny from the United States, Bermuda rider Alexander Mitchell aboard Guiness Maskell, and Japan rider Mina Chinju on NTEC Manchada who earned her qualifying score in the Individual Test competition rounded out Grade Ia.

Jonathan Wentz (USA) and NTEC Richter Scale
Jonathan Wentz (USA) and NTEC Richter Scale

After achieving a top score on NTEC Jabriel on Thursday, United States Grade Ib rider Jonathan Wentz captured the blue aboard NTEC Richter Scale with a 69.275%. "Richter was awesome," expressed Jonathan. "I was hit hard during the first day of competition due to a lack of energy in my test. So I went flat out during the Individual Test and it payed off. In the Freestyle Test I plan on throttling it back a little bit and creating more impulsion with forward movement."

He continued, "My other ride, NTEC Jabriel is a completely different horse from Richter. Richter takes all of my energy and NTEC Jabriel could fly forward in an instant. He requires absolute precision to keep him on the verticle and supple. I am looking forward to competing with both horses next week and I hope to break the 70% mark all three days."

Just on the heels of Jonathan was Canada rider Ashley Gowanlock with new mount Ferdonia 2. In 2011, fellow teammate and owner of Ferdonia 2, Lauren Barwick was riding Ferdonia 2 but the mount seemed perfect for Ashley who has graciously accepted the excellent Oldenburg for 2012 competition.

Lauren Barwick (CAN) and Off to Paris
Lauren Barwick (CAN) and Off to Paris

Lauren Barwick continues with her chestnut mare dominating Grade II for two days. The pair achieved consistent scores above 70% with a 70.159% in the Team Test competition and a 71.667% in the Individual Test. As a Team Canada member Lauren continues to contribute to Canada's lead in the Gold Coast Dressage Opener CPEDI3*. However, USA Grade II rider Dr. Dale Dedrick and her Hanoverian Bonifatius followed for second and are definitely a duo to watch out for. In third for Grade II was 2008 Paralympian Rebecca Hart and Lord Ludger, owned by Jessica Ransehousen. Rebecca brought two mounts to Florida in hopes of gaining more mileage, earning top scores for the team, and to sharpen her relationship and communication with both horses. Rebecca explained, "Both horses are relatively new mounts this year. I have been very proud of Lord Ludger this weekend and I am especially pleased with Hugh Knows. We have been working on adjusting from the leg cue to utilizing the whip as the cue and Hugh has been great. He was a little tense in the Individual Test so I think we just need a little more mileage to increase our communication."

Rebecca Hart (USA) and Hugh Knows
Rebecca Hart (USA) and Hugh Knows

Hugh Knows, owned by Jacqueline Mars, began as an eventer with Karen'O Connor.  From Karen to junior Jess Brumfield Hugh has consistently achieved excellent scores. With his new job as Rebecca Hart's mount Rebecca has been working to attain top results and consistency over the next two weeks.
She continued, "I feel very lucky to be able to work with these newer horses under our team coach who is also my personal coach, Missy Ransehousen. We have a really good relationship where we can bounce things off each other to figure out what is going to get the best results. I also feel lucky to have such a support system because without them I could not do this. I am very thankful to Jessica (Ransehousen) who own Lord Ludger, Jacqueline Mars, and everyone who believes in our discipline.

Fernada Otheguy (MEX) It's Mister Merlot
Fernada Otheguy (MEX) It's Mister Merlot

Grade II continued with Mexico rider Fernanda Otheguy in fifth aboard Katherine Butler's Welsh pony, It's Mister Merlot. Behind Fernanda was new Grade II rider, Margaret McIntosh and Idalgo, owned by Janis Smith. As a brand new para-equestrian Margaret had a wonderful test earning her a qualifying score for the 2012 USEF Paralympic Selection Trials. Elizabeth Pigott and Whitney's Willow fell in behind Margaret.  Elizabeth noted, "I just started riding this horse in May and I am working on getting to know my horse more and building a relationship so he trusts me more. In the short time he has come a very long way." Rounding out the Grade II competition was Charlotte Bathlon and Sportsfield Twist.

Eleanor Brimmer (USA) and Carino H
Eleanor Brimmer (USA) and Carino H

In Grade III Eleanor Brimmer captured the blue with her 12 year old Holsteiner gelding, Carino H. Eleanor imported Carino H in summer 2011 and within a short time period they are continuing to improve their performances at each show.
Finishing the CPEDI3* were the Grade IV para-equestrian dressage riders. James Dwyer and Orlando from Ireland once again secured the top placing with a 70.753%. Behind James was Mary Jordan with her home-bred mare P. Sparrow Socks.

With consistent test results in each of the five grades, riders enter into Sunday's Freestyle competition at the Gold Coast Dressage Opener CPEDI3*.  Following the Freestyle competition will be the presentation of awards.

Photo Credits (ALL): 2012 Gold Coast Dressage Association Festival CPEDI3* in Wellington, FL at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. Photo © Lindsay Y McCall for the United States Para-Equestrian Association.

January 21, 2012 Gold Coast Dressage Opener CPEDI3*  Wellington, FL
Judges: Carlos Lopes (POR), Hanneke Gerritsen (NED), and Marc Urban (BEL)

Results: Placing, Name, Name of Horse, Total Score

Grade 1a
1.    Jody Schloss, Inspector Rebus, 70.583 (CAN)
2.    Laurietta Oakleaf, Niekele fan Busenitz, 65.083 (USA)
3.    Kim Decker, Dasher's Destiny,  63.833 (USA)
4.    Alexander Mitchell, Guiness Maskell, 62.917 (BER)
5.    NTEC Manchada, Mina Chinju 60.833 (JPN)
6.    Robyn Andrews, Ravallo Son, 59.000 (CAN)
7.    Robyn Andrews, Fancianna, 56.000 (CAN)

Grade 1b
1.    Jonathan Wentz, NTEC Richter Scale, 69.275 (USA)
2.    Ashley Gownlock, Fredonia 2, 68.986 (CAN)
3.    Jonathan Wentz, NTEC Jabriel, 68.551 (USA)
4.    Katja Karjalainen, Hidden Creek Jones, 64.783 (FIN)
5.    Jaana Kivimaki, Sarona, 61.232 (FIN)

Grade II
1.    Lauren Barwick, Off to Paris, 70.159 (CAN)
2.    Dale Dedrick, Bonifatius, 67.381 (USA)
3.    Rebecca Hart, Lord Ludger, 66.349 (USA)
4.    Fernanda Otheguy, It's Mr. Mister Merlot, 64.683 (MEX)
5.    Rebecca Hart, Hugh Knows, 62.619 (USA)
6.    Margret McIntosh, Idalgo, 62.063 (USA)
7.    Elizabeth Pigott, Whitney's Willow, 61.508 (USA)
8.    Charlotte Bathlon, Sportsfield Twist,  58.730 (USA)

Grade III
1. Eleanor Brimmer, Carino H, 59.556 (USA)

Grade IV
1.    James Dwyer, Orlando,  70.753 (IRE)
2.    Mary Jordan, P Sparrow Socks, 64.624 (USA)
3.    Lynne Pool, Vasco E, 64.086 (CAN)
4.    Lynee Pool, Fisbee, 63.925 (CAN)
5.    Madison Lawson, McGuire, 63.925 (CAN)
6.    Mary Jordan, Sebastian, 62.742 (USA)
January 19, 2012 Gold Coast Dressage Opener CPEDI3*  Wellington, FL
Judges: Carlos Lopes (POR), Hanneke Gerritsen (NED), and Marc Urban (BEL)

Results: Placing, Name, Name of Horse, Total Score

Grade 1a
1.    Jody Schloss, Inspector Rebus, 67.157 (CAN)
2.    Laurietta Oakleaf, Niekele fan Busenitz, 63.529 (USA)
3.    Robyn Andrews, Fancianna, 62.745 (CAN)
4.    Kim Decker, Dasher's Destiny,  62.157 (USA)
5.    Alexander Mitchell, Guiness Maskell, 61.863 (BER)
6.    Robyn Andrews, Ravallo Son, 61.471 (CAN)
7.    NTEC Manchada, Mina Chinju 56.275 (JPN)

Grade 1a
1.    Ashley Gownlock, Fredonia 2, 70.985 (CAN)
2.    Jonathan Wentz, NTEC Jabriel, 69.381 (USA)
3.    Jonathan Wentz, NTEC Richter Scale, 66.212 (USA)
4.    Jaana Kivimaki, Sarona, 63.636 (FIN)
5.    Katja Karjalainen, Hidden Creek Jones, 63.409 (FIN)

Grade II
1.    Lauren Barwick, Off to Paris, 71.667 (CAN)
2.    Dale Dedrick, Bonifatius, 69.318 (USA)
3.    Rebecca Hart, Lord Ludger, 69.048 (USA)
4.    Rebecca Hart, Hugh Knows, 65.714 (USA)
5.    Fernanda Otheguy, It's Mister Merlot, 64.921 (MEX)
6.    Elizabeth Pigott, Whitney's Willow, 63.651 (USA)
7.    Margret McIntosh, Idalgo, 61.905 (USA)
8.    Charlotte Bathlon, Sportsfield Twist,  57.460 (USA)

Grade III
1. Eleanor Brimmer, Carino H, 57.531 (USA)

Grade IV
1.    James Dwyer, Orlando,  68.750 (IRE)
2.    Lynne Pool, Vasco E, 64.427 (CAN)
3.    Lynee Pool, Fisbee, 63.958 (CAN)
4.    Madison Lawson, McGuire, 63.958 (CAN)
5.    Mary Jordan, Sebastian, 63.333 (USA)
6.    Mary Jordan, P Sparrow Socks, 62.135 (USA)

For more information about the Gold Coast Dressage Opener please visit or contact Noreen O'Sullivan (561) 714-9026.

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Friday, January 16, 2015 - 06:20
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
Kjell Myhre talks to riders at the 2015 USEF High Performance Southeast Para Equestrian Dressage Symposium in Wellington, FL, January 12-13. (Photo: (C) Lindsay Y. McCall) Wellington, FL - Following the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* select U.S. Para-Dressage athletes and coaches had an opportunity to attend the USEF High Performance Southeast Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposium. This symposium took place January 12-13, 2014, at the Global Dressage Festival show grounds in Wellington, Florida. Over two days U.S. High Performance and developing Para-Dressage coaches and riders were immersed in the international equestrian discipline of Para-Dressage. Topics included Para-Dressage theory, scales of training, para-dressage test riding, quality of horse, freestyles, preparation...
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 05:46
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
USA Team (Left to right): Sydney Collier, Annie Peavy, Rebecca Hart, U.S. Chef D' Equipe Kai Handt, and Roxanne Trunnell (Photo: (C) Lindsay Y. McCall) Wellington, FL - Thirteen Para-Dressage horse and rider combinations made their way to Wellington, Florida, this January for the first CPEDI3* of the 2015 show season. Para-Equestrians from Canada and the United States in Grades Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV, competed at the spectacular Global Dressage venue in the Van Kampen Arena. FEI Ground Jury members Mr. Freddy Leyman (BEL), Mr. Kjell Myhre (NOR), and Ms. Kristi Wysocki (USA) were on hand to offer their expertise for each Para-Dressage duo. This CPEDI3* is one of the qualifiers for the 2015 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships, 2016 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National C...
Monday, January 12, 2015 - 10:29
Robyn Andrews and Fancianna (Photo: Ottawa, ON. - On the final day of competition at CPEDI3* Global Dressage Festival I presented by Adequan, Robyn Andrews won her test for the second day in a row for Canada. The competition was held at The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Fla., Jan. 9-11, 2015. Andrews of St. Johns, N.L. secured the victory in the Grade Ia Freestyle test riding her 2014 World Equestrian Games mare 14-year-old Fancianna, a Friesian-Andalusian cross, to a score of 67.917%. "I was pleased with Fancy today," said Andrews. "I was a bit tired, but we pulled it off. Many thanks must go to the Global Dressage Festival for putting on a great show. Special thanks to my coach, Amanda Kalvoda; chef d'équipe, Elizabeth Quigg; Pa...
Friday, January 9, 2015 - 06:31
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
U.S. Chef D' Equipe Kai Handt jogs Rubicon 75, ridden by Mary Jordan, owned by Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center (Photo (c) Lindsay Y. McCall) Wellington, FL - Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes from around the North American continent have landed in Wellington, Florida, for the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. This is the first CPEDI3* event for the 2015 calendar year. Thirteen horse and rider combinations presented their mounts in front of FEI Ground Jury members Mr. Freddy Leyman (BEL), Mr. Kjell Myhre (NOR), and Ms. Kristi Wysocki (USA). Para-Equestrians from Canada and the United States will compete January 9-11, in The Van Kampen covered arena at the Global Dressage Festival. Friday, January 9, is the FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test, followed by Saturday's FE...
Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 08:52
Kai Handt and Wes Dunham showcase collaborative coaching at the Northeast Symposium in 2013. Rider Sydney Collier aboard her own Wentworth works on gaits. (Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall) Wellington, FL - The United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. (USEF), is excited to announce a two-day Para Equestrian Dressage Symposium to be held at Global Dressage, Wellington, Florida, January 12 & 13, 2015, 8 AM-4 PM. Select U.S. High Performance and developing Para- Equestrian Dressage riders and coaches will be attending the symposium. Auditors are welcome to attend for $75. Pre-registering as an auditor is not required. Please contact Laureen Johnson at USEF at if you are interested in audit...
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 06:00
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
Nora Grassmyer, Mibis, Barbara Grassmyer, and Bob Grassmyer. (Photo: (c) Lindsay Y. McCall) El Dorado Hills, CA - On December 19, 2014, the Dressage Community lost friend, volunteer, and parent Nora Grassmyer after a three year battle with bladder cancer. Nora was heavily involved with the Dressage and Para-Dressage disciplines both internationally and at the national level. She was also a longtime volunteer at the California Dressage shows managed by Connie Davenport. Nora was a driving force behind her daughter and Paralympian Barbara Grassmyer. She was there at every moment for Barbara including when Barbara served as an alternate for the U.S. Paralympic Team in 2000, competing in Sydney, Australia; in 2001 and 2002 when Barbara was the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion;...
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