Tuesday, January 31, 2023

World Championships – Behind the Scenes

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The 2022 Ecco FEI Dressage World Championships Herning2022 have come to a close.  Riders and horses from the US put in phenomenal performances, and our para dressage team brought home the hardware, with a team bronze, individual bronze, and individual silver medal!

World Championships – Para-Dressage Day 1

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The medal drought for the USA at the Ecco FEI World Championships Herning 2022 ended August 11 when Paralympian and 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) para-dressage bronze and silver medalist Rebecca Hart ascended the podium to accept another bronze, this time for her Grade III Individual test.

The $5 Raffle Pony

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My first and only horse came to me through a series of incredibly lucky and unlikely events. For anyone who was ever a fan of the classic horse girl book/movie National Velvet, you might read this and notice the shocking similarities. At the age of twelve all I wanted to do was eat, sleep, and breathe horses.

Persevering to Pursue Paralympic Dreams

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I discovered the sport of para dressage at age 11, when I searched the internet to see if there were riders with a disability out there, and to my pleasant surprise, there were. I watched riders like Rebecca Hart and Roxanne Trunnell give their all in the ring with their horses. I had waited 17 years for a chance to chase my dream after persistently asking my parents for lessons, and I was so excited.

15 Tips to Improve Communication with Your Horse

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The training advice Chrissa Hoffmann gives to a para-rider is good for all riders looking to better their relationships with their horses. By Stephanie Ruff  This story is sponsored by Dressage Today.

Hope Hand: A Memorial

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At the conclusion of the June 19 Perrigo CPEDI3*, athletes, coaches, grooms, and friends gathered to remember Hope Hand, a key leader and supporter of the Para Dressage movement, who sadly passed away in early June 2022. Watch the memorial here.
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