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US Para Dressage Qualifies for Paris 2024 with Their World Championship Bronze in Herning


Roxanne Trunnell, Kate Shoemaker, Rebecca Hart, Beatrice de Lavalette, and Chef d’Equipe Michel Assouline. Picture courtesy of U.S. Equestrian.

Wellington, Florida – August 24, 2022 – Adequan® U.S. Para Dressage Crew continued to show themselves at one other world occasion with a number of medal wins on the Orifarm Well being FEI Para Dressage World Championship held within the BB Horse Enviornment. The 2022 ECCO FEI World Championships have been held August 6-14 in Herning, Denmark. This was the ninth version of the Video games, that are held each 4 years and run by the Worldwide Federation for Equestrian Sports activities (FEI). These championships which have been previously the World Equestrian Video games included leaping, dressage, para-dressage, and vaulting. Eventing, driving, and endurance might be held at a later date. The Adequan® U.S. Para Dressage Crew included Roxanne Trunnell and Fortunato H20, owned by Lehua Custer; Kate Shoemaker and her personal Quiana; Beatrice de Lavalette and Sixth Sense, owned by her dad and mom Elizabeth and Nicolas; Rebecca Hart with El Corona Texel, owned by Rowan O’Riley; and Chef d’Equipe Michel Assouline. The group had prime scores incomes them a group bronze, a person silver, and a person bronze. They’ve now certified the US for a group berth on the Paris 2024 Paralympic Video games.

Kate Shoemaker of (Wellington, Fla.) and Quiana earned a unbelievable rating within the FEI Para Dressage Grade IV Freestyle, receiving an 80.275 %. For Shoemaker and her 2014 Rhinelander mare, this was a private greatest, successful them the FEI Para Dressage Grade IV Freestyle silver medal. Rebecca Hart (Wellington, Fla.) and El Corona Texel had some new experiences, however the veteran duo secured a bronze medal within the Particular person para-dressage championship check grade III. They offered wonderful scores for the group serving to to safe the group bronze medal. In Grade II, Beatrice de Lavalette (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Sixth Sense did fairly properly, putting 4th in each her Grade II Particular person and Crew exams. Roxanne Trunnell (Royal Palm Seaside, Fla.) rode her new mount Fortunato H20. The pair had a fantastic showcase and Trunnell was fairly happy with the six-year-old Oldenburg stallion, scoring the pair’s private better of 76.447 after solely a really brief time collectively.

In 2018, the trio of Shoemaker, Hart, and Trunnell made historical past with their unprecedented 4 medal wins for para dressage on the World Equestrian Video games held on the Tryon Worldwide Equestrian Middle in Tryon, North Carolina, United States. In 2021, on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Video games, the identical trio secured a group bronze medal, Trunnell earned two gold medals, and the fourth present group member in Denmark, Beatrice de Lavalette, was a person at that 2020 video games.

Trunnell famous, “I can’t consider that Fish (Fortunato H20) dealt with that present in addition to he did. The environment at a giant Championship may be very totally different from any type of present he had ever performed. It was a giant query mark whether or not he may preserve it collectively for the entire occasion. He not solely saved it collectively, however he scored above a 75% in solely his second Worldwide present. Lehua Custer, Karin Flint, Andrea Woodard, and I all took an opportunity on Fish, and it paid off. Fish is unquestionably a celebrity within the making and we’ll be again for extra dancing down the centerline sooner or later.”

President of the USPEA Tina Wentz was alongside the riders and U.S. workers whereas in Denmark. She remarked, “The World Championships at Denmark exceeded our expectations and was really a group effort. Watching every athlete, horse, coach, and groom give 110% towards producing their greatest performances was a pleasure. Starting at coaching camp below the management of Michel Assouline the athletes confirmed enchancment every day main as much as the primary day of competitors. The aim was to safe a Crew spot for Paris 2024, however the cherry on prime was their group bronze, and particular person silver and bronze. This positively wouldn’t have been potential with out everybody pulling collectively to assist the athletes succeed together with their sponsors and horse homeowners Karin Flint and Rowan O’Riley, Elizabeth & Nicolas De Lavalette, Deena & Craig Shoemaker, Lehua Custer, their trainers, Andrea Woodard, Nicole Wego-Engelmeyer, Jennifer Baumert, and Shayna Simeon, grooms Lillie Durbin, Molly O’Brien, Esteban Quintero, Rafael Hernandez Carrill, together with Chef d’Mission Will Connell, Crew Chief Laureen Johnson, Chef d’equipe Michel Assouline, Crew Vet Meg Mullins, and group Physio Joanna Frantz. An enormous thanks to those and everybody who supported and labored onerous to supply this great end result. I can’t assist however assume how proud each Hope Hand and Jonathan can be with the Crew’s performances.”

For extra details about the USPEA, please go to www.USPEA.org.

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