Lexington, Ky. – June 16, 2016 – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has announced a team of four athlete-horse combinations for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Para-dressage competition will take place Sept. 12-16 at the Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Center, which is also hosting the Olympic equestrian events several weeks earlier.
The para-dressage team was chosen following the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships, which served as the selection trial. Each combination’s two highest scores in CPEDI3* events taking place between Jan. 1, 2015, and May 16, 2016, also influenced the team selection.
The following athlete-and-horse combinations will represent the U.S. in Rio:
Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Michigan), Grade Ib, and Wesley Dunham’s Western Rose, a 13-year-old Oldenburg mare
Rebecca Hart (Wellington, Florida), Grade II, and her own Schroeters Romani, a 14-year-old Danish Warmblood mare
Margaret McIntosh (Reading, Pennsylvania), Grade Ia, and her own Rio Rio, a 10-year-old Rheinland Pfalz-Saar mare
Angela Peavy (Avon, Connecticut, and Wellington, Florida), Grade III, and Heather Blitz and Rebecca Reno’s Lancelot Warrior, a 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding