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The USEF/USPEA COEs are being developed nationwide and will be the focus for Para-Equestrian Dressage trainer/coach identification and development programs to expand the availability of quality Para-Equestrian sport programs and services offered such as FEI/USEF Classification, Human Sports Science & Medicine (Human SSM) and Equine SSM. The COEs are the primary hubs for delivering the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Developing and High Performance Programs. 

Contact: Laura Roberts, COE Coordinator - | 859-225-6986

Current Accredited Centers of Excellence:


Carlisle Academy – Lyman, ME

Contact: Sarah Armentrout,


Healing Strides of VA – Boones Mill, VA

Contact: Carol Young,


North Texas Equestrian Center (NTEC), Wylie, TX

Contact: Kai Handt,


Ride On Therapeutic Riding Center, Chatsworth, CA

Contact: Megan McQueeney,


Therapeutic Riding, Inc, Ann Arbor, MI

Contact: Jan Vescelius, 


Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center – Loxahatchee, FL

Contact: Susan Guinan,


Wheatland Farm Equestrian Center – Purcellville, VA

Contact: Muriel Forrest,



Carlisle Academy Para Dressage Symposium May 25-26, 2018


Centers of Excellence - Application

Fillable PDF Application

Centers of Excellence - Open Letter

Open Letter to all interested in Para-Equestrian Dressage from Will Connell, US Equestrian Director of Sport

Centers of Excellence - Press Release

USEF and USPEA Partner to Create International Para-Equestrian Dressage Centers of Excellence

Centers of Excellence - Program Overview

Introduction and overview of the program

Paralympic Equestrian Sport Initiative for Veterans Pipeline Development

Veterans Flyer