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Competition for 2015 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships Gets Underway Friday

by Dana Rossmeier | Oct 29, 2015, 1:13 PM EST

Katy, Texas – A talented group of Para-Equestrian athletes will gather at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center for the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships. Running from October 30 through November 1 during the Houston Dressage Society Deep in the Heart of Texas Shows, 15 riders will contest the 2015 titles across two divisions. The 2015 championships will highlight four members of the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage team: Sydney Collier, Rebecca Hart, Angela Peavy, and Roxanne Trunnell. 
Margaret McIntosh and Rio Rio (
Margaret McIntosh and Rio Rio (

Grade Ia athlete Hart (Unionville, Pa.), the defending, and six-time, USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion, will ride her own Schroeter’s Romani in the CPEDI3* championship High Performance division. The two-time Paralympian and her dependable 2002 Danish Warmblood mare are coming off a successful summer of competition overseas. They earned third-place finishes at CPEDI3* Mulhouse, in June, as well as CPEDI3* Überherrn and the Festival of Dressage CPEDI3* in Hartbury, Great Britain, in July. 

Margaret McIntosh (Reading, Pa.), the 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Reserve National Champion and Grade Ia athlete, returns with her own Rio Rio to contest the CPEDI3* championship High Performance division. She and the 2006 Rheinland Pfalz-Saar mare had a successful trip overseas this past spring when they competed at CPEDI3* Waregram and CPEDI3* Mannheim. Last year’s third-place finisher and Grade Ia athlete Trunnell (Rowlett, Texas) will return with Royal Dancer, Julia Handt’s 2005 Westphalian gelding. Grade III athlete Peavy (Avon, Conn.) brings two entries: Ozzy Cooper, Rebecca Reno’s 2006 Trakehner gelding, and Lancelot Warrior, Reno’s 2002 Hanoverian gelding.

In the CPEDI1* championship National division, 2015 Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Para-Equestrian Dressage competitors and Grade Ib athletes, Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Cambry Kaylor (Lehi, Utah) will compete. Collier brings KCR Dressage’s Scampano 2, a 2003 Oldenburg mare, who she began competing with this past spring. She will also ride her own Wentworth, a 2003 Hanoverian gelding, in the CPEDI3* division. Kaylor enters two horses, Markgaards Donnewind, Brian Kaylor’s 1998 Danish Warmblood gelding, and NTEC Giovanni, Rachel Zent’s 2002 Mecklenburg gelding.

Competition begins on Friday with all riders completing the FEI Team Test in their respective grades, accounting for 40% of their overall score. On Saturday, entries will perform their FEI Individual Test for an additional 40% of their overall score. Competition concludes on Sunday with the Freestyle tests for 20% of their final score.

For results and updates throughout the competition, visit