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USA Para-Dressage Riders Successful at Deauville CPEDI3* in France

by Lindsay Y. McCall | Apr 12, 2016, 3:44 PM EST

Rebecca Hart and Schroeter's Romani at the Deauville, France, CPEDI3* April 7-10, 2016 (Photo provided by Rebecca Hart)
Rebecca Hart and Schroeter's Romani at the Deauville, France, CPEDI3* April 7-10, 2016 (Photo provided by Rebecca Hart)
Deauville, France
- USA Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes Rebecca Hart and Annie Peavy had a successful weekend at the Deauville, France, CPEDI3*. The Deauville CPEDI*** (Concours Para-équestre de Dressage International) took place April 7-10, 2016, at the Pôle International du Cheval. Hart with Schroeter's Romani, owned in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Barbara Summer, and Bill and Sandy Kimmel. earned a second place in the Grade II FEI Team Test, a first place in the Individual Test on Saturday with a 71.371%, and a third place in the Freestyle on Sunday. Annie Peavy and Lancelot Warrior, owned by Rebecca Reno, competed in Grade III against 25 Para-Dressage athletes from around the world. The duo garnered a fifth place in the Team Test, a tenth in the Individual, and a fourth place ribbon in the Freestyle. Both Hart and Peavy flew over to Europe at the beginning of April for the opportunity to compete on the world stage against their European counterparts before the U.S. Paralympic Selection Trials in June and the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Each rider also knew how important it was for them to be evaluated by the FEI  5* ground jury in Deauville since those judges will also be in Rio in September. The Deauville ground jury included President Anne Prain (FRA), Sarah Leitch GBR, Marc Urban BEL, Marco Orsini GER, Technical Delagate Carlos Lopes (POR), Hanneke Gerritsen (NED), and Kiel Myhre (NOR).

Hart, a seven-time USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion, two-time Paralympian (2008, 2012) and two-time World Equestrian Games athlete (2010, 2014), was excited to travel back to Europe for another opportunity to showcase Schroeter's Romani's talent and gain valuable feedback from the judging panel.

Hart noted, "It has been a wonderful experience getting to travel and compete with Annie. It's been a great way to do the European circuit.  We are able to keep it light and fun; even when the pressure is on at a major CPEDI.  It makes the whole experience so much more enjoyable.  It's the true meaning of work hard; play hard.  I am so happy to see the results that we have been achieving. Annie rocked it in an incredibly large and competitive Grade three class, with top finishes and I couldn't have asked for a better result with Romani. She came in strong for this competition. She was super in the all three tests.  Winning the individual; which is the first time I have ever won an individual championship in Europe.  It was a great way to start the season and I hope to get to hear the national anthem again this year."

Hart continued, "The freestyle was a great learning moment.  She felt fabulous throughout the performance.  We were in the mid 70's, we did our new freestyle with a full walk pirouette; which is an unusual element.  We had to add some variety and make it different.  We have used the choreography before, but it was discussed between the judges here and was deemed disallowed; which is a mandatory hit to the choreography score.  It dropped our score to a 71.3% for third, but I am still thrilled with the result.  We are re-working the choreography and it was great to learn this now, rather than at our nationals or if we make the team, in Rio.  It was a lovely event and I can't thank the organizers enough for hosting us."

Hart acknowledged, "I also have to thank my incredible team at Cherry Knoll Farm.  Margaret Duprey enabled me to come on this European trip and I think it was an invaluable experience.   Without her amazing support of not only me, but the whole sport of US Para-Dressage; I would not be able to do this.  I also want to thank Todd Flettrich for his wonderful tutelage and guidance through this entire year.  We have truly stepped up our game and he has helped me to build the confidence and partnership with Romani and it's showing in the results.  I also have to thank my amazing grooms Hannah Hassinger and Fernando Ortega.  They keep Romani at her best at home and on the road. They put in long hard days and enable us to do our best when the pressure is on.  Also to my amazing owners and supporters who believed in Romani and I from the start and put us on the Road to Rio; Margaret Duprey, Bill and Sandy Kimmel, Barbara Summer, Brigitte Byrialsen, and Sycamore Station.  This is truly a team effort, without these amazing people we wouldn't be here and sharing in these results."

Annie Peavy, a 2014 World Equestrian Games individual, added, "Competing at this CPEDI gave me lots of confidence going into the selection trials. It was tough competition with 17 nations. Lance is a partner and I mean that in the truest sense, he brings out the best in me and I strive to bring out the best in him and not let him down."

Peavy continued, "Becca Hart never ceases to impress me with her riding and approach to competition. She is focused and continues to up the game in America. I consider myself fortunate to call her a friend.

Peavy concluded, "I can't thank Heather Blitz enough for coaching me through a wonderful weekend. I also have to thank my parents, I could not have done this without their endless support."

Peavy along with her team and coach Heather Blitz will be staying in Europe to attend Waregem CPEDI3* April 21-24, before heading home for the Selection Trials.

Hart and coach Todd Flettrich will head back to the United States to prepare for the 2016 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Paralympic Equestrian Team Selection Trials; Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships; and Open Para-Dressage National Show scheduled June 3-5, 2016, at Waterloo Hunt Club in Grass Lake, Michigan. The 2016 Rio Paralympic Equestrian Games are scheduled for September 11-16, 2016, at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For more information about the The Deauville CPEDI*** (Concours Para-équestre de Dressage International) or for results please visit http://www.handiequicompet.fr/en/index.html.

Results from The Deauville CPEDI*** (Concours Para-équestre de Dressage International) April 7-10, 2016
April 7, 2016 FEI Team Test
CPEDI16-RESULTS-FEI-TEAM-TEST-II
1    VAN DER HORST Rixt    NED    UNIEK NOP    71.265
2    HART Rebecca    USA    SCHROETERS ROMANI    69.912
3    VERMEULEN Demi    NED    BURBERRY    69.118
4    ROLING Annemarieke    NED    DOO SCHUFRO    6
5    VAN GEENEN Yvette    NED    HAPPY HERO II    66.706
6    KERR HORAN Kate    IRL    ARLANDE    65.029
7    DE BEER Shani    RSA    DONDERWOLK    63.971
8    MUNK MADSEN Line    DEN    ALPE D'HUEZ    63.147
9    MISLIN Clo?    FRA    RIENZO    62.059
10    MELARANCI Elisa    BRA    ZABELLE    61.559
11    TSANG Tin Chi Timothy    HKG    TYSON    60.676
12    SCHRADER Fleur    HKG    BRANDY    59.118

CPEDI16-RESULTS-FEI-TEAM-TEST-IB
1    GERRITSEN Est?e    NED    EXQUIS ONASSIS    73.680
2    PUCH Pepo    AUT    FONTAINENOIR    72.840
3    DEN DULK Nicole    NED    FAUST    70.320
4    KIVIM?KI Jaana    FIN    BELLILENE    65.880
5    GERNY C?line    FRA    FLINT    65.680
6    TAN Maximillian    SIN    DON'S DAY DREAM    65.520
7    FERNANDES ALVES Marcos    BRA    UP TO DATE    64.320
8    QUINTANA PLAGARO Natalia    ESP    LIGUSTER    61.840
9    MBATSHA BOUWER Tasmin    RSA    VERDI    55.520

CPEDI16-RESULTS-FEI-TEAM-TEST-IA
1    CHRISTIANSEN Sophie    GBR    ATHENE LINDEBJERG    74.913
2    TAN Laurentia    SIN    RUBEN JAMES 2    72.826
3    DUNHAM Anne    GBR    LJT LUCAS NORMARK    71.652
4    KEARNEY Helen    IRL    ROCK AND ROLL 2    69.957
5    FROES RIBEIRO DE OLIVA Sergio    BRA    COCO CHANEL    69.696
6    TSE Pui Ting Natasha    HKG    NEW WASHINGTONS EDIT    67.783
7    MARTINS MAZZILLI Vera Lucia    BRA    BALLANTINE    67.130
7    SANCHEZ L?a    FRA    RHAPSODIE*ENE-HN    67.130
9    FROES RIBEIRO DE OLIVA Sergio    BRA    BELLA FARFALLA    66.826
10    STOCLIN Thibault    FRA    UNIEK    EL

CPEDI16-RESULTS-FEI-TEAM-TEST-IV
1    WELLS Sophie    GBR    VALERIUS    72.738
2    WELLS Sophie    GBR    C FATAL ATTRACTION    72.571
3    KONGENSGAARD Line    DEN    LAPONIO    70.095
4    DWYER James    IRL    FLEURETTE VAN DE KREUNGEL    64.500
5    WHITE Amelia    AUS    LOTUS 253    62.571
6    FONSECA DOS SANTOS Thiago    BRA    UP TO DATE    62.381
7    BONNE Jane    DEN    LYRIK    62.262
8    SHARBATLY Ahmed    KSA    WHITNEY    60.333
9    SHARBATLY Ahmed    KSA    CAMARE    59.571
10    ELDOOGUE Nikki    AUS    FULL TIME    EL

CPEDI16-RESULTS-FEI-TEAM-TEST-III
1    JOHNSON-DWYER Philippa    RSA    LORD LOUIS    71.289
2    UMBACK Katie    AUS    GRONSKOVLUNDS MARQUIS    70.553
3    KRIJNSEN Lotte    NED    ROSENSTOLZ    69.263
4    LETARTRE Jos?    FRA    SWING ROYAL*ENE-HN    69.053
5    PEAVY Angela    USA    LANCELOT WARRIOR    68.974
6    CRIDDLE Deborah    GBR    LJT AKILLES    68.237
7    BENNETT Heather    GBR    ZAVAILANTIKA    67.947
8    CATEL Samuel    FRA    MOGADOR DE VALANGE    67.263
9    GAFFNEY Rosemary    IRL    BINK    67.263
10    RISKALLA Rodolpho    BRA    WARENNE (DE)    67.000
11    STUDER Louise    FRA    ESMERALDA TANZ    66.395
12    GAFFNEY Rosemary    IRL    ALDHAM MILL DUBLOON    66.289
13    KRAPELS Glasten    NED    WISCONTI    66.158
14    THORNING Tobias    DEN    BRUUNSHOLMS CARABIAN    65.605
15    PEAVY Angela    USA    OZZY COOPER    65.237
16    VERMEIR Bert    BEL    ROMANE VAN DE PAARDEBLOEM    64.816
17    GULDFRO Lonnie    DEN    CATWALK    64.368
18    VERMEIR Bert    BEL    JARIS    59.605
19    HAMMOND-PARKER Krissy    NZL    RAPIDE    58.868
20    DU TOIT Sarone    RSA    BOREAS D'ALEM    54.079
21    ELSOBECKI Lizzie    AUS    VALENTIN VEJAD    EL
21    ELHIGGINS Chelsea    AUS    WAIKA 76    EL
21    ELSTORME Frederic    BEL    LAURICIO    EL
21    ELUMBACK Katie    AUS    ARWEN    EL
25    VINCHON Vladimir    FRA    TARANTINO FLEURI    Retired
25    CLAEYS Manon    BEL    AXIOOM VAN PALICE    Retired

April 9, 2016
CPEDI16-RESULTS-FEI-IND.-CHAMPIONSHIP-TEST-II
1    HART Rebecca    USA    SCHROETERS ROMANI    71.371
2    VERMEULEN Demi    NED    BURBERRY    70.914
3    VAN DER HORST Rixt    NED    UNIEK NOP    69.943
4    ROLING Annemarieke    NED    DOO SCHUFRO    66.743
5    MUNK MADSEN Line    DEN    ALPE D'HUEZ    65.714
6    VAN GEENEN Yvette    NED    HAPPY HERO II    64.971
7    DE BEER Shani    RSA    DONDERWOLK    64.943
8    KERR HORAN Kate    IRL    ARLANDE    64.343
9    MISLIN Clo?    FRA    RIENZO    62.886
10    SCHRADER Fleur    HKG    BRANDY    61.857
11    TSANG Tin Chi Timothy    HKG    TYSON    59.686
12    MELARANCI Elisa    BRA    ZABELLE    54.229

CPEDI16-RESULTS-FEI-IND.-CHAMPIONSHIP-TEST-IB
1    PUCH Pepo    AUT    FONTAINENOIR    76.793
2    GERRITSEN Est?e    NED    EXQUIS ONASSIS    73.138
3    DEN DULK Nicole    NED    FAUST    70.414
4    GERNY C?line    FRA    FLINT    67.310
5    KIVIM?KI Jaana    FIN    BELLILENE    66.207
6    QUINTANA PLAGARO Natalia    ESP    LIGUSTER    65.310
7    FERNANDES ALVES Marcos    BRA    UP TO DATE    64.345
8    MBATSHA BOUWER Tasmin    RSA    VERDI    64.276
9    TAN Maximillian    SIN    DON'S DAY DREAM    62.621

CPEDI16-RESULTS-FEI-IND.-CHAMPIONSHIP-TEST-IA
1    CHRISTIANSEN Sophie    GBR    ATHENE LINDEBJERG    75.739
2    TAN Laurentia    SIN    RUBEN JAMES 2    72.696
3    DUNHAM Anne    GBR    LJT LUCAS NORMARK    71.565
4    KEARNEY Helen    IRL    ROCK AND ROLL 2    70.261
5    STOCLIN Thibault    FRA    UNIEK    68.174
6    FROES RIBEIRO DE OLIVA Sergio    BRA    BELLA FARFALLA    67.652
7    TSE Pui Ting Natasha    HKG    NEW WASHINGTONS EDIT    67.087
8    MARTINS MAZZILLI Vera Lucia    BRA    BALLANTINE    65.435
9    SANCHEZ L?a    FRA    RHAPSODIE*ENE-HN    63.826
10    FROES RIBEIRO DE OLIVA Sergio    BRA    COCO CHANEL    62.957

CPEDI2016-RESULTS-FEI-IND.-CHAMPIONSHIP-TEST-III
1    JOHNSON-DWYER Philippa    RSA    LORD LOUIS    71.268
2    UMBACK Katie    AUS    GRONSKOVLUNDS MARQUIS    69.561
3    KRIJNSEN Lotte    NED    ROSENSTOLZ    69.098
4    CRIDDLE Deborah    GBR    LJT AKILLES    68.732
5    STUDER Louise    FRA    ESMERALDA TANZ    68.683
6    KRAPELS Glasten    NED    WISCONTI    68.512
7    RISKALLA Rodolpho    BRA    WARENNE (DE)    68.390
8    LETARTRE Jos?    FRA    SWING ROYAL*ENE-HN    67.854
9    CATEL Samuel    FRA    MOGADOR DE VALANGE    67.585
10    PEAVY Angela    USA    LANCELOT WARRIOR    67.439

11    THORNING Tobias    DEN    BRUUNSHOLMS CARABIAN    67.098
12    GAFFNEY Rosemary    IRL    BINK    66.854
13    BENNETT Heather    GBR    ZAVAILANTIKA    66.439
14    GULDFRO Lonnie    DEN    CATWALK    65.829
15    VERMEIR Bert    BEL    ROMANE VAN DE PAARDEBLOEM    64.341
16    GAFFNEY Rosemary    IRL    ALDHAM MILL DUBLOON    64.220
17    HIGGINS Chelsea    AUS    WAIKA 76    63.829
18    PEAVY Angela    USA    OZZY COOPER    62.488
19    HAMMOND-PARKER Krissy    NZL    RAPIDE    58.976
20    VERMEIR Bert    BEL    JARIS    EL
21    DU TOIT Sarone    RSA    BOREAS D'ALEM    Retired
21    SOBECKI Lizzie    AUS    VALENTIN VEJAD    Retired

CPEDI16-RESULTS-FEI-IND.-CHAMPIONSHIP-TEST-IV
1    WELLS Sophie    GBR    VALERIUS    74.976
2    WELLS Sophie    GBR    C FATAL ATTRACTION    72.381
3    KONGENSGAARD Line    DEN    LAPONIO    68.952
4    DWYER James    IRL    FLEURETTE VAN DE KREUNGEL    66.738
5    FONSECA DOS SANTOS Thiago    BRA    UP TO DATE    63.214
6    WHITE Amelia    AUS    LOTUS 253    62.048
7    SHARBATLY Ahmed    KSA    WHITNEY    60.619
8    BONNE Jane    DEN    LYRIK    59.881
9    DOOGUE Nikki    AUS    FULL TIME    58.905
10    SHARBATLY Ahmed    KSA    CAMARE    57.595

April 10, 2016
CPEDI16-RESULTS-FEI-FREESTYLE-TEST-IA
1    CHRISTIANSEN Sophie    GBR    ATHENE LINDEBJERG    77,150
2    DUNHAM Anne    GBR    LJT LUCAS NORMARK    76,150
3    TAN Laurentia    SIN    RUBEN JAMES 2    73,650
4    KEARNEY Helen    IRL    ROCK AND ROLL 2    70,400
5    MARTINS MAZZILLI Vera Lucia    BRA    BALLANTINE    68,150
6    FROES RIBEIRO DE OLIVA Sergio    BRA    BELLA FARFALLA    65,500
7    TSE Pui Ting Natasha    HKG    NEW WASHINGTONS EDIT    63,100

CPEDI16-RESULTS-FEI-FREESTYLE-TEST-II
1    VAN DER HORST Rixt    NED    UNIEK NOP    76,400
2    VERMEULEN Demi    NED    BURBERRY    72,300
3    HART Rebecca    USA    SCHROETERS ROMANI    71,150
4    VAN GEENEN Yvette    NED    HAPPY HERO II    68,900
5    KERR HORAN Kate    IRL    ARLANDE    67,950
6    DE BEER Shani    RSA    DONDERWOLK    66,250
7    ROLING Annemarieke    NED    DOO SCHUFRO    62,400

CPEDI16-RESULTS-FEI-FREESTYLE-TEST-III
1    JOHNSON-DWYER Philippa    RSA    LORD LOUIS    75,600
2    KRIJNSEN Lotte    NED    ROSENSTOLZ    73,550
3    CRIDDLE Deborah    GBR    LJT AKILLES    72,400
4    PEAVY Angela    USA    LANCELOT WARRIOR    68,750
5    RISKALLA Rodolpho    BRA    WARENNE (DE)    68,400
6    LETARTRE José    FRA    SWING ROYAL*ENE-HN    68,400
7    UMBACK Katie    AUS    GRONSKOVLUNDS MARQUIS    66,350

CPEDI16-RESULTS-FEI-FREESTYLE-TEST-IV-(2)
1    WELLS Sophie    GBR    VALERIUS    77,600
2    KONGENSGAARD Line    DEN    LAPONIO    71,000
3    DWYER James    IRL    FLEURETTE VAN DE KREUNGEL    69,500
4    BONNE Jane    DEN    LYRIK    64,150
5    FONSECA DOS SANTOS Thiago    BRA    UP TO DATE    64,100
6    WHITE Amelia    AUS    LOTUS 253    63,950
7    SHARBATLY Ahmed    KSA    WHITNEY    62,400

CPEDI16-RESULTS-FEI-FREESTYLE-TEST-IB
1    PUCH Pepo    AUT    FONTAINENOIR    81,150
2    DEN DULK Nicole    NED    FAUST    75,950
3    GERRITSEN Estée    NED    EXQUIS ONASSIS    74,650
4    KIVIMÄKI Jaana    FIN    BELLILENE    70,000
5    GERNY Céline    FRA    FLINT    69,000
6    FERNANDES ALVES Marcos    BRA    UP TO DATE    67,050
7    TAN Maximillian    SIN    DON'S DAY DREAM    64,250