Lexington, Ky. – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce that Roxanne Trunnell (Rowlett, Texas) has been added to the U.S. Paralympic Equestrian squad for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 7-18. Trunnell will be entered as an individual in the Grade Ia division with Royal Dancer, Julia Handt’s 2005 Westphalian gelding. As a result of a Danish athlete withdrawing from the Paralympics, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) allocated the U.S. an individual slot as a result of having the next highest ranked athlete on the FEI Paralympic Ranking List.
Trunnell joins the following combinations that will compete in the team competition in addition to competing as individuals:
Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Grade Ib, and Wesley Dunham's Western Rose, a 2003 Oldenburg mare
Rebecca Hart (Wellington, Fla.), Grade II, and her own Schroeters Romani, a 2002 Danish Warmblood mare
Margaret McIntosh (Reading, Pa.), Grade Ia, and her own Rio Rio, a 2006 Rheinland Pfalz-Saar mare
Angela Peavy (Avon, Conn. and Wellington, Fla.), Grade III, and Heather Blitz and Rebecca Reno's Lancelot Warrior, a 2002 Hanoverian gelding
The 2016 U.S. Paralympic Equestrian Team members earned their Paralympic Games berths following the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships presented by Deloitte and Selection Event for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in June. Further information regarding the U.S. Paralympic Equestrian Team selection process can be found on USEF.org. All nominations to the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Equestrian Team are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee.
The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members. Without the support of these organizations and individuals, it would not be possible to support U.S. athletes. The USEF is especially grateful to individuals who give generously of their time and money to support the equestrian teams.