Wellington, Fla. – The Adequan® U.S. Para Dressage Team returns to competition this week when they go head-to-head against Canada in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) Week 9 CPEDI3*, running March 8-10 at the AGDF show-grounds. Chef d’Equipe Michel Assouline will lead the three FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) Tryon 2018 medalists Rebecca Hart, Kate Shoemaker, and Roxanne Trunnell, along with David Botana, who will compete in his first team event, as they represent the U.S. in the last CPEDI3* of the winter season.
They will perform the FEI Team Test in their respective grades on Friday. On Saturday, they will complete the FEI Individual Test in their respective grades, with the Team and Individual tests counting toward the overall team score. On Sunday, they will compete in their respective grade’s Freestyle as individuals, barring they earned at least a minimum score of 60% based on the average of their Team and Individual tests.
Meet the Team
David Botana (Portland, Maine), Grade I, with Lord Locksley, Margaret Stevens's 18-year-old Trakehner Grand Prix/Breeding stallion. Follow Botana on Facebook (@2020ParalympicDream).
Kate Shoemaker (Peoria, Ariz.), Grade IV, with Solitaer 40, the 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion she owns with Craig and Deena Shoemaker. Follow Shoemaker on Facebook (@KateShoemakerDressage).
Last Time Out
Botana and Lord Locksley competed in the AGDF Week 2 CPEDI3* where they placed third in the Grade I Freestyle.
Hart and El Corona Texel competed in the AGDF Week 2 CPEDI3* where they earned a personal best in the FEI Grade III Team Test with a score of 72.794%.
Shoemaker and Solitaer 40 earned a personal best in the AGDF Week 2 CPEDI3* FEI Grade IV Individual Test with a scores of 73.252%.
Trunnell and Dolton won the FEI Grade I Individual, Team, and Freestyle tests at the AGDF Week 2 CPEDI3*.
Botana: United States Dressage Federation 2018 Grade I Rider of the Year
Hart: Three-time Paralympian (Rio 2016, London 2012, and Beijing 2008); three-time FEI WEG team member (Tryon 2018, Normandy 2014, and Lexington 2010), winning the silver medal in the FEI Grade III Freestyle and the bronze medal in the FEI Grade III Individual Test in Tryon; seven-time USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion (2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2006)
Shoemaker: Bronze medalist in the FEI Grade IV Freestyle at the FEI WEG Tryon 2018; 2015 USEF CPEDI1* Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion; 2015 Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North team, individual, and freestyle gold medalist
Trunnell: Rio 2016 Paralympian; two-time FEI WEG team member (Tryon 2018 and Normandy 2014), winning a bronze medal in the FEI Grade I Freestyle at the FEI WEG Tryon 2018; 2016 Grade Ia Reserve National Champion in the High Performance Division
Competition begins on Friday with combinations performing the FEI Team Test in their respective grades. For ride times and results, visit foxvillage.com.
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