Lexington, Ky. – The Deloitte U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team has been named for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* taking place January 4-7 at Equestrian Village in Wellington, Fla. The U.S. team will begin their competition on Friday, January 5, with the FEI Team Test for all grades. The FEI Individual Test for all grades will take place Saturday, January 6, followed by the FEI Freestyle Test for all grades on Sunday, January 7.
Meet the Team:
- Michele Bandinu, 51, from Santa Barbara, Calif., riding his eight-year-old Oldenburg gelding Soulman 13. Follow Bandinu on Facebook (@michelebandinudressage).
- Katie Jackson, 38, from Austin, Texas, riding her, Julia Handt, and Rachel Zent’s 12-year-old Westphalian gelding Royal Dancer. Follow Jackson on Facebook (@katiejacksonparaequestrian) and Instagram (@katiejdressage).
- Margaret McIntosh, 62, from Reading, Pa., riding her 14-year-old Danish Warmblood mare Heros. Follow McIntosh on Facebook (@gigimcintoshparaequestrian) and Instagram (@gigi_mcintosh).
- Roxanne Trunnell, 32, from Rowlett, Texas, riding her 16-year-old Westphalian mare NTEC Daytona Beach. Follow Trunnell on Facebook (@ParaEquestrianRoxie) and Twitter (@ParaRiderRoxie).
Last Time Out and 2017 Season Highlights:
Bandinu and Soulman 13 last competed at the 2017 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships sponsored by Deloitte, contributing to the championship title of the U.S. team over Canada. A list of results from Bandinu’s competition year is available here.
Jackson and Royal Dancer competed at the 2017 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships sponsored by Deloitte where they finished in sixth place with an overall score of 67.569% and contributed to the U.S. team’s winning performance. Jackson last competed at the Great American Insurance Group/United States Dressage Federation Region 9 Dressage Championships, where she placed first in the fourth level and FEI Prix St. Georges tests. A list of results from Jackson’s competition year is available here.
McIntosh and Heros most recently placed first in two FEI Test of Choice classes at the Potomac Valley Dressage Association Fall Show in November 2017. McIntosh and Heros were named the 2017 Reserve National Champions at the 2017 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships sponsored by Deloitte with an overall score of 70.747%. A list of results from McIntosh’s competition year is available here.
Trunnell and NTEC Daytona Beach last competed in the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships sponsored by Deloitte in September 2017. The duo placed fourth overall and assisted in the U.S. team win over Canada. Trunnell also placed first in the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* last June. A list of results from Trunnell’s competition year is available here.
- McIntosh: 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympian
- Trunnell: 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympian; 2014 World Equestrian Games competitor
Watch the US Equestrian Learning Center video to learn more about para-equestrian dressage. Plus, follow us on Facebook (@USAParaDressage and @USEquestrian), Instagram (@USEquestrian), and Twitter (@USEquestrian) for all the latest from the competition.
The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members.