Wins First-Ever National Disability Sports Alliance I.P.E.C
Grade IV Championship
Kingston, RIOctober 7, 2003Kathryn Groves of Winter
Garden, FL, and Freek won the first-ever National Disability Sports
Alliance (NDSA) International Paralympic Equestrian Committee (I.P.E.C)
Grade IV Championship for riders with physical disabilities. The
Championship, which consisted of an Individual Championship Competition
and a Musical Freestyle Competition, was held as part of Dressage
at Devon, September 23-28, in Devon, PA.
Groves, who was a member of the U.S team that took sixth place at
the 2003 I.P.E.C Dressage World Championships in Moorsele, Belgium,
this past September, finished on top in both the Individual Championship
as well as the Musical Freestyle to earn Championship honors with
an overall score of 67.942%. Robin Brueckmann, of Summerfield, NC,
on Richmond who also competed at the 2003 I.P.E.C World Championships,
took second overall in the Grade IV Championship with a combined
score of 66.401%.
In the Individual Championship Competition on September 26, where
riders performed a standard Grade IV dressage test that consisted
of lateral work as well as movements at the walk, trot, and canter,
Groves tied for first place with Brueckmann. Both riders earned
scores of 63.763%. Kebbie Cannon and Dancer O finished in third
place with a score of 62.796%.
In the second phase of competition, the Musical Freestyle, which
was held on September 28, Groves turned in the top performance posting
a score of 72.121%. Cannon finished second with a score of 69.773%
just edging out Brueckmann who earned a slightly lower score of
69.015%. In this phase of competition, riders are allowed to include
more difficult movements. Groves winning ride included temp
changes, as well as half-canter pirouettes.
NDSA IPEC Grade IV Championship held at Dressage at Devon is one
of several events put on by NDSA for riders with physical disabilities.
Each June, the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions hosts an NDSA Championship
for riders in all of the IPEC Grades. The Mills Team Challenge,
held each August as part of the North American Young Riders
Championships, presented by State Line Tack, is a competition in
which riders with disabilities compete together with able-bodied
young riders in a special team competition. Additionally, the NDSA
supports many clinics at various locations throughout the year,
including forums on judging dressage riders with physical disabilities.
is also responsible for fielding this countrys teams for recognized
international events for riders with disabilities including the
World Championships and the Paralympic Games, which will be held
in Athens, Greece in September 2004 just after the Olympic Games.
NDSA is the national governing body for equestrian sport for riders
with disabilities. The non-profit organization is responsible for
the development and selection of riders for national championships
and international competitions, including World Championships and
the Paralympic Games, and provides training, competition and advocacy
for riders of all levels with physical disabilities. For more information
about NDSA and opportunities to support the programs, please visit
our website at www.ndsaequestrian.org or contact Denise Avolio at
(914) 949-8166 or email@example.com.