Thanks so much to all of you who offered such positive feedback on the first “Susan and Kam on their way to WEG” blog post! Yay! I’m a blogger!
The very best part is that I get to write and tell you stories about an exciting adventure that I believe in and that I am privileged to observe at close quarters. There is so much to tell you about!! One of the questions after the first post was, “Where can I see them?” Hang on….I am about to tell you!
Any journey begins with a single step. On Jan 3rd Susan Treabess publically declared her intent to compete at the 2014 World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy, France. Future posts will talk about the journey to now, but today’s post will lay out the plan between today and the 2014 WEG.
Right now Susan is in Wellington, Florida to attend the USET “Soiréé du Cheval” being held at The Pavilion located at the International Polo Club. It is an event to raise funds for the USET Foundation in support of the US Equestrian Team athletes. All proceeds will go to support the US teams on their way to Normandy.
Kam did not go with Susan to Florida. He stayed home at Somerset Farm to enjoy the Spring-like weather California is experiencing right now! I also conducted an interview with him last week and you will have the chance to read that in the next post. You won’t want to miss that….he is a bit of a hottie!!
In order to compete at the WEG, Susan and Kam will have to make the 2014 US Para-Equestrian Team. The USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships will be held June 2-5, 2014 at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, New Jersey and will serve as the selection trials for the team. At that event all horse and rider pairs will complete the FEI Team Test, FEI Individual Test and FEI Musical Freestyle in their respective grades. (Susan is classified as a Grade IV)
To be invited to compete at the selection trials, Susan and Kam will have to achieve two scores after January 1, 2103; one “Championship” test score and one Freestyle score. These scores must be 63% or higher.
Our dynamic duo already posted one of these required scores last year in June at the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* at Rancho Murieta, California. Read more about that competition here: http://uspea.org/june-14-2013-para-dressage-riders-secure-world-equestrian-games-qualifying-scores-at-golden-state-dressage-classic-cpedi3/
There are two more opportunities to achieve that second qualifying score; the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 10 CDI-W/CDI-1*/CDIY/CDIJ/CDI-U25/CDI-P/CPEDI 3* and National Show to be held March 12-16, 2014 in Wellington, Florida and the Golden State Dressage CPEDI3* to be held April 3-6, 2014 in Rancho Murieta, California. The current plan is to take Kam to Florida in March to compete in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and then if they need it, Susan and Kam will have another opportunity to secure that second qualifying score in California in April.
If all goes well and Susan and Kam are selected to represent the US on the Para-Equestrian Dressage Team in June, they are considering traveling to England mid-July to train and gain competition experience in Europe, the birthplace of dressage.
Okay, this was not exactly a juicy post….but I hope it was informative and now you have a better idea of just what the path forward entails. Can you even imagine the logistics of moving a 1300+ pound equine plus all of his equipment around the US and then across the Atlantic Ocean?! We will hear from Kam next post and see just what he thinks of it all!!
This article was written by pamela