American Quarter Horse Association, November 1, 2013 - The 2013
AQHA World Championship Show will host the first-ever Para-Reining
competition in the United States. This event marks the maiden Para-Reining
within the U.S. Para-Equestrian system and a launching of efforts to bring the
discipline online as a fully recognized sport in 2014.
at the AQHA World Show, Para-Reining will include a clinic and educational
seminar on Thursday, November 14, and a first-ever Para-Reining demonstration
class on Friday, November 15.
Reining, together with the United States Para-Equestrian Association are pleased
to announce that several established and well-known Para-Dressage athletes have
signed on to cross over to the sport of Reining for this inaugural Para-Reining
in the ranks are a former Paralympian, an American disabled veteran and a host
of other dedicated riders, all hoping to give Reining a try as the sport works
for full inclusion in the Para-Equestrian movement. Additionally, seasoned
western riders from the National Reining Horse Association and AQHA ranks will
step into the stirrup for the discipline of Reining at this kick-off event.
among the featured riders, Rebecca Hart was born with a rare genetic disease
called Familial Spastic Paraplegia. As an adult, it primarily affects her
muscles and joints from the waist down, causing partial paralysis and severe
spasticity. As a child, it also caused her to have difficulty gaining strength
in her upper body for a few years and slowed all her motor development. Rebecca
began riding at the age of 10.
is a multiple USEF National Para-Equestrian Champion and was a member of the
United States Paralympic Equestrian team, competing in Hong Kong with her horse,
Norteassa, and taking fourth place in the freestyle. In 2010, she and Norteassa
competed at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky. Rebecca retired
Norteassa after WEG. She rode Jessica and Missy Ransehousen’s Lord Ludger, aka
“LoLu,” for the 2012 show season. The pair was named a member of the 2012
United States Paralympic Team, competing in London. Rebecca was the team captain
and highest scoring U.S team member at the 2012 London Paralympics.
featured, Derrick Perkins is a U.S. Air Force veteran who was injured in 1988
while on active duty. After his initial physical rehabilitation, he was
stabilized as a tetraplegic, with significant loss of use in all four
extremities. Since then, he has become a member and volunteer of the Paralyzed
Veterans of America, Texas Chapter and began participating in various wheelchair
sports for recreation, physical rehabilitation and the thrill of competition.
Derrick has competed annually in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and has
a closet full of medals. He was recommended, by friends, for the SIRE –
Houston Therapeutic Equestrian Centers program in 2008. During his years of riding
with SIRE, Derrick has seen unbelievable improvements in balance, strength and
has multiple award titles and championships from top events and organizations
and is an FEI-rated international rider. He has also competed for a chance to
represent the United States in various events, including the 2014 World
Equestrian Games and the 2016 International Paralympic Games. USA Reining and
USPEA, together with the AQHA and NRHA, are proud to welcome an American hero to
our ranks of Para-Reining competitors.
more information about attending the USA Reining/USPEA Para-Reining Clinic and
Demonstration Class at the AQHA World Championship Show, including schedule,
entry form and more, email Brad@HPowerInc.com.
more information about USA Reining, visit www.USA-Reining.com.
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