Carlisle Academy Hosts 3-Day Young Rider Para-Dressage Camp June 23-25, 2016

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Carlise AcademyLyman, Maine – June 17, 2016 – Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports, located in Lyman, Maine, is hosting a 3-Day Young Rider Para-Dressage Camp June 23-25, 2016. Carlisle was named a USEF/USPEA Para-Dressage Center of Excellence (COE) in 2016, and with this distinction Carlisle is helping to attract new riders to the sport of para-equestrian dressage by creating grassroots pipeline programs while working in partnership with the USEF high performance goals. The 3-Day Young Rider Para-Dressage Camp gives emerging athletes and their parents and coaches the opportunity to learn the foundations of Para-Dressage sport, while training with Carlisle’s world-class team.

Carlisle’s Director of Sports Clive Milkins, an international Para-Dressage coach with 20 years of Paralympic coaching experience, will work with each athlete alongside Carlisle’s team of instructors, judges, and specially credentialed therapists to help young riders advance their skills along their sport journey. Riders will have private mounted sessions each day and each rider’s personal coach may participate in clinician-led, group warm-up lessons on personal or program horses. Coaches are also invited to participate in collaborative coaching in the arena, allowing for immediate feedback with the clinicians while assessing the riders’ positional and gait challenges, adaptive equipment and horse selection. Please download the registration packet by clicking here.

Participants will receive a bound manual with information on Introduction to Para-Dressage Competition Rules, Musical Freestyle Primer, and the Athlete Development Pathway (Transition from Equine Therapy into Sport). Lectures will be given on Fundraising Tips, Video Review of Winning Rides, and a Winning Strategy. Participants will also have a chance to learn more about programs for developing athletes through USEF’s Para-Dressage Young Rider Program, USEF’s National Para-Dressage Championships, and USPEA’s Mentor Program.

As special guests, Para-Dressage Young Rider and 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Individual Competitor, Annie Peavy, and her mother Becky Reno, will share their experiences about the competition pathway from therapy into sport – and the support systems, travel tips, and fundraising advice that have helped them along the way.

A special grant from the Carlisle Charitable Foundation allows for five athletes to receive a $500 scholarship towards this youth para-camp. View this page for more information http://www.carlislecharitablefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/ZoeFund_ScholarshipAppPR.pdf

Trained program horses are available.

View the Carlisle Para-Equestrian Sports Page here: http://carlisleacademymaine.com/programs/training-leadership/para-dressage-education-training/

For more information on attending this camp or to audit please contact Sarah Armentrout at 207-985-0374 or email sarmentrout@carlisleacademymaine.com.

About the United States Para-Equestrian Association:

The United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) includes every recognized equestrian discipline that is practiced by athletes with an eligible physical impairment with a focus on Paralympic Equestrian Sports. . The USPEA is a network of current and past athletes, owners, officials, event organizers, and equestrian enthusiasts. The Association assists athletes to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Disciplines of Para-Equestrian.

USPEA was created to fill a need to assist Para Equestrian disciplines when they came under the governance of the FEI. While Para Equestrian disciplines were originally segregated, they now are integrated in international sport. As each individual Para Equestrian discipline develops, it is USPEA’s mission to always serve as an advisory resource with the ultimate goal that the established able-bodied discipline affiliate will integrate within their organization.

In 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status and became a recognized International affiliate association of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) working together to grow the FEI recognized disciplines by helping to provide press, educational information, symposiums and competition opportunities for athletes with eligible physical impairments.

For more information about the USPEA please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President: Hope Hand by e-mail: hope@uspea.org or by phone: (610)356-6481.

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