Team 2014

FEI World Para Equestrian Driving Championships 2014 | Horse Canada

Dear USDFD Members and Supporters,

At Sandringham, England the FEI Para-Equestrian World Driving Championships have come to a close today. Germany held on to its overnight lead to take Team Gold. The Netherlands took Silver with the USA a mere 3.29 penalties behind in Bronze. Great Britain finished in fourth place. Robert Giles (USA) won the individual Grade 2 silver medal with Virginia (Boo) Fitch (USA) in fourth!

It is the first time that these championships have been hosted in England and para-drivers from eight nations competed in a very fiercely fought contest for world supremacy. Four of the nations, including the USA, fielded a team of at least three competitors required for the “team medal” awards; the other countries were represented by individual competitors. Individual medals are awarded by “Grade” which is a classification by the FEI according to level of disability (with Grade I being more severely disabled than Grade II – usually wheelchair bound). 60% of the competitors were Grade I. Following are the final Medal scores and awards

1st Germany 227.07
2nd Netherlands 244.74
3rd USA 248.03
4th Great Britain 264.91

Grade I:
1st Jacques Poppen (Ned) 107.18
2nd Heiner Lehrter (Ger) 118.46
3rd Markus Beerhues (Ger) 124.25
4th Lucy Barclay (GBR) 131 73

Grade II:
1st Alexandra Roeder 111.61
2nd Robert Giles (USA) 125.21
3rd Mick Ward (GBR) 127.25
4th Virginia Fitch (USA) 131.82

For further detailed scores see:

Additional news is at:
Germany holds overnight lead to take Team Gold at the 2014 Para-Equestrian World Championships

Attached are photos of the US team and the final parade. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Special Note of Thanks from Team USA and USDFD: Heartfelt thanks go to Coach Sara Schmitt and Chef d’Equipe Marie de Ronde-Oudemans who each went above and beyond in their help to the team. We would also like to extend our utmost appreciation to all of the individuals and groups over the past many months who have given us their encouragement, backing and support and who have truly been the ones who have made this possible.
THANK YOU all for being a part of this wonderful accomplishment!!

Dear USDFD Members and Supporters,

The team has successfully negotiated the English Channel traveling via ferry from their training camp in Holland to Sandringham, England with Koos de Ronde’s fantastic packing and transport assistance.

The dressage phase was completed today, and the team is in Bronze Medal position, just 8 points behind The Netherlands and Germany. Virginia Boo Fitch, placed 2nd driving her own Kiko in Grade 2 with a 42.10 and Robert Giles placed 3rd in Grade 2 with a 43.70 driving Solo owned by Koos and Marie de Ronde. Diane Kastama placed 11th in Grade 1 with a 52.00. Individual, Mary Gray, driving Rooster owned by an English gentleman, placed 10th in Grade 2 with a 58.30.

The weather was cloudy for the first half of the competition and then thunder, lightning, and hail arrived for the afternoon competitors. Boo enjoyed a lovely downpour while driving her test, while Diane endured the pouring rain while she warmed up Rupert. Pouring rain and a wet camera hampered photos of Boo and Diane, even though the sun did try to come out during Diane’s test. Hence attached is only one dressage photo – that of Robert Giles Driving Solo.

Scores can be viewed at

The team is looking forward to some challenging hazards in the morning. Go Team USA!!!
Best Regards, USDFD Secretary

Dear USDFD members and supporters,

The three USDFD team members are now in training for the week preceding the Sandringham, England Championship at the de Ronde’s establishment in the Netherlands. Attached are photos of Virginia Boo Fitch with Kiko, Robert Giles with a leased horse from the de Ronde’s, and Diane Kastama with Rupert.

Ginny Leal, Alternate 1, has just arrived as well and will be supporting the team.
Mary Gray, Alternate 2 and individual competitor, will be joining the team in England next week.

Last night many of the team had a chance to watch Koos de Ronde at the CHIO Rotterdam four in hand racing. Koos won and it was very exciting!!

Following are links with further news regarding the championship:

The world championship event begins in 3 weeks at Sandringham, England!!

USDFD will keep you posted on the USDFD facebook site and through emails!!

Bios of the US drivers are at:–Para-Driving-Team-Selected-for-2014-FEI-World-Para-Equestrian-Driving-Championships.html?soid=1104450754567&aid=AvIP2NbCHKY
The team will train with Koos de Ronde at his establishment in Holland and proceed to England from there.

Everyone has really stepped up to help meet the costs in so many ways and for this we are greatly appreciative. Thank You!!

Following is a recent press release posted on Hoefnet:

A list of the nations represented and further news is also online at:

The link to the show is here:

Go Team USA!!!

Eight nations confirmed for the FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships at Sandringham

Friday 30 May 2014

Nominations are now in for the FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships being held at Sandringham from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 June. Eight nations have declared with four of them fielding teams of three plus individuals – Germany, Netherlands, USA and Great Britain. Belgium, Ireland, Norway and Sweden will be fielding one individual entry each.

As host nation, Great Britain can enter five individuals as well as a team with Germany and Netherlands entering two individuals plus a team; USA will have one individual and a team. At nomination Germany has submitted the names of six para-drivers and will need to drop one at the confirmed entry stage (Friday 20 June).

Team GBR consists of Deborah Daniel, Lindsey Tyas-Paice and Mick Ward with Lucy Barclay, Sue Johnson, Judi Ralls, Margaret Lupton and Sarah Baverstock competing as individuals.

Deborah, Lucy and Mick were in the team that secured Bronze at the 2012 World Championships in Breda when Lindsey drove as an individual.

Last month Deborah and Mick competed in an international para-equestrian competition in Horst, Netherlands, where they finished fourth and sixth respectively. Ahead of them were three of the Sandringham-nominated Netherland drivers – Jacques Poppen, Adriaan Struyk and Aad van Marwijk – with fellow nominee Ingmar Veneman in fifth. So with strong entries from Germany and USA it will be a real fight for podium places, both in the team and individual event.

List of the nations represented | Click here for more information

USDFD Team Selection Announcement

The United States Driving for the Disabled would like to congratulate the following three drivers and two alternates who have been selected by the USEF Para-Equestrian Driving World Championship Selectors and the High Performance Committee to represent The United States in the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships pending approval of the Ad Hoc Selection Committee. The World Championship will be held in Sandringham, England from June 27-29, 2014.

Team Members
Diane Kastama  Grade 1
Virginia (Boo) Fitch  Grade 2
Bob Giles  Grade 2
1st Alternate: Theresa (Ginny) Leal   Grade 2
2nd Alternate: Mary Gray   Grade 2
Congratulations and Best of Wishes!!!! 

Information on Sandringham World Championships.

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Application for Para Drivers for TEAM USA World Championships at Sandringham, England June 27-29, 2014

Dear USDFD Members,

USEF has posted the application and forms which need to be submitted if you would like to be considered for Team USA this year. The competition is in Sandringham, England from JUNE 27 – 29, 2014. The deadline is very tight. Please read the following in its entirety:

Scroll down to “2014 Singles World Championships” (about half way down the page). Athletes wishing to be considered for the event must complete an online application by March 31. You can pay the the appropriate application fee at:

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS for Drivers (More if shipping a horse): – The following documents are required to be properly executed as a condition of nomination in the Event and are at the main link above:
• Application (Attachment A)
• Horse Loan Agreement (Attachment B)
• USEF Code of Conduct (Attachment C)
• USEF Release, Assumption of Risk, Waiver and Indemnification (Attachment D)
• Declaration of Scores (Attachment F) **

**Currently the link for Attachment F – Declaration of Scores Form is not correct. This has been noted and should be corrected shortly. In the meantime I would simply submit my scores as described in the Selection Document: overall competitive records and scores in the Dressage competitions, penalties obtained in the Marathon, accuracy and speed in the Cones competition. “The athlete must submit Scores from any FEI, USEF and/or ADS Recognized Combined Driving Event at the Preliminary Level or higher – see 3f in ‘2014 Selection Procedures’ pdf.”

Applications submitted online on or before March 31, 2014 will be charged $70 per Application. Applications submitted online after April 11, 2014 and received by the USEF on or before April 11, 2014 will be charged $300 per Application. NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER APRIL 11, 2014.

Selection to the Team does not guarantee that funds will be available from USDFD or USEF to send a team.

For questions regarding the application, please contact:
Para Equestrian High Performance Director, Laureen Johnson
United States Equestrian Federation, P.O. Box 83, Gladstone, NJ, 07934,
Phone (908) 326-1155

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Dressage test FEI 4 is located here. to World Championships:

The FEI has allocated the following Championships and World Cup Fina during their Bureau meeting today:

  • 2014: FEI World Cup™ Driving and Vaulting Finals, Bordeaux (FRA), 8-9 February for Driving and 7-8 February for Vaulting
  • 2014: FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championship for Singles, Sandringham (GBR), 27-29 June
  • 2015: FEI World Driving Championship for Ponies, Four in Hand, Pairs and Singles, Breda (NED), 2-6 September
  • 2015: FEI World Driving Championship for Pairs, Fábiánsebestyén (HUN), 27-30 August