The U.S. Para-Dressage Team rode into the new decade dominating the 2020 Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* and CPEDI1* on 9 - 12 January 2020.
Chef d'Equipe Michel Assouline was excited for the U.S. riders.
He noted, "Our riders have risen above all expectations showing great dedication and competence while maintaining U.S. Para Dressage in top FEI ranking position with a team average of 75.55%, our highest to date. Roxanne Trunnell's progression seems unstoppable and Karin Flint's Dolton is moving into FEI world number one position on the current ranking list with record breaking U.S. scores. Also very exciting is the broadening of our athlete base getting high scores in the 70% range. We have a great team of riders, owners and support staff working in strong unity; their endeavor continues."
President of the USPEA Hope Hand was equally trilled.
"The weather was challenging due to gale force winds that seem to grace us in January every year but the skies were clear and the temperature was just about perfect," she said. "The first show of the season is always exciting to see all the new combinations. It was also fun watching our WEG medalists who draw a crowd with their celebrity status setting the stage for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. We were confident in our team to do well but still on edge since every competition going forward is an important Paralympic qualifier.
The U.S. para riders are hitting a new level and are working hard towards Tokyo.
"Over the last year, the Elite riders ramped up their fitness and riding programs to prepare for the January early start," said Hope" Hard work does pay off big time. Roxanne Trunnell stole the limelight with her personal best scores each day exceeding 80% pushing her to the top of the World Individual Ranking List. She certainly rocked it and raised the bar for the other riders. Canada and Mexico followed the lead and also performed well, earning individual first places. The 2020 race to Tokyo undoubtedly will be remembered as one of the greatest athletic contest of strength and determination."