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Team USA arrives in Aachen for training camp

Woman sitting on horse. 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team member Sydney Collier and Willi Wesley, owned by Victoria Dugan during training. Image credit: Sydney Collier

Yesterday, Sydney Collier, Rebecca Hart, Angela Peavy, Susan Treabess and Roxanne Trunnell, members of the United States Para-Equestrian arrived in  Aachen, Germany courtesy of the Dutta Corporation for a training camp ahead of the FEI World Equestrian Games.   They have already had a team meeting, and began training. The team is scheduled to remain at camp until August 22, when they will depart for France for a trot up in advance of the competition on August 24.



Collier is Grade 1B rider from Ann Arbor, Michigan who will be riding Victoria Dugan’s Willi Wesley,  a 2000 Warmblood gelding.  She traveled to the training camp with her service dog.


Sydney Collier’s service dog Journey enjoying the sights and sounds of travel. Photo courtesy of Sydney Collier

Collier is quoted in a United States Para-Equestrian Association news release as saying, “We have arrived in Aachen Germany at our training camp. It was a long trip from Gladstone, New Jersey, to Aachen and it involved lots of teamwork and a series of planes trains and automobiles along the way.  Everyone including horses, humans, and service dogs alike have traveled wonderfully and it feels so good to be settled for 10 days so that we can begin team building skills and training under saddle. We have an incredible team this year for WEG that is filled with talented riders, great support staff and the best grooms around. It amazes me when I think how far we have traveled around the globe, how much planning and attention to detail was required to move so much equipment, horses, and staff. It has gone so smoothly that our horses wake up happy and ready to go to work every day. Our days have fallen into a routine which helps reset our clocks that got thrown off a bit as we have traveled. We all get up in the morning, do our workouts and get breakfast at our hotel. Then we head over to the barn for our daily team meeting in the observation area of the barn. We discuss our plans for the day as well as get updates on our travels to France and the competition schedule.  It’s amazing how much paperwork and adjustments are being done everyday to put on a show the size and caliber of WEG. In Para-Dressage alone there are over 100 horses that will be attending the initial jog. Each afternoon we have a training session while our teammates observe and help highlight our strengths and weakness to focus on for the next day. We wrap up our day with a recap and figure out our dinner plans. Then it’s time to tuck into bed and get ready to do it again. What a wonderful and blessed life I am living. A million thanks to all my family, friends, and sponsors for making this incredible journey possible.”


Treabess hales from Winters, California and is a Grade IV competitor.  She will be riding Kathryn Hill’s Kamiakin, a 2005 PRE stallion.  While in transit to Germany,  Treabess’s horse, Kamiakin, was named the International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association (IALHA) Purebred Horse of the Year.


Para-dressage at the FEI World Equestrian Games is scheduled to have the first team test on August 25 and 26.  The second team test and the individual event is scheduled for the 27 and 28.  The free-style to music event is scheduled for August 29.


Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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