Yesterday, the United States team of Sydney Collier, Rebecca Hart, Angela Peavy, Susan Treabess and Roxanne Trunnell completed the Grade IV Team test, the Grade II Team test, and Grade Ia Team test at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.
Hart had the best finish of all American para-equestrian competitors on the day. She finished seventh with a score of 67.971 percent in the individual Grade II Team test. Hart is from Unionville, Pennsylvania and is a Grade 2 rider. Hart has represented the United States at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Paralympics out of medal range. She is the only 2012 Paralympian representing the United States at this competition.
After her event, she was quoted by the United States Para-Equestrian Association as saying, “I was really happy with how she warmed up. […] It’s a big atmosphere out there [in the arena], and she felt it when we went in; but what I was really happy with was the way she came back to me and focused.” In relation to her horse Schroeter’s Romani, she was quoted as saying, “We’ve come a long way from where we started. […] I’m really excited to continue the partnership from here.”
Trunnell had a score of 75.783 percent in the Grade Ia team test to finish in eighth place. Trunnell is a Grade IA competitor from Rowlett, Texas, and rode her own horse Nice Touch, a 1995 Dutch Warmblood mare who will be retired following this competition.
Treabess finished tenth individually in the Grade IV Team test, with a score of 65.833 percent. Treabess hales from Winters, California and is a Grade IV competitor. She rode Kathryn Hill’s Kamiakin, a 2005 PRE stallion. Following the event, she was quoted as saying, “It is a big relief to just get one [test] under the belt. […] This is the first time he is competing internationally. It is the first time he traveled [abroad].”
Riding continues today with the other team events, where the rest of Team USA should be riding.