Para Dressage Newsletter - March 2023


2024 Paralympic Team Selection


USEF 2024 Paralympic Para Dressage Selection Criteria and attachments may be found here.

FEI Competition Results


Rebecca Hart, Roxanne Trunnell, Cindy Screnci, Michel Assouline, and Fiona Howard. ©Kimberlyn Beaudoin/KTB Creative Group

Wellington March 9-12

Congratulations to the Perrigo CPEDI3* team of Rebecca Hart, Fiona Howard, Cynthia Screnci, Roxanne Trunnell on their win!

Shayna Simon, Beatrice de Lavalette, Rafael Hernandez Carrillo, Michel Assouline, Kate Shoemaker, Lillie Sims, Fiona Howard, and Nicole Wego-Engelmeyer. ©CHI Al Shaqab

Doha Al Shaqab (QAT) February 23-26

Congratulations to the CPEDI3* Team of Beatrice de Lavalette, Fiona Howard, Kate Shoemaker on their win—the first CPEDI win abroad for a U.S. team! 

Development Athletes


Mark your calendars! October 23-24, 2023, Tryon International Equestrian Center Development Clinic with Michel Assouline and Lisa Hellmer. 

2023 U.S. Para Dressage Calendar


April 29-30
Thorncroft Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Inc., Malvern, Pa.
Emerging Athlete Clinic
May 27-28
Carlisle Academy, Lyman, Maine
Emerging Athlete Clinic
June 10-11
Ride On Therapeutic Riding Center, Chatsworth, Calif.
Emerging Athlete Clinic
August 20-21
Lamplight Equestrian Center, Wayne, Ill
USEF Para Dressage Coach Continuing Education
August 21-23
Lamplight Equestrian Center, Wayne, Ill
U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions/Para Dressage National Championship/Athlete of Honor Program Awards
October 21-22
Tryon International Equestrian Center, Mill Spring, N.C.
USEF Para Dressage Coach Certificate Program
October 23-24
Tryon International Equestrian Center, Mill Spring, N.C.
USEF Development Clinic
October 25-29
Tryon International Equestrian Center, Mill Spring, N.C.
October 25-27
Tryon International Equestrian Center, Mill Spring, N.C.
USEF Classifier Course

Para Dressage Rider Clinics with USEF Para Dressage Development Coach Lisa Hellmer


Don’t miss the opportunity to join USEF Para Dressage Development Coach Lisa Hellmer for two-day riding clinics designed for emerging and development athletes. Try our sport! 


April 29-30
Thorncroft, Malvern, Pa.
Registration deadline:  April 10
May 27-28
Carlisle Academy, Lyman, Maine
Registration deadline:  May 12
June 10-11
Ride On, Chatsworth, CA
Registration deadline:  May 20



$100 Application Fee



Application is available through the USEF membership portal at Once signed in, click on Athlete Dashboard > Athlete Apps > Para Equestrian > 2023 to access the online application.



Morning lectures
Introduction to para dressage as a sport
Overview of Classification and Grades
Horse showing
Show entry process, memberships, what test to ride
Communicating with show management
Goal setting
Afternoon riding instruction 


Borrowed horses are available. Classification opportunities may be offered.

Lisa Hellmer. ©Taylor Pence/ISG

Lisa is a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medal dressage trainer who runs LCH Equestrian in Ocala, Florida. She is a Silver USEF Para Dressage Coach and a USPC Traditional B graduate from Old North Bridge Pony Club in Massachusetts. In 2010, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Johnson & Wales with an Equine Business Management and Riding bachelor’s degree. She was one of the top riders on her intercollegiate dressage team and went to nationals to represent the university.


After college, Lisa worked at The Hanoverian Verband in Germany, learning about the breed organization, starting and training young horses, and moving them through inspections. It was at this point that she found her love for training. After this experience she moved to Wellington, Fla., to work for Pam Goodrich and later stayed on as a member of her team in New Hampshire. Lisa has been part of dressage, eventing, and show jumping teams throughout her career as a young rider. Her primary focus is now dressage, however, she never forgets her roots.


For more information contact Laureen Johnson, USEF Director of Para Equestrian at or 908-997-3008.


Para Dressage Coach Certification Program and Continuing Education


Para Dressage Coach Certificate Program

October 21-22, 2023

Tryon International Equestrian Center

Mill Spring, N.C.


Para Dressage Coach Continuing Education Opportunity

August 20-21, 2023

Lamplight Equestrian Center

Wayne, Ill.


Leading the development of the U.S. Equestrian Para-Dressage Coach Curriculum is Michel Assouline, USEF Para-Dressage Technical Advisor and Head of Coach Development. Michel is an International Dressage/Para-Dressage Trainer with over a decade of Paralympic and FEI Dressage coaching experience, most recently completing his tenure as head coach for the undefeated U.K. Para-Dressage Team. Michel has conducted Coach Development Seminars for the Danish and French Federations, and is part of the FEI Solidarity Coach Education Program. Complete information regarding the USEF Para Dressage Coach Certificate Program may be found here.

Michel Assouline. ©Kimberlyn Beaudoin/KTB Creative Group

Follow US Equestrian

Stay up to date with the Adequan® U.S. Para Dressage Team by following USA Para Dressage on Facebook and USA Dressage on Instagram. Follow US Equestrian on Facebook, TwitterTikTok, and Instagram. Use #USAParaDressage.

The USEF International High Performance Programs and the USEF High Performance Pathway Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, the philanthropic partner to USEF. High Performance Program support is also provided by the USOPC and USEF sponsors and members.


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