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U. S. Paralympic Equestrians Place Fourth and Fifth in Individual Championships for Dressage

US Equestrian Press Release

Less than half a point shy of the Paralympic Bronze, Keith Newerla and Lumberjack turned in a noteworthy performance in the Grade I Dressage Individual Championship Tuesday. With a 69.684% overall, Newerla placed fourth—behind two-time Gold medalist Lee Pearson of Great Britain (77.263%), Australia’s Jan Pike (71.895%) and Great Britain’s Sophie Christiansen (70.000%).

“I made some mistakes that I have to eliminate in the future,” Newerla said after his performance. But the 21-year-old was quick to praise Lumberjack, and already, has his eye on the next goal—the Freestyle competition. “In the first stage of today’s competition, I got an idea of what I have to do on Thursday,” he said.

Placing less than a point behind Newerla, U.S. Paralympic equestrian Lynn Seidemann rode Phoenix B to a fifth place finish, with a score of 68.947%.

In other team news, Barbara Grassmyer and Mibis placed 11th in the Individual Championship for Grade III, with a 63.200% overall. The Individual Championships will continue Wednesday with U.S. Paralympic equestrian Kathryn Groves riding in Grade IV.

The rest of the U.S. Equestrian Team competition schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, Sept. 23: Kathryn Groves will compete in the Grade IV Individual Championship

Thursday, Sept. 24: Lynn Seidemann and Keith Newerla will compete in the Grade I Individual Freestyle Test; Barbara Grassmyer will compete in the Grade III Individual Freestyle Test

Friday, Sept. 24: Kathryn Groves will compete in the Grade IV Individual Freestyle Test

Sunday, Sept. 26: All members of the U.S. Paralympic Equestrian Team will compete in the Team Test

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Photo Credit: Courtesy NDSA