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Lynn Seidemann Wins Freestyle Silver at I.P.E.C. Dressage World Championships for Riders With Disabilities
Rebecca Hart and Barbara Grassmyer Finish One-Two in “Small” Final

Gladstone, New Jersey—September 8, 2003— Lynn Seidemann of Coppell, TX added a second individual medal when she won the individual Silver in the Freestyle at the International Paralympic Equestrian Committee (I.P.E.C.) Dressage World Championships in Moorsele, Belgium.

Seidemann, who won the individual Gold for the Grade I-B division, added the Silver in the Freestyle which was held as a separate competition. A member of the U.S. team at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Seidemann, riding Phoenix B, received a score of 73.19% in the freestyle to trail only the 77.75 turned in by 2000 Sydney Paralympic Gold Medalist Lee Pearson of Great Britain. The Bronze Medal went to Jens Dokkan of Norway who had a score of 71.00.

In the Grade III Freestyle “Small” Final, Rebecca Hart of Erie, PA finished first with a score of 67.68%. She also competed on Phoenix B. Barbara Grassmyer of Placerville, CA finished second with a score of 67.30 on Polonius Millesine. Jennifer McKenzie of Canada was third with a score of 65.72.

The U.S. team was selected by the National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA) and fielded by the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET). The U.S. finished sixth in the team competition and earned a place in the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.

The NDSA is the national governing body for equestrian sport for riders with disabilities. The non-profit organization is responsible for the development and selection of riders for national championships and international competitions, including World Championships and the Paralympic Games, and provides training, competition and advocacy for riders of all levels with physical disabilities. For more information about NDSA and opportunities to support the programs, please visit our website at www.ndsaequestrian.org or contact Denise Avolio at (914) 949-8166 or diavolio@ndsaonline.org.

The United States Equestrian Team is a non-profit organization that selects, trains, equips and finances equestrians of the highest possible standard to represent our country in major international competition, including the Olympic Games and the World Championships. To accomplish this, the USET seeks out and nurtures the development of talented athletes - riders, drivers and horses - and provides the support and guidance they need to help them attain their fullest potential. For more information on the USET, please call (908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org



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