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News

North Texas Equestrian Center to Showcase Para-Equestrian Demonstrations on Armed Forces Day

RELEASE: May 15, 2014
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: USEF Communications Department

U.S. Air Force veteran Derrick Perkins (Lindsay McCall)
U.S. Air Force veteran Derrick Perkins (Lindsay McCall)
Lexington, Ky.
- In support of Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 17, Kai Handt, the U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor, will be showcasing demonstrations by Air Force veterans and other para-dressage athletes starting at 12:00 p.m. CDT at the North Texas Equestrian Center in Wylie, Texas. An introductory seminar on the exciting sport of para-equestrian dressage will be facilitated to the new members of the Wounded Warrior Project. All branches of the military and the general public are welcome to attend this in¬formative seminar and exciting demonstration.

The location of this event is:
North Texas Equestrian Center
1765 Southview Dr.
Wylie, Texas, 75098

For more Information, please call: 972-442-7544

One Armed Forces veteran who has quickly arrived on the scene of the para-equestrian discipline of dressage is U.S. Air Force Veteran Derrick Perkins of Sugar Land, Texas. Perkins was injured in 1988 while on active duty resulting in a significant loss of use of all four extremities. After rehabilitation he was classified as having C7 Asia D Tetraplegia. Perkins is actively involved in several organizations including Paralyzed Veterans of America, TX Chapter, Air Force Wounded Warrior, USEF, USDF, and U.S. Equestrian Team. He is eligible for international competition as a 1A classification, allowing him a chance to represent the United States in the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and the 2016 Paralympic Games under the coaching instruction of Kai Handt.

To learn more about the para-equestrian discipline, visit: https://www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsDisciplines/discipline/allpara.aspx.