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In 2008, she placed third at the national championship

and earned a spot on the U.S. Paralympic Team. At the Paralympic Games, held in Hong Kong, Barbara and Mibis placed tenth, with the U.S. team placing tenth overall as well. It was a challenging competition, Barbara says. “Mibis

didn’t like the heat,” she explains. “It was over 90 degrees every day and very, very humid.” Since the pair is based in Placerville, California, between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, neither was used to such conditions and both struggled.

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

Next on Barbara’s agenda is qualifying for the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games, to be held at Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park. This is the first time para-equestrian events have been included, with dressage the only discipline included. Initially, Barbara needs a score of 60 percent or

more at a qualifying FEI-level para competition. She earned the FEI qualifying score at the CPEDI*** held at Lamplight Equestrian Center in May of this year. The USEF selection process is currently being finalized, she says, and she is looking forward to learning the details. The selection trials will

take place in August 2010 at Gladstone, New Jersey, she says, allowing her to train with Missy immediately before the competition. Currently, she notes, there are a dozen or more U.S. riders who have met the initial qualification requirement—six will be able to compete for their country. With two years to prepare for the World Equestrian

Games, Barbara has worked hard to use the time well. In December of last year, she sent Mibis to well-known dressage trainers Grant and Sharon Schneidman and Nichole Gluesenkamp in Colorado for six months of training. Ever gracious, she also allowed one of the Schneidmans’ students, Loren Kristik, to ride and compete Mibis during that time as Loren worked to qualify for the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships. In May, Barbara travelled to Colorado to be reunited with her mare and to train with her under the Schneidmans’ supervision. From there, she travelled to Chicago for a freestyle competition. “It was very hard to be without her all those months,”

Barbara says now. “But she made a lot of progress. And I spent those months working on my position, taking lunge lessons from instructor Lindsay Donohue, who owns the barn where I board. She generously donated her time and her

The pair compete at the USEF

Para-Equestrian National Championship at Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Illinois May 2009.

Photo by Mary Phelps

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