WEG Para-Equestrian Athlete Partners
Ozzy Cooper and Lancelot Warrior to Consecutive First and Second Place at Wellington CPEDI3*

Wellington, Florida, USA. January 12, 2015

U.S. team Para-Equestrian Annie Peavy, 18, from Avon, CT, dominated her first show of the season by winning both the team and individual classes at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* in Wellington, FL, January 10-12, 2015. In the FEI Para Team Grade III Peavy rode her 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games partner Ozzy Cooper to first place on a score of 68.07 with Lancelot Warrior finishing in the runner-up spot on 67.237. The following day in the FEI Para Individual Champion Test Grade III Ozzy Cooper won again on 68.008 with Lancelot Warrior in second place on 67.805. Peavy also finished runner- up in the Freestyle class with Ozzy Cooper on a score of 63.750. Peavy represented the USA alongside Rebecca Hart, Roxanne Trunnell and Sydney Collier in the team competition that beat Canada.

The first CPEDI of the season is one of the qualifiers for the 2015 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships, 2016 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships, and 2016 Paralympic Equestrian Selection Trials for the 2016 Paralympic Equestrian competition, which takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 7-18.

This weekend was the perfect start for Peavy who has only been showing these two horses for a year, during which time she already made her mark when she was selected for the U.S squad at the World Equestrian Games in France last year, and she was delighted with the season opener: “This was our first show in Wellington and it felt great. Both my horses have changed and improved so much this year. They listened to me very well and they did everything I asked of them. It was a great start and we still have room to grow this season. Overall I am very happy with it. In December 2014, I moved down to Wellington and since then we have been working on our Young Rider movements and practicing some of the para-dressage movements as well.

“Since showing at the WEG I am not nearly as nervous now. as that was such a learning experience and everyone was so helpful and supportive, and Ozzy was amazing for me. I am proud of how far Ozzy has come. He has more muscle, strength and confidence in himself. I can tell he’s gone from a 7 year-old to a 9 year-old since we bought him. My tests have been pretty good this weekend. On Saturday’s individual test, I was really pleased that he was very forward. Although he was excited he payed attention to me very well. I also noticed how well he goes in a snaffle now. With Lancelot I have enjoyed his canter work. It is his strongest gait and because of that he felt very steady. He’s a great horse; calm in mind and body.

My horses have been so wonderful and I look forward to competing with them more this season. I would like to thank my parents, my trainer Heather Blitz, my groom Krystal Johnstone, and also Olivia LaGoy Weltz who helped me in December, for everything they have done for me and my horses. Also a big thank you to the show organizers at the Global Dressage Festival for hosting the Para-Equestrian competitions.”

Annie Peavy & Lancelot Warrior

Annie Peavy & Ozzy Cooper