DeGraff Stables Supports the United States Para-Equestrian Association
The primary focus of the USPEA programs is to provide clinic and competition opportunities for athletes with physical disabilities. Many of the USPEA athletes were first introduced to horses through therapeutic riding programs. The therapy program objectives are to introduce riding to improve balance, joint mobility, coordination, muscle tone and posture to ease symptoms of a wide variety of disabilities. It is a well know fact that horses’ gaits parallel that of humans.
What makes USPEA so special is that a person with a disability can compete in an exciting and well respected sport as an elite athlete and be judged on their abilities. A Para-Equestrian has the opportunity to reach the highest level of their sport including National Championships, World Equestrian Games, and the Olympics.
The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation board members, and equestrian enthusiasts. The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the sport of Para-Equestrian. The number of equestrians has tripled in the last year which has, in turn, created more opportunities for those wanting to get involved. The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and provides programs, clinics, and competition opportunities for athletes with physical disabilities. Riders compete under the USEF rules during their national competitions and FEI rules during international competition.
DeGraff Stables couldn’t make these donations possible without the support of our stallion owners! We wish to thank Seabreeze Pleasure Horses, Ironwood Acres and the HBF Iron Man Partnership who, along with the many other owners around the country, donate breedings to the many futurity program that help fund the show prizes. The mare owners who purchase these reduced rate breedings are additionally appreciated for their participation, as the offspring are able to accumulate valuable earnings.
To participate in the DeGraff Stables, Inc. Charity Program, find a list of eligible futurities for our world-class stallion line-up including: DGS IndyGo, DGS Vestastic, Frosty the Goodbar (AQHA/ARHA), HBF Iron Man (AQHA/APHA), Hes A Cool Hotrod (AQHA/APHA), Hot Lopin Sensation (APHA), Indian Artifacts (AQHA/AWR) and MDR Impulsive (AQHA/APHA) on our website at www.DeGraffStables.com , make your selection and contact them to reserve your breeding of choice.
If there are futurity breedings available to any DeGraff Stables stallions in March, or, any succeeding month, we will choose a different program each month until the futurities sell. The information will be updated on our website at www.DeGraffStables.com in the “About” section and is titled; “Charitys Sponsorship Program”.
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