Meet London 2012 Olympic Para-Equestrian Dressage Hopeful, Dale Dedrick

Learn about what it takes to qualify as a para-equestrian rider and the path to the Olympics for para-equestrians.

About Dale
Dale Dedrick was diagnosed with lupus and currently training for London 2012. From the get go, Dale was keen to let me know the difference in Para and Special as confused by many. The Paralympics include athletes with physical disabilities, and are run in parallel with the Olympic Games, while the IOC–recognized Special Olympics World Games include athletes with intellectual disabilities, and the Deaflympics include deaf athletes. Many Para-Equestrian riders might have been able bodied riders before their disability. Such is the case with Dale who successfully ridden dressage through Grand Prix before training in Para.

Anyone with a physical disability is eligible to compete. The competitors in riding fall into five categories, 1A,1B, 2, 3 and 4, with 1A being the most severely involved and grade 4 the least disabled for riding. Dale is a grade 2 due to multi-limb involvement with weakness in her legs and hands compounded by severe hand deformities. Often people never realize her disability until they see her walk with her cane. She’s a true inspiration to everyone here at HorseGirlTV® and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet and interview her! I hope you enjoy this episode! It’s our 100th episode to launch in the month of our 5 year birthday! Happy birthday HorseGirlTV® and much success to Dale in her quest for London 2012!

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The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) USEF LOGOwhich serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport. This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage para-equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the para-equestrian discipline. From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved.

From local horse shows to international Olympic Games, the USPEA will provide para-equestrians the knowledge of what they need to succeed. The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), and USEF which provides Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

To learn more Para-Equestrian and Para-Sport check out the United States Para-Equestrian Association website at http://

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  1. Sammy Shatto says:

    my friend has cerebral palsy and just started para-dressage,she has riden for about 6 years or so but always hunters and jumpers but after seeing the compatiotion at WEG last year she switched to para dressage and just got a new dressage horse to start learning and competing on. iam so excited to see this i hope to see a follow up on this during the competition or after. :)

    • Team HorseGirlTV says:

      Thanks so much for sharing Sammy! That’s really super your friend is getting into para-dressage. Please keep us updated to her progress if you have time!

  2. pam says:


    I had been following your blog and website since it’s start. Since then, my personal life has been an interference, I just opened your blog to watch a recent episode and saw you have short hair. Do tell where you found the courage!
    Thank you,

    • Team HorseGirlTV says:

      Thanks so much for the comment Pam. I cut off all my hair shortly after my husband returned from his deployment from Afghanistan. I guess it was a purging of sorts? It grows quite fast and it getting long once more. Thanks so very much for reading my blog and watching the series!!!!! I hope you’re having a super week! –Angelea