Sponsored Rider Aims for 2016 ParalympicsBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · July 16, 2015
Mary Jordan, a para-dressage rider sponsored by Kentucky Equine Research, has set her sights on the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio with a new equine partner, Rubicon 75.
Rubicon is an Oldenburg owned by Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center of Loxahatchee, Fla., and was formerly owned and ridden by Catherine Haddad Staller.
Jordan and Rubicon’s partnership began in 2014, when she was in the qualification process for the 2014 World Equestrian Games with Sebastian, a 1993 Hanoverian gelding owned by Deecie Denison. Jordan and Sebastian were named as alternates to the U.S. team for that event.
Since then, Jordan and Rubicon have travelled and competed widely, including a European campaign. Most recently, they have participated in clinics with Kathy Connolly, Betsy Steiner, USEF Para Dressage Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt, and USDF President George Williams. They’ve also racked up several major wins, including FEI high score at the Beland Stables Dressage Show in Lakeville, Mass.
Jordan relies on KERx Special Needs Nutrition products to keep Rubicon and her other horses performing their best. Hoof quality and digestive support were focus areas for Rubicon, who struggled with poor hoof quality and a demanding travel schedule.
“The most remarkable transformation has occurred with our use of Bio-Bloom PS on Rubicon’s feet,” she said. “A year ago, when I got him, he could not wear shoes and had issues with past quarter cracks, which were compromising his career. A year later his feet are beautiful and he is sound.
“I have also utilized RiteTrac most successfully with Ruby, with all of the travel he has done in the past year,” she noted.
With her official letter of intent submitted, the next steps toward Paralympic qualification include USDF-sanctioned shows at 3rd level and at FEI Grade IV Para Dressage. She’s also aiming for October’s USDF National Championship and CPEDI3* in Houston, Texas.