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NTEC Richter Scale and Jonathan Wentz Earn Highest USA Placing!

2012 Paralympics - London, UK

September, 2012

USA Paralympian Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale

London was an incredible experience for Jonathan and one he will not forget. He had the honor of representing the USA at the 2012 Paralympics. Jonathan competed against the best para dressage riders, met athletes from around the world, was honored at the White House with other Olympic and Paralympic athletes, had the privilege of riding NTEC Richter Scale, and tried his best to bring home a medal! Although just short of the medals Jonathan and Richter, coached and trained by Kai Handt, placed higher than any other US Equestrian at the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics!

At age twenty-one Jonathan was able to fulfill a dream with a very special horse, NTEC Richter Scale, owned by Kai Handt. Richter, an 18 year old 17.2 hand Shire Cross with a heart of gold, is always willing to give his all, only asking in return to be given a few carrots, sugar cubes and apples! Jonathan along with trainer and coach Kai Handt, and groom Rachel Campbell, traveled first to Gladstone, NJ, for a week long Paralympic Training Camp at the USET headquarters. The next stop was Surrey, England, and Andrew Gouldís barn for four days of training before moving into Greenwich Park on the 24th of August.

Although the stadium was imposing and filled with spectators, Richter was unfazed by its grandeur both during his tests and when serving as a companion horse to the other three USA horses during their tests. Kai had Richter looking great, showing that their training program at home leading up to London was paying off. Jonathan rode with determination and confidence putting in accurate tests and trying to maximize Richterís walk and trot work and adjust to the judgeís comments after each test. Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale schooling in the main arena

NTEC Richter proved all his critics wrong and made all his supporters proud as he put in consistent tests each day. Jonathan and Richter held nothing back earning a 70.364% and 5th place in the Team test, a 70.348% and 4th place in the Individual Test, and a 73% in the Freestyle placing 5th.

Kai specifically found Richter Scale for Jonathan in February 2009, after Jonathan approached him in the winter of 2008 about becoming his coach, sponsor, and trainer for the Paralympics!

Kai and Jonathan quickly went to work preparing for their first USEF Para Equestrian National Championships in May where Jonathan and Richter placed 7th overall. Jonathan and Richter Scale competing for Team USA in London, UK

In 2010 Jonathan, under Kaiís coaching and training, competed at nine USDF/USEF recognized shows, one CPEDI3*, and the USEF National Championships where he qualified for the 2010 World Equestrian Games (WEG). Jonathan went on to compete as a member of the USA Team that placed 7th. Jonathan's experience at WEG fueled his dream of representing the USA in London as well as his competitive drive.

Toward this end Jonathan, in 2011, competed in three CPEDI3*s as a member of the USA Team and won the 2011 USEF Para Dressage National Championships with NTEC Richter Scale. He was also the 10th ranked rider on the FEI World Individual Ranking list which is the highest rank a US rider has ever achieved. Jonathan accomplished all these milestones under Kai's coaching. Jonathan also had the privilege of competing with NTEC Jabriel, owned by Dr. Rachel Zent, as a second horse who taught him invaluable lessons. Dr. Rachel was not only a horse sponsor, but she also served as an invaluable team member at all the shows, helping out in numerous ways!

January 2012 Jonathan rode NTEC Richter Scale and NTEC Jabriel as a member of the USA Team at two CPEDI3*s in Florida and helped to secure a USA Team spot at the 2012 London Paralympics. In June 2012, he competed in the USEF US Para Equestrian Dressage National Championships and the 2012 Paralympic USA Selection Trials. Jonathan placed second with NTEC Richter Scale and sixth with Silvano, a horse owned by Dr. Michele Miles and secured both a team spot and a first alternate spot for the 2012 London Paralympics.

London was an invaluable learning experience and an opportunity to go up against the best in the world and give them a run for their money. This accomplishment would not have been possible without Kaiís sponsorship, coaching and training, horse sponsors Rachel Zent and Michele Miles, groom Rachel Campbell, as well as all of his supporters at North Texas Equestrian Center and across Region 9!

London has also fueled Jonathanís commitment and determination to compete in the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy and the 2016 Paralympics in Rio where he will continue his medal quest for the USA!

Richter's Gold Medal groom, Rachel Campbell

Richter's Gold Medal groom, Rachel Campbell

Jonathan and Richter Scale after riding their test

Jonathan and Richter Scale after riding their test

Kai Handt at the Jog with NTEC Richter Scale

Kai Handt at the Jog with NTEC Richter Scale