2018 AGDF Program - 43
In 2016, Para-Dressage rider Angela (Annie) Peavy rode
down the centerline of her very first Paralympic Games,
at a young 20 years of age . The Connecticut native
began her riding journey at the age of 4, and it was all
started by a deal made with her mom, Rebecca Reno, of
Mission Control . Partially paralyzed on the left side from
birth, a young Peavy struggled with the idea of going
to physical therapy . "Little kids hate therapy because it
can be boring," commented Peavy . "Mom told me that if
I went to therapy, I could go ride horses . It was our deal .
My best friend had ponies in her back yard and I just
thought that it was the coolest thing ever . My love for the
horses grew and every time that I went to the therapy
barn I would ride and I would only want to trot and go
fast . I remember always saying, 'go faster, go faster!' "
Rebecca Reno and her husband, Ed Peavy, own
and operate Mission Control, a persuasion print and
advertising company which specializes in Democrat
candidates and liberal issues across America . Since their
daughter's participation in the para-dressage community
began five years ago, Mission Control has been a fullfledged sponsor and supported the sport .
Rebecca, why is supporting the Para-Equestrian
community so important to Mission Control?
Through our daughter, Annie, we have been
introduced to many of the riders . We consider paradressage a perfect opportunity to embrace the rights
of individuals with physical impairments; this gives the
riders an equal playing field .
Annie, your mom travels with you often, and is
a fierce supporter of your dreams and the ParaEquestrian sport in general. Can you tell us a little bit
about your relationship, and how that has helped you
get to where you are today?
My mom has always been so supportive of my
siblings and of me . With riding, growing up in
the cold of Connecticut, she would sit at 5 p .m . after
school and watch every lesson, freeze . When it came
to competition she was always there, always helping
with the details . She's always the most excited and an
amazing cheerleader .
When I started traveling for the horses in high school,
she would travel with me . We aren't together as much
now because she does live in Washington D .C . for some
of the year, but we talk every day, I see her at every show .
My mom is amazing, and she's always made such a big
investment in all of the other athletes too . She's always
there for me, but she's trying to grow the sport in
America as much as possible .
Can you both highlight the growth of the ParaEquestrian program in the United States over the
course of time that you have been involved?
(Rebecca): Since we were welcomed with open
arms five years ago the changes have all been
positive . It feels as though every month there is more
positive growth in the discipline . We feel incredibly
supported by USEF, Equestrian Sport Productions and
the community in Wellington .
My honest and sincere hope is that we grow in the
number of riders getting out at local shows and realizing
that this sport both is available and rewarding . My hope
worldwide is that the WEG and Paralympics see sold out
crowds . It is competitive and fun to watch just like other
equestrian disciplines .
(Annie): My first international competition was in 2013,
and then I went to Normandy in 2014 . Those horses and
riders are incredibly talented, and I think after we went
to Normandy, America began to take it more seriously,
and the growth really began to take off . The focus of the
riders, the quality of the horses, everyone takes it much
more seriously now as a sport ."
Rebecca, what is your favorite memory from your
years of watching and supporting Annie?
Watching her go down centerline in Rio with
Lancelot Warrior . I shed more than a few happy tears
in the warmup arena . So much goes into each athlete
both two- and four-legged that get to that point; so many
people make it possible . Every trainer, groom, vet, farrier,
sponsor and well-wisher . It was a moment of realizing
how much of a village is behind each rider and all of
those feelings really come together at those big rides .
Annie, what is the fondest memory that you have
with your mom and her involvement with your
Her endless support has helped me become the rider
I am today . My fondest memory with Mom is from
the 2016 Paralympic Games . While warming up for my
first day of competition, my mom could not stop tearing
up . I knew that all her tears were from the number of
hours we spent together at the barn working towards
that exact goal .
2018 ADEQUAN® GLOBAL DRESSAGE FESTIVAL