Lexington, KY- The United States Equestrian Federation mourns the loss of a great competitor and advocate for para-equestrian sport. Jonathan Wentz passed away September 30, 2012.

Wentz had recently returned from London where he was a member of the U.S. Team that earned seventh place at the 2012 Paralympic Games. At those Games, Wentz also finished fourth in the Individual Test and fifth in the Freestyle Test in Grade 1b competition riding Kai Handt’s NTEC Richter Scale. 

These strong results earned Wentz the distinction of being the highest-placed American equestrian at either the London Olympic or Paralympic Games.

Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale at the 2012 Paralympic Games (Shannon Brinkman)Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale at the 2012 Paralympic Games (Shannon Brinkman)

Wentz enjoyed an extremely successful career with NTEC Richter Scale a horse that carried him to the World Championships, Paralympic Games and a National Championship. In 2010, the pair represented the U.S. for the first time at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian and the following year they claimed the USEF 2011 USEF National Para-Equestrian Championship. In 2012, the combination earned Reserve Champion honors at the 2012 USEF National Para-Equestrian Championships and Paralympic Selection Trials prior to travelling to London. Additionally, Wentz finished in sixth place with Silvano at the 2012 National Championship.

In addition to competing at the highest level, Wentz was tireless advocate for his sport. He served on the USEF Youth Council representing para-equestrian and was a member of the USEF Para Equestrian Technical Committee. Additionally, he served as an ambassador for hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, and para-equestrian dressage from an early age.

Wentz was also a student at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX with a keen interest in political science, history and the law.

“The Federation sends our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Wentz family. Jonathan was great competitor and outstanding role model for all in equestrian sport. He will be greatly missed,” said John Long, USEF CEO.

A celebration of Jonathan’s life will be held Saturday, October 6, 2012 at the Grace Bible Church, 11306 Inwood  Rd, Dallas TX, 75229.