Wellington, FL – April 12, 2012 – All the horses passed the veterinary inspection for the $35,000 WEF Wellington Dressage Nations Cup CDIO3*, presented by Stillpoint Farm, on Thursday afternoon. Team spirit overflowed as the dressage riders representing eight teams from thirteen nations presented their horses for the prestigious competition that takes place April 13-14 at the Stadium show grounds of the Global Dressage Festival (GDF).
The Veterinary Commission, which consisted of three international veterinarians, inspected the horses in the stable and in the “trot-up” to ensure the welfare and health of all the horses competing in the CDIO. Dr. Shana Chase of the Veterinary Commission said, “The Horse inspection went quite well, as planned.”
The WEF Wellington Nations Cup is the first non-championship CDIO Nations Cup in the Western Hemisphere. All of the CDIO competitors will participate in the FEI Prix St. Georges on Friday morning at 9:00 AM in GDF International Arena. The top five placed teams will move forward to the FEI Intermediaire Freestyle in two sessions on Saturday. The first session takes place in the afternoon, at 4:00 PM. The second session, which includes the GDF Parade of Champions for National High Score Circuit Winners, will be in the evening at 7:00 PM. The remaining riders will compete in the FEI Intermediaire I on Saturday morning at 10:00 AM.
Two awards were presented at the horse inspection. The Turn Out Award, sponsored by ShowChic, went to Nicholas Fyffe from Australia who will be riding Wasmut, owned by Mary Evangelista. Fyffe was awarded a $100 gift certificate from ShowChic, formerly Sho Clothes.
The Equine Turnout Award, sponsored by Dressage Connection, went to the best turned out horse and was won by Witness Hilltop, owned by Hilltop Farm. Christopher Hickey, who will be riding Witness Hilltop, received a halter from the Dressage Connection.
About the Global Dressage Festival
The Global Dressage Festival (GDF) is one of the world’s largest international and national dressage circuits featuring five CDIs, including a 5*, the first non-championship CDIO Nations’ Cup in the Western Hemisphere, and nine U.S. national events.
The GDF is offering more than $275,000 in prize money for the five international competitions making it one of the richest circuits in the world. In addition to the CDIs with national competitions, the GDF will feature four separate national shows to be held at the newly constructed venue that extends the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) show grounds.
The GDF encompasses almost 60 acres of the former Palm Beach Polo Grounds. The facility includes four outdoor arenas with world class footing. Future planned improvements include a covered arena, permanent covered spectator seating for the central outdoor arena and a permanent Patrons Club and 200 permanent stalls.
Please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.