Wellington, FL (May 2, 2012) – Eduardo Munoz, who rides with Dr. Cesar Parra’s Piaffe Performance Farm, rode Calidian Sun to the World Development Group High Score Circuit Championship during the 2012 FTI Global Dressage Festival in Wellington. World Development Group, a premier developer committed to building the equestrian lifestyle, sponsored the First Level division at each show throughout the Global Dressage Festival circuit.
Evonne Hart, riding Landino, earned the World Development Group Reserve High Circuit Championship. Munoz won the High Circuit Championship with a 76.034 and Hart earned the Reserve Championship with a 72.568. Munoz and Hart competed at the Global Dressage Festival’s inaugural 2012 circuit, one of the world’s largest international and national dressage circuits featuring a CDI3*, a CDI5*, and the first non-championship CDIO Nations Cup in the Western Hemisphere.
Wellington, FL (April 25, 2012) – Dr. Cesar Parra and his team at Piaffe Performance have found great success at the winter circuit dressage shows held at the Global Dressage Festival, giving Parra high hopes for the future with his horses and team. The Global Dressage Festival, a brand new world-class facility in Wellington offering more than $275,000 in prize money, has thrilled dressage riders around the world with a 2012 circuit complete with international and national shows.
Para competed Van The Man, a ten-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Michael and Sarah Davis, at the Global Dressage Festival Nations Cup National Show, ending with a score of 72.447% in the FEI Grand Prix and a 73.322% in the Olympic Grand Prix Special. “I am very pleased with Van the Man’s performance in the FEI Grand Prix and the Olympic Grand Prix Special. I am looking for Van The Man to build more confidence and continue to become increasingly comfortable in the ring,” Parra said. “His raw talent is incredible, scoring over 72% in Germany. Through each show he is evolving into the magnificent horse we envisioned when he came to our barn earlier this year.”
Wellington, FL (April 24, 2012) – Canadian dressage rider Megan Glynn was all smiles after a beautiful Prix St. Georges test aboard her lovely mare Everybody’s Darling during the Global Dressage Festival Nations Cup. Thanks to her impressive performance, Glynn was also awarded the Everglades Dressage Young Rider Achievement Award sponsored by Bethany Peslar, the head trainer and rider at Everglades Dressage. The Young Rider Achievement Award is designed to recognize up-and-coming Juniors and Young Riders.
“I have been riding Everybody’s Darling, a 10-year-old Oldenburg for about six months and I just bought her,” Glynn said. “She is 18 hands and amazing. I just fell in love with her.”
Glynn trains with Canadian Olympic dressage rider Jacqueline Brooks and said her goal is to compete on the Young Riders team. “I am thrilled to win the Young Rider Achievement Award and I want to thank Bethany for presenting me with a beautiful embroidered saddle pad from her farm, Everglades Dressage.”
Wellington, FL (April 18, 2012) – Caroline Roffman has a stellar beginning to 2012, with wins across the small tour and developing horse divisions at prestigious shows on the Florida dressage circuit and most recently a gold medal at the Nations Cup CDI. At the Global Dressage Festival Nations Cup, Team USA took the gold, and Roffman’s score of 70.050% on her own Pie put her in second and was a strong contribution towards the medal. Team Europe took the silver, while Team USA 2 took the bronze. Pie and Roffman also swept the Prix St Georges classes at the Global Dressage Festival Nations Cup.
Roffman recently opened her own training and sales center, Lionshare Dressage, and has partnered with 2012 Pan Am Games alternate Endel Ots to bring the best dressage prospects and training to Wellington. In the second half of 2012, Roffman has her sights set on multiple championships, including Gladstone and Lamplight, as she looks to the future with her competition horses.
Wellington, FL (April 18, 2012) – Rebecca Cohen and Downtown, affectionately known as ‘Daddy,’ recently put in excellent tests during the Global Dressage Festival Nations Cup National Show, riding to success with top scores. Cohen, who rides and trains with coaches like Robert Dover and Steffen Peters, has her sights set on competing in Kentucky at the Junior/Young Rider Championships this summer and the National Championships at Gladstone. Cohen rode in the Junior Team Test with a score of 70.209% and Junior Individual test with a score of 69.671%.
Downtown, aka Daddy, is a 17.2 hand Westphalian gelding that she has been riding and working with for three years, and recently her scores have been climbing slowly higher as the pair strives for excellence in the arena. “Daddy is perfect,” said Cohen. “I am so excited to continue competing him. My favorite thing about him is his personality. He is extremely funny and always makes everyone in the barn laugh.”
Cohen went on to say that the highlight of her show was the 70% she scored on the team test ride. “I just had the feeling that Daddy was saying, “Yes, I’m giving you my attention” before I went in the ring. The trot tour was the best it has ever been.”
Wellington, FL – April 14, 2012 – David Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital led the Canadians in a sweep of the top three places in the FEI Intermediaire 1 at the WEF Wellington Dressage Nations Cup CDIO-3*, presented by Stillpoint Farm, at the Global Dressage Festival (GDF) Stadium show grounds on Saturday afternoon.
Marcus’ score of 69.211% was followed closely by that of fellow Canadians Chris Von Martels aboard Udon P with a 67.974% and Diane Creech on Hallmark with a score of 66.132%.
“My horse was more confident and relaxed today,” said Marcus. “The test rode better; I was very happy with him. Yesterday was not his best day, I think it was because of Friday the 13, so for him to come back and be so great today really pleased me.”
Wellington, FL – April 13, 2012 – Caroline Roffman proved to all that Friday the 13th was not an unlucky day, as she rode Pie to victory in the FEI Prix St. Georges at the $35,000 WEF Wellington Dressage Nations Cup CDIO-3*, presented by Stillpoint Farm, on Friday. Thirty horse and rider combinations from thirteen nations on eight teams were on hand to vie for the top award in the GDF’s large Stadium. At the completion of the class, Roffman and Pie were the clear winners with a score of 70.500%, the only pair to break into the seventies.
Roffman, 23, who rides and trains out of Lion Share in Wellington, FL, rose up through the ranks of the Dressage Young Riders program and has become a top contender in the FEI small tour at the GDF this season. Her scores with Pie, (Hanoverian by Worldly, out of WorldLady) have been in the upper 60s for the last two CDIs, and she was very excited to receive a score of 70%.
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.
Wellington, FL (April 11, 2012) – Following successful rides at the $120,000 5* West Palm Beach show at the Global Dressage Festival, sixteen-year-old Rebecca Cohen is well on her way to accomplishing her goals of competing in Kentucky this summer and at the National Championships at Gladstone. Cohen rode in the FEI Junior Individual and Junior Team classes at the world-class show, riding away with a first in the Individual and a second in the Team class.
“I competed Downtown, who I call Daddy, a 17.2 hand Westphalen gelding. I’ve been riding him for three years and our scores get higher and higher at every show,” Cohen said. “On the second day of the show we won the FEI Junior Individual Test and one of the judges gave us a score of 70% which was really exciting.”
Wellington, FL – April 4, 2012 – Christopher Hickey of Colora, MD rode Balissa HTF to the highest score of the day at the Global Dressage Festival National 2 Horse Show on Wednesday. The pair scored 75.323% in the USEF First Level Test 3 – Open at the Stadium show grounds of the Global Dressage Festival (GDF). Mary Ambrose of Canada and Ming Dynasty were reserve high score receiving 71.757% in the USEF Fourth Level Test 2 – Open.
Balissa HTF is a Hanoverian owned and bred by Jane MacElree of Hilltop Farm in Colora, MD. MacElree and Hickey were pleased with the five-year-old mare’s performance.
“Jane and I are really excited that Balissa is doing so well,” said Hickey. “Morten Thomsen, my trainer from Denmark, was here for nine days and he helped me with my all my horses including Balissa. I think it really made a difference in her performance. Morten knows her so well because I spent four months training in Denmark prior to my arrival in Florida. I am really happy that she showed so well today.”