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Adrienne Lyle and Wizard Are Magical at $120,000 5* West Palm Beach

Adrienne Lyle and Wizard. Photo: www.susanjstickle.com

Wellington, FL – March 29, 2012 – Adrienne Lyle, 27, and Wizard took the top award at the Global Dressage Festival (GDF) in the FEI Grand Prix at the $120,000 5* West Palm Beach, presented by Diamante Farms.  Their score of 73.021% placed them well above Anja Plonzke of Germany on Le Mont d’Or, who received 71.851% to come in second, and Ashley Holzer of Canada on Breaking Dawn with 70.957% for third place.

Lyle works as an assistant trainer for Debbie McDonald at Peggy and Parry Thomas’ River Grove Farm.  She and McDonald brought six horses for the Florida winter, among them Wizard (Weltmeyer-Pica, Classiker).  Lyle was given the ride on Wizard because her height was a better fit with the gelding. “Debbie is tiny and Wizard is huge so she said, ‘Why don’t you try him?’ And we just clicked,” Lyle said of the 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding.

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Alix Szepesi and William Repeat Winning Ways at Global Dressage Festival National Classic 2

Alix Szepesi and William. Photos: www.susanjstickle.com

Wellington, FL – March 21, 2012 – Alix Szepesi of Hamilton, MA topped the leader board again at the Global Dressage Festival National Classic 2 on Wednesday, the second and final day of the show.  Szepesi and William, owned by Margie Kelk, scored 75.541% in the USEF First Level Test 2-Open at the Stadium show grounds of the Global Dressage Festival (GDF).  Szepesi was not even supposed to compete this week and was a late entry.

“His owner was originally going to compete with William, but sometimes he gets nervous in the warm-up and he was a little naughty, so I decided to show him instead,” said Szepesi.  “Thankfully management was able to accommodate the changes. We are very appreciative of their efforts.”

William was originally slated to be a show jumper and showed exceptional talent, but he did not like Liverpool fences, so Kelk turned him into a dressage horse.

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Alix Szepesi and William Are High Score Winners at Global Dressage Festival National Classic 2

Alix Szepesi and William. Photos: www.susanjstickle.com

Wellington, FL – March 20, 2012 – Alix Szepesi of Hamilton, MA captured the high score of the day at the Global Dressage Festival National Classic 2 on Tuesday.  Riding William, owned by Margie Kelk, Szepesi scored 74.189% in the USEF First Level Test 2-Open at the Stadium show grounds of the Global Dressage Festival (GDF).

“William is a dream to ride in the ring.  He gets really nice scores and he is fun to ride,” said Szepesi of the eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood.

William was originally a show jumper, but he did not particularly like taking Liverpool fences, so his owner decided to try dressage.

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FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival: Week Ten Wrap-up and Week Eleven Upcoming Events

Wellington, FL – March 19, 2012 – The tenth week of competition at the 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) concluded on Sunday. Sponsored by Artisan Farms, the week featured numerous exciting events, including the $80,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 3* Grand Prix and $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix Final. Week eleven runs March 21-25 and features the USEF Selection Trials for the U.S. Show Jumping Team for the 2012 Olympic Games. The 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of competition that conclude on April 1, 2012, and will be awarding more than $6 million in prize money through the circuit.

It’s a Big Week at the FTI WEF Week 11 – See What You Can Watch!

The Global Dressage Festival National Challenge is the next horse show at the Stadium show grounds of the Global Dressage Festival. The event takes place on Tuesday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 21. Come and watch top dressage competition in the beautiful new show grounds.

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Upcoming Events at the Global Dressage Festival

Global Dressage Festival National Classic 2, Tuesday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 21 at the Stadium show grounds in Wellington, FL.

The $120,000 West Palm Beach CDI-5*, presented by Diamante Farms, and National Show: March 29 – April 1.  This prestigious event features the only CDI5* in North America this year and takes place at the Global Dressage Festival (GDF) Stadium show grounds in Wellington, FL.  The FEI Grand Prix class will be held on Thursday, March 29 and the FEI Olympic Grand Prix Special on Friday, March 30 in the morning.  The FEI Grand Prix Freestyle will be held on Friday evening.

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Tina Konyot and Calecto V Are Victorious at the $15,000 Wellington Dressage Classic CDI*** at GDF

Tina Konyot and Calecto V

Wellington, FL – March 18, 2012 – Tina Konyot and her Calecto V scored an impressive 72.644% to take the FEI Olympic Grand Prix Special at the $15,000 Wellington Dressage Classic CDI***, presented by the Chesapeake Dressage Institute, held March 15-18 at the Global Dressage Festival (GDF) Stadium show grounds in Wellington, FL.

Konyot’s competitive record proves she is a top athlete. She has been named to the USET Developing List, the USET Grand Prix List and short listed for the United States Olympic Equestrian Team. In 2010 Tina and Calecto V competed in the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky.

Steffan Peters and Anne Gribbons have been giving Elite Developing Clinic in Florida and California for the top horses and riders who may be in contention to be selected for the USA Team for the Olympics.  Konyot took advantage of the opportunity to work with these two dressage greats.

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Heather Blitz and Paragon Electrify the $15,000 Wellington Dressage Classic CDI*** at GDF

Heather Blitz and Paragon

Wellington, FL – March 18, 2012 – The last rider to enter the ring, Heather Blitz, rode Paragon to a score of 75.350% to win the Grand Prix Freestyle at the $15,000 Wellington Dressage Classic CDI***, presented by the Chesapeake Dressage Institute, held March 15-18 at the Global Dressage Festival (GDF)Stadium show grounds in Wellington, FL.

Blitz had a rough day leading up to her win. With her four year old, she memorized the 4 year old FEI test, not the USEF 4 year old test. Then she managed to give the wrong freestyle music to the announcer. The jury allowed her to correct the snafu and return last to complete her test, but even that was not without trauma. Blitz could not find the correct music. Fortunately she had it on her phone, so the announcer was able to access it that way. “Yeah, I guess I learned my lesson,” she said afterward.

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Ashley Holzer and Pop Art Shine at the $15,000 Wellington Dressage Classic CDI*** at GDF

Ashey Holzer and Pop Art. Photo: www.susanjstickle.com

Wellington, FL – March 15, 2012 – Ashley Holzer and Pop Art were the big winners of the FEI Grand Prix at the $15,000 Wellington Dressage Classic CDI***, presented by the Chesapeake Dressage Institute, held March 15-18 at the Global Dressage Festival (GDF)Stadium show grounds in Wellington, FL.

Holzer and Pop Art garnered a sore of 71.447% from the five international judges, enough to hold off Tina Konyot and Calecto V, who scored 70.191% for second place.

The big chestnut gelding performed well and Holzer seemed to be enjoying the ride. This is one of a long list of wins for Pop Art and this mother of three, who does not consider herself a professional rider.

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International Riders Return to Global Dressage Festival for $15,000 Wellington Dressage Classic CDI***

Ashley Holzer of Canada and Pop Art. Photo: www.susanjstickle.com

Wellington, FL – March 13, 2012 – International riders will once again be featured at the $15,000 Wellington Dressage Classic CDI***, presented by the Chesapeake Dressage Institute, to be held March 15-18 at the Global Dressage Festival (GDF) Stadium in Wellington, Fl.  Riders from the United States and several nations including: Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, and Germany will be competing.

The FEI Grand Prix Freestyle class will once again be featured under the lights on Saturday evening, March 17.  Spectators will have the opportunity to watch the horses “dance” to the music as they perform dressage movements under the lights in the spectacular Global Dressage Festival International Arena.  Other highlights of the Wellington Dressage Classic include the FEI Grand Prix and FEI Olympic Grand Prix Special, the FEI Prix St. Georges, the FEI Intermediaire I and FEI Intermediaire Freestyle.

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Global Dressage Festival National Challenge Wrap-Up and Upcoming Events

Global Dressage Festival National Challenge Wrap-Up

Alix Szepesi and William. Photo: www.susanjstickle.com

Wellington, FL – March 8, 2012 – Alix Szepesi of Hamilton, MA took top honors on Tuesday, March 6, the first day of the Global Dressage Festival National Challenge.  Szepesi, who is currently based in Wellington, rode William to an outstanding score 77.432% in the USEF First Level Test 2-Open at the Stadium show grounds of the Global Dressage Festival (GDF).  Susanne Dutt-Roth of Canada also scored well earning 77.000% in the USEF Fourth Level Test 1-Open riding D2.  The GDF National Challenge was only the second show for the eight-year-old warmblood.

The Global Dressage Festival also welcomed their first Para-Equestrian competitor, Jody Schloss, 39, of Toronto, Canada.  Schloss scored impressively in both of her classes on Tuesday riding Inspector Rebus.  The pair received 74.118% in the FEI Para Test of Choice and 75.500% in the FEI Para Freestyle Test of Choice.

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