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.
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.
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.
Global Dressage Festival National Challenge Wrap-Up
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.
Wellington, FL – March 7, 2012 – Jody Schloss, 39, of Toronto, Canada had another banner day at the Global Dressage Festival National Challenge on Wednesday. The Para-Equestrian rider received the highest score on Inspector Rebus receiving 72.500% in the FEI Para Test of Choice class at the Stadium show grounds of the Global Dressage Festival (GDF).
Schloss rode her first horse at 11 years of age. She left the sport for a while, but then returned to riding as part of her therapy following her injury in 1996. She has only been competing on “Rebus” for one year and is classified to ride in the Grade 1A level, which is for the Para-Dressage rider with the most significant level of impairment. She trains with Jessica Rhinelander while wintering in Wellington. Schloss’ mom, Gail, who was on hand to watch her daughter compete, said that Jody really enjoyed the show.
Wellington, FL – March 7, 2012 – The deadline for riders to participate in the $35,000 WEF Wellington Dressage Nations’ Cup CDIO3*, presented by Stillpoint Farm, is fast approaching. This prestigious event takes place April 12-15 at the Stadium show grounds of the Global Dressage Festival.
The CDIO3* features world-class teams of dressage riders and horses from the United States and foreign nations competing in the FEI Prix St. Georges, Intermediare I and Intermediare Freestyle classes.
US riders that would like to be considered for the team need to complete a declaration form and return it no later than March 9, 2012 to Jenny Van Wieren-Page, USEF Director of Dressage High Performance.
Wellington, FL – March 4, 2012 – The $120,000 West Palm Beach CDI-5*, presented by Diamante Farms, is nearly here! This prestigious event features the only CDI5* in North America this year and takes place March 29 – April 1 at the Global Dressage Festival (GDF) Stadium show grounds in Wellington, FL.
The CDI5* is by invitation only. The Global Dressage Festival Organizing Committee sent invitations for the foreign competitors to that country’s federation. Competitors from the United States will be selected through the US Equestrian Federation’s Dressage High Performance Committee. In order to participate, the rider/horse combination must have achieved a minimum score of 64% in a Grand Prix at two different qualifying competitions.
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 6 and Wednesday, March 7. Entries are still being accepted. For more information please email at DressageFestival@aol.com or call Lloyd Landkamer at 561-784-4279.
The $15,000 Wellington Dressage Classic CDI-3* and National Show, presented by Chesapeake Dressage Institute, is only a few short weeks away. The competition will be held March 15-18 at the Stadium show grounds of the Global Dressage Festival and will feature world-class dressage horses and riders from several nations. For more information please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.
Wellington, FL – February 23, 2012 – Jason Canton and his four-year-old Oldenburg stallion, Supremat OLD, once again achieved the highest score at the Global Dressage Festival National 1 Horse Show on Thursday. This time they received a 75.417% in the USEF Training Level, Test 1 – Open class. On Wednesday the pair scored 80.714% in the USEF Training Level, Test 2 – Open class.
Kimberly Herslow was a close second for high score on Thursday with 74.872% in the USEF Third Level Test 3 – Open class riding Rosmarin. Alix Szepesi and William improved on their Wednesday score of 70.517% in the USEF First Level Test 1 – Open class to finish with 71.724% on Thursday.
Wellington, FL – February 22, 2012 – Jason Canton, 45, scored an amazing 80.714% on Supremat OLD at the Global Dressage Festival National 1 Horse Show on Wednesday. Canton achieved this high score in the USEF Training Level Test 2 – Open with only a week’s preparation in Florida.
“I just got him out of quarantine last week,” said Canton of his stallion. “We bought him at the auction in Vechta, Germany. I was very pleased with him today; it was a good ride.”
Supremat is an Oldenburg (Sandro Hit x Feingau x Rubenstein) and is only four years old. His credentials include a second place in the Bundeschampionate in the Three-year-old Riding Stallions class. He was also Reserve State Champion of the Three-Year-Old Stallions at the Oldenburg State Championships in Rastede, Germany. Canton is on the move again with his new charge to the Lone Star State.