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Parra and Van the Man Selected to Ride USA II Team for Wellington Nations Cups CIO3*

Dr. Cesar Parra and Van the Man will represent the United States during the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival’s Nations Cup CDI 3*. (Photo courtesy of SusanJStickle.com)

Wellington, FL (April 9, 2013) – When the United States fields two dressage teams for the Wellington Nations Cup CIO3*, April 11-14, at the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, among its Grand Prix combinations will be Piaffe-Performance Farm’s Dr. Cesar Parra, who will ride Michael and Sarah Davis’ 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Van The Man, and join Susan Dutta of Wellington, on Tim Dutta Inc.’s 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding, Currency DC, on USA II Team at the Grand Prix level.  USA II Team’s Prix St. Georges riders will be Chris Hickey with Witness Hilltop and Justin Hardin with Wyatt Star.  USA I Team will constitute Heather Blitz on Paragon and Shelly Francis on Doktor for the Grand Prix, and Caroline Roffman aboard Her Highness O and Kimberly Herslow aboard Rosmarin at the Prix St Georges.

“It is always an honor to represent the United States,” said the 2011 U.S. Pan American Games Dressage Team Gold medalist, whose international resume as a rider and trainer includes more than 300 FEI wins, as well as having competed in the 2004 Olympics, 2005 Las Vegas Dressage World Cup, and 2006 Aachen World Equestrian Games.

Parra, known to sport a dash of red, white and blue color on the occasional browband, is ready to ride: “Van The Man is an exceptional horse, and I always try to live up to the trust that Michael and Sarah show putting their beautiful horse in my hands.  We will be proud to ride for America together.”

The 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival is offering more than $275,000 in prize money for five international competitions, making it among the richest circuits in the world. The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Adequan 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.

Cesar Parra, DDS, MScD, operates Piaffe Performance in Jupiter, FL and Whitehouse Station, NJ and was born in Colombia, where he began riding cattle horses in the Andes Mountains of his grandparents’ farm. Dr. Parra has worked with the best in dressage, including Herbert Rehbein, Siegfried “Bimbo” Peilicke, Hans Rueben, Herbert Kuckluck and Hubertus Schmidt.  Learn more about training and sales prospects at www.piaffe-performance.com.

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Equine Canada Captures Team Championship and Mary Jordan Secures High Point Rider Award at AGDF CPEDI3*

Mary Jordan and Sebastian. Photo (C) Lindsay McCall.

Wellington, FL – March 19, 2013 – By definition the freestyle or kür is a dressage test setting the horse’s technical movements to choreographed music. For riders it’s an opportunity to showcase their horses’ skills while emphasizing their grade level’s requirements. On Sunday, March 17th, the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival WEF Dressage Classic CPEDI3*, presented by Today’s Equestrian & Fellows, came to a close. March 15-17th the U.S. and Canada para-dressage teams competed in the team test, individual, and freestyle competitions in Grades Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV. On Sunday, the para-dressage freestyles in the Van Kampen arena were a chance for riders to relax and enjoy their horses after three days of tough competition. Riders competed in front of international judges Carlos Lopes (POR), Bo Ahman (SWE), and Hanneke Gerritsen (NED). After combining the team and individual percentages for the final overall team score, it was determined the Canadian Para-Dressage team earned the team championship. Although the U.S. team placing was behind Canada, the United States was rewarded with the High Point Rider Award presented to Mary Jordan and Sebastian, owned by Deecie Denison for her 70.583% in the freestyle test.

“Earning the high point award was a great feeling especially after coming so close to going with the team to the London Paralympics,” commented Jordan. “After I came home from London working in feed and bedding, I was determined to make progress within my riding over the winter. It has been a long winter of training and traveling from Maine to Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. It was sweet to receive that award today.”

Jordan has been working on long-term plans with both Sebastian and P. Sparrow Socks. She noted, “It was a tough weekend and the scoring was fair but sobering. I was thrilled because on each test we went out there and kicked it up a notch. I was glad to see the scores go up over three days coinciding with our hard work. With the judge’s critiques, I have a very clear sense of my homework and what I have to do to get to where I want to go. I am grateful for that opportunity. You win the high score and then see all the extra work you have to do. It’s really motivating to try harder and be better.”

The ability to receive international judge feedback is crucial at the FEI para-dressage level. “Having the opportunity to do the three stars is important,” smiled Jordan. “It takes you out of your comfort zone and you get the feedback you need to improve.”

She continued, “Having this particular three star in the U.S. could not have been done without the support of Lloyd Landkamer, Mr. Bellissimo, Adequan, Today’s Equestrian & Fellows, the volunteers, the officials, and so many other important people and organizations. I really want to thank Global for inviting the para-equestrians here to compete with able-bodied dressage. In my experience working during the Paralympics I saw the England community and experienced how para-dressage was so accepted and how educated the public was with the sport. To be invited to compete next to famous able-bodied riders in Florida embraces that international acceptance. There is no difference in the type of dressage we do. We are all in search of accuracy and harmony. To stand in the same CDI barns is a step in the right direction.”

She continued, “My freestyles made me extremely happy on Sunday. I would like to thank Marlene Whitaker who worked with Jessica Ransehousen on the freestyles. It was such a nice experience how we put the music together. I think the music suits both horses and I received really good scores on musical interpretation.”

Following for second behind Jordan was individual Canadian rider Madison Lawson and McGuire. Lawson mentioned, “He was good but he was also a little tired after three days of competition. My favorite movements on him are his canter pirouettes. The ironic part is that McGuire didn’t even have a canter when we started working with him.”

In 2012, Lawson did not qualify for the Paralympic team but she did cross over as the first person in history to cross over into Young Riders from para-dressage to able-bodied dressage. Her continued hard work over the next year will help propel her to a hopeful qualification for the 2013 World Equestrian Games team.

Canadian Lynne Poole who also competed against Madison Lawson and Mary Jordan in Grade IV earned top results over the weekend.  Poole competed with her own Vasco E and Frisbee.  Both horses had positive weekends resulting in top accolades for Poole.

Ellie Brimer, Grade III rider, from Wayzata, Minnesota rode her own Carino H to a top freestyle score. She explained, “I was really pleased with my freestyle on Sunday. It was only the second time I have shown it. The Grade III tests have transitioned into the larger 20x60m arena this year so my music and choreography had to be reworked. I’d like to thank Terri Gallo from Klassic Kür for her help putting together the music and writing the pattern. The music is really fun to ride to, and the pattern plays to Carino’s strengths.

Grade II combination Lauren Barwick and Off To Paris continued to work on specific movements of their tests while playing up their strengths in the freestyle. Lately, the pair has been piecing out specific technical requirements and working on them vigorously. In the final count, the duo accrued a 68.667% in the freestyle. As a two-time Paralympian and one of the senior high performance equestrians on the Canadian team Lauren was grateful for the chance to compete in Florida alongside her teammates.

Barwick is also the owner of Ashley Gowanlock’s horse Ferdonia 2 who compete in Grade Ib. “Gowanlock expressed, “This has been a busy weekend but a good start to the year. Fergie was rehabbing over the last few months so I am really impressed how she handled everything. I also want to mention that the show organization was amazing this weekend.”

Placing behind Gowanlock’s impressive rides were Laurietta Oakleaf aboard Niekele fan Busenitz and Sydney Collier with Wentworth. For Sydney the weekend scores did not count towards the FEI ranking list due to her classification re-evaluation. Sydney was still honored for her determination and opportunity to compete in Wellington.

Collier commented, “The freestyle was very good and very free with Wentworth. It was the first time I had ever ridden it to the music. The next few months we are going to do a lot more training and get some big shows under our belt. I want to get the most training possible over this year.”

She added, “I want to thank Lloyd the show organizer, my trainer Wes, and Wentworth’s former rider Amy for the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. I feel honored to ride this fantastic horse and I look forward to the future with him. I am thankful to Will’s previous owner and rider Amy Mcilwham and her mom for coming down from Canada to watch us this weekend. It was so special to have them here for my first show. I think Will enjoyed seeing them too.”

Amy Mcilwham responded, “I am grateful that the Collier family and Wes have allowed me to be a part of Sydney’s journey. Even just standing by the ring or braiding Will is enough for me.”

She continued, “Sydney is going to be a big star. It takes time and she just started riding Will but Syd is so determined, smart and focused. She has this big bubbly personality when she’s not on the horse but when she’s riding she is in tune and in focus with what she’s doing. She lives and breaths it as her whole family does. She’s got the making to be a really big super star.”

In Grade Ia, Canadians Jody Schloss and Robyn Andrews competed on their own horses. Both equestrians matched tempo, symmetry, and cadence but Jody would pull through by mere percentage points dominating the Grade Ia division over the three days.

With the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* finalized, the para-equestrian dressage riders will begin preparing for future CPEDI3* events and the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrians Games.

To learn more about the Global Dressage Festival, please visit: www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Written by: Lindsay Y McCall

To view an online version of this press release with more photos, please visit: http://uspea.org/category/recent-uspea-press-news/.

About United States Para-Equestrian Association:

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation board members, and equestrian enthusiasts.  The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the para-equestrian umbrella.

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport.  This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage para-equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the para-equestrian discipline.  From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved.  From local horse shows to international Olympic Games, the USPEA will provide para-equestrians the knowledge of what they need to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), and USEF which provides Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

For more information about the USPEA, please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President Hope Hand by e-mail: Wheeler966@aol.com or by phone: (610)356-6481.

Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O Are Regal in FEI Intermediaire-1 Freestyle at WEF Dressage Classic, CDI 3*

Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O. Photo © SusanJStickle.com.

Davis, McKean, and Derr Win Inaugural Florida Youth Championships; Jordan Is High Point Rider at Para-Equestrian

Wellington, FL – March 17, 2013 – The WEF Dressage Classic, CDI 3* presented by Today’s Equestrian & Fellows wrapped up competition today at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. The highlight class was the FEI Intermediaire-1 Freestyle, with Caroline Roffman (USA) and Her Highness O taking the top prize. The Florida Youth Championships presented by Dressage4kids and sponsored by PanaCavallo wrapped up with awards in four divisions, and the Para-Equestrian competition had their presentations to honor the top teams and individuals. The Adequan Global Dressage Festival continues next with the Wellington CDI 5* presented by Diamante Farms on April 4-7, 2013.

For the FEI Intermediaire-1 Freestyle, there were seven entries. Winning the class with a score of 75.125% was Roffman and Her Highness O, a 10-year-old Hanoverian mare by Hohenstein x Weltmeyer. Second place went to Christilot Boylen (CAN) and Dio Mio with a score of 74.650%, while Kimberly Herslow (USA) and Rosmarin were third with 73.125%.

Roffman, who owns and runs Lionshare Dressage in Wellington, FL, with Endel Ots, has owned Her Highness O for three years. She found the mare after her career as a broodmare. Despite little knowledge under saddle, she thought the mare was “pretty special,” and developed her with then co-owner Jennifer Lind. She purchased her outright this past August. “I have to thank Jennifer Lind for letting me do that. She made it possible,” Roffman said. The pair won the Developing Horse championship last year. This is only their third CDI international small tour and it was their first freestyle together.

Roffman remarked, “I have to say thank you to Terri Gallo because that freestyle is five years old and it works with every horse. All my stars fell and aligned today because it was not exactly the most well-prepared test! It’s a really great mare and I’m very lucky to have her.”

Despite her small stature at 16 hands and Roffman’s height at six feet, they work well together when Her Highness O enters the show ring. “She’s very small, (but) she will never let you know that. She is true to her name. She thinks she’s queen and everyone should bow to her. When you tack her up, it’s like she has an alter ego. She has a lot of pride. I think she’s happy not be a brood mare anymore. I think she really likes being a show horse and wants to be treated a certain way. Her character is awesome,” Roffman described.

While the canter is noted as a slight weakness for Her Highness O by Roffman, today’s freestyle helped. “It’s not a bad canter, but she gets a little tense. Teaching her changes was difficult because she was so hot. Surprisingly today, the changes on a bent line actually helped. I think she was wondering where we were going. It was really a freestyle today!” Roffman smiled.

Roffman believes that Her Highness O has the capability to do the Large Tour test. “Her best qualities are piaffe and passage. I believe in her a lot. What she may not have in talent, she’ll make up for in heart,” she explained. “She wants it as much as I do. She doesn’t like being second in the awards ceremony.”

Inaugural Florida Youth Championships Help Young Riders

The Florida Youth Championships presented by Dressage4kids and sponsored by PanaCavallo were a great success with winners in four divisions. The program is to help young dressage riders gain experience and education for the high performance levels.

The winner of the Brentina Cup class was Julie McKean of Camden, ME. She and Stelina had a total of 64.617. McKean has been riding Stelina for a year and a half, and they have had success in the Brentina Cup at the national championships, placing sixth. “I’m really excited because our partnership has come a long way. We’re riding with a new level of consistency,” she said.

McKean looked forward to competing in the classes at the AGDF. “I was really motivated to be in this particular CDI because I hadn’t ridden in front of a full panel of judges since Devon. I need to get my feet back in international waters! It was a confidence builder for me because we went in and put in a really steady test, pretty clean. We have to work on maintaining uphill balance and I feel that we did that.”

Bebe Davis and Rotano. Photo © SusanJStickle.com
Bebe Davis and Rotano. Photo © SusanJStickle.com

Fifteen-year-old Bebe Davis of Bedminster, NJ, captured two top prizes. She and Poldy 10 won the FEI Pony Division with a total of 67.763, while Rotano was tops in the FEI Junior Division on a total of 66.009. Davis and Poldy 10, who is 17 years old, are in their second season together in Florida. They won the national championship title in 2012 and were champions at Devon. “He’s my favorite pony; I love him so much. I brought him last minute and I’m really glad I did. I was nailing everything and it’s all coming along so well. My hard work is paying off. He’s just the best.”

This is Davis’ first season in the junior division and showing with Rotano. “I’m just starting to get to know him and how to warm him up,” she said.

Davis was excited to participate in the Championships. “In dressage, the young riders is not as big of a program. To see people care about what we do and appreciate it for all the hard work we put in, it’s really great. This weekend was about learning for me,” she related. “I’m learning to keep riding every single show like it’s no big deal. If you show your horse to the best of their ability and ride to the best of your ability, it’s really going to pay off. You end up being happy with yourself because you’ve done the best that you can do, regardless of the score.”

Alexa Derr, who is 18 and from Reinholds, PA, won the FEI Young Riders division with Just Livingston with a total of 63.991. They have only been together since November. Derr noted, “My goal was to have a clean test and to really work on some of the areas that I have been having difficulty with, like canter pirouettes and lateral work. It’s his strong point, but not always mine. I was really wanting to have a nice, polished, expressive test.”

Derr is a participant in the Winter Intensive Training Program with Lendon Gray, who heads the Dressage4kids program. What Derr enjoyed most about the program and today’s championship was the support from all of her fellow competitors. “For me, that was really such a cool feeling to have all the support and be able to support everybody else. I felt like everyone was there for each other,” she said. “It didn’t feel like a championship; it felt like everybody was out there to do their personal best and have fun with it as well.”

Para-Equestrian CPEDI Helps Riders Qualify for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

The CPEDI competition finished up today and had awards ceremonies for the grade winners as well as the team competition and overall high point. Canada won the team competition with a total of 399.598 from riders Lauren Barwick on Off to Paris, Jody Schloss with Inspector Rebus, Ashley Gowanlock and Ferdonia 2, and Lynne Poole with Vasco E.

In today’s Freestyle classes, the winners were:

Grade Ia – Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus, 69.000%
Grade Ib – Ashley Gowanlock and Ferdonia 2, 68.417%
Grade II – Lauren Barwick and Off to Paris, 68.667%
Grade III – Eleanor Brimmer and Carino H, 64.333%
Grade IV – Mary Jordan and Sebastian, 70.583%

Mary Jordan, of Wells, ME, was named the High Point Rider with Sebastian, a horse owned by Deecie Denison that she has been riding for two years. “I needed a horse with world-class gaits. We had an instant chemistry,” she recalled. “She’s been very supportive of letting me ride him and train him. We campaigned heavily leading up to the London Paralympics.”

While the pair just missed competing as they were the alternates for the Paralympics, Jordan has learned and grown with Sebastian and her trainers, Jessica and Missy Ransehousen. In addition to working full-time as a feed representative for Cavalor in New England and raising a 16-year-old, she has competed in Para-Equestrian since 2009.

“I had been competing in dressage and three-day eventing my whole life. Eleven years ago I was the third person in my family diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. My father was a quadriplegic that I never saw stand or walk. I had some challenging times when I was first diagnosed, but I got really proactive about my health,” Jordan explained. “Then I found out about Para-Equestrian. It was always my goal to ride for my country, like every other little girl that ever lived! But it was a new door that opened to me. It’s been so much fun. I’ve been blown away by the Para experience.”

Jordan rode her own homebred horse at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG), and her goal is to compete at the 2014 WEG. Showing at the AGDF has helped her get a qualifying score. “It’s such an amazing facility and the footing was wonderful,” she expressed. “We can’t thank everyone enough for opening the doors to US Para. It’s our first qualifier for the WEG. We have so few three-stars in the country, so we’re extremely grateful as riders to have a facility to come to and have a feeling of European competition here with some of the best riders in the world.”

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About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:

The Adequan 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 Adequan 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 Adequan GDF will feature six separate national shows to be held at the Stadium section of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) show grounds.  The Adequan GDF encompasses almost 60 acres of the former Palm Beach Polo Grounds. The facility includes the Van Kampen covered arena (made possible by Kimberly and Frederic Boyer and family) and four outdoor arenas with world class footing, 200 permanent stalls, and a VIP seating area for the International Arena fully catered for relaxing and having an enjoyable experience.

First Founding Sponsors: Matt Varney, Chris and Rob Desino, Wellington Equestrian Realty; Janet and William Richardson Pearson, Chesapeake Dressage Institute of Annapolis, MD; Devon and Terri Kane, Diamante Farm; Joe and Gaye Scarpa, Magnolia Farm; Tuny Page and Family, Stillpoint Farm; and Kimberly and Frederic Boyer, United States P.R.E. Association

Founding Sponsors: Ashley Holzer and Diane Fellows, Today’s Equestrian; Bethany Peslar, Everglades Dressage; Betsy Juliano, Havensafe Farm; Carol and Rebecca Cohen, Two Swans Farm LLC; Janne Rumbough, MTICA Farm; Mike & Roz Collins; Suhail and PJ Rizvi, Peacock Ridge; and Tim and Susie Dutta, The Dutta Corp.

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US and Canada Para-Dressage Riders Execute Successful Individual Tests at AGDF WEF Dressage Classic CPEDI3*

Mary Jordan and P Sparrow Socks. Photo (C) Lindsay McCall

Wellington, FL – March 16, 2013 – Para-equestrian dressage competition at the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival WEF Dressage Classic CPEDI3* continued on Saturday with the Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV individual tests. U.S. and Canada equestrians contended for the both overall team and individual accolades. With the 2014 World Equestrian Games approaching, the 2013 calendar year will define itself as a developing year as well as a refining year for accomplished para-dressage riders. After the team tests on the first day of competition, riders took the remarks from the ground jury and applied them on the second day. Ground jury members included Carlos Lopes (POR), Bo Ahman (SWE), and Hanneke Gerritsen(NED). Top Canadian riders included Lauren Barwick in Grade II scoring a 69.190%, Ashley Gowanlock in Grade Ib, and Jody Schloss for Grade Ia. Ellie Brimmer (USA), from Wayazata, MN, topped Grade III with her own Carino H. Each equestrian’s score increased on the second day including top Grade IV rider Mary Jordan’s scores. Jordan, from the United States, not only raised her percentages but she earned her qualifying scores for the World Equestrian Games on both Sebastian, owned by Deecie Denison, and her own P. Sparrow Socks.

Mary Jordan expressed, “I am thrilled with both of my horses, especially Sebastian. He is in an upswing and on each ride I feel more together with him. I adore the horse and he’s so much fun to show. When we enter the ring, I love how his ears perk up. That’s really cool when your horse is having fun at the same time you as a rider are having fun. Lately, we have been working on the simple changes since the Grade IV tests are laden with simple changes. As a rider you want collection, sensitivity, and a true walk in between the change. To accomplish this, we have continued working on getting Sebastian fit and strengthening him in each movement. At Blue Hill Farm, with Jessica Ransehousen, we have worked on the extended trot so he is sitting and using himself correctly, and we have worked on symmetry and angles on certain test movements.”

She continued, “With Clever (P. Sparrow Socks) I couldn’t be prouder of that little horse. Every show she is getting more confident. She was on the backburner when Paxton was being prepared for the 2010 WEG. This year, I am putting some time into her and I am really excited to see how she develops. She’s young, she’s smart, and she’s a great ride. Clever was my only horse who has ever received 10’s on the walk. She has great downward transitions but she is a work in progress. We work a lot on collection, building the connection, straightness, staying centered, and relaxation.”

Jordan was elated by the feeling of having two of her own home-bred horses qualify for two separate World Equestrian Games. She was also proud of what she personally has accomplished. Jordan explained, “This is MS (multiple sclerosis) awareness week and there is a deep level of accomplishment for me this week. I am the 3rd person in my family with MS. When I was growing up my dad was a quadriplegic and I never saw him stand or walk. The fact that I am here during MS week, I drove 2,000 miles to Florida, I rode two horses a day and I qualified two horses for WEG, means so much to me. I couldn’t have done it without my sponsors, especially Teva Neuroscience, Deecie (owner of Sebastian), Jessica and Rachel at Blue Hill, and my family who are a part of this journey. I also want to thank Global for everything; the footing, the facility, and the people have been incredible.”

Hope Hand, Chef d’Equipe of the U.S Para-Equestrian Dressage riders, added, “I would like to thank the officials, the owners and sponsors of Global Dressage Festival for giving us the opportunity to show here with our developing rider team and our high performance riders. It’s important to have this international experience. This venue is much like Europe because it gives the riders the same atmosphere and excitement. This show will really help us prepare for Normandy. I think this was a great experience especially for the developing riders. Many of them came to Florida and are in the process of trying new horses. Florida is a great place to find the FEI quality horse that is needed for competition. It’s also important for our sponsors to see us showing at facilities of this quality. It will truly benefit us all including our sport, the USPEA organization, USEF, and the whole Para-Equestrian discipline.”

She continued, “I also want to thank the show management team, Lloyd Landkamer, and Mr. Bellissimo for allowing the CPEDI3* to be a part of the Global Dressage Festival.”

Grade II para-equestrian Eleanor Brimmer agreed. “I have enjoyed competing with my horse Carino in the Van Kampen Arena at the Global Dressage Festival. I am thankful to everyone at Global Dressage for putting together a wonderful CPEDI3* event. To compete at a facility that is the quality of Global Dressage is an opportunity we are all grateful for. I look forward to competing at another CPEDI on the Global Dressage show grounds in the future.”

The Canada para-dressage riders have also been thankful for this wonderful show. It is locations like Global where riders like Lauren Barwick can concentrate on the task at hand instead of worrying about logistics or venue changes.

Grade II Paralympian from Canada, Lauren Barwick, and her mare Off To Paris have been working on pulling pieces of her tests out to work on, building from those pieces, and putting them back together. Barwick noted, “I was happy today with my individual test. I was really pleased with my walk pirouettes because that movement has been a big problem. Today the walk pirouettes were there but again we lost a few things that we normally have secured within our test. Like I mentioned before, it’s important to take it all apart so you improve upon certain parts. Then, you piece it all back together. I was overall happy with my horse and she felt more connected to me as a rider. Onward and upward.”

Barwick’s horse Ferdonia 2, ridden by Paralympic Canadian Ashley Gowanlock once again dominated the Grade Ib division. The duo continued to power down center-line achieving a 67.11% in the individual test.

Grade Ia Paralympian from Canada, Jody Schloss, navigated Inspector Rebus to another top placing ahead of teammate Robyn Andrews and Fancianna.

Jessica Rhinelander, developing coach for Para-Dressage at Equine Canada, commented about Jody Schloss’ training this year. “We stepped back after the Paralympics and took a look at how everything has been going. We made a list and tore everything apart. Then, we tried to build it all back up again to make it even better. Rebus is a very reliable horse and I am happy with how Jody and Rebus are performing.”

Chef d’Equipe for Equine Canada, Andrea Taylor, stepped in for Elizabeth Quigg this week at the Global Dressage Festival. She explained the 2013-2014 plan: “Aside from aiming for France we are keeping these guys looking forward to plan for their next competition. That’s our big focus for these top level riders coming out again. Back at home we are working on discovering the talent. We have three or four para-dressage riders at home that we have our eye on that have good horses already. We are trying to not keep the focus heavy on top but instead we are trying to focus on who is coming up. It’s also hard to find coaches. That is a big hole for us. I get riders who come to me and say who can you train with but they are located across the country. So that’s our plan to plan for WEG, get some coaches, and work with the up and coming riders. As for today, I was really pleased. Everybody upped their game, rode harder and took some risks. I think it paid off and the scores went up for the majority. That is always good when you gamble a little bit and are rewarded.”

On Sunday, Grades Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV para-dressage freestyle tests occur in the Van Kampen Arena beginning at 11:00 a.m. Sunday. The competition will conclude with an awards ceremony unmounted where the team placings and individual placings will be awarded.

U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Chef d’Equipe: Hope Hand
Team Coach: Missy Ransehousen

RESULTS:

FEI Para Team Grade IV

  1. 583, Jordan, Mary R., USA, Sebastian, 66.071%
  2. 585, Lawson, Madison, CAN, McGuire, 64.960%
  3. 580, Poole, Lynne, CAN, Vasco E, 64.524%
  4. 584, Jordan, Mary R., USA, P Sparrow Socks, 60.595%
  5. 579, Poole, Lynne, CAN, Frisbee, 59.008%

FEI Para Grade III Team

  1. 578, Brimmer, Eleanor, USA, Carino H, 58.740%

FEI Para Team Grade 1A

  1. 575, Schloss, Jody, CAN, Inspector Rebus, 63.913%
  2. 577, Andrews, Robyn, CAN, Fancianna, 63.116%

FEI Para Equestrian Team 1B

  1. 587, Gowanlock, Ashley, CAN, Ferdonia 2, 67.11%
  2. 582, Oakleaf, Laurietta, USA, Niekele fan Busenitz, 64.080%
  3. 581, Collier, Sydney, USA, Wentworth – Re-Evaluation of Classification

FEI Para Team Grade II

  1. 588, Barwick, Lauren, CAN, Off To Paris, 69.190%

For questions about the 2013-2014 Para-Equestrian Dressage season, please contact the USEF High Performance Director of the Para-Equestrian Discipline, Laureen K. Johnson, at (908) 326-1155 or e-mail lkjohnson@usef.org.

For more questions about Para-Equestrian Dressage, please contact Hope Hand at Hope@uspea.org or (610) 356-6481.

2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival Show Managers:

Manager/Entry Secretary: Lloyd Landkamer phone: 612-290-8523 Fax: 866-832-8610
Secretary: Angela Goodwin-Volpert / Peggy Warren
Co-Secretary: Becky Johnston
Co- Manager/Secretary: John Hoppman 612-799-6381
E-mail: DressageFestival@aol.com
Website: www.globaldressagefestival.com

Ground Jury:

Carlos Lopes (POR/4*), Bo Ahman (SWE/4*), and Hanneke Gerritsen(NED)

http://www.fei.org/disciplines/officials-organisers/organisers/para-equestrian-dressage/dressage-tests

ALLTECH FEI WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES 2014 Qualification Criteria

Qualification Period:

Start: January 1, 2013
End: XXXX 2014 (TBD)

Qualifying Events:

Any CPEDI3* or CPEDI4* event during the qualification period in addition to the Paralympics Games 2012 London

Qualification Score:

All athlete/horse combinations must have attained (as a combination) a minimum 60% score attributed by the Ground Jury in a Team test or Individual Championship test one time.

Judges:

Minimum of 3 FEI PE5* or 4* judges of different nationalities

About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (excerpt from www.globaldressagefestival.com)

The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Adequan GDF) was created as one of the finest show grounds in the world with a calendar of events and prize money in its first year that places it in the top tier of competitions.

Five CDIs staged by a single organization are more than at any other show grounds in the world. Prize money of more than $275,000 that is the richest single circuit except for the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany, what is to horse sports what Wimbledon is to tennis.

The show grounds consists of four arenas that are equal in quality to those at the 2012 and 2008 Olympic Games, several hundred stadium seats around the main ring and the first 200 of what will be 300 permanent horse stalls and a raised courtyard at the center of the show grounds providing a panoramic view of the entire facility.  One of the world’s largest covered arenas at 360 by 210 feet (110 x 64 meters), and a VIP club overlooking the main competition arena.

Dressage has replaced the billiard-table smooth grass polo fields that were the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club stadium where Prince Charles played to kick start Wellington as THE winter lifestyle destination for the world.

The dressage grounds adjoin a beautiful grass jumping derby field all part of the sprawling Palm Beach International Equestrian Center that attracts thousands of horses from about three dozen countries for jumper and hunter competitions in an calendar that has expanded from a few weeks in winter to shows from Fall through Spring, centered around the Winter Equestrian Festival and its $6 million in prize money.

To learn more about the Global Dressage Festival, please visit: www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Written by: Lindsay Y McCall

To view an online version of this press release with more photos, please visit: http://uspea.org/category/recent-uspea-press-news/.

About United States Para-Equestrian Association:

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation board members, and equestrian enthusiasts.  The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the para-equestrian umbrella.

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport.  This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage para-equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the para-equestrian discipline.  From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved.  From local horse shows to international Olympic Games, the USPEA will provide para-equestrians the knowledge of what they need to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), and USEF which provides Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

For more information about the USPEA, please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President Hope Hand by e-mail: Wheeler966@aol.com or by phone: (610)356-6481.

Susan Dutta and Currency DC Victorious in FEI Grand Prix Special at WEF Dressage Classic, CDI 3*

Susan Dutta and Currency DC. Photo © SusanJStickle.com.

Herslow and Rosmarin Take Second Win in Small Tour

Wellington, FL – March 16, 2013 – The WEF Dressage Classic, CDI 3* presented by Today’s Equestrian & Fellows at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) continued today with classes for the Large Tour and Small Tour. Susan Dutta and Currency DC won the FEI Grand Prix Special, while Kim Herslow and Rosmarin won their second class in a row in the FEI Intermediaire-1. The CDI 3* and National competition wrap up with tomorrow’s classes. The next show for the AGDF is the Wellington CDI 5* presented by Diamante Farms on April 4-7, 2013.

The judges for today’s FEI Grand Prix Special were: Carlos Lopes at E, Janet Foy at H, Sandy Phillips at C, Ulrike Nivelle at M, and Bo Ahman at B.

Dutta and Currency DC won the class with a score of 69.396%. Coming in second place was Susan Jaccoma (USA) on Wadamur with a score of 66.063%. Jill Irving (CAN) and Degas 12 were third after they received a score of 65.083%.

Dutta has ridden Currency DC, a 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Clintino x Classiker, since she bought him as a two and a half year old. The long journey has also been one of learning.

Dutta explained, “It’s getting much better. It’s not without effort; I’m always trying to ride better. I have fabulous trainers and we know we have a good horse. It’s just a matter of trying to ride it well. First we had to get him going well – this takes time – and then get us together in the ring, and me confident. I have to really believe. This horse has only been ridden by me. Now I’m starting to believe in myself. I think he really likes me now and likes the way I’m riding him. There’s more in there. This is a super horse. I just have not ridden him to his potential, but I’m getting there. That feels really good. To me, this is a huge step in the right direction.”

Dutta trains with Juergen and Christoph Koschel when she travels to Europe in the summer and when they can come to the U.S. She noted, “I knew I needed a grounds person in America. I’m working with Nicholas Fyffe. I owe him a big thank you.”

The pair started at the grand prix level three years ago, but there were a few bumps in the road with injuries since then. “This is the first season that he’s starting to look like a real grand prix horse,” Dutta said. “He doesn’t look green anymore. It takes time.”

Of her test today, Dutta described, “The beginning is so amazing with the passage, extended, passage, extended. I knew I got some points there. I knew I was going to need them. That’s my history is to get way ahead there. It’s a numbers game, so that if my walk wasn’t good or if I made a little canter mistake, I still was higher in the score. I knew in the beginning when he was so easy and on my aids that it was good. I knew he felt good. He was good out here (in the warm-up). I wasn’t nervous. I’m feeling more confident. I think that’s transferring to him.”

Speaking of her victory, she said, “For me, winning is great. More than anything though, just riding him well and getting the points was important to me. Confidence builds on confidence and I’m hoping I can layer myself with more confidence and ride really well.”

Kim Herslow and Rosamir. Photo © SusanJStickle.com
Kim Herslow and Rosamir. Photo © SusanJStickle.com

Two in a Row for Herslow and Rosmarin

At only eight years old, Rosmarin is proving that his talent is here to stay. The Hanoverian gelding by Rosentanz x Weltmeyer, ridden by Kim Herslow of Stockton, NJ, won the FEI Intermediaire-1 class with a score of 71.026%. Second place went to Christilot Boylen (CAN) and Dio Mio with a score of 70.974%, while Caroline Roffman (USA) and Her Highness O placed third on a score of 69.421%.

Herslow explained that from yesterday to today, her horse felt even better. “I felt like he was even more there for me today. Not that he wasn’t yesterday, but the through-ness was more solid today with him. He’s letting me really ride him in the ring and staying completely with me, which is a really nice feeling. I can push and he never worries about what I’m asking for. Even if it’s not the right thing. He still does it and then comes back and fixes it for me. This is his third I-1 ever, so I’m just thrilled that he’s coming out and that we can still make his canter so much better. We’re just starting and it’s really awesome,” she remarked.

Of her test, she said, “His trot tour is always pretty incredible. He’s so rideable in his trot and his fluidity is so nice to ride. His half passes are always a strong point. His walk felt really good to me today. We still have to get our canter stronger. He’s a really long horse so we have some strength to work on, and getting more jump in the canter, which will help the pirouettes and the changes. It’ll help the whole canter tour. There’s still a lot of room to improve, so it’s exciting to know that. He’s still just at the very beginning of his career here.”

Despite just starting to earn accolades, Herslow felt that Rosmarin had talent to start with. “He definitely had talent. It’s just been a very slow build-up from a young horse, in a sense that I didn’t do a lot of fancy work with him. I did a lot of basic gymnastic, body-building work with him. I take a lot of time to develop a relationship with him and get his trust. I think that’s what makes us so harmonious,” she explained. “It’s an investment in my time, but it’s so worth it because you see the difference in the ring. He comes out the same every day and he’s a super amazing horse. I’m lucky to own him and feel extremely grateful.”

Herslow is excited that they still have another class in which to compete tomorrow. It will be the pair’s second time ever in the I-1 Freestyle. “I need to get a little sharper in my preparations for certain things, so we still had a few little mistakes, but he was listening. He did exactly what I asked him for. I’m hoping to clean that up for the freestyle tomorrow, which is a really fun freestyle. I’m excited to ride that tomorrow,” she said.

Mary Jordan and Sebastian. Photo © Lindsay McCall
Mary Jordan and Sebastian. Photo © Lindsay McCall

The top United States Para-Equestrian today was Mary Jordan, who rode Sebastian to a score of 66.071% in the FEI Para-Equestrian Individual Champion Test Grade IV. The awards presentations for all of the grades’ team and individual winners will be held tomorrow.

Winning both yesterday’s and today’s FEI Junior classes was Paula Matute (ESP) on Escritor de Ymas II. They received a score of 64.595% in yesterday’s team class and a 64.026% in today’s Individual class.

The WEF Dressage Classic CDI 3* presented by Today’s Equestrian & Fellows concludes tomorrow with the FEI Intermediaire-1 Freestyle along in the CDI competition. The Para-Equestrians will also perform their freestyles, while the Florida Youth Championships presented by Dressage4kids and sponsored by PanaCavallo have their final rounds in the main International Arena.

For full results and more information, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:

The Adequan 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 Adequan 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 Adequan GDF will feature six separate national shows to be held at the Stadium section of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) show grounds.  The Adequan GDF encompasses almost 60 acres of the former Palm Beach Polo Grounds. The facility includes the Van Kampen covered arena (made possible by Kimberly and Frederic Boyer and family) and four outdoor arenas with world class footing, 200 permanent stalls, and a VIP seating area for the International Arena fully catered for relaxing and having an enjoyable experience.

First Founding Sponsors: Matt Varney, Chris and Rob Desino, Wellington Equestrian Realty; Janet and William Richardson Pearson, Chesapeake Dressage Institute of Annapolis, MD; Devon and Terri Kane, Diamante Farm; Joe and Gaye Scarpa, Magnolia Farm; Tuny Page and Family, Stillpoint Farm; and Kimberly and Frederic Boyer, United States P.R.E. Association

Founding Sponsors: Ashley Holzer and Diane Fellows, Today’s Equestrian; Bethany Peslar, Everglades Dressage; Betsy Juliano, Havensafe Farm; Carol and Rebecca Cohen, Two Swans Farm LLC; Janne Rumbough, MTICA Farm; Mike & Roz Collins; Suhail and PJ Rizvi, Peacock Ridge; and Tim and Susie Dutta, The Dutta Corp.

Corporate Sponsors: Brown Distributing, Champion Equine Insurance, Charles Owen, Chronicle of the Horse, Custom Saddlery, Der Dau, Dever Golf Carts, Equestrian Services International (ESI), Elite Equestrian Magazine, European Dressage Connection, Gold Coast Feed & Supply, Horse Of Course, Horseware Ireland, Interagro Lusitanos, Moet Hennessy USA, Nespresso USA, Paddock Cakes, Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Pennfield, Piaffe Performance, Premier Equestrian, Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, Rolex, Sanctuary at PBIEC, Show Chic, Sidelines Magazine, World Equestrian Brands

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US and Canada Vie for Para-Equestrian Team Championship at AGDF WEF Dressage Classic CPEDI3*

Lauren Barwick and Off To Paris. Photos (C) Lindsay McCall.

Wellington, FL – March 15, 2013 – Opening day at the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival WEF Dressage Classic CPEDI3*, presented by Today’s Equestrian and Fellows, showcased many of North America’s top Para-Dressage riders. Equestrians from Canada and the U.S. competed in the Team Test completing their first of three days of para-dressage tests. The friendly but competitive atmosphere between the countries was illustrated among the riders as they rode down centerline in the Van Kampen Arena. The ground jury included Carlos Lopes (POR), Bo Ahman (SWE), and Hanneke Gerritsen(NED). Earning the top scores in team test competition was Grade Ia rider Jody Schloss of Canada and Inspector Rebus; Grade Ib Canadian Ashley Gowanlock and Ferdonia 2; Lauren Barwick of Canada and Off to Paris in Grade II; Eleanor Brimmer of the U.S. and Carino H in Grade III; and Lynne Poole of Canada with Vasco E. Para-Dressage CPEDI3* continues over the weekend at the Global Dressage Festival show grounds in Wellington, FL.

The Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* is the first opportunity of the 2013 season for para-equestrian dressage riders in Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV to begin the qualifying process for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. With the 2012 London Paralympics in their rearview mirrors Canada and especially the United States is using 2013 as a developing year. There are new horses, new horse and rider combinations, new dressage tests and a few new para-dressage equestrians.

Canadian two-time Paralympian Lauren Barwick was faced with her first execution of the Grade II Team Test with horse Off To Paris. Although the pair had a successful 2012 season, Barwick went back to the drawing board to make “good” into “amazing”. Barwick laughed, “I think I should have turned my brain on today.” On a serious note, “I have been competing nationally this year and we have been picking away at movements. On purpose, we have been forgetting the big picture and working on little things. It’s very frustrating for me because I like the whole big picture and want the big picture. However, it’s about training today for tomorrow. I know the things we worked so hard on today were better, even though it caused the pieces that are normally good to fall apart. My plan is identifying, isolating, and recombining.”

Lauren Barwick earned the top percentage score of the day with a 68.922% in Grade II competition. In Grade Ib fellow Paralympian and teammate Ashley Gowanlock competed with Barwick’s horses Ferdonia 2. Barwick commented, “I am very excited to see Ferdonia back in the ring. She didn’t make it to London and we were really concerned she wouldn’t make it back in the ring. To see her back in the ring is phenomenal for me.”

Ashley Gowanlock and Ferdonia 2
Ashley Gowanlock and Ferdonia 2

Gowanlock replied, “I am thrilled. It’s her first time coming back from an injury since she has been rehabbing since before London. I knew what she could be, and I knew it was in there, but I wasn’t sure what was going to come out when we got in the ring on Friday. The atmosphere, pressure, tension… there was definitely some tension but she was amazing. I was so proud of Ferdonia and excited for what’s coming.”

After the 2012 London Paralympic Games, riders had to regroup and refocus for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Gowanlock explained, “You almost have to start over. You had this amazing experience and say to yourself, ‘What did I learn and how can it get better?’ You are always thinking, ‘What can I learn today to take with me tomorrow?’ I am excited and happy and looking forward to tomorrow at this calm and beautiful facility.”

Gowanlock (CAN) and Ferdonia 2 topped the Grade Ib competition with Laurietta Oakleaf (USA) in second aboard Niekele fan Busenitz. Sydney Collier (USA) and new horse Wentworth executed a precise and elegant Grade Ib test but her current re-evaluation of her classification creates a non-percentage calculation on her test scores.

Collier’s new horse Wentworth was purchased from Ottawa, Canada. We went up there in the Fall to look at him. At that point I was still in a cast. I rode him without stirrups and did five steps of trot. We clicked very nicely and right away. He made the journey from Ottawa to Wes Dunham’s and we were doing trips back and forth from Ann Arbor, MI.”

Sydney Collier and Wentworth
Sydney Collier and Wentworth

She continued, “For Wentworth’s first show with me, he was great. His tempo was nice and steady. He tuned out the stuff he had to tune out on my left side but at the same time he was listening and totally tuned in. This is his first show in years and he has been so great adapting to the new environment.”

In Grade Ia, Jody Schloss (CAN) earned the top score with Inspector Rebus, following only .797 % behind Schloss with Canadian Robyn Andrews and Fancianna.

In Grade III Eleanor Brimmer (USA) of Wayazata, MN earned the first place score with partner Carino H.

In Grade IV, Lynne Poole (CAN) earned the top accolade with Vasco E. “I was really pleased with Vasco,” smiled Poole. “He stepped up his game last year; we put some weight on him, and he’s getting more mature and settling down. I was really pleased with him today.”

For Poole the change in planning has helped to focus on the 2014 calendar year. She explained, “Equine Canada came up with a training program that is done on a big spreadsheet. We sat down, had a look at movements, and really focused on that. Each month we have a meeting with the team coach and head of Equine Canada so we can really focus with stepping up our game.”

She continued, “It’s so important that we keep getting out and keep doing these shows. Most of us, without funding, we can’t get to Europe and we so desperately need this show. We are so thankful. The facilities are great and it is a lovely ring. I was quite happy to be in the covered arena because it was cooler. Everybody around the show grounds has been wonderful. I was so glad they had a CPEDI3* for us.”

United States Para-Dressage rider concurred. “I am very grateful for the opportunity that we have here to show at Global. Having three star competitions are so important as riders for our growth and development. I am so glad we had a venue that opened their doors to us. The atmosphere here is more like a European event; it’s a great opportunity as riders. I wish more riders from the U.S. came here but I know it’s tough to find horses, money and sponsors and get across the country. I am grateful for the opportunity we have in front of us.”

Jordan earned the second spot in Grade IV behind Poole and she also earned her qualifying score for the 2014 World Equestrian Games. She commented, “I was really thrilled with both horses for different reasons. Sebastian has had a really good winter of training. The horse I have underneath me now is an improved and better horse than at selection trials. He is clearly loving life.”

Grades Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV para-dressage individual tests continue in the Van Kampen Arena beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Saturday’s Individual Test will be combined with the Team Test and considered for the final team championship accolade. Sunday will continue with the exciting freestyle tests to music followed by an awards ceremony.

U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Chef d’Equipe: Hope Hand
Team Coach: Missy Ransehousen

Schedule:

March 16, 2013 – Individual Test Ia, Ib, II, III, IV
March 17, 2013 – Freestyle Championship Tests Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, IV
— Followed by awards ceremony

Results:

FEI Para Team Grade IV

  1. 580, Poole, Lynne, CAN, Vasco E, 64.048%
  2. 583, Jordan, Mary R., USA, Sebastian, 64.008%
  3. 585, Lawson, Madison, CAN, McGuire, 63.016%
  4. 584, Jordan, Mary R., USA, P Sparrow Socks, 59.603%
  5. 579, Poole, Lynne, CAN, Frisbee, 59.484%

FEI Para Grade III Team

  1. 578, Brimmer, Eleanor, USA, Carino H, 57.456%

FEI Para Team Grade 1A

  1. 575, Schloss, Jody, CAN, Inspector Rebus, 63.913%
  2. 577, Andrews, Robyn, CAN, Fancianna, 63.116%

FEI Para Equestrian Team 1B

  1. 587, Gowanlock, Ashley, CAN, Ferdonia 2, 65.2%
  2. 582, Oakleaf, Laurietta, USA, Niekele fan Busenitz, 63.067%
  3. 581, Collier, Sydney, USA, Wentworth – Re-Evaluation of Classification

FEI Para Team Grade II

  1. 588, Barwick, Lauren, CAN, Off To Paris, 68.922%

For questions about the 2013-2014 Para-Equestrian Dressage season, please contact the USEF High Performance Director of the Para-Equestrian Discipline, Laureen K. Johnson, at (908) 326-1155 or e-mail lkjohnson@usef.org.

For more questions about Para-Equestrian Dressage, please contact Hope Hand at Hope@uspea.org or (610) 356-6481.

2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival Show Managers:

Manager/Entry Secretary: Lloyd Landkamer phone: 612-290-8523 Fax: 866-832-8610
Secretary: Angela Goodwin-Volpert / Peggy Warren
Co-Secretary: Becky Johnston
Co- Manager/Secretary: John Hoppman 612-799-6381
E-mail: DressageFestival@aol.com
Website: www.globaldressagefestival.com

Ground Jury:

Carlos Lopes (POR/4*), Bo Ahman (SWE/4*), and Hanneke Gerritsen(NED)

http://www.fei.org/disciplines/officials-organisers/organisers/para-equestrian-dressage/dressage-tests

ALLTECH FEI WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES 2014 Qualification Criteria

Qualification Period:

Start: January 1, 2013
End: XXXX 2014 (TBD)

Qualifying Events:

Any CPEDI3* or CPEDI4* event during the qualification period in addition to the Paralympics Games 2012 London

Qualification Score:

All athlete/horse combinations must have attained (as a combination) a minimum 60% score attributed by the Ground Jury in a Team test or Individual Championship test one time.

Judges:

Minimum of 3 FEI PE5* or 4* judges of different nationalities

About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (excerpt from www.globaldressagefestival.com)

The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Adequan GDF) was created as one of the finest show grounds in the world with a calendar of events and prize money in its first year that places it in the top tier of competitions.

Five CDIs staged by a single organization are more than at any other show grounds in the world. Prize money of more than $275,000 that is the richest single circuit except for the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany, what is to horse sports what Wimbledon is to tennis.

The show grounds consists of four arenas that are equal in quality to those at the 2012 and 2008 Olympic Games, several hundred stadium seats around the main ring and the first 200 of what will be 300 permanent horse stalls and a raised courtyard at the center of the show grounds providing a panoramic view of the entire facility.  One of the world’s largest covered arenas at 360 by 210 feet (110 x 64 meters), and a VIP club overlooking the main competition arena.

Dressage has replaced the billiard-table smooth grass polo fields that were the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club stadium where Prince Charles played to kick start Wellington as THE winter lifestyle destination for the world.

The dressage grounds adjoin a beautiful grass jumping derby field all part of the sprawling Palm Beach International Equestrian Center that attracts thousands of horses from about three dozen countries for jumper and hunter competitions in an calendar that has expanded from a few weeks in winter to shows from Fall through Spring, centered around the Winter Equestrian Festival and its $6 million in prize money.

To learn more about the Global Dressage Festival, please visit: www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Written by: Lindsay Y McCall

To view an online version of this press release with more photos, please visit: http://uspea.org/category/recent-uspea-press-news/.

About United States Para-Equestrian Association:

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation board members, and equestrian enthusiasts.  The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the para-equestrian umbrella.

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport.  This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage para-equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the para-equestrian discipline.  From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved.  From local horse shows to international Olympic Games, the USPEA will provide para-equestrians the knowledge of what they need to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), and USEF which provides Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

For more information about the USPEA please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President Hope Hand by e-mail: Wheeler966@aol.com or by phone: (610)356-6481.

Tina Konyot and Calecto V Take FEI Grand Prix Victory at WEF Dressage Classic CDI 3*

Tina Konyot and Calecto V. Photo © SusanJStickle.com.

Wellington, FL – March 14, 2013 – The third international competition for the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) began today with the opening CDI competition, the FEI Grand Prix. This week’s show, the WEF Dressage Classic CDI 3*, presented by Today’s Equestrian & Fellows, runs March 14-17, 2013. Today’s winner was Tina Konyot from Palm City, FL, riding Calecto V.

There were 55 entries that jogged for the CDI competition this morning, with Carlos Munoz taking home the prize for Best Turnout Award from Show Chic with Klouseau.

The judges for today’s FEI Grand Prix were: Anne Gribbons at E, Janet Foy at H, Isabelle Judet at C, Ulrike Nivelle at M, and Bo Ahman at B.

Konyot and Calecto V, winners of the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle at the last CDI-W competition at the AGDF, won today’s FEI Grand Prix with a score of 70.553%. Cesar Parra (USA) and Van the Man placed second with a score of 68.213%. Susan Dutta (USA) placed third with Currency DC on a score of 67.383%.

Konyot traveled from Palm City to Wellington this morning in order to compete, and felt that the early morning wake-up call may have had an effect on Calecto V, her and John Byrialsen’s 15-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion (Come Back II x Rastell).

“I had a few little bobbles. It felt maybe just a slight bit tired, and it shouldn’t be, because the weather is lovely. I did wake him up at 4 am,” she acknowledged with a smile. “He’s been laying down sleeping; he had three naps today. He’s a very laid-back guy! I was happy with it. I had some very nice things, but we could have just a little bit more energy in the package. Tomorrow is another day.”

Konyot joked about Calecto’s penchant for napping. “He doesn’t just lay down. He’s lays out flat, goes to sleep, snores. At the Olympics, they took videos of him. He starts running and whinnying in his sleep. You’ve never seen anything like it. That’s just him.”

The pair will compete in tomorrow night’s FEI Grand Prix Freestyle and Konyot said she’s sure Calecto will “be on his toes.” She added, “He feels good and he’s happy. He felt very good physically and in his body.”

Konyot is looking forward to the evening, which will combine show jumping and dressage. “It should be a beautiful evening. Tomorrow night should be a lot of energy and electricity. That’s very exciting and this is such a gorgeous showgrounds. It’s very special to have it right here.”

In addition to their class win, Konyot and Calecto were presented with the Champion Equine Insurance Dressage Style of Riding Award presented by Laura Whitlow of Champion Equine Insurance.

In the national divisions, Megan Glynn had a one-two finish in the FEI Prix St. Georges – AA class with Tyto (62.303%) and Everybody’s Darling (61.908%). The high score of the day was Alix Szepesi on Primative Dancer, who did the First Level Test 2 in the USEF Test of Choice and received a 74.189%.

The Para-Equestrian competition begins tomorrow in the Van Kampen Covered Arena, along with a full schedule of competition in the National divisions in the Wellington Equestrian Realty Rings 1 and 2. The Para-Equestrian riders will compete tomorrow in five grades for their team scores. Their individual tests will run on Saturday, and the team and individual scores combined will determine the team placings. On Sunday, they will have their freestyle classes.

Come see top United States para-equestrians such as Mary Jordan on her homebred mare Clever, along with Sebastian, with whom she placed fifth in qualifications for the London Paralympic Team. The Canadians have brought a strong contingent as well, including three out of four of their team from last summer’s Paralympic Games.

Don’t miss tomorrow night’s exciting line-up of events at the AGDF, including the $10,000 Head-to-Head Competition over the high jump “Puissance” wall at 6 pm, the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle presented by Horseware Ireland under the lights at 7:30 pm, and The Yale Spizzwinks (?) A Capella singing performances. General admission and parking are free, and there will be fantastic raffle prizes handed out to general admission seat holders. It will be a night of power and grace for equestrian sport that you won’t want to miss!

For full results and more information, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:

The Adequan 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 Adequan 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 Adequan GDF will feature six separate national shows to be held at the Stadium section of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) show grounds.  The Adequan GDF encompasses almost 60 acres of the former Palm Beach Polo Grounds. The facility includes the Van Kampen covered arena (made possible by Kimberly and Frederic Boyer and family) and four outdoor arenas with world class footing, 200 permanent stalls, and a VIP seating area for the International Arena fully catered for relaxing and having an enjoyable experience.

First Founding Sponsors: Matt Varney, Chris and Rob Desino, Wellington Equestrian Realty; Janet and William Richardson Pearson, Chesapeake Dressage Institute of Annapolis, MD; Devon and Terri Kane, Diamante Farm; Joe and Gaye Scarpa, Magnolia Farm; Tuny Page and Family, Stillpoint Farm; and Kimberly and Frederic Boyer, United States P.R.E. Association

Founding Sponsors: Ashley Holzer and Diane Fellows, Today’s Equestrian; Bethany Peslar, Everglades Dressage; Betsy Juliano, Havensafe Farm; Carol and Rebecca Cohen, Two Swans Farm LLC; Janne Rumbough, MTICA Farm; Mike & Roz Collins; Suhail and PJ Rizvi, Peacock Ridge; and Tim and Susie Dutta, The Dutta Corp.

Corporate Sponsors: Brown Distributing, Champion Equine Insurance, Charles Owen, Chronicle of the Horse, Custom Saddlery, Der Dau, Dever Golf Carts, Equestrian Services International (ESI), Elite Equestrian Magazine, European Dressage Connection, Gold Coast Feed & Supply, Horse Of Course, Horseware Ireland, Interagro Lusitanos, Moet Hennessy USA, Nespresso USA, Paddock Cakes, Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Pennfield, Piaffe Performance, Premier Equestrian, Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, Rolex, Sanctuary at PBIEC, Show Chic, Sidelines Magazine, World Equestrian Brands

Please visit
www.globaldressagefestival.com
www.equestriansport.com
or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Adequan Global Dressage Festival is located at
13500 South Shore Blvd, Wellington, Florida 33414

Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Equestrian Public Relations
info@jenniferwoodmedia.com

US and Equine Canada Para-Dressage Riders Prepare for Adequan Global Dressage Festival WEF Classic CPEDI3*

Sydney Collier’s horse Wentworth and Molly Maloney jogging. Photos (c) Lindsay McCall.

Wellington, FL – March 14, 2013 – Para-Equestrian Dressage riders from both the United States and Canada presented their horses for the FEI Jog at the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival WEF Dressage Classic presented by Today’s Equestrian and Fellows. The blue skies and palm trees set the perfect backdrop for opening day of the CPEDI3* in Wellington, Florida. Over three days (March 15, 16, and 17th), Para-Dressage riders will bring forward their best test executions in Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV. The ground jury includes Carlos Lopes (POR), Bo Ahman (SWE), and Hanneke Gerritsen (NED). The Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* will be the first opportunity of the 2013 season for Para-Equestrian Dressage riders to begin the qualifying process for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Chef d’Equipe: Hope Hand
Team Coach: Missy Ransehousen

Schedule:
March 14, 2013 – Horse Inspection
March 15, 2013 – Team Test Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, IV
March 16, 2013 – Individual Test Ia, Ib, II, III, IV
March 17, 2013 – Freestyle Championship Tests Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, IV

FEI Para Team Grade IV

11:00:00 AM                  586, Win, Frederick, USA, Evita
11:08:00 AM                  584, Jordan, Mary R., USA, P Sparrow Socks
11:16:00 AM                  580, Poole, Lynne, CAN, Vasco E
11:25 AM BREAK———————-
12:30:00 PM                  585, Lawson, Madison, CAN, Mcguire
12:38:00 PM                  58, Jordan, Mary R., USA, Sebastian
12:46:00 PM                  579, Poole, Lynne, CAN, Frisbee

FEI Para Grade III Team

12:56:00 PM                  578, Brimmer, Eleanor, USA, Carino H
1:04 PM BREAK———————-

FEI Para Team Grade 1A

1:45:00 PM                  577, Andrews, Robyn, CAN, Fancianna
1:53:00 PM                  575, Schloss, Jody, CAN, Inspector Rebus

FEI Para Equestrian Team 1B

2:01:00 PM                  582, Oakleaf, Laurietta, USA, Niekele fan Busenitz
2:09:00 PM                  587, Gowanlock, Ashley, CAN, Ferdonia 2
2:17:00 PM                  581, Collier, Sydney, USA, Wentworth

FEI Para Team Grade II

2:25:00 PM                  588, Barwick, Lauren, CAN, Off To Paris

Trainer Roz Kinstler and Carino H, owned by Ellie Brimmer
Trainer Roz Kinstler and Carino H, owned by Ellie Brimmer

For questions about the 2013-2014 Para-Equestrian Dressage season, please contact the USEF High Performance Director of the Para-Equestrian Discipline, Laureen K. Johnson, at (908) 326-1155 or e-mail lkjohnson@usef.org.

For more questions about Para-Equestrian Dressage, please contact Hope Hand at Hope@uspea.org or (610) 356-6481.

2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival Show Managers:

Manager/Entry Secretary: Lloyd Landkamer phone: 612-290-8523 Fax: 866-832-8610
Secretary: Angela Goodwin-Volpert / Peggy Warren
Co-Secretary: Becky Johnston
Co- Manager/Secretary: John Hoppman 612-799-6381
E-mail: DressageFestival@aol.com
Website: www.globaldressagefestival.com

Ground Jury:

Carlos Lopes (POR/4*), Bo Ahman (SWE/4*), and Hanneke Gerritsen(NED)

http://www.fei.org/disciplines/officials-organisers/organisers/para-equestrian-dressage/dressage-tests

ALLTECH FEI WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES 2014 Qualification Criteria

Qualification Period:

Start: January 1, 2013
End: XXXX 2014 (TBD)

Qualifying Events:

Any CPEDI3* or CPEDI4* event during the qualification period in addition to the Paralympics Games 2012 London

Qualification Score:

All athlete/horse combinations must have attained (as a combination) a minimum 60% score attributed by the Ground Jury in a Team test or Individual Championship test one time.

Mary Jordan's horse Sebastian and Missy Ransehousen
Mary Jordan’s horse Sebastian and Missy Ransehousen

Judges:

Minimum of 3 FEI PE5* or 4* judges of different nationalities

About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (excerpt from www.globaldressagefestival.com)

The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Adequan GDF) was created as one of the finest show grounds in the world with a calendar of events and prize money in its first year that places it in the top tier of competitions.

Five CDIs staged by a single organization are more than at any other show grounds in the world. Prize money of more than $275,000 that is the richest single circuit except for the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany, what is to horse sports what Wimbledon is to tennis.

The show grounds consists of four arenas that are equal in quality to those at the 2012 and 2008 Olympic Games, several hundred stadium seats around the main ring and the first 200 of what will be 300 permanent horse stalls and a raised courtyard at the center of the show grounds providing a panoramic view of the entire facility.  One of the world’s largest covered arenas at 360 by 210 feet (110 x 64 meters), and a VIP club overlooking the main competition arena.

Dressage has replaced the billiard-table smooth grass polo fields that were the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club stadium where Prince Charles played to kick start Wellington as THE winter lifestyle destination for the world.

The dressage grounds adjoin a beautiful grass jumping derby field all part of the sprawling Palm Beach International Equestrian Center that attracts thousands of horses from about three dozen countries for jumper and hunter competitions in an calendar that has expanded from a few weeks in winter to shows from Fall through Spring, centered around the Winter Equestrian Festival and its $6 million in prize money.

To learn more about the Global Dressage Festival please visit: www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Written by: Lindsay Y McCall

About United States Para-Equestrian Association:

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation board members, and equestrian enthusiasts.  The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the para-equestrian umbrella.

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport.  This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage para-equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the para-equestrian discipline.  From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved.  From local horse shows to international Olympic Games, the USPEA will provide para-equestrians the knowledge of what they need to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), and USEF which provides Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

For more information about the USPEA please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President Hope Hand by e-mail: Wheeler966@aol.com or by phone: (610)356-6481.

Don’t Miss the $35,000 G&C Farm Puissance and FEI Grand Prix Freestyle at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival

Tina Konyot and Calecto V won the last FEI Grand Prix Freestyle at the AGDF. ©SusanJStickle.com.

Come Watch the Yale Spizzwinks(?) A Capella Singing Group on Friday Night!

Wellington, FL – March 8, 2013 – The Adequan Global Dressage Festival will hold its third CDI of the season on March 14-17, 2013, with the WEF Dressage Classic, CDI 3*, presented by Today’s Equestrian & Fellows. Not only will it host top international level dressage, it will also include the inaugural Florida Youth Championships presented by Dressage4kids, the first-ever event in Florida for young dressage riders to gain experience and education at the top level.

This show will be the first opportunity for Para-Equestrian Dressage to begin the qualifying process for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, at the CPEDI3* competition. If that weren’t enough, Friday night’s exciting schedule includes the $35,000 G&C Farm Puissance to kick off a great night of equestrian sport before the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle. Prizes for the general public will be raffled off once again, so show up for your chance to win amazing prizes!

Entries are strong for the FEI level CDI 3*, with almost 20 horse and rider combinations starting out in the FEI Grand Prix class on Thursday, March 14. The top pairs from there will advance to the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle on Friday at 7:30 pm. The FEI Grand Prix Special will be held on Saturday.

The puissance (high jump) competition will be an exciting event at the AGDF this year and is sponsored by G&C Farm. © Sportfot
The puissance (high jump) competition will be an exciting event at the AGDF this year and is sponsored by G&C Farm. © Sportfot

The $35,000 G&C Farm Puissance will be the opening competition on Friday evening at 6 pm and will feature powerful horses competing over the puissance wall to see who can jump the highest for the top prize. Always a popular event, the puissance will be even more thrilling in the intimate arena at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

To add to Friday night’s features, the a capella group, the Yale Spizzwinks(?), will be performing. First formed in 1906, the Yale Spizzwinks(?) are America’s oldest underclassmen a capella singing group. The Spizzwinks(?) – yes the question mark is part of their name! – sing over one hundred concerts every year, entertaining audiences across the country and around the world with the vast diversity of their repertoire of literally hundreds of Spizzwink(?) arrangements. Each and every song is arranged by a member of the group, and they sing everything from Top 40 hits and classic rock to jazz standards and spirituals.

The Spizzwinks(?) have proudly carried on a tradition of musical excellence and camaraderie as one of America’s oldest male choirs. With one eye towards their ninety-nine year history and the other towards the future, they seamlessly fuse tradition and innovation to bring audiences a unique and unforgettable concert experience. In addition to Wellington, the Spizzwinks(?) will travel to South America, China, and Singapore on their singing tour in 2013.

The Florida Youth Championships are another exciting addition to the calendar at the AGDF. The first-time event will provide an opportunity for dressage riders in pony, junior, young rider, and Brentina Cup Under 25 divisions and was created in partnership with Dressage4kids to help them reach the High Performance levels. The classes are also graciously supported by PanaCavallo and the Davis Family.

Ellie Brimmer and Carino H competed in the FEI Para Grade III classes at AGDF. © SusanJStickle.com
Ellie Brimmer and Carino H competed in the FEI Para Grade III classes at AGDF. © SusanJStickle.com

CPEDI competition will feature riders from the Para-Equestrian discipline, a High Performance Sport. Para-Equestrian sport includes all equestrian disciplines practiced by people with physical disabilities. “Para” means parallel to able-bodied equestrian sports. Many disabled athletes are able to hold their ground in competitions designed for the able-bodied, but Para-Equestrian opens the world of competition to riders and drivers with severe disabilities as well, allowing them to compete in a serious, focused environment. Many athletes who participate in Para-Equestrian are quite talented, and some are considered to be among the elite equestrians of the world, regardless of their physical condition. Come visit the AGDF to see these amazing athletes!

Everyone is welcome to attend the WEF Dressage Classic, CDI 3*, presented by Today’s Equestrian & Fellows, at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. There is free general admission every day, including Friday night, so come by to see top sport at its finest!

For more information, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:

The Adequan 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 Adequan 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 Adequan GDF will feature six separate national shows to be held at the Stadium section of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) show grounds.  The Adequan GDF encompasses almost 60 acres of the former Palm Beach Polo Grounds. The facility includes the Van Kampen covered arena (made possible by Kimberly and Frederic Boyer and family) and four outdoor arenas with world class footing, 200 permanent stalls, and a VIP seating area for the International Arena fully catered for relaxing and having an enjoyable experience.

First Founding Sponsors: Matt Varney, Chris and Rob Desino, Wellington Equestrian Realty; Janet and William Richardson Pearson, Chesapeake Dressage Institute of Annapolis, MD; Devon and Terri Kane, Diamante Farm; Joe and Gaye Scarpa, Magnolia Farm; Tuny Page and Family, Stillpoint Farm; and Kimberly and Frederic Boyer, United States P.R.E. Association

Founding Sponsors: Ashley Holzer and Diane Fellows, Today’s Equestrian; Bethany Peslar, Everglades Dressage; Betsy Juliano, Havensafe Farm; Carol and Rebecca Cohen, Two Swans Farm LLC; Janne Rumbough, MTICA Farm; Mike & Roz Collins; Suhail and PJ Rizvi, Peacock Ridge; and Tim and Susie Dutta, The Dutta Corp.

Corporate Sponsors: Brown Distributing, Champion Equine Insurance, Charles Owen, Chronicle of the Horse, Custom Saddlery, Der Dau, Dever Golf Carts, Equestrian Services International (ESI), Elite Equestrian Magazine, European Dressage Connection, Gold Coast Feed & Supply, Horse Of Course, Horseware Ireland, Interagro Lusitanos, Moet Hennessy USA, Nespresso USA, Paddock Cakes, Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Pennfield, Piaffe Performance, Premier Equestrian, Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, Rolex, Sanctuary at PBIEC, Show Chic, Sidelines Magazine, World Equestrian Brands

Please visit
www.globaldressagefestival.com
www.equestriansport.com
or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Adequan Global Dressage Festival is located at
13500 South Shore Blvd, Wellington, Florida 33414

Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Equestrian Public Relations
info@jenniferwoodmedia.com

Christilot Boylen Sweeps Small Tour at the Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W

Wellington, FL – February 17, 2013 – The Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W, presented by USPRE Association, at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival finished today with the last class of the Small Tour. Christilot Boylen (CAN) captured the top spot again today winning the $6,000 FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle, sponsored by Havensafe Farm.

Watch an interview with Christilot Boylen

Judges for this afternoon’s class were Jane Weatherwax (USA) at E, Victoire Mandl (AUT) at H, Jacques Van Daele (BEL) at C, Jennie Loriston-Clarke (GBR) at M, and Jean-Michel Roudier (FRA) at B.

It was a great weekend for Boylen, winning all her classes that she entered. Receiving a score of 73.375% atop Dio Mio (De Niro x Charmeur), she was overjoyed at his performance this afternoon. Of the 10-year-old black Hanoverian gelding, she commented, “Today was the first time we had done our Freestyle as I just got the music two days ago! He had some trouble in the lines, but overall I am pleased.”

Up next for the six-time Olympian is competing with her young horses. “They are all very talented. I believe that the older, more experienced riders should be on the young, green horses and vice versa. That’s a mixture that works well. I can offer these horses a lot more support, because I’ve done it so often. To support them in their first attempts gives a really great foundation. If they have good experiences in the ring, they will grow on that. Otherwise, they lose their confidence and will to perform in the arena,” reflected Boylen.

A special award was given today to the high point winners in the FEI Test of Choice. The Der Dau Dream Team Award was presented to Neve Myburgh (GER) riding Caroline Roffman’s Accent Aigu Frh (Amerigo Vespucci XX x Trapper) and Janne Rumbough (USA) riding her mount Afilado (Gaucho III x BW Maravilla).

The USPRE Assocation gave special awards as well to Janne Rumbough and Rachel Chowanec.

With the Florida Dressage Classic, CDI-W presented by USPRE Association in the books, competition resumes at The Stadium on March 14-17, 2013, with the WEF Dressage Classic, CDI 3* presented by Today’s Equestrian & Fellows.

For full results and more information, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Final Results: $6,000 FEI Intermediaire Freestyle sponsored by Havensafe Farm

  1. Dio Mio, Christilot Boylen (CAN): E: 72.625%, H: 71.375%, C: 78.625%, M: 74.000%, B: 70.250%, Total: 73.375%
  2. Tolstoy, Nicholas Fyffe (AUS): E: 66.875%, H: 71.750%, C: 68.750%, M: 69.000%, B: 64.625%, Total: 68.200%
  3. Rigaudon Tyme, Evi Strasser (CAN): E: 66.875%, H: 70.000%, C: 66.875%, M: 68.875%, B: 66.125%, Total: 67.750%
  4. Nymphenburg’s Love, Katharina Stumpf (AUT): E: 62.625%, H: 68.125%, C: 60.125%, M: 61.625%, B: 64.375%, Total: 63.375%
  5. Ungaro, Sonia Zugel (IRL): E: 62.250%, H: 61.875%, C: 58.375%, M: 63.125%, B: 64.625%, Total: 62.050%

Jessica Parlon for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:

The Adequan 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 Adequan 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 Adequan GDF will feature six separate national shows to be held at the Stadium section of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) show grounds.  The Adequan GDF encompasses almost 60 acres of the former Palm Beach Polo Grounds. The facility includes the Van Kampen covered arena (made possible by Kimberly and Frederic Boyer and family) and four outdoor arenas with world class footing, 200 permanent stalls, and a VIP seating area for the International Arena fully catered for relaxing and having an enjoyable experience.

First Founding Sponsors: Matt Varney, Chris and Rob Desino, Wellington Equestrian Realty; Janet and William Richardson Pearson, Chesapeake Dressage Institute of Annapolis, MD; Devon and Terri Kane, Diamante Farm; Joe and Gaye Scarpa, Magnolia Farm; Tuny Page and Family, Stillpoint Farm; and Kimberly and Frederic Boyer, United States P.R.E. Association

Founding Sponsors: Ashley Holzer and Diane Fellows, Today’s Equestrian; Bethany Peslar, Everglades Dressage; Betsy Juliano, Havensafe Farm; Carol and Rebecca Cohen, Two Swans Farm LLC; Janne Rumbough, MTICA Farm; Mike & Roz Collins; Suhail and PJ Rizvi, Peacock Ridge; and Tim and Susie Dutta, The Dutta Corp.

Corporate Sponsors: Brown Distributing, Champion Equine Insurance, Charles Owen, Chronicle of the Horse, Custom Saddlery, Der Dau, Dever Golf Carts, Equestrian Services International (ESI), Elite Equestrian Magazine, European Dressage Connection, Gold Coast Feed & Supply, Horse Of Course, Horseware Ireland, Interagro Lusitanos, Moet Hennessy USA, Nespresso USA, Paddock Cakes, Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Pennfield, Piaffe Performance, Premier Equestrian, Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, Rolex, Sanctuary at PBIEC, Show Chic, Sidelines Magazine, World Equestrian Brands

Please visit
www.globaldressagefestival.com
www.equestriansport.com
or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Adequan Global Dressage Festival is located at
13500 South Shore Blvd, Wellington, Florida 33414

Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Equestrian Public Relations
info@jenniferwoodmedia.com