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

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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.

The best place to enjoy the international classes at the GDF is in the Global Pavilion. There are a limited number of tickets available for tables where guests are treated to a breakfast buffet and lunch with an open bar.  The Pavilion will also be open on Saturday evening during the Freestyle.  A reserved table for 6 guests during the three days of international competition is $1,500.  To make reservations, please call Annette Goyette at 561-784-1120.

The Wellington Dressage Classic begins with the National Show on Thursday, March 15 at 10:00 A.M. For more information please visit the Global Dressage Festival website at under the link of dressage show information and ride times on the main homepage.

About the Global Dressage Festival

The Global Dressage Festival (GDF) is one of the world’s largest international and national dressage circuits featuring five CDIs, including a 5*, the first non-championship CDIO Nations’ Cup in the Western Hemisphere, and nine U.S. national events.

The GDF is offering more than $275,000 in prize money for the five international competitions making it one of the richest circuits in the world. In addition to the CDIs with national competitions, the GDF will feature four separate national shows to be held at the newly constructed venue that extends the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) show grounds.

The GDF encompasses almost 60 acres of the former Palm Beach Polo Grounds. The facility includes four outdoor arenas with world class footing. Future planned improvements include a covered arena, permanent covered spectator seating for the central outdoor arena and a permanent Patrons Club and 200 permanent stalls.

Please visit or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

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