Jody Schloss Captures Highest Score at Global Dressage Festival National Challenge

Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus

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.

“She was very happy with her tests today and yesterday,” said Gail.  “She also appreciated that the venue was wheelchair accessible.  It was very easy for her to get around.”

Schloss has qualified for the 2012 Paralympics in London and is aiming for a position on the Canadian team.

Ilse Schwarz and Don Joseph

Ilse Schwarz rode Gaye and Joseph Scarpa’s Don Joseph to the second highest score of the day receiving 72.258% in the USEF First Level Test 3-Open.

The next event on the GDF circuit is the $15,000 Wellington Dressage Classic CDI-3* and National Show, presented by Chesapeake Dressage Institute.  The event takes place March 15-18 at the GDF Stadium show grounds and will feature the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle class on Saturday evening, March 17.

Results are available on the GDF website at www.globaldressagefestival.com under the link for “Click here” for dressage show information 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 www.globaldressagefestival.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

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