Wellington, FL – March 4, 2012 – The $120,000 West Palm Beach CDI-5*, presented by Diamante Farms, is nearly here! This prestigious event features the only CDI5* in North America this year and takes place March 29 – April 1 at the Global Dressage Festival (GDF) Stadium show grounds in Wellington, FL.
The CDI5* is by invitation only. The Global Dressage Festival Organizing Committee sent invitations for the foreign competitors to that country’s federation. Competitors from the United States will be selected through the US Equestrian Federation’s Dressage High Performance Committee. In order to participate, the rider/horse combination must have achieved a minimum score of 64% in a Grand Prix at two different qualifying competitions.
The Global Dressage Festival National Challenge is the next horse show at the Stadium show grounds of the Global Dressage Festival. The event takes place on Tuesday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 7. Entries are still being accepted. For more information please email at DressageFestival@aol.com or call Lloyd Landkamer at 561-784-4279.
The $15,000 Wellington Dressage Classic CDI-3* and National Show, presented by Chesapeake Dressage Institute, is only a few short weeks away. The competition will be held March 15-18 at the Stadium show grounds of the Global Dressage Festival and will feature world-class dressage horses and riders from several nations. For more information please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.
Wellington, FL – February 23, 2012 – Jason Canton and his four-year-old Oldenburg stallion, Supremat OLD, once again achieved the highest score at the Global Dressage Festival National 1 Horse Show on Thursday. This time they received a 75.417% in the USEF Training Level, Test 1 – Open class. On Wednesday the pair scored 80.714% in the USEF Training Level, Test 2 – Open class.
Kimberly Herslow was a close second for high score on Thursday with 74.872% in the USEF Third Level Test 3 – Open class riding Rosmarin. Alix Szepesi and William improved on their Wednesday score of 70.517% in the USEF First Level Test 1 – Open class to finish with 71.724% on Thursday.
Wellington, FL – February 22, 2012 – Jason Canton, 45, scored an amazing 80.714% on Supremat OLD at the Global Dressage Festival National 1 Horse Show on Wednesday. Canton achieved this high score in the USEF Training Level Test 2 – Open with only a week’s preparation in Florida.
“I just got him out of quarantine last week,” said Canton of his stallion. “We bought him at the auction in Vechta, Germany. I was very pleased with him today; it was a good ride.”
Supremat is an Oldenburg (Sandro Hit x Feingau x Rubenstein) and is only four years old. His credentials include a second place in the Bundeschampionate in the Three-year-old Riding Stallions class. He was also Reserve State Champion of the Three-Year-Old Stallions at the Oldenburg State Championships in Rastede, Germany. Canton is on the move again with his new charge to the Lone Star State.
Wellington, FL – February 22, 2012 – Kimberly Herslow of Stockton, NJ, and Rosmarin had the highest score on Tuesday, February 21, in the Global Dressage Festival 1 National Horse Show. Herslow and her Hanoverian gelding, owned in partnership with Robert and Lisa Fritschy, scored 72.561% in the Third Level Test 2 – Open class. Herslow feels that the best is yet to come for her horse that is turning seven years old this year.
“I am sure that he will be going to the Grand Prix level,” said Herslow. “He is a very special horse with lots of potential.”
Kim found “Reno”, as he is affectionately called, in Germany as a three-year-old and she has been training him ever since at her Upper Creek Farm in Stockton, NJ.
Wellington, FL – February 21, 2012 – Lisa Hyslop captured the high score of the day at the Global Dressage Festival (GDF) 1 National Horse Show on Tuesday. Riding Rolling Stone, her 18-year-old Westphalen gelding, the pair scored a 69.342% in the FEI Prix St. George class. Hyslop, who owns Oak Hammock Farm in nearby Loxahatchee, FL, was pleased her horse and with the results of their preparation prior to the show.
“He is in great shape. You could not tell that he is 18-years-old,” said Hyslop of her German-bred mount that was imported to the US in 2006. “We trained a lot at home and 90% of what I wanted to achieve today came together. I am very happy with my ride.”
The atmosphere at the GDF National Show was much different than at the $50,000 Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W, presented by USPRE, which was held February 16-19 at the Global Dressage Festival. Hyslop found it appealing.
Wellington, FL – February 19, 2012 – Todd Flettrich of Wellington, FL won the FEI Olympic Grand Prix Special at the $50,000 Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W, presented by the United States P.R.E. Association, on Sunday. Riding Otto, his 2010 World Equestrian Games (WEG) partner, Flettrich scored 71.422%. Ashley Holzer of Canada finished second on Breaking Dawn with 70.800% and Heather Blitz came in third on Paragon by a fraction of a percent less scoring 70.756%.
Flettrich was thrilled with the performance of the 16-year-old gelding and the score; it was their second highest in the Olympic Grand Prix Special.
“I am happy,” said Flettrich. “I can take risks. Before the WEG we were still getting to know each other. Now, I’m willing to take a chance. I could not have done it before. He’s become my horse now.”
Flettrich owes the great score to a change in attitude. “Otto is arrogant and I used to feel I had to control him, but now I just encourage him to be arrogant.”
Wellington, FL – February 19, 2012 – Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven of Sweden captured her second victory on Don Auriello at the $50,000 Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W, presented by the United States P.R.E. Association, this time in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle under the lights on Saturday. The nighttime atmosphere at the Global Dressage Festival (GDF) was filled with excitement for the world cup event that featured twelve entries from five different nations.
The electric atmosphere was great for the crowd, but it made things a little more difficult for Vilhelmson-Silfven who scored 76.350%. “I am super pleased,” said Vilhelmson-Silfven. “He was a bit more tense here in the dark, but it was good practice for me. I had a better feeling with him today than yesterday. The facility has made a huge difference. It’s very nice.”
James Koford of Wellington, FL rode Pharaoh to second place with a score of 73.450%. Koford was thrilled with his finish because he hopes to use the prize money from this competition and his victory in the freestyle at the first GDF to pay for World Cup Final expenses, should he receive an invitation.
Wellington, FL – February 17, 2012 – True to its name, the Global Dressage Festival is bringing together the best elements of dressage from all over the world. The international influence is apparent not only in terms of riders but in terms of horses. A Spanish flare is taking center ring with the P.R.E. breed. As a sponsor of the Global Dressage Festival the USPRE is showcasing this pure Spanish breed which is elegantly entering the spotlight and winning top dressage honors.
The Vice President of the USPRE Alexander Zilo comments, “The fundamental mission of USPRE is to celebrate and promote the versatility of the Pure Spanish Horse (P.R.E.), the Horse of Kings, in every equestrian sport sector and to maintain its heritage with Spain. Known for its intelligence, proud bearing, docile temperament and breathtaking beauty, the P.R.E. horse is well suited for every level of riding. USPRE has chosen to be a founding sponsor of Global Dressage as it is destined to be the world’s leading marketing and promotion vehicle in Dressage.”
Wellington, FL – February 17, 2012 – The FEI Grand Prix at the $50,000 Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W, presented by the United States P.R.E. Association, was truly an international event as the top three places went to three different nations on Friday. Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven won the event at the Global Dressage Festival, Ashley Holzer of Canada was second, and Todd Flettrich finished as highest placed American rider in third place.
Vilhelmson-Silfven scored a 72.681% on Don Auriello, which was impressive since this is his first show in Florida this season. The pair performed the test in a relaxed steady tempo, as if on air, with steadiness and ease.
“There is lots of atmosphere here. It’s like a really, really big show,” said Vilhelmson-Silfven of the newly built Stadium section of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC.)