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Premier Equestrian to Recognize Winning Attitudes at the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival

Marcus Orlob, on Shyriana, wins the Premier Equestrian Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR).

Wellington, FL (January 5, 2016) – Premier Equestrian is returning to the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in 2016 as an official sponsor and partner of the major show series, and is once again presenting the Premier Equestrian Award throughout the competition. The award is given to competitors who demonstrate exemplary sportsmanship toward every horse and human that they encounter at the international show, therefore being worthy of the title of “Premier Equestrian.”

Premier Equestrian, a leading provider of dressage arenas and arena footing, is excited to present the Premier Equestrian Award to dressage riders at each of the CDI competitions at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. “We take pride in recognizing riders who are not only competitive, but also kind and friendly to other competitors and show staff, put their horses first, and contribute to a positive overall atmosphere,” says Heidi Zorn, president and founder of Premier Equestrian. “Premier Equestrian is dedicated to dressage and our goal is to provide safe and functional products. We want to promote the well-being of the horse and industry, and we are proud to sponsor this award.”

Riders who demonstrate these values will receive a lovely tri-colored Premier Equestrian Award ribbon, an engraved plaque, and the title of “Premier Equestrian.” Premier Equestrian is confident that this award will let competitors know that their outstanding attitudes are being noticed and appreciated, and will encourage all riders to enter the show ring with winning spirits.

The award’s name is based on the title that Premier Equestrian uses when referring to the elite group of internationally successful equestrians who demonstrate positive attitudes and qualities – including Akiko Yamazaki, Linda Parelli, and dressage riders Steffen Peters, Laura Graves, Debbie McDonald, Adrienne Lyle, along with show jumper Luca Moneta. These official “Premier Equestrians” can serve as role models to those who aspire to earn the Premier Equestrian Award at the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

“Our Premier Equestrians are people dedicated to the development and preservation of horse sport,” states Kathryn Rustad, Premier Equestrian’s Internal Marketing Director. “These people have accomplished high levels of competition, generated awareness of the sport, shared knowledge and training techniques to better serve the industry, or have impacted the equestrian culture through their kindness, support, and good sportsmanship.”

A past Premier Equestrian Award winner, Greta Wrigley, summed up the company’s values well when she said, “I really love the sport of dressage. I want to make it fun for everybody else. If there is something I can do to make it easy or help someone else, for me, that is what it is all about.”

Premier Equestrian keeps an eye out for individuals like Wrigley at competitions like the upcoming South Florida show series to recognize those that demonstrate exemplary sportsmanship.

Another Premier Equestrian Award winner, German rider Marcus Orlob, added, “I think showing should be fun for the horse. It’s important that they feel the inspiration from you to feel good.”

The upcoming 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival will feature twelve weeks of world-class dressage competition in Wellington, Florida. Equestrian Sports Productions, the host of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, is grateful to sponsors like Premier Equestrian for making the fifth annual Adequan Global Dressage Festival possible. Mark Bellissimo, CEO of Equestrian Sports Productions, comments, “With the support of the many dedicated sponsors at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, we have worked from the beginning to inspire the sport of dressage in America and take it to the next level.”

Premier Equestrian is also eager for the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival and the opportunity to show its support for the world of dressage. The company offers high-quality and affordable products to dressage riders – including premier dressage arenas, world-class arena footing, revolutionized horse jumps, and accessories. For more information about the presenter of the Premier Equestrian Award, visit www.PremierEquestrian.com or call 1-800-611-6109.

For more information contact:
Heidi Zorn, Premier Equestrian
1-800-611-6109
www.PremierEquestrian.com
heidi@dressagearena.net

Two Official Paralympic Equestrian Qualifying Competitions in January 2016

Annie Peavy at the 2015 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) Para-Dressage CPEDI3*. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall.

Wellington, FL – November 30, 2015 – After the successful 2015 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships in October, riders are looking forward to heading to Wellington, Florida this Winter show season. The 2016 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), presented by Mission Control, Mane Stream, courtesy of Rowan O’Riley, Adequan®, and Nutrena, will host two CPEDI3* events in January. The Para-Equestrian Dressage Tour first $10,000 CPEDI3* is scheduled for January 7-10, and the second $10,000 CPEDI3* is January 21-24, 2016. The AGDF takes place at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL from January 14 through April 2, 2016. The ADGF CPEDI events will be the first look at each horse and rider combination aiming for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

The ground jury for January 7-10 includes Kristi Wysocki (USA), Carlos Lopes (POR), and Marco Orsini (GER). The ground jury for January 21-24 includes Sarah Leitch (GBR), Marc Urban (BEL), and Dr Jan Holger Holtschmit (GER). Each competition is coordinated by Thomas Baur with Manager Monica Fitzgerald. Each show will have the FEI jog around 3 PM on that Thursday followed by the Team Test competition on Friday, Individual Test on Saturday, and the Freestyle on Sunday. Para-Equestrian Dressage Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV will be participating. Online entries are accepted at www.equestrianentries.com with the closing date for the Jan 7-10 CPEDI3* on December 23, 2015. Closing date for the January 21-24 show is January 4, 2016. Official Prize List posted on www.globaldressagefestival.com.

“With the Holidays fast approaching we are also closing in on the final competitions to the road to Rio,” said President of the USPEA and Paralympian Hope Hand. “Our Para Dressage athletes are making their way to Florida, sacrificing family time to fulfill a dream.”

Hand acknowledged, “It’s the time of the season to give thanks to the many friends and family members who have supported our athletes through this journey. If you can, join us to cheer our US Para Dressage Team on their Road to Rio. I promise an exciting competition.”

The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival is the world’s largest international and national dressage circuit featuring seven CDIs, including four CDI-Ws, one 4* and one 5*, the only non-championship CDIO Nations’ Cup in the Western Hemisphere, as well as weekly U.S. National events. The AGDF offers more than $650,000 in prize money for the seven international competitions, making it one of the richest circuits in the world. The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center 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 more information, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

To view an online version of this press release, 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: hope@uspea.org or by phone: (610)356-6481.

Piaffe Performance Puts Global Dressage Festival Adult Amateurs in a Frame

Adult Amateur Jill Irving and Dr. Cesar Parra during the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival.  (Photo courtesy of JRPR)

Wellington, FL (January 3, 2013) – Getting one’s horse ‘in a frame’ is a foundation for good riding but when the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (GDF) opens January 8 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, it’s adult amateur riders going in to frames – and silver ones at that – thanks to a the Piaffe Performance Adult Amateur Achievement Award, sponsored by Dr. Cesar Parra and Piaffe Performance Farm.

Now in its second year at the GDF, the Piaffe Performance Adult Amateur Award will be presented throughout the GDF CDI series, recognizing exceptional adult amateurs for either their success in the arena or their contribution to the sport through outstanding sportsmanship or horsemanship.

Each award-winning rider will receive a Piaffe Performance rosette commemorating their achievement, as well as an engraved silver picture frame to hold a lasting memory of their ride and horse.

“I have learned so much from my adult amateur riders about perseverance and commitment,” said Parra who was on the US Team during the past CDIO Nations Cup show at the Global Dressage Festival, and won the Freestyle last year with Van the Man.  “Through this award, I hope Piaffe Performance can play a role in encouraging such riders.  They are the heart of our sport.”

The 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, one of the world’s largest international and national dressage circuits, will feature six CDIs, the only non-championship CDIO Nations Cup in the Western Hemisphere, and five national title events before its conclusion in March.

Cesar Parra, DDS, MScD, operates Piaffe Performance in Jupiter, FL and Whitehouse Station, NJ and was born in Colombia.  Now a US citizen, he was a member of the Gold Medal winning US Team at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara.  He also competed in the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, 2003 Pan American Games, 2004 Athens Olympic Games, 2005 Las Vegas Dressage World Cup and 2006 Aachen World Equestrian Games.

Learn more about training and sales prospects at www.piaffe-performance.com.

For more information contact:
Dr. Cesar Parra
drcesarparra@msn.com
www.piaffe-performance.com
410-977-8352

Jane Springer Wins the Piaffe Performance Adult Amateur High Performance Award at GDF

Wellington, FL (February 14, 2013) – Dr. Cesar Parra and his Piaffe-Performance Farm recognized Jane Springer as the recipient of the Piaffe-Performance Adult Amateur High Performance Award for her Florida debut in Grand Prix during the 2013 Global Dressage Festival. Springer and her gorgeous chestnut, Talent (Houston x Melona), scored a 60.479%, taking the top spot, and showing off the horse’s true talent. “He’s got some super highlights,” she said about the Dutch Warmblood. “His extensions are fabulous and really over the top!  His tempi changes have come along, and he’s become confirmed in the piaffe-passage.  It’s exciting to know that he was definitely ready to come out at this level.”

Springer has owned Talent since he was 4 years old, and working exclusively with trainer, Robert Dover, brought him out in the third and fourth levels at age six.  Bringing him to Grand Prix is quite an achievement for an adult amateur. “It takes lots of motivation and commitment,” Springer advised.  She was awarded a beautiful tri-color ribbon and engraved silver picture frame as part of the AA High Performance Award.

Designed to recognize exceptional performances by adult amateurs, the Piaffe Performance Adult Amateur High Performance Award is given out each week of the Global Dressage Festival. “Adult amateurs are the backbone of our sport,” comments Parra, sponsor of the award. “My team is made up of a number of young riders and adult amateurs, and their dedication to the sport and their horses is undeniable.  I am proud to be able to recognize adult amateurs and their achievements on the GDF circuit in this way.”

For more information on Parra or Piaffe-Performance, visit their website at www.piaffe-performance.com.

For more information contact:
Dr. Cesar Parra
drcesarparra@msn.com
www.piaffe-performance.com
410-977-8352

Wellington Dressage Nations Cup CDIO3* Open to All International Teams

Nations Cup Format to Include Grand Prix and Prix St. Georges Levels for Pan Am Games Test Event

Last year's riders in the Wellington Dressage Nations Cup. Photo © SusanJStickle.com

Wellington, FL – February 9, 2013 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) is pleased to announce details of the Wellington Dressage Nations Cup CDIO3* presented by Stillpoint Farm to be held at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival on April 11-14, 2013. The Nations Cup will test a new format for the Pan American Games, which are scheduled for Toronto in 2015. Along with welcoming teams that can compete in the Pan American Games, the Nations Cup competition is open to teams from all nations, including Europe and Australia. While initially it was proposed that team nationalities would be restricted, the competition is now open to teams of riders from any country, as it was in the 2012 event.

“The FEI initially proposed a more restrictive team structure, but when working with all the stakeholders, we reviewed and agreed that last year’s team formation was best for the sport and event. We are delighted at the cooperation between the FEI, the USEF, and ESP that has led to this landmark event that we are certain will be a success,” said Michael Stone, ESP President.

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Dressage National 2 Show at Adequan Global Dressage Festival Wrap-Up: February 5-6, 2013

Tuny Page and Woodstock. Photos © SusanJStickle.com

Wellington, FL – February 7, 2013 – The 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) continued this week with the Dressage National 2 Show on February 5-6, 2013. Dressage riders competed for top scores and more experience in front of judge Beverly Rogers. The AGDF continues next week with the Florida Dressage Classic, CDI-W, presented by US P.R.E. Association on February 14-17, 2013. The AGDF will host another three national shows as well as a CDI 3*, CDI 5*, and CDIO 3*, concluding on April 14.

Taking the win in Tuesday’s FEI Grand Prix – Open class was Tuny Page on Woodstock, her 10-year-old KWPN gelding by Havel x Contango. They scored a 70.213% for the win over Michael Barisone and HF Victor, who received a 66.277%. Third place went to Ryan Garza and Oleander, who scored 63.191%.

Woodstock, a ten-year-old KWPN gelding by Havel x Contango, is a new horse for Page since mid-December. He showed in a couple of national grand prix classes in France and is now having success under his new rider.

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Sonia Zugel and Ungaro Triumphant Once More at Wellington Dressage CDI-W

Sonia Zugel and Ungaro. Photo © SusanJStickle.com

Wellington, FL – February 3, 2013 – The Wellington Dressage CDI-W presented by The Dutta Corp. at the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) drew to a close today. The featured class was the FEI Intermediaire Freestyle. First place in the $6,000 FEI Intermediaire Freestyle went to Sonia Zugel (IRL) riding her mount Ungaro (Weltmeyer II x Wendekreis). The pair was successful in yesterday’s $5,000 FEI Intermediaire I and Friday’s $3,000 FEI Prix St. George.

Today’s judges were Wojek Markowski (POL) at H, Jennie Loriston-Clarke (GBR) at C, and Anne Gribbons (USA) at B. Zugel received a score of 63.125% at H, a 68.750% at C, a 66.625% at B, for a total of 66.167% and her third victory of the week.

Zugel grew up in Ireland and moved with her family to California when she was 18. Based now in Holmdel, NJ, and Wellington, FL, she trains with Vera Barisone (wife of Michael Barisone). In talking about the 16-year-old bay BWP gelding, Zugel said, “We’ve been together for five years and he has brought me from the Third Level up to this so I’m real proud of him. His strengths are his changes and we are getting better at half passing. I’m learning to ride him better.”

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Lisa Wilcox & Pikko del Cerro HU Win FEI Grand Prix Special at Wellington Dressage CDI-W

Lisa Wilcox and Pikko del Cerro HU. Photos © SusanJStickle.com

Wellington, FL – February 2, 2013 – The 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) carried on today with the third day of competition of the Wellington Dressage CDI-W presented by The Dutta Corp. This morning’s classes featured the FEI Grand Prix Special and the FEI Intermediaire 1.

Judges for the FEI Grand Prix Special were Janet Foy (USA) at E, Lorraine MacDonald (CAN) at H, Sandy Phillips (GBR) at C, Wojek Markowski (POL) at M, and Jennie Loriston Clark (GBR) at B. Judges for the FEI Intermediaire 1 were Anne Gribbons (USA) at E, Wojek Markowski (POL) at H, Lorraine MacDonald (CAN) at C, Jennie Loriston Clark (GBR) at M, and Sandy Phillips (GBR) at B.

Winning the $10,000 FEI Grand Prix Special was Lisa Wilcox (USA) riding Horses Unlimited’s Pikko del Cerro HU (Pik L x Rohdiamant). The 10-year-old dark bay Hanoverian stallion and his rider received a score of 71.583%. Being the youngest amongst his competitors this morning, Wilcox was quite proud of Pikko. She conveyed, “He is a very fast learner. I’ve enjoyed developing him through the Prix St. Georges, then the Grand Prix and now the Internationals in what I like to call the ‘Adult Grand Prix’. He just amazes me, how quick he’s stepping up and catching on.”

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Piaffe-Performance Farms to Sponsor Adult Amateur Award at Global Dressage Festival

Dr. Cesar Parra and Katie Riley of Piaffe-Performance Farms. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Cesar Parra)

Wellington, FL (February 1, 2013) – Dr. Cesar Parra of Piaffe-Performance Farms is known for his dedication to the sport of dressage and the equine industry, and during the 2013 Global Dressage Festival he will continuing this tradition by sponsoring the Adult Amateur High Performance award.  Designed to recognize exceptional performances by adult amateurs during the circuit, he award will be given each week of the festival, which will have two shows each month in January and February and three each month in March and April.  Five of the shows will have international recognition by the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) and seven will also be U.S. national-level shows.

Parra was an international rider in Colombia before becoming a US citizen in 2008.  Since then he has represented the U.S. at the Pan American Games gold medal-winning dressage team in 2011.  Piaffe-Performance Farms is based in Jupiter, FL, from December to March and Whitehouse Station, NJ, from April through November.

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David Marcus Wins the FEI Grand Prix aboard Chrevi’s Capital at Wellington Dressage CDI-W

David Marcus and Chrevi's Capital. Photo © SusanJStickle.com

Wellington, FL – January 31, 2013 – The 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) kicked off international competition today at the beautiful Stadium with a win for Canada’s David Marcus. The first of two CDI-Ws in the AGDF circuit, the Wellington Dressage show continues through February 3, and is presented by The Dutta Corp.

Fourteen horse and rider combinations showed in today’s FEI Grand Prix. Judging today’s class was Anne Gribbons (USA) at E, Lorraine MacDonald (CAN) at H, Wojek Markowski (POL) at C, Janet Foy (USA) at M, and Jennie Loriston-Clarke (GBR) at B.

David Marcus’ mount, Chrevi’s Capital (Chrevi’s Lavallo x Weinberg), was steady in his performance this afternoon despite the cooler temperatures. Owner Deborah Miculinic was in attendance to see the win, which was quite exciting for both her and Marcus. With having competed at the AGDF last year, the 13-year-old dark bay Danish Warmblood gelding was very composed in today’s test.

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