The $50k Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W and National Show Gets Underway at 2012 GDF

Ashley Holzer and Breaking Dawn at the Veterinary Inspection. Photo: www.SusanJStickle.com

Wellington, FL – February 16, 2012 – The second event of the 2012 Global Dressage Festival (GDF), the $50,000 Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W, presented by the United States P.R.E. Association, and National Show took place on Thursday with six levels of competition at the Stadium of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).

Christopher Hickey had the high score of the day on Balissa HTF with a 77.500% in the USEF First Level Test II – Open class. Ilse Schwarz of Australia had the second highest score of the day and took home two blue ribbons winning the USEF First Level Test I – Open on Don Joseph with 73.793% and the FEI Intermediaire II – Open on Cadenza with a score of 67.500%. John Amber also won two classes taking the FEI Prix St. George – Open on Shakespeare RSF with a 63.882% and the USEF Training Level 3 – Open on World Games TFH scoring 64.800%. The third double winner went to Laurie Moore winning the USEF Second Level Test I – Open scoring 68.500% on Rolero. The pair improved on their win in the USEF Second Level Test II scoring 73.158%.

The jog for the $50,000 Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W also took place and was a complete success with 47 entries passing the veterinary inspection. The stately palms surrounded the area where the jog was held. President of the ground jury, Linda Zang (USA), commented, “The jog went very well and all the horses passed. I am very happy with the way it went.”

The Dressage Classic continues on Friday at 8:00 AM with the FEI Prix St. Georges. Ten riders will compete on their horses in front of the Patrons Club and two sets of stands that seat up to 1500 people.

For more information please visit the Global Dressage Festival website at: www.globaldressagefestival.com 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 www.globaldressagefestival.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

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