Category Archives: Adequan Global Dressage Festival

Lövsta Future Challenge Qualifying Series Kicks Off with High Scoring Win for Wandres at AGDF

Frederic Wandres (GER) on Harrods 3. ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – January 16, 2022 – The first week of the 2022 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, Florida wrapped up on Sunday, January 16, with the opening qualifiers of the Lövsta Future Challenge Young Horse Grand Prix Series and the Summit Farm Future Challenge Young Horse Prix St. Georges Series under brooding skies. Both classes aim to identify and nurture talented, up-and-coming young horses. Grand finals for both classes will be held during AGDF 11.

Germany’s Frederic Wandres capped a week already replete with winner’s sashes — both courtesy of his Grand Prix horse Bluetooth OLD — with victory in the Lövsta Future Challenge Young Horse Grand Prix Series competing in the FEI Intermediate II test. He rode the nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding Harrods 3 to 74.352%.

Wandres, who successfully competed Harrods at last year’s AGDF in Prix St. Georges, said: “I felt already last year that there is so much talent in him, and we just have to bring it into the arena now, which is sometimes not that easy. At home you feel what your horse can do, but to bring it inside is something else. But I’m super happy with him and he feels fantastic.

“For competing in the Intermediate II, you have to train all of the exercises step by step,” he continued. “Then you have to bring it all together, like a puzzle, and connect it. The piaffe-passage, the whole pirouettes, and the changes, that takes so much energy out of the horses — more than you expect sometimes. You have to do it step by step over the winter and then try to bring it together. The horse is getting more power by doing it.”

With threatening skies that would open up at the conclusion of competition, Wandres was confident that Harrods would be solid no matter what.

“He can handle nearly all kinds of weather. I thought the connection of the whole test was good. I had a small mistake in the two tempis, but that can happen to a young horse. I felt he was in front of me and willing to do everything,” added Wandres, who praised the Hochadel gelding’s good temperament. “I love him, and I think he’s exactly where he has to be.”

Kelly Layne (AUS) filled the runner-up spot with a 72.381% test on Ellen Trouillé’s 10-year-old Foundation gelding, Fernando. She went one better in the Summit Farm Future Challenge Young Horse Prix St. Georges class, winning it from last draw with 67.734% on the nine-year-old Safira 66. The mare is another owned by Trouillé, who bought her at the Hanoverian auction in Germany.

“She’s always been scared about things on the ground and nervous even of the rider, so you have to be really careful,” explained Layne, who competed Samhitas at the Tokyo Olympic Games. “Safira is super sensitive to ride, and you have to be gentle. I just coaxed her round out there today to give her a good experience, and I’m thrilled that we are the winners. It wasn’t really expected, but I think that’s the quality of horse I’m sitting on. I can’t believe in my life that I get to sit on a horse like that. She’s like flying a kite, and it feels like you’re going to lift off any second.”

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Vilhelmson-Silfvén and Devanto Top the Leaderboard with New Personal Best Score at AGDF

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén (SWE) on Devanto. ©SusanStickle.

Wellington, FL – January 15, 2022 – The seven-time Swedish Olympic rider Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén took home the winner’s blanket and sash in the Grand Prix Special CDI4*, presented by Palm Beach Equine Clinic. Riding Lövsta Stuteri’s 13-year-old Devanto, Vilhelmson-Silfvén logged a new record score for the Holsteiner gelding at the level – 73.425% – despite a blip in the first set of one-time changes. Overall, they were rewarded with a smattering of eights in the test and a nine for extended canter. Runner-up spot went to Susan Dutta (USA) on her own and her husband Tim’s 13-year-old gelding Figeac DC with 68.596%.

Devanto was formerly campaigned at Grand Prix by Germany’s Juliane Brunkhorst. Vilhelmson-Silfvén did her first CDI on him at AGDF exactly a year ago, and this was their eighth CDI test.

“It’s a gift to get a ready-made horse,” said the 54-year-old Vilhelmson-Silfvén. “But that’s not to say it’s easier, because you really have to make them your own. You have to learn how they work, and they have to learn how you work. You have to give them time to understand you. I get to understand how a horse like Devanto – with all this power – how he reacts, if he reacts, if he’s too tense, or if he’s over ambitious. He’s very sensitive, and I like that.”

Unanimous Victory for Britain’s Susan Pape at Small Tour

It was the final competitor in the Intermediate I CDI1*, Susan Pape, who swept the class with a unanimous first place from the five judges. The British rider, 58, rode Harmony Sporthorses’s 11-year-old Jazz x Flemmingh mare to 72.265% at only the pair’s second international show together. They had more than 2.6 percentage points in hand over second-placed Shannon Dueck (CAN) on As You Wish.

Christina Vinios rode Deauville in the pair’s first international show to a winning 66.265% in the FEI Intermediate A CDI2*. Five Rings Farm’s 18-year-old Oldenburg gelding is by the De Niro son Del Gado and out of a Gervantus I mare.

For more information and results, visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Frederic Wandres and Bluetooth OLD Transmit Winning Signal with Freestyle Personal Best at AGDF

Frederic Wandres (GER) and Bluetooth OLD. ©SusanStickle.

Wellington, FL – January 14, 2022 – The first “Friday Night Stars” evening freestyle of the 2022 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, Florida did not disappoint. The highlight class of week one, the FEI World Cup™ Grand Prix Freestyle, presented by Lövsta Stuteri, produced top-drawer dressage, personal bests galore, and a winning score of over 81%.

The 34-year-old German rider Frederic Wandres pulled off another powerful, supple, and enchanting performance for 81.065% aboard Elena Knyaginicheva and Sergey Knyaginichev’s 12-year-old Bordeaux gelding Bluetooth OLD, who only started international grand prix in the spring of 2021.

Anna Buffini (USA) rode her own FRH Davinia La Douce, by Don Frederico, into second place, and Ashley Holzer (USA) finished third on Dr. Diane Fellows’s Hochadel mare Havanna 145 (77.25%).

“I felt super tonight,” said Wandres, who also topped the Grand Prix and whose freestyle was made by Michael Erdmann. “My best score was 79% in Aachen in the four-star CDI, but today 81% is really something fantastic and incredible.”

Jennifer Williams’s Millione Records Second Win with Personal Best Freestyle Score

It was nip and tuck in a high-quality tussle for the top spot in the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI4*, presented by CabanaCoast. Both Jennifer Williams (USA) and Susan Pape (GBR) scored over 77%, but it was Williams who emerged triumphant, taking her prize-money earnings to $5,500 in 24 hours.

Riding the 19-year-old gelding Millione, who is six years older than any of his challengers, Williams pulled off a career-high score of 77.175% — with Pape trailing by just 0.17 percentage points aboard Harmony’s Eclectisch. This was the second career personal best set by the Millione Partners’ gelding Millione, by Milan, in two days.

For more information and results, visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Jorst Concludes AGDF 2021 with Victory in FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3*

Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo ©SusanStickle.

Wellington, FL – April 4, 2021 – The 2021 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) resumed its final day of competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL on Sunday, April 4. Victory and a personal best score went to Charlotte Jorst (USA) and Kastel’s Nintendo in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3*, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty.

Jorst and Kastel Denmark’s 2003 KWPN stallion by Negro rode to a “Pirates of the Caribbean”-themed freestyle, highlighting the horse’s big movement and showcasing his talent for the piaffe and passage. The test ultimately won them a 77.400%. “It feels great to hit a personal best,” began Jorst “but to be honest, now it has me wanting more!”

She continued, “I’ve had lessons with Debbie [McDonald] this week, and that has really seemed to help me finesse those little things that needed to be finessed. He was great in the Grand Prix, so yesterday I just walked him out. Today, I just warmed up a little beforehand to keep him fresh. He loves it, and he really loves his job.”

The pair, based on the West Coast for the remainder of the year, has enjoyed Florida this season and Jorst admitted that each season she likes it more and more. “This season I’ve been here longer than I ever have in the past,” she explained. “There’s just so much kindness here. I feel like in this community in Florida is one family. For me, this has been an incredible season full of personal growth and friendships. It’s really been an incredible season for me on all fronts, and it never ceases to amaze me how incredibly supportive this community is.”

The FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle CDI3* was topped by Dongseon Kim (KOR) and his own Lord Nunes, a 2012 Rheinlander stallion by Lord Loxley I, who earned a 72.850%. Second place went to Elaine Cordia Van Reesema (USA) on her own 2010 KWPN gelding, Fellow (Amazing Star), earning a score of 70.075%. Third was rounded out by Spain’s Paula Matute Guimon on Deborah Ann Berger’s 2005 Hanoverian gelding by White Star, Legacy’s Walentino, with 69.150%.

For more information and results, please visit www.GlobalDressageFestival.com.

Yvonne Losos De Muñiz Rides to Second Personal Best Score of Week at AGDF

Yvonne Losos De Muñiz and Aquamarijn ©SusanStickle.

Wellington, FL – April 3, 2021 – It was Yvonne Losos De Muñiz (DOM) and Aquamarijn who notched another victory on Saturday, April 3, at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), this time in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 4*, presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, after riding to yet another personal best score of 80.745%.

“Right now I think I’m still on cloud nine,” said Losos De Muñiz after her performance with the 2005 KWPN mare by United. “The whole week has been incredible. As I mentioned yesterday, I am incredibly satisfied in knowing that the training is working, that I’m on and she’s on.”

She continued, “I’m thrilled where I ended up. I’ve reached all of my personal goals, and right now I’m exactly where I wanted to be going into this next part of training while setting up for the Olympics, so I’m going to go on vacation now! This season I made my freestyle more difficult, and there was a period of time once or twice after riding it that I have been tempted to back off and tone it down, but I knew that if I could ride it at home then I could ride it here. I just needed to figure out the amount of pressure where, when, and how, and today I figured it out. We nailed it, and it was such a cool feeling going down that center line, and I just wanted to cheer the whole way. It’s really an amazing feeling when you’re at that point with your equine partner; there is no other feeling in the world. It’s pretty amazing.”

Losos De Muñiz also credited the quality and atmosphere of the AGDF venue, saying, “The atmosphere here [at AGDF] is amazing, and while I know that there are other incredible venues out there, I think that this venue here offers us so much in every aspect. I couldn’t ask for a better place to compete throughout the winter.”

For more information and results, please visit www.GlobalDressageFestival.com.

Losos de Muñiz and Aquamarijn Earn Victory in FEI Grand Prix CDI4* for Freestyle

Yvonne Losos De Muñiz and Aquamarijn ©SusanStickle.

Wellington, FL – April 2, 2021 – Week 12 of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) continued on Friday, April 2, with a win for Yvonne Losos De Muñiz (DOM) and Aquamarijn in the FEI Grand Prix CDI4* for Freestyle, presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

Losos De Muñiz and the 2005 KWPN mare by United rode to a personal best score of 74.196%. “I’m through the roof,” she began. “I think it’s one of the first times in my riding career with her that I’ve actually gone in and have had the control, the relaxation, the activity, all of those words that we use and search for in dressage, I actually went in there and went ‘WOW, I’ve got it. Now what do I do with it?’”

The pair was originally supposed to be competing at the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final in Sweden this week, but after it was cancelled, Losos De Muñiz and the mare regrouped. “Because we had all of that time off last year due to COVID,” she explained, “our buildup was for the World Cup Final. It’s such a satisfaction for me to see that my training, my planning, is peaking now when the Final would be taking place. I never thought I’d get a 74% with her; she’s a bit of a difficult character, but it all fell into place today. It’s just years and years of practice and trial and error. It all just lined up for us. She was in there saying, ‘Yes ma’am, how much do you want from me?’ and that was an amazing feeling.”

Though Losos De Muñiz originally tried the mare while searching for a horse for a client, she quickly decided to make the purchase with her husband. “In the beginning,” she remarked, “she gave me a lot of power, and I knew that if I could get that on my side it would be amazing. We decided to try, but I never saw her as my top horse. I always saw her as my backup, because we always need that, but I thought she’d be a cool one to bring up the levels. She’s gone from my backup [horse] to my number one. She’s very opinionated, but I am too. In the beginning we did clash, but I got over that quickly. It’s the coolest thing when you’ve got such a powerhouse with such an opinion, who is on your side going, ‘Let’s do more!’ She’s there knowing her job and wants to do it right, and that’s a great feeling.”

For more information and results, please visit www.GlobalDressageFestival.com.

Adrienne Lyle and Salvino Return to Competition with Winning Ways at AGDF 12

Adrienne Lyle and Salvino ©SusanStickle.

Wellington, FL – April 1, 2021 – The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival continued on Thursday, April 1, marking a top placing for the USA’s Adrienne Lyle and Salvino in the FEI Grand Prix for Special CDI4*, presented by Adequan®.

It was Betsy Juliano LLC’s 2007 Hanoverian stallion by Sandro Hit that concluded the day with the highest honors in the International Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s (PBIEC) Equestrian Village, highlighting the stallion’s return to competition for the first time in over a year.

“It felt amazing,” began Lyle. “He just never ceases to amaze me with his heart; that horse has a bigger heart than any animal on this planet, I think. He’s just proven time and time again that he’ll be there when I need him to be there if we listen to him and don’t overdo it. We waited to come out last year until later in the season and it worked, so we decided to wait again this year, and so far, it’s off to a good start. Hopefully, we can put in a few more performances like that leading up to the summer.”

The pair put in an outstanding performance, ending the ride with a personal best score of 80.065%. “He felt really fit and fresh,” explained Lyle, “and was even squealing a little going around the outside of the ring like he was really fired up. I like him to be in that spot where he’s really excited to go in there.”

She continued, “I actually started crying after the ride, which I hardly ever do. He didn’t put a foot out of place, and he’s so amazing. I could tell he was excited and fresh. We haven’t been in there in over a year, and when he went down centerline, he focused and knew it was time to put everything aside. He really knows how to be there for you, and not many horses are like that. You don’t get to sit on many of those in a lifetime.”

The FEI Grand Prix for Special CDI3*, presented by Ashley Holzer of Southgate Farm with longtime friends and co-sponsors P. J. Rizvi and Dr. Diane Fellows, was topped by Susan Dutta (USA) on Figeac DC, Tim and Susan Dutta’s 2009 Oldenburg gelding by Fackeltanz, with a 70.630%. Second place was awarded to Jessica Howington (USA) on her own 2007 KWPN mare, Cavalia, by Sir Donnerhall I, riding to a score of 68.522%. Third place was captured by another USA rider, Alice Tarjan, aboard her own 2010 Hanoverian mare by Christ, receiving a 67.457%.

For more information and results, please visit www.GlobalDressageFestival.com.

Final Week of AGDF 2021 Commences with Win for Dongseon Kim and Lord Nunes

Dongseon Kim and Lord Nunes ©SusanStickle.

Wellington, FL – March 31, 2021 – The 2021 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) resumed competition with AGDF 12 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL on Wednesday, March 31. Victory in the FEI Prix St. Georges CDI3* went to Dongseon Kim (KOR) and his own Lord Nunes.

Kim and the 2012 Rheinlander stallion by Lord Loxley I rode to a score of 67.441% to clinch the blue ribbon in the first class of the final week. “Today I really focused on preparing all of my corners,” explained Kim, “and riding a slower tempo because it’s been a little quick, so I wanted to develop more cadence. All of those things went very well, but I also made some silly mistakes on my part. When those small details come together, I think it will be a really solid test.”

Kim has been very successful at the Small Tour levels with the stallion, which he has brought up the levels after partnering with it as a five-year-old. He said, “I brought four horses here, two from Korea and two from Europe, and I was especially happy because I’ve had Lord Nunes since he was five and I developed him a lot by myself. It’s really meaningful that a horse can come from Korea all the way here to the USA and still perform well and be as successful as he’s been.”

In the FEI Prix St. Georges CDI1*, Pablo Gomez Molina (ESP) rode Servus Ymas, Cristina Danguillecourt and Yeguada De Ymas S.L.’s 2013 Hanoverian gelding by San Amour, to a 71.529% to capture the victory. Second place went to Bianca Tota (USA) on Imperial, her own 2013 KWPN mare by Charmeur, with 71.030%. Third was rounded out by Sarah Lockman (USA) on Balia, Summit Farm’s 2012 Westphalian mare by Belissimo, riding to an overall score of 70.765%.

For more information and results, please visit www.GlobalDressageFestival.com.

Moreira Laliberté and I Do Kiss Earn FEI Grand Prix Victory at AGDF 11

Naima Moreira Laliberté and I Do Kiss ©SusanStickle.

Wellington, FL – March 29, 2021 – Competition continued at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) last week, welcoming horses and riders to Equestrian Village at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center from Friday, March 26, through Sunday, March 28, for national-level competition. On Saturday, Canada’s Naima Moreira Laliberté topped the FEI Grand Prix with KML Inc’s I Do Kiss.

Moreira Laliberté and the 2006 Swedish Warmblood stallion by French Kiss rose to the occasion after producing a score of 68.260%. “For me,” she explained, “it was a good practice run to get in there and perfect a few things that I wanted to work on, such as putting the piaffes on the spot while staying active. I was aiming for a clean test which didn’t happen, but I do feel like sometimes the mistakes are necessary to improve and show me where I need to fine tune. I was happy that what we’ve been working on at home in the last week or two showed up in the competition arena this weekend, and that’s what makes me happy at the end of the day – having a plan and having it work out.”

The 24-year-old will now compete one last time at AGDF 12 before she moves on to planning for the remainder of the 2021 competition year, with sights set on the Tokyo Olympics. “The season has passed so fast,” she noted. “I showed almost every week, with different horses at different levels. I have some up-and-coming young ones as well. It was a good, productive season that helped me train some specific things and improve the overall performances in the ring.”

On Sunday, the Lövsta Future Challenge/Young Horse Grand Prix Series sported a win for Karen Pavicic (CRO) and Totem, a 2012 Hanoverian gelding by Totilas she owns with Thomas Baur. They scored 71.911%. Second place went to Charlotte Jorst (USA) and her 2011 KWPN stallion by Apache, Kastel’s Grand Galaxy Win, with a 70.661%.

For more information and results, please visit www.GlobalDressageFestival.com.

Equine Herpesvirus Restrictions Soon to Be Modified at ESP Events

Wellington, FL – March 26, 2021 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) management is pleased to announce that the protocols currently in place regarding Equine Herpesvirus (EHV) will be modified as of Monday, March 29, 2021. This measure will include activities at both the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) and Equestrian Village, the homes of the Winter Equestrian Festival and Adequan® Global Dressage Festival, respectively.

This decision was made after conferring with state and local veterinarians, as well as the US Equestrian Veterinary Department, who all agreed that the restrictions were no longer needed due to the containment of the recent outbreak in Ocala. As of this upcoming Monday, horses that are located outside of Wellington, FL or any that have traveled recently will be allowed on-site for competition.

ESP urges all horse owners to continue biosecurity protocols and note that modified restrictions are still in place at PBIEC in order to maintain the health of all of the horses on the property. They are as follows:

  1. Anyone shipping horses into the PBIEC and Equestrian Village facilities will be required to sign a declaration stating that the horses entering the facility have not competed at other Florida venues outside of Wellington or been in close contact with horses that competed in other Florida venues outside of Wellington within ten (10) days prior to their arrival.
  2. Starting Monday, March 8, any horses shipping onto the property (both WEF and AGDF grounds) will require a health certificate or statement on official licensed veterinarian letterhead and must be dated by Veterinarian within seven (7) days of arriving.
  3. ESP will require all barns on PBIEC and Equestrian Village show grounds to maintain a temperature log with twice-daily temperatures recorded and recommend posting on each horse’s stall door. Random checks by approved veterinary staff may be implemented.
  4. ESP and USEF strongly recommend that equestrians do not ship horses throughout the state for the foreseeable future. In addition, we encourage you to cease any European imports you may have scheduled to Florida. We urge those with recently imported horses to isolate and monitor them for 10 days. Horses imported from Europe in the last 14 days and going forward will not be allowed into PBIEC or Equestrian Village show grounds.
  5. Any horse on the show grounds with a fever of unknown origin or of suspicious origin must be reported to ESP Management. It is always better to err on the side of safety. Isolation stalls will either be available on the grounds or at a local veterinary practice if the need arises.

It is our shared responsibility to keep our horses safe. Similar to the suggested protocols in place for humans due to COVID-19, we urge all equestrians to please remember and abide by the following biosecurity measures:

  • Take all horses’ temperatures daily and report any horse with a temperature above 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit or any signs of respiratory or neurological disease to your veterinarian and/or show management.
  • Take the temperature of all horses prior to shipping to WEF or AGDF, and do not bring any febrile horses to the show.
  • Avoid mixing of horses where possible; practice equine ‘social distancing’.
  • Ensure good hygiene and biosecurity at the show and your home farms.
  • Make sure your horses are currently vaccinated for influenza and EHV. Under no circumstances should a horse that has been vaccinated compete within 7 days.
  • You should be able to document your horse’s normal temperature before arrival. Please do not ship horses with elevated temperatures. It is recommended that you establish a log of temperatures taken at least twice daily. If there is an elevated temperature for more than a 24-hour period, please consult your local Veterinarian immediately.
  • Every effort should be made to minimize stress and commingling of horses shipped long distances. Extra hours on a horse van or moving from stable to stable is the fastest way to compromise your horses’ and your neighbor’s horses’ health.
  • Please take the time to review equine good hygiene practices and impress its importance to your grooms and barn managers in everyday care.

Further biosecurity protocols and additional resources can be found here:

United States Department of Agriculture Information on Equine Herpesvirus

American Association of Equine Practitioners FAQ on Equine Herpesvirus

United States Equestrian Federation Biosecurity Measures for Horses at Home and at Competitions

ESP has longstanding protocols to manage such events and will provide isolation facilities if and as required. Experience has taught us that early identification is key when dealing with disease outbreaks, and this requires cooperation from everyone within the community.

If you have any questions or concerns about your horse’s health, please contact our veterinary partners: Palm Beach Equine Clinic at 561-793-1599.

For more information, please visit www.PBIEC.com.