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David Marcus Wraps-Up Successful Winter Season

April 19, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, Florida – Canadian Olympian David Marcus of Campbellville, ON, wrapped up a highly successful winter season with a bronze medal performance as part of Team Canada 1 in the CDIO3* Wellington Nations’ Cup held April 11 to 14 as part of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL.

 

Riding Don Kontes, a 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Deborah Kinzinger Miculinic, Marcus put in an exciting performance in the Grand Prix on Friday, April 12 to help lead Canada to the podium. His teammates included Christilot Boylen riding Dio Mio, Brittany Fraser aboard All In and Evi Strasser with Action Tyme. Team USA 1 claimed the gold while Team USA 2 took home silver in the only Nations’ Cup competition held outside of Europe.

 

“It has been a tremendous season for both me and my students,” said Marcus. “The five months we’ve spent in Florida have gone by so quickly. I couldn’t be more pleased with how successful all of the horses were this winter.”

 

Marcus’s bronze medal performance was the latest in the long string of successes he has enjoyed over the winter competition season. Riding Chrevi’s Capital, a 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding also owned by Kinzinger Miculinic, Marcus topped the North American World Cup League after dominating the CDI-W Wellington Dressage in February. In the Grand Prix, he topped a starting field of 13 horses with a score of 70.34%, edging out Swedish Olympian Tinne Vilhelmson for the win. In the Grand Prix Freestyle, he performed his new musical program for just the second time in competition, earning an impressive score of 74.45% from the five-member panel of international judges to claim the top spot once again during the World Cup qualifying event.

 

Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital also received an invitation to the prestigious CDI5* World Dressage Masters Palm Beach in January where they were the sole Canadian representatives to advance to the Grand Prix Freestyle, placing sixth overall.

 

Don Kontes also proved to be a reliable partner for Marcus, with the pair winning the Grand Prix Freestyle during the CDI3* Sunshine Challenge in January on their score of 70.825% and finishing second in the Grand Prix.

David Marcus and Don Kontes led Team Canada 1 to a bronze medal at the CDIO3* Wellington Nations’ Cup in Wellington, FL. Photo by Sue Stickle, www.susanjstickle.com

David Marcus and Don Kontes led Team Canada 1 to a bronze medal at the CDIO3* Wellington Nations’ Cup in Wellington, FL.
Photo by Sue Stickle, www.susanjstickle.com

 

“Winning the World Cup qualifier with Capital was definitely one of the high points of the winter season for me, as was competing in the World Dressage Masters for the first time,” explained Marcus. “I was also really excited about representing Canada with Don Kontes. I gave both horses their time to shine and I think it worked out really well for us.”

 

Marcus’s students also proved successful during the winter season, earning tremendous results of their own.

“All of my students did very well during the winter circuit,” said Marcus. “Ally Dunlop made her debut at the Young Riders level and finished her season with a win at the International Horse Sports Champion Cup in March.

 

Maya Markowsk represented Canada for the first time as part of Team Canada 2 at the Wellington Nations’ Cup with Lumiere, finishing sixth. Lumiere is a great horse for Canada and I am really excited for their future together.”

Marcus credits his success in part to the amazing support he receives.

 

“Deborah Kinzinger Miculinic, who owns my horses, Robert Dover, who has been training me all winter, and Nicholas Fyffe, who is always a big help to me, helped make all of my success so far this season possible,” said Marcus. “I want to give them all a huge ‘thank you’ for supporting me this winter.”

 

With the winter competition circuit now over, Marcus will head home to Canada to give the horses a bit of a break before focusing on preparing for the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

 

Marcus operates David Marcus Dressage in Campbellville, ON, just west of Toronto. For more information, please visit www.davidmarcusdressage.com.

 

Lars Petersen and Mariett Amaze in FEI Grand Prix Freestyle at Wellington CDI 5* Presented by Diamante Farms

April 08, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – April 6, 2013 – Lars Petersen (DEN) and Mariett emerged victorious from Saturday night’s FEI Grand Prix Freestyle 5*. The class was showcased under the lights of The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) during the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) Wellington 5*, presented by Diamante Farms. Second place went to Steffen Peters and Legolas 92, and Tina Konyot rode Calecto V to third place.

 

Judges for the class were: Lilo Fore at E, Axel Steiner at H, Stephen Clarke at C, Raphael Saleh at M, and Peter Holler at B.

 

A whopping $84,000 in prize money was awarded for the evening’s class. The high-stakes competition attracted a substantial amount of very enthusiastic spectators.

 

Watch an interview with Lars Petersen! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-ie2W7d8YA&feature=youtu.be

 

Devon Kane, of Diamante Farms, was on hand to express her gratitude to the evening’s exhibitors and their supporters. “You put on a fantastic show and the spectators and turnout for tonight really spoke for the quality of the competition. Thank you all very much, to your sponsors and your owners and to the horses. We all know that this facility is going to flourish and get better and better, and you all coming and supporting it means everything to us,” Kane expressed.

 

Allyn Mann, representing GDF title sponsor Adequan, described the spectacular evening as everything he could have envisioned. “I think [tonight] lived up to everything we hoped it would be and I really want to thank each of the riders for making the effort to be here and for putting on a world-class event tonight,” Mann remarked.

 

CEO of Equestrian Sport Productions Mark Bellissimo thanked Adequan for their phenomenal support for the AGDF and was thrilled to be able to offer top competition and prize money to competitors. “We’re proud to have Adequan here and they deserve a lot of the credit for stepping up and supporting the sport,” Bellissomo stated.

 

As final scores were verified for the night, a thrilling reining versus dressage exhibition was performed by Rick Steed and Susan Dutta. Steed and his Quarter Horse gelding High Dollar put on a high-speed demonstration of their best reining slides and spins, followed by Dutta and her Oldenburg gelding Currency DC performing high-level dressage movements.

 

Lars Petersen and Marietta. Photo © SusanJStickle.com.

Lars Petersen and Marietta. Photo © SusanJStickle.com.

 

Petersen and Mariett topped the class with an astounding score of 78.450%, a personal best for the pair. Steffen Peters (USA) and Legolas weren’t far behind with a 78.100% that put them in second place. The top three was rounded out by Tina Konyot and Calecto V with a score of 77.050%.

 

Petersen was elated with Mariett’s continued progress as she wrapped up a winning weekend at the AGDF. “I was very happy with Mariett tonight. The overall rideability of the mare is just getting better and better and that’s why I’m getting all the difficult movements, so I’m very happy about all of that,” Petersen described.

 

“What I’m actually most happy about is through my tests there are a lot of transitions,” Petersen continued. “We go half pass-passage-piaffe-extensions-half pass and for a trainer, you like when all those transitions are smooth. This is one of the best tests I’ve had on her.”

 

Lars Petersen and Marietta with Michael Stone of ESP, Terri and Devon Kane of Diamante Farms, Mark and Katherine Bellissimo of ESP, and judge Stephen Clarke. Photo © SusanJStickle.com.

Lars Petersen and Marietta with Michael Stone of ESP, Terri and Devon Kane of Diamante Farms, Mark and Katherine Bellissimo of ESP, and judge Stephen Clarke. Photo © SusanJStickle.com.

 

Petersen was especially happy to have a 5* victory under his belt with the fifteen-year-old Danish Warmblood mare, who is owned by Marcia Pepper. “It means a lot because this is her first year in the Grand Prix. She has been getting better and better every show,” he said.

 

Peters described his second place finish with Legolas as their best freestyle yet despite some early missteps. “It took him just ten seconds to sink in. The first five seconds were a bit tricky and then he really settled down smoothly,” Peters described.

 

“The connection has never been better in a freestyle and that really tells me everything about him. When he’s soft and loose, then I can ride him a bit more and this is exactly the feeling I wanted to take to Europe. Tehnically, it wasn’t our best freestyle, but for suppleness and relaxation it certainly was our best freestyle,” Peters continued.

 

Lars Petersen and Marietta with Michael Stone of ESP, Terri and Devon Kane of Diamante Farms, Mark and Katherine Bellissimo of ESP, and judge Stephen Clarke. Photo © SusanJStickle.com.

Steffen Peters and Legolas. Photo © SusanJStickle.com.

 

While the atmosphere of The Stadium at night had Legolas a little on edge, Peters had nothing but praise for the venue. “It’s not just the arena, it’s everything. The warm-up is great. The horses get used to the atmosphere that’s actually in the ring. The footing is phenomenal, the stalls are great. This is one of my favorite places in the world to show, there’s no doubt. This is my first time here and you can count on me coming back,” Peters remarked.

 

Third place finisher Konyot echoed Peters’ sentiments. “The atmosphere is spectacular here. It’s something we’ve all hoped for and wished for – to have an actual show facility that’s like an international venue. It is a spectacular place for the spectators, for the riders, for the horses. The people that organize it, the people that support us and are behind it, give it a positive, wonderful feeling,” Konyot commented.

 

Konyot acknowledged Calecto V started to tire towards the end of their performance, but was overall very pleased with how he did. “I was very happy with my horse. He had very good feeling and very good power. At the beginning of my test, I felt very, very solid. At the ending, he was a little bit tired, but overall I had a very good feeling about my ride and my horse is always there for me,” Konyot explained.

 

Tina Konyot and Calecto V. Photo © SusanJStickle.com.

Tina Konyot and Calecto V. Photo © SusanJStickle.com.

 

The evening’s competition concluded with Heather Blitz (USA) and Paragon, the last pair to perform. Blitz and Paragon rode out technical difficulties with their music, which Blitz good-naturedly acknowledged did not make a difference in their ride. Blitz and Paragon went on to finish in fourth place with a score 75.100%.

 

Final Results: FEI Grand Prix Freestyle 5* presented by Diamante Farms

Rider, Country, Horse: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total%

1 Lars Petersen, DEN, Mariett: 81.125%, 79.000%, 78.000%, 75.000%, 79.125%, 78.450%

2 Steffen Peters, USA, Legolas 92: 80.375%, 76.750%, 77.125%, 77.500%, 78.750%, 78.100%

3 Tina Konyot, USA, Calecto V: 78.125%, 75.625%, 79.125%, 76.000%, 76.375%, 77.050%,

4 Heather Blitz, USA, Paragon: 75.500%, 74.625%, 77.125%, 72.250%, 76.000%, 75.100%

5 Shelly Francis, USA, Doktor: 73.500%, 73.625%, 74.375%, 73.250%, 73.00%, 73.550%

6 Ashley Holzer, CAN, Breaking Dawn: 71.250%, 70.125%, 75.500%, 73.625%, 72.265%, 72.265%

7 Jacqueline M. Brooks, CAN, D Niro: 72.375%, 69.250%, 71.750%, 69.625%, 71.125%, 70.825%

8 David Marcus, CAN, Don Kontes: 71.875%, 68.750%, 72.250%, 70.625%, 69.375%, 70.575%

 

Shelly Francis and Danilo Continue Win Streak in FEI Intermediare-I Presented by Peacock Ridge

 

Shelly Francis (USA) and Danilo had another successful day at the Wellington CDI 5* presented by Diamante Farm. The pair finished in first place in the FEI Intermediare-I, presented by Peacock Ridge, with a score of 71.368%. Francis and Danilo were the only pair to break 70% in another highly competitive class. Brittany Fraser (CAN) and All In had another second place finish with an overall score of 68.816%. Spain’s Carlos Munoz and Klouseau finished just behind Fraser with a 68.316%.

 

Judges for the class were: Cesar Torrente at E, Raphael Saleh at H, Peter Holler at C, Bo Ahman at M, and Axel Steiner at B.

 

Francis, of Loxahatchee, FL, was thrilled to have another winning round with Danilo, a nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Patricia Stempel. “I was overall really happy with him. I felt like I had him a little bit steadier than yesterday, but I didn’t have as much expression as I did yesterday. But it’s better to have it a little more fluid, I think. Sometimes if they have so much expression and they lose the rhythm somewhere, it shows up more. He was really good. He’s a sweet horse,” Francis commented.

 

Shelly Francis and Danilo. Photo © SusanJStickle.com.

Shelly Francis and Danilo. Photo © SusanJStickle.com.

 

Although Danilo’s show career only began in earnest in March, he’s shown remarkable talent that Francis is eager to harness. Owner Stempel originally picked him out for her to show, but as Francis rode him more, his potential for greatness revealed itself.

 

“She’s enjoying watching him compete very much. She likes watching him show and wants him to go to his full potential. She’s a really good owner that way,” Francis acknowledged.

 

“It was a little unexpected for me that he turned out to be such a nice horse to show. I guess there would really be no reason why not. I just didn’t know he had that little extra spark in there,” Francis continued.

 

Danilo’s ability to adapt to the showing environment is yet another of the gelding’s winning qualities. “When he went in for the Prix St. Georges [on Friday], he had not been in the [International Arena] at all and he handled it beautifully. There are lots of things to look at and he’d look a little bit, but he didn’t do anything crazy. He would wait for me to tell him where to go, which is a very good quality,” Francis described.

 

“He’s got really good potential for the Grand Prix and I’ll believe he’ll move up next year. If he’s anything like he is now, which I’m sure he will, he’ll be just as solid with it. Right away, he gives you that feeling,” Francis continued. “He’ll do really well. He does his ones, his piaffe, passage. He’s nine years old, so next year when he’ll be turning ten, he’ll be ready. It’s very exciting to have two Grand Prix horses.”

 

The other Grand Prix mount Francis was referring to was Doktor, who made his Grand Prix debut this winter to much success. “It wasn’t done deliberately to have this string, but it just stepped into place with these horses. All of a sudden they’re so good to show and they’re good international prospects, so I feel very lucky,” Francis remarked.

 

Francis reveled in having such excellent horses at this point in her career. “I’ll just go out gangbusters!” Francis laughed. “I’m not getting any younger so I’m going to keep going until I can’t do it anymore!”

 

Shelly Francis and Danilo with owner Patricia Stempel, PJ and Yasmin Rizvi of Peacock Ridge, and judge Peter Holler. Photo © SusanJStickle.com.

Shelly Francis and Danilo with owner Patricia Stempel, PJ and Yasmin Rizvi of Peacock Ridge, and judge Peter Holler. Photo © SusanJStickle.com.

 

Competition for the Wellington CDI 5* of the AGDF concludes Sunday at The Stadium with the FEI Grand Prix Special 5* at 9:00 am. The FEI Intermediare-I Freestyle will follow at 11:15 am.

 

Final Results: FEI Intermediare-I presented by Peacock Ridge

Rider, Country, Horse: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total%

1 Shelly Francis, USA, Danilo: 71.184%, 69.737%, 74.342%, 68.026%, 73.553%, 71.368%

2 Brittany Fraser, CAN, All In: 70.132%, 68.158%, 67.368%, 70.921%, 67.500%, 68.816%

3 Carlos Munoz, ESP, Klouseau: 68.553%, 68.864%, 69.342%, 67.500%, 67.500%, 68.316%

4 Kevin Kohmann, GER, Zephyr: 66.842%, 67.368%, 69.737%, 67.237%, 67.105%, 67.658%

5 George Williams, USA, Cleopatra: 67.105%, 67.105%, 68.816%, 65.921%, 68.289%, 67.447%

6 Marco Bernal, COL, Farewell IV: 66.447%, 66.579%, 66.368%, 65.263%, 65.658%, 66.063%

 

Small Tour Competitors Showcased in a Big Way on Saturday

 

Canadian and American riders dominated the rest of the classes hosted at The Stadium at PBIEC on Saturday afternoon. Canada’s Evi Strasser collected the first place prize aboard Renaissance Tyme with a score of 65.521% in the FEI Grand Prix Special first thing Friday morning.

Junior and Young Rider classes were also well contested, with the FEI Junior Individual class seeing six entries. Lindsay Holleger (USA) and Friedensfurst earned a score of 66.579% to propel them into first place.

 

The top prize for the FEI Young Rider Individual was awarded to Madison Lawson (CAN) and McGuire with a score of 63.184%.

 

Melanie Doughty (USA) and Command Performance took home the blue ribbon in the FEI Pony Individual class. The pair scored a 55.634%.

 

Katharina Stumpf was victorious in Friday’s Grand Prix Freestyle on Friday afternoon. She scored a 61.875% aboard For My Love.

 

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

 

Photo Credit: Photos © SusanJStickle.com. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.

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About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:

The Adequan 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 Adequan 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 Adequan GDF will feature six separate national shows to be held at the Stadium section of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) show grounds. The Adequan GDF encompasses almost 60 acres of the former Palm Beach Polo Grounds. The 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 the International Arena fully catered for relaxing and having an enjoyable experience.

 

First Founding Sponsors: Matt Varney, Chris and Rob Desino, Wellington Equestrian Realty; William Pearson and Janet Richardson-Pearson, Chesapeake Dressage Institute of Annapolis, MD; Devon and Terri Kane, Diamante Farm; Joe and Gaye Scarpa, Magnolia Farm; Tuny Page and Family, Stillpoint Farm; and Kimberly and Frederic Boyer, United States P.R.E. Association

 

Founding Sponsors: Ashley Holzer and Diane Fellows, Today’s Equestrian; Bethany Peslar, Everglades Dressage; Betsy Juliano, Havensafe Farm; Carol and Rebecca Cohen, Two Swans Farm LLC; Janne Rumbough, MTICA Farm; Mike & Roz Collins; Suhail and PJ Rizvi, Peacock Ridge; and Tim and Susie Dutta, The Dutta Corp.

 

Corporate Sponsors

Brown Distributing, Champion Equine Insurance, Charles Owen, Chronicle of the Horse, Custom Saddlery, Der Dau, Dever Golf Carts, Equestrian Services International (ESI), Elite Equestrian Magazine, European Dressage Connection, Everglades Farm Equipment, Gold Coast Feed & Supply, Horse Of Course, Horseware Ireland, Interagro Lusitanos, Moet Hennessy USA, Nespresso USA, Paddock Cakes, Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Pennfield, Piaffe Performance, Premier Equestrian, Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, Rolex, Sanctuary at PBIEC, Show Chic, Sidelines Magazine, World Equestrian Brands

 

Please visit

www.globaldressagefestival.com

www.equestriansport.com

or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

 

 

Adequan Global Dressage Festival is located at

13500 South Shore Blvd, Wellington, Florida 33414

2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* March 14-17

March 14, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL -March 13, 2013- Thursday morning March 14th begins the Adequan Global Dressage Festival WEF Dressage Classic CPEDI3* presented by Today’s Equestrian and Fellows. Scheduled March 14-17, this will be the first opportunity of the 2013 season for Para-Equestrian Dressage riders to begin the qualifying process for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. The Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* will take place in Wellington, Florida at the beautifully designed Adequan Global Dressage Festival Show Grounds. The weekend’s CPEDI3* will include equestrians from the United States and Canada including multiple 2012 London Paralympic riders.

 

 

 

Schedule:

 

March 14, 2013- FEI Horse Inspection

 

March 15, 2013-Team Test Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, IV

 

March 16, 2013-Individual Test Ia, Ib, II, III, IV

 

March 17, 2013-Freestyle Championship Tests Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, IV

 

 

Untied States Para-Equestrian Dressage riders include:

 

Frederick Win-Grade IV

 

Mary Jordan-Grade IV

 

Laurietta Oakleaf-Grade Ib

 

Sydney Collier -Grade II

 

Eleanor Brimmer-Grade III

 

 

 

 

Equine Canada Para-Equestrian Dressage riders include:

 

Robyn Andrews-Grade Ia

Lynne Pool- Grade IV

Jody Schloss-Grade Ia

Madison Lawson-Grade IV

Lauren Barwick-Grade II

Ashley Gowanlock- Grade Ib

 

 

 

For questions about the 2013-2014 Para-Equestrian Dressage season please contact the USEF High Performance Director of the Para-Equestrian Discipline Laureen K. Johnson at (908) 326 – 1155 or e-mail lkjohnson@usef.org

 

 

 

For more questions about Para-Equestrian Dressage please contact Hope Hand at Hope@uspea.org or (610) 356-6481.

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2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival Show Managers:

 

 

 

Manager/Entry Secretary: Lloyd Landkamer phone: 612-290-8523 Fax: 866-832-8610 Secretary: Angela Goodwin-Volpert / Peggy Warren

 

Co-Secretary: Becky Johnston

 

Co- Manager/Secretary: John Hoppman 612-799-6381

 

 

 

E-mail: DressageFestival@aol.com

 

Website: GlobalDressageFestival.com

 

 

 

Ground Jury:

 

Carlos Lopes (POR/4*), Bo Ahman (SWE/4*), and Hanneke Gerritsen(NED)

 

 

Please check out the new FEI Tests Here (LINK)

 

http://www.fei.org/disciplines/officials-organisers/organisers/para-equestrian-dressage/dressage-tests

 

 

 

ALLTECH FEI WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES 2014 Qualification Criteria

 

 

 

Qualification Period:

 

Start: January 1, 2013

 

End: XXXX 2014 (TBD)

 

 

 

Qualifying Events:

 

Any CPEDI3* or CPEDI4* event during the qualification period in addition to the Paralympics Games 2012 London

 

 

 

Qualification Score:

 

All athlete/horse combinations must have attained (as a combination) a minimum 60% score attributed by the Ground Jury in a Team test or Individual Championship test one time.

 

 

 

Judges:

 

Minimum of 3 FEI PE5* or 4* judges of different nationalities

 

 

 

 

 

About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Excerpt From http://www.globaldressagefestival.com)

 

 

 

The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Adequan GDF) was created as one of the finest show grounds in the world with a calendar of events and prize money in its first year that places it in the top tier of competitions.

 

 

 

Five CDIs staged by a single organization are more than at any other show grounds in the world. Prize money of more than $275,000 that is the richest single circuit except for the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany, what is to horse sports what Wimbledon is to tennis.

 

 

 

The show grounds consists of four arenas that are equal in quality to those at the 2012 and 2008 Olympic Games, several hundred stadium seats around the main ring and the first 200 of what will be 300 permanent horse stalls and a raised courtyard at the center of the show grounds providing a panoramic view of the entire facility. One of the world’s largest covered arenas at 360 by 210 feet (110 x 64 meters), and a VIP club overlooking the main competition arena.

 

 

 

Dressage has replaced the billiard-table smooth grass polo fields that were the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club stadium where Prince Charles played to kick start Wellington as THE winter lifestyle destination for the world.

 

 

 

The dressage grounds adjoin a beautiful grass jumping derby field all part of the sprawling Palm Beach International Equestrian Center that attracts thousands of horses from about three dozen countries for jumper and hunter competitions in an calendar that has expanded from a few weeks in winter to shows from Fall through Spring, centered around the Winter Equestrian Festival and its $6 million in prize money.

 

 

 

To learn more about the Global Dressage Festival please visit: http://www.globaldressagefestival.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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: Wheeler966@aol.com or by phone: (610)356-6481.

 

 

 

To view an online version of this press release please visit: http://uspea.org/category/recent-uspea-press-news/

 

 

Wellington Dressage CDI-W, presented by The Dutta Corp. Wrap-Up: January 31- February 3, 2013

February 05, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 4, 2013 – The Wellington Dressage CDI-W at the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) concluded on Sunday after a great week of competition at The Stadium. With riders winning multiple classes over the course of the week, many were happy with how they performed during the week. The AGDF would like to thank The Dutta Corp. as the sponsor throughout the week. The next show in AGDF is the Dressage National 2 on February 5-6, while the Florida Dressage Classic, CDI-W, presented by The US P.R.E. Association, is on February 14-17, 2013.

As presenting sponsor this week, Tim Dutta, founder and chairman of The Dutta Corp., believes that the AGDF is, “one of the finest facilities in the world.” He continued, “Good riders and horses at the top of this sport come here to compete. It has the best stabling, amazing footing, and great judges. I think this is the beginning of a great season and I’m proud to sponsor and be a part of the AGDF.”

The first day of competition saw a win in the $6,000 FEI Grand Prix for David Marcus (CAN) aboard Chrevi’s Capital, owned by Deborah Miculinic. The pair won with a score of 70.340%. Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE) and Antonia Ax:son Johnson’s Divertimento were second with a score of 70.319%. Third place went to Lisa Wilcox (USA) and Pikko del Cerro HU, owned by Horses Unlimited, with a score of 68.234%.

David Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital were victorious again with a win in the $20,000 FEI Grand Prix Freestyle. Under the lights, the the international riders dazzled. For the second day in a row, the top two spots were held by the same rider/horse combination. Marcus and Chrevi’s received a score of 74.450% and Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven riding Divertimento were second with a score of 72.350%. Also featured was the $3,000 FEI Prix St. Georges and FEI Junior Team. The winner of the FEI Prix St. George was Sonia Zugel (IRL) riding her mount Ungaro who scored 62.974%. The FEI Junior Team win went to Naima Moreira-Laliberte (CAN) with her mount Diamond with a score of 66.324%.

The Style Award was given to David Marcus for his impeccable technique. In winning the award, Marcus said, “I think it’s important to be presentable and to make that important in the way you dress and present your horses. I appreciate receiving those awards and I love getting them.”

 

David Marcus receiving the Champion Equine Insurance Dressage Style Award with Michael Stone of Equestrian Sport Productions and Laura Whitlow of Champion Equine Insurance. Photo © SusanJStickle.com

David Marcus receiving the Champion Equine Insurance Dressage Style Award with Michael Stone of Equestrian Sport Productions and Laura Whitlow of Champion Equine Insurance. Photo © SusanJStickle.com

 

 

Winning the $10,000 FEI Grand Prix Special was Lisa Wilcox riding Horses Unlimited’s Pikko del Cerro HU. The 10-year-old dark bay Hanoverian stallion and his rider received a score of 71.583%. Sonia Zugel riding her mount, Ungaro were winners again in the $5,000 FEI Intermediare I. Zugel and her 16-year-old BWP bay gelding scored 64.395%.

First place in the $6,000 FEI Intermediare Freestyle went to Sonia Zugel riding her mount Ungaro with a score of 66.167%. The Young Horse award was presented to Anna Marek (USA) riding AJ Stapleton’s Dilona. The horse and rider combination were also the Overall High National scorers with a 82.000%.

In the FEI Junior Individual class, Naima Moreira-Laliberte posted the highest score of 67.053% for victory with Diamond.

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

Photo Credit: Photos © SusanJStickle.com. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.

 

adequean scheduale

 

 

About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:
The Adequan 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 Adequan 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 Adequan GDF will feature six separate national shows to be held at the Stadium section of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) show grounds.  The Adequan GDF encompasses almost 60 acres of the former Palm Beach Polo Grounds. The 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 the International Arena fully catered for relaxing and having an enjoyable experience.

First Founding Sponsors: Matt Varney, Chris and Rob Desino, Wellington Equestrian Realty; William Pearson and Janet Richardson-Pearson, Chesapeake Dressage Institute of Annapolis, MD; Devon and Terri Kane, Diamante Farm; Joe and Gaye Scarpa, Magnolia Farm; Tuny Page and Family, Stillpoint Farm; and Kimberly and Frederic Boyer, United States P.R.E. Association

 

Founding Sponsors: Ashley Holzer and Diane Fellows, Today’s Equestrian; Bethany Peslar, Everglades Dressage; Betsy Juliano, Havensafe Farm; Carol and Rebecca Cohen, Two Swans Farm LLC; Janne Rumbough, MTICA Farm; Mike & Roz Collins; Suhail and PJ Rizvi, Peacock Ridge; and Tim and Susie Dutta, The Dutta Corp.

 

Corporate Sponsors

Brown Distributing, Champion Equine Insurance, Charles Owen, Chronicle of the Horse, Custom Saddlery, Der Dau, Dever Golf Carts, Equestrian Services International (ESI), Elite Equestrian Magazine, European Dressage Connection, Everglades Farm Equipment, Gold Coast Feed & Supply, Horse Of Course, Horseware Ireland, Interagro Lusitanos, Moet Hennessy USA, Nespresso USA, Paddock Cakes, Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Pennfield, Piaffe Performance, Premier Equestrian, Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, Rolex, Sanctuary at PBIEC, Show Chic, Sidelines Magazine, World Equestrian Brands

 

Please visit

www.globaldressagefestival.com

www.equestriansport.com

or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Adequan Global Dressage Festival is located at

13500 South Shore Blvd, Wellington, Florida 33414

David Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital Victorious Again at Wellington Dressage CDI-W presented by The Dutta Corp.

February 02, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 1, 2013 – The 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) continued today at The Stadium for the Wellington Dressage CDI-W presented by The Dutta Corp. Under the lights, the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle dazzled with international riders going for the win. For the second day in a row, the top two spots were held by the same rider/horse combinations. The blue ribbon went to David Marcus (CAN) riding Chrevi’s Capital (Chrevi’s Lavallo x Weinberg) with a score of 74.450%. Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE) and Divertimento (Di Versace x Ferragamo) were second with a score of 72.350%.

 
Judging tonight’s class was Jennie Loriston-Clarke (GBR) at E, Lorraine MacDonald (CAN) at H, Anne Gribbons (USA) at C, Wojek Markowski (POL) at M, and Sandy Phillips (GBR) at B. The musical selection of both were different; Marcus chose a more dramatic tone, while Vilhelmson-Silfven choreographed to a compilation of tunes from the production,Grease.

 
In discussing the mood of the 13-year-old dark bay Danish Warmblood gelding, owned by Debroah Miculinic, Marcus remarked, “He was very good in there tonight. Obviously after the (World Dressage) Masters, this is not as much atmosphere, but it’s still at night and under the lights. He felt almost too calm. He was really comfortable here.”

 

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

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

Conversely, Vilhelmson-Silfven noted of her horse, “I think he’s technically quite mature, but tension is exactly what he needs to get the routine and get used to this kind of atmosphere. It’s really difficult for him. With that said, I am still happy with him today. He worked with me. I had some mistakes; I had a mistake in the one (tempis), and he didn’t walk too good, and he didn’t halt too good in the end! That was too much for him. But technically otherwise he was nice to ride.”

 
Tonight’s freestyle routines were still new for both Marcus and Vilhelmson-Silfven. This was Marcus and Chrevi’s second time performing to their dramatic music. “I felt a little more confident (this time). I knew the music a little bit better this time as opposed to the first time at the Masters. I felt like I could ride to the music better. I think it worked out really well,” explained Marcus.

 
Vilhelmson-Silfven and the 11-year-old Westfalen bay gelding, owned by Antonia Ax:son Johnson, have only performed their musical freestyle three times.

 
Marcus went on to say, “He was great at both the grand prix and the freestyle. This is what the plan was, and I think it worked. He feels like his old self again. He was always a very calm and reliable horse before the Olympics, and now I feel like I have his trust again. I think at some point you have to look forward and not back, and I think we’re there now.”

 

David Marcus and Chrevi's Capital with Aliza Korasz and Michael Stone of Equestrian Sport Producitons, Anne Gribbons, and Timmy and Tim Dutta.  Photo © SusanJStickle.com

David Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital with Aliza Korasz and Michael Stone of Equestrian Sport Producitons, Anne Gribbons, and Timmy and Tim Dutta.
Photo © SusanJStickle.com

 

Marcus and Vilhelmson-Silfven were very pleased with the prize money offered in this week’s CDI-W. According to Marcus, “It’s great to have sponsorship for these shows that offer prize money, first of all, because this is sort of a new thing in this sport, that we’re getting real prize money. We really, really appreciate it because this sport is a very expensive thing that we do. It’s nice to be able to have that help and nice that we have the opportunities there.”

 
In looking towards the future, Marcus, who is back on top in the North American League standings for the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Finals, will be evaluating his plan. “If Chrevi’s keeps coming out and doing rides like this, where I feel like he’s confident and it’s in his best interest, then we’ll go. If I don’t feel like it’s in his best interest, then we’ll make a different plan,” analyzed Marcus.

 
This morning featured the FEI Prix St. Georges and FEI Junior Team. The winner of the FEI Prix St. George was Sonia Zugel (IRL) riding her own mount, Ungaro (Weltmeyer II x Wendekreis). The rider and her 16-year-old BWP bay gelding scored 62.974% for the win. The FEI Junior Team win went to Naima Moreira-Laliberte (CAN) riding Diamond (Donnerhall x Werther). The 12-year-old bay Hanoverian gelding, owned by Moreira-Laliberte, scored 66.324%.

 

Sonia Zugel and Ungaro.  Photo © SusanJStickle.com

Sonia Zugel and Ungaro.
Photo © SusanJStickle.com

 

Competition proceeds tomorrow with many classes, highlighted by the FEI Grand Prix Special and the FEI Intermediare 1. For full results, please CLICK HERE and for more information on the AGDF, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

 

Final Results: FEI Grand Prix Freestyle

  1. Chrevi’s Capital, David Marcus (CAN): E: 75.250%, H: 72.750%, C: 75.500%, M: 75.250%, B: 73.500%, Total: 74.450%
  2. Divertimento, Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE): E: 70.750%, H: 72.750%, C: 70.375%, M: 72.000%, B: 75.875%, Total: 72.350%
  3. D Niro, Jacquline M. Brooks (CAN): E: 70.375%, H: 69.625%, C: 70.125%, M: 73.375%, B: 67.750%, Total: 70.250%
  4. Devon L., Diane Creech (CAN): E: 70.250%, H: 71.625%, C: 69.750%, M: 69.750%, B: 69.500%, Total: 70.175%
  5. Lindor’s Finest, Jaimey Irwin (CAN): E: 70.500%, H: 70.625%, C: 67.500%, M: 66.000%, B: 66.250%, Total: 68.175%
  6. Tango, Cheryl Meisner (CAN): E: 68.000%, H: 63.750%, C: 65.750%, M: 65.250%, B: 67.250%, Total: 66.000%
  7. Donnerbube 2, Sylvia Rizzo (ITA): E: 65.375%, H: 63.250%, C: 64.250%, M: 63.375%, B: 65.875%, Total: 64.425%

 

Photo Credit: Photos © SusanJStickle.com. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.

 

adequean scheduale

 

About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:
The Adequan 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 Adequan 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 Adequan GDF will feature six separate national shows to be held at the Stadium section of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) show grounds.  The Adequan GDF encompasses almost 60 acres of the former Palm Beach Polo Grounds. The 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 the International Arena fully catered for relaxing and having an enjoyable experience. 

First Founding Sponsors: Matt Varney, Chris and Rob Desino, Wellington Equestrian Realty; William Pearson and Janet Richardson-Pearson, Chesapeake Dressage Institute of Annapolis, MD; Devon and Terri Kane, Diamante Farm; Joe and Gaye Scarpa, Magnolia Farm; Tuny Page and Family, Stillpoint Farm; and Kimberly and Frederic Boyer, United States P.R.E. Association 

Founding Sponsors: Ashley Holzer and Diane Fellows, Today’s Equestrian; Bethany Peslar, Everglades Dressage; Betsy Juliano, Havensafe Farm; Carol and Rebecca Cohen, Two Swans Farm LLC; Janne Rumbough, MTICA Farm; Mike & Roz Collins; Suhail and PJ Rizvi, Peacock Ridge; and Tim and Susie Dutta, The Dutta Corp.

 

Corporate Sponsors

Brown Distributing, Champion Equine Insurance, Charles Owen, Chronicle of the Horse, Custom Saddlery, Der Dau, Dever Golf Carts, Equestrian Services International (ESI), Elite Equestrian Magazine, European Dressage Connection, Everglades Farm Equipment, Gold Coast Feed & Supply, Horse Of Course, Horseware Ireland, Interagro Lusitanos, Moet Hennessy USA, Nespresso USA, Paddock Cakes, Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Pennfield, Piaffe Performance, Premier Equestrian, Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, Rolex, Sanctuary at PBIEC, Show Chic, Sidelines Magazine, World Equestrian Brands.

 

Please visit

www.globaldressagefestival.com

www.equestriansport.com

or call  561-793-5867 for more information.

Adequan Global Dressage Festival is located at

13500 South Shore Blvd, Wellington, Florida 33414

David Marcus Wins the FEI Grand Prix Aboard Chrevi’s Capital at Wellington Dressage CDI-W presented by The Dutta Corp

February 01, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

David Marcus

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.
David Marcus and Chrevi's Capital in their presentation with Wojek Markowski, Tim Dutta, Christoph Koschel, and Aliza Korasz. Photo © SusanJStickle.com

David Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital in their presentation with Wojek Markowski, Tim Dutta, Christoph Koschel, and Aliza Korasz. Photo © SusanJStickle.com

“He really likes it here at (AGDF); he’s really comfortable. I heard other horses were a little nervous as it was a bit cooler today, (but) he was really calm. He loves it here. He slept in the stall all morning. He feels at home,” stated Marcus.

The pair received a final score of 70.340% for victory. They were the last to attempt the test and definitely stood out. Marcus thought the strongest part of his test was Chrevi’s consistency. “He just went in and did everything I asked of him,” Marcus said. “As always, the real highlights were his extensions, beautiful walk, and canter pirouettes. I was very happy with the piaffe work he did today.”

This being the second year of Chrevi’s Capital’s Grand Prix career, Marcus was, “really happy with today.” He continued, “My goal was to come to the show and build on the last two weeks. After this, he gets a bit of a break. He did exactly what I wanted him to do. A clean test, no mistakes. And he let me really ride him. I couldn’t ask for more.”

In looking towards the future, Marcus is only focused on getting him stronger and building his power a little bit more. “If the World Cup fits into that, that would be great, but the big goal is Normandy (for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games) next year,” envisioned Marcus.

Lisa Wilcox (USA), riding Horses Unlimited Inc.’s Pikko del Cerro HU (Pik L x Rohdiamant) was the first to show and was leading with a score of 68.234% until 10 trips later when Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven took over the top spot with a score of 70.319% atop Antonia Ax:son Johnson’s Divertimento (Di Versace x Ferragamo).

Competition continues tomorrow with multiple classes, including the thrilling FEI Grand Prix Freestyle tomorrow evening at 7:30 pm. On Sunday is the FEI Grand Prix Special. For more information on the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com. For full CDI-W results, please CLICK HERE, and for national results, please CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

 

Announcing the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* March 14-17

January 31, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL -January 30, 2013 Announcing the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival WEF Dressage Classic CPEDI3* presented by Today’s Equestrian and Fellows scheduled March 14-17, 2013. This will be the first opportunity of the 2013 season for Para-Equestrian Dressage riders to begin the qualifying process for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.  The Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* will take place in Wellington, Florida at the beautifully designed Adequan Global Dressage Festival Show Grounds. Entries may be entered online at EquestrianEntries.com or mailed to Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Attn: Adequan Global Dressage Festival, 14440 Pierson Road, Wellington, FL 33414. Definite Entries must be entered by February 28, 2013.

 

For questions about the 2013-2014 Para-Equestrian Dressage season please contact the USEF High Performance Director of the Para-Equestrian Discipline Laureen K. Johnson at            (908) 326 – 1155       or e-mail lkjohnson@usef.org

 

For more questions about Para-Equestrian Dressage please contact Hope Hand atHope@uspea.org or             (610) 356-6481      .

 

  Aeequan Global Dressage Festival

 

2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival Show Managers:

 

Manager/Entry Secretary: Lloyd Landkamer phone:             612-290-8523       Fax: 866-832-8610 Secretary: Angela Goodwin-Volpert / Peggy Warren

Co-Secretary: Becky Johnston

Co- Manager/Secretary: John Hoppman             612-799-6381

 

E-mail: DressageFestival@aol.com

Website: GlobalDressageFestival.com

 

Entries may be entered online: at EquestrianEntries.com

 

Entries may be mailed to:

Palm Beach International Equestrian Center

Attn: Global Dressage Festival

14440 Pierson Road

Wellington, FL 33414

 

Definite Entries: February 28, 2013

Last date of substitution: Within 1 Hour prior to Horse Inspection March 14, 2013

 

Ground Jury: Carlos Lopes (POR/4*), Bo Ahman (SWE/4*), and Kristi Wysocki ‘S’

Chief Steward: Elisabeth Williams ‘Level 3’ Technical Delegate: Jean Kraus ‘R’

 

FEI Para-Equestrian Steward Overall: Sandy Rafferty Level 2

 

Assistant Stewards: Jimmy Mandala (USA) Name: Heather Peterson (USA) Name: Deeda Randle (USA)

 

Schedule:

March 14, 2013- Horse Inspection

March 15, 2013-Team Test Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, IV

March 16, 2013-Indivdual Test Ia, Ib, II, III, IV

March 17, 2013-Freestyle Championship Tests Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, IV

 

Novice Tests are available for riders who are new riders and are looking for experience. These test scores will not count towards FEI qualifications.

 

Please check out the new FEI Tests Here (LINK)

http://www.fei.org/disciplines/officials-organisers/organisers/para-equestrian-dressage/dressage-tests

 

ALLTECH FEI WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES 2014 Qualification Criteria

 

Qualification Period:

Start: January 1, 2013

End: XXXX 2014 (TBD)

 

Qualifying Events:

Any CPEDI3* or CPEDI4* event during the qualification period in addition to the Paralympics Games 2012 London

Qualification Score:

All athlete/horse combinations must have attained (as a combination) a minimum 60% score attributed by the Ground Jury in a Team test or Individual Championship test one time.

 

Judges:

Minimum of 3 FEI PE5* or 4* judges of different nationalities

 

 

About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Excerpt From http://www.globaldressagefestival.com)

 

The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Adequan GDF) was created as one of the finest show grounds in the world with a calendar of events and prize money in its first year that places it in the top tier of competitions.

 

Five CDIs staged by a single organization are more than at any other show grounds in the world. Prize money of more than $275,000 that is the richest single circuit except for the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany, what is to horse sports what Wimbledon is to tennis.

 

The show grounds consists of four arenas that are equal in quality to those at the 2012 and 2008 Olympic Games, several hundred stadium seats around the main ring and the first 200 of what will be 300 permanent horse stalls and a raised courtyard at the center of the show grounds providing a panoramic view of the entire facility.  One of the world’s largest covered arenas at 360 by 210 feet (110 x 64 meters), and a VIP club overlooking the main competition arena.

 

Dressage has replaced the billiard-table smooth grass polo fields that were the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club stadium where Prince Charles played to kick start Wellington as THE winter lifestyle destination for the world.

 

The dressage grounds adjoin a beautiful grass jumping derby field all part of the sprawling Palm Beach International Equestrian Center that attracts thousands of horses from about three dozen countries for jumper and hunter competitions in an calendar that has expanded from a few weeks in winter to shows from Fall through Spring, centered around the Winter Equestrian Festival and its $6 million in prize money.

 

To learn more about the Global Dressage Festival please visit:http://www.globaldressagefestival.com

 

Mary Jordan and P Sparrow Socks at the 2012 Florida CPEDI3* Photo copyright Lindsay McCall

Mary Jordan and P Sparrow Socks at the 2012 Florida CPEDI3* Photo copyright Lindsay McCall

 

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: Wheeler966@aol.com or by phone:             (610)356-6481      .

 

To view an online version of this press release please visit: http://uspea.org/category/recent-uspea-press-news/

Adequan® Global Dressage Festival Takes Center Stage for 2013 Season

January 21, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – January 20, 2013 – After debuting to rave reviews, the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) returns to center stage at The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Top competitors from around the globe have their sights set on Wellington with competition beginning January 22, 2013, with the Adequan GDF Opener Show and continuing through April 14 with four more national level shows and five internationally-rated CDI competitions. Both participants and spectators are in for a fantastic season showcasing some of the most elegant and accomplished horses and riders. The opening press conference for the AGDF will be on Wednesday, January 30, at 1 p.m. at the Global Pavilion.

 
Equestrian Sport Productions, with the invaluable support of the First Founding Sponsors, Founding Sponsors, and Corporate Sponsors, remains steadfast in establishing the Adequan Global Dressage Festival as not only a leader, but innovator in the sport of dressage. With a new world-class facility with extensive arenas, first-rate footing, stabling, VIP Pavilion and spectator grandstands, the Adequan GDF has earned the respect and participation of all levels of dressage riders, both world champions and those striving for new levels of personal excellence.

 

2012 U.S. Olympians Adrienne Lyle and Wizard competing at last year's AGDF. Photo © SusanJStickle.com

2012 U.S. Olympians Adrienne Lyle and Wizard competing at last year’s AGDF. Photo © SusanJStickle.com

 

Media are invited to the opening press conference to discuss highlights of the season and the addition of Adequan as the title sponsor of the AGDF. For those interested in media credentials, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com and fill out the form under the “News/Media” tab at “Media Accreditation.”
For more information and prize lists, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

GDF

About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:
The Adequan 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 Adequan 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 Adequan GDF will feature six separate national shows to be held at the Stadium section of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) show grounds.  The Adequan GDF encompasses almost 60 acres of the former Palm Beach Polo Grounds. The 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 the International Arena fully catered for relaxing and having an enjoyable experience.

First Founding Sponsors: Matt Varney, Chris and Rob Desino, Wellington Equestrian Realty; Janet and William Richardson Pearson, Chesapeake Dressage Institute of Annapolis, MD; Devon and Terri Kane, Diamante Farm; Joe and Gaye Scarpa, Magnolia Farm; Tuny Page and Family, Stillpoint Farm; and Kimberly and Frederic Boyer, United States P.R.E. Association

 

Founding Sponsors: Ashley Holzer and Diane Fellows, Today’s Equestrian; Bethany Peslar, Everglades Dressage; Betsy Juliano, Havensafe Farm; Carol and Rebecca Cohen, Two Swans Farm LLC; Janne Rumbough, MTICA Farm; Mike & Roz Collins; Suhail and PJ Rizvi, Peacock Ridge; and Tim and Susie Dutta, The Dutta Corp.

 

Corporate Sponsors

Brown Distributing, Champion Equine Insurance, Charles Owen, Chronicle of the Horse, Custom Saddlery, Der Dau, Dever Golf Carts, Equestrian Services International (ESI), Elite Equestrian Magazine, European Dressage Connection, Gold Coast Feed & Supply, Horse Of Course, Horseware Ireland, Interagro Lusitanos, Moet Hennessy USA, Nespresso USA, Paddock Cakes, Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Pennfield, Piaffe Performance, Premier Equestrian, Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, Rolex, Sanctuary at PBIEC, Show Chic, Sidelines Magazine, World Equestrian Brands

Please visit

www.globaldressagefestival.com

www.equestriansport.com

or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Adequan Global Dressage Festival is located at

13500 South Shore Blvd, Wellington, Florida 33414

Trainers Converge on Florida for 2013 Dressage Season

January 07, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

They’re Back

Trainers Converge on Florida for 2013 Dressage Season

Wellington, FL (January 7, 2013) – Every year Wellington, Florida becomes a mecca for the who’s who in the world of dressage, the new year kicks off with the arrival of hundreds of riders and trainers, their horses and dreams for the season. We caught up with four riders who just settled in for a season of one of the world’s largest international and national dressage circuits. We caught up with George Williams, Chris von Martels, JJ Tate, and Cesar Parra. In between unpacking we got them to share their plans with us.

USDF President, George Williams who leads the charge at Elizabeth B. Juliano (Betsy’s) Havensafe Farm (Middlefield, Ohio and Wellington, Florida), shared with us his plans for the 2013 show season, “We arrived (in Florida for the winter) in November with eight horses. The four horses we plan to compete are Cleopatra, a 10-year-old Hanoverian slated for the small tour, and the amazing Big Tyme, Betsy’s 11-year-old Belgian warmblood. They will continue their small tour success. We also have Riccidoff, a 7-year-old Hanoverian who is just starting small tour, and our youngster, Horizon, a 5-year-old Oldenburg who is competing at second level. Coming from Northern Ohio, the best thing about Florida has to be the weather! We really like the proximity of the shows to the farm and the variety of dates and venues. It will also be wonderful to watch competitions, conferences, forums, etc. This year, our goal is to work toward confirming all of the horses at their appropriate level.”

Meanwhile, Canadian Grand Prix rider and trainer Chris von Martels knows what it means to escape the cold. Chris runs Von Martels Dressage in Ridgetown, Ontario and escapes to Wellington each year. “We are very fortunate to have a great group of really talented horses with us for the 2013 season. There are ten in our barn at the moment, and that number fluctuates up or down by a few at any given moment as a result of the sales success and new prospects coming into the stable. However, we have a consistent group that is made up of a few client horses, and some competition horses. This year I will be fortunate to compete Udon P in the Grand Prix. He is a 12 yr old gelding owned by Whistle Jacket Farm. It’s his first year in the Grand Prix, so we are looking forward to seeing what that brings. I also have my own horse Tiesto, who is a 13 yr old KWPN by Jazz, that will be competing in the small tour,” Von Martels shared.“We spend just over six months in Florida, and my wife works from here full time – so it’s really become a home for us”, he added, “Through our affiliated business, European Dressage Connection, we are delighted to be sponsors of the 2013 Global Dressage Festival and would like to thank the GDF title sponsor Adequan as well as all of the founding partners that have made this facility possible. It’s an amazing opportunity for dressage internationally, and we are excited to be a part of it.”

 

Dr. Cesar Parra and his Grand Prix mount, Van the Man, arrive in Florida for the winter dressage season.
(Photo courtesy of Dr. Cesar Parra)

 

J.J. Tate is another nomad who splits her time between Team Tate Dressage based in Riveredge West in Chesapeake City, Maryland in the summer and Yellowbird Farm in Wellington, Florida, in the winter. As always JJ has a full house. “I have over 20 horses in training. We bring everyone from my semi-retired Grand Prix horse, Cambay, who is now a lesson horse to some of my top competition horses. I have many students who also hope to compete during the winter, which is so easy because of so many shows. I will have quite a few horses to compete this winter so I am really excited about that. Everything from my exciting coming 5 year old, Damiana, to Faberge, who will do the CDIs this year. I’m so happy to be able to get Rosall back in the ring as well after an injury side lined him last year. My young riders, Katie Hiller and Kaitlin Blythe, will be competing at the Intermediare 1 and maybe the Intermediaire II as well. But not all my students compete, they come to learn and be part of a fun and dedicated team. I’m also thrilled to be helping some young talented trainers this winter as well, Ashley Parsons and Sara Spofford-Bilinski Team Tate also is happy to announce their involvement with the Dressage Summit, Feb 9-11. A number of our riders have been selected to be demo riders in this never before held Classical Dressage event! After the Summit, we will be hosting an Instructor’s Seminar with Charles de Kunffy, my 20 + year mentor.”

Last but never least on our tour, was a chat with the ever upbeat, Cesar Parra. Located at Performance Farm, in Whitehouse Station, NJ during the summer and Jupiter/Wellington, Florida, during the winter, Cesar Parra shared his plans for the 2013 season. “We arrived in Florida for the winter with the horses December 14th. I am very excited with the horses for this Florida show season as they have developed well over the past year. I am looking forward to the great weather, super show grounds and to having a fun and successful season.” Parra went on to say, “we have riders and horses of all levels with individual goals. We have talented juniors and young riders that will be looking to qualify for championships, adult amateurs with great goals and I have a talented group of riders from Colombia with us this season. Personally I have a couple of young horses that we will be aiming for the Young Horse Championships. My Grand Prix horse, Van the Man is doing great, so I want to continue with him gaining confidence at the shows. It will be another fun season for sure!” In addition, Parra’s Piaffe Performance Farm is sponsoring the Adult Amateur High Score Award at the Global Dressage Festival. “Amateurs give so much to our dressage sport and they deserve to be recognized with awards such as these.”

With 16 weeks of dressage shows, the 2013 Wellington dressage winter season gives these riders and the hundreds of others who have converged on Florida for the winter circuit a chance to compete with some of the best dressage riders in the world and all spectators a chance to see the impressive sport of dressage at the highest level. Scheduled are great competitions with huge prize money, invitations for top international riders, spectacular educational events, and sweet tropical evenings to attend the melodious musical freestyles. So we kick off the New Year with a salute to dressage 2013 –Florida style!!