$50,000 Florida Dressage Classic CDI Features Dressage Olympic Hopefuls In Large Grand Prix Division

Ashley Holzer of Canada won the FEI Olympic Grand Prix Special in the ,000 Wellington Dressage CDI-W, presented by Magnolia Farm (Photo: SusanJStickle.com)
Ashley Holzer of Canada won the FEI Olympic Grand Prix Special in the ,000 Wellington Dressage CDI-W, presented by Magnolia Farm (Photo: SusanJStickle.com)

The starting lists for the $50,000 Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W, presented by the United States P.R.E. Association, and National Show are now available for viewing on the website www.globaldressagefestival.com under the link for dressage show information and ride times on the main homepage. 

This second event of the 2012 Global Dressage Festival (GDF) circuit takes place February 16-19 at The Stadium section of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).The CDI classes are filled to capacity featuring international and national riders that include Ashley Holzer and Evi Strasser of Canada, Tinne Vilhelmlson-Silfven of Sweden, Mikala Gundersen of Denmark, and Ilse Schwarz of Australia. Some of the U.S. riders that are entered are: Heather Blitz, Adrienne Lyle, James Koford, Shawna Harding, Todd Flettrich, Susan Dutta, and Jacqueline Brooks.

James Koford and Pharaoh (Photo: Susan J Stickle)
James Koford and Pharaoh (Photo: Susan J Stickle)

The FEI officials for the Dressage Classic are: judges Linda Zang '5* (USA), Maribel Alonso '5* (MEX), Victorie Mandl '4*(AUT), Maria Colliander '4* (FIN); Hilda Gurney '4*(USA), and Elisabeth Williams as the FEI Steward.

The National Show is featured on Thursday beginning at 10:00 am.  The FEI Prix St. Georges starts things off on Friday at 8:00 am, Saturday also at starts 8:00 am with the National Show and the FEI Olympic Grand Prix Special is the first class on Sunday at 7:45 am.

For more information please visit the Global Dressage Festival website at: http://gdf.coth.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 Stadium section of 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 and 200 permanent stalls. Future planned improvements include a covered arena, permanent covered spectator seating for the central outdoor arena and a permanent Patrons Club.  There are also plans for another 100 permanent stalls. 




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